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“If you know what to look for, you will find possible applications for geometric algorithms everywhere.”

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Wouter Meulemans is an assistant professor in the Applied Geometric Algorithms group at the Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e). His research interests lie in the areas of algorithms, computational geometry and information visualization, particularly in the context of (geo)spatial applications.

A common theme throughout much of his research is the concept of spatially informative visualization: that is, spatial accuracy is not the ultimate goal but is controlled in favor of efficacious visualization. The developed methods are supported by geometric algorithms to ensure provable guarantees on quality and efficiency of solutions.

Specific areas of expertise include cartographic schematization, similarity measures and set visualization. Automated schematization is about computing effective and stylistic visual objects using only a few geometric primitives to adequately represent complex ones. Similarity measures play a key role here, in quantifying what “adequate” means and to describe how geometric objects relate. Set visualization is a technique to support the analysis of sets and their relations.

Academic background

Wouter Meulemans obtained his Master’s degree (with honors) in Computer Science at TU/e in 2010 and simultaneously participated in the Honors Research Programme. He obtained his PhD (with honors) in Computational Geometry in 2014 at the same university. Afterwards, Wouter became a postdoc at the Westfälische Wilhelms Universität, Münster (2015) and Marie-Curie fellow at City, University of London (2015-2016). At the end of 2016, he returned to TU/e as an assistant professor in the Applied Geometric Algorithms group. Wouter also participated in Faces of Science, an initiative of the KNAW (Royal Netherlands Academy of Sciences) and De Jonge Akademie to provide (high-school) students insight into the work of a scientist and enthuse them to pursue a scientific career.

Affiliated with

  • Data Science Center Eindhoven (DSC/e)

Partners in (semi-)industry

  • HERE Global B.V.
  • Fugro NL Land B.V.

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Research Output 2010 2019

Locally correct Fréchet matchings

Buchin, K., Buchin, M., Meulemans, W. & Speckmann, B., 1 Jan 2019, In : Computational Geometry: Theory and Applications. 76, p. 1-18 18 p.

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Curve
Monotone
Metric

A framework for algorithm stability and its application to kinetic euclidean MSTs

Meulemans, W., Speckmann, B., Verbeek, K. & Wulms, J., 1 Jan 2018, LATIN 2018: Theoretical Informatics: 13th Latin American Symposium, Buenos Aires, Argentina, April 16-19, 2018, Proceedings. Bender, M. A., Farach-Colton, M. & Mosteiro, M. A. (eds.). Dordrecht: Springer, p. 805-819 15 p. (Lecture Notes in Computer Science; vol. 10807)

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Minimum Spanning Tree
Euclidean
Kinetics
Lipschitz Stability
Combinatorial Algorithms

A framework for algorithm stability and its application to kinetic Euclidean MSTs

Meulemans, W., Speckmann, B., Verbeek, K. A. B. & Wulms, J. J. H. M., 2018, p. 11:1-11:6 6 p.

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Kinetics
Learning systems
Numerical analysis
Topology
1 Citations

Experimental analysis of the accessibility of drawings with few segments

Kindermann, P., Meulemans, W. & Schulz, A., 2018, Graph Drawing and Network Visualization: 25th International Symposium, GD 2017, Boston, MA, USA, September 25-27, 2017, Revised Selected Papers. Frati, F. & Ma, K-L. (eds.). Dordrecht: Springer, p. 52-64 (Lecture Notes in Computer Science; vol. 10692)

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Trees (mathematics)
Experiments

Optimal algorithms for compact linear layouts

Meulemans, W., Sonke, W. M., Speckmann, B., Verbeek, H. M. W. & Verbeek, K. A. B., Mar 2018, p. 10:1-10:6 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstractAcademic

Drawing (graphics)
Aspect ratio
Directed graphs
Labels
Visualization

Courses

Algorithms for geographic data

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CS Research Honors project 1

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CS Research Honors project 2

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Data structures

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Student theses

Efficiently answering Fréchet queries

Author: van Diggelen, T., 26 Mar 2018

Supervisor: Buchin, K. (Supervisor 1) & Meulemans, W. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master

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How path-like is a tree?: compatible transformations from tree to path and vice versa

Author: van Garderen, M., 31 Oct 2013

Supervisor: Speckmann, B. (Supervisor 1) & Meulemans, W. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master

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Map matching in cartograpic schematization

Author: van Hulten, L., 29 Jan 2018

Supervisor: Meulemans, W. (Supervisor 1) & van Goethem, A. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master

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Modeling and computation of vernacular regions

Author: Meulemans, W., 31 Aug 2010

Supervisor: de Berg, M. (Supervisor 1)

Student thesis: Master

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