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I am a scientist in the institute of computer science in the University of Bonn, where I have an office in the computational geometry wing.

I specialize in algorithms (procedures for doing computations) and data structures (how to organize data so that algorithms can process them efficiently). I strive to design algorithms that can be proven to yield correct results fast, even when a large amount of data needs to be processed or searched. More specifically, I focus on algorithms that process geometric data or geometric networks, such as found in geographic information systems. Sometimes the goal of the algorithm design is that a computer computes a representation of the data, efficiently and correctly, that can subsequently be interpreted by humans, efficiently and correctly.

On this website, you will find information about the courses I teach, the research I do, some academic matters I care about, and contact information. There is also a short biography.

Current courses

You are welcome to check out my advice on how to give a typical talk or lecture in an algorithms seminar.


Selected work

Publications by topic

Academic matters

I believe that the fruits of publicly funded research (such as my own) should be available to the public. However, commercial publishers of scientific journals charge prohibitively high fees. Therefore I prefer to publish in and review for non-profit journals whenever possible. I recommend submitting your best papers on computational geometry to the free, open-access Journal of Computational Geometry.

Negotiations with the commercial publisher Elsevier about its fees have been particularly difficult, resulting in many German scientists losing access to Elsevier journals. For this reason, I now avoid publishing in Elsevier journals, and I avoid reviewing papers submitted to those journals.


If you are a Master student looking for a graduation project, you may be interested in seeing what kind of projects I tend to supervise. You are welcome to make an appointment to discuss what kind of project you would like to do.

If you are a student from another university: note that I cannot accept any applications for summer internships, and I do not respond to them.

Contact information

Mail Herman Haverkort
Universität Bonn
Institut für Informatik
Endenicher Allee 19a
53115 Bonn
Office 2.014
Phone +49 228 73 69 686

If you would like to meet my in the office, please make an appointment by e-mail. I am usually in the office in the morning.

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