Transport of relational structures in groups of diffeomorphisms

Laurent Younes, Anqi Qiu, Raimond Winslow, Michael I. Miller

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This paper focuses on the issue of translating the relative variation of one shape with respect to another in a template centered representation. The context is the theory of Diffeomorphic Pattern Matching which provides a representation of the space of shapes of objects, including images and point sets, as an infinite dimensional Riemannian manifold which is acted upon by groups of diffeomorphisms. We discuss two main options for achieving our goal; the first one is the parallel translation, based on the Riemannian metric; the second one, based on the group action, is the coadjoint transport. These methods are illustrated with 3D experiments.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)41-56
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Mathematical Imaging and Vision
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2008



  • Deformable templates
  • Groups of diffeomorphisms
  • Image registration
  • Jacobi fields
  • Shape analysis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design
  • Software
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition

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