Director


Chengkai Li

Dr. Chengkai Li


Ph.D. Students


Farahnaz Akrami

Farahnaz Akrami



Fatma Arslan

Fatma Arslan



Damian Jimenez

Damian Jimenez



Shadekur Rahman

Shadekur Rahman



Samiul Saeef

Samiul Saeef




Theodora Toutountzi

Theodora Toutountzi


M.S. Students



Sarthak Majithia

Sarthak Majithia



Daniel Obembe

Daniel Obembe



Sarbajit Roy

Sarbajit Roy



Ankit Shingavi

Ankit Shingavi



Sumeet Lubal

Sumeet Lubal


B.S. Students


Sameer Chaulagain

Sameer Chaulagain



Kyrell Dixon

Kyrell Dixon


Graduated Ph.D. Students


Afroza Sultana

Ph.D. dissertation: Efficient Evaluation of Contextual and Reverse Pareto-Optimality Queries, May 2018.

First-employment after graduation: Software Engineer, Teradata Lab, Los Angeles, CA.

Afroza Sultana

Ph.D., May 2018


Gensheng Zhang

Ph.D. dissertation: Frameworks, Algorithms, and Systems for Efficient Discovery of Data-backed Facts, December 2017.

Interned at NEC Labs and Google; first-employment after graduation: Software Engineer, Google, Mountain View, CA.

Gensheng Zhang

Ph.D., Dec. 2017


Naeemul Hassan

Ph.D. dissertation: Toward Automated Fact Monitoring And Checking, August 2016.

Interned at AT&T and Qatar Computing Research Institute (QCRI); first-employment after graduation: Assistant Professor, University of Mississippi, Oxford, MS.

Naeemul Hassan

Ph.D., Aug. 2016


Nandish Jayaram

Ph.D. dissertation: Toward Better Usability of Query Systems for Massive Ultra-Heterogeneous Graphs: Novel Approaches of Query Formulation and Query Specification, May 2016.

Co-advisor: Ramez Elmasri; interned at IBM Research India and HP Labs; first-employment after graduation: Member of Technical Staff, Pivotal, Palo Alto, CA.

Nandish Jayaram

Ph.D., May 2016


Ning Yan

Ph.D. dissertation: Novel Methods for Entity-centric Information Exploration, December 2013.

First-employment after graduation: Research Scientist, Huawei R&D Center, Santa Clara, CA.

Ning Yan

Ph.D., Dec. 2013


Aditya Telang

Ph.D. dissertation: A Holistic, Similarity-based Approach for Personalized Ranking in Web Databases, August 2011.

Co-advised with Sharma Chakravarthy; first-employment after graduation: Researcher, IBM Research India.

Aditya Telang

Ph.D., Aug. 2011

Graduated M.S. Thesis Students


Tulsi Chandwani

M.S. thesis: Maximizing Code Coverage in Database Applications, December 2017.

First-employment after graduation: Red Hat, Westford, MA.

Tulsi Chandwani

M.S., Dec. 2017



Ishwor Timilsina

M.S. thesis: Crowdsourcing for Decision Making with Analytic Hierarchy Process, May 2017.

First-employment after graduation: Fidelity Investments.

Ishwor Timilsina

M.S., May 2017



Nigesh Shakya

M.S. thesis: A Probabilistic Approach to Crowdsourcing Pareto-Optimal Object Finding by Pairwise Comparisons, May 2017.

Nigesh Shakya

M.S., May 2017


Rohit Bhoopalam

M.S. thesis: Comparison of Machine Learning Algorithms in Suggesting Candidate Edges to Construct a Query on Heterogeneous Graphs, May 2016.

First-employment after graduation: Akamai, Boston, MA.

Rohit Bhoopalam

M.S., May 2016


Fatma Dogan

M.S. thesis: Detecting Real-time Check-worthy Factual Claims in Tweets Related to U.S. Politics, December 2015.

Fatma Dogan

M.S., Dec. 2015


Minumol Joseph

M.S. thesis: Speaker Identification in Live Events Using Twitter, December 2015.

First-employment after graduation: Capital One, Plano, TX

Minumol Joseph

M.S., Dec. 2015


Ramesh Venkataraman

M.S. thesis: Linking Entity Profiles, August 2014.

First-employment after graduation: Amazon, Irving, TX.

Ramesh Venkataraman

M.S., Aug. 2014


Mahesh Gupta

M.S. thesis: Querying Entity-relationship Graphs by Example Tuples: Experimental Evaluation and User Study, December 2012.

First-employment after graduation: Electronic Arts (EA), Los Angeles, CA.

Mahesh Gupta

M.S., Dec. 2012


Jijo Philip

M.S. thesis: Prominent Streaks Discovery on Blog Articles, December 2012.

First-employment after graduation: Cerner Corporation, Kansas City, MO.

Jijo Philip

M.S., Dec. 2012


Avinash Bharadwaj

M.S. thesis: Automatic Discovery of Significant Events from Databases, December 2011.

First-employment after graduation: Copper Labs, Irving, TX.

Avinash Bharadwaj

M.S., Dec. 2011


Quazi Hasan

M.S. thesis: Typifying Wikipedia Articles, December 2010.

First-employment after graduation: Dematic, Madison, WI.

Quazi (Sunny) Hasan

M.S., Dec. 2010


Jared Ashman

M.S. thesis: Measuring Named Entity Similarity Through Wikipedia Category Hierarchies, December 2010.

First-employment after graduation: Ambit Energy, Dallas, TX.

Jared Ashman

M.S., Dec. 2010


Muhammad Safiullah

M.S. thesis: Efficient Processing of Set Queries Using Bitmap Indexes, August 2008.

First-employment after graduation: Microsoft, Seattle, WA.

Muhammad Safiullah

M.S., Aug. 2008

Graduated B.S. Students


Josue Caraballo

Josue Caraballo

B.S., December 2017



Damian Jimenez

Damian Jimenez

B.S., May 2017



Long Ly

Long Ly

B.S., May 2015



Sidharth Goyal

Sidharth Goyal

B.S., May 2015



Huadong Feng

Huadong Feng

B.S., May 2014



Raju Karki

Raju Karki

B.S., August 2012



Angus Helm

Aakash Tuli

BS, May 2010


Other students who participated in projects:

  • Rudresh Ajgaonkar
  • Abolfazl Asudeh
  • Ebrahim Cutlerywala
  • Maithili Deshpande
  • Ogenna Esimai
  • Siddhant Gawsane
  • Sona Hasani
  • Angus Helm
  • Aaditya Kulkarni
  • Xiaonan Li
  • Feifan Meng
  • Rakesh Ramegowda
  • Vikas Sable
  • Bhavana Sajja

Visiting scholars:

  • Wei Hu (2017, Nanjing University)
  • Haifang Zhou (2015, National University of Defense Technology)
  • Shanqing Guo (2012, Shandong University)


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