Three-dimensional shape searching: state-of-the-art review and future trends
Three-dimensional shape searching is a problem of current interest in several different fields. Most techniques have been developed for a particular domain and reduce a shape into a simpler shape representation. The techniques developed for a particular domain will also find applications in other domains. We classify and compare various 3D shape searching techniques based on their shape representations. A brief description of each technique is provided followed by a detailed survey of the state-of-the-art. The paper concludes by identifying gaps in current shape search techniques and identifies directions for future research. q 2004 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.