Elsevier GMOD – Graphical Models

Elsevier CAGD – Computer Aided Geometric Design

Special Issue on “Isogeometric Analysis and Mesh Generation”

Guest Editor: David Xianfeng Gu (Stony Brook University, USA), Hang Si (WIAS, Germany), Zhongxuan Luo (DUT, China), Na Lei (DUT, China)

Theme. Isogeometric analysis (IGA) is a recently developed computational approach, which has great potential to integrate finite element analysis (FEA) into conventional NURBS-based CAD design tools. Comparing to the conventional Finite Element Method, IGA coherently fuses both CAD and CAE fields and has demonstrates many merits: it is unnecessary to convert Spline models to meshes and vice versa, subdivision becomes much simpler without loss of geometric accuracy, it is more convenient to solve problems with high order continuity and so on. IGA has been broadly applied for analysing solid and fluid mechanics, electric-magnetic fields design and crack propagation. The IGA approach requires the advancements of structured hexahedral meshing techniques, in order to construct solid Splines, namely the so called holy-grid problem. Furthermore, the IGA method needs the developments of novel Spline theories and schemes. All these novel developments will advance the CAGD, CAE fields, and benefit Computer Graphics, Digital Geometry, Computational Geometry and Machine vision fields.

Main topics. This Special Section of the Graphical Models Journal, published by Elsevier, covers a range of topics on the fundamental theories, numerical schemes, algorithmic design and practical applications of Isogeometric Analysis, advanced Mesh Generation in the context of Computer-Aided Geometric Design, Digital Geometric Processing, Computational Geometry, Computer Aided Engineering, Computational Mechanics and related research fields. The topics range from discrete geometric theories, mesh generation algorithms, to real applications in manufacture industry. The list of suggested topics includes but is not limited to:

  • Isogeometric Analysis
  • Volumetric Spline Fitting
  • Surface Spline Fitting
  • Extraordinary Point Analysis
  • Quad-Mesh Generation
  • Hex-Mesh Generation
  • Unstructured Mesh Generation
  • Topological Optimization
  • Geometry processing applications
  • Surface parameterization
  • Shape modelling applications
  • Shape matching and comparison
  • Dynamic Surface Tracking
  • Shape analysis and retrieval
  • Applications to Computer Graphics
  • Applications to Computational Geometry
  • Application to Computer Vision
  • Applications to Medicine (e.g., brain and neuro-image analysis)

Manuscript preparation and submission. This thematic issue seeks high-quality research, survey, theory and application submissions. Papers must be original contributions, not previously published or currently under-review in other journals. Submissions based on previous published or submitted conference papers may be considered provided they are considerably improved and extended.

For information, please contact Dr. David Gu: gu(at)


  • Full paper submission: 21 August 2018
  • Notification of the 1st review process: 6 November 2018
  • Revised version due: 20 December 2018
  • Notification of acceptance: 15 February 2019
  • Camera ready copy due: 31 March 2019