Laura Toma

I am an Associate Professor of Computer Science, and, during 2014-2018, also department chair.
Department of Computer Science
Bowdoin College
8650 College Station
Brunswick, ME 04011
Office: Searles 219
Phone: + 1-207-725-3569
Fax: + 1-207-725-3750

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My research is in the theory and practice of efficient algorithms for large data, and in particular terrain processing and applications to Geographic Information Systems (GIS). I am also interested in high-performance, parallel computing using Bowdoin's computing grid.

Together with some great students, I am exploring efficient and scalable algorithms for modeling fundamental problems on terrains, such as visibility, flooding and sea level rise. Our goal is to come up with approaches that are resource-efficient (CPU, IO, cache, parallel), are backed by algorithms that we can theoretically prove efficient while at the same time they work well in practice. And, transfer these algorithms into free and open-source software to be used by the community.

I finished my Ph.D in 2003 at Duke University, Department of Computer Science. My thesis advisor was Lars Arge. Part of my thesis I developed IO-efficient algorithms for modeling flow on very large terrains.