Consistent Curvature Approximation on Riemannian Shape Spaces

Alexander Effland, Behrend Heeren, Martin Rumpf, Benedikt Wirth

Research output: Working paperPreprint


We describe how to approximate the Riemann curvature tensor as well as sectional curvatures on possibly infinite-dimensional shape spaces that can be thought of as Riemannian manifolds. To this end, we extend the variational time discretization of geodesic calculus presented in [RW15], which just requires an approximation
of the squared Riemannian distance that is typically easy to compute. First we obtain first order discrete covariant derivatives via a Schild’s ladder type discretization of parallel transport. Second order discrete covariant derivatives are then computed as nested first order discrete covariant derivatives. These finally give rise to an approximation of the curvature tensor. First and second order consistency are proven for the approximations of the
covariant derivative and the curvature tensor. The findings are experimentally validated on two-dimensional surfaces embedded in R3 . Furthermore, as a proof of concept the method is applied to the shape space of triangular meshes, and discrete sectional curvature indicatrices are computed on low-dimensional vector bundles
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages17
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2019

Publication series e-Print archive
PublisherCornell University Library


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