Research Interests

  • ​Numerical simulation and optimization
  • High performance
  • Scientific computing
  • Real-time physical simulation
  • Geometric modeling
  • Geometric design ​

Selected Publications

  • The Possibilities of Least-Squares Migration of Internally Scattered Seismic Energy
    A. Aldawood, I. Hoteit, M. Zuberi, G. Turkiyyah
    Tariq AlKhalifah, , Geophysics, 80(4):S93-S101, (2015)
  • Communication Complexity of the Fast Multipole Method and its Algebraic Variants
    R. Yokota, G. Turkiyyah, D. Keyes,
    Supercomputing frontiers and innovations, 1(1):63-84. , (2014)
  • A Mathematical Optimization Approach for Cellular Radio Network Planning with Co-Siting
    L. Al-Kanj, Z. Dawy, G. Turkiyyah
    Wireless Networks, 18(5):507-521., (2012)
  • Mesh Cutting During Real-time Physical Simulation
    G. Turkiyyah, W. Bou Karam, Z. Ajami, A. Nasri
    Computer-Aided Design, 43(7), pp 809-819., (2011)
  • A Rotation-Free Quadrilateral Thin-Shell Subdivision Finite Element
    S. Green, G. Turkiyyah
    Communications in Numerical Methods in Engineering, 21(12): 757-767. , (2005)
  • Second-Order Accurate Boundary Conditions for Thin-Shell Subdivision Finite Elements
    S. Green, G. Turkiyyah
    International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering, 61(3):380-405, (2004)
  • Real-Time Finite Element Modeling for Surgery Simulation: An Application to Virtual Suturing
    J. Berkley, G. Turkiyyah, D. Berg, M. Ganter, S. Weghorst
    IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics, 10(3)314-325, (2004)
  • A Subdivision-based Multilevel Method for Large Scale Engineering Simulation of Thin Shells
    S. Green, G. Turkiyyah, D. Storti
    Proceedings 7th ACM Symposium on Solid Modeling, 265-272., (2002)

Education Profile

  • ​Ph.D., Computer-aided Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University, ​​​1990.
  • MS.,   Computer-aided Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University, 1986.
  • B.E.,  Civil and Environmental Engineering, American University of Beirut, 1984.

Professional Profile

  • ​Professor, Dept. of Computer Science, American University of Beirut​​, (2010–2016) 
  • Chair, Dept. of Computer Science, American University of Beirut,(2010–2013)
  • Associate Professor, American University of Beirut, (2006–2010)
  • Associate Professor, University of Washington, (1998–2005)
  • Assistant Professor, University of Washington, (1992–1998)
  • Visiting Assistant Professor, Carnegie Mellon University,​​​​ (1990–1991)

Scientific and Professional Memberships

  • ​​ACM, SIAM 


  • First place in Lebanese Microsoft ``Imagine Cup'' Software Competition, (Team Coach), 2011
  • Best Presentation Award, ACM Symposium on Solid and Physical Modeling, 2007.
  • Best Poster, ``Medicine Meets Virtual Reality'' Conference, 2006
  • Chair of the 16th ASCE Engineering Mechanics Conference, 2003
  • Co-Chair of the 8th ACM Symposium on Solid Modeling and Applications, 2003.
  • TRB K.B. Woods Award for the outstanding paper published in the field of design and construction of transportation facilities, 2002​

KAUST Affiliations

  • ​​Extreme Computing Research Center (ECRC)