Frank Staals

Hey everyone. Welcome to my small corner of the internet. I am Frank Staals and I am currently working as a PostDoc at MADALGO in Aarhus. Before that, I was a PhD Student at the Department of Information and Computing Sciences of the Utrecht University, under supervision of Marc van Kreveld aan Maarten Löffler. I did my Bachelor and Master in Computer Science at the Eindhoven University of Technology.

Research Interests

My main research interest lies in Computational Geometry. I am mostly working on algorithms for trajectory analysis, or analysis of moving objects. An example of such a problem would be “Given the trajectories of a set of animals, for example birds, can we compute when the animals travel in groups, and how do these groups change over time?”. However, I’m also interested in other Computational Geometry related problems, especially if they have some “real-world” application somewhere down the line. Problems like this usually show up in areas like geographic information science (GIS) or visualisation. If you are interested, see my list of publications for more examples.


I am an avid mountainbiker. I race in the “Amateurs” category. So in the weekends I can usually be found at cross country races or marathons. Other than that, I like functional and dependently typed programming: How cool is it that you can enforce and prove properties of your program! Consider for example these type-safe Red-Black trees.

Contact Information

Center for Massive Data Algorithmics
Department of Computer Science
Aarhus University
The IT-park, Åbogade 34
DK-8200 Aarhus N

Office: bldg. 5335, 324
Email: f.<lastName> or <firstName>