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SIGSPATIAL Officers

by Justin Levandoski last modified 2017-07-13 18:48

Elected Officers

  • Chair, Cyrus Shahabi, University of Southern California, USA
  • Past Chair, Mohamed Mokbel, University of Minnesota, USA
  • Vice-Chair, Goce Trajcevski, Northwestern University, USA
  • Secretary, Egemen Tanin, University of Melbourne, Australia
  • Treasurer, John Krumm, Microsoft Research, USA

Appointed Officers

  • Newsletter Editor, Andreas Züfle, George Mason University, USA
  • Webmaster, Ibrahim Sabek, University of Minnesota, USA

Biographies of Officers


Cyrus Shahabi, University of Southern California, USA

Cyrus Shahabi is a Professor of Computer Science, Electrical Engineering and Spatial Sciences, and the chair of the Computer Science Department. He is also the Director of the Integrated Media Systems Center (IMSC) and the Informatics Program at USC’s Viterbi School of Engineering. He received his B.S. in Computer Engineering from Sharif University of Technology in 1989 and then his M.S. and Ph.D. Degrees in Computer Science from the University of Southern California in May 1993 and August 1996, respectively. He authored two books and more than three hundred research papers in the areas of databases, GIS and multimedia with more than 14 US Patents. Dr. Shahabi was an Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems (TPDS) from 2004 to 2009, IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering (TKDE) from 2010-2013 and VLDB Journal from 2009-2015. He is currently on the editorial board of the ACM Transactions on Spatial Algorithms and Systems (TSAS) and ACM Computers in Entertainment. He chaired the nomination committee of ACM SIGSPATIAL for the 2011-2014 terms. Dr. Shahabi is a fellow of IEEE, and a recipient of the 2003 U.S. Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE). For more details, see infolab.usc.edu/Shahabi/.


Mohamed Mokbel, University of Minnesota, USA

Mohamed F. Mokbel (Ph.D., Purdue University, MS, B.Sc., Alexandria University) is a Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, University of Minnesota. His research interests include the interaction of GIS and location-based services with database systems and cloud computing. His research work has been recognized by the VLDB 10-Years Best Paper Award, five Best Paper Awards, and by the NSF CAREER award. Mohamed is/was the program co-chair for ACM SIGMOD 2018, ACM SIGSPATIAL GIS from 2008 to 2010, and IEEE MDM 2011 and 2014. He is Editor-in-Chief for Springer Distributed and Parallel Databases journal, and Associate Editor for ACM Books, ACM TODS, ACM TSAS, VLDB journal, and GeoInformatica. Mohamed was an elected Chair of ACM SIGSPATIAL 2014-2017. For more information, please visit: www.cs.umn.edu/~mokbel.


Goce Trajcevski, Northwestern University, USA


Egemen Tanin, University of Melbourne, Australia

Dr Egemen Tanin is an Associate Professor at the Department of Computing and Information Systems, University of Melbourne. Dr Tanin's research areas are Spatial Databases and GIS. He focuses on mobile systems and new sensing technologies and the impact of these systems and technologies on Spatial Databases. He has served as a PC Chair for ACM SIGSPATIAL GIS in 2011 and in 2012 and is currently an Associate Editor of ACM Transactions on Spatial Algorithms and Systems. Dr Tanin is also the a co-founder of ACM SIGSPATIAL Australia, and served as its chair in 2011. He was the founding editor of ACM SIGSPATIAL Special, the newsletter for SIGSPATIAL. Dr Tanin has taken many different roles for various venues during his career including conferences and journals such as the SIGMOD Conference, PVLDB and ACM Transactions on Database Systems as well as IEEE ICDE. He has obtained his PhD degree in 2001 from the Department of Computer Science at the University of Maryland, College Park. For more details, see http://people.eng.unimelb.edu.au/etanin/.


John Krumm, Microsoft Research, USA

John Krumm graduated from Carnegie Mellon University in 1993 with a PhD in robotics and a thesis on texture analysis in images. He worked at the Robotics Center of Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, New Mexico for the next four years. His main projects there were computer vision for object recognition for use in robots and vehicles. He has been at Microsoft Research in Redmond, Washington, USA since 1997, and is currently a principal researcher. His research focuses on understanding peoples' location and how to use that information to benefit the user. He holds 56 U.S. patents. Dr. Krumm was a PC chair for UbiComp 2007, ACM SIGSPATIAL 2013, and ACM SIGSPATIAL 2014, served on the editorial board of IEEE Pervasive Computing Magazine and as a coeditor in chief for the Journal of Location Based Services. He currently serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Location Based Services, as an associate editor for ACM Transactions on Spatial Algorithms and Systems, and on the executive committee of ACM SIGSPATIAL.


Andreas Züfle, George Mason University, USA

Andreas Züfle is an assistant professor with the department of Geography and Geoinformation Science at George Mason University. He received his PhD in Computer Science from Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich, Germany in 2013. Dr. Züfle is a data scientist, whose research quest is to bridge the gap between databases, statistics and geoinformation science, three communities often working independently on identical research problems. To bring these communities together, Dr. Züfle’s research is focused on managing, querying and mining of spatio-temporal and uncertain data. Since 2011, he has published more than 60 fully refereed papers receiving more than 1000 citations for his innovative work. His current research activities are funded by NSF. For more details, see cos.gmu.edu/ggs/andreas-zufle/.


Ibrahim Sabek, University of Minnesota, USA

Ibrahim Sabek is a PhD student in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, University of Minnesota. His research interests include spatial data management and indexing. He is an ACM and IEEE student member. Ibrahim started to serve as the SIGSPATIAL webmaster since 2014. For more information, see http://www.cs.umn.edu/~sabek.


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