8th EDBT Summer School

Database Technologies for Novel Applications

September 3-7, 2007    ♦    Bozen-Bolzano, Italy


Philippe Bonnet, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Philippe Bonnet is an experimental computer scientist working in the area of data management and sensor networks. Philippe is associate professor at University of Copenhagen (DIKU). Prior to that, Philippe held position at ECRC, Bull and Cornell. He is in charge of DIKU collaboration with MySQL AB in the context of the Badger project funded by the Danish research agency (2003-2007). Philippe is co-author of a book on database tuning together with Dennis Shasha from NYU. Philippe serves in the editorial board of ACM Transactions on Sensor Networks. He was co-chair of the program comittee for Sensys 2006.

H. V. Jagadish, University of Michigan, USA

H. V. Jagadish is a Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. After earning his PhD from Stanford in 1985, he spent over a decade at AT&T Bell Laboratories in Murray Hill, N.J., eventually becoming head of AT&T Labs database research department at the Shannon Laboratory in Florham Park, N.J. He has also served as a Professor at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign and as the Shaw Visiting Professor at the National University of Singapore. Professor Jagadish is well-known for his broad-ranging research on information management, and has over 150 major papers and 33 patents. He is a fellow of the ACM ("The First Society in Computing") and a trustee of the VLDB (Very Large DataBase foundation). Among many professional positions he has held, he has previously been an Associate Editor for the ACM Transactions on Database Systems (1992-1995), Program Chair of the ACM SIGMOD annual conference (1996), and Program Chair of the ISMB conference (2005).

Betty O'Neil, University of Massachusetts, USA

Betty O'Neil is a Professor of Computer Science at the University of Massachusetts at Boston, having received her PhD from Harvard in Applied Mathematics. She has worked with Patrick on research in database performance and indexing, and co-authored a database text. She created a program to demonstrate feasibility of the XML primary indexing cabability while at Microsoft, and designed and implemented features of database systems for Sybase IQ, Microsoft, and Amdahl, and a network monitoring facility for Bolt Beranak and Newman; she has recently been developing J2EE database-backed applications for various purposes.

Patrick O'Neil, University of Massachusetts, USA

Pat O'Neil is a Professor of Computer Science at the University of Massachusetts at Boston, having received a degree in Combinatorial Math from Rockefeller University. He created the Set Query Benchmark, and wrote, with Elizabeth O'Neil, a Database textbook, "Database: Principles, Programming and Performance". His research work has generally been in the area of database performance, including bitmap indexing (e.g., the bitmap join algorithm, called 'Star Transformation' in Oracle documentation), XML primary indexing (patented and used by Microsoft), and snapshot isolation (used by Oracle and Microsoft as a new non-blocking Concurrency Control method). Pat has consulted for database vendors such as Microsoft, Oracle, Informix, Amdahl, and Vertica, and for various companies using databases for applications.

Erhard Rahm, University of Leipzig, Germany

Erhard Rahm is a professor for computer science at the University of Leipzig, Germany, and the chair of the database group. His Ph.D. and habilitation degrees are from the University of Kaiserslautern. He held visiting research positions at IBM Research and at Microsoft Research. His current work areas include data integration, metadata management and bioinformatics. Currently, he is an editor of the VLDB Journal and Parallel Computing. In 2004, he initiated the international DILS workshop series on Data Integration in the Life Sciences.

Divesh Srivastava, AT&T Labs-Research, USA

Divesh Srivastava is the head of the Database Research Department at AT&T Labs-Research. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and his B.Tech. from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, India. His current research interests include data quality, data stream management systems and XML databases.

Dan Suciu, University of Washington, USA

Dan Suciu is an associate professor in Computer Science at the University of Washington. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1995, then was a principal member of the technical staff at AT&T Labs until he joined the University of Washington in 2000. Professor Suciu is conducting research in data management, with an emphasis on topics that arise from sharing data on the Internet, such as management of semistructured and heterogeneous data, data security, and managing data with uncertainties. He is a co-author of the book Data on the Web: from Relations to Semistructured Data and XML, holds six US patents, received the 2000 ACM SIGMOD Best Paper Award, is a recipient of the NSF Career Award and of an Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship.

Arjen de Vries, Centre of Mathematics and Computer Science (CWI), The Netherlands

Dr. ir. Arjen de Vries is senior researcher in CWI's Database Architectures and Information Access theme (INS1). He leads the Information Access team that performs research into the integration of information retrieval and databases. He has worked on a variety of research topics, including (multimedia) information retrieval, collaborative filtering and personalised social media, enterprise search, database architecture and query processing, retrieval system evaluation, and ambient intelligence. His current research interest is the question how retrieval models should be adapted to the type of entity to be ranked, and how to limit the engineering effort involved in carrying out this adaptation. Arjen is a part-time associate professor in the area of multimedia data management at the Technical University of Delft. He is a member of ACM (SIGMOD and SIGIR), and a board member of the (Dutch) WGI, Vereniging Werkgemeenschap Informatiewetenschap (i.e., Society for Information Science).

Gerhard Weikum, Max Plank Institute, Germany

Gerhard Weikum is a Scientific Director at the Max-Planck Institute for Informatics in Saarbruecken, Germany, where he is leading the research group on databases and information systems. Earlier he held positions at Saarland University in Germany, ETH Zurich in Switzerland, MCC in Austin, Texas, and he was a visiting senior researcher at Microsoft Research in Redmond, Washington. His recent working areas include distributed information systems such as peer-to-peer systems, and intelligent search and organization of semi-structured data on the Web and in digital libraries. Dr. Weikum has received several best paper awards including the VLDB 2002 ten-year award, and he is an ACM Fellow. He has served on the editorial boards of various journals and book series, including ACM TODS, IEEE CS TKDE, and the Springer LNCS series, and as program committee chair for international conferences like ICDE 2000, ACM SIGMOD 2004, and CIDR 2007. He is currently the president of the VLDB Endowment.