Welcome to the Data Systems Group

The Data Systems Group at the University of Waterloo's Cheriton School of Computer Science builds innovative, high-impact platforms, systems, and applications for processing, managing, analyzing, and searching the vast collections of data that are integral to modern information societies — colloquially known as “big data” technologies.

Our capabilities span the full spectrum from unstructured text collections to relational data, and everything in between including semi-structured sources such as time series, log data, graphs, and other data types. We work at multiple layers in the software stack, ranging from storage management and execution platforms to user-facing applications and studies of user behaviour.

Our research tackles all phases of the information lifecycle, from ingest and cleaning to inference and decision support.

  1. Jan. 24, 2020Amine Mhedhbi awarded coveted 2020 Microsoft Research PhD Fellowship
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    PhD candidate Amine Mhedhbi is one of 10 recipients across North America and the only recipient from Canada to receive a 2020 Microsoft Research PhD Fellowship. Established in 2008, these prestigious fellowships have supported more than 150 exceptional doctoral students to date. 

  2. July 25, 2019Charles Clarke, Gordon Cormack and colleagues win 2019 ACM SIGIR Test of Time Award
    photo of Professors Charles Clarke, Gordon Cormack and Olga Vechtomova

    Cheriton School of Computer Science Professors Charlie Clarke and Gordon Cormack, Management Sciences Professor Olga Vechtomova, along with their former graduate students Maheedhar KollaAzin AshkanStefan Büttcher and 

  3. Mar. 6, 2019Q&A with Professor Xi He, a new faculty member at the Cheriton School of Computer Science
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    Xi He joined the David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science as an assistant professor in March 2019. She received her BS in computer science and applied mathematics from the University of Singapore in 2012 and her PhD in computer science from Duke University in 2018. Her research is on privacy and security for big-data management and analysis.

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