Research Expertise and Interest

computer science, database systems, distributed systems

Research Description

Joseph M. Hellerstein is the Jim Gray Professor of Computer Science at the University of California, Berkeley, whose work focuses on data-centric systems and the way they drive computing. He is the senior member of Berkeley's Data Systems and Foundations research group. 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 and another from IEEE VIS. In 2010, Fortune Magazine included him in their list of 50 smartest people in technology. Technology Review included his work on Cloud Programming on their 2010 TR10 list of the 10 technologies most likely to change our world; in 1999 he was on their inaugural TR100 list of young innovators. Key ideas from his research have been incorporated into commercial and open-source software from Aqueduct, Trifacta, Acryl Data, EMC, IBM, Oracle, PostgreSQL and Apache MADlib. He is a past director of Intel Research Berkeley, and currently serves on the technical advisory boards of a number of computing companies.

In the News

EPIC Data Lab: Harnessing the Power of Computer Science to Help Society

Building data tools that allow people without programming backgrounds to benefit from the latest computer science advances, the EPIC Data Lab – short for Effective Programming, Interaction, and Computation with Data, a new UC Berkeley Lab, is collaborating with end-users like public defenders to understand what important messy data challenges exist in their fields.

Seeing Through the Big Data Fog

Joe Hellerstein and his students developed a new programming model for distributed computing which MIT Technology Review named one of the 10 technologies “most likely to change our world”.

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