Retopography and AI
Is anyone familiar with attempts/products/research, commercial or otherwise, to automate at least some portions of retopography using AI?
AFAIK ZBrush has an auto retopology but its not something you would use for like a main character, for example.
My background is in software development (including some light AI work) and from my limited understanding of retopography it seems like there are some tasks that neural networks in particular would be a good candidate for.
My first though is to take many medium-detail head models and train a network on their retopologized counterparts and see if its capable of creating anything like a reasonable head topology.
Now I don't think its quite this easy or we would have these tools already, likely it will take a couple layers of different networks working together to get anything reasonable.
Thinking aloud, a good place to start may be on fill topology, ie you go into retopoflow and set up your main edge loops and then get auto-fill on the rest.
I've been considering returning to university and am thinking AI retopology may be a good research topic. Any thoughts?