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Finding shortest nonseparating and noncontractible cycles for topologically embedded graphs
 Discrete Comput. Geom
, 2005
"... We present an algorithm for finding shortest surface nonseparating cycles in graphs embedded on surfaces in O(g 3/2 V 3/2 log V + g 5/2 V 1/2) time, where V is the number of vertices in the graph and g is the genus of the surface. If g = o(V 1/3−ε), this represents a considerable improvement over p ..."
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We present an algorithm for finding shortest surface nonseparating cycles in graphs embedded on surfaces in O(g 3/2 V 3/2 log V + g 5/2 V 1/2) time, where V is the number of vertices in the graph and g is the genus of the surface. If g = o(V 1/3−ε), this represents a considerable improvement over previous results by Thomassen, and Erickson and HarPeled. We also give algorithms to find a shortest noncontractible cycle in O(g O(g) V 3/2) time, which improves previous results for fixed genus. This result can be applied for computing the (nonseparating) facewidth of embedded graphs. Using similar ideas we provide the first nearlinear running time algorithm for computing the facewidth of a graph embedded on the projective plane, and an algorithm to find the facewidth of embedded toroidal graphs in O(V 5/4 log V) time. 1
Computing shortest nontrivial cycles on orientable surfaces of bounded genus in almost linear time
 In SOCG ’06: Proc. 22nd Symp. Comput. Geom
, 2006
"... We present an algorithm that computes a shortest noncontractible and a shortest nonseparating cycle on an orientable combinatorial surface of bounded genus in O(n log n) time, where n denotes the complexity of the surface. This solves a central open problem in computational topology, improving upon ..."
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We present an algorithm that computes a shortest noncontractible and a shortest nonseparating cycle on an orientable combinatorial surface of bounded genus in O(n log n) time, where n denotes the complexity of the surface. This solves a central open problem in computational topology, improving upon the currentbest O(n 3/2)time algorithm by Cabello and Mohar (ESA 2005). Our algorithm uses universalcover constructions to find short cycles and makes extensive use of existing tools from the field. 1
Tightening NonSimple Paths and Cycles on Surfaces
 SUBMITTED TO SIAM JOURNAL ON COMPUTING
"... We describe algorithms to compute the shortest path homotopic to a given path, or the shortest cycle freely homotopic to a given cycle, on an orientable combinatorial surface. Unlike earlier results, our algorithms do not require the input path or cycle to be simple. Given a surface with complexity ..."
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We describe algorithms to compute the shortest path homotopic to a given path, or the shortest cycle freely homotopic to a given cycle, on an orientable combinatorial surface. Unlike earlier results, our algorithms do not require the input path or cycle to be simple. Given a surface with complexity n, genus g ≥ 2, and no boundary, we construct in O(gn log n) time a tight octagonal decomposition of the surface—a set of simple cycles, each as short as possible in its free homotopy class, that decompose the surface into a complex of octagons meeting four at a vertex. After the surface is preprocessed, we can compute the shortest path homotopic to a given path of complexity k in O(gnk) time, or the shortest cycle homotopic to a given cycle of complexity k in O(gnk log(nk)) time. A similar algorithm computes shortest homotopic curves on surfaces with boundary or with genus 1. We also prove that the recent algorithms of Colin de Verdière and Lazarus for shortening embedded graphs and sets of cycles have running times polynomial in the complexity of the surface and the input curves, regardless of the surface geometry.
Splitting (complicated) surfaces is hard
 COMPUT. GEOM. THEORY APPL
, 2006
"... Let M be an orientable surface without boundary. A cycle on M is splitting if it has no selfintersections and it partitions M into two components, neither homeomorphic to a disk. In other words, splitting cycles are simple, separating, and noncontractible. We prove that finding the shortest splitt ..."
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Let M be an orientable surface without boundary. A cycle on M is splitting if it has no selfintersections and it partitions M into two components, neither homeomorphic to a disk. In other words, splitting cycles are simple, separating, and noncontractible. We prove that finding the shortest splitting cycle on a combinatorial surface is NPhard but fixedparameter tractable with respect to the surface genus. Specifically, we describe an algorithm to compute the shortest splitting cycle in g^O(g) n log n time.
On computing handle and tunnel loops
 In IEEE Proc. NASAGEM 07
, 2007
"... Many applications seek to identify features like ‘handles ’ and ‘tunnels ’ in a shape bordered by a surface embedded in three dimensions. To this end we define handle and tunnel loops on surfaces which can help identifying these features. We show that a closed surface of genus g always has g handle ..."
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Many applications seek to identify features like ‘handles ’ and ‘tunnels ’ in a shape bordered by a surface embedded in three dimensions. To this end we define handle and tunnel loops on surfaces which can help identifying these features. We show that a closed surface of genus g always has g handle and g tunnel loops induced by the embedding. For a class of shapes that retract to graphs, we characterize these loops by a linking condition with these graphs. These characterizations lead to algorithms for detection and generation of these loops. We provide an implementation with applications to feature detection and topology simplification to show the effectiveness of the method. 1
Computing geometryaware handle and tunnel loops in 3d models
 ACM Trans. Graph
"... Many applications such as topology repair, model editing, surface parameterization, and feature recognition benefit from computing loops on surfaces that wrap around their ‘handles ’ and ‘tunnels’. Computing such loops while optimizing their geometric lengths is difficult. On the other hand, computi ..."
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Many applications such as topology repair, model editing, surface parameterization, and feature recognition benefit from computing loops on surfaces that wrap around their ‘handles ’ and ‘tunnels’. Computing such loops while optimizing their geometric lengths is difficult. On the other hand, computing such loops without considering geometry is easy but may not be very useful. In this paper we strike a balance by computing topologically correct loops that are also geometrically relevant. Our algorithm is a novel application of the concepts from topological persistence introduced recently in computational topology. The usability of the computed loops is demonstrated with some examples in feature identification and topology simplification.
Minimum Cuts and Shortest Homologous Cycles
 SYMPOSIUM ON COMPUTATIONAL GEOMETRY
, 2009
"... We describe the first algorithms to compute minimum cuts in surfaceembedded graphs in nearlinear time. Given an undirected graph embedded on an orientable surface of genus g, with two specified vertices s and t, our algorithm computes a minimum (s, t)cut in g O(g) n log n time. Except for the spec ..."
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We describe the first algorithms to compute minimum cuts in surfaceembedded graphs in nearlinear time. Given an undirected graph embedded on an orientable surface of genus g, with two specified vertices s and t, our algorithm computes a minimum (s, t)cut in g O(g) n log n time. Except for the special case of planar graphs, for which O(n log n)time algorithms have been known for more than 20 years, the best previous time bounds for finding minimum cuts in embedded graphs follow from algorithms for general sparse graphs. A slight generalization of our minimumcut algorithm computes a minimumcost subgraph in every Z2homology class. We also prove that finding a minimumcost subgraph homologous to a single input cycle is NPhard.
Homology flows, cohomology cuts
 ACM SYMPOSIUM ON THEORY OF COMPUTING
, 2009
"... We describe the first algorithms to compute maximum flows in surfaceembedded graphs in nearlinear time. Specifically, given an undirected graph embedded on an orientable surface of genus g, with two specified vertices s and t, we can compute a maximum (s, t)flow in O(g 7 n log 2 n log 2 C) time fo ..."
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We describe the first algorithms to compute maximum flows in surfaceembedded graphs in nearlinear time. Specifically, given an undirected graph embedded on an orientable surface of genus g, with two specified vertices s and t, we can compute a maximum (s, t)flow in O(g 7 n log 2 n log 2 C) time for integer capacities that sum to C, or in (g log n) O(g) n time for real capacities. Except for the special case of planar graphs, for which an O(n log n)time algorithm has been known for 20 years, the best previous time bounds for maximum flows in surfaceembedded graphs follow from algorithms for general sparse graphs. Our key insight is to optimize the relative homology class of the flow, rather than directly optimizing the flow itself. A dual formulation of our algorithm computes the minimumcost cycle or circulation in a given (real or integer) homology class.
Localized homology
 In Shape Modeling International
, 2007
"... In this paper, we provide the theoretical foundation and an effective algorithm for localizing topological attributes such as tunnels and voids. Unlike previous work that focused on 2manifolds with restricted geometry, our theory is general and localizes arbitrarydimensional attributes in arbitrar ..."
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In this paper, we provide the theoretical foundation and an effective algorithm for localizing topological attributes such as tunnels and voids. Unlike previous work that focused on 2manifolds with restricted geometry, our theory is general and localizes arbitrarydimensional attributes in arbitrary spaces. We implement our algorithm to validate our approach in practice. 1
Finding one tight cycle
 Proc. 19th Ann. ACMSIAM Symp. Discrete Algorithms
"... A cycle on a combinatorial surface is tight if it as short as possible in its (free) homotopy class. We describe an algorithm to compute a single tight, noncontractible, essentially simple cycle on a given orientable combinatorial surface in O(n log n) time. The only method previously known for thi ..."
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A cycle on a combinatorial surface is tight if it as short as possible in its (free) homotopy class. We describe an algorithm to compute a single tight, noncontractible, essentially simple cycle on a given orientable combinatorial surface in O(n log n) time. The only method previously known for this problem was to compute the globally shortest noncontractible or nonseparating cycle in O(min{g 3, n} nlog n) time, where g is the genus of the surface. As a consequence, we can compute the shortest cycle freely homotopic to a chosen boundary cycle in O(n log n) time, a tight octagonal decomposition in O(gn log n) time, and a shortest contractible cycle enclosing a nonempty set of faces in O(nlog 2 n) time.