Brief biography for invited talks
Shashi Shekhar is a Mcknight Distinguished University Professor
at the University of Minnesota (Computer Science faculty). For contributions to
geographic information systems (GIS), spatial databases, and spatial data mining,
he received the IEEE-CS Technical Achievement Award and was elected an IEEE Fellow
as well as an AAAS Fellow. He was also named a key difference-maker for the field of GIS
by the most popular GIS textbook . He has a distinguished academic record that includes
280+ refereed papers, a popular textbook on Spatial Databases (Prentice
Hall, 2003) and an authoritative Encyclopedia of GIS (Springer, 2008).
Shashi is serving as a member of the Computing Community Consortium Council (2012-15),
a co-Editor-in-Chief of Geo-Informatica : An International Journal on Advances in
Computer Sciences for GIS (Springer),
a series editor for the Springer-Briefs on GIS,
as a member of the National Research Council (NRC) committee on
Geo-targeted Disaster Alerts and Warning (2013).
Earlier, he served on multiple NRC committees including
Future Workforce for Geospatial Intelligence (2011),
Mapping Sciences (2004-2009) and Priorities for GEOINT Research (2004-2005).
He also served as a general or program co-chair for
the Intl. Conference on Geographic Information Science (2012),
the Intl. Symposium on Spatial and Temporal Databases (2011)
and ACM Intl. Conf. on Geographic Information Systems (1996).
He also served on
the Board of Directors of University Consortium on GIS (2003-4),
as well as the
editorial boards of IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Eng. and
IEEE-CS Computer Sc. & Eng. Practice Board.
In early 1990s, Shashi's research developed core technologies behind in-vehicle
navigation devices as well as web-based routing services, which revolutionized outdoor navigation in
urban environment in the last decade. His recent research results played a critical role in evacuation
route planning for homeland security and received multiple recognitions including the CTS Partnership
Award for significant impact on transportation. He pioneered the research area of spatial data mining
via pattern families (e.g. collocation, mixed-drove co-occurrence, cascade), keynote speeches,
survey papers and workshop organization.
Shashi received a Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from the University of California
(Berkeley, CA). More details are available from http://www.cs.umn.edu/~shekhar.