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Pankaj K. Agarwal, RJR Nabisco Professor of Computer Science and Chair of Computer Science and Professor of Mathematics and Faculty Network Member of The Energy Initiative and Bass Fellow of Computer Science


Pankaj K. Agarwal

Computational and combinatorial geometry, computational biology, robotics, spatial databases, geographic molecular information systems, and data structures.

Contact Info:
Office Location:  D315 Lev Sci Res Ctr, Durham, NC 27708
Office Phone:  (919) 660-6500, (919) 660-6548
Email Address:
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Teaching (Fall 2018):

    LSRC D243, TuTh 03:05 PM-04:20 PM


Ph.D.New York University1989
MS in Computer ScienceUniversity of California, Santa Barbara1986
M.S.University of California at Santa Cruz1986
Bachelor of Engineering in Electronics and CommunicationUniversity of Roorkee1982
B.S.E.E.Indian Institute of Technology (India)1982



Research Interests:

Computational & discrete geometry: Paradigms & techniques, randomized and approximation algorithms, geometric optimization, data structures, arrangements Computational biology: Protein structures, shape representation, shape matching GIS and global changes: Navigation, spatial and temporal databases, map generalization, population growth models Robotics: Collision detection, motion planning, part feeder Visualization: Visibility, occlusion culling, levels of detail, data structures


Adaptation, Biological • Algorithms • Amino Acid Sequence • Approximation algorithms • Base Pair Mismatch • Bayes Theorem • Biodiversity • Chromosome Mapping • Computational Biology • Data Interpretation, Statistical • DNA Transposable Elements • Ecology • Ecosystem • Forecasting • Models, Biological • Models, Chemical • Models, Molecular • Models, Statistical • Models, Theoretical • Navigation • Plant Transpiration • Plants • Protein Conformation • Proteins • Sensitivity and Specificity • Sequence Alignment • Sequence Analysis, DNA • Sequence Analysis, Protein • Software • Species Specificity • Stochastic Processes • Time Factors • Visibility

Postdocs Mentored
  • Lars Arge (2002)  
  • Julien Basch (2002)  
  • Jeff Erickson (2002)  
  • Sariel Har-Peled (2002)  

Recent Publications   (More Publications)

  1. Agarwal, PK; Kyle, FOX; Salzman, O, An efficient algorithm for computing high-quality paths amid polygonal obstacles, Acm Transactions on Algorithms, vol. 14 no. 4 (August, 2018) [doi]  [abs]
  2. Agarwal, PK; Kaplan, H; Sharir, M, Union of hypercubes and 3D minkowski sums with random sizes, Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics, Lipics, vol. 107 (July, 2018), ISBN 9783959770767 [doi]  [abs]
  3. Agarwal, PK; Kumar, N; Sintos, S; Suri, S, Range-max queries on uncertain data, Journal of Computer and System Sciences, vol. 94 (June, 2018), pp. 118-134 [doi]  [abs]
  4. Agarwal, PK; Arge, L; Staals, F, Improved dynamic geodesic nearest neighbor searching in a simple polygon, Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics, Lipics, vol. 99 (June, 2018), pp. 41-414 [doi]  [abs]
  5. Agarwal, PK; Kumar, N; Sintos, S; Suri, S, Computing shortest paths in the plane with removable obstacles, Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics, Lipics, vol. 101 (June, 2018), pp. 51-515, ISBN 9783959770682 [doi]  [abs]