Some time ago I saw a brief presentation about a newly discovered method used to compute the area of certain two-dimensional shapes by rolling a circle (of varying radius) about the perimeter; the area traced out by the circle was the area enclosed by the figure.
I believe the method only worked for convex shapes. I didn't catch the name of the discoverer of the method, but the name sounded French, and the method was discovered I think in $ 2002 $ or thereabouts.
Any help identifying this method would be appreciated.
Edit: I'm not completely sure that convexity was required, but given that the perimeter of a non-complex shape can go to infinity without changing the area, and given that as the circle travels around the perimeter the area swept out is strictly increasing, it seems reasonable. There were only two or three examples, and all of them were convex. However the circle's radius also depended on...something, and it's possible the circle would have been much smaller for a non-convex shape with large perimeter and small area.
The only two examples I remember were some sort of simple polygon (a triangle or a rectangle or something like that) and some sort of trig function like $\sin^2 x$ from 0 to $\pi$. In the latter case the method was billed as being easier than integrating the curve directly.