College of Science and Engineering
Computer Science and Engineering
Shashi Shekhar is a McKnight Distinguished University professor at the University of Minnesota. For contributions to spatial databases, spatial data mining and geographic information systems(GIS), he received the IEEE-CS Technical Achievement Award and was elected fellow of IEEE and AAAS. He is an alumnus of the University of California, Berkeley, and the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur.
Accomplishments include scalable algorithms for evacuation route planning and discovering spatio-temporal patterns (e.g., co-location, cascade). He co-authored a textbook on spatial databases and co-edited an encyclopedia of GIS. He served on National Academies’ Mapping Sciences Committee and the board of directors of the University Consortium on GIS. He is a member of the National Research Council Computer Science and Telecommunications Board (NRC/CSTB) committee on Geotargeted Disaster Alerts and Warnings (GDAW) and is serving as a member of the Computing Community Consortium Council and as a co-editor-in-chief of Geo-Informatica: An International Journal on Advances in Computer Sc. for GIS.
Shekhar’s research explores computational structure of sustainability problems such as eco-routing, understanding climate change, environmental forensics, and spatio-temporal big data.
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