Title: Canonical forms for non-rigid 3D shape retrieval (source code)

Pickup D (2016). Canonical forms for non-rigid 3D shape retrieval (source code). Cardiff University. http://doi.org/10.17035/d.2016.0009095844

Access Rights: Data can be made freely available subject to attribution
Access Method: Click to email a request for this data to opendata@cardiff.ac.uk

Cardiff University Dataset Creators

Dataset Details
Publisher: Cardiff University
Date (year) of data becoming publicly available: 2016
Data format: .m, .cpp, .mat
Software Required: Matlab and a C++ compiler.
Dependencies for the view-based retrieval implementation:
PhychToolbox (http://psychtoolbox.org/).
VLFeat (http://www.vlfeat.org/).
Toolbox Graph (http://uk.mathworks.com/matlabcentral/fileexchange/5355-toolbox-graph).

Estimated total storage size of dataset: Less than 100 megabytes
DOI: 10.17035/d.2016.0009095844


Source code for two canonical form methods, which generate a standard pose for non-rigid 3D objects. There is also code for a view-based retrieval method, which can be applied to the canonical forms for non-rigid 3D shape retrieval.

The code is written in Matlab, with small portions written in C++ to interface with Matlab as mex files. The code contains README.txt files which describe how to compile and use the code, as well as a demonstration script (demo.m) for each canonical form method. The view-based retrieval method has some third-party dependencies, which are detailed in the associated README.txt file.

There are two canonical form methods implemented, which are implementations of the following two papers:

David Pickup, Xianfang Sun, Paul L. Rosin, Ralph R. Martin, "Skeleton-Based Canonical Forms for Non-Rigid 3D Shape Retrieval", Computational Visual Media, 2016.

Pickup, D., Sun, X., Rosin, P.L., Martin, R.R. “Euclidean-distance-based canonical forms for non-rigid 3D shape retrieval”, Pattern Recognition 2015.

Information on these and other relevant publications can be found at


The view-based method is my implementation of a method proposed by Zhouhui Lian in the following paper:

Z Lian, A Godil, X Sun, J Xiao, "CM-BOF: visual similarity-based 3D shape retrieval using Clock Matching and Bag-of-Features",  Machine vision and applications, 2013.


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