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Data Management, Exploration and Mining (DMX) - Visitors 2007



Dan Suciu

Dan Suciu is a professor in Computer Science at the University of Washington. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1995, spent five years at AT&T Labs then joined the University of Washington in 2000. Dan 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.



Arjun Dasgupta

Hi, I am Arjun Dasgupta. I am a Master’s graduate from the University of Texas at Arlington and a part of the Database Exploration Group at UT Arlington headed by Dr. Gautam Das. My research interests include Information Retrieval from databases, Data Mining and Exploration. I am starting off my PhD from fall where I plan to work on Data Mining from web sources. Wish me luck!

In my free time I like to fish, bike and cook. I am very excited to be working here at Microsoft with Vivek Narasayya in the DMX group over the summer.
For more about me, visit my personal webpage at


Abhay Jha

I am a first-year graduate student from UW, Seattle. At UW, I was working with Dan Suciu on query evaluation over probabilistic databases with constraints.
I am going to work with Arvind Arasu and Raghav Kaushik on the Data Cleaning project.
Besides working, wasting time on internet and watching movies, this summer I am planning on exploring this beautiful city, and visit some places I have been meaning to for long.



Bhargav Kanagal

My name is Bhargav Kanagal. I am currently a 2nd year PhD student in the University of Maryland, College Park.
I work with Dr. Amol Deshpande in the MauveDB project, that aims at efficiently incorporating Statistical & Probabilistic Models
inside relational database systems; this offers accurate and meaningful answers to queries over uncertain / incomplete data.
More information about my research at Maryland can be found here.

I will be working in the Auto-Admin Project with Dr. Ravi Ramamurthy this Summer. My hobbies include Classical music, Tennis and watching movies.


Kristen LeFevre

Hi, my name is Kristen LeFevre. I just completed my Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin – Madison, where my co-advisors were David DeWitt and Raghu Ramakrishnan. My Ph.D. thesis was in the area of database privacy, including techniques for protecting individual anonymity in data publishing. For more information about this work, please visit my Wisconsin website (

I am very pleased to be visiting Microsoft this fall as a post-doctoral intern, where I will be working with Arvind Arasu and Surajit Chaudhuri on the data cleaning project. Following my internship, I will join the University of Michigan as an Assistant Professor.

Rimma Nehme

My name is Rimma Nehme.

I am a PhD student in the Computer Science department at Purdue University. My PhD research is in the area of continuous spatio-temporal query processing and optimization. My advisors are Prof Walid Aref and Mourad Ouzzani. I obtained a Masters degree in Computer Science from Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) in 2005 where I have worked with Prof Elke Rundensteiner. Prior to that I have worked at EMC Corporation for 4 years on the Symmetrix (enterprise storage) Solutions Enabler API (SYMAPI) and CLI for managing data storage arrays. My hobbies include skiing, running, delicious foods, travelling and watching movies. Please check my my homepage for more information about me.


Svetlana Marinova

I am Svetlana Marinova from Bulgaria, 3rd year Ph.D student at Technical University – Sofia in Database Systems.
I am happy to be back for a second internship at MSR and to be part of the team again. Areas that interest me include cryptography, information systems, programming languages and distributed databases. In my free time I love to travel, read books, going to the movies and watch different kinds of sport (sometimes take part in it as well).

If you are interested to know more, please visit my homepage.


Rares Vernica

I am a Graduate Student at School of Information and Computer Sciences, University of California, Irvine. My research interests are in the area of databases. In particular, my focus is on data integration, data uncertainty, and data lineage.
My advisor is Prof. Chen Li. For more information about my research and the projects I am involved in, please visit my home page at
In my spare time I practice Kendo, Japanese fencing, where I hold the rank of 3kyu.