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Prof. Dr. Ralf Hartmut Güting

Besucheradresse / Visitors' Address
Informatikzentrum, 2. Etage, Block H, Raum 09
Universitätsstr. 1
D-58097 Hagen
E-Mail: rhg@fernuni-hagen.de
Telefon: +49 (2331) 987 4279
Sekretariat: +49 (2331) 987 4277 (Frau Betkas)
Fax: +49 (2331) 987 4278
Kontaktadresse / Postal Address
FernUniversität in Hagen
LG Datenbanksysteme für neue Anwendungen
Postfach 940
D-58084 Hagen

Short Biography

Ralf Hartmut Güting has been a full professor in Computer Science at the University of Hagen, Germany, since 1989. He received his Diploma and Dr. rer. nat. degrees from the University of Dortmund in 1980 and 1983, respectively, and became a professor at that university in 1987. From 1981 until 1984 his main research area was Computational Geometry. After a one-year stay at the IBM Almaden Research Center in 1985, extensible and spatial database systems became his major research interests; more recently, also spatio-temporal or moving objects databases. He is a Senior Associate Editor of the ACM Transactions on Spatial Algorithms and Systems and an Editor of GeoInformatica. He has previously served as an Associate Editor of the ACM Transactions on Database Systems and as an Editor of the VLDB Journal. He is a member of the SSTD Endowment, the organization overseeing the conference series "Symposium on Spatial and Temporal Databases", and currently its chair. He has published two German text books on data structures and algorithms and on compilers, respectively, and an English text book on moving objects databases, as well as around eighty journal and conference articles. His group has built prototypes of extensible and spatio-temporal database systems, the Gral system and the SECONDO system.

Research Interests

  • Spatial databases
  • Extensible and modular database architecture
  • Graphs (networks) in spatial databases
  • Spatio-temporal and moving objects databases

Most Popular Papers

According to the study  by E. Rahm and A. Thor, Citation Analysis of Database Publications, SIGMOD Record 34(4), Dec. 2005, 48-53, the following two papers are the most cited paper of ACM TODS and the second most cited paper of the VLDB Journal, respectively,  that appeared in the period 1994 through 2003.
R.H. Güting, M.H. Böhlen, M. Erwig, C.S. Jensen, N.A. Lorentzos, M. Schneider, and M. Vazirgiannis,
A Foundation for Representing and Querying Moving Objects.
ACM Transactions on Database Systems 25:1 (2000), 1-42.
R.H. Güting,
An Introduction to Spatial Database Systems.
VLDB Journal 3 (1994), 357-399.


Journal Editor

Senior Associate Editor of the ACM Transactions on Spatial Algorithms and Systems Editor of GeoInformatica Associate Editor of the ACM Transactions on Database Systems (2004 - 2010) Editor of the VLDB Journal
(1996 - 2003)

Conference Organization

SSTD EndowmentChair (2010-2015), Member

Current Program Committees

ICDE 201430th IEEE International Conference on Data Engineering, Chicago, USA, April 2014.
DASFAA 201419th International Conference on Database Systems for Advanced Applications, Bali, Indonesia, April 2014.
GeoRich 2014First International ACM Workshop on Managing and Mining Semantically Rich Geo-Spatial Data, Snowbird, USA, June 2014.
MDM 201415th IEEE International Conference on Mobile Data Management, Brisbane, Australia, July 2014.
UrbComp 20143rd International Workshop on Urban Computing, New York City, USA, August 2014.
ADBIS 201418th East-European Conference on Advances in Databases and Information Systems, Ohrid, Republic of Macedonia, September 2014.
IO-SPACES 2014IO-SPACES 2014, an International Workshop on Interfacing Indoor and Outdoor Spaces, Vienna, Austria, September 2014.
ADM SIGSPATIAL GIS 201422nd ACM SIGSPATIAL International Conference on Advances in Geographic Information Systems, Dallas, Texas, USA, November 2014
DASFAA 201520th International Conference on Database Systems for Advanced Applications (DASFAA 2015), Hanoi, Vietnam, April 2015
MDM 201516th IEEE International Conference on Mobile Data Management (MDM2015), Pittsburgh, USA, June 2015
W2GIS 201514th International Symposium on Web and Wireless Geographical Information Systems, Grenoble, France, May 2015.
Past program committees include VLDB, SIGMOD, ICDE, EDBT, SSTD, SSDBM, DASFAA, IDEAS, COSIT, ACM-GIS, MDM, and some others.

Books, Articles, Systems

Articles (2010 - 2019)

Articles (2000 - 2009)

Articles (1990 - 1999)

Articles (1980 - 1989)

Letzte Änderung: 2014-10-28 (aj)
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