I'm a Swiss-NSF Professor at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland, where I lead the eXascale Infolab. Before coming back to Switzerland, I spent a few exciting years working with the Database Systems lab (Sam Madden & Mike Stonbraker) at MIT. I got my B.Sc. from EPFL, and two M.Sc., one from Eurecom and one from INRIA SOP/U. of Sofia-Antipolis. At the end of my studies, I spent six months at IBM T.J. Watson Research, working on media delivery architectures. I got my Ph.D. from EPFL, working in Karl Aberer's lab. My dissertation on Emergent Semantics won the EPFL Doctorate Award and the EPFL Press Mention in 2007. During my Ph.D., I also spent some time at U.C. Berkeley working on sensor data and at Microsoft Research Asia working on novel information-sharing systems.
Exascale Information Management; Big Data; Scientific Data; Linked Data.
- Sep. 2015: VLDB in Kohala Coast–Hawaii [PC member, member of the review board of PVLDB Vol. 8]
- Sep. 2014: HYPERTEXT in Santiago–Chile [Track Chair: Open Data and the Semantics of Things]
- Sep. 2014: VLDB in Hangzhou–China [PC member, member of the review board of PVLDB Vol. 7]
- Oct. 2014: ISWC in Riva del Garda–Italy [Senior PC]
- Apr. 2014: WWW in Seoul–Korea [PC Member]
- Aug. 2013: IJCAI in Beijing–China [Senior PC]
Awards & Prizes
2013: Google Faculty Research Award, Google–USA.
2012: Swiss National Center in Research MICS, 2001-2012 Best Computer Science Contribution award (link to the MICS event).
2012: Verisign Inc. research grant, USA. Press release here.
2011: Career Integration Grant, FP7.
2011: Best Demo Award, International Semantic Web Conference, Bonn, Germany.
2011: Outrageous Idea Award, Computing Community Consortium (CCC), International Semantic Web Conference, Bonn–Germany.
2011: Amazon AWS Teaching Grant, USA.
2011: Amazon AWS Research Grant, USA.
2010: SNSF Professorship, Swiss National Science Foundation, Switzerland.
2010: Best Mentor Award, International Semantic Web Conference, Shanghai–China.
2009: Jim Gray Seed Award, TrajStore project (together w/ S. Madden and E. Wu), Microsoft–USA.
2007: EPFL Doctorate Award (best EPFL thesis out of 292 Ph.D. theses), EPFL–Switzerland.
2007: EPFL Press Mention (for outstanding publication), EPFL, Switzerland.
2001: Best Student (out of 30 European students), M.Sc. program in Multimedia Communications, Eurecom Institute & EPFL.