Algebraic Methods for Computer Aided Geometric Design
Thomas W. Sederberg and Jianmin Zheng
The concepts and methods of algebra and algebraic geometry have found significant applications in many disciplines. This chapter presents a collection of gleanings from algebra or algebraic geometry that hold practical value for the field of computer aided geometric design. We focus on the insights, algorithm enhancements and practical capabilities that algebraic methods have contributed to CAGD. Specifically, we examine resultants and Gröbner basis, and discuss their applications in implicitization, inversion, parametrization and intersection algorithms. Other topics of CAGD research work using algebraic methods are also outlined.