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Data Management, Exploration and Mining (DMX) - Visitors 2012



Vadim Savenkov

I just finished my PhD at Vienna University of Technology, under the supervision of Reinhard Pichler. My research focus is on information integration. In particular, I’ve been working on management and optimization of schema mappings and on algorithms for data exchange (visit my homepage to learn more). I also hold a Master’s degree in Computational Logic (Vienna University of Technology and Dresden University of Technology) and an Engineer’s degree from Bauman Moscow State Technical University. Here at Microsoft Research, I will be working with Phil Bernstein on extending the ADO.NET Entity Framework.






Aaron Elmore

I am a third year PhD student at UC Santa Barbara, under supervision of Divy Agrawal and Amr El Abaddi. I have a BS from DePaul University and MS from the University of Chicago. My primary research focus is on building tools and primitives for elastic multitenant databases. I am also exploring data solutions for ecologists at the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS), and data consistency in multi-datacenter and mobile environments. More information can be found at




Jeffrey Jestes

Hello everybody! I am a fourth year PhD student studying in the School of Computing at the University of Utah with Feifei Li. This is my second internship at Microsoft Research, and I am very excited to work with Kris Ganjam in the DMX group. My general research interests are summarizing massive data in distributed and parallel frameworks (such as MapReduce); ranking, monitoring, and tracking big data; and scalable query processing in large databases. I am also interested in text processing and uncertainty in data. To learn more about my research you can visit my homepage at


Feng Li

I am currently a 3rd 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. I am also interested in microblog data processing. My home page is





Semih Salihoglu

I am a third year PhD student at Stanford University, advised by Jennifer Widom. I'm mainly interested in systems/algorithms to do distributed/parallel graph computations. Before PhD, I was a software engineer at Google. Outside of work, I enjoy playing soccer and going running.






Tallat Shafaat

I am a final year Ph.D student at KTH - Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden. I'm working on large-scale distributed systems, with focus on P2P/decentralized techniques and distributed Key-value stores, under the supervision of Ali Ghodsi and Seif Haridi. I am originally from Pakistan; I did my under-graduate from GIK Institute.

My homepage is located at:




Bilyana Taneva

My name is Bilyana Taneva and I am a PhD student at the Max-Planck Institute for Informatics in Germany.

I am advised by Gerhard Weikum and I am working on analyzing and extracting data about entities. My general research interests are data mining and information retrieval.

In my free time I enjoy skiing, climbing, and hiking, and I would love to explore the mountains in the region.




Chi Wang

I am a PhD candidate to be finishing my 3rd year in University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, advised by Jiawei Han. I am interested in mining information networks, especially finding latent roles and relations of linked objects. I interned in MSR Redmond and MSR Asia in 2011 and 2009. Visit my home page for more information.

I play basketball and baseball in my leisure time, and I watch pro Starcraft games.


Mohan Yang

I am a first year Ph.D. student supervised by Professor Carlo Zaniolo in the Department of Computer Science at UCLA. I obtained my B.E. degree in computer science from Shanghai Jiao Tong University in 2010. Prior to joining UCLA, I worked in a startup company with my friends. My research interests include data stream management systems and data mining. I enjoy kayaking and cycling in my free time. My home page is




Meihui Zhang

My name is Meihui, a fourth year PhD student from National University of Singapore (NUS) supervised by Prof. Beng Chin OOI. I am glad to have this opportunity to join DMX group. My research interests mainly focus on database issues. I am currently working on database exploration, which is to design algorithms to analyze database instances to efficiently and accurately discover database schema elements, such as keys, meaningful join paths, and implicit relationships inherent in the data. Please visit my homepage at for more about me.