• USA-2003

    For contributions to database technology.

I obtained my Ph. D. from Stanford in 1985, and worked many years for AT&T, where I eventually headed the database department. I arrived here in the fall of 1999, after a brief detour through the University of Illinois.
I have been concerned about how academic scholarship is demonstrated, and have been involved with several efforts in this direction. I established the ACM SIGMOD Digital Review, which provides online reviews of published articles, now migrated to Pubzone. As a complementary effort, I serve as the editor for the database section of the Computing Research Repository (CoRR) , which encourages publication prior to review. I am the founder of the Proceedings of the Very Large Database Endowment (PVLDB), which is an effort to bring journal-style reviewing to a prestigious conference.

My research has spanned many aspects of Big Data and Data Science. I recently coordinated the publication of a white paper on big data research challenges. A version of this has appeared in CACM, July 2014. I have made presentations at the National Academies [Government-University-Industry ROundtable (GUIRR) and Committee on Science Technology and the Law] on issues related to Big Data.
I was elected fellow of the ACM in 2003. I have enjoyed serving on the board of the Computing Research Association (CRA) since 2009. I previously served as a trustee on the board of the very Large Database Endowment (2004-2010). I was the founding Editor-in-Chief of the Proceedings of the VLDB Endowment (2008-2014). I serve on the Advisory Committee for the University of the People. In 2013, I was recognized with a Contributions Award by the ACM SIG on Management of Data.