Computer Science and Statistics

College of Arts and Sciences

Professor Joan Peckham,  Department Chair

joanpeckhamNSFContact Information

Office Tyler 254
Dept. of Computer Science and Statistics
Tyler Hall
9 Greenhouse Road, Suite 2
University of Rhode Island
Kingston, RI, 02881
Telephone (401) 874-2701
Fax (401) 874-4617


1985 Ph.D. University of Connecticut
Storrs, Connecticut
Computer Science
1976 M.S. University of Connecticut
Storrs, Connecticut
1970 B.S. SUNY at Albany   Albany, New York Mathematics

Teaching Appointments

1990 – Present Professor University of Rhode Island
Department of Computer Science and Statistics
Kingston, Rhode Island
1978 – 1979 Instructor Michigan State University
Department of Mathematics
East Lansing, Michigan

Other Experience

2008- 2011 Program Manager National Science Foundation
1998 – 2004 Associate Editor Journal of Database Management



2005 Outstanding Research Recognition, URI Outreach
1998 Excellent research paper, Anbar Citation
1988 – 1989 T. L. Booth Teaching Award, UCONN
1985 – 1987 IBM Teaching Fellowship
Phi Kappa Phi
Upsilon Pi Epsilon, Computer Science Honor Society
Pi Mu Epsilon, National Honorary Mathematics Fraternity
1970 Magna Cum Laude SUNY Albany


Real-time systems, distributed systems, real-time data distribution, real-time sensor networks, real-time middleware, quality of service, real-time databases, semantic concurrency control, object-oriented programming.

Behavourial Model of Pedestrian Dynamics
URI Advance Project
Intelligent Transportation Systems

Selected Publications

  • Peckham and Maryanski. “Semantic Data Models”. Computing Surveys. September, 1988.
  • Lloyd, Scott, Peckham, Joan. “On Extracting the Semantics of the Iterator Pattern for Use in a Case Tool”. International Resources Management Association Conference and Proceedings. May, 2002.
  • DiPippo, Lisa, Peckham, Joan. “A First Course in Computer Science: The Discipline is More than Programming”.
    The Journal of Computing in Small Colleges. May, 2000.
  • Peckham, Joan, DiPippo, Lisa, Hervé, Jean-Yves, and Hunter. “Moving Smart In Rhode Island”. Annual Northeast Decision Sciences Meeting and Proceedings. March, 2002.
  • Peckham, Joan. “The Application of Conceptual Data Modeling Techniques to the Development of Design Software”. Proceedings of the Sixth International Conference on Artificial Intelligence in Design. June, 2000.
  • Peckham, Joan, and MacKellar. “Multiple Perspectives of Design Objects”. Proceedings of Artificial Intelligence in Design. July, 1998.
  • Lloyd, Scott, Li, Jian, Yang, Qing (Ken), Peckham, Joan. “RORIB: An Economic and Efficient Solution for Real-Time Online Remote Information Backup”. Journal of Database Management. Jul – Sept, 2003.
  • Doherty, Peckham, MacKellar, and Fay-Wolfe. “Implementing Relationships and Constraints in an Object-Oriented Database Using a Monitor Construct”. Proceedings First International Conference on Rules in Database Systems. August, 1993.
  • Peckham, MacKellar, and Doherty. “A Data Model for the Extensible Support of Explicit Relationships in Design Systems”. VLDB Journal. April, 1995.
  • Lloyd, Scott, Peckham, Joan, Li, Jian, Yang, Qing (Ken). “Simultaneous Database Backup Using TCP/IP and a Specialized Network Interface Card”. Advanced Topics in Database Research. 2005.
  • Peckham, Joan, Aguirre, Benigno E., Thomas, Natacha, Hervé, Jean-Yves, et. al.. “A Pattern for the Integration of Conceptual Models in Support of Multidisciplinary Efforts to Develop Software”. Proceedings of the 2005 International Conference on Computing in Civil Engineering.
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