Professor Pankaj K. Agarwal

Duke University, USA

Professor Pankaj K. Agarwal is one of the world-leading - if not the world-leading – researcher within computational geometry. He is highly recognized not only for his substantial theoretical contributions to computational geometry but also for establishing and strengthening links between the research area and a number of applications areas. Pankaj K. Agarwal has published four books and well over 300 peer-reviewed research papers which have been cited over an impressively 11,000 times.

Pankaj K. Agarwal has a very close relationship with Aarhus University, including a research collaboration (with many co-authored publications) with AU researchers at the Center for Massive Data Algorithmics (MADALGO) where he also serves as a very active member of the scientific advisory board. The collaboration also encompasses several joint US research grants.

Pankaj K. Agarwal has visited MADALGO, AU and Denmark   several times. He has served on several PhD student committees, and hosted numerous AU PhD students at Duke University, for both short-term visits and for semester long visits. His students and former students also regularly visit AU. Together with AU, he is one of the founders of the spin-off company SCALGO. Thus, Pankaj K. Agarwal is definitely a critical link in the very strong research collaboration between MADALGO and Duke University.

Agarwal has given numerous invited talks and is a Fellow of the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM), a Sloan Fellow, as well as a US National Young Investigator. He has served on numerous program committees and other professional research committees, and apart from being on the editorial boards of the top computational geometry journals (CGTA and DCG), he is also on the board of the top broad algorithms Journals ACM Transactions on Algorithms and SIAM Journal on Computing. From 2004 to 2010 he served as Chair of the Computer Science Department at Duke University, and he has held many other advisory and leadership positions. For example he has recently been involved in the selection of the site for a major new institute of theoretical computer science funded by the Simon Foundation, just as he has served as an evaluator for the Max Planck Society. These commitments serve as a testament to the significance of his scientific work and his person.



Professor, Department of Computer Science, Duke University, USA



Education and appointments


2004–10 Chair, Department of Computer Science, Duke University, Durham.

1998– Professor, Department of Computer Science, Duke University, Durham.

1997–2005 Co-Director, Center for Geometric Computing, Duke University, Durham.

1994–98 Associate Professor (tenured), Department of Computer Science, Duke University, Durham.

1989–92 Assistant Professor, Department of Computer Science, Duke University, Durham.

1989–90 Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for Discrete Mathematics and Theoretical Computer Science, Rutgers University,

1986–89 PhD in Computer Science, Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, New York University, New York.

1984–86 Master of Science in Computer Science, University of California, Santa Barbara.

1978–82 Bachelor of Engineering in Electronics and Communication, University of Roorkee, Roorkee, India.

Selected prizes and honours

2010  Best paper award, ACM-GIS.

2010  Amar S. Gupta Professor of Computer Science and Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi.

2008  RJR Nabisco Professor of Computer Science, Duke University.

2002  ACM Fellow.

2000  Member, Bass Society of Fellows.

1996  Alfred P. Sloan Fellow.

1993  National Young Investigator Award.

1989  Janet Fabri Award (best PhD thesis).

1984  JN Tata Endowment Scholarship.

1982  Prize for attaining the first rank in BE (Electronics and Communication).

1978  National Talent Search Scholarship.