Mcknight Distinguished University Professor, Distinguished University Teaching Professor, Computer Science & Engineering
Shashi Shekhar is currently a Mcknight Distinguished University Professor of Computer Science at the University of Minnesota. His research interests are in the areas of geographic information systems (GIS), spatial databases, and spatial data mining. For outstanding contributions to these areas, he received the IEEE-CS Technical Achievement Award and was elected an IEEE fellow as well as an AAAS fellow. He was also named a key difference-maker for the field of GIS by the most popular GIS textbook. He has a distinguished academic record that includes more than 250 refereed papers, a popular textbook on spatial databases, and an authoritative encyclopedia of GIS.
Shekhar is serving on the Computing Community Consortium Council and Future Workforce for Geospatial Intelligence Committee of the National Research Council (NRC) of the National Academies. Earlier he served on the NRC Mapping Sciences committee and NRC committee on Priorities for GEOINT Research. He is also serving as a co-editor-in-chief of Geo-Informatica: An International Journal on Advances in Computer Sciences for GIS, a program co-chair for the Internationals Conference on Geographic Information Science, and as a series editor for the Springer-Briefs on GIS.
A major goal of Shekhar's research is to understand the computational structure of very large geo-spatial computations needed by social, biological, and physical sciences as well as engineering disciplines. In early 1990s, his research developed core technologies behind in-vehicle navigation devices as well as web-based routing services, which revolutionized outdoor navigation in urban environment in the last decade. His recent research results played a critical role in evacuation route planning for homeland security and received multiple recognitions including the CTS Partnership Award for its significant impact on transportation.