I have a 3D triangular mesh representing cortical surface of a brain. I also have one vertex of interest. I would like to unfold a neighborhood of this vertex in such a way that both the angles (their ratios) and distances of paths from this vertex are preserved as much as possible.
I read some reviews on mesh parameterization techniques (eg. this one by Scheffer et al.). My understanding is that all the algorithms try to preserve a certain property (angle, distance, area) or a combination of those properties for all of the vertices or faces. In my case I need to preserve angles and distance of paths going from only one point. My intuition tells me that what I need should be quite simple because I demand much less from the output than all those parameterization algorithms. Yet I cannot come up with the solution. Any help is greatly appreciated.