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Samet Honored with ACM SIGSPATIAL Lifetime Impact Award


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Hanan Samet.

Samet's other significant work involves innovations in robotics, artificial intelligence, pattern recognition, multimedia and image databases, image processing, visualization, natural language processing, and programming languages.

Credit: University of Maryland Institute for Advanced Computer Studies

ACM Fellow Hanan Samet at the University of Maryland Institute for Advanced Computer Studies was honored with the inaugural Lifetime Impact Award from ACM’s Special Interest Group on Spatial Information (SIGSPATIAL) for his work in spatial databases and related fields.

Samet is considered the founder of the field of spatial databases.

He also developed an application called NewsStand, which lets users search for worldwide news on their computers or mobile devices with a query interface displayed on a world map.

Samet was the founding editor-in-chief of ACM Transactions on Spatial Algorithms and Systems and the founding chair of ACM SIGSPATIAL.

He also was awarded the 2011 ACM Paris Kanellakis Theory and Practice Award, and was inducted into the SIGGRAPH Academy in 2019.

From University of Maryland Institute for Advanced Computer Studies
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