Algorithmic Art

I’m a professor of computer science at the University of Florida, in the Department of Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE).  I was recently elected as a Fellow of the Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM), “for contributions to sparse matrix algorithms and software, including the University of Florida Sparse Matrix Collection.”

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 elected member of the Council of the Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM), and as an associate editor of the ACM Transactions on Mathematical Software and the SIAM Journal on Scientific 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 serve as an elder in my local church : The Chapel of Gainesville, where I also teach 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 artisic side also comes out in my algorithm artwork (see the sample to the far right).  You can see (and hear) more at




Tim Davis


CSE E338




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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.