CAS 749 - Advanced Topics in Computational Geometry

Lectures

Wednesday 9:00-12:00

The first lecture is on Wednesday September 16, 2020

Instructor

Antoine Deza
Office: ITB 127
Extension: 23750
Email: deza@mcmaster.ca
Office hours: Friday 14:30-15:20 or by appointment

Course Outline

Computational geometry deals with the design and analysis of algorithms for solving problems arising in discrete geometry, primary in 2 and 3 dimensions. This course provides an introduction to useful frameworks for computational geometry problems in dimension 2, 3 and higher. We introduce the basic concepts of triangulation, Voronoi diagrams, polyhedra, lattices and integer cones, arrangement of hyperplanes and linear programming and illustrate these notions by some examples coming from combinatorial optimization. The course will be relatively self-contained. Reading will be assigned to cover some of the topics.


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• improper collaboration in group work.
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