Walid G. Aref
Chair, ACM SIGSPATIAL (Special Interest Group on Spatial Information)
Walid G. Aref is a professor of computer science at Purdue. His research interests are in extending the functionality of database systems in support of emerging applications, e.g., spatial, spatio-temporal, multimedia, biological, and sensor databases. He is also interested in query processing, indexing, data mining, and geographic information systems (GIS). Professor Aref's research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the National Institute of Health, Purdue Research Foundation, CERIAS, Panasonic, and Microsoft Corp. In 2001, he received the CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation and in 2004, he received a Purdue University Faculty Scholar award. Professor Aref is a member of Purdue's CERIAS and Discovery Park Cyber Center. He is a senior member of the IEEE, and a member of the ACM. Professor Aref is the current chair of the ACM Special Interest Group on Spatial Information (SIGSPATIAL).