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Dr. Jörg-Rüdiger 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, Montréal. His research interests include algorithms, data structures, distributed and parallel computing, computer graphics, geographic information systems and foremost computational geometry. He is co-editor-in-chief of the journals Computational Geometry-Theory and Applications, and Journal of Spatial Information Science, and editor of Computer Animation and Virtual Worlds. 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 Services. More recently, he had been appointed a SUN-HPCVL Chair. He has been theme and project leader for the NCE(Networks of Centers of Excellence) Geoide. Dr. Sack had been awarded a Carleton 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 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 O'Brien Payne's 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 of the 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) for the Excellence Initiative where, for the current round, he is (until 2016) a member of the joint commission. He has been appointed as a committee member (2017) for the Excellence Strategy. He has been a member of the National Resources Allocation Committee for Compute Canada. He served as Science Advisor to the German Embassy, Ottawa, to foster scientific collaboration between German and Canadian academic institutions and to establish the German-Canadian Centre for Innovation and Research . He served as a member of the committee on G8 Research Councils Initiative on Multilateral Research Funding, the CFI Cyber-infrastructure Workshop, and the Tricouncil+ Consultation Workshop on Big Data and Digital Scholarship. He has been the inaugural chair of the CS-NSERC Liaison Committee. He is currently serving as interim VP of CS-Can/Info-Can .