Short Bio

Chee Keng Yap is Professor of Computer Science at the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, New York University. His research interests include computational geometry, algorithms and complexity, visualization, algebraic and topological computation, and algorithmic robotics. He has published over 150 papers in major conferences and journals, in the area of algorithms and complexity. Since 1993, he has been interested in numerical non-robustness, especially issues at the interface between numerical, algebraic and topological computation. A current project is the open-source Core Library aims to bring robust computation out of the research realm and make it widely accessible to all programmers. Another one is the open-source G-Vis web-based map of the whole USA down to street level. Yap was born in Singapore and educated in the Boys' Wing, Royal Military College in Malaysia. He received a double S.B. degree (Math and Comp.Sci.) from MIT in 1975 and a Ph.D. (Comp.Sci.) from Yale in 1980. He served on the editorial boards of SIAM J. of Computing (1985-2002), J. of Symbolic Computation (1988-2003), J. of Computer and System Sciences (1986--), Computational Geometry: Theory and Applications (1990-2006), Int'l J. of Comp. Geometry and Applications (1990--2008), Algorithmica (1992--2007), LNCS Transactions on Computational Science (2006--) and Mathematics in Computer Science (2006--). His two books are the edited volume Advances in Robotics: Algorithmic and Geometric Issues (Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc, 1987) (co-edited with Jack Schwartz) and Fundamental Problems in Algorithmic Algebra (Oxford University Press, 2000). Since 2006, he is associated with Korea Institute for Advanced Study as a KIAS Scholar.

Last Updated: Jan 2009