James Geller, PhD, professor in the NJIT's Department of Computer Science, received the Excellence in Research Award on Sept. 15, 2010 at the NJIT University Convocation, an awards ceremony with a special welcoming ceremony for the freshman class. The event was held on Lubetkin Field at J. Malcolm Simon Stadium, on the NJIT campus. A reception for the award winners followed.
Traditionally, this event honors select NJIT faculty, staff, and students who have demonstrated the highest level of excellence over a sustained period. "We reward them not only for their achievement, but because their leadership serves as a testament to NJIT's commitment to excellence," said Ian Gatley, PhD, provost.
C. Stephen Cordes, managing director and member of the executive board of ING Clarion Partners, a leading investment advisory firm specializing in real estate, in New York City, delivered the keynote address. Cordes, who received NJIT's Edward F. Weston Medal for Professional Achievement last fall, graduated from NJIT in 1972 with a BS in industrial engineering. He heads the private equity real estate portfolio management group with assets under management of $23 billion. He holds a master's degree in public administration from Rutgers University and is chairman of the NJIT Albert Dorman Honors College Board of Visitors.
The citation read as follows:
The Excellence in Research Award for the College of Computing Sciences is presented in recognition of a sustained record of contributions that have enhanced the reputation of NJIT. This year, we honor James Geller, who personifies the integration of research, instruction, economic development and public service that are this university's core mission elements.
Dr. James Geller joined the faculty of NJIT in 1988, and is now a professor in the Computer Science Department. Dr. Geller's research has been on the frontiers of databases, a domain of computing closely associated with the arrival of the Information Age.
Databases have exploded in the last few decades due to the arrival of technologies such as cheap storage, the Internet, genome sequencing, digital video, and mobile sensors. In his work, Dr. Geller has gone beyond the challenges of efficiently storing and retrieving information in huge repositories to developing new approaches to extracting the meaning and assuring the integrity of stored information. Dr. Geller's work has clarified the structure and semantics of Object-Oriented Databases; his work on the Semantic Web mines Web information to improve delivery of medical services.
His recent research has focused on the Unified Medical Language System Semantic Network, where he and his colleagues have taken a leading role using regularities in the structure of medical ontologies to assure their correctness. His distinguished publication record in major medical informatics conferences and journals was crowned by co-editing the groundbreaking special issue on Auditing of Terminologies of the Journal of Biomedical Informatics in 2009. Dr. Geller's research has brought international recognition for himself and for NJIT.
In recognition of his substantial and notable research contributions, the NJIT Board of Overseers is pleased to present the Excellence in Research Award for the College of Computing Sciences to Dr. James Geller.