Computer Science Department Professor Hanan Samet has been awarded the 2014 W. Wallace McDowell Award, the highest technical honor awarded by the IEEE Computer Society.
Computer Science Department Professor Hanan Samet is one of three scholars recognized as 2014 University Consortium for Geographic Information Science (UCGIS) Fellows. The UCGIS Fellows Program celebrates the extraordinary record of achievements of individuals in a variety of spatial disciplines and communities of practice that use spatial information. Samet's work in "designing and using hierarchical spatial data structures for GIS, such as the quadtree and octree, have had a tremendous impact on GIScience research and software development," says the UCGIS.
Hanan Samet is the recipient of the 2012 ACM Paris Kanellakis Theory and Practice Award. Dr. Samet won this award for fundamental contributions to the development of multidimensional spatial data structures and indexing.
The full press release at http://www.acm.org/press-room/news-releases/2012/technical-awards-2011 cites the following contributions as the basis for the award:
Vikash Mansinghka, CTO of Navia Systems talks about Natively Probabilistic Computation: Principles, Artifacts and Applications".
Hanan Samet has won the CMPS Board of Visitor Distinguished Faculty Award for 2010 which will be presented to him on April 2 when he will give a lecture to the Board on his research at their annual meeting.
Hanan Samet is the winner of the University Consortium for Geographic Information Science (UCGIS) Research Award for 2009. This award recognizes his landmark book on data structures and its impact on the theory and practice of GIS science.