F. C. Langbein. Reverse Engineering: From Artifacts to Concepts. Public engagement and outreach talk given at various occasions. [PDF]
One can think of engineering as the process of converting a concept into an artifact. Then reverse engineering converts an artifact back into a concept. Based on measurements of the original object or more general process, we then aim to construct a computer model of the object for further processing. We are in particular interested in developing programs to (semi-)automate this process. While a lot of work is focused on geometric models, the algorithms and techniques develop may apply to other reverse engineering tasks to build computer models of artificial or natural physical objects and phenomenons.
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