Symmetry descriptors and 3D shape matching

Michael Kazhdan, Thomas Funkhouser, Szymon Rusinkiewicz

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In this paper, we present the Symmetry Descriptors of a 3D model. This is a collection of spherical functions that describes the measure of a model's rotational and reflective symmetry with respect to every axis passing through the center of mass. We show that Symmetry Descriptors can be computed efficiently using fast signal processing techniques, and demonstrate the empirical value of Symmetry Descriptors by showing that they improve matching performance in a variety of shape retrieval experiments.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationSGP 2004 - Symposium on Geometry Processing
Number of pages9
StatePublished - Dec 1 2004
Event2nd Symposium on Geometry Processing, SGP 2004 - Nice, France
Duration: Jul 8 2004Jul 10 2004

Publication series

NameACM International Conference Proceeding Series


Other2nd Symposium on Geometry Processing, SGP 2004

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Software
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Computer Networks and Communications


  • I.3.6 [Computer Graphics]: Methodology and Techniques

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