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OBBTree: A hierarchical structure for rapid interference detection
 Proc. ACM SIGGRAPH, 171–180
, 1996
"... {gottscha,lin,manocha}©cs. unc.edu We present a data structure and an algorithm for efficient and exact interference detection amongst complex models undergoing rigid motion. The algorithm is applicable to all general polygonal and curved models. It precomputes a hierarchical representation of mode ..."
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{gottscha,lin,manocha}©cs. unc.edu We present a data structure and an algorithm for efficient and exact interference detection amongst complex models undergoing rigid motion. The algorithm is applicable to all general polygonal and curved models. It precomputes a hierarchical representation of models using tightfitting oriented bounding box trees. At runtime, the algorithm traverses the tree and tests for overlaps between oriented bounding boxes based on a new separating axis theorem, which takes less than 200 operations in practice. It has been implemented and we compare its performance with other hierarchical data structures. In particular, it can accurately detect all the contacts between large complex geometries composed of hundreds of thousands of polygons at interactive rates, almost one order of magnitude faster than earlier methods.
ICOLLIDE: An interactive and exact collision detection system for largescale environments
 In Proc. of ACM Interactive 3D Graphics Conference
, 1995
"... We present an exact and interactive collision detection system, ICOLLIDE, for largescale environments. Such environments are characterized by the number of objects undergoing rigid motion and the complexity of the models. The algorithm does not assume the objects ’ motions can be expressed as a c ..."
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We present an exact and interactive collision detection system, ICOLLIDE, for largescale environments. Such environments are characterized by the number of objects undergoing rigid motion and the complexity of the models. The algorithm does not assume the objects ’ motions can be expressed as a closed form function of time. The collision detection system is general and can be easily interfaced with a variety of applications. The algorithm uses a twolevel approach based on pruning multipleobject pairs using bounding boxes and performing exact collision detection between selected pairs of polyhedral models. We demonstrate the performance of the system in walkthrough and simulation environments consisting of a large number of moving objects. In particular, the system takes less than l/20 of a second to determine all the collisions and contacts in an environment consisting of more than a 1000 moving polytopes, each consisting of more than 50 faces on an HP9000/750. 1
Efficient collision detection using bounding volume hierarchies of kdops
 IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics
, 1998
"... Abstract—Collision detection is of paramount importance for many applications in computer graphics and visualization. Typically, the input to a collision detection algorithm is a large number of geometric objects comprising an environment, together with a set of objects moving within the environment ..."
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Abstract—Collision detection is of paramount importance for many applications in computer graphics and visualization. Typically, the input to a collision detection algorithm is a large number of geometric objects comprising an environment, together with a set of objects moving within the environment. In addition to determining accurately the contacts that occur between pairs of objects, one needs also to do so at realtime rates. Applications such as haptic forcefeedback can require over 1,000 collision queries per second. In this paper, we develop and analyze a method, based on boundingvolume hierarchies, for efficient collision detection for objects moving within highly complex environments. Our choice of bounding volume is to use a “discrete orientation polytope” (“kdop”), a convex polytope whose facets are determined by halfspaces whose outward normals come from a small fixed set of k orientations. We compare a variety of methods for constructing hierarchies (“BVtrees”) of bounding kdops. Further, we propose algorithms for maintaining an effective BVtree of kdops for moving objects, as they rotate, and for performing fast collision detection using BVtrees of the moving objects and of the environment. Our algorithms have been implemented and tested. We provide experimental evidence showing that our approach yields substantially faster collision detection than previous methods. Index Terms—Collision detection, intersection searching, bounding volume hierarchies, discrete orientation polytopes, bounding boxes, virtual reality, virtual environments. 1
Collision Detection Between Geometric Models: A Survey
 In Proc. of IMA Conference on Mathematics of Surfaces
, 1998
"... In this paper, we survey the state of the art in collision detection between general geometric models. The set of models include polygonal objects, spline or algebraic surfaces, CSG models, and deformable bodies. We present a number of techniques and systems available for contact determination. We a ..."
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In this paper, we survey the state of the art in collision detection between general geometric models. The set of models include polygonal objects, spline or algebraic surfaces, CSG models, and deformable bodies. We present a number of techniques and systems available for contact determination. We also describe several Nbody algorithms to reduce the number of pairwise intersection tests. 1 Introduction The goal of collision detection (also known as interference detection or contact determination) is to automatically report a geometric contact when it is about to occur or has actually occurred. The geometric models may be polygonal objects, splines, or algebraic surfaces. The problem is encountered in computeraided design and machining (CAD/CAM), robotics and automation, manufacturing, computer graphics, animation and computer simulated environments. Collision detection enables simulationbased design, tolerance verification, engineering analysis, assembly and disassembly, motion pla...
Approximating Polyhedra with Spheres for TimeCritical Collision Detection
 ACM Transactions on Graphics
, 1996
"... This paper presents a method for approximating polyhedral objects to support a timecritical collisiondetection algorithm. The approximations are hierarchies of spheres, and they allow the timecritical algorithm to progressively refine the accuracy of its detection, stopping as needed to maintain ..."
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This paper presents a method for approximating polyhedral objects to support a timecritical collisiondetection algorithm. The approximations are hierarchies of spheres, and they allow the timecritical algorithm to progressively refine the accuracy of its detection, stopping as needed to maintain the realtime performance essential for interactive applications. The key to this approach is a preprocess that automatically builds tightly fitting hierarchies for rigid and articulated objects. The preprocess uses medialaxis surfaces, which are skeletal representations of objects. These skeletons guide an optimization technique that gives the hierarchies accuracy properties appropriate for collision detection. In a sample application, hierarchies built this way allow the timecritical collisiondetection algorithm to have acceptable accuracy, improving significantly on that possible with hierarchies built by previous techniques. The performance of the timecritical algorithm in this appli...
Collision Detection for Interactive Graphics Applications
 IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics
, 1995
"... Solid objects in the real world do not pass through each other when they collide. Enforcing this property of "solidness" is important in many interactive graphics applications; for example, solidness makes virtual reality more believable, and solidness is essential for the correctness of vehicle sim ..."
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Solid objects in the real world do not pass through each other when they collide. Enforcing this property of "solidness" is important in many interactive graphics applications; for example, solidness makes virtual reality more believable, and solidness is essential for the correctness of vehicle simulators. These applications use a collisiondetection algorithm to enforce the solidness of objects. Unfortunately, previous collisiondetection algorithms do not adequately address the needs of interactive applications. To work in these applications, a collisiondetection algorithm must run at realtime rates, even when many objects can collide, and it must tolerate objects whose motion is specified "on the fly" by a user. This dissertation describes a new collisiondetection algorithm that meets these criteria through approximation and graceful degradation, elements of timecritical computing. The algorithm is not only fast but also interruptible, allowing an application to trade accuracy ...
Six DegreeofFreedom Haptic Rendering Using Voxel Sampling
 Proc. ACM Siggraph, ACM
, 1999
"... A simple, fast, and approximate voxelbased approach to 6DOF haptic rendering is presented. It can reliably sustain a 1000 Hz haptic refresh rate without resorting to asynchronous physics and haptic rendering loops. It enables the manipulation of a modestly complex rigid object within an arbitraril ..."
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A simple, fast, and approximate voxelbased approach to 6DOF haptic rendering is presented. It can reliably sustain a 1000 Hz haptic refresh rate without resorting to asynchronous physics and haptic rendering loops. It enables the manipulation of a modestly complex rigid object within an arbitrarily complex environment of static rigid objects. It renders a shortrange force field surrounding the static objects, which repels the manipulated object and strives to maintain a voxelscale minimum separation distance that is known to preclude exact surface interpenetration. Force discontinuities arising from the use of a simple penalty force model are mitigated by a dynamic simulation based on virtual coupling. A generalization of octree improves voxel memory efficiency. In a preliminary implementation, a commercially available 6DOF haptic prototype device is driven at a constant 1000 Hz haptic refresh rate from one dedicated haptic processor, with a separate processor for graphics. This system yields stable and convincing force feedback for a wide range of user controlled motion inside a large, complex virtual environment, with very few surface interpenetration events. This level of performance appears suited to applications such as certain maintenance and assembly task simulations that can tolerate voxelscale minimum separation distances.
Fast proximity queries with swept sphere volumes
, 1999
"... We present novel algorithms for fast proximity queries using swept sphere volumes. The set of proximity queries includes collision detection and both exact and approximate separation distance computation. We introduce a new family of bounding volumes that correspond to a core primitive shape grown ..."
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We present novel algorithms for fast proximity queries using swept sphere volumes. The set of proximity queries includes collision detection and both exact and approximate separation distance computation. We introduce a new family of bounding volumes that correspond to a core primitive shape grown outward by some offset. The set of core primitive shapes includes a point, line, and rectangle. This family of bounding volumes provides varying tightness of t to the underlying geometry. Furthermore, we describe efficient and accurate algorithms to perform different queries using these bounding volumes. We present a novel analysis of proximity queries that highlights the relationship between collision detection and distance computation. We also present traversal techniques for accelerating distance queries. These algorithms have been used to perform proximity queries for applications including virtual prototyping, dynamic simulation, and motion planning on complex models. As compared to earlier algorithms based on bounding volume hierarchies for separation distance and approximate distance computation, our algorithms have
Incremental algorithms for collision detection between solid models
 IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics
, 1995
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Evaluation of Collision Detection Methods for Virtual Reality FlyThroughs
 In Canadian Conference on Computational Geometry
, 1995
"... We consider the problem of preprocessing a scene of polyhedral models in order to perform collision detection very efficiently for an object that moves amongst obstacles. This problem is of central importance in virtual reality applications, where it is necessary to check for collisions at realtime ..."
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We consider the problem of preprocessing a scene of polyhedral models in order to perform collision detection very efficiently for an object that moves amongst obstacles. This problem is of central importance in virtual reality applications, where it is necessary to check for collisions at realtime rates. We give an algorithm for collision detection that is based on the use of a mesh (tetrahedralization) of the free space that has (hopefully) low stabbing number. The algorithm has been implemented and tested, and we give experimental results comparing its performance against three other algorithms that we implemented, based on standard data structures. A preliminary version of this paper appeared in the proceedings of the 7 th Canad. Conf. Computat. Geometry, Qu'ebec, Aug 1013, 1995. y held@ams.sunysb.edu; Supported by NSF Grant DMS9312098. On sabbatical leave from Universitat Salzburg, Salzburg, Austria. z jklosow@ams.sunysb.edu; Supported by NSF grants ECSE8857642 and C...