## 53-XX DIFFERENTIAL GEOMETRY (For differential topology, see 57Rxx. For foundational questions of differentiable manifolds, see 58Axx)

In many applications, geodesic hierarchical models are adequate for the study of temporal observations. We employ such a model derived for manifold-valued data to Kendall's shape space. In particular, instead of the Sasaki metric, we adapt a functional-based metric, which increases the computational efficiency and does not require the implementation of the curvature tensor. We propose the corresponding variational time discretization of geodesics and apply the approach for the estimation of group trends and statistical testing of 3D shapes derived from an open access longitudinal imaging study on osteoarthritis.

For Kendall’s shape space we determine analytically Jacobi fields and parallel transport, and compute geodesic regression. Using the derived expressions, we can fully leverage the geometry via Riemannian optimization and reduce the computational expense by several orders of magnitude. The methodology is demonstrated by performing a longitudinal statistical analysis of epidemiological shape data.
As application example we have chosen 3D shapes of knee bones, reconstructed from image data of the Osteoarthritis Initiative. Comparing subject groups with incident and developing osteoarthritis versus normal controls, we find clear differences in the temporal development of femur shapes. This paves the way for early prediction of incident knee osteoarthritis, using geometry data only.

We introduce techniques for the processing of motion and animations of non-rigid shapes. The idea is to regard animations of deformable objects as curves in shape space. Then, we use the geometric structure on shape space to transfer concepts from curve processing in R^n to the processing of motion of non-rigid shapes. Following this principle, we introduce a discrete geometric flow for curves in shape space. The flow iteratively replaces every shape with a weighted average shape of a local neighborhood and thereby globally decreases an energy whose minimizers are discrete geodesics in shape space. Based on the flow, we devise a novel smoothing filter for motions and animations of deformable shapes. By shortening the length in shape space of an animation, it systematically regularizes the deformations between consecutive frames of the animation. The scheme can be used for smoothing and noise removal, e.g., for reducing jittering artifacts in motion capture data. We introduce a reduced-order method for the computation of the flow. In addition to being efficient for the smoothing of curves, it is a novel scheme for computing geodesics in shape space. We use the scheme to construct non-linear “Bézier curves” by executing de Casteljau’s algorithm in shape space.

This thesis concerns model reduction techniques for the efficient numerical treatment
of physical systems governing the deformation behavior of geometrically complex shapes.
We present new strategies for the construction of simplified,
low-dimensional models that capture the main features of the original complex system
and are suitable for use in interactive computer graphics applications.
To demonstrate the effectiveness of the new techniques we propose frameworks
for real-time simulation and interactive deformation-based modeling
of elastic solids and shells and compare them to alternative approaches.
In addition, we investigate differential operators that are derived from
the physical models and hence can serve as alternatives to the Laplace-Beltrami
operator for applications in modal shape analysis.
Furthermore, this thesis addresses the compression of digital shapes.
In particular, we present a lossless compression scheme that is adapted to
the special characteristics of adaptively refined, hierarchical meshes.

We present a unified approach for consistent remeshing of arbitrary non-manifold triangle meshes with additional user-defined feature lines, which together form a feature skeleton. Our method is based on local operations only and produces meshes of high regularity and triangle quality while preserving the geometry as well as topology of the feature skeleton and the input mesh.