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2009 SIGMOD Contributions Award
Beng Chin Ooi

Beng Chin Ooi is the recipient of the 2009 SIGMOD Contributions Award for his sustained and selfless contributions to the database community in promoting and pursuing high standards of database research at both the international and regional level.

Beng Chin Ooi has been consistently involved in activities that push the frontier of database research. He has taken leadership roles on technical programs for ICDE, SSD, SIGMOD and VLDB. He has helped ensure a high standard for database journal publications as an editor for The VLDB Journal, IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering, International Journal of Geographical Information Science, and Geoinformatca. Currently, he is the editor-in-chief of IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering, and an editor for the Distributed and Parallel Databases journal. He also serves on the SIGMOD Doctoral Dissertation Award committee and on the board of the VLDB Endowment. Ooi has contributed greatly to promoting database research, especially in the Asia-Pacific region, by building an eminent database group at the National University of Singapore that supports high quality research throughout the region through direct collaborations and participation in regional conferences.


Beng Chin Ooi has been contiuously involved in leadership roles that help create strong technical programs for the community. He served as the co-PC chair for the Third International Symposium on Large Spatial Databases (SSD) in 1993. He also served as the vice PC Chair for the International Conference on Data Engineering (ICDE) in 2000, 2004 and 2006. More recently, Ooi was involved in running two major database conferences, serving as PC chair for the ACM SIGMOD International Conference on Management of Data in Beijing in 2007 and as the Core DB PC chair in the Very Large Database Conference (VLDB) in Auckland in 2008. Ooi has consistently worked to maintain the high quality of these conferences.

Ooi has also been involved in ensuring high standards of database journal publications. He was an editor for The VLDB Journal, IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering (TKDE), International Journal of Geographical Information Science and Geoinformatca. He has recently been appointed editor-in-chief of TKDE and continues to serve as an editor for the Distributed and Parallel Databases journal.

Ooi is currently a board member of the VLDB Endowment and is involved in the liaison and fostering of cooperation between the Endowment and database researchers in the Asia-Pacific region. Since 2005 he has served as a member the ACM SIGMOD Dissertation Award committee. Since 2008 he has served as co-chair of this committee.

Ooi is an active proponent for database research, especially in the Asia-Pacific region. He has been engaging researchers from other countries in the region in collaborative projects with a view to enhanching the standard of work being done. This outreach has resulted in fruitful collaborations with leading universities in the region, including Fudan University, Tsinghua University and Renmin University of China. Ooi has served on the program committees of many regional conferences. In 2005, he was co-PC chair of the International Conference on Database Systems for Advanced Applications (DASFAA) and he acted as the general chair for the same conference in 2006. He successfully advocated Singapore as teh venue for VLDB 2010. His research group has taken an active part in regional conferences such as DASFAA, COMAD, ADC, APWeb, WAIM and NDBC, both as organizers and participants.


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