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Data Management, Exploration and Mining (DMX) - Visitors 2011

Visiting Researchers


Guillem Rull Fort

I got my PhD on January 2011 in the Department of Software at the Technical University of Catalonia (UPC), in Barcelona, Spain. My thesis was about the application of query containment techniques to the validation of schema mappings, and was sponsored by Microsoft Research under the MSR European PhD Scholarship program. My supervisor was Dr. Ernest Teniente. My research interests so far have been focused on reasoning on database/conceptual schemas and mappings. Besides research, I enjoy a good book, watching movies, and I also like to play videogames.





Bolin Ding

I’m a PhD student in the Department of Computer Science at UIUC. My advisor is Prof. Jiawei Han. I’m interested in efficient algorithms and index structures for datamining and databases in general. Besides efficiency, I also care about people’s privacy. Before joining UIUC, I got my MPhil degree on System Engineering in the Chinese University of Hong Kong under the supervision of Prof. Jeffrey Xu Yu, and my BS degree on Math and Applied Mathematics in Renmin University of China. I play Go, Pingpong (table tennis), and basketball. My homepage:


Daniel Fabbri

I am a fifth year Ph.D. student at the University of Michigan, working with Kristen LeFevre. My research interests are database systems and database security. My current research is focused on analyzing access patterns in electronic health record systems and explaining why these accesses occur. Outside of research, I enjoy playing a variety of sports ranging from soccer to volleyball.

You can find my homepage at


Yupeng Fu

Hi, everyone, I am Yupeng, a third-year PhD student from UC San Diego working with Prof. Yannis Papakonstantinou. My research interest is in the intersection of database and web technologies.

Outside of research, I play basketball, tennis, swimming and do many out-door activities.




Manish Gupta

I completed my bachelors (TR) in computer science from Mumbai University in 2005. After finishing my Masters (TR) under the supervision of Dr. Soumen Chakrabarti in computer science at IIT Bombay, I worked at HotJobs, Yahoo! Bangalore from 2005 to 2007. I joined for a PhD in data mining under the guidance of Dr. Jiawei Han at University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign in Aug 2009. In summer 2010, I interned at IBM T. J. Watson Research Center under Dr. Charu Aggarwal. My research interests are in research and development in the areas of Data Mining, Information Retrieval and Web Mining, Social Computing and Algorithms.



Willis Lang

I am a PhD student from the University of Wisconsin-Madison advised by Prof. Jignesh Patel. I am also a graduate student member of the Microsoft Gray Systems Lab in Madison. My area of research within data management focuses on reducing datacenter operating costs through efficient cluster configuration, provisioning, and energy management as well as effective workload scheduling and load balancing. Additional details can be found at

Feng Li

I am currently a 2nd year PhD Student in the Department of Computer Science, National University of Singapore. I was honored to join the database group in 2009, supervised by Prof. Ooi Beng Chin. From 2005 to 2009, I studied in Peking University, Beijing, China and obtained my BSc degree from the Department of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science. My research interests are mainly in cloud computing and database system, including indexing and query processing.  My home page is


Jiexing Li

Hi everyone. My name is Jiexing Li (Jessie). I am a 2nd year PhD student in the Department of Computer Sciences, University of Wisconsin – Madison, under the supervision of Prof. Jeff Naughton. I am interested in database research, with a focus on query progress indicators, query optimization and parallel databases. This summer, I am working on admission control for database queries with Surajit Chaudhuri and Vivek Narasayya. My homepage can be found in



Ndapandula Nakashole

I am a PhD student at the Max Planck Institute for Informatics, Germany, where I work with Prof. Gerhard Weikum. Before that I completed a Bsc and an MSc at the University of Cape Town, South Africa.

I am interested in Information Extraction and more broadly, in Large-Scale Data Analytics.

I enjoy reading a good book. I also like to work up a sweat, outdoors or at the gym.



Hyunjung Park

I am a third year Ph.D. student at Stanford University working with Prof. Jennifer Widom. My research interests include database systems and cloud computing. In particular, I am currently working on a database system that can fetch data from various external sources like crowdsourcing and web. Besides work, I enjoy traveling and scuba diving.

For more information about me, please visit my homepage at



Vamsidhar Thummala

I go by Vamsi for short. I’m a PhD student at Duke University working with Prof. Shivnath Babu and Prof. Jeff Chase. My research interests include database systems and energy-efficient computing. In particular, I work on improving query optimizer to deal with dynamic nature of the resources in virtualized environments.

Besides research, I enjoy cooking, reading, and volleyball. More at:



Chi Wang

I am a PhD candidate in my 2nd year in University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, advised by Jiawei Han. I work in Data Mining and I am especially interested in mining information networks such as finding latent roles and relations of linked objects. Now I work in DMX group in Redmond and my mentor is Kaushik Chakrabarti. In 2009 I worked in Theory group of MSRA with Wei Chen and Yajun Wang on developping a scalable algorithm for influence maximization in social networks. Visit my home page for more information.



Mohamed Yakout

Hi, my name is Mohamed Yakout. I am a PhD candidate in the computer science department at Purdue University. My research focuses on data cleaning and data integration, including the situations where data privacy is a concern. Precisely, I focus on user centric techniques to improve the data quality. My advisor is Prof. Ahmed K. Elmagarmid. I have just received the Bilsland Dissertation Fellowship by the Purdue Graduate School. My home page

In my free time, I enjoy playing with my little princess Jasmine (20 months old) and I go to the gym.


Tao Zou

I am Tao Zou, a second year PhD student at Cornell University working with Johannes Gehrke. I am interested in database systems and cloud computing. In particular, my research focuses on building scalable data-driven systems, and validate their properties through extensive experiments.

Besides research, I like playing table tennis, basketball, computer games, and traveling.