Dr. Sack, born
in Duisburg, Germany, received a M.C.S. ("Diplom") degree from
the University of Bonn, Germany, and a Ph.D. from McGill University,
Montreal, in 1979 and 1984 respectively. His research interests include
algorithms, data structures, distributed and parallel computing,
computer graphics, geographic information systems and foremost
computational geometry. He is editor-in-chief of the journals
Computational Geometry-Theory and Applications, and
Journal of Spatial Information Science, and editor of
The Journal of Visualization and Computer Animation. In 1996 he
was awarded an industrial NSERC Chair in Applied Parallel Computing
with a focus on spatial modeling; in 2001, the
Chair was renewed with participation by SUN Microsystems. He is the principal
investigator in an R&D project supported in part by SUN and NSERC
on developing an intelligent system for Geographic Information
He has been theme and project leader for the NCE(Networks
of Centers of Excellence) Geoide. For 2000-2001 Dr. Sack received a
University research award. He is a founding member of
and Carleton's leading scientist
in the High Performance Computing Virtual
Laboratory. He has been a member of NSERC's Committee on
Research Partnerships and is currently a member of the
Committee on Grants and Scholarships
and has been Group Chair for
Mathematics/Statistics/Computing and Information Sciences.
Dr. Sack has been a member of, and Carleton's
liaison for, Nelligan
Consulting Group on Intellectual Property. He has also been a member of the C3.ca Board of Directors.
He has been appointed to the Scientific Advisory Board
Zuse Institute, the
Scopus Content Selection & Advisory Board and subject chair for Computer Science of
Elsevier Science, and the
College of Reviewers
for the Canada Research Chairs programme.
He has been serving on an advisory committee to the
DFG (German Research Council)
where, for the current round, he is (until 2015) a member of the
He has been a member of the
National Resources Allocation Committee for
He serves as Science Advisor to the
German Embassy, Ottawa.
and has been appointed a SUN-HPCVL Chair.
Most recently, he served as a member of the committee on G8 Research Councils Initiative on Multilateral Research Funding.