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Implementation of a multilinear model for skull, facial tissue thickness, and skin from our paper at VCBM 2018.
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Multilinear model demo

This project demonstrates how to load and evaluate a multilinear model for different skull shapes and facial soft tissue thicknesses (FSTT) and thereby generating meshes for the skull and skin surfaces. Try the online demo.

In this repository we provide the full source code for evaluating the multilinear model as well as the data for a reduced multilinear model with 7 parameters for skull shape and 4 parameters for FSTT distribution. Your can download the full model here.


This project is based on these two papers:

Please cite the first paper if you use the code in your research project.


The project is based on the PMP library for mesh processing, visualization, and GUI. It is automatically downloaded as a git submodule.

Fetch the repository:

$ git clone --recursive

Configure and build:

$ cd multilinear_heads && mkdir build && cd build && cmake .. && make

Run the mesh processing app:

$ ./mlmviewer

Code Documentation

We provide a pre-built documentation in the doc directory:

firefox multilinear_heads/doc/index.html

or using any other web browser.

You can also build the HTML documentation on your own as long as you have Doxygen installed:

cd multilinear_heads/build/ && make doc

View the documentation by opening the file build/html/index.html with any web browser.

Running the Application

After building (i.e. execution of make), still in the directory build, launch the program by executing the following command:

./mlmviewer <directory name where the multilinear model is stored>



which by default loads the restricted model with 7 parameters for skull shape and 4 parameters for FSTT distribution.


Copyright (c) by Computer Graphics Group, Bielefeld University

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