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Gio Wiederhold (born June 24, 1936) is an Emeritus Professor of Computer Science at Stanford Universitymarker, with courtesy appointments in Medicine and Electrical Engineering. His research focuses on large-scale systems design and evolution, specifically applied to information systems, the protection of their content, often using knowledge-based techniques. He has authored and coauthored more than 400 published papers and reports on computing and medicine and has served as the Editor-in-Chief of ACM TODS and as a program manager at DARPA. At DARPA (1991-1994) Gio initiated the I3 program.

Career innovations

Gio Wiederhold's career focus changed along with computing capabilities.
  • Computations of short-range missile trajectories at NATOmarker's Air Defense Technical Center (SADTC) in Wassenaarmarker near The Haguemarker (1958).
  • Numerical methods for computing the power (specific impulse) of solid rocket fuel combustion at IBM's Service Bureau Corporation, sponsored by DARPA (1959).
  • Inserting alphabetic I/O capability into FORTRAN compilers to allow output of chemical equations, also at IBM's Service Bureau Corporation (1960).
  • An incremental compiling technology, which permits a flexibility close to interpreted code, while running at high speed at the UC Berkeleymarker (1962) and Stanford Medical School (1965).
  • Real-time data-acquisition control and data analysis using coupled computers for clinical research, also at Stanford Medical School (1966).
  • Transposed storage for databases for very-high speed on-line analytical processing, at Stanford Medical School (1970).
  • An extensive study of Computerized Ambulatory Health Care Systems, an appendix to Gio's PhD dissertation (1976)
  • A text book on quantitative Database Design, McGraw Hill (1977, 1988).
  • Creation of knowledge-base technology exploiting artificial intelligence concepts to provide intelligent and efficient access to databases (KBMS) at Stanford Universitymarker's Computer Science department (1977).
  • Rapid presentation of database information for personal computing at VisiCorp (1982).
  • Model-based transformation of relational database information into object-oriented representations (1986).
  • The architectural concepts leading to mediators (1990).
  • The development of a very-high-level Megaprogramming language for software composition (1992).
  • Initiation of the Intelligent Integration of Information (I3) program at DARPA. A very visible component is the Digital Library effort, which was delegated to NSF; the research has opened up new Internet application fields, and funded projects such as Google (1993).
  • A means to protect outgoing private information in practical databases used for collaboration (1995).
  • Means to integrate projections into the future into information systems—SimQL (1996).
  • An approach to scalable semantic interoperation via an ontology algebra (1998).
  • A method to value software intangibles based on balancing initial and maintenance efforts to allocate income (2005).
Gio and Voy Wiederhold maintain in cooperation with the Computer History Museummarker in Mountain Viewthe Historical Exhibits in Stanford's Computer Science Buildingmarker.


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