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Welcome to the Computer Graphics Group at University of Bern!

Best paper award SGP 2022

The paper TinyAD: Automatic Differentiation in Geometry Processing Made Simple, co-authored by Prof. David Bommes, won the Best Paper Award 1st place at the Symposium on Geometry Processing 2022. SGP2022/awards

July 7, 2022

Invited talk by visiting researcher Hendrik Brückler, Osnabrück University, Germany

Title: "How to build hex meshes using motorcycles (not the other way around)” Monday, June 13th, 2022, Time: 11:00 Location: N10, room 104

June 13, 2022

Invited talk by visiting researcher Tim Felle Olsen, TU Denmark

Title: Synthesis of Frame Field-aligned Multi-Laminar Structures Thursday, October 28th, 2021, Time: 16:30 Location: N10, room 302

Oct. 28, 2021

Best paper award SGP 2021

The paper Geodesic Distance Computation via Virtual Source Propagation, coauthored by Prof. David Bommes, won the Best Paper 2nd Place at the Symposium on Geometry Processing 2021. SGP2021/awards

Sept. 10, 2021

Invited Talks from Hextreme team UCL, Belgium

Pierre-Alexandre Beaufort and Maxence Reberol (both from the hextreme team at UC Louvain) will be visiting us. There will be two talks on Wednesday 4th, 11:00 and 14:00 respectively, see Talks section to learn more.

March 4, 2020

Invited talk, Max Lyon. RWTH Aachen University

Title: Parametrization Quantization with Free Boundaries for Trimmed Quad Meshing Friday, Feb. 21st Time: 10:00 Location: N10, room 302

Feb. 18, 2020

Recent Publications

Volume Parametrization Quantization for Hexahedral Meshing

SIGGRAPH 2022

Developments in the field of parametrization-based quad mesh generation on surfaces have been impactful over the past decade. In this context, an important advance has been the replacement of error-prone rounding in the generation of integer-grid maps, by robust quantization methods. In parallel, parametrization-based hex mesh generation for volumes has been advanced. In this volumetric context, however, the state-of-the-art still relies on fragile rounding, not rarely producing defective meshes, especially when targeting a coarse mesh resolution. We present a method to robustly quantize volume parametrizations, i.e., to determine guaranteed valid choices of integers for 3D integer-grid maps. Inspired by the 2D case, we base our construction on a non-conforming cell decomposition of the volume, a 3D analogue of a T-mesh. In particular, we leverage the motorcycle complex, a recent generalization of the motorcycle graph, for this purpose. Integer values are expressed in a differential manner on the edges of this complex, enabling the efficient formulation of the conditions required to strictly prevent forcing the map into degeneration. Applying our method in the context of hexahedral meshing, we demonstrate that hexahedral meshes can be generated with significantly improved flexibility.

 

Hex Me If You Can

Computer Graphics Forum (SGP 2022)

HexMe consists of 189 tetrahedral meshes with tagged features and a workflow to generate them. The primary purpose of HexMe meshes is to enable consistent and practically meaningful evaluation of hexahedral meshing algorithms and related techniques, specifically regarding the correct meshing of specified feature points, curves, and surfaces. The tetrahedral meshes have been generated with Gmsh, starting from 63 computer-aided design (CAD) models from various databases. To highlight and label the diverse and challenging aspects of hexahedral mesh generation, the CAD models are classified into three categories: simple, nasty, and industrial. For each CAD model, we provide three kinds of tetrahedral meshes (uniform, curvature-adapted, and box-embedded). The mesh generation pipeline is defined with the help of Snakemake, a modern workflow management system, which allows us to specify a fully automated, extensible, and sustainable workflow. It is possible to download the whole dataset or select individual meshes by browsing the online catalog. The HexMe dataset is built with evolution in mind and prepared for future developments. A public GitHub repository hosts the HexMe workflow, where external contributions and future releases are possible and encouraged. We demonstrate the value of HexMe by exploring the robustness limitations of state-of-the-art frame-field-based hexahedral meshing algorithm. Only for 19 of 189 tagged tetrahedral inputs all feature entities are meshed correctly, while the average success rates are 70.9% / 48.5% / 34.6 % for feature points/curves/surfaces.

 

TinyAD: Automatic Differentiation in Geometry Processing Made Simple

Eurographics Symposium on Geometry Processing 2022 Best Paper Award

Non-linear optimization is essential to many areas of geometry processing research. However, when experimenting with different problem formulations or when prototyping new algorithms, a major practical obstacle is the need to figure out derivatives of objective functions, especially when second-order derivatives are required. Deriving and manually implementing gradients and Hessians is both time-consuming and error-prone. Automatic differentiation techniques address this problem, but can introduce a diverse set of obstacles themselves, e.g. limiting the set of supported language features, imposing restrictions on a program’s control flow, incurring a significant run time overhead, or making it hard to exploit sparsity patterns common in geometry processing. We show that for many geometric problems, in particular on meshes, the simplest form of forward-mode automatic differentiation is not only the most flexible, but also actually the most efficient choice. We introduce TinyAD: a lightweight C++ library that automatically computes gradients and Hessians, in particular of sparse problems, by differentiating small (tiny) sub-problems. Its simplicity enables easy integration; no restrictions on, e.g., looping and branching are imposed. TinyAD provides the basic ingredients to quickly implement first and second order Newton-style solvers, allowing for flexible adjustment of both problem formulations and solver details. By showcasing compact implementations of methods from parametrization, deformation, and direction field design, we demonstrate how TinyAD lowers the barrier to exploring non-linear optimization techniques. This enables not only fast prototyping of new research ideas, but also improves replicability of existing algorithms in geometry processing. TinyAD is available to the community as an open source library.

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