Jack Schwartz and robotics: The roaring eighties

Micha Sharir*

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This article reviews the birth and growth of algorithmic motion planning in robotics, and the immense contributions of Jack Schwartz to the creation and development of this area during the 1980s. These contributions have started with the series of works on the Piano Movers problem, by Jack and myself (reviewed in detail in this article), and continued in many other works, mostly theoretical but with a strong practical motivation. These works, by Jack and others, have brought together many disciplines in mathematics and computer science, and have had enormous impact on the development of computational geometry.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationFrom Linear Operators to Computational Biology
Subtitle of host publicationEssays in Memory of Jacob T. Schwartz
PublisherSpringer-Verlag London Ltd
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)9781447142829
ISBN (Print)1447142810, 9781447142812
StatePublished - 1 May 2013


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