MVF Designer: Design and Visualization of Morse Vector Fields

Youjia Zhou, Janis Lazovskis, Michael J. Catanzaro, Matthew Zabka, Bei Wang

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Vector field design on surfaces was originally motivated by applications in graphics such as texture synthesis and rendering. In this paper, we consider the idea of vector field design with a new motivation from computational topology. We are interested in designing and visualizing vector fields to aid the study of Morse functions, Morse vector fields, and Morse-Smale complexes. To achieve such a goal, we present MVF Designer, a new interactive design system that provides fine-grained control over vector field geometry, enables the editing of vector field topology, and supports a design process in a simple and efficient way using elementary moves, which are actions that initiate or advance our design process. Our system allows mathematicians to explore the complex configuration spaces of Morse functions, their gradients, and their associated Morse-Smale complexes. Understanding these spaces will help us expand further their applicability in topological data analysis and visualization.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages11
Publication statusSubmitted - 19 Dec 2019


  • Graphics
  • Computational Geometry
  • Algebraic Topology
  • Combinatorics
  • Dynamical Systems


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