Fractured Object Reassembly via Robust Surface Registration

Pavlos Mavridis       Anthousis Andreadis       Georgios Papaioannou
Department of Informatics, Athens University of Economics and Business

Eurographics 2015 (Short Papers track)

automatic reassembly results
Figure 1. Automatic reassembly of fractured and partially eroded cultural heritage objects from their parts using the proposed pipeline. For visualization purposes, each one of the fragments is tinded with a separate color. The original 3D datasets can be found at the project PRESIOUS website.


The reassembly of fractured 3D objects from their parts is an important problem in cultural heritage and other domains. We approach reassembly from a geometric matching perspective and propose a pipeline for the automatic solution of the problem, where an efficient and generic three-level coarse-to-fine search strategy is used for the underlying global optimization. Key to the efficiency of our approach is the use of a discretized approximation of the surfaces' distance field, which significantly reduces the cost of distance queries and allows our method to systematically search the global parameter space with minimal cost. The resulting reassembly pipeline provides highly reliable alignment, as demonstrated through the reassembly of fractured objects from their fragments and the reconstruction of 3D objects from partial scans, showcasing the wide applicability of our methodology.

Interactive Results

Click (or tap) on the embedded 3D viewer to interactively explore the results of our reassembly method.


The authors would like to thank Ioannis Pratikakis and his research team at Athena Research Center for providing the pottery dataset in Figure 4. This work was funded by EC FP7 STREP project PRESIOUS, grant no. 600533.


@inproceedings {Mavridis:2015a,
booktitle = {EG 2015 - Short Papers},
editor = {B. Bickel and T. Ritschel},
title = {{Fractured Object Reassembly via Robust Surface Registration}},
author = {Mavridis, Pavlos and Andreadis, Anthousis and Papaioannou, Georgios},
year = {2015},
publisher = {The Eurographics Association},
DOI = {10.2312/egsh.20151005}