Susan B. Davidson

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Susan B. Davidson
Alma materCornell University
Princeton University
Known forDatabases, Bioinformatics
AwardsACM Fellow (2001)
CorrFRSE (2014)
Scientific career
FieldsComputer Science
InstitutionsUniversity of Pennsylvania
Doctoral advisorHector Garcia-Molina

Susan B. Davidson CorrFRSE is an American computer scientist known for work in databases and bioinformatics. She is Weiss Professor of Computer and Information Science at University of Pennsylvania.[1] Her dissertation work on distributed databases included results on statistical and mathematical techniques for data resolution as well as mechanisms to avoid database conflicts.[2]

Davidson has also done research in bioinformatics, where her work (with collaborators) on data integration[3] was commercialized by GeneticXChange.[4] She also serves on the board of the Computing Research Association.


In 1978 Davidson graduated with a B.A. in mathematics from Cornell University. She received M.S.E. and Master of Arts degrees in computer science from Princeton University in 1980 and a Ph.D in computer science from Princeton University in 1982.

Davidson joined the faculty at the University of Pennsylvania as Visiting Assistant Professor (1982), then took up the role of Assistant Professor (1983-1989), Associate Professor (1989-1998), and Professor (1998–present) in the University' Department of Computer and Information Science. From 2008-2013, she was chair of the department. From 2000-2003, she also held a secondary appointment in the university's Genetics Department.


In 2001 Davidson became a Fellow of the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM).[5] She was elected a Corresponding Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 2015.[6]


  1. ^ UPenn Almanac |
  2. ^ Susan B. Davidson (1982). "An Optimistic Protocol for Partitioned Distributed Database Systems". Princeton University Doctoral Dissertation.
  3. ^ Peter Buneman; Susan B. Davidson; Kyle Hart; G. Christian Overton & Limsoon Wong (1995). "A Data Transformation System for Biological Data Sources". Proceedings of the 21th [sic] International Conference on Very Large Data Bases (VLDB '95).
  4. ^ geneticXchange Press Release |
  5. ^ ACM Fellow page
  6. ^ "Professor Susan Bridget Davidson CorrFRSE - The Royal Society of Edinburgh". The Royal Society of Edinburgh. Retrieved 2018-01-09.

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