The area of surface reconstruction has seen substantial progress in the past two decades. The traditional problem addressed by surface reconstruction is to recover the digital representation of a physical shape that has been scanned, where the scanned data contains a wide variety of defects. While much of the earlier work has been focused on reconstructing a piece-wise smooth representation of the original shape, recent work has taken on more specialized priors to address significantly challenging data imperfections, where the reconstruction can take on different representations – not necessarily the explicit geometry. This state-of-the-art report surveys the field of surface reconstruction, providing a categorization with respect to priors, data imperfections, and reconstruction output. By considering a holistic view of surface reconstruction, this report provides a detailed characterization of the field, highlights similarities between diverse reconstruction techniques, and provides directions for future work in surface reconstruction.


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   title = {State of the Art in Surface Reconstruction from Point Clouds}, 
   author = {Matthew Berger and Andrea Tagliasacchi and Lee M. Seversky and Pierre Alliez and 
             Joshua A. Levine and Andrei Sharf and Claudio Silva}, 
   journal = {Eurographics STAR (Proc. of EG'14) }, 
   year = 2014}


We would like to thank Misha Kazhdan, Gael Guennebaud, Mark Pauly, Mario Botsch, Yaron Lipman, Florent Lafarge, Gael Guennebaud, Oliver Mattausch and Alexandre Sorkine-Hornung as well as the reviewers for their valuable feedback.