Brief biography for invited talks

Shashi Shekhar is a leading scholar of spatial data science, spatial computing and Geographic Information Science (GIS). Currently, he is a Mcknight Distinguished University Professor and a University Distinguished Teaching Professor at the University of Minnesota (UMN). Recognitions include IEEE-CS Technical Achievement Award, UCGIS Education Award, IEEE Fellow, AAAS Fellow. He was also named a key difference-maker for the field of GIS by the most popular GIS textbook.

He is serving on the Computing Research Association (CRA) board (2016-22), a co-chair for the CRA Snowbird conference (2022), a co-Editor-in-Chief of Geo-Informatica (Springer), and a program co-chair for ACM SIGSpatial Intl. Conference (2022). Earlier, he served as the President of the University Consortium for GIS (UCGIS), and on many National Academies' committees including Geo-targeted Disaster Alerts and Warning (2013), Future Workforce for GEOINT (2011), Mapping Sciences (2004-2009) and Priorities for GEOINT Research (2004-2005).

In 1990s, Shashi's research developed roadmap storage and routing methods, which have revolutionized outdoor navigation. His evacuation route planning algorithms were used for homeland security and received many recognitions including the UMN CTS Award for significant impact on transportation. His recent research is analyzing spatial big data to recommend eco-routes to reduce emissions and energy use. He also pioneered spatial data mining research area via pattern families (e.g. colocation), keynotes, surveys and workshops.

Shashi's 350+ publications include a popular textbook on Spatial Databases (Prentice Hall, 2003), an authoritative Encyclopedia of GIS (Springer, 2017) and a spatial computing book for broad audience. Many of Shashi's 100 advisees are serving in leadership positions and have received prestigious recognitions such as the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers and NSF CAREER.

Shashi received a Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from the University of California (Berkeley, CA). More details are available from