Guest Editors' Introduction to the Special Section on the 26th International Conference on Data Engineering
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Shahram Ghandeharizadeh received the PhD degree in computer science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, in 1990. Since then, he has been on the faculty at the University of Southern California. His research interests include design and implementation of novel architectures for high-performance data intensive applications, multimedia-based social networking systems, parallel database systems, and active databases. In 1992, he received the US National Science Foundation Young Investigator's award for his research on the physical design of parallel database systems. He was a recipient of the ACM Software System Award in 2008 for his contributions to the Gamma Parallel Database System. He has served on the organizing committees of numerous conferences and has served on the board of several professional organizations and academic institutions.
Jayant R. Haritsa received the BTech degree in electronics and communications engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, and the MS and PhD degrees in computer science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is a senior professor of database systems in the Supercomputer Education and Research Centre and the Department of Computer Science and Automation at the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. He is a Fellow of the Indian National Academy of Engineering (INAE), the National Academy of Sciences, India (NASI), and the Indian Academy of Sciences (IAS), and is also a distinguished scientist of the ACM and a senior member of the IEEE. He has been on the editorial boards of the IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering, VLDB Journal, JDPD, and JRTS. He has served as the program cochair for ICDE 2010 and DASFAA 2008, the program vice-chair for ICDM 2007 and ICDE 2005, the tutorials cochair for WWW 2010 and DASFAA 2005, the demo cochair for VLDB 2009, and the organizational cochair for ICDE 2003. He is a recipient of the Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize, the Swarnajayanti Fellowship, and the Vikram Sarabhai Research Award. He recently received the Best Demonstration award at VLDB 2010 for the Picasso database query optimizer visualizer.
Gerhard Weikum received the diploma and doctoral degrees from the University of Darmstadt, Germany. He is a scientific director at the Max-Planck Institute for Informatics (MPII) in Saarbruecken, Germany, where he leads the department on databases and information systems. Earlier, he held positions at Saarland University in Saarbruecken, Germany, at ETH Zurich, Switzerland, at MCC in Austin, Texas, and he was a visiting senior researcher at Microsoft Research in Redmond, Washington. His research interests are in distributed data management, performance analysis and optimization, integrating database-systems and information-retrieval methods, and the automatic construction of large-scale knowledge bases by Web and text mining. He has coauthored a comprehensive textbook on transactional information systems. His work on automatic database tuning received the 2002 VLDB 10-Year Award. He is an ACM fellow, a fellow of the German Computer Society, and a member of the German Academy of Science and Engineering. He has served on various editorial boards, including the Communications of the ACM, and as program committee chair of conferences like ACM SIGMOD, IEEE Data Engineering, and CIDR. From 2003 through 2009, he was president of the VLDB Endowment.