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Research Work

My research interests are in large-scale Data Processing Systems and Database Systems. In particular, my work focuses on ease-of-use, manageability, and automated tuning of both centralized and distributed data-intensive computing systems. In addition, I am interested in applying database techniques in other areas like scientific computing, bioinformatics, and numerical analysis. Read more...

Background Information

I am currently a Senior Research SDE in the Data Management, Exploration and Mining (DMX) group in Microsoft Research . I received my Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from Duke University in May 2012. My dissertation work titled "Automatic Tuning of Data-Intensive Analytical Workloads" presents a novel dynamic optimization approach that can form the basis for tuning workload performance automatically across different tuning scenarios and systems.

I received my M.S. degree from Duke in 2009. My M.S. thesis focused on automating the process of SQL Tuning in an efficient manner using an experiment-driven approach. I was also a recipient of the Steele Endowed Fellowship at Duke in 2008. Before joining Duke, I completed my undergraduate studies as a double major in Computer Science and Mathematics at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC ). I was the recipient of the Cyprus-America Scholarship (awarded by the Cyprus Fulbright Commission) and the UMBC President's Scholar Award. During my studies at UMBC, I developed a special interest in database systems and data processing, where I believe many enhancements can still be made. My goal is to make my own significant contribution to the subject of Computer Science.

I grew up in Nicosia , the capital and largest city of Cyprus . Cyprus is the third largest island in the Mediterranean Sea and is located at the crossroads of three continents. Conquered by foreign powers throughout its long history that dates back to 10000BC, the island is like a large open air museum. Ancient Greeks, Romans, Egyptians, Phoenicians, Venetians, Ottomans and British all left their mark, making the island a mosaic of different cultures and periods. This rich cultural history along with inviting beaches and breathtaking mountain trails, have establish Cyprus today as one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe.