Neural Geometry Fields for Meshes

UC San Diego


Recent work on using neural fields to represent surfaces has re- sulted in significant improvements in representational capability and computational efficiency. However, to our knowledge, most existing work has focused on implicit representations such as signed distance fields or volumes, and little work has explored their appli- cation to discrete surface geometry, i.e., 3D meshes, limiting the applicability of neural surface representations.

We present Neural Geometry Fields, a neural representation for discrete surface geometry represented by triangle meshes. Our idea is to represent the target surface using a coarse set of quadrangular patches, and add surface details using coordinate neural networks by displacing the patches. We then extract a traditional triangular mesh from a neural geometry field instance by sampling the displacement. We show that our representation excels in mesh compression, where it significantly reduces the memory footprint of meshes without compromising on surface details.

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  title = {Neural Geometry Fields for Meshes},
  author = {Sivaram, Venkataram and Ramamoorthi, Ravi and Li, Tzu-Mao},
  numpages = {11},
  year = {2024},
  series = {SIGGRAPH '24}