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Department of Computer Science
Dr. George M. Turkiyyah


    • Ph.D. Carnegie Mellon University, 1990
    • MS. Carnegie Mellon University, 1986
    • BE. American UNiversity of Beirut, 1984


George Turkiyyah is a Professor in the Computer Science department at the American University of Beirut (AUB). He obtained his MS and PhD from Carnegie Mellon University and his BE from AUB. Prior to joining AUB, he was an Assistant and then Associate Professor at the University of Washington. His research interests are in physically-based simulation, numerical optimization, geometric modeling, high-performance computing, and large-scale Web-enabled data repositories.

Prof Turkiyyah is the author of more than 60 refereed publications, holds 4 patents on geometric representation technologies, has advised 6 PhD students, co-founded a software startup, and published a number of widely-used software systems. He has won a number of awards including the 2003 Transportation Research Board K.B. Woods award for best paper in Design and Construction, best presentation/poster awards in the 2007 ACM Solid and Physical Modeling and the 2006 Medicine Meets Virtual reality conferences. He chaired the 2003 ASCE Engineering Mechanics Conference and co-chaired SPM 03, the eighth ACM Symposium on Solid Modeling and Applications. Prof Turkiyyah serves on the program committees of a number of conferences including the ACM/SIAM SPM Solid and Physical Modeling Symposium and Computer-Aided Design. He is a member of ACM and SIAM.

Research Interests

Physically-based simulation, numerical optimization, geometric modeling, finite element methods, high-performance computing

Sample Publications

    • Efficient Suturing of Deformable Models. G. Younes, J. Abi Nahed, and G. Turkiyyah. Proceedings of the 7th Computational Biomechanics for Medicine Workshop, MICCAI, 2012.
    • Mesh Cutting During Real-time Physical Simulation. G. Turkiyyah, W. Bou Karam, Z. Ajami, A. Nasri. Computer-Aided Design, 2011. 43(7), pp 809-819, 2011.
    • Optimization Models and Algorithms for Joint Uplink/Downlink UMTS Radio Network Planning with SIR-based Power Control. Amin Abdel Khalek, Lina Al-Kanj, Zaher Dawy, and George Turkiyyah. IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology, Vol 60, No 4, pp 1612-1625, 2011.
    • A Physically-based Framework for Real-time Cutting and Interaction with 3D Continuum Models. Lindblad, A. and Turkiyyah G. ACM Solid and Physical Modeling Symposium, pp 421-429, 2007.
    • Second-Order Accurate Boundary Conditions for Thin-Shell Subdivision Finite Elements. Green S. and Turkiyyah G. International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering, Vol 61, No 3, pp 380-405, 2004.

Courses Taught

    • CMPS 200 - Introduction to Programming
    • CMPS 251 - Numerical Computing
    • CMPS 351 - Numerical Optimization and Nonlinear Problems
    • CMPS 396 - Physically-based Modeling
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Contact Information:

    • Office: Bliss 309
    • Phone: 961-1-35000, Ext: 4213
    • Email: gt02 at
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