An intellectual leader in computational geometry, Timothy Chan is joining the CS @ ILLINOIS faculty in January 2017. He has been a faculty member at the University of Waterloo since 1999. Chan has broad interests in algorithms and theoretical computer science, and he’s known for many breakthrough results in the area of computational geometry. For example, he developed faster algorithms for computing convex hulls and data structures for nearest neighbor search. His current research continues to explore new fundamental techniques for processing large-scale geometric data sets. A winner of the NSERC Doctoral Prize, Chan earned his PhD in computer science from the University of British Columbia in 1995; he completed a one-year postdoc at Johns Hopkins and then joined the University of Miami faculty as an assistant professor for three years before moving to the University of Waterloo.