Multiresolution discontinuity-preserving surface reconstruction

Ngai Fong Law, R. Chung

Research output: Journal article publicationJournal articleAcademic researchpeer-review

5 Citations (Scopus)


This paper proposes a single multiresolution framework for both surface fitting and discontinuities identification in the surface reconstruction problem. In particular, the Mallat-Zhong wavelet transform modulus maxima (WTMM) representation is employed for representing the surface which allows the discontinuity detection and surface fitting to be carried out simultaneously in a cooperative manner under the same multiresolution framework. On the one hand, the multiresolution feature analysis inherent in the WTMM representation helps characterize the strength of the different significant features, and thus by updating the WTMM surface in a number of energy-minimization processes, the discontinuities can be detected and tracked across various resolution levels. On the other hand, the detected discontinuities in turn control spatially the suitable degree of smoothness at various image positions when the surface is fitted to the input data in the energy-minimizing processes. In this way, the discontinuity detection and the surface fitting processes mutually assist each other. Experimental results show that a piecewise smooth surface can be reconstructed without discontinuity being over-smoothed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2133-2144
Number of pages12
JournalPattern Recognition
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2001
Externally publishedYes


  • Discontinuity characterization
  • Discontinuity detection
  • Regularization
  • Surface reconstruction
  • Wavelet transform

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Signal Processing
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Artificial Intelligence


Dive into the research topics of 'Multiresolution discontinuity-preserving surface reconstruction'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this