Education University of Waterloo
|Name Nivio Ziviani|
Fields Computer Science
Doctoral advisor Gaston Gonnet
|Born August 27, 1946 (age 69)
Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil (1946-08-27) |
Alma mater University of Waterloo UFMG
Known for Akwan Information Technologies Miner Technology Group (pt)
Notable awards Premio SBC de Merito Cientifico (pt) (2011) Ordem Nacional do Merito Cientifico - Comendador (pt)
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Nivio Ziviani (Belo Horizonte - Brazil, August 27, 1946) is a Professor Emeritus at the Department of Computer Science of the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG). He has a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Waterloo, Canada, 1982. Nivio Ziviani is well known for his research in computer science, mainly focused on Information Retrieval, Algorithms and Web Recommender Systems, as can be seen in his DBLP and Google Scholar. He is member of the Brazilian Academy of Sciences and the National Order of the Scientific Merit in the class Comendador. In 2011 he received the Prize of Scientific Merit of the Brazilian Computer Science Society.
Nivio Ziviani is author of the following books about algorithms:
He was the creator of one of the first search engines. He co-founded the Miner Technology Group in 1998, which was acquired by Group Folha de S.Paulo / UOL in 1999, and a search engine company called Akwan Information Technologies in 2000, which was acquired by Google Inc. in 2005 - an acquisition that became worldwide news. With Akwan, Google bootstrapped its R&D Center for Latin America, which is located in Belo Horizonte. Nowadays he is also co-founder and the Chairman of the Board of Zunnit Technologies, a start-up company focused on software for recommending items of interest to Web users, and co-founder of Neemu.
At UFMG he coordinates the Laboratory for Treating Information (LATIN), and is co-founder of the Information Retrieval Group at UFMG. He has co-authored over 100 refereed papers and 2 books in algorithm design and information retrieval, the latter his primary area of research. Nivio Ziviani was the General Co-Chair of the 28th ACM SIGIR Conference on Research and Development in Information Retrieval and co-founder and member of the Steering Committee of the International Conference on String Processing and Information Retrieval (SPIRE).
As a result of more than 30 years teaching and researching he has a great list of graduate students and research projects. One example of his research projects with great impact is the C Minimal Perfect Hashing Library (CMPH), which is an open source library with more than 25,400 downloads.