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In this paper we propose a novel approach of computing skeletons of robust topology for simply connected surfaces with boundary by constructing Reeb graphs from the eigen-functions of an anisotropic Laplace-Beltrami operator. Our work brings together the idea of Reeb graphs and skeletons by incorporating a flux-based weight function into the Laplace-Beltrami operator. Based on the intrinsic geometry of the surface, the resulting Reeb graph is pose independent and captures the global profile of surface geometry. Our algorithm is very efficient and it only takes several seconds to compute on neuroanatomical structures such as the cingulate gyrus and corpus callosum. In our experiments, we show that the Reeb graphs serve well as an approximate skeleton with consistent topology while following the main body of conventional skeletons quite accurately.
Date of Conference: 23-28 June 2008