An Energy-Driven Approach to Linkage Unfolding
In this paper, we introduce a new energy-driven approach for straightening polygonal arcs and convexifying polygonal cycles without self-intersection based on following the gradient flow of a "repulsive" energy function.
Jason Cantarella, Eric Demaine, Hayley Iben, and James F. O'Brien. "An Energy-Driven Approach to Linkage Unfolding". In Proceedings of the 12th Annual DIMACS Workshop on Computational Geometry, November 2002.