Fast Algorithm for Stochastic 3D Tree Computation and Forest Simulation

MengZhen KANG
National Laboratory of Pattern Recognition, Institute of Automation

Chinese Academy of Sciences

100080 BeiJing 2728#




Keywords: Stochastic, instancing, substructure, tree growth, 3D plant simulation


In this paper, we simulate the stochastic tree growth based on an organogenesis model faithful to botanical rules, in which we consider probabilities of death, growth and branching, according to the law of occupation and transition of the different states of the buds that corresponds to the botanical notionphysiological age. To promote simulation efficiency, an algorithm based on stochastic substructure instancing is used. In that case, a set of random substructures is simulated starting from the highest physiological age to the lowest one, which is the main tree. The substructures are constructed by a recursive process. Since the size of the substructure set is limited, the time to make a single stochastic tree is shorter than a usual bud-by-bud tree simulation, and even much quicker in constructing the second tree because the substructure set are already done. So for a forest simulation, a lot of time can be saved. When the set size is big, the number of organs produced fit well with theoretical mean and variance, which provides a base for our algorithm. The set size decides the simulation accuracy, but for visualization, small set size like two or three is sufficient. Examples are shown to prove the high performance this algorithm.