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Title: Mathematical techniques for shape modelling in computer graphics : a distance-based approach
Author: Tsoubelis, Dimitrios
Awarding Body: London School of Economics and Political Science (University of London)
Current Institution: London School of Economics and Political Science (University of London)
Date of Award: 1995
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This research is concerned with shape modelling in computer graphics. The dissertation provides a review of the main research topics and developments in shape modelling and discusses current visualisation techniques required for the display of the models produced. In computer graphics surfaces are normally defined using analytic functions. Geometry however, supplies many shapes without providing their analytic descriptions. These are defined implicitly through fundamental relationships between primitive geometrical objects. Transferring this approach in computer graphics, opens new directions in shape modelling by enabling the definition of new objects or supplying a rigorous alternative to analytical definitions of objects with complex analytical descriptions. We review, in this dissertation, relevant works in the area of implicit modelling. Based on our observations on the shortcomings of these works, we develop an implicit modelling approach which draws on a seminal technique in this area: the distance based object definition. We investigate the principles, potential and applications of this technique both in conceptual terms (modelling aspects) and on technical merit (visualisation issues). This is the context of this PhD research. The conceptual and technological frameworks developed are presented in terms of a comprehensive investigation of an object's constituent primitives and modelling constraints on the one hand, and software visualisation platforms on the other. Finally, we adopt a critical perspective of our work to discuss possible directions for further improvements and exploitation for the modelling approach we have developed.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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