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From: Hervé Brönnimann (hbr_at_[hidden])
Date: 2006-05-04 08:58:43

Sorry to be so late in the process, but I just decided to put in a
proposal for a geometry library in the wiki. I've seen a lot of
proposals on the mailing list over the years, some recently, and I
feel that it's time to propose some real work on it. Google's SoC
is a golden opportunity to recruit a top-notch programmer on it.

I'm passionate about the topic, I publish research papers about
geometric algorithm and algorithm engineering, I've even organized an
ACM Symposium on Computational Geometry in 2004 and been on their
Program Committee in the past, I've worked with Boost in the past.

For this project, I have a very clear and ambitious vision, and my
participation in the work is funded by an NSF CAREER grant! I
already have students and a reasonable but heterogenous code base,
and a PhD student who will also work on this project this summer, but
many hands make lighter and better work.

So don't hesitate to step up!

Hervé Brönnimann
CIS, Polytechnic University
PS: if you wonder about the relationship between this and CGAL, esp.  
since I was once a technical manager and maintainer of CGAL, let me  
put you at ease: we're not proposing to write a competitor. CGAL is a  
much bigger project. In fact, I would design this library so that  
that this library can be used independently but also that CGAL  
kernels (of very high quality) can be used, and that CGAL algorithms  
can easily be reused as well.  CGAL uses boost internally, and so  
cross-fertilization would eventually work both ways. The licensing  
issues, however, will probably keep both works separate.

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