Swinburne’s Professor Timos Sellis wins prestigious Impact award

Friday 23 March 2018

Timos Sellis with data foreground

Professor Timos Sellis has been awarded the IEEE TCDE Impact Award for his more than 30-year contribution to data science research.

In summary

  • Professor Timos Sellis wins Impact Award from the prestigious Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
  • Recognises his three-decades-long career in data science research
  • The award will be presented in Paris in April

Director of Swinburne’s Data Science Research Institute, Professor Timos Sellis, has been honoured with a prestigious international award for his more than 30-year contribution to database systems research and for broadening the reach of data engineering research.

Professor Sellis was selected by a committee among international candidates to be awarded the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Technical Committee of Data Engineering Impact Award, which will be presented in Paris in April.

The IEEE TCDE Impact Award recognises database researchers from the around the world who have contributed to expanding the data engineering field.

To receive the Impact Award, nominees must have made an impact beyond the data engineering field or shown impact beyond research to industrial practice or engaged in impact which resulted in the expansion of the data engineering field itself.

Professor Sellis says he is deeply honoured by this award.

“Thank you to the IEEE TCDE community for selecting me as its 2018 Awardee,” he says.

“We all know that our impact is evaluated when looking at the results it had on those that we aimed to contribute to.

“I am grateful to all my students, collaborators and colleagues that I had in my 35 years of academic career because they have always been the inspiration and the reason to drive my research development and have impact.”

This Impact Award complements Professor Sellis’ recognition as an IEEE fellow for his contributions to database query optimisation and spatial data management, and an ACM Fellow for his contributions to database query optimisation, spatial data management, and data warehousing.

His expertise includes big data, data streams, data integration and analytics, and spatio-temporal database systems.

Prior to moving to Australia in January 2013, Professor Sellis was Director of the Institute for the Management of Information Systems and a Professor at the National Technical University of Athens. He has served also as President of the National Council for Research and Technology of Greece (the equivalent of ARC in Australia) and was the sole computer scientist to ever hold this role in Greece.