Finding optimal weighted bridges with applications

Ovidiu Daescu, James D. Palmer

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The computation of shortest paths, distances and feature relationships is a key problem in many applications. In finding shortest distances or paths one often must respect features of the domain. For example, in medical applications such as radiation therapy, the features may include tissue density, risk to radiation exposure, etc. In computing an optimal treatment plan, one can think of these features as weights that effect a cost per unit travel distance function. In this model, the cost of travelling through 2 cm of dense bone might be more than the cost of travelling through 5 cm of very soft tissue. One possible way to model such problems is as shortest path problems in weighted regions. A special case of shortest path problems in weighted regions is that of computing an optimal weighted bridge between two regions. In this version, we are given two disjoint convex polygons P and Q in a weighted subdivision R. A weighted bridge. Bw, is a path from a point p ∈ P to a point q ∈ Q that connects P and Q such that the sum of the weighted length of Bw and the maximum weighted distance from any point in P to p and from any point in Q to q is minimized. The goal is to compute an optimal weighted bridge between P and Q. In this paper, we describe 2-factor and (1 + ε)-factor approximation schemes for finding optimal 1-link weighted bridges between a pair of convex polygons. We also describe how these techniques can be extended to k-link weighted bridges and weighted bridges where the number of links is not restricted.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 44th ACM Southeast Conference, ACMSE 2006
Number of pages6
StatePublished - 2006
Event44th Annual ACM Southeast Conference, ACMSE 2006 - Melbourne, FL, United States
Duration: Mar 10 2006Mar 12 2006

Publication series

NameProceedings of the Annual Southeast Conference


Other44th Annual ACM Southeast Conference, ACMSE 2006
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityMelbourne, FL


  • Optimal bridges
  • Path planning
  • Weighted regions

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Engineering


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