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 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 in 2004, 2009, and in 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 Association for Computing Machinery's Publications Board(2003-present). He was 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).