Hanan Samet

Hanan Samet is a Computer Science researcher and Distinguished University Professor at the University of Maryland's Computer Science Department, which is part of the University of Maryland College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences.[1] He completed his PhD at Stanford University in 1975.[1]

Hanan Samet
NationalityUnited States
Alma materStanford University
Scientific career
InstitutionsUniversity of Maryland

Samet is a pioneer in research on quadtrees and other multidimensional spatial data structures for sorting spatial information, as well as having written several well-received books.[2] He has profoundly influenced the theory and application of these areas of research and his impact can be seen in many real-world applications including Google Earth, the world’s most widely used graphics application.[2]


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  1. "Hanan Samet". People. University of Maryland Computer Science Department. Retrieved 7 August 2014.
  2. "ACM honors computing innovators for advances in research, education, and industry" (Press release). ACM. 26 Apr 2012. Retrieved 2014-08-07.
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