Wolfson, Ouri

Richard and Loan Hill Professor of Computer Science University of Illinois at Chicago    

Ouri Wolfson's main research interests are in database systems, distributed systems, and mobile/pervasive computing. He received his B.A. degree in mathematics, and his Ph.D. degree in computer science from Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, New York University. He is currently the Richard and Loan Hill Professor of Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and an Affiliate Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. He is the founder of Mobitrac, a high-tech startup that was acquired by Fluensee Co. in 2006. Most recently he founded Pirouette Software Inc., and currently serves as its President. The company specializes in Mobile Peer-to-Peer software for local search. He served as a consultant to Argonne National Laboratory, to the US Army Research Laboratories, to DARPA, and to the Center of Excellence in Space Data and Information Sciences at NASA. Before joining the University of Illinois he has been on the computer science faculty at the Technion and Columbia University, and he has been a Member of Technical Staff at Bell Laboratories. Ouri Wolfson authored over 170 publications, and holds seven patents. He is a Fellow of the Association of Computing Machinery, a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), a University of Illinois Scholar for 2009. He received the best paper awards for "Uncertain Range Queries for Necklaces" at the 2010 Mobile Data Management Conference, for "Opportunistic Resource Exchange in Inter-vehicle Ad Hoc Networks", at the 2004 Mobile Data Management Conference, and for "Communication Reduction for Floating Car Data-Based Traffic Information Systems" at the 2010 GeoProcessing Conference. He is the 2001 recipient of the UIC College of Engineering Faculty Research Award. He served as a Distinguished Lecturer for the Association of Computing Machinery during 2001-2003, and participated in numerous conferences as a keynote speaker, program committee chairman or member, tutorial presenter, session chairman, and panelist. Most recently he was the keynote speaker at the Mobilware 2010 Conference, the 2008 Geosensor Networks Workshop, the 5th International Workshop on Web and Wireless Geographical Information Systems (W2GIS 2005), the IEEE International Conference on Networking, Sensing and Control (ICNSC 2004), the Second International Workshop On Databases, Information Systems and Peer-to-Peer Computing (DBISP2P 2004), and the Second International Conference on Mobile Data Management (MDM 2001), and a Distinguished Speaker at Iowa State University. Ouri Wolfson serves on the editorial boards of the IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing, the Springer's Wireless Networks Journal, J. Ross Publishing Transportation Letters: The International Journal of Transportation Research, Journal of Spatial Information Science, and the International Journal of Next Generation Computing. He also served as a guest editor for several issues of the ACM/Baltzer Journal on Special Topics in Mobile Networks. He was the program committee co-chair of the Third International Conference on Mobile Data Management (MDM 2002), the Second ACM International Workshop on Mobile Commerce (2002), the Sixth International Conference on Mobile Data Management (MDM 2005), the program committee vice-chair of the 22nd International Conference on Data Engineering (ICDE 2006), program committee chair of the First International Workshop on Computational Transportation Science, and general chair of the 17th ACM SIGSPATIAL International Conference on Advances in Geographic Information Systems (ACM GIS 2009) . His research has been funded at a level that exceeds fifteen million dollars by the National Science Foundation (NSF), Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR), Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), NATO, US Army, NASA, the New York State Science and Technology Foundation, Hughes Research Laboratories, Informix Co., Accenture Co., and Hitachi Co. Most recently, he is the Principal Investigator on a $3.1M NSF grant to establish a Ph.D. program in the new discipline of Computational Transportation Science.