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Frank Wm. Tompa

DC 1313, ext. 34675
fwtompa at uwaterloo . ca

David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science
University of Waterloo
200 University Avenue West
Waterloo, Ontario N2L 3G1

(519) 888-4567 ext. 34675
fax: (519) 885-1208

[photo] "I have no data yet. It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data."

A. Conan Doyle
Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
Adventure 1. A Scandal in Bohemia

Distinguished Professor Emeritus and Adjunct Professor in the David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science and a member of the Data Systems Group.

Teaching and research interests span the fields of data structures and databases, particularly the design of text management systems suitable for maintaining large reference texts (including the Oxford English Dictionary) and large, heterogeneous text collections.


Winner of a CACS/AIC Lifetime Achievement Award for "outstanding and sustained contributions to computing."
Designated Distinguished Professor Emeritus by the Univesity of Waterloo.
Awarded the degree Doctor of Laws, honoris causa, by Dalhousie University for "outstanding personal achievements."
Awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal created "to honour Her Majesty for her service to this country... [and] to honour significant contributions and achievements by Canadians"; more specifically "in light of ... significant contributions to text data and design systems for maintaining large reference texts."
Named an ACM Fellow "to recognize and honor outstanding ACM members for their achievements in computer science and information technology and for their significant contributions to the mission of the ACM" and more specifically "for contributions to text-dominated and semi-structured data management."
Recognized by the University of Waterloo and the City of Waterloo as one of those who "epitomize the energy and enterprise that characterize the University of Waterloo" through the naming of the road Frank Tompa Drive.
Received a University of Waterloo Award of Excellence in Graduate Supervision "to recognize exemplary faculty members who have demonstrated excellence in graduate student supervision."
2000 and 2007
Received a University of Waterloo Mathematics Faculty Fellowship and a David R. Cheriton Faculty Fellowship "to recognize a faculty member whose scholarly work has gained national or international attention, whose teaching ability is exceptional, and who has displayed a high level of commitment and dedication to her/his department, the Faculty of Mathematics, and the University."
Received a University-Industry Synergy R&D Partnership Award from the Conference Board of Canada and NSERC, as a result of the Industry Canada-funded Canadian Strategic Software Consortium (CSSC) project, entitled Text/Relational Database Management Systems, with industrial partners Fulcrum, Grafnetix, InContext, Megalith, Open Text, PSSystems, and SoftQuad.
Named a "leader in Canadian Science" by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) in their first publication of twelve Great Canadian Success Stories, as a result of the NSERC Cooperative R&D project with the Oxford University Press, entitled Text-dominated databases.