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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 Johansson)
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". 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 one hundred 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.

Test of Time Award at EDBT 2015

The following paper received the Test of Time Award as the most influential paper from the first four conference editions of EDBT (1988 Venice, 1990 Venice, 1992 Vienna, 1994 Cambridge).
R.H. Güting,
Geo-Relational Algebra: A Model and Query Language for Geometric Database Systems.
Proceedings EDBT 1988, 506-527.


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 EndowmentMember
ACM SIGSPATIAL 2019Program Co-Chair
MDM 2020Program Co-Chair

Current Program Committees

ICDE 2019PhD Symposium of 35th IEE International Conference on Data Engineering 2019, Macau, China, April 2019
W2GIS 2019W2GIS 2019 : Web and Wireless Geographical Information Systems, Kyoto, Japan, May 2019
MDM 2019 The 20th IEEE International Conference on Mobile Data Management, Hong Kong, China, June 2019
SSTD 2019 16th International Symposion on Spatial and Temporal Databases, Vienna, Austria, August 2019
MASTER 2019 Workshop on Multiple-aspect analysis of semantic trajectories, Würzburg, Germany, September 2019
ACM SIGSPATIAL 201927th ACM SIGSPATIAL International Conference on Advances in Geographic Information Systems, Chicago, Illinois, USA, November 2019
MDM 2020The 21st IEEE International Conference on Mobile Data Management, Versailles, France, June 2020
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: 2019-06-07 (aj)
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