Short Bio

Leila De Floriani is a  professor at the Department of Geographical Sciences and at UMIACS,  and  is affiliated with  the Center for Geographic Information Science  and with the Department of Computer Science. She has been  a professor of Computer Science at the University of Genova (Italy), where she has been the Director of the PhD Program in Computer Science  for eight years. She has also held positions at the Italian National Research Council, at the University of Nebraska, at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and at the University of Maryland.

Leila De Floriani has written over 300 publications in the fields of  visualization, geographic data processing, geometric modeling, shape and image analysis,  which have appeared in major international journals and conferences. The main focus of her current research is in   terrain modeling and analysis, spatial data structures, big data analysis through topological methods, geospatial data visualization, social network analysis.

Leila De Floriani is the Editor in Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics. She is an Associate Editor of Graphical Models and of the ACM Transactions on Spatial Algorithms and Systems, and a member of the editorial board of GeoInformatica and the Journal of Spatial Information Science (JOSIS).  She served on more then 150 program committees of the major international conferences in the areas of geometric and shape modeling, computer graphics, visualization, and geographic data processing. She has been the principal investigator in several projects funded by the European Community, by the Italian Ministry of Research and Education and by the US National Science Foundation.

She is an IEEE Fellow, a Fellow of the International Association for Pattern Recognition (IAPR).  She received the Pioneer Award from the Solid Modeling Association in 2017. She is a member of the IEEE Computer Society Board of Governors for years 2017-2019.

Areas of Interest

  • Geospatial data visualization
  • Topology-based visual analytics
  • Spatial data structures
  • Spatial big data representation and analysis
  • Terrain modeling and analysis
  • Topological data analysis
  • Geometric modeling and processing
Course Name Course Title Semester Syllabus
GEOG498i Data Structures for Geospatial Computing Spring 2018 Syllabus
GEOG788i Data Structures for Geospatial Computing Spring 2018 Syllabus
  • Professional
    Member of IEEE Computer Society Board of Governors
  • Professional
    Editor in Chief - IEEE Transcactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics
  • Professional
    Asssociate Editor - ACM Transactions on Spatial Algorithms and Systems
  • Professional
    Asssociate Editor - GeoInformatica
  • Professional
    Asssociate Editor - Graphical Models

Current Students

Former Students

  • Sara Scaramuccia
    Current PhD student - enrolled at the University of Genova (Italy) - co-advised with Claudia Landi

Related Students (Listed by Student on Student's Profile)

  • Noel Dyer
  • Zheng Liu
  • Yunting Song
  • Xin Xu
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