Computer Science professor to give lecture on Minoan migration

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Tue, 03/03/2020 - 11:56

The Department of Classics and Religious Studies Department invites Dr. Peter Revesz, Department of Computer Science and Engineering at UNL, to give a lecture on his studies of the migration of peoples during the Copper Age in South East Europe and Eurasia. His lecture will take place on April 1, 2020 at 3:30 P.M. in the Ubuntu Room, room 202, of the Jackie Gaughan Multicultural Center.

In his lecture entitled: “Minoan Studies: Data Analysis and Deep History,” Revesz will explore ties between non-Indo-European Finno-Ugaritic language and language of the Ancient Minoans, Linear A, used 3500 years ago.

He has combined data gathered form Finno-Ugratic and pre-Attic Greek linguistics with genetic evidence from human remains that connects the populations of the Russian Steppes and the Fertile Crescent. Dr. Revesz has developed his expertise in bioinformatics and his study of ancient language groups to provide an example of true cross-disciplinary research.


Dr. Peter Revesz is Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. His research interests include database systems, bioinformatics, and geoinformatics. He directed the development of two databases systems: the MLPQ system for constraint, spatial and moving objects databases, and the PROFESS system for genome databases. He is the author of the textbooks Introduction to Constraint Databases (Springer 2002) and Introduction to Databases: From Biological to Spatio-Temporal (Springer 2010). Dr. Revesz served as the co-chair of several international conferences. He was invited as a visiting researcher to several universities and research laboratories including as a William J. Fulbright U.S. Senior Scholar at the University of Athens in Greece, and as an Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Computer Science in Germany. Dr. Revesz earned his Ph.D. from Brown University and was a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Toronto.