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David Eppstein
Photograph of Eppstein in September 2005
In September 2005 at Limerick, Ireland during the 13th International Symposium on Graph Drawing
David Arthur Eppstein

1963 (age 58–59)[1]
CitizenshipUnited States
Alma mater
Known for
Scientific career
FieldsComputer science[2]
InstitutionsUniversity of California, Irvine[2]
ThesisEfficient algorithms for sequence analysis with concave and convex gap costs (1989)
Doctoral advisorZvi Galil

David Arthur Eppstein (born 1963) is an American computer scientist and mathematician. He is a Distinguished Professor of computer science at the University of California, Irvine.[2][3] He is known for his work in computational geometry, graph algorithms, and recreational mathematics. In 2011, he was named an ACM Fellow.[4]


Born in Windsor, England, in 1963, Eppstein received a B.S. in Mathematics from Stanford University in 1984, and later an M.S. (1985) and Ph.D. (1989) in computer science from Columbia University, after which he took a postdoctoral position at Xerox's Palo Alto Research Center.[5] He joined the UC Irvine faculty in 1990, and was co-chair of the Computer Science Department there from 2002 to 2005.[6] In 2014, he was named a Chancellor's Professor.[7] In October 2017, Eppstein was one of 396 members elected as fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.[8]

Eppstein is also an amateur digital photographer.[2]

Research interests

In computer science, Eppstein's research has included work on minimum spanning trees, shortest paths, dynamic graph data structures, graph coloring, graph drawing and geometric optimization. He has published also in application areas such as finite element meshing, which is used in engineering design, and in computational statistics, particularly in robust, multivariate, nonparametric statistics.

Eppstein served as the program chair for the theory track of the ACM Symposium on Computational Geometry in 2001, the program chair of the ACM-SIAM Symposium on Discrete Algorithms in 2002, and the co-chair for the International Symposium on Graph Drawing in 2009.[9]

Selected publications

  • Eppstein, David (1999). "Finding the k shortest paths" (PDF). SIAM Journal on Computing. 28 (2): 652–673. CiteSeerX doi:10.1109/SFCS.1994.365697. ISBN 978-0-8186-6580-6. S2CID 31351733.
  • Eppstein, D.; Galil, Z.; Italiano, G. F.; Nissenzweig, A. (1997). "Sparsification—a technique for speeding up dynamic graph algorithms". Journal of the ACM. 44 (5): 669–696. doi:10.1145/265910.265914.
  • Amenta, N.; Bern, M.; Eppstein, D. (1998). "The Crust and the β-Skeleton: Combinatorial Curve Reconstruction" (PDF). Graphical Models and Image Processing. 60 (2): 125–135. doi:10.1006/gmip.1998.0465. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2009-12-17.
  • Bern, Marshall; Eppstein, David (1992). "Mesh generation and optimal triangulation" (PDF). Technical Report CSL-92-1. Lecture Notes Series on Computing. Xerox PARC. 4: 47–123. doi:10.1142/9789812831699_0003. ISBN 978-981-02-1876-8. Republished in Du, D.-Z.; Hwang, F. K., eds. (1992). Computing in Euclidean Geometry. World Scientific. pp. 23–90.


See also


  1. ^ Eppstein, David. "11011110 – User Profile". Archived from the original on June 30, 2012. Retrieved November 1, 2016.
  2. ^ a b c d Hines, Michael (September 1, 2001). "Picture-perfect prints are possible". Business. Daily Press. Hampton, VA. p. G1, G7. Retrieved September 9, 2019 – via Eppstein is a computer science professor at the University of California, Irvine, and member of the online bulletin board of amateur digital photographers.
  3. ^ "Distinguished Professors – UCI". Retrieved July 26, 2020.
  4. ^ "List of ACM Fellows". Retrieved September 9, 2019.
  5. ^ "Contributors". IEEE Transactions on Information Theory. 47 (6): 2667–2677. September 2000. doi:10.1109/TIT.2001.945287.
  6. ^ "David Eppstein's Online Curriculum Vitae" (PDF). Retrieved April 9, 2008.
  7. ^ "UCI Chancellor's Professors". Archived from the original on November 15, 2002. Retrieved August 18, 2014.
  8. ^ American Association for the Advancement of Science (2017). "2017 AAAS Fellows approved by the AAAS Council". Science. 358 (6366): 1011–1014. Bibcode:2017Sci...358.1011.. doi:10.1126/science.358.6366.1011.
  9. ^ "Graph Drawing 2009". Retrieved May 7, 2020.

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