This Special Issue of JCISE includes selected papers that were presented at the IEEE Shape Modeling International Conference (SMI’04) and the Ninth ACM Symposium on Solid Modeling and Applications (SM’04). The conferences were colocated at the Palazzo Ducale, in the historic center of Genoa, Italy in June 2004 as part of the International Convention on Shapes & Solids 2004 organized and chaired by Bianca Falcidieno (CNR, Italy). The Shape Modeling International Conference is an annual international forum for the exchange of research and applications related to all the aspects dealing with modeling, representing, processing and retrieving of digital shapes and associated properties from a broad multidisciplinary perspective. The ACM Symposium on Solid Modeling and Applications is also an annual international forum for the exchange of recent research and applications of solid modeling and computing in design, analysis and manufacturing, as well...

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