Deputy Minister Maria Elżbieta Orłowska
Ministry of Science and Higher Education
of the Republic of Poland
Modernization of Higher Education
EU and Polish Perspectives
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
10:30 a.m. - 12 Noon
From Professor Piotr Moncarz, the Academic Director of the Top 500 Innovators program, Stanford University:
In lieu of Minister of Education Kudrycka, Professor Orłowska will be giving the commencement lecture of the Top 500 Innovators program at Stanford.
Professor Maria Elżbieta Orłowska was born in 1951 in Warsaw. She is an expert in the field of Information Technology with her main focus on Relational Database Theory, Distributed Database Systems and Business Process Management, Modeling and Enactment. She graduated in 1974 from the Faculty of Mathematics and Mechanics of the University of Warsaw, where she obtained a master's degree in Mathematics. In 1981 she received a doctoral's degree in Technology at the Warsaw University of Technology. In 2003 she became Doctor of Science at the University of Queensland, Australia, and in 2004 she obtained a post-doctoral degree at the Institute of Computer Science of the Polish Academy of Sciences. Since 2004 she has been a fellow of the Australian Academy of Science.
From 1988 through 2007 she was active at the University of Queensland, where since 1990 she held the position of Professor of Information Systems at the School of Information Technology and Electric Engineering. From 1995 through 2007 she headed the school's Data and Knowledge Engineering Research Division. From 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). She was also a Board Member of the Australian Research Council (ARC), and acted on the Expert Advisory Committee for ARC Mathematics, Information and Communication Sciences. In 2004, she acted as Chair of the ARC Linkage Infrastructure Equipment and Facilities (LIEF) panel at the national level.
Professor Maria Elżbieta Orłowska is the author or co-author of nearly 300 research papers published in peer reviewed international journals. She undertook major conference roles such as PC Chair or General Chair at over 50 international conferences in the field of Information Technology. She has so far supervised 32 doctoral theses in the field of Information Technology. In recognition of her scientific activity and contributions to applied research, she was awarded many prestigious distinctions, e.g., the Distinguished Research Fellow of DSTC Pty Ltd, and the Queensland government IT&T Award for Transactional Workflows Systems.
Since November 2007 Professor Orłowska has been Honorary Professor of the University of Queensland (Australia).
In 1997 she returned to Poland and became Professor at the Polish Japanese Institute of Information Technology.