Landmark-based Shape Deformation with Topology-Preserving Constraints Conference Paper uri icon


  • This paper presents a novel approach for landmark-based shape deformation, in which fitting error and shape difference are formulated into a support vector machine (SVM) regression problem. To well describe nonrigid shape deformation, this paper measures the shape difference using a thin-plate spline model. The proposed approach is capable of preserving the topology of the template shape in the deformation. This property is achieved by inserting a set of additional points and imposing a set of linear equality and/or inequality constraints. The underlying optimization problem is solved using a quadratic programming algorithm. The proposed method has been tested using practical data in the context of shape-based image segmentation. Some relevant practical issues, such as missing detected landmarks and selection of the regularization parameter are also briefly discussed.

author list (cited authors)

  • Wang, S., Ji, J. X., & Liang, Z.

citation count

  • 7

publication date

  • January 2003