Richard Snodgrass

Digital Library

Outstanding Contribution to ACM Award

USA - 2004


"For exceptional leadership in broadening the vision of the ACM Digital Library into a portal to computer science literature, and for service as an outstanding leader of the ACM SIGMOD community, of the Publications Board, and of the SIG Board."

Richard (Rick) Snodgrass is a Professor of Computer Science at the University of Arizona. He joined that Department in 1989. His research interests include temporal databases, query language design, query optimization and evaluation, storage structures and database design. Rick was named an ACM Fellow in 1999.

Rick chaired the ACM Special Interest Group on Management of Data (SIGMOD) from 1997 to 2001. As a member of the SIG Governing Board, he led the movement to align the SIGs, both intellectually and financially, behind the goal of broadening the ACM Digital Library into a portal. He argued effectively that adding citation pages for all computing literature to the Digital Library would reap great rewards for ACM, for ACM's members, and for the research community at large. Today, the Digital Library with over 850,000 citation pages, is a gem in the crown of ACM.

Rick's other ACM activities include co-chairing the History Committee, chairing the Publications Board, serving on Council, and chairing the Advisory Board of SIGMOD. He is the current Editor-in-Chief of the ACM Transactions on Database Systems and has served as an Associate Editor of the International Journal on Very Large Databases and the IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering.

Rick's conference activities include chairing the Americas program committee for the 2001 VLDB Conference and the program committees for the 1994 SIGMOD Conference and the 1993 International Workshop on an Infrastructure for Temporal Databases. In addition, he has served as a vice-chair or member of many database conference program committees. Rick received the ACM SIGMOD Contribution Award in 2002.

Rick holds a B.A. degree in Physics from Carleton College, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University.

ACM Fellows

USA - 1999


For originating , providing leadership to, and for fundamental contributions to the research area of temporal databases, and for outstanding, wide-ranging service to the database community.