TY - JOUR

T1 - Generalized voronoi diagrams for moving a ladder. I

T2 - Topological analysis

AU - Ó'Dunlaing, Colm

AU - Sharir, Micha

AU - Yap, Chee K.

PY - 1986/7

Y1 - 1986/7

N2 - Given a bounded open subset Ω of the plane whose boundary is the union of finitely many polygons, and a real number d > 0, a manifold FP (the [free placements]) may be defined as the set of placements of a closed oriented line‐segment B (a [ladder]) of length d inside Ω. FP is a three‐dimensional manifold. A [Voronoi complex] in this manifold, a two‐dimensional cell complex, is defined by analogy with the classical geometric construction in the plane; within this complex a one‐dimensional subcomplex N, called the skeleton, is defined. It is shown that every component of FP contains a unique component of N, and canonical motions are given to move the ladder to placements within N. In this way, general motion planning is reduced to searching in a suitable representation of N as a (combinatorial) graph. Efficient construction of N is described in a companion paper.

AB - Given a bounded open subset Ω of the plane whose boundary is the union of finitely many polygons, and a real number d > 0, a manifold FP (the [free placements]) may be defined as the set of placements of a closed oriented line‐segment B (a [ladder]) of length d inside Ω. FP is a three‐dimensional manifold. A [Voronoi complex] in this manifold, a two‐dimensional cell complex, is defined by analogy with the classical geometric construction in the plane; within this complex a one‐dimensional subcomplex N, called the skeleton, is defined. It is shown that every component of FP contains a unique component of N, and canonical motions are given to move the ladder to placements within N. In this way, general motion planning is reduced to searching in a suitable representation of N as a (combinatorial) graph. Efficient construction of N is described in a companion paper.

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U2 - 10.1002/cpa.3160390402

DO - 10.1002/cpa.3160390402

M3 - Article

AN - SCOPUS:84990619101

SN - 0010-3640

VL - 39

SP - 423

EP - 483

JO - Communications on Pure and Applied Mathematics

JF - Communications on Pure and Applied Mathematics

IS - 4

ER -