Department of Computer Science | Institute of Theoretical Computer Science | CADMO

Theory of Combinatorial Algorithms

Prof. Emo Welzl and Prof. Bernd Gärtner

Mittagsseminar (in cooperation with M. Ghaffari, A. Steger and B. Sudakov)

Mittagsseminar Talk Information

Date and Time: Tuesday, September 01, 2009, 12:15 pm

Duration: This information is not available in the database

Location: CAB G51

Speaker: Monique Teillaud (INRIA Sophia Antipolis - Méditerranée)

Computing 3D Periodic Triangulations

This work is motivated by the need for software computing 3D periodic triangulations in numerous domains including astronomy, material engineering, biomedical computing, fluid dynamics etc. We design an algorithmic test to check whether a partition of the 3D flat torus into tetrahedra forms a triangulation (which subsumes that it is a simplicial complex). We propose an incremental algorithm that computes the Delaunay triangulation of a set of points in the 3D flat torus without duplicating any point, whenever possible; our algorithmic test detects when such a duplication can be avoided, which is usually possible in practical situations. Even in cases where point duplication is necessary, our algorithm always computes a triangulation that is homeomorphic to the flat torus. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first algorithm of this kind whose output is provably correct. Proved algorithms found in the literature are in fact always computing with 27 copies of the input points in R^3, and yield a triangulation that does not have the topology of a torus.

The full paper is available here.

Joint work with Manuel Caroli.

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