Synopses & Reviews
This introduction to computational geometry focuses on algorithms. Motivation is provided from the application areas as all techniques are related to particular applications in robotics, graphics, CAD/CAM, and geographic information systems. Modern insights in computational geometry are used to provide solutions that are both efficient and easy to understand and implement.
Computational geometry emerged from the ?eld of algorithms design and analysis in the late 1970s. It has grown into a recognized discipline with its own journals, conferences, and a large community of active researchers. The success of the ?eld as a research discipline can on the one hand be explained from the beauty of the problems studied and the solutions obtained, and, on the other hand, by the many application domains computer graphics, geographic information systems (GIS), robotics, and others in which geometric algorithms play a fundamental role. For many geometric problems the early algorithmic solutions were either slow or dif?cult to understand and implement. In recent years a number of new algorithmic techniques have been developed that improved and simpli?ed many of the previous approaches. In this textbook we have tried to make these modern algorithmic solutions accessible to a large audience. The book has been written as a textbook for a course in computational geometry, but it can also be used for self-study."
Table of Contents
Computational Geometry: Introduction.- Line Segment Intersection: Thematic Map Overlay.- Polygon Triangulation: Guarding an Art Gallery.- Linear Programming: Manufacturing with Molds.- Orthogonal Range Searching: Querying a Database.- Point Location: Knowing Where You Are.- Voronoi Diagrams: The Post Office Problem.- Arrangements and Duality: Supersampling in Ray Tracing.- Delaunay Triangulations: Height Interpolation.- More Geometric Data Structures: Windowing.- Convex Hulls: Mixing Things.- Binary Space Partitions: The Painter's Algorithm.- Robot Motion Planning: Getting Where You Want to Be.- Quadtrees: Non-Uniform Mesh Generation.- Visibility Graphs: Finding the Shortest Route.- Simplex Range Searching: Windowing Revisited.- Bibliography.- Index.