Biography

Sourav S Bhowmick is an Associate Professor in the School of Computer Science and Engineering (SCSE), Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. He is the founder of the Data Management Research Group at NTU (DANTE). His core research expertise is in data management, human-data interaction, and data analytics. His research interests are multi-area and multi-disciplinary in flavor, focusing primarily on developing novel paradigms, algorithms, technology, and software to improve efficiency, fairness, or usability of software or humans. His research has appeared in premium venues such as ACM SIGMOD, VLDB, ACM WWW, ACM MM, ACM SIGIR, VLDB Journal, Bioinformatics, and Biophysical Journal. In addition to novel contributions in classical data management and analytics, Sourav pioneered several non-traditional paradigms and techniques such as bridging data management and HCI (human-data interaction) to build usable and high performance visual querying systems, bridging social psychology and online social influence towards more realistic representation of the social space, mining structural evolution of complex-structured data, and data-driven conflict of interest (COI) management in peer-reviewed venues for fairer review process. The latter has been deployed in the real-world in several premium conferences such as SIGMOD, VLDB, and ICDE. His views on human-data interaction and review fairness can be found in 2021 SIGMOD Record (Distinguished Profiles column) interview. Sourav's work on influence maximization in competitive networks received Best Paper Award Nomination in ACM SIGMOD 2015. He is co-recipient of Best Paper Awards in ACM CIKM 2004, ACM BCB 2011, and VLDB 2021 for work on mining structural evolution of tree-structured data, generating functional summaries, and scalable attributed network embedding, respectively. Sourav has served/serving as a program chair/co-chair of several international conferences such as EDBT 2023, CODS-COMAD 2022, ACM CIKM 2020, IEEE BigComp 2018, DASFAA 2014, DEXA 2009 and 2008. He has also served/serving as Group Leader/Associate Editor/Area Chair for VLDB, SIGMOD, ICDE, and DASFAA. Sourav is/was a member of the editorial boards of several international journals (e.g., IEEE TKDE, SIGMOD Record). He is serving as a member of the SIGMOD Executive Committee (2021-2025), a regular member of the PVLDB advisory board, and a co-lead in the committee for Diversity and Inclusion in Database Conference Venues. Sourav is a co-recipient of the VLDB Service Award in 2018 from the VLDB Endowment for his contribution in designing an efficient PVLDB proceedings management framework. He was conferred Distinguished PVLDB2020 Review Board Member Award in 2020 for "outstanding services to VLDB 2020 and data management community". He also received the ACM SIGMOD 2021 Distinguished Associate Editor Award. Sourav was inducted into Distinguished Members of the ACM in 2020 for "outstanding scientific contributions to computing". He is a passionate educator and was Nominated for the Excellence in Teaching Award in 2003, 2004, 2005, and 2020. Sourav is an avid visual artist.

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