Exact computation of the medial axis of a polyhedron Academic Article uri icon


  • We present an accurate algorithm to compute the internal Voronoi diagram and medial axis of a 3-D polyhedron. It uses exact arithmetic and exact representations for accurate computation of the medial axis. The algorithm works by recursively finding neighboring junctions along the seam curves. To speed up the computation, we have designed specialized algorithms for fast computation with algebraic curves and surfaces. These algorithms include lazy evaluation based on multivariate Sturm sequences, fast resultant computation, culling operations, and floating-point filters. The algorithm has been implemented and we highlight its performance on a number of examples. 2003 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

published proceedings

  • Computer Aided Geometric Design

author list (cited authors)

  • Culver, T., Keyser, J., & Manocha, D.

citation count

  • 64

complete list of authors

  • Culver, Tim||Keyser, John||Manocha, Dinesh

publication date

  • January 2004