Roberto Tamassia

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Roberto Tamassia is a computer scientist, the Plastech Professor of Computer Science at Brown University, and served as the chair of the Brown Computer Science department from 2007 to 2014.[1] His research specialty is in the design and analysis of algorithms for graph drawing, computational geometry, and computer security; he is also the author of several textbooks.

Professional biography[edit]

Tamassia received a laurea (the Italian equivalent of a M.S. degree) from the University of Rome "La Sapienza" in 1984, and a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign under the supervision of Franco Preparata in 1988.[1][2] He then took a faculty position at Brown; he has also held visiting positions at the University of Texas at Dallas, the Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, and La Sapienza.[1]

Tamassia has nearly 200 publications[3] and is an ISI highly cited researcher.[4] He was one of the original organizers of the International Symposium on Graph Drawing, and was co-chair of that conference in 1994; he has also been co-chair of the semiannual Workshop on Algorithms and Data Structures (1997, 1999, and 2001) and the annual Workshop on Algorithms and Experiments (2005). He is founding editor-in-chief (since 1996) of the Journal of Graph Algorithms and Applications[5] as well as belonging to several other journal editorial boards.

Awards and honors[edit]

In 2006, the IEEE Computer Society gave Tamassia their Technical Achievement Award "for pioneering the field of graph drawing and for outstanding contributions to the design of graph and geometric algorithms."[1][6] In 2008, he was elected as an IEEE Fellow.[1][7][8] In 2012 he was named a fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery "for contributions to graph drawing, algorithms and data structures and to computer science education",[9] and also named a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.[10]


  • Goodrich, M. T.; Tamassia, R. (1998), Data Structures and Algorithms in Java, Wiley . Fourth edition, 2005.
  • Di Battista, G.; Eades, P.; Tamassia, R.; Tollis, I. G. (1999), Graph Drawing, Prentice-Hall .
  • Goodrich, M. T.; Tamassia, R. (2002), Algorithm Design, Wiley .
  • Goodrich, M. T.; Tamassia, R.; Mount, D. (2003), Data Structures and Algorithms in C++, Wiley 


  1. ^ a b c d e Curriculum vitae from Tamassia's web site, retrieved 2009-07-16.
  2. ^ TCS Genealogy, ACM SIGACT.
  3. ^ DB&LP: Roberto Tamassia.
  4. ^ Profs. Preparata and Tamassia Among Most Highly Cited Computer Scientists, Brown Univ. Computer Science Dept., February 19, 2007.
  5. ^ Journal of Graph Algorithms and Applications web site.
  6. ^ Ward, Bob (2008), "Computer Society Connection", IEEE Computer, 41 (2): 82–87, doi:10.1109/MC.2008.45 .
  7. ^ Roberto Tamassia Named IEEE Fellow, Brown Univ. Computer Science Dept., December 12, 2008.
  8. ^ "Introducing the new class of fellows", The Institute, IEEE, March 2009 .
  9. ^ ACM Fellows Named for Computing Innovations that Advance Technologies in Information Age, ACM, December 11, 2012.
  10. ^ "AAAS Members Elected as Fellows", Science, 338: 1168–1171, November 30, 2012, doi:10.1126/science.338.6111.1166 .

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