Location Information

Thu, May 23, 2019 12:30 CEST

Speakers: Maarten Löffler
Tags: Computational Geometry, Delaunay Triangulations, Voronoi Diagrams, Well-Separated Pair Decomposition, Quadtrees

Let P be a set of n points in the plane. In the traditional geometric algorithms view, P is given as an unordered sequence of locations (usually pairs of x and y coordinates). There are many interesting and useful structures that one can build on top of P: the Delaunay triangulation, Voronoi diagram, well-separated pair decomposition, quadtree, etc. These structures can all be represented in O(n) space but take Omega(n log n) time to construct on a Real RAM, and, hence, contain information about P that is encoded in P but cannot be directly read from P.

In this talk I will explore the question how much information about the structure of a set of points can be derived from their locations, especially when we are uncertain about the locations of the points.


Maarten Löffler is currently an assistant professor at Utrecht University. He has been a post-doc researcher at the Bren School of information and computer sciences of the University of California, Irvine. He was a PhD-student at Utrecht University.

The speaker is hosted by the Algorithms Group.