Leila De Floriani

4206 Iribe Center
(301) 405-4391
Special Awards/Honors: 
Fellow, International Association for Pattern Recognition
Fellow, IEEE
Fellow, Eurographics Association
Inducted Member, IEEE Visualization Academy
Pioneer of Solid Modeling Association
IEEE Computer Society Golden Core Member
Inducted Member, IEEE Honor Society Eta Kappa Nu

Leila De Floriani is a full professor at the University of Maryland with a joint appointment at the Department of Geographical Sciences and at UMIACS . She is affiliated with the Department of Computer Science and with the Center for Geospatial Information Science. She is the Director of the Graduate Program in Geographical Sciences since 2021.

De Floriani has been previously a professor of computer science at the University of Genova (Italy), where she developed the first undergraduate and graduate curricula in computer graphics in Italy and served as director of the Ph.D. program in computer science for eight years. During her career, she has also held positions at the University of Nebraska, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and the Italian National Research Council.

De Floriani is a Fellow of IEEE, a Fellow of the International Association for Pattern Recognition (IAPR), a Fellow of the Eurographics Association, a Pioneer of the Solid Modeling Association, and an inducted member of the IEEE Visualization Academy. She is a recipient of the IEEE Computer Society Golden Core Award and she is an inducted member of the IEEE Honor Society IEEE Eta Kappa Nu.

She was the 2020 IEEE Computer Society (CS) President. She has been a member of the Board of Governors of the IEEE CS since 2017. She was the chair of the 2018 IEEE CS Audit Committee, of the 2019 IEEE CS Planning Committee and of the 2019 IEEE CS Constitution and Bylaws Committee, and she has served as a vice-chair of the IEEE CS Fellow Nomination Committee in 2017 and 2018. She currently serves as the founding chair of the IEEE Computer Society Diversity and Inclusion Committee. She is a member of the Computing Research Association (CRA) Board and of the IEEE Conferences and Conference Publications Committees.

De Floriani has been the editor-in-chief of the IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics (TVCG) from 2015 to 2018, and served as an associate editor for IEEE TVCG from 2004-2008. De Floriani is currently an associate editor of ACM Transactions on Spatial Algorithms and Systems, Computers & Graphics, Computer Science Review, GeoInformatica, Graphical Models, ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information, and International Journal of Spatial Information Science She has served on the program committees of over 150 leading international conferences, including several IEEE conferences, and has contributed to several conferences in a leadership capacity.

De Floriani has authored over 300 peer-reviewed scientific publications in data visualization, spatial data representation, and processing, computer graphics, geometric modeling, shape analysis, and understanding, garnering several best paper awards and invitations as a keynote speaker. Her research has been funded by numerous national and international agencies, including the European Commission and the National Science Foundation.

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