Seminar

Morphing planar graphs

Graphs, Hypergraphs, and Computing

08 April 14:00 - 15:00

Penny Haxell - University of Waterloo

Consider two straightline planar drawings G and H of the same planar triangulation, in which the outer face is fixed. A morph between G and H is a continuous family of drawings of the triangulation, beginning with G and ending with H. We say a morph between G and H is planar if each intermediate drawing is a straightline planar drawing of the triangulation. A morph is called linear if each vertex moves from its initial position in G to its final position in H along a line segment at constant speed. It is easy to see that in general the linear morph from G to H will not be planar.

Here we consider the algorithmic problem of finding a planar morph between two given drawings G and H with fixed outer face. For various reasons it is desirable to find morphs in which each vertex trajectory is fairly simple. Thus we focus on the problem of constructing a planar morph consisting of a polynomial number of steps, in which each step is a planar linear morph.

(Joint work with Fidel Barrera-Cruz and Anna Lubiw)
Organizers
Magnus M. Halldorsson
Reykjavik University
Klas Markström
Umeå University
Andrzej Rucinski
Adam Mickiewicz University
Carsten Thomassen
Technical University of Denmark, DTU

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Klas Markström

klas.markstrom@math.umu.se

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