Discrete and Algorithmic Geometry

Master in Advanced Mathematics and Mathematical Engineering (MAMME)
Departament de Matemàtiques
Facultat de Matemàtiques i Estadística
Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya

General information on the course (syllabus, references, evaluation, etc.).
Particular information on the course for the current term (teaching hours, classroom, calendar, etc.)


Some material for the course

  1. Background
  2. Basic tool: orientation tests
  3. Brief digression: Borsuk’s number.
  4. Intersecting line segments: Bentley-Ottman’s algorithm
  5. Computing the convex hull of a finite point set
  6. Intersecting half-planes and related problems: duality, computing the intersection of half-planes, solving linear programs, and computing the minimum spanning circle of a set of points.
  7. Triangulating polygons
  8. Triangulating point sets
  9. Proximity
  10. Point location in planar subdivisions
  11. Arrangements of lines
  12. Robustness in geometric computations:

Problems and assignments

There will be two problem presentations, to be done in teams of two students. The problem of each team will be chosen from a list that will be posted in Atenea.

The provisonal dates for the problem presentations are:

  • Presentation of problem 1: October 5, 2023.
  • Presentation of problem 2: October 26, 2023.

References about algorithmic geometry

Please see the official general information for this course for more information.

Further resources

  • Mathematical text editor

Mathematical edition is almost always and everywhere done using LaTeX. Not only it is used in universities (LaTeX has been used to write all the documents of this course, and probably all the problems lists, exams, and other mathematical texts that you had in your hands during your previous studies) but it is the most extended editor of scientific texts (LaTeX is used to write all the textbooks of scientific publishers as important as Springer, and also most of the mathematics and computer science conferences around the world).

It’s a free source software that has versions for all operating systems (Linux, Mac, Windoxs, etc.), it helps writing all sort of scientific texts, such as articles, books and presentations, while it allows to incorporate figures previously produced in PDF by any drawing program.

You can download LaTeX from http://www.tug.org/


Examples of some popular LaTeX editors are TexWorks, WinEdt , or Texmaker.

  • Drawings

Each person likes preparing his/her figures with his/her favorite drawing program. I use IPE (an evolution of xfig designed by a computational geometer), because it allows me to draw the geometric figures that I need, because it integrates text in LaTeX, and because it allows me to also prepare my presentations in a very easy what-you-see-is-what-you-get way. It’s a free source software that has versions for all the operating systems (Linux, Windoxs, Unix, etc.).

You can download IPE from http://ipe.otfried.org/

  • Geometric constructions

In addition to producing your own drawings, you may wish to create and experiment with geometric constructions. If so, I recommend GeoGebra: http://www.geogebra.org/cms/

Thesis, grants, and projects

  • Are you interested in working in a geometric project, a Bacherlor’s (TFG) or Master’s (TFM) Thesis related to geometry? Or perhaps in starting a PhD in Computational Geometry?  Have a look here!
  • Also, don’t forget to take a look at what our research group does!