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Dr. Alon Halevy heads the Structured Data Group at Google Research. Prior to that, he was a Professor of Computer Science at the University of Washington, where he founded the Database Research Group. From 1993 to 1997 he was a Principal Member of Technical Staff at AT&T Bell Laboratories (later AT&T Laboratories). He received his Ph.D in Computer Science from Stanford University in 1993, and his Bachelors degree in Computer Science and Mathematics from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem in 1988.
Dr. Halevy's research interests are in data integration, structured-data on the Web, semantic heterogeneity, personal information management, management of XML data, web-site management, peer-data management systems, query optimization, database theory, knowledge representation, and more generally, the intersection between Database and AI technologies. His research developed several systems, such as the Information Manifold data integration system, the Strudel web-site management system, the LSD schema matching system, the Tukwila XML data integration system. He was also a co-developer of XML-QL, which later contributed to the development of XQuery standard for querying XML data. His group at Google developed Google Fusion Tables, a collaborative tool for data management and visualization in the cloud.
In 1999, Dr. Halevy co-founded Nimble Technology, one of the first companies in the Enterprise Information Integration space (acquired by Actuate in 2003). In 2004, Dr. Halevy founded Transformic Inc., a company that created search engines for the deep web, content residing in databases behind web forms (acquired by Google in 2005).
Dr. Halevy is a Fellow of the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM). He was a Sloan Fellow (1999-2000), and received the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) in 2000. His original paper on the Information Manifold System received the VLDB 2006 Test of Time Award. He currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the VLDB Endowment. He served on the editorial board of the VLDB Journal, as an associate editor and advisor for the Journal of Artificial Intelligence Research and on the editorial board of ACM Transactions on Internet Technology. He served as the program chair for the ACM SIGMOD 2003 Conference. He has given multiple keynotes at top conferences, and Distinguished Lectures at several Computer Science Departments.
Bringing (Web) Databases to the Masses
as author at 9th Extended Semantic Web Conference (ESWC), Heraklion 2012,
as author at 1st Workshop on Automated Knowledge Based Construction (AKBC), Grenoble 2010,