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Collision prediction for polyhedra under piecewise screw motions l.jpg

Collision prediction for polyhedra under piecewise screw motions

Byung-Moon Kim and Jarek Rossignac

GVU Center and College of Computing

Georgia Tech, Atlanta, USA

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The problem motions

Compute the time and place of collision between moving bodies


  • Increase speed & accuracy of 3D animation and simulation


  • Limited to polyhedral (triangulated) shapes

  • Limited to rigid body motions (no deformation)

    • (see [Von Herzen & Zatz’ 90] for collision of deforming shapes)

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Prior art: Examples of pioneering work motions

  • S. Udupa, Collision detection and avoidance in computer controlled manipulators. Proc. 5th Int. Conf. Artif. lntel.,1977.

  • J. W. Boyse. Interference detection among solids and surfaces. Communications of ACM, 22(1):3–9, January 1979.

  • N. Ahuja, R. T. Chien, R. Yen, and N. Bridwell. Interference detection and collision avoidance among three dimensional objects. Conference on AI, Stanford University, August 1980.

  • D.P. Dobkin, D.G. Kirkpatrick, Fast detection of polyhedral intersection, Theoret. Comput. Sci. 27, 1983.

  • J. U. Korein. A Geometric Investigation of Reach. The MIT Press, 1984.

  • S. A. Cameron and R. K. Culley. Determining the minimum translational distance between two convex polyhedra. In Proceedings of IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, April 1986.

  • J. F. Canny. Collision detection for moving polyhedra. IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence, 8(2), March 1986.

  • P. Jimenez, F. Thomas, and C. Torras. 3D collision detection: a survey. Computers and Graphics, 25(2), 2001.

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Detecting motions interferences at each frame

Most approaches simulate the motions of all the objects and after each time step, check if any pair of objects interfere

  • O(n2) static interference detections between pairs of objects

    • Each checks whether an edge of one stabs the face of another

  • Quick rejections of distant pairs of objects

    • Use bounds (boxes, spheres) around each object [Rimon&Boyd’97]

    • Use velocity and distance [Culley&Kempf’86]

    • Track minimum distances over time [Lin&Canny’91]

  • Quick rejection of disjoint portions of the objects

    • Decompose shapes into convex parts [Bajaj&Dey’92]

    • Use hierarchy of bounds around object or its surface [Hubbard’96]

    • Partitionspace [Bandi&Thalmann’95][Gottschalk&Lin&Manocha’96]

    • Track mobile data [Basch&Guibas&Hershberger’97]

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Detection versus Prediction

  • Detection: Simulate motion step-by-step and test for static interference between parts at each key-frame

    • Stop when interference is detected

    • Search for correct collision time

      • Binary split of last time-step

    • Expensive (O(n2) per time step)

    • Can easily miss collisions

  • Prediction: Compute time when the objects will first collide

    • Test all pairs of surface elements that could collide

      • Vertex-triangle, triangle-vertex, edge-edge

    • Report the first collision to occur

    • Fast

    • Exact (can’t miss)

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Reducing the problem to a single motion motions

  • Assume solid A (bus) moves by a(t)

  • Assume solid B (taxi) moves by b(t)

  • a(t) and b(t) are parameterized rigid body transformations

    • Can be represented by 4x4 matrix or pose (origin + orthonormal basis)

  • Express everything in the moving CS of A (the bus)

    • See the accident from the perspective of a passenger of the bus

    • A (the bus) is now static

    • The pose of B (the taxi) is defined by M(t)=b(t)*a–1(t)

  • Two body collision problem may be reduced to the detection of the collision of a single moving body with a static obstacle

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From Boyse’79 motions

Predicting polyhedral collisions

  • Assume solids A and B are initially disjoint

  • Assume A is static and B moves by rigid-body motion M(t)

  • First collision occurs at time t

  • The boundary of A and of [email protected](t) intersect

  • The intersection must contain either:

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Complexity of collision prediction motions

  • Vertex/face collision

    • V(t)[email protected](t) is a parametric curve.

    • Find its intersection with plane PV(t)•N=0: solve for t

    • Complexity of finding the roots ti depends on nature of M(t)

    • Then check which V(ti) lie inside the face

  • Face/vertex collision

    • Swap the role of A and B

  • Edge/edge collision

  • Complexity of root finding depends on nature of M

    • Translation [Boyse’79, Cameron’85]

    • Rotation (both objects around same axis) [Schomer&Thiel’95]

    • Linear translation+variable speed rotation

      • [Canny’86, Jimanez&Torras’85, Schomer & Thiel95]

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Special case of pure translation motions

  • Assume A moves with constant velocity v and B is fixed

  • Collision may occur between

    • A vertex p of A and a triangle T of B

      • Intersect Ray(p,v) with T

    • A triangle T of A with a vertex p of B

      • Intersect Ray(p,-v) with T

    • An edge (a,b) of A with an edge (c,d) of B

      • Check when the volume of tetrahedron (a+tv,b+tv,c,d) becomes zero

        • solve (cd(ca+tv))(cb+tv)=0 for t

        • (cd(ca+tv))cb + (cd(ca+tv))tv)=0

        • (cdca+t(cdv))cb + (cdca+t(cdv))tv)=0

        • (cdca)cb +t(cdv)cb + (cdca)tv +t2(cdv)v = 0

        • (cdca)cb +t(cdv)cb + (cdca)tv = 0, because (cdv)v = 0

        • t = (cacd)cb / ((cdv)cb - (cdv)ca)

        • t = (cacd)cb / (abcd)v

      • Make sure that, at that time, the two edges intersect

        • Not just the lines






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Q motions




Use approximating piecewise screw-motions

  • Screw motions are great!

    • Uniquely defined by start pose S and end pose E

    • Independent of coordinate system

    • Subsumes pure rotations and translations

    • Minimizes rotation angle & translation distance

    • Natural motions for many application

  • Simple to apply for any value of t in [0,1]

    • Rotation by angle tb around axis Axis(Q,K)

    • Translation by distance td along Axis(Q,K)

    • Each point moves along a helix

  • Simple to compute from poses S and E

    • Axis: point Q and direction K

    • Angle b

    • Distance d

Screw Motion

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Screw history motions

(Ceccarelli [2000] Detailed study of screw motion history)

  • Archimede (287–212 BC) designed helicoidal screw for water pumps

  • Leonardo da Vinci (1452–1519) description of helicoidal motion

  • Dal Monte (1545–1607) and Galileo (1564–1642) mechanical studies on helicoidal geometry

  • Giulio Mozzi (1763) screw axis as the “spontaneous axis of rotation”

  • L.B. Francoeur (1807) theorem of helicoidal motion

  • Gaetano Giorgini (1830) analytical demonstration of the existence of the “axis of motion” (locus of minimum displacement points)

  • Ball (1900) “Theory of screws”

  • Rodrigues (1940) helicoidal motion as general motion

  • ….

  • Zefrant and Kumar (CAD 1998) Interpolating motions

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P’ motions

















Computing the screw parameters

From initial and final poses M(0) and M(1)


K:=K / ||K||;

b := 2 sin–1(||U’–U|| / (2 ||KU||) );


Q:=(O+O’)/2 + (KOO’) / (2tan(b/2));

To apply screw motion:

Translate by –Q;

Rotate K to Z;

Rotate around Z by tb;

Translate by (0,0,td);

Rotate Z to K;

Translate by Q;

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Split&Tweak Subdivision motions

  • Split: Insert a new vertex in the middle of each edge

  • Cubic B-spline tweak: Tuck old vertices in

  • 4-point tweak: Bulge new vertices out

  • Jarek tweak: Do half of each

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ScrewBender (with Alex Powell) motions

  • Polyscrew motion: interpolates consecutive poses by screws

  • Subdivide using Split&Tweak on screws

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Volume swept during screw motion motions

Computing and visualizing pose-interpolating 3D motions

Jarek R. Rossignac and Jay J. Kim (Hanyang University, Seoul, Korea), CAD, 33(4)279:291, April 2001.

SweepTrimmer: Boundaries of regions swept by sculptured solids during a pose-interpolating screw motion

Jarek R. Rossignac and Jay J. Kim

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E motionsL









Space warp based on a screw motion

“Twister: A space-warp operator for the two-handed editing of 3D shapes”, Llamas, Kim, Gargus, Rossignac, and Shaw. Proc. ACM SIGGRAPH,July 2003.

Decay function

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Bender Video motions

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Proposed approach motions

  • For each pair of objects A and B do

    • Approximate relative motion by a piecewise screw motion

      • Insert intermediate poses as needed adaptively

    • For each screw motion segment do

      • Use quick rejection test to quickly identify collision-free situations

      • If collision may not be discarded, then do

        • For each vertex of A and each triangle of B do

          • If collision cannot be discarded using bounds

          • Then find time of first collision (if one occurs)

        • For each vertex of B and each triangle of A do

          • If collision cannot be discarded using bounds

          • Then find time of first collision (if one occurs)

        • For each edge of B and each edge of A do

          • If collision cannot be discarded using bounds

          • Then find time of first collision (if one occurs)

        • Stop if collision was found and report time of first collision

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Vertex-face (helix-plane intersection) motions

  • Helix is V(t) = rcos(tb)i+rsin(tb)j+tdk in screw coordinates

    • where V(0) lies on the i axis and the k-axis is parallel to s

  • The screw intersects plane d+V(t)•n= 0 for values of t satisfying

    • d+(rcos(tb), rsin(tb),td)•n= 0

  • We compute all roots and check if they correspond to points in triangle

    • Reduces to finding roots of f(t)=A+Bt+Ccos(bt+c)

    • Separate roots using f’(t)=0, which requires solving B/bC=sin(bt+c)

    • We use Newton iterations

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Edge-edge intersection motions

  • Requires roots of f(t)=A+(B+Ct)cos(bt+c)+(D+Et)sin(bt+c)

    • We use Newton iterations from carefully computed seeds

      • Angle or rotation < 180 degrees

  • Check which roots corresponds to true E/E intersections

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Early rejections motions

  • Decide early that some pairs of objects cannot intersect

  • Use simple bounds on objects and their swept regions

    • Balls, cylindrical annuli

  • Avoid most root-findings by rejecting pairs of elements

  • Use bounds on elements and their swept regions

    • Vertex (helix), edge (annulus)

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Rejecting object pairs

  • Build (minimum) bounding spheres around objects

  • Region swept by B lies in half of a cylindrical annulus



If B lies outside of this CSG solid: no collision

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Rejecting helix-triangle pairs motions

  • Triangle separated from helix by plane or cylinder

Too high along axis: above plane

Not in screw angle: outside wedge

Too far from axis: outside cylinder

Too close to axis: inside cylinder

Too low along axis: below plane

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Rejecting edge/edge pairs motions

  • No collision if green edge lies outside of (wedge-portion of) the annulus containing region swept by red edge


Inside inner cylinder

Outside outer cylinder

Outside wedge


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Early rejection tests: 55% speed up motions

  • Test setup

    • A move along a fixed screw motion

    • B is randomly placed and oriented in a in a box

      • 50,000 different poses were tested

    • Actual collision happened in about 10% of cases

    • 50% cases rejected using bounding spheres around objects

  • 50% of V/T cases and 66% of E/E cases rejected early

    • A and B have about 160 triangles vertices

    • 26,540 triangle/vertex and 58,266 edge/edge pairs

    • Takes average of 4x10–7 sec per V/T or E/E rejection test

    • Exact collision computation takes about 10–5 sec

Actual collisions only

50% cases are rejected by cylinder/sphere test

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Conclusions motions

  • Perform exact prediction, rather than interference detection

  • Approximate relative motion by screws (better than other types of simple motions)

  • Uses simple geometric rejection tests to identify cases where objects do not collide, they reduce overall cost by half

  • Uses simple geometric rejection test to discard more than half of the V/T and E/E collision candidates

  • Uses Newton to solve for exact collision time when needed: 10–5 sec per V/T, T/V, or E/E collision

  • Could be combined with hierarchical culling and other speed-ups

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Thank you motions


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Tring motions