Digital Approaches to Genocide Studies: Speakers

Speakers

  • Alina Bothe

    Post Doctoral Fellow at the Fondation pour la Mémoire de la Shoah

    Alina Bothe studied History, Politics and Eastern European History at Freie Universität Berlin. From 2012 to 2015 she was a research fellow at the Center for Jewish Studies Berlin-Brandenburg. She wrote her Ph.D. thesis about the “digital turn” in Shoah memory, focusing on the USC Shoah Foundation's Visual History Archive. Her research fields among others include Digital Humanities, Gender Studies, Shoah History and Conceptual History. She has published volumes on testimony, gender and digital media and edited a Special Issue of the Leo Baeck Yearbook about a conceptual history of the term survivor. Her postdoc research (Habilitation/second book) deals with the deportation of Polish Jews from the German Reich between October 1938 and September 1939. For this project she has been awarded the postdoc fellowship of the Fondation pour la Mémoire de la Shoah. She is currently curating an exhibition about the expulsion from Berlin in October 1938, to be opened in June 2018 at the Centrum Judaicum in Berlin. For part of this project she received the USC Shoah Foundation's Teaching Fellowship.

  • Joanna Chen Cham

    Lead for Emerging Literacies Librarian, University of California, Los Angeles

    Joanna Chen Cham is the Lead for Emerging Literacies Librarian at the University of California, Los Angeles, where she creates, delivers, implements, and supports digital scholarship and emerging literacies instruction and library services into undergraduate instruction. Prior to joining UCLA, Joanna served as the L.A. as Subject Resident Archivist at the University of Southern California, which included rotations at Occidental College and The Wende Museum, and as the Archive and Exhibit Manager at the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust. Joanna has also previously worked at USC Shoah Foundation as a Nanjing Massacre Testimonies Indexer, the UCLA Center for Jewish Studies as a Civic Engagement Fellow, and USC Libraries as a ARL/SAA Mosaic Fellow, and was an Association of Research Libraries/Society of American Archivists Mosaic Fellow, ARL Initiative to Recruit a Diverse Workforce Fellow, and ALA Spectrum Scholar.

    She is an alumna of UCLA, where she received her Master of Library & Information Science and Digital Humanities Graduate Certificate, and of UC Berkeley, where she focused on Holocaust history and human rights. Her passions and experience working with survivors and stories of genocide inspired her to pursue librarianship in order to continue collecting, making accessible, and teaching the stories of different communities.

  • Caroline Sturdy Colls

    Forensic Archaeology and Genocide Investigation, Staffordshire University

    Caroline Sturdy Colls is an Associate Professor of Forensic Archaeology and Genocide Investigation at Staffordshire University specialising in Holocaust studies. She is also the Research Lead and founder of the Centre of Archaeology at the same institution. Her research focuses on the application of interdisciplinary approaches to the investigation of Holocaust landscapes, with a particular focus on forensic and archaeological techniques, and the ethical issues that surround their implementation. She has undertaken archaeological investigations at Treblinka extermination and labour camps in Poland, the sites pertaining to the slave labour programme in Alderney (the Channel Islands), the former Semlin Judenlager and Anhaltlager (Serbia), Bergen-Belsen (Germany), and numerous killing sites in Poland and Ukraine.  She is a member of the UKHMF Education Advisory Group, appointed by the UK Government, and the author of numerous publications focused on Holocaust archaeology and missing persons investigations at sites of mass violence.

  • Paris Papamichos Chronakis

    Modern Greek History, University of Illinois at Chicago

    Paris Papamichos Chronakis is Lecturer in Modern Greek History at the University of Illinois at Chicago. His research explores the transition of the Eastern Mediterranean port-cities from empire to nation-state bringing together the interrelated histories of Sephardic Jewish, Greek Orthodox and Muslim entrepreneurial elites. With Giorgos Antoniou (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece), he has also been developing digital tools to map social networks during the Holocaust. He was a member of the scientific committee developing the “Database of Greek Jewish Holocaust Survivors’ Testimonies” and has published on Greco-Jewish relations, Greek Zionism and the Holocaust of Greek Jewry.

  • Andrew Curtis

    Director of GIS Health and Hazards Lab, Kent State University

    Andrew Curtis (Director of the GIS Health and Hazards Lab at Kent State University) is a former Director of the World Health Organization's Collaborating Center for Remote Sensing and GIS for Public Health. His work employs geospatial technologies and geographic information system (GIS) analysis to support neighborhood scale intervention strategies. He has developed a spatial video methodology that includes data collection, spatial layer creation and fine scale spatial analysis for use in mapping any challenging environment. Added to this are geonarratives which are environment inspired dialogue that can be mapped and analyzed to provide contextual insight to traditional spatial analysis. These approaches have also been modified for landscapes of crime, health, marginalized populations, and most recently the genocide landscapes of Cambodia.

  • Piotr Florczyk

    Poet and Essayist

    Piotr Florczyk is a poet, essayist, and translator of Polish poetry. His most recent books are East & West, a volume of poems from Lost Horse Press, and two volumes of translations published by Tavern Books, My People & Other Poems by Wojciech Bonowicz, and Building the Barricade by Anna Świrszczyńska, which won the 2017 Found in Translation Award and the 2017 Harold Morton Landon Translation Award. Florczyk, a doctoral candidate at the University of Southern California, lives in Mar Vista with his wife and daughter. For more info, please visit: www.piotrflorczyk.com

  • Alberto Giordano

    Department of Geography, Texas State University

    Dr. Alberto Giordano is Professor and Chair of the Department of Geography at Texas State University. He started his professional career in Italy working as a cartographer and as a GIS analyst and designer for private and public organizations. His early research focused on the application of Geographic Information Science methods to historical cartography, policy analysis, and human geography. In 2007, Alberto joined Tim Cole and Anne Knowles in organizing the interdisciplinary research group now called the Holocaust Geographies Collaborative, and was a co-editor of the group’s first book, Geographies of the Holocaust (2014). In the past ten years, his research has focused on the geography of Holocaust and genocide and on spatial forensics. For his Holocaust research, Alberto has been awarded grants and research funding by the NSF, the NEH, and several Holocaust-related institutions. His service includes membership in the International Cartographic Association Commissions on Maps and the Internet and on Spatial Data Quality, the Italian (UNINFO) and European (CEN) standardization agencies, and other national and international organizations. Currently, he is on the board of the National Center for Research in Geography Education (NCRGE), the Race Ethnicity and Place Conference series, and the journal Southwestern Geographer. He is also President Elect of the University Consortium for Geographic Information Science (UCGS). He is affiliated with the Shoah Foundation at the University of Southern California.

  • Paul B. Jaskot

    Professor of Art History and Director of the Wired! Lab for Digital Art History and Visual Culture, Duke University

    Paul B. Jaskot is professor of art history and the Director of the Wired! Lab for Digital Art History and Visual Culture at Duke University. His work focuses on the political history of Nazi art and architecture as well as its postwar cultural impact. He is the author of The Architecture of Oppression: The SS, Forced Labor, and the Nazi Monumental Building Economy as well as The Nazi Perpetrator: Postwar German Art and the Politics of the Right. In addition, for the past decade, he has been a member of the Holocaust Geography Collaborative exploring the use of GIS and other digital methods to analyze the spatial history of the Holocaust. From 2014-2016, Jaskot was the Andrew W. Mellon Professor at the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts (National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC).

  • Anne Kelly Knowles

    Holocaust Geographies Collaborative Cofounder

    Anne Kelly Knowles has been a leading figure in the Digital and Spatial Humanities, particularly in the methodologies of Historical GIS, for more than twenty years. She has written or edited five books, including Placing History: How Maps, Spatial Data, and GIS Are Changing Historical Scholarship (2008); Mastering Iron: The Struggle to Modernize an American Industry, 1800-1868 (2013); and Geographies of the Holocaust (2014). Anne’s pioneering work with historical GIS has been recognized by many fellowships and awards, including the American Ingenuity Award for Historical Scholarship (Smithsonian magazine, 2012) and a Guggenheim Fellowship (2015). She is a founding member of the Holocaust Geographies Collaborative, an international group of historians and geographers who explore the spatial aspects of the Holocaust through digital scholarship.

  • Eric Le Bourhis

    Institute for Political Social Sciences, Paris

    Eric Le Bourhis is an historian and author of a dissertation on the transformations of the Soviet city of Riga after 1945 (School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences, EHESS, Paris, 2015). As a specialist of urban history and history of housing, he is currently posted to the Institute for Political Social Sciences (ISP, CNRS-UPN-ENS Paris Saclay) in Nanterre (Paris region). Since 2015, he has been leading with Isabelle Backouche and Sarah Gensburger an investigation centered on the “re-leasing” in 1943-1944 of nearly 9,000 Parisian apartments formerly inhabited by Jewish families. This research, focused on the archives of the housing department of the Prefecture of the Seine brings a profound knowledge of the anti-Semitic spoliation in Paris. His experience with spatial analysis and historical GIS serve as a driving methodological force for the team. Thanks to a post-doc fellowship from the Foundation for the Memory of the Shoah (2016-2018), Le Bourhis is also conducting research on the spoliation of Jewish housing in Riga in 1941-1942. He examines the social interactions around the redistribution of apartments of Jewish families who had fled, been evicted, arrested, or interned in the ghetto, and the phenomena of cohabitation with non-Jews and exclusion in the months preceding the hermetic sealing of the ghetto in October 1941. Fluent in Latvian, German, and Russian, Le Bourhis is familiar with German, French, Latvian and Russian archives. Last publication : https://www.politika.io/en/notice/opportunities-and-antisemitism-housing-in-paris-19431944

  • Maël Le Noc

    Geography, Texas State University

    Maël Le Noc is a PhD student in Geography at Texas State University working under the supervision of Alberto Giordano. He grew up in France and received his master’s degree in Geography from Texas State University in May 2016. His main research interests include historical GIS and the Geography of the Holocaust, with a focus on family separations. He also cooperates with the Holocaust Geographies Collaborative research group.

  • Dan Leopard

    Media and Visual Studies, Saint Mary's College of California

    Dan Leopard is Associate Professor of Media and Visual Studies at Saint Mary’s College of California. His publications include essays in Cinema Journal, Television and New Media, Convergence Media History, and Joystick Soldiers: The Politics of Play in Military Video Games. His book Teaching with the Screen: Pedagogy, Agency, and Media Culture is available from Routledge. He is currently working on a visual history of the reciprocal relationships between psychological theory and screen-based media across the 20th century.

  • Tomasz Łysak

    Philosophy, University of Warsaw

    Tomasz Łysak, University of Warsaw, received his PhD in Philosophy from the Polish Academy of Sciences. His work focuses on representations of the Holocaust in relation to trauma studies and psychoanalysis. He has held fellowships at the University of Washington, Seattle, the University of Edinburgh, and the University of Chicago. He published among others in Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry, Kwartalnik Filmowy, Teksty Drugie and in a number of edited volumes. He has been awarded a research grant from the National Science Centre entitled “From Newsreel to Post-Traumatic Film: Documentary and Artistic Films on the Holocaust” (2013-2015). He has edited Antologia studiów nad traumą (Trauma studies anthology, Kraków 2015) and is the author of Od kroniki do filmu posttraumatycznego – filmy dokumentalne o Zagładzie (Warszawa 2016).

  • Adam Muller

    Directory of the Peace and Conflict Studies Program, University of Manitoba

    Adam Muller is the Director of the Peace and Conflict Studies program at the University of Manitoba, where he works on the representation of genocide, human rights, and mass violence. He is the editor of Concepts of Culture: Art, Politics, and Society (2005), as well as co-editor of Fighting Words and Images: Representing War Across the Disciplines (2012) and The Idea of a Human Rights Museum (2015). 

    Dr. Muller has a special interest in photography, and in 2014 curated Photrocity, an exhibition of Soviet World War Two atrocity propaganda photographs. He is First Vice-President of the International Association of Genocide Scholars, and also a Senior Research Fellow at the U of M’s Centre for Defense and Security Studies.

    In addition to co-editing a collection of essays on cultural genocide, Dr. Muller is currently co-directing the Embodying Empathy project, which gathers together survivors, scholars, and private-sector tech professionals to create a digitally immersive Canadian Indian Residential School.

  • Todd Presner

    Professor of German Languages, Comparative Literature, and Jewish Studies at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles

    Todd Presner is Professor of Germanic Languages, Comparative Literature, and Jewish Studies at the University of California Los Angeles. Since 2011, he is the Sady and Ludwig Kahn Director of the UCLA Alan D. Leve Center for Jewish Studies. He is also the Chair of the Digital Humanities Program and faculty co-PI on the “Urban Humanities” initiative at UCLA. His research focuses on European intellectual history, visual culture, digital humanities, and cultural geography. His books include: Mobile Modernity: Germans, Jews, Trains (Columbia University Press, 2007), Muscular Judaism: The Jewish Body and the Politics of Regeneration (Routledge, 2007), Digital_Humanities (MIT Press, 2012), co-authored with Anne Burdick, Johanna Drucker, Peter Lunenfeld, and Jeffrey Schnapp, HyperCities: Thick Mapping in the Digital Humanities (Harvard University Press, 2014), with David Shepard and Yoh Kawano, and Probing the Ethics of Holocaust Culture (Harvard University Press, 2016), co-edited with Wulf Kansteiner and Claudio Fogu. His current research project is called “The Ethics of the Algorithm” and examines the nexus (and tension) between computation and ethics.

  • Noah Shenker

    Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Monash University

    Noah Shenker is the 6a Foundation and N. Milgrom Senior Lecturer in  Holocaust and Genocide Studies within the Australian Centre for Jewish  Civilisation at Monash University. His research and teaching specialisation  traverse the fields of Holocaust and genocide studies; trauma and memory  studies; and film and media studies. Noah’s most recent publications include  his monograph Reframing Holocaust Testimony (2015) and ‘Through the Lens of the Shoah: The Holocaust as a Paradigm for Documenting Genocide Testimonies” in History & Memory (Spring/Summer 2016).

  • Struan Sinclair

    Director, Media Lab, University of Manitoba

    Struan Sinclair is an associate professor and director of the Media Lab at the University of Manitoba, with research interests in digital cultures, virtuality, structures of emotion and empathy and intersections between psychology, philosophy and everyday technologies.

    His fiction, plays and new media pieces have been widely reprinted and anthologized and have received critical acclaim and awards internationally. His works include Everything Breathed (Granta), Automatic World (Doubleday), the forthcoming interactive memoir Tomorrowless, and the ongoing recombinant narrative project If/Then.

  • Erik Steiner

    Spatial History Project at the Center for Spatial and Textual Analysis, Stanford University

    Erik Steiner is the Co-Director and co-founder of the Spatial History Project at the Center for Spatial and Textual Analysis (CESTA) at Stanford University and a former President of the North American Cartographic Information Society (NACIS). He is an interaction designer and cartographer working at the intersection of technology, creative arts, and academic scholarship in the humanities and social, and environmental sciences. He has led the design and development of dozens of interactive and information design projects through major grants from the Getty, Kress and Mellon Foundations, NEH, NSF, and ACLS. His recent collaborative work includes Geographies of the Holocaust, Kindred London, and the Genealogy of Ant Colonies, The Rodolfo Lanciani Digital Archive.

  • Anika Walke

    History, Washington University, St. Louis

    Anika Walke, Ph.D., is Assistant Professor in the Department of History at Washington University in St. Louis. Anika was educated at the University of Oldenburg, Germany and the State University of St. Petersburg, Russia, before she completed her doctorate at the University of California-Santa Cruz. Anika’s research and teaching interests include World War II and Nazi genocide, migration, nationality policies, and oral history in the (former) Soviet Union and Europe. Her book, Pioneers and Partisans: An Oral History of Nazi Genocide in Belorussia (Oxford University Press, 2015), weaves together oral histories, video testimonies, and memoirs to show how the first generation of Soviet Jews experienced the Nazi genocide and how they remember it after the dissolution of the USSR in 1991. A current research project is devoted to the long aftermath of the Holocaust and World War II. In particular, she examines how people remember and live with the effects and repercussions of systematic violence in Belarus.

  • Timothy Williams

    Center for Conflict Studies, Marburg Unversity

    Timothy Williams is a research fellow at the Centre for Conflict Studies at Marburg University, Germany. His research deals with violence, focusing on its dynamics, particularly at the micro-level, as well as its consequences for post-conflict societies. He has conducted extensive field research in Cambodia and has been awarded the Emerging Scholar Prize of the International Association of Genocide Scholars in 2017, as well as the Raphael Lemkin Fellow of the Armenian Genocide Memorial and Institute in 2015. He studied at Mannheim University (BA Political Science) and at the London School of Economics (MSc Comparative Politics). Timothy has published in Terrorism and Political Violence, International Peacekeeping, Genocide Studies and Prevention, Transitional Justice Review, among others.

  • Andrew Woolford

    Sociology, University of Manitoba

    Andrew Woolford is professor of sociology at the University of Manitoba and former president of the International Association of Genocide Scholars. He is author of ‘This Benevolent Experiment’: Indigenous Boarding Schools, Genocide and Redress in the United States and Canada (2015), The Politics of Restorative Justice (2009), and Between Justice and Certainty: Treaty-Making in British Columbia (2005), as well as co-author of Informal Reckonings: Conflict Resolution in Mediation, Restorative Justice, and Reparations (2005). He is co-editor of Canada and Colonial Genocide (2017), The Idea of a Human Rights Museum (2015), and Colonial Genocide in Indigenous North America (2014). He is currently working on two community-based research projects with Indigenous residential school Survivors: 1) Embodying Empathy, which will design, build, and test a virtual Indian Residential School that will serve as a site of historical knowledge mobilization and empathy formation; and 2) Remembering Assiniboia, which will generate and develop an archive and memorial for the Assiniboia Residential School through hosting a reunion for former students.

  • Maria Zalewska

    Cinema and Media Studies, USC School of Cinematic Arts

    Maria Zalewska is a Ph.D. candidate in Cinema and Media Studies at the USC School of Cinematic Arts and a 2016-2018 Mellon Ph.D. Fellow in the Digital Humanities. Her research interests include cinematic representations of the Holocaust; documentary film; national and transnational modes and media of memorialization; digital humanities; politics of technologized memory; place and space in cinema; history as film/film as history; and political economy of film. Her dissertation project, “#Holocaust: Rethinking the Relationship Between Spaces of Memory and Places of Commemoration in The Digital Age,” focuses on the relationship between interactivity, (documentary) film studies, and Holocaust memory. She is the USC Shoah Foundation Center for Advanced Genocide Research’s 2017 Graduate Student Fellow. In 2009-2010, she worked for the Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum and Foundation. Since 2010, she has continued to work for the Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum and Foundation on a volunteer basis. 

Chairs

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    Lyn Boyd-Judson

    Director, USC Levan Institute for Humanities and Ethics

    Dr. Lyn Boyd-Judson is UNESCO Chair for Global Humanities and Ethics Education, director of the USC Levan Institute for Humanities and Ethics and executive director of the Oxford Consortium for Human Rights. Her teaching experience spans courses at the USC Annenberg School of Journalism, the USC School of International Relations, the USC School of Religion, and the Thematic Option Honors Program. Previous research affiliations include RAND, the Carter Presidential Center, the Hong Kong Legislative Council, the United States Embassy Berlin-Third Reich Document Center, the USC Center for International Studies, the Walt Disney Company Asia-Pacific, and the Dow Jones News Service. In 2015, Boyd-Judson was awarded two separate Fulbright Specialist Awards to Spain and China on strategic moral diplomacy, global ethics and the role of the university.

    Boyd-Judson's research and teaching focus on diplomacy, ethics, religion and human rights, and international negotiation. Her first book, Strategic Moral Diplomacy: Understanding the Enemy’s Moral Universe, was published in April 2011. She has published in International Studies Quarterly, Foreign Policy Analysis, Carnegie Pew Case Studies in Ethics and Diplomacy (Georgetown University), and Leiden Journal of International Law. Boyd-Judson most recently published Women's Global Health: State Policies and International Norms, a book co-edited with Patrick James.

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    Elaine Gan

    USC Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Digital Humanities

    Elaine Gan is a USC Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Digital Humanities and most recently, art director for the Aarhus University Research on the Anthropocene Project (AURA) in Denmark. She studies the timing of human-plant interactions, specifically around rice cultivation, as technologies of life and death that make geopolitical histories. Recent projects include co-editing an anthology titled Arts of Living on a Damaged Planet: Ghosts and Monsters of the Anthropocene (Univ of Minnesota 2017) and co-curating an exhibition titled DUMP! Multispecies Making and Unmaking (Kunsthal Aarhus, Denmark 2015). At USC, she is working on a book and digital project about time machines.

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    Jason Lustig

    Instructor, Jewish History, UCLA Department of History

    Jason Lustig is a scholar of modern Jewish intellectual and cultural history focusing on the history of archives and the intersection of history and memory, and he teaches Jewish history at the UCLA Department of History. His dissertation, titled “‘A Time to Gather’: A History of Jewish Archives in the Twentieth Century,” is a transnational study of the development of Jewish archives in Germany, the United States, and Israel/Palestine from about 1900 to the 1960s. His work has been published in the Journal of Contemporary History and is forthcoming in American Jewish History. He is currently developing a book manuscript based on the dissertation, and he has been a research fellow at the American Jewish Archives, the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, and the Leo Baeck Institute. For more info, please visit: www.jasonlustig.com

  • Tara McPherson

    Associate Professor, Critical Studies, USC School of Cinematic Arts

    Tara McPherson is Associate Professor of Critical Studies at the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts. She is a core faculty member of the IMAP program, USC’s innovative practice based-Ph.D., and also an affiliated faculty member in the American Studies and Ethnicity Department. Her research engages the cultural dimensions of media, including the intersection of gender, race, affect and place. She has a particular interest in digital media. Here, her research focuses on the digital humanities, early software histories, gender, and race, as well as upon the development of new tools and paradigms for digital publishing, learning, and authorship.

    Her Reconstructing Dixie: Race, Gender and Nostalgia in the Imagined South (Duke UP: 2003) received the 2004 John G. Cawelti Award for the outstanding book published on American Culture, among other awards. She is co-editor of Hop on Pop: The Politics and Pleasures of Popular Culture (Duke UP: 2003) and editor of Digital Youth, Innovation and the Unexpected, part of the MacArthur Foundation series on Digital Media and Learning (MIT Press, 2008.) Her writing has appeared in numerous journals, including Camera Obscura, The Velvet Light Trap, Discourse, and Screen, and in edited anthologies such as Race and Cyberspace, The New Media Book, The Object Reader, Virtual Publics, The Visual Culture Reader 2.0, and Basketball Jones. The anthology, Interactive Frictions, co-edited with Marsha Kinder, is forthcoming from the University of California Press, and she is currently working on a manuscript examining the digital transformation of the archive as it mutates into the database.

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    Jeremy Mikecz

    Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Digital Humanities, University of Southern California

    Jeremy Mikecz is an Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Digital Humanities at the University of Southern California. Jeremy is a historian doing research at the intersection of geography and ethno-, social, and digital history. His current research combines old-fashioned archival research and 'close reading' with digital text analysis and mapping to reconstruct indigenous activity and its role in shaping the events of conquest-era Peru. More broadly, his research experiments with the use of digital tools to reconstruct the history of marginalized people. In other words, this work proposes an agenda and a methodology for a 'digital history from below.'

    Jeremy's work was most recently published in the International Journal of Humanities and Arts Computing (Edinburgh University Press, March 2017): "Peering beyond the Imperial Gaze: Using Digital Tools to Construct a Spatial History of Conquest." http://www.euppublishing.com/doi/abs/10.3366/ijhac.2017.0177

    A summary of his work can also be found at jeremymikecz.com.

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    Cyrus Shahabi

    Professor, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering and Spatial Sciences, University of Southern California

    Cyrus Shahabi is a Professor of Computer Science, Electrical Engineering and Spatial Sciences, and the chair of the Computer Science Department. He is also the Director of the Integrated Media Systems Center (IMSC) and the Informatics Program at USC’s Viterbi School of Engineering. He was the CTO and co-founder of a USC spin-off, Geosemble Technologies, which was acquired in July 2012. Since then, he founded another company, ClearPath (recently rebranded as TallyGo), focusing on predictive path-planning for car navigation systems. He received his B.S. in Computer Engineering from Sharif University of Technology in 1989 and then his M.S. and Ph.D. Degrees in Computer Science from the University of Southern California in May 1993 and August 1996, respectively. He authored two books and more than three hundred research papers in databases, GIS and multimedia with more than 12 US Patents.

    Dr. Shahabi was an Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems (TPDS) from 2004 to 2009, IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering (TKDE) from 2010-2013 and VLDB Journal from 2009-2015. He is currently the chair of ACM SIGSPATIAL for the 2017-2020 term and also on the editorial board of the ACM Transactions on Spatial Algorithms and Systems (TSAS) and ACM Computers in Entertainment. He is the founding chair of IEEE NetDB workshop and also the general co-chair of SSTD’15, ACM GIS 2007, 2008 and 2009. He chaired the nomination committee of ACM SIGSPATIAL for the 2011-2014 terms. He is a PC co-Chair of APWeb+WAIM’2017 and the PhD workshop of ICDE 2018. In the past, he has been PC co-chair of several conferences such as BigComp’2016, MDM’2016, DASFAA 2015, IEEE MDM 2013 and IEEE BigData 2013, and regularly serves on the program committee of major conferences such as VLDB, SIGMOD, IEEE ICDE, ACM SIGKDD, IEEE ICDM, and ACM Multimedia.

    Dr. Shahabi is a fellow of IEEE, and a recipient of the ACM Distinguished Scientist award in 2009, the 2003 U.S. Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), the NSF CAREER award in 2002, and the 2001 Okawa Foundation Research Grant for Information and Telecommunications. He was also a recipient of the US Vietnam Education Foundation (VEF) faculty fellowship award in 2011 and 2012, an organizer of the 2011 National Academy of Engineering “Japan-America Frontiers of Engineering” program, an invited speaker in the 2010 National Research Council (of the National Academies) Committee on New Research Directions for the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, and a participant in the 2005 National Academy of Engineering “Frontiers of Engineering” program.