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Shahram Ghandeharizadeh

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Associate Professor of Computer Science


  • 1990, PhD, Computer Science, University Wisconsin Madison
  • 1987, Masters, Computer Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • 1985, Bachelors, Computer Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison


Shahram Ghandeharizadeh received his Ph.D. degree in computer science from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, in 1990. Since then, he has been on the faculty at the University of Southern California. In 1992, Dr. Ghandeharizadeh received the National Science Foundation Young Investigator's Award for his research on the physical design of parallel database systems. In 1995, he received an award from the School of Engineering at USC in recognition of his research activities. His primary research interests include design and implementation of multimedia storage managers, parallel database systems, and active databases. He has served on the organizing committees of numerous conferences and was the general co-chair of ACM Multimedia 2000. His activities are supported by several grants from the National Science Foundation, Department of Defense, Microsoft, BMC Software, and Hewlett-Packard. He is the director of the database laboratory at USC. He was a member of ACM SIGMOD executive committee and the Editor-in-Chief of ACM SIGMOD DiSC from 2003 to 2006. He also serves as a member of the Council of Directors of Kodaikanal International School.

Research Summary

Multimedia information management systems, decentralized algorithms for management of data in ad-hoc networks of wireless devices, information integration and service-oriented-architectures.


  • 1992 NSF Young Investigator Award
  • 1995 USC-School of Engineering Research Faculty Award (Junior)
  • 1997 USC-School of Engineering Outstanding Teaching Award
  • 1999 ACM ACM-SIGMOD Service Award
  • 1999 Okawa Okawa Foundation Information Technology Fellow
  • 2000 ACM ACM-SIGMM (Multimedia) Award
  • 2005 USC Annenberg Fellow
  • 2009 ACM ACM Software System Award for the Gamma Parallel Database System
  • Computer Science

  • SAL 208
  • Henry Salvatori Computer Science Center
  • 941 Bloom Walk, Los Angeles, CA 90089
  • USC Mail Code: 781

  • (213) 740-4781

  • shahram@pollux.usc.edu

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