Great Cities Institute at the University of Illinois at Chicago

Faculty Scholar Seminar

Secure Data and Organization Interoperation for Geospatial and
Context-Aware Urban Applications


Isabel Cruz
Professor, Department of Computer Science
College of Engineering
University of Illinois at Chicago

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Tuesday, October 6, 2009 at 2:00pm

We describe our current and future research on data and organization interoperation for geospatial and context-aware applications. The data interoperation problem consists of manipulating data transparently across multiple data sources. The solution to this problem is central to the seamless integration of heterogeneous data sources necessary in a wide range of domains and applications. The need for secure access arises when the data resources are controlled by different organizations that need to interoperate. In this case, secure access to data resources is an instance of access to resources in general, for example, in an emergency situation where different organizations (e.g., police, fire, and healthcare departments) need to establish on the fly access to both urban and data resources taking into account the context (e.g., location) of both users and resources.

Isabel Cruz is Professor of Computer Science in the College of Engineering at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She holds a PhD degree in Computer Science from the University of Toronto. She has received numerous awards for teaching, service, and research including the NSF Career Award in 1996 and the Great Cities Institute Scholar Award in 2009. She has more than 90 refereed publications in databases, geographic information systems, semantic web, visual languages, graph drawing, user interfaces, multimedia, information retrieval, and security.

She has been general chair, program chair, program vice/associate chair of several of the most important conferences in her fields of expertise, such as IEEE ICDE, ACM GIS, International Conference on GeoSpatial Semantics, ACM Multimedia, ISWC, and ESWC and served on the program commitees of more than 130 conferences. She has been editor to several books and journals and has served in strategic committees including the Mapping Science Committee of the National Academies. Her leadership roles at UIC include being the CS facilitator of the NSF Advance WISEST program (to increase the number, participation and leadership status of women in academic science and engineering), the chair of the CS faculty search committee, and member of the dean of engineering search committee twice.

She directs the Advances in Information Systems (ADVIS) Lab, has advised nineteen students in their PhD and MS theses, and has published with fourteen of her undergraduate research advisees. The broader impact of her research has been demonstrated in biomedical and land management applications and in many teaching innovations.

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