Laura Toma

I am an Associate Professor 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. The challenge is to design algorithms that are provably efficient wrt to CPU, IO, cache, parallel, and at the same time efficient in practice. Our goal is to create open-source software for these problems 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).