
Harry W. McLaughlinProfessorPh.D. University of Maryland Applied geometry ResearchMcLaughlin has research interest in the general areas of Applied Geometry as it applies to design and manufacturing problems.On the applied side, his interest is in representation needed for robot motion, numerically controlled milling machines and engineering analyses, as well as visual displays. He addresses issues of proper modeling tools, such as appropriate mathematical forms and data structures as they apply to particular industrial problems. In addition to determining appropriate mathematical forms, considerations are given to areas of computational geometry such as 3D triangular schemes and 3D convex hull algorithms. He also focuses on issues of curve and surface design. He is interested in the notion of shape and how to model it using splines and splinelike techniques. Some recent research includes the investigation of discrete methods for geometric modeling. Recent Publications "Algorithms for Geometric Modeling," Computers in Mechanical Engineering, Vol. 5, No. 3, 1986, pp. 3841. "Discrete Curves: A Definition of Shape," to appear in Computer Aided Geometric Design.
CoordinatesDepartment of Mathematical SciencesRensselaer Polytechnic Institute Troy, New York 12180 (518) 2766895 (Voice)
