2017 ACM SIGSPATIAL Election

(For the term of 1 July 2017 – 30 June 2020)


Candidate for Chair

Candidate for Vice-Chair

Candidate for Secretary

Candidate for Treasurer

PDF of the statements and biographies


Candidate for Chair

Cyrus Shahabi

University of Southern California (USC), Los Angeles, CA, USA

BIOGRAPHY

Academic Background:
Ph.D., University of Southern California, 1996, Computer Science.

Professional Experience:
Professor of Computer Science, Electrical Engineering and Spatial Sciences, University of Southern California (USC), Los Angeles, CA, 2009 – Present;
Director, USC's Integrated Media Systems Center, Los Angeles, CA, 2010 – Present;
Director, USC's Viterbi School of Engineering Informatics Program, Los Angeles, CA, 2015 – Present.

Professional Interest:
Spatiotemporal Data Management; Databases; Multimedia Data Management; Data Analytics; Web Information Management.

ACM Activities:
Member of Editorial Board, ACM Transactions on Spatial Algorithms and Systems, 2013 – Present;
Member of Editorial Board, ACM Computers in Entertainment Magazine, 2004 – Present;
General Co-Chair, ACM SIGSPATIAL Conference on GIS (ACM-GIS), 2007 – 2009;
Sponsorship Co-Chair, ACM SIGSPATIAL Conference on GIS (ACM-GIS), 2010 – 2016.

Membership and Offices in Related Organizations:
Member of Editorial Board, VLDB Journal, 2009 – 2015;
Member of Editorial Board, IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering, 2010 – 2013;
Member of Editorial Board, IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems, 2005 – 2009.

Awards Received::
IEEE Fellow, 2014;
ACM Distinguished Scientist, 2009;
Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, PECASE, 2003;
NSF CAREER, 2002.

STATEMENT

It is an honor to have been asked to run for the Chair position of SIGSPATIAL. I have been involved with SIGSPATIAL since its inception. My first paper in ACMGIS was in 2001 when GIS was a workshop of ACM-CIKM, and I served as its PC co-chair in 2005. Subsequently, I served as the general co-chair from 2007 to 2009, the critical transition period of the ACMGIS from a satellite workshop to an independent conference, justifying the establishment of SIGSPATIAL in 2008. With Prof. Samet, we convinced various companies to financially support the 2007 symposium as an independent event and we all witnessed the growth of attendance from less than 40 in 2006 to more than 200 in 2009. I also chaired the nomination committee of SIGSPATIAL in 2011, selecting the SIGSPATIAL officers.

In this term, I see more than ever the need for a strong team of officers to exploit the current interest in our field to transform SIGSPATIAL to one of the largest SIGs of ACM. In particular, utilizing my past 6 years of experience as the sponsorship co-chair of the conference, I would focus on increasing the industry involvement and participation in SIGSPATIAL.

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Candidate for Chair

Shawn Newsam

University of California, Merced, CA, USA

BIOGRAPHY

Academic Background:
Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara, 2004, Electrical and Computer Engineering.

Professional Experience:
Founding Assistant then Associate Professor, University of California, Merced, CA, 2005 – Present;
Postdoctoral Scholar, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Livermore, CA, 2004 – 2005.

Professional Interest:
Remote Sensing; Computer Vision; Geotagged Social Multimedia; Machine Learning; Geoinformatics.

ACM Activities:
Executive Committee Vice Chair, SIGSPATIAL, 2014 – Present;
Conference General Co-Chair, SIGSPATIAL, 2016 – 2017;
Executive Committee Conference Venue Coordinator, SIGSPATIAL, 2011 – 2014;
Conference Local Arrangements Co-Chair, SIGSPATIAL, 2010 – 2011.

Awards Received:
ACM Recognition of Service Award for Conference General Co-Chair, 2016;
NSF Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award, 2012;
Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists & Engineers (PECASE), 2007;
Dept. of Energy (DOE) Early Career Scientist and Engineer Award, 2007.

STATEMENT

I am honored to be given the opportunity to run for SIGSPATIAL Chair. I have served the organization since 2010 mostly with helping run the conference. In 2010 and 2011, I was the local arrangements co-chair of the conference; from 2011 through 2014, I was appointed to the Executive Committee as the Conference Venue Coordinator; since 2014, I have served as the elected Vice Chair of the Executive Committee; and in 2016 and 2017 I am the General Co-Chair of the conference. I have helped grow the conference from 247 attendees in 2010 to 324 in 2016, and from 177 paper submissions in 2010 to 216 in 2016. I have been committed to the financial success of the conference which has, in turn, ensured the financial viability of the SIG.

If elected as Chair, I will leverage my experience above to:

  1. Increase participation through outreach to a wider range of computer science communities and other scientific GIS communities.
  2. Promote stronger ties with industry.
  3. Advocate on behalf of SIGSPATIAL to funding agencies.

I am already familiar with the SIG board meetings, having attended in place of the current Chair, and look forward to participating in more.

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Candidate for Vice-Chair

Mohamed Ali

Institute of Technology, University of Washington, Tacoma, WA USA

BIOGRAPHY

Academic Background:
Ph.D., Purdue University, 2007, Computer Science.

Professional Experience:
Associate Professor: Institute of Technology, University of Washington, Tacoma, WA, 2014 – Present;
Software Development Engineer: Microsoft Corporation, Redmond, WA, 2007 - 2014.

Professional Interest:
Spatiotemporal databases, data stream systems, query processing and optimization.

ACM Activities:
General co-chair for the ACM SIGSPATIAL International Conference on Advances in Geographic Information Systems, (Seattle, WA, 2015 - San Francisco, CA, 2016);
Publicity co-chair for the ACM SIGSPATIAL International Conference on Advances in Geographic Information Systems, Dallas, Texas, November 2014;
Founding co-chair of the first and second ACM SIGSPATIAL CUP, a programming competition hosted by the SIGSPATIAL community (Orlando, FL, 2013 - Redondo Beach, CA, 2012);
Local arrangement co-chair for the ACM SIGSPATIAL International Conference on Advances in Geographic Information Systems, Seattle, WA 2009.

STATEMENT

Serving the ACM SIGSPATIAL community has been a pleasure in the past and a passion for the future. It has been an honor for me to be nominated for the SIGSPATIAL vice chair position. I have been contributing to the SIGSPATIAL community and its flagship conference since 2009. I served as the conference local arrangement co-chair, poster co-chair, and publicity co-chair. I have also been honored to serve as the conference general co-chair for the past two years. In addition to these positions, I have been advocating for new ideas to grow the community and leverage its potential. I have been the founding co-chair for the SIGSPATIAL Cup that attracted more than 30 teams (mostly students). I have been advocating for extending the conference frontiers through successful workshops that connect the SIGSPATIAL community with other communities. I have, myself, been the founding co-chair of one of these workshops on Geostreaming (IWGS).

I am committed to serving existing members, leveraging the benefits of SIGSPATIAL and attracting new members from a diverse pool across academia and industry, and across students and professionals. I believe we have been drawing a successful path for an exciting future of SIGSPATIAL.

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Candidate for Vice-Chair

Goce Trajcevski

Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, USA

BIOGRAPHY

Academic Background:
Ph.D., University of Illinois at Chicago, 2002, Computer Science.

Professional Experience:
Assistant Chariman/Senior Lecturer, Dept. of EECS, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, 2008 – Present;
Research Assistant Professor, Dept. of EECS, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, 2006 – 2008;
Post-Doc/Research Scientist, Dept. of ECE, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, 2003 – 2006.

Professional Interest:
Spatio-Temporal and Spatial Data; Data Management in Sensor Networks; Managing Reactive Behavior in Distributed Systems; Mining Traffic Data.

ACM Activities:
Program Committee Co-Chair, SIGSPATIAL, 2016 – Present;
Editorial Board: ACM Transactions on Spatial Algorithms and Systems, SIGSPATIAL, 2013 – Present;
Workshops Co-Chair, SIGSPATIAL, 2015;
Local Arrangements Chair, SIGSPATIAL, 2011 and 2012.

Awards Received::
ACM MSWiM Conference, Best Short Paper Award, 2013;
IEEE MDM, Best Paper Award, 2010;
CoopIS, Best Paper Award, 2000.

STATEMENT

I feel honored and privileged to have the opportunity to run for Vice-Chair of ACM SIGSPATIAL. My first presence at ACM GIS 2007 pleasantly surprised me with the quality of the works and with the type of researchers that I encountered. Ever since, I have been actively participating in ACM SIGSPATIAL conferences and have taken on several roles in organizing committees. ACM SIGSPATIAL has experienced significant growth and has been attracting researchers from different genres –a testament of its relevance to many problems of high societal interest.

In addition to fulfilling administrative tasks at SIGSPATIAL, my objectives will be:

  1. Broaden the scope of participation in the ACM SIGSPATIAL conference and ACM TSAS by:

    (a) reaching out to the control-theory community, as a branch that studies model-based management of processes; opening the possibility of them coupling with data-induced behavior management.

    (b) reaching out to communities related to autonomous driving, to improve their current presence.

  2. Increase the educational component by promoting courses related to Spatial/GIS data management in CS curricula – involving Civil/Environmental Engineering departments.
  3. Strengthen the link between “traditional” SIGSPATIAL topics and Internet of Things/Smart cities, involving representatives from the cities’ governments.

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Candidate for Secretary

Farnoush Banaei-Kashani

University of Colorado Denver, CO, USA

BIOGRAPHY

Academic Background:
Ph.D., University of Southern California, 2007, Computer Science.

Professional Experience:
Assistant Professor, University of Colorado Denver, CO, 2014 – Present;
Research Scientist, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, 2007 – 2014.

Professional Interest:
Spatial Data Management and Mining, Big Data Management and Mining, Data Science.

ACM Activities:
Publicity Chair (2 times), ACM SIGSPATIAL 2015 – 2016;
Workshop Organizer (5 times), International Workshop on GeoStreaming in conjunction with the International Conference on Advances in Geographic Information Systems (ACM SIGSPATIAL), 2011 – 2013, and 2015 – 2016;
PC Member, ACM SIGSPATIAL (5 times), 2012 – 2015;
PC Member, GeoRich in conjunction with ACM SIGMOD (2 times), 2014 – 2015.

Membership and Offices in Related Organizations:
GeoInformatica, Guest Editor, Special Issue on GeoStreaming, July 2015 – December 2016.

Awards Received:
Best Paper Award at ACM SenSys, 2016;
Best Paper Award at IEEE CloudCom, 2010.

STATEMENT

I am hugely honored to have been nominated for Secretary of SIGSPATIAL. While I began my career in database systems with a special interest in spatiotemporal databases, and have developed interest in other areas over the years, I still consider ACM SIGSPATIAL as my “home” conference. To highlight my interest in serving SIGSPATIAL, among other activities, I have:

  • Significant experience in organizing and managing SIGSPATIAL events: I’ve co-organized a total of six workshops, including five workshops in conjunction with ACM SIGSPATIAL; and
  • Served as Publicity Chair for ACM SIGSPATIAL during a year that the conference experienced significant increase in participation.

Our community is intrinsically multi-disciplinary, bringing together researchers and practitioners from various fields who all share the same interest. I believe this not only is an invaluable feature, but also provides a unique opportunity to expand and enrich the community. As Secretary, I would work with the other SIGSPATIAL officers to promote our field both within and outside the CS community by effectively leveraging this opportunity.

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Candidate for Secretary

Egemen Tanin

University of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

BIOGRAPHY

Academic Background:
Ph.D., University of Maryland, 2001, Database Visualization.

Professional Experience:
Associate Professor, University of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 2013 – Present;
Senior Lecturer, University of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 2008 – 2012;
Lecturer, University of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 2003 – 2007.

Professional Interest:
Spatial Databases; Database Visualization.

ACM Activities:
Treasurer, SIGSPATIAL, 2014 – 2017;
Workshops Chair, SIGSPATIAL, 2013 – 2016;
Associate Editor, ACM Transactions on Spatial Algorithms and Systems (TSAS);
Newsletter Editor, SIGSPATIAL, 2008 – 2011.

STATEMENT

As the role of spatial information continues to spread to our daily lives through smartphones, I see SIGSPATIAL increasing its visibility and becoming a mature SIG in the next decade. I hope to serve as the secretary of the SIG in the coming term to help increase its visibility. In particular, I would like to focus my efforts at our conference proceedings to improve the accessibility and visibility of the proceedings. Specifically, I would like to help include earlier issues to the related databases. I have been involved in SIGSPATIAL since its formation and I have held various positions at our flagship conference as well as the SIG itself. I have served as the founding editor of our newsletter and helped start the Australian chapter. I believe I have the skills and the experience to achieve my goals as the SIG secretary and fulfill the related duties for the upcoming term.

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Candidate for Treasurer

Moustafa Youssef

Wireless Research Center of Excellence, E-JUST, Egypt

BIOGRAPHY

Academic Background:
Ph.D., University of Maryland, 2014, Computer Science.

Professional Experience:
Director, Wireless Research Center of Excellence, E-JUST, Egypt, 2010 – Present;
Associate Professor, E-JUST, Egypt, 2012 – Present;
Assistant Professor, E-JUST, Egypt, 2010 – 2012.

Professional Interest:
Indoor Spatial Awareness; Ubiquitous Computing; Location Determination Systems; Mobile Wireless Networks.

ACM Activities:
Student Research Competition Chair, ACM SIGSPATIAL GIS, 2017;
Associate Editor, ACM Transactions on Spatial Algorithms and Systems (TSAS), 2013 – Present;
ACM Distinguished Speaker, 2013 – Present;
Technical Program Committee Member, ACM SIGSPATIAL GIS, 2009 – 2016.

Membership and Offices in Related Organizations:
Life Member, General Egyptian Society For Talented, 1992 – Present;
Senior Member, IEEE, 2009 – Present;
Co-Guest Editor, IEEE JSAC, Special Issue on Mission-Critical Networking, 2010.

Awards Received::
ACM Distinguished Scientist, 2015;
COMESA Innovation Award, 2014;
Best Paper Award, 2013 ACM SIGSPATIAL GIS Conference, 2013;
Egyptian State Award for Engineering Sciences, 2012.

STATEMENT

It is my honor to be nominated for the position of SIGSPATIAL Treasurer. Being an active member of the community, I have witnessed how SIGSPATIAL established itself as a premiere SIG due to its thriving research community and the effort of its current and past officers. If elected, it would be my privilege to contribute toward its continued growth and tradition of excellence.

The Treasurer position is a critical function of the Executive Committee, as it involves proactive engagement in overseeing its growth and the health of the different activities it supports. Beyond performing the specific duties of the Treasurer, I will work with the Executive Committee members and other active members of our community to increase interest in the discipline across the globe. I will encourage a broader sense of community, especially for under-represented groups such as undergraduate students and researchers and practitioners from the developing regions. In addition, I will work tirelessly to establish stronger ties with industry by encouraging greater participation in our events.

Most respectfully and humbly, I ask for your vote.

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Candidate for Treasurer

John Krumm

Microsoft Research, Redmond, WA, USA

BIOGRAPHY

Academic Background:
Ph.D., Carnegie Mellon University, 1993, Robotics.

Professional Experience:
Principal Researcher, Microsoft Research, Redmond, WA, 1997 – Present;
Principle Member of Technical Staff, Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, NM, 1993 – 1997.

Professional Interest:
Location Prediction; Map Matching; Vehicle Routing; Machine Learning on Location Data; Visual Object Recognition.

ACM Activities:
Program Chair, ACM SIGSPATIAL Conference, 2014;
Program Chair, ACM SIGSPATIAL Conference, 2013;
Local Arrangements Chair, ACM SIGSPATIAL Conference, 2010;
Local Arrangements Chair, ACM SIGSPATIAL Conference, 2009.

Membership and Offices in Related Organizations:
Associate Editor, ACM Transactions on Spatial Algorithms and Systems, 2016 – Present;
Co-Editor in Chief, Journal of Location Based Services, 2012 – 2014;
Program Chair, Ubiquitous Computing Conference, UbiComp, 2007.

STATEMENT

As Treasurer for ACM SIGSPATIAL, my primary responsibility would be to organize workshops for the SIGSPATIAL conference. I have done this before for the 2006 International Conference on Ubiquitous Computing. I have also been deeply involved in the SIGSPATIAL conference for many years, including co-chairing a workshop in 2016. As a program chair for SIGSPATIAL 2013, I helped formalize the process of passing rejected conference submissions to workshop chairs for their consideration. SIGSPATIAL’s workshops serve to attract many conference attendees, including some who would likely not attend otherwise.

Overseeing the workshops, I would work to maintain or increase their number from 11 in 2016. It is important to keep the established workshops, nurture those that are still growing, and introduce new ones. We may want to start workshops on autonomous driving and human location modeling.

The key to a good workshop is an enthusiastic organizing committee. It is better to have one or two passionate organizers than to have a larger group who are only moderately interested. I will work to find enthusiastic organizers.

With workshops that showcase pioneering research, we can maintain the vitality of the SIGSPATIAL conference as a leading forum for contemporary research topics.

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