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Interval Analysis For Computer Graphics
 Computer Graphics
, 1992
"... This paper discusses how interval analysis can be used to solve a wide variety of problems in computer graphics. These problems include ray tracing, interference detection, polygonal decomposition of parametric surfaces, and CSG on solids bounded by parametric surfaces. Only two basic algorithms are ..."
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This paper discusses how interval analysis can be used to solve a wide variety of problems in computer graphics. These problems include ray tracing, interference detection, polygonal decomposition of parametric surfaces, and CSG on solids bounded by parametric surfaces. Only two basic algorithms are required: SOLVE, which computes solutions to a system of constraints, and MINIMIZE, which computes the global minimum of a function, subject to a system of constraints. We present algorithms for SOLVE and MINIMIZE using interval analysis as the conceptual framework. Crucial to the technique is the creation of "inclusion functions" for each constraint and function to be minimized. Inclusion functions compute a bound on the range of a function, given a similar bound on its domain, allowing a branch and bound approach to constraint solution and constrained minimization. Inclusion functions also allow the MINIMIZE algorithm to compute global rather than local minima, unlike many other numerica...
Guaranteeing the Topology of an Implicit Surface Polygonization for Interactive Modeling
, 1997
"... Morse theory shows how the topology of an implicit surface is affected by its function's critical points, whereas catastrophe theory shows how these critical points behave as the function's parameters change. Interval analysis finds the critical points, and they can also be tracked efficie ..."
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Morse theory shows how the topology of an implicit surface is affected by its function's critical points, whereas catastrophe theory shows how these critical points behave as the function's parameters change. Interval analysis finds the critical points, and they can also be tracked efficiently during parameter changes. Changes in the function value at these critical points cause changes in the topology. Techniques for modifying the polygonization to accommodate such changes in topology are given. These techniques are robust enough to guarantee the topology of an implicit surface polygonization, and are efficient enough to maintain this guarantee during interactive modeling. The impact of this work is a topologicallyguaranteed polygonization technique, and the ability to directly and accurately manipulate polygonized implicit surfaces in real time.
Affine Arithmetic and its Applications to Computer Graphics
, 1993
"... We describe a new method for numeric computations, which we call affine arithmetic (AA). This model is similar to standard interval arithmetic, to the extent that it automatically keeps track of rounding and truncation errors for each computed value. However, by taking into account correlations betw ..."
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We describe a new method for numeric computations, which we call affine arithmetic (AA). This model is similar to standard interval arithmetic, to the extent that it automatically keeps track of rounding and truncation errors for each computed value. However, by taking into account correlations between operands and subformulas, AA is able to provide much tighter bounds for the computed quantities, with errors that are approximately quadratic in the uncertainty of the input variables. We also describe two applications of AA to computer graphics problems, where this feature is particularly valuable: namely, ray tracing and the construction of octrees for implicit surfaces.
SelfValidated Numerical Methods and Applications
, 1997
"... erical methods. We apologize to the reader for the length and verbosity of these notes but, like Pascal, 1 we didn't have the time to make them shorter. 1 "Je n'ai fait celleci plus longue que parce que je n'ai pas eu le loisir de la faire plus courte." Blaise Pascal, ..."
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erical methods. We apologize to the reader for the length and verbosity of these notes but, like Pascal, 1 we didn't have the time to make them shorter. 1 "Je n'ai fait celleci plus longue que parce que je n'ai pas eu le loisir de la faire plus courte." Blaise Pascal, Lettres Provinciales, XVI (1657). i ii Acknowledgements We thank the Organizing Committee of the 21 st Brazilian Mathematics Colloquium for the opportunity to present this course. We wish to thank Jo~ao Comba, who helped implement a prototype affine arithmetic package in Modula3, and Marcus Vinicius Andrade, who helped debug the C version and wrote an implicit surface raytracer based on it. Ronald van Iwaarden contributed an independent implementation of AA, and investigated its performance on branchandbound global optimization algorithms. Douglas Priest and Helmut Jarausch provided code and advice for rounding mode control. W
Adaptive Enumeration of Implicit Surfaces with Affine Arithmetic
 Computer Graphics Forum
, 1996
"... . We discuss adaptive enumeration and rendering methods for implicit surfaces, using octrees computed with affine arithmetic, a new tool for range analysis. Affine arithmetic is similar to standard interval arithmetic, but takes into account correlations between operands and subformulas, generally ..."
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. We discuss adaptive enumeration and rendering methods for implicit surfaces, using octrees computed with affine arithmetic, a new tool for range analysis. Affine arithmetic is similar to standard interval arithmetic, but takes into account correlations between operands and subformulas, generally providing much tighter bounds for the computed quantities. The resulting octrees are accordingly much smaller, and the rendering faster. We also describe applications of affine arithmetic to intersection and ray tracing of implicit surfaces. keywords: cellular models, interval analysis, rendering, implicit surfaces. 1 Introduction Implicit surfaces have recently become popular in computer graphics and solid modeling. In order to exploit existing hardware and algorithms, it is often necessary to approximate such surfaces by models with simpler geometry, such as polygonal meshes or voxel arrays. Let S be a surface defined implicitly by the equation h(x; y; z) = 0. A simple and general techn...
Surface Intersection Using Affine Arithmetic
 In Graphics Interface
, 1996
"... We describe a variant of a domain decomposition method proposed by Gleicher and Kass for intersecting and trimming parametric surfaces. Instead of using interval arithmetic to guide the decomposition, the variant described here uses affine arithmetic, a tool recently proposed for range analysis. Aff ..."
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We describe a variant of a domain decomposition method proposed by Gleicher and Kass for intersecting and trimming parametric surfaces. Instead of using interval arithmetic to guide the decomposition, the variant described here uses affine arithmetic, a tool recently proposed for range analysis. Affine arithmetic is similar to standard interval arithmetic, but takes into account correlations between operands and subformulas, generally providing much tighter bounds for the computed quantities. As a consequence, the quadtree domain decompositions are much smaller and the intersection algorithm runs faster. keywords: surface intersection, trimming surfaces, range analysis, interval analysis, CAGD.
An Introduction to Affine Arithmetic
, 2003
"... Affine arithmetic (AA) is a model for selfvalidated computation which, like standard interval arithmetic (IA), produces guaranteed enclosures for computed quantities, taking into account any uncertainties in the input data as well as all internal truncation and roundoff errors. Unlike standard I ..."
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Affine arithmetic (AA) is a model for selfvalidated computation which, like standard interval arithmetic (IA), produces guaranteed enclosures for computed quantities, taking into account any uncertainties in the input data as well as all internal truncation and roundoff errors. Unlike standard IA, the quantity representations used by AA are firstorder approximations, whose error is generally quadratic in the width of input intervals. In many practical applications, the higher asymptotic accuracy of AA more than compensates for the increased cost of its operations.
Polygonizing Implicit Surfaces With Guaranteed Topology
, 1997
"... An interactive modeling system for implicit surfaces is presented. The display consists of a polygonal approximation which is guaranteed to have the same topology as the implicit surface. The current work focuses on blended ellipsoids, but could be extended to include any smooth, bounded implicit ..."
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An interactive modeling system for implicit surfaces is presented. The display consists of a polygonal approximation which is guaranteed to have the same topology as the implicit surface. The current work focuses on blended ellipsoids, but could be extended to include any smooth, bounded implicit surface. A polygonization algorithm and an incremental repolygonization algorithm are provided. Treating an implicit surface as a gradient system allows theorems from Morse theory to describe implicit surface topology. An implicit surface changes topology only when a critical value of its defining function changes sign. These critical points may be found using interval analysis. Techniques for modifying the polygonization to accommodate such changes in topology are given.