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Data Management, Exploration and Mining (DMX) - Visitors 2014


Bailu Ding

I am a PhD student from Computer Science Department at Cornell. I am working with Johannes Gehrke on database systems.





Xu Chu

I am currently a 3rd year PhD student in Database Group at University of Waterloo, Canada. I am working with Prof. Ihab Ilyas. I am generally interested in structured data management. Recently I have been focusing on data cleaning, schema discovery, and data integration. My homepage is:

In my free time, I like to watch some television, play ping pong, badminton, or hit the gym.









 Yuliang Li

My name is Yuliang Li. I am a 2nd-year PhD student in UC San Diego. In UCSD, I am working with Alin Deutsch and Victor Vianu in databases and database theory. I also enjoy solving puzzles, formal logics and home cooking.








Jennifer Ortiz

My name is Jennifer Ortiz. I just finished my second year as a PhD student at the University of Washington, advised by Magdalena Balazinska. The main focus on my work is thinking about new ways to help users choose a Cloud service when they wish to explore their data. On the data science side, I have also been involved in collaborating with astronomers to provide the tools needed to help them analyze and understand the merging history behind the galaxies that exist today. Other things I enjoy doing: drinking coffee, watching movies and spending time with my family.




Fotis Psallidas

My name is Fotis Psallidas and I am a second year PhD student at Columbia University, working with Prof. Luis Gravano. Research-wise, I am interested in combining disparate sources under the goal of extracting interesting patterns. Sometimes I just give up waiting for exact solutions and I try to approximate them. Besides research, I spend time walking// watching movies-tv series// drinking coffee// and going places.




Xiang Ren

AddI’m currently a 2nd year PhD student in Data Mining Group at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, working with Prof. Jiawei Han. Before joining UIUC, I got my bachelor in Computer Science from Zhejiang University, China. My research mainly focuses on mining and constructing text-rich information networks, including applications like search, recommendation and structure enrichment in heterogeneous information networks. My home page is:

In my spare time, I’d like to play basketball and foosball, go to gym, travel around and do some hiking. I’m also a food lover who will check out local restaurants for all kinds of great food :).


Jayanta Mondal

I am a fourth year PhD student from the university of Maryland. I am a student of prof. Amol Deshapande and I work in the area of processing real-time queries on large-scale graph-structured data. This is my second internship at DMX/MSR and I will be exploring physical database designing with Sudipto Das this summer. Besides computer science, I enjoy trying out different types sports, a recent addition being boxing. I also like travelling (visited 12 national parks so far), photography, and anything related to food (starting from exploring new ingredients to doing online courses).


Saravanan Thirumuruganathan

My name is Saravanan Thirumuruganathan (you can also call me Sara). I am a fourth-year PhD student from University of Texas at Arlington. My advisor is Prof. Gautam Das. I am interested in data exploration, analytics over hidden web databases and social content mining. In my spare time, I love reading books, writing code (and poems!) and taking MOOC courses from other fields. I'm excited to be a part of MSR this summer and sitting in 112/3325.



Jingjing Wang

I am a 3rd year PhD student at University of Washington, working with professor Magdalena Balazinska on databases. Before joining UW, I obtained my bachelor degree in Computer Science from Fudan University, China. I also interned in Microsoft Research Asia in 2010, working on web data extraction with Haixun Wang. My research interest generally lies in the area of database systems.

In my free time, I enjoy listening to various kinds of music, watching anime and reading novels. I'm also a fan of sports, I play basketball, Ping-Pong, and other ball games, also go hiking sometimes.