Algorithmic Art

I’m a professor of computer science at Texas A&M, in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, and a member of the Parasol Lab. In 2013, I was elected as a Fellow of the Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM).  In 2014, I was named a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), “for contributions to sparse matrix algorithms and software.”  NVIDIA has designated my research lab as a GPU Research Center.  I’m also a Senior Member of the IEEE, and was just named as an IEEE Fellow, class of 2016.

My research is in sparse matrix algorithms, computational science, numerical methods, and applied mathematics.  I teach in those areas, plus discrete mathematics and essentially every undergraduate core course in computer science.  My codes are widely used in industry, government labs, and academia.  For example, MATLAB uses my sparse solvers in x=A\b, and Google relies on them to create Google Street View and PhotoTours.  A full list of the 100+ uses that I know of appears on my research page.

I serve as an associate editor of the ACM Transactions on Mathematical Software, the SIAM Journal on Scientific Computing, and the Journal of Parallel and Distributed Computing.

In 1989-1990 I was a postdoc at CERFACS, in Toulouse, France where I collaborated with Iain Duff.  In 2002-2003 I was a visiting associate professor in the Computer Science Department at Stanford and a visiting staff member at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab.

Outside of work, I served as an elder in my local church in Florida : The Chapel of Gainesville, where I also taught inductive Bible studies using methods and resources from Precept Ministries.  And I also enjoy writing poetry -- both fun mathematical poetry and more serious stuff.  My poem Hiraeth appears as the lyrics to a choral piece composed by Roger Ames, to be published by GIA Music.  My artistic side also comes out in my algorithm artwork (see the sample to the far right).  You can see (and hear) more at  The art appeared on billboards all over London for th 2013 London Electronic Arts Festival.




Tim Davis


425E HRBright, Texas A&M




cell : 352 359 2812

office: 979 845 4094



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425E HRBright Building

Dept of Computer Science and Eng.

Texas A&M University

3112 TAMU

College Station, TX 77843-3112

who i am and what i do


To rescue her, Thunkin returns to the fight

And at first the black spiders all sneer at the sight

Of a single green Punkalunk coming to help,

But he fights them so fiercely it's their turn to yelp!

They're battered and tattered and run away scattered!

The bulk of the army is wiped out and shattered!

A single black spider is still not yet splattered,

Its jaws snapping faster like nothing else mattered!

With his spiky back legs Thunkin whacks the black thing

That was snapping right at him to give him a sting.

It flies in the air and lands hard with a plunk-it!

A spider goes flying?  Oh, who would a' thunk it?

... (excerpt from “The Punkalunk and the Scarydid”)

above : algorithmic art generated from “Also Sprach Zarathustra”.  © 2013 Tim Davis

Click on the image below for more

of my artwork.