Professor Maria E. Orlowska
|Fellow of Australian Academy of Science
School of Information Technology & Electrical Engineering The University of Queensland
Brisbane Q 4072 Australia
|Contact no: +61 7 3365 2989   (Fax: +61 7 3365 4999)
Research Interests and Experience
Maria Orlowska's research covers a diverse range of interests; from pure theoretical and fundamental contributions to applied and
experimental computing issues. Over the past twenty years, her research has impacted on a number of areas in the Information
Technology field, including: Relational Database Theory, Distributed Database Systems, Integration of Database Systems into
Multi-database Systems, Data Warehousing and Data Mining and Business Process
Management, Modelling and Enactment.
Her contributions appear in over 280 published research papers in peer reviewed
international journals and conferences. Over thirty PhD students have
successfully completed their studies under her supervision. To date she has
served on many Program Committees of international conferences, and also
undertaking major conference roles like PC Chair, General Chair and so on for 50 international conferences.
Maria gained her PhD (Computer Science) in June 1981, from the Institute of
Applied Mathematics, Technical University of Warsaw, and was awarded the Polish
Ministry of Education Award for best thesis in the Computer Science area. She
gained a DSc (Computer Science) in July 2004 from The University of Queensland,
Australia and degree of Doctor Habilitowany (Habilitation in Computer Science)
from IPI Polish Academy of Sciences in October 2004.
Current Academic & Research Positions
Since September 1990, Maria holds a tenured position as Professor of Information Systems in the
School of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering,
The University of Queensland, and is currently the Head of the school research division of
Data & Knowledge Engineering. From July 1992 she acted as the Distributed
Databases Unit Leader, and more recently the leader of the Workflow Technology Group for the
Cooperative Research Centre for Distributed Systems Technology Pty Ltd (DSTC).
In August 2004 she was awarded an innovative Commonwealth funded network grant for a period of 5 years, and is now acting as
Network Convenor for the ARC Research Network on Enterprise Information Infrastructure.
Academic & Research Distinctions
In recognition of her contribution to DSTC research, Maria was awarded the Distinguished Research Fellow of DSTC Pty Ltd in 2000.
Through her DSTC workflows research, she gained the Queensland government IT&T Award for Transactional Workflows Systems in
1997, and in 2001, she was Asia Pacific IT&T Awards finalist in the Education area for the Flex-eL system. From March 2002 until
31 December 2004, Maria was a Board Member of the Australian Research Council (ARC), and also acted on the Expert Advisory
Committee for ARC Mathematics, Information and Communication Sciences. Also in 2004, she acted as Chair of the ARC Linkage
Infrastructure Equipment and Facilities (LIEF) panel at the national level. In March 2003, Maria was made a Fellow of the
Australian Academy of Science.