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Kinematic Convexity of Rigid Body Displacements

[+] Author Affiliations
Anurag Purwar, Jeff Ge

Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY

Paper No. DETC2010-29064, pp. 1761-1772; 12 pages
  • ASME 2010 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference
  • Volume 2: 34th Annual Mechanisms and Robotics Conference, Parts A and B
  • Montreal, Quebec, Canada, August 15–18, 2010
  • Conference Sponsors: Design Engineering Division and Computers in Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4410-6 | eISBN: 978-0-7918-3881-5
  • Copyright © 2010 by ASME


In this paper, we explore the notion of kinematic convexity for rigid body displacements. Previously, we have shown that when spatial rigid body displacements are represented by dual quaternions, an oriented projective space is better suited for the image space of displacements. Geometric algorithms for rigid body motions become more general and elegant when developed from the perspective of oriented projective geometry. By extending the concept of convexity in affine geometry to oriented projective geometry of the image space of rigid body displacements, we define the concept of kinematic convexity. This concept, apart from being theoretically significant, facilitates localization of a displacements and provides a measure of the kinematic separation useful in collision prediction, interference checking, and geometric analysis of swept volumes.

Copyright © 2010 by ASME



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