Application Challenges to Computational Geometry: CG Impact Task Force Report
With rapid advances in computer hardware and visualization systems, geometric computing is creeping into virtually every corner of science and engineering, from design and manufacturing to astrophysics to molecular biology to fluid dynamics. This report assesses the opportunities and challenges this presents for the field of computational geometry in the years ahead. Can CG meet the algorithmic needs of practitioners? Should it look to applied areas for new sources of problems? Can CG live up to its potential and become a key player in the vast and diverse world of geometric computing? These are some of the questions addressed in this document. It was prepared by a group of computer scientists, engineers, and mathematicians with extensive experience in geometric computing. This report is intended as a wake-up call rather than an agenda setter. It is hoped it will engage a community-wide discussion on the future of computational geometry.