• USA-2009

      For contributions to database systems and data management.

    Joseph M. Hellerstein is the Jim Gray Professor of Computer Science at the University of California, Berkeley. Hellerstein's work focuses on data-centric systems and the way they drive computing.

    Hellerstein is an ACM Fellow, and his research has been recognized by multiple awards including an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship, three ACM-SIGMOD "Test of Time" awards, VLDB Best Paper award, IBM Research Best Paper in Computer Science, NSF CAREER, NASA New Investigator, and an Okawa Foundation Fellowship. In 2010, Fortune Magazine included him in their list of 50 smartest people in technology. MIT's Technology Review included his work on the Bloom language for cloud programming on their 2010 TR10 list of the 10 most important emerging technologies; in 1999 he was on their inaugural TR100 list of young innovators.

    Hellerstein is the founding editor-in-chief of the journal Foundations and Trends in Databases. He currently serves on the advisory board of ACM SIGMOD and ACM SoCC. In the past he has served on the Scientific Advisory Board (Fachbeirat) of the Max Planck Institute for Computer Science.

    In addition to his role in academia, Hellerstein has been a leader in the technology industry. He is the co-founder and Chief Strategy Officer of Trifacta, a software vendor providing intelligent interactive solutions to the messy problem of wrangling data. He serves on the technical advisory boards of a number of computing and Internet companies including Dell EMC, SurveyMonkey, Captricity and Datometry. From 2003-2005 he was Director of Intel Research, Berkeley, where he led research in networking and query processing for the Internet and for sensor networks. Hellerstein was also a co-founder of Cohera (now part of Oracle), where he served as Chief Scientist from 1998-2001. Key ideas from his research have been incorporated into commercial and open-source systems including Trifacta, Captricity, SurveyMonkey, IBM's DB2 and Informix, Oracle's PeopleSoft Catalog Management, and the open-source PostgreSQL system. He has also led a number of open-source projects, including TelegraphCQ, TinyDB, PIER, P2, MADlib, Data Wrangler and Bloom.