Prof. H.V. Jagadish has been
named the Bernard A. Galler Collegiate Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. This
professorship is given in recognition of Prof. Jagadish's sustained
excellence in research, teaching, and service within the College of
Professor Jagadish is well-known for his broad-ranging
research on data management and data mining. He is a member of the
database group within the
department, and affiliated with the
and the Center for Computation in
Medicine and Biology. He is primarily concerned with building database
systems and query models so they are usable in a variety of contexts, as
part of the MUSIQ
The database systems he is most concerned with at the present
time are databases in the context of the Internet, and data management for
biological sciences. For these purposes, he designed
Timber, an XML database
that has an architecture as close as possible to that of a relational
database. Timber is able to store and efficiently manipulate probabilistic
information -- data that is known to be potentially erroneous. It can be
used in variety of application domains with particular data management needs
not easily met through traditional databases, such as e-commerce,
(automotive) engineering design, product lifecycle management (PLM) and
biological information. His work with the
Interactions Database (MiMI) is being incorporated into the
National Center for Integrative
Prof. Jagadish came to the University of Michigan after spending more
than a decade at AT&T Labs, where he headed the Database Research Department
at the Shannon Laboratory in Florham Park, N.J. He is author of 37 patents
and more than 150 journal and conference papers.
He is a Fellow of the ACM, and a trustee of the VLDB Endowment. Among
many professional positions he has held, he has previously been an Associate
Editor for the ACM Transactions on Database Systems (1992-1995),
Database Area Editor for the Computing Research Repository, Program Chair of
the ACM SIGMOD annual conference (1996), and Program Chair of the ISMB
conference (2005). He is also currently Senior Scientific Director of the
National Center for Integrative Biomedical Informatics, a "road map" center
established by the National Institutes of Health.
Bernard (Bernie) Galler
This named professorship is in honor of Bernie Galler, who was Professor Emeritus of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Michigan.
Prof. Galler is recognized as a pioneer in computer science and helped shape this emerging discipline at U-M. In the early 1960s he was active in developing the new communication science program, and in 1966 he became associate director of the Computing Center. His association with the center continued through 1991, spanning a period of tremendous growth and change in computer science and computing services.
Galler became a charter member of the new Department of Computer and Communication Sciences (CCS) in 1966 and headed the department 1973-75. The Department of Computer and Communication Sciences was one of the first of its kind in the country, and Galler was influential in the development of its software and mathematics curriculum.
In 1984 he was instrumental in negotiating the merger of CCS with the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department and the engineering program in Computer, Information and Control Engineering (CICE). This merger formed what is now the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) Department at the University.
From 1968 to 1970, Prof. Galler was the President of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). In 1994, he was inducted as a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery. He was the founding editor of the journal IEEE Annals of the History of Computing (1979-87). He was also the President of the Software Patent Institute (1992).