Biography - M. Tamer Özsu

M. Tamer Özsu is a University Professor in David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science at the University of Waterloo. He was the Director of the Cheriton School of Computer Science from January 2007 to June 2010, and the Associate Dean of Research of the Faculty of Mathematics from January 2014 to June 2016. He holds a Ph.D. (1983) and an MS (1981) in Computer and Information Science from The Ohio State University (1983) and a B.S. (1974) and M.S. (1978) in Industrial Engineering from the Middle East Technical University (1974). Prior to joining University of Waterloo in 2000, he was with the University of Alberta, Department of Computing Science (1984-2000) where he served as the Acting Chair of the Department of Computing Science during 1994-1995, and again, for a brief period, in 2000.

Dr. Özsu's research is on data management following two threads: large-scale data distribution, and management of non-traditional data (i.e., non-relational data). Currently, his research focus is on graph data and RDF data. Previously his research focus was on object systems, image, video, XML data, and their management in a distributed environment.

He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), an elected member of the Science Academy of Turkey, and a member of Sigma Xi. He has been an ACM Distinguished Lecturer since 2007. He has held a Cheriton Faculty Fellowship (2013-2016), a University Research Chair (2004-2011), and a Faculty Research Fellowship (2000 - 2003) at the University of Waterloo, and a McCalla Research Professorship (1993-1994) at the University of Alberta. He was awarded the ACM SIGMOD Test-of-Time Award in 2015, the ACM SIGMOD Contributions Award in 2006, and The Ohio State University College of Engineering Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2008. He has received Outstanding Performance Award at the University of Waterloo three times (2004, 2009, 2014).

He has held visiting positions at GTE Laboratories (USA), INRIA Rocquencourt (France), GMD-IPSI (Germany), University of Jyväskylä (Finland), Technical University of Darmstadt (Germany), University of Udine (Italy), University of Milano (Italy), ETH Zürich (Switzerland), and National University of Singapore.

Dr. Özsu is the co-author, with Patrick Valduriez, of the book Principles of Distributed Database Systems which is now in its third edition. He is also the co-editor-in-chief, with Ling Liu, of the Encyclopedia of Database Systems (Springer). He is the Founding Editor-in-Chief of ACM Books, and was the Founding Series Editor (2009-2014) of Synthesis Lectures on Data Management (Morgan & Claypool). He serves on the editorial boards of World Wide Web Journal, and Information Technology Management, and Springer Book Series on Advanced Information & Knowledge Processing and Web Information Systems Engineering and Internet Technologies. He has served as the Program Chair of all three major database conferences: ACM SIGMOD (2014), IEEE ICDE (2007), and VLDB (2004), as well as of WISE (2001), IDEAS (2003), and CIKM (1996) conferences. He has been on the Program Committees of many conferences, symposia and workshops.

Dr. Özsu is a member of the CS-Can/Info-Can Board, and serves on the Technical Advisory Committee of National Engineering Laboratory for Big Data Software of Tsinghua University, on the Advisory Boards of Hong Kong University of Science and Technology School of Engineering, and Hong Kong University of Science and Technology Big Data Institute, and on the Technical Expert Advisory Committee of City University of Hong Kong Multimedia Software Engineering Research Center.

He previously served on the Scientific Advisory Board of National Institute of Informatics of Japan (2011–2017), Association for Computing Machinery's Publications Board (2002-2017), the Chair of ACM Special Interest Group on Management of Data (SIGMOD) (2001-2005), an Editor-in-Chief of The VLDB Journal (1997-2005), an associate editor of ACM Computing Surveys (2005-2009), and a trustee of the VLDB Endowment (1996-2002). He served as the Canadian Association for Computer Science's representative on Computing Research Association's Board of Directors (2010-2013). He was a member and chair the Computer and Information Science Grant Selection Committee of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (1991-1994), and served on the Management Committee of the Canadian Genome Analysis and Technology Program (1992-1993). 

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