Dr. Frederick Petry Named 2008 Distinguished Scientist

4/27/2009 - 23-09r
Contact: Donna McKinney, (202) 767-2541

Dr. Frederick E. Petry, a computer scientist in the Marine Geosciences Division at the Naval Research Laboratory, has been chosen as a 2008 Distinguished Scientist by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), the largest and oldest international scientific and educational computer society. The ACM has named 27 of its members as Distinguished Scientists in recognition of their individual contributions to both the practical and theoretical aspects of computing and information technology.

The new ACM Distinguished Scientists include computer scientists and engineers from some of the world’s leading corporations, research labs, and universities. They are being honored for significant advances in computing technology that have dramatically influenced progress in science, engineering, business, and many other areas of human endeavor. These are the individuals to whom ACM and its members look for guidance and leadership in computing and information technology.

At NRL, Dr. Petry has been involved in modeling various aspects of uncertainty involved in the representation and data mining of geospatial data. He has recently been investigating web-based delivery of meteorological and oceanographic (MetOc) data and has been involved in the development of an innovative approach to the discovery and mediation of MetOc data, the patented Integrated Web Services Broker (IWB).

Prior to joining NRL, Dr. Petry was on the faculty of Ohio State University, University of Alabama in Huntsville, and at Tulane University for 27 years, where he served as an Emeritus Professor following Hurricane Katrina. Following his undergraduate studies, Dr. Petry earned a M.S. in Physics and went on to receive his Ph.D. in Computer and Information Science from Ohio State University in 1975.

Dr. Petry has received a number of honors and awards, most recently the NRL Berman Research Publication award in 2008 and 2004. In 2003, Dr. Petry was recognized as a Fellow of the International Fuzzy Systems Association for his research in the use of fuzzy set theory in the design of databases and genetic algorithms. In 2002, he was chosen as the outstanding researcher of the year in the Tulane University School of Engineering. A paper of which he was co-author was awarded best paper prize at the 2000 Evolutionary Computation in Image Analysis and Signal Processing meeting in Edinburgh. He was selected as an IEEE Fellow in 1996 for his research on the use of fuzzy sets for modeling imprecision in databases.

He is currently an associate editor of IEEE Transactions on Fuzzy Systems, Neural Processing Letters and area editor of information systems for Fuzzy Sets and Systems and has been general chairperson of several international conferences. Dr. Petry has over 300 scientific publications including 100 journal articles/book chapters, 7 books written or edited and has co-edited 8 special issues of several journals. His monograph on fuzzy databases has been widely recognized as the definitive volume on this topic.

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