An Efficient Energy Minimization for Conformal Parameterizations

Mei Heng Yueh*, Wen Wei Lin, Chin Tien Wu, Shing Tung Yau

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Surface parameterizations have been widely applied to digital geometry processing. In this paper, we propose an efficient conformal energy minimization (CEM) algorithm for computing conformal parameterizations of simply-connected open surfaces with a very small angular distortion and a highly improved computational efficiency. In addition, we generalize the proposed CEM algorithm to computing conformal parameterizations of multiply-connected surfaces. Furthermore, we prove the existence of a nontrivial accumulation point of the proposed CEM algorithm under some mild conditions. Several numerical results show the efficiency and robustness of the CEM algorithm comparing to the existing state-of-the-art algorithms. An application of the CEM on the surface morphing between simply-connected open surfaces is demonstrated thereafter. Thanks to the CEM algorithm, the whole computations for the surface morphing can be performed efficiently and robustly.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)203-227
Number of pages25
JournalJournal of Scientific Computing
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Oct 1
Externally publishedYes


  • Conformal energy minimization
  • Conformal parameterizations
  • Simply-connected open surfaces
  • Surface morphing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Numerical Analysis
  • General Engineering
  • Computational Theory and Mathematics
  • Computational Mathematics
  • Applied Mathematics


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