Variational Level-Set Detection of Local Isosurfaces from Unstructured Point-based Volume Data

Vladimir Molchanov, Paul Rosenthal & Lars Linsen
A standard approach for visualizing scalar volume data is the extraction of isosurfaces. The most efficient methods for surface extraction operate on regular grids. When data is given on unstructured point-based samples, regularization can be applied but may introduce interpolation errors. We propose a method for smooth isosurface visualization that operates directly on unstructured point-based volume data avoiding any resampling. We derive a variational formulation for smooth local isosurface extraction using an implicit surface representation...