Team Geometrica

Overall Objectives
Scientific Foundations
Application Domains
New Results
Contracts and Grants with Industry
Other Grants and Activities

Section: Other Grants and Activities

National Actions


Participants : Pierre Alliez, Mariette Yvinec, Jean-Daniel Boissonnat, Stéphane Tayeb, Jane Tournois, Dobrina Boltcheva.

CGAL-Mesh is a two-year INRIA technological development action started March 2009. Building upon components from cgal , we have started implementing generic and robust mesh generation algorithms for surfaces, 3D domains as well as time-varying 3D domains. We primarily target applications which involve data acquired from the physical world: geology, medicine, 3D cartography and reverse engineering. We wish to establish for the whole duration of the action a close collaboration with industrial and academic partners so as to maximize the impact of the platform for a number of applications and research experiments.

- Starting date: March 2009

- Duration: 2 years

ANR Triangles

Participants : Manuel Caroli, Pedro Machado Manhães de Castro, Olivier Devillers, Sylvain Pion, Monique Teillaud.

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We lead the Triangles project funded by the anr . The project involves

— the «Laboratoire d'InfoRmatique en Image et Systèmes d'information» (LIRIS), Lyon,

— the «Département d'informatique de l'ENS» and

— the Geometrica team.

Triangulations are essential in many applications, in particular for meshing and shape reconstruction. We want to develop and distribute new results for academic and industrial researchers. The goal of the project is the development of robust and effective algorithms for the manipulation of large sets of points, of moving sets of points and points in non Euclidean spaces such as periodic spaces (torus, cylinder), projective, oriented projective or hyperbolic spaces. The results obtained will be implemented in the cgal library and will be applied to computer vision (visual envelopes, camera calibration), fluid dynamics, astronomy, computer graphics and medical applications.

In the Geometrica team, Triangles is co-funding the scholarship of Pedro de Castro (with «Région PACA») and funding travel expenses and computers. Several meetings have been organized between participants, details can be found on the project's web page.

- Starting date: November 2007

- Duration: 3 years


Participants : Jean-Daniel Boissonnat, Frédéric Chazal, Arijit Ghosh, David Cohen-Steiner, Samuel Hornus.

The aim of this project is to formalize a collaboration between researchers from computational geometry, machine learning and computer vision to study distortions and in particular Bregman divergences, information theory, statistics, Riemannian geometry, and convex analysis.

The other partners of the project are the Université des Antilles et de la Guyane (R. Nock, coordinator), the Ecole Polytechnique (F. Nielsen) and the Lear project-team (C. Schmid).

- Starting date: November 2007

- Duration: 4 years

ANR Galapagos

Participant : Sylvain Pion.

In this project, we wish to apply computerized theorem proving tools to two aspects of geometry. One aspect concerns computational geometry. The second aspect is focused on verifying geometric reasoning steps in usual constructions, such as constructions with rules and compass. Other participants in this contract are the universities of Strasbourg and Poitiers, the ENSIEE in Evry and the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Lyon. The leader of the project is the Marelle project-team.

- Starting date: November 2007.

- Duration: 3 years.


Participants : Pierre Alliez, Jean-Daniel Boissonnat, Frédéric Chazal, David Cohen-Steiner, Mariette Yvinec, Steve Oudot, Marc Glisse, Primoz Skraba.

GIGA stands for Geometric Inference and Geometric Approximation. GIGA aims at designing mathematical models and algorithms for analyzing, representing and manipulating discretized versions of continuous shapes without losing their topological and geometric properties. By shapes, we mean sub-manifolds or compact subsets of, possibly high dimensional, Riemannian manifolds. This research project is divided into tasks which have Geometric Inference and Geometric Approximation as a common thread. Shapes can be represented in three ways: a physical representation (known only through measurements), a mathematical representation (abstract and continuous), and a computerized representation (inherently discrete). The GIGA project aims at studying the transitions from one type to the other, as well as the associated discrete data structures.

Some tasks are motivated by problems coming from data analysis, which can be found when studying data sets in high dimensional spaces. They are dedicated to the development of mathematically well-founded models and tools for the robust estimation of topological and geometric properties of data sets sampled around an unknown compact set in Euclidean spaces or around Riemannian manifolds.

Some tasks are motivated by problems coming from data generation, which can be found when studying data sets in lower dimensional spaces (Euclidean spaces of dimension 2 or 3). The proposed research activities aim at leveraging some concepts from computational geometry and harmonic forms to provide novel algorithms for generating discrete data structures either from mathematical representations (possibly deriving from an inference process) or from raw, unprocessed discrete data. We target both isotropic and anisotropic meshes, and simplicial as well as quadrangle and hexahedron meshes.

This project coordinated by Geometrica also involves researchers from the INRIA team-project ABS, CNRS (Grenoble), and a representative from the industry holding a PAST position (Visiting Professor from Industry) at the university of Grenoble.

- Starting date: October 2009.

- Duration: 4 years.

ANR Gyroviz

Participants : Pierre Alliez, Jean-Daniel Boissonnat, Laurent Saboret, Nader Salman, Mariette Yvinec.

The Gyroviz project was selected by the ANR in the framework of the call Audivisual and Multimedia techniques. The project, which was launched in December 2007 for three years, involves the SME Sofresud (Toulon, coordinator) and IXSEA and research teams from the CEA, INRIA and SupMECA Toulon. The project addresses the challenge of automatic modeling of 3D physical scenes from located frames. The aim of the project is to couple new accurate inertial sensors with an image acquisition device and efficient reconstruction algorithms to obtain an automatic image-based modeling system.

- Starting date: December 2007.

- Duration: 3 years.

DIGITEO project GAS: Geometry Algorithms and Statistics

Participants : Claire Caillerie, Frédéric Chazal, David Cohen-Steiner, Bertrand Michel, Steve Oudot.

The project GAS was selected by the DIGITEO consortium in the framework of the “Domaines d'Intérêt Majeur” call of the Région Île-de-France. The project intends to explore and to develop new research at the crossing of information geometry, computational geometry and statistics. It started in September 2008 for an expected duration of 2 years. The other partners of the project are the Ecole Polytechnique (F. Nielsen) and the SELECT project-team (G. Celeux, P. Massart).

- Starting date: September 2008.

- Duration: 2 years.

DIGITEO Chair C3TTA: Cell Complexes in Computational Topology: Theory and Applications

Participants : Claire Caillerie, Frédéric Chazal, David Cohen-Steiner, Steve Oudot, Primoz Skraba.

The primary purpose of this project is to bring about a close collaboration between the chair holder Dr Vin de Silva and Digiteo teams working on the development of topological and geometric methods in Computer Science. The research program is motivated by problems coming from the increasing need of studying and analyzing the (often huge) data sets that are now available in many scientific and economic domains. Indeed, due to the improvements of measurement devices and data storage tools, the available data about complex shapes or complex systems are growing very fast. These data being often represented as point clouds in high dimensional (or even infinite dimensional) spaces there is a considerable interest in analyzing and processing data in such spaces. Despite the high dimensionality of the ambiant space, one often expects them to be located around an unknown, possibly non linear, low dimensional shape. It is then appealing to infer and analyse topological and geometric characteristics of that shape from the data. The hope is that this information will help to process more efficiently the data and to better understand the underlying complex systems from which the data are generated. In the last few years, topological and geometric approaches to obtain such information have encountered an increasing interest. The goal of this project is to bring together the complementary expertises in computational topology and geometry of the involved Digiteo teams and in applied geometry and algebraic topology of V. de Silva to develop new topological approaches to the previous mentioned domain. The project intends to develop both the theoretical and practical sides of this subject. The other partners of the project are the Ecole Polytechnique (L. Castelli-Aleardi and F. Nielsen) and the CEA (E. Goubault).

- Starting date: January 2009.

- Duration: 3 years.


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