Computer Science and Statistics

College of Arts and Sciences

Professor Joan Peckham

joanpeckhamNSFContact Information

Office Library 213
Dept. of Computer Science and Statistics
Coordinator, Big Data Collaborative and Data Science Programs
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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