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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) 660-6548, (919) 660-6500
Email Address:
Web Page:

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; Fox, K; Nath, A, Maintaining reeb graphs of triangulated 2-manifolds, LIPIcs, vol. 93 (January, 2018), ISBN 9783959770552 [doi]  [abs]
  2. Rav, M; Lowe, A; Agarwal, PK, Flood Risk Analysis on Terrains, GIS: Proceedings of the ACM International Symposium on Advances in Geographic Information Systems, vol. 2017-November (November, 2017), ISBN 9781450354905 [doi]  [abs]
  3. Agarwal, PK; Har-Peled, S; Suri, S; Yıldız, H; Zhang, W, Convex Hulls Under Uncertainty, Algorithmica, vol. 79 no. 2 (October, 2017), pp. 340-367 [doi]
  4. Agarwal, PK; Rubin, N; Sharir, M, Approximate nearest neighbor search amid higher-dimensional flats, LIPIcs, vol. 87 (September, 2017), ISBN 9783959770491 [doi]  [abs]
  5. Agarwal, PK; Kumar, N; Sintos, S; Suri, S, Efficient algorithms for k-regret minimizing sets, LIPIcs, vol. 75 (August, 2017), ISBN 9783959770361 [doi]  [abs]