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Cyrus Shahabi

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Professor of Computer Science


  • 1996, PhD, Computer Science, University of Southern California
  • 1993, Masters, Computer Science, University of Southern California
  • 1989, Bachelors, Computer Engineering, Sharif Univ of Technology


Cyrus Shahabi is a Professor of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering and the Director of the Information Laboratory (InfoLAB) at the Computer Science Department and also the Director of the NSF's Integrated Media Systems Center (IMSC) at the University of Southern California (USC). He is also the director of Informatics at USC' Viterbi School of Engineering. He was the CTO and co-founder of a USC spin-off, Geosemble Technologies, which was acquired in July 2012. Since then, he founded another company, ClearPath (recently rebranded as TallyGo), focusing on predictive path-planning for car navigation systems. He received his B.S. in Computer Engineering from Sharif University of Technology in 1989 and then his M.S. and Ph.D. Degrees in Computer Science from the University of Southern California in May 1993 and August 1996, respectively. He authored two books and more than two hundred research papers in the areas of databases, GIS and multimedia with more than 12 US Patents.

Dr. Shahabi was an Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems (TPDS) from 2004 to 2009, IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering (TKDE) from 2010-2013 and VLDB Journal from 2009-2015. He is currently on the editorial board of the ACM Transactions on Spatial Algorithms and Systems (TSAS) and ACM Computers in Entertainment. He is the founding chair of IEEE NetDB workshop and also the general co-chair of SSTD'15, ACM GIS 2007, 2008 and 2009. He chaired the nomination committee of ACM SIGSPATIAL for the 2011-2014 terms. He is a PC co-Chair of BigComp'2016 and MDM'2016. In the past, he has been PC co-chair of DASFAA 2015, IEEE MDM 2013 and IEEE BigData 2013, and regularly serves on the program committee of major conferences such as VLDB, ACM SIGMOD, IEEE ICDE, ACM SIGKDD, IEEE ICDM, and ACM Multimedia.

Dr. Shahabi is a fellow of IEEE, and a recipient of the ACM Distinguished Scientist award in 2009, the 2003 U.S. Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), the NSF CAREER award in 2002, and the 2001 Okawa Foundation Research Grant for Information and Telecommunications. He was also a recipient of the US Vietnam Education Foundation (VEF) faculty fellowship award in 2011 and 2012, an organizer of the 2011 National Academy of Engineering "Japan-America Frontiers of Engineering" program, an invited speaker in the 2010 National Research Council (of the National Academies) Committee on New Research Directions for the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, and a participant in the 2005 National Academy of Engineering "Frontiers of Engineering" program.

Research Summary

Databases, Spatial Databases, Mutlimedia Databases, Geospatial Information Systems, data mining


  • 2001 Okawa Foundation Okawa Foundation Research Grant for Information and Telecommunications
  • 2002 NSF CAREER Award
  • 2004 NSF PECASE Research Award
  • 2005 National Academy of Engineering Participant in the Frontiers of Engineering program
  • 2009 ACM ACM Distinguished Scientist
  • 2010 The 2nd IEEE International Conference on Cloud Computing Technology and Science (CloudCom'10) Best Paper Award
  • 2010 National Academy of Engineering Organizer of the Japan-America Frontiers of Engineering program
  • 2010 National Academies Invited speaker in the National Research Council Committee on New Research Directions for the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agenc
  • 2011 Vietnam Education Foundation (VEF) U.S. Faculty Scholar
  • Director, Informatics Prog, IMSC
  • Computer Science
  • Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering - Systems
  • Spatial Sciences Institute

  • PHE 306a
  • Charles Lee Powell Hall
  • 3737 Watt Way, Los Angeles, CA 90089
  • USC Mail Code: 781

Contact Information
  • (213) 740-8162
  • shahabi@usc.edu


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