Database Research Group
The Database Group at the University of Waterloo is one of the largest such
groups. The group's research is broad-based addressing both extending and
enhancing database management systems (DBMS), and data management for new domains.
The research focuses on data management issues as they apply to complex objects,
geometric and spatial data, video and audio data, historical data, structured
documents and text, and real-time data as well as to traditional relational
database systems. This wide coverage mirrors the expanding role of database
systems in managing very large amounts of diverse data. The research also has
wide coverage of many aspects of database system functionality. Consequently,
there are ongoing projects that explore storage structures, indexing methods,
query languages and optimizers, transaction management, and distributed data
These Web pages and the following two documents prepared for an internal review in 2005 give more information about the group's activities (note that they are up-to-date only to 2005):
- Lei Chen, Tamer Özsu and Vincent Oria were recognized with the Test-of-Time Award at the SIGMOD 2015 Conference in Melbourne, Australia. The award "recognizes the best paper from the SIGMOD proceedings 10 years prior ..., based on the criterion of identifying the paper that has had the most impact (research, products, methodology) over the intervening decade. " The winning paper was "Robust and Fast Similarity Search for Moving Object Trajectories," that appeared in the 2005 SIGMOD Proceedings. Lei Chen obtained his PhD from Waterloo in 2005 and Vincent Oria was Tamer's post-doc (9 June 2015).
- Alexey Karyakin (supervised by Ken Salem) is the winner of SIGMOD 2015 programming contest. Alexey was the only single person "team" -- the other finalists were all 2-3 person teams. Congratulations to Alexey and Ken (7 June 2015).
- Alexandra Roatiş has joined the group as a post-doctoral fellow as of January 2015. She obtained her PhD from Université Paris-Sud and Inria-Saclay and will be working with Ihab Ilyas.
- Olaf Hartig and Tamer Özsu gave a tutorial entitled "Linked Data Query Processing" at the 30th IEEE International Conference on Data Engineering (ICDE), which was held in Chicago 31 March-4 April 2014.
- David Toman's co-authored paper entitled "The Combined Approach to OBDA: Taming Role Hierarchies Using Filters" has won the Best Paper Award at the 12th International Conference on Semantic Web, which was held in Sydney, Australia, 21-25 October 2013.
- Xiufeng Liu has joined the group as a post-doctoral fellow as of 7 November 2013. He will be working with Lukasz Golab and Ihab Ilyas.
- Ashraf Aboulnaga (along with Shivnath Babu of Duke University) gave a tutorial on "Workload Management for Big Data Analytics" and Lukasz Golab (together with Theodore Johnson) gave a tutorial on "Data Stream Warehousing" at the 2013 ACM SIGMOD International Conference on Management of Data in New York City. Brief description of the tutorials are here and here. (28 June 2013)
- Three groups of database researchers have received grants from Canadian Foundation for Innovation for computing infrastructure to support our research projects. Tamer Özsu, Ian Munro and Khuzaima Daudjee have received $215,414 for the project "Cluster Computing Infrastructure for Scalable Big Data Management and Analysis," that will be used to establish a 64 multi-core node cluster. Ashraf Aboulnaga (along with Hans De Sterck of Applied Math) have obtained $159,158 for their project entitled, "Research Infrastructure for Computational Analytics on Big Data in the Cloud." The funding will be used to set up a 30 multi-core node Hadoop cluster. Tim Brecht, Bernard Wong, and Ken Salem received $198,359 for their project "A Testbed for Empirical Cloud Computing Research," to build a testbed for empirical cloud computing research. University's announcement is here. (6 June 2013)
- Frank Tompa has been an honorary degree by Dalhousie University. The citation is here (22 May 2013).
- Olaf Hartig has given a tutorial entitled "Linked Data Query Processing" at 2013 World Wide Web Conference in Brazil. The conference site for the tutorial is here and the tutorial slides are available here.
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