### Abstract

In this paper, we consider a collision detection problem that frequently arises in the field of robotics. Given a set of bodies with their initial positions and trajectories, we wish to identify the first collision that occurs between any two bodies, or to determine that none exists. For the case of bodies having linear trajectories, we construct a convex hull representation of the integer programming model of S.Z. Selim and H.A. Almohamad [European Journal of Operational Research 119 (1) (1999) 121-129], and compare the relative effectiveness in solving this problem via the resultant linear program. We also extend this analysis to model a situation in which bodies move along piecewise linear trajectories, possibly rotating at the end of each linear segment. For this case, we again compare an integer programming approach with its linear programming convex hull representation, and exhibit the effectiveness of solving a sequence of mathematical programs for each time segment over a global programming scheme which considers all segments at once. We provide computational results to illustrate the effect of various numbers of bodies present in the collision scenarios, as well as the times at which the first collision occurs.

Original language | English (US) |
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Pages (from-to) | 514-526 |

Number of pages | 13 |

Journal | European Journal of Operational Research |

Volume | 135 |

Issue number | 3 |

DOIs | |

State | Published - Dec 16 2001 |

Externally published | Yes |

### Keywords

- Convex hull
- Integer programming
- Linear programming
- Multi-body collision

### ASJC Scopus subject areas

- Computer Science(all)
- Modeling and Simulation
- Management Science and Operations Research
- Information Systems and Management

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## Cite this

*European Journal of Operational Research*,

*135*(3), 514-526. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0377-2217(00)00324-6