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Shashi Shekhar received B. Tech in Computer Science from the IIT Kanpur (India, 1985), and Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of California, Berkeley, (CA, USA, 1989). He is a McKnight Distinguished University Professor and Distinguished University Teaching Professor at the University of Minnesota (Minneapolis, MN, USA). His research interests include spatial computing, spatial data science, and geographic and information systems (GIS). He co-authored a textbook on Spatial Databases (Prentice Hall, 2003), co-edited an Encyclopedia of GIS (Springer) and co-authored over 300 research papers. He is serving as a member of the Board of Director for the Computing Research Association (2016-19), a co-Editor-in-Chief for Geo-Informatica: An International Journal on Advances in Computer Sc. for GIS , and a series editor for the Springer Briefs in GIS. He served as the President of the University Consortium of GIS (2017-18), and as a member of multiple national academies committees, e.g., Mapping Science Committee (2004-9), Future Work-force for Geospatial Intelligence (2011). He also served as either a general or a program co-chair for Intl. Symposium on Spatial and Temporal Databases (2011), Intl. Conf. on Geographic Information Science (2012), and the ACM Intl. Workshop on Advances in GIS (1996). In addition, he served on the editorial boards of IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering as well as the IEEE-CS Computer Science & Engineering Practice Board. He received the IEEE Technical Achievement Award (2006) and the UCGIS Education Award (2014). He is a Fellow of the IEEE Computer Society, as well as the American Association for Advancement to Science.