Muhammad Aamir Cheema

Muhammad Aamir Cheema

Lecturer and Australian Research Fellow (DECRA)
Clayton School of Information Technology,
Faculty of Information Technology
Monash University

Office: 113, Building 63, Clayton Campus, Monash
Phone: +61 3 9905 9662

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Last modified: Tuesday, 07th October, 2014

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07-Oct-2014 I am serving as publication chair for DASFAA 2015 (Vietnam) and PC co-chair for ADC 2015 (Co-located with SIGMOD in Melbourne). Please consider submitting your papers to these conferences.
27-Jun-2014 I have received Dean's Award for Excellence in Research by an Early Career Researcher and have been nominated for Vice-Chancellor's Award.
07-Jan-2014 I have funding for one (or two) PhD scholarship(s). Click here to read general advice for students interested in PhD and procedure to send expression of interest.
20-Dec-2013 I gave an invited talk at IEEE ICOSST 2014 on Trends in Location-based Services.
13-Oct-2013 We have been blessed with a baby girl named Aroush (means "angel from paradise").
22-Jan-2013 According to an automated ranking system, I rank 2nd in the world in the area of "data mining/query processing" according to "new star" ranking metric (as on 22-01-2013). "New star" considers the researchers with academic longevity at most equal to 5 years and ranks them based on their research activities in recent years. See the complete ranking list.
05-Nov-2012 I have received Discovery Early Career Researcher Award worth $375,000 and a Discovery Project (with Dr. Wei Wang) research grant worth $360,000. See this page for details.
14-Aug-2012 I gave commencement speech at UNSW graduation ceremony held on 14th of August 2012. [see video on youtube]
08-May-2012 I have been awarded 2012 Malcolm Chaikin Prize for Research Excellence in Engineering. The news has been covered by various Pakistani news resources such as Dunya TV, Technology Times (English), Technology Times (Urdu), Pakistan State Times, Pakistan Science Club and UrduPoint etc.


Muhammad Aamir Cheema is currently a Lecturer (since Nov-2013) at Monash University, Melbourne. Prior to this, he was a Research Fellow (2011-2013) at School of Computer Science and Engineering at The University of New South Wales (UNSW), Australia. He obtained his Ph.D. degree (2008-2011) under the joint supervision of Prof. Xuemin Lin and Dr. Wei Wang from UNSW, Australia. His Ph.D. thesis studied efficient processing of proximity-based spatial queries such as reverse k nearest neighbors queries, range queries and k-closest pairs queries. The thesis was awarded 2012 Malcolm Chaikin Prize for Research Excellence in Engineering. His current research interests include spatial databases, uncertain databases, data privacy and data quality.

Before he started Ph.D., he served as Associate Lecturer at School of Computer Science and Engineering, University of New South Wales, Australia. He taught Database Systems (COMP9311) in 07s2. He received Masters by Research degree in Computer Science and Engineering from UNSW, Australia (2005-2007) under the supervision of Prof. Xuemin Lin. The research problem addressed in the thesis was related to Nearest Neighbor Queries in Spatio-Temporal Databases. Interested readers can read this thesis (in form of HTML pages) or pdf file. He completed Bachelor of Electrical Engineering (specialization in Computers) from UET Lahore, Pakistan, from 2001 to 2005.

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