Shashi Shekhar, PhD

Portrait of Shashi Shekhar

Shashi Shekhar, PhD

TLI Faculty, Technological Leadership Institute


Doctor of Philosophy in Computer Science
University of California-Berkeley

Master of Business Administration
University of California-Berkley 


Shashi Shekhar, a McKnight Distinguished University Professor and a Distinguished University Teaching Professor at the University of Minnesota, is a leading scholar in the area of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Spatial Computing. He co-edited an Encyclopedia of GIS and co-authored a textbook on Spatial Databases. He received the IEEE-CS Technical Achievement Award and the UCGIS Education Award as well as was elected Fellows of the IEEE and the AAAS. Shashi is a co-Editor-in-Chief of Geo-Informatica journal and is serving on the Computing Research Association (CRA) Board. Previously, he served as the President of the University Consortium for GIS and on National Academies' committees (Mapping Sciences, GEOINT Workforce) and CRA's Computing Community Consortium Council.

Alternate Job Roles
McKnight Distinguished University Professor
Distinguished University Teaching Professor
Computer Science and Engineering
University of Minnesota

Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests

In the early 1990s, Shashi's research developed core technologies behind in-vehicle navigation devices as well as web-based routing services, which revolutionized outdoor navigation in urban environments in the last decade. His recent research results played a critical role in evacuation route planning for Homeland Security and received multiple recognitions including the Center for Transportation Studies Partnership Award for significant impact on transportation. He pioneered the research area of spatial data mining via pattern families (e.g., colocation, mixed-drove co-occurrence, cascade, statistically significant linear hotspots), keynote speeches, survey papers and workshop organization. Currently, he is leading a large smart and connected communities project sponsored by the National Science Foundation.


  • Spatial Databases
  • Spatial Data Mining
  • Geographic Information Systems

M.S in Security Technologies

Currently Teaching Courses
Critical Infrastructure Protection (ST 8330)