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 computing (HPC) 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 algorithms that are resource-efficient (CPU, IO, cache, parallel), and at the same time efficient in practice. And, transfer these algorithms into open-source software to be used by the GIS community.

I finished my Ph.D in 2003 at Duke University, Department of Computer Science. My thesis advisor was Lars Arge.

In Spring 2017 I am teaching Algorithms (cs2200) and Computational Geometry (cs3250).