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Data Management, Exploration and Mining (DMX) - Visitors 2013



Eli Cortez

I am a Visiting Researcher at the Data Management, Exploration and Mining (DMX), which is part of the eXtreme Computing Group (XCG) of Microsoft Research. I received my Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from Federal University of Amazonas/Brazil in December 2012. My dissertation work titled "Unsupervised Information Extraction by Text Segmentation" was awarded by the Brazilian Computer Society as the Best PhD Thesis defended in 2012.

During my PhD i founded with some friends a startup that provides e-commerce technologies, such as: search, classification and extraction. My broad research interest lies in the area of databases and data mining, more specifically, data exploration and information extraction.





Renata Borovica

I am a PhD student in the Data-intensive Applications and Systems Laboratory (DIAS) at Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland, supervised by Professor Anastasia Ailamaki. Before joining EPFL, I have been working for several years for an IT company as a member of a database team, while obtaining my Master’s degree from the school of Computer Science and Automatics at the University of Novi Sad, Serbia.

My research interests span the area of autonomous database management systems and scientific data management. In particular, I find my passion in the topic of robust query processing. Toward that end, I envision database systems as adaptive systems with the ability to heal themselves in order to provide robust and predictable query execution performance.

I like spending my free time outdoors, either cycling, running, hiking, or simply enjoying a wonderful view. I am also a yoga and karate fan.

More information can be found at

Fabian Hüske

Hi, my name is Fabian. I am a PhD student in the Database Systems and Information Management (DIMA) group at Technische Universität Berlin working with Volker Markl. I received a master in computer science from University of Ulm, Germany. My research interests include massively parallel data processing and query optimization. Apart from research I like to spend time with my kids, try out new recipes, and play field hockey. Visit my website for more details






Feng Li

I am currently a 4th 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. This is my third internship in DMX group and I am proud of this. My research interests are mainly in MapReduce, cloud computing and database system, including indexing and query processing. I am also interested in microblog data processing.

In my free time, I like to play Ping-Pong and swimming. I also started to play tennis recently.

My home page is


Lanyue Lu

I'm a PhD student of Computer Sciences at University of Wsiconsin - Madison. I work under the guidance of Prof. Andrea C. Arpaci-Dusseau and Prof. Remzi H. Arpaci-Dusseau, as a member of ADvanced Systems Lab (ADSL) and Wisconsin Institute on Software-defined Datacenters in Madison (WISDoM).

My research interests include file & storage systems, operating systems, and cloud computing. You may reach my boring webpage here:

I play basketball regularly to keep energetic.





Jayanta Mondal

I am Jayanta Mondal, a PhD student at the University of Maryland, College Park, working with Professor Amol Deshpande. My primary research focus has been real-time processing on large volume of graph-structured data, with the high level goal of building end-to-end scalable systems in the cloud.  Before I started my graduate study, I was involved with a start-up, and hence like to look at research problems from the point of view of both system developers and application users. Personally, I get excited by cool things and find myself hopping from one hobby to another. My recent passion has been bouldering. Couple of my more long term hobbies have been photography (some of the photographs could be found here) and cooking.


Markus Pilman

I am a 2nd year PhD student at ETH located in the nicest city worldwide (Zurich – for the very unlikely case you were wondering which one this might be). I am supervised by Donald Kossmann and I am working in the field of distributed databases. I am working there on a distributed shared memory database.

Here at MSR I am working on Hyder – also a distributed database system – and my advisor is Phil Bernstein.

Besides work, I am a fairly good skier (I grew up in a town in the alps and it was a five minute walk from my home to the next skiing resort) and I do bouldering (some kind of climbing).


Sudip Roy

I am 4th year PhD candidate in the Big Red Data Group at Cornell University. I am advised by Prof. Johannes Gehrke. My broad research interest lies in the area of databases and data mining. At Cornell, I am currently working on exploiting transaction semantics to improve performance of geo-replicated data stores. Further details about me and my research can be found at

I play different racquet sports, including squash, badminton, tennis and ping-pong, at different skill levels. I also enjoy hiking, kayaking, and am generally interested exploring new places and activities.





Yanyan Shen

Hi, my name is Yanyan Shen, and I am working with Kaushik Chakrabarti & Surajit Chaudhuri on the relational data search project in this summer.

I am a PhD student from National University of Singapore, supervised by Prof. Ooi Beng Chin. I am interested in various aspects in database, from web data management to cloud computing.

It is so great for me to come to a place that has cool weather! And I really love here!
If anyone loves movie, music, shopping, hiking, table tennis, I am very happy to talk and play with you. No basketball please, although I am a tall girl. :)





Akash Das Sarma

I am a first year PhD student with Prof. Jennifer Widom at Stanford University. I have interned at MSR in the past (2011 summer with the Theory group) and am excited at the prospect of working in the DMX group this summer. I have most recently been working on crowd algorithms for human computing problems for my PhD, though I have dabbled in a number of other areas during my undergrad years. I enjoy playing chess, basketball and soccer and am always looking for new people to play with!



Thrivikrama Taula

I have finished first year of my Masters from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where I did my research in Data Mining under Prof. Jiawei Han.

My other interests include following various tech-blogs and posts, financial markets, soccer (die-hard Manchester United fan!) , singularity. In my free time, I like to play badminton, yoga or to hit the gym.




Tomasz Tylenda

I am a PhD student at the Max Planck Institute for Informatics in Saarbrücken, Germany, where I work with Prof. Gerhard Weikum. My research interests include knowledge base exploration and information extraction. Prior to joining the Max Planck Institute, I studied in Poland at the University of Wrocław.

In my free time I do sports that don’t use a ball, in particular cycling and rock climbing. I watch alternative movies and read mostly non-fiction.

You can find my homepage at:






Chi Wang

I am a PhD candidate in my 5th year in University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, advised by Jiawei Han.
I interned in MSR Redmond/XCG in last two summers and MSR Asia in 2009.

I am interested in mining latent entity structures to better organize linked information. Find more at





Sheng Wang

I am a PhD student of computer Science from National University of Singapore. I joined the database group in 2011, supervised by Prof. Beng Chin OOI. My research interests are mainly in cloud computing and database systems, including indexing, query processing and data management, especially for supporting write-intensive workloads. Details could be found on my web page:

I like to play all kinds of sports in my spare time. I fairly enjoy billiard sports: pool, snooker, carom and any possible variants.






Mohan Yang

I am a second 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 database systems and data mining. I enjoy kayaking and cycling in my free time.