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On the generation of smooth three-dimensional rigid body motions. Abstract This paper addresses the problem of generating smooth trajectories between an initial and final position and orientation in space. The main idea is to define a functional depending on velocity or its derivatives that measures the smoothness of a trajectory and find trajectories that… (More)
The set of rigid body motions forms the Lie group SE(3), the special Euclidean group in three dimensions. In this paper we investigate Riemannian metrics and aane connections on SE(3) that are suited for kinematic analysis and robot trajectory planning. In the rst part of the paper, we study metrics whose geodesics are screw motions. We prove that no… (More)
1 Introduction The purpose of this chapter is to survey some recent results and state open questions concerning the rigidity of Riemannian manifolds. The starting point will be the boundary rigidity and conjugacy rigidity problems. These problems are connected to many other problems (Mostow-Margulis type rigidity, isopectral problems, isoperi-metric… (More)
We construct a pair of "nite piecewise Euclidean 2-complexes with nonpositive curvature which are homeomorphic but whose universal covers have nonhomeomorphic ideal boundaries, settling a question of Gromov. 2000 Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved.
The fundamental group of compact manifolds without conjugate points.
In this survey article we will consider universal lower bounds on the volume of a Riemannian manifold, given in terms of the volume of lower dimensional objects (primarily the lengths of geodesics). By 'universal' we mean without curvature assumptions. The restriction to results with no (or only minimal) curvature assumptions, although somewhat arbitrary,… (More)
We present a theorem of Lancret for general helices in a 3-dimensional real-space-form which gives a relevant difference between hyperbolic and spherical geometries. Then we study two classical problems for general helices in the 3-sphere: the problem of solving natural equations and the closed curve problem.
We prove certain optimal systolic inequalities for a closed Riemannian manifold (X, g), depending on a pair of parameters , n and b. Here n is the dimension of X, while b is its first Betti number. The proof of the inequalities involves constructing Abel-Jacobi maps from X to its Jacobi torus T b , which are area-decreasing (on b-dimensional areas), with… (More)
We prove the filling area conjecture in the hyperellip-tic case. In particular, we establish the conjecture for all genus 1 fillings of the circle, extending P. Pu's result in genus 0. We translate the problem into a question about closed ovalless real surfaces. The conjecture then results from a combination of two ingredients. On the one hand, we exploit… (More)
This paper considers the boundary rigidity problem for a compact convex Riemannian manifold (M, g) with boundary ∂M whose curvature satisfies a general upper bound condition. This includes all nonpositively curved manifolds and all sufficiently small convex domains on any given Riemannian manifold. It is shown that in the space of metrics g on M there is a… (More)