Michael Carey (Principal Investigator)

Mike Carey is currently Bren Professor of Information and Computer Sciences at UC Irvine. Prior to rejoining academia in 2008, he worked at BEA Systems as chief architect and an engineering director for the BEA AquaLogic Data Services Platform team. Carey also spent a number of years as a Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, at IBM Almaden as a database researcher and manager, and as a Fellow at e-commerce software startup Propel Software. Carey is an ACM Fellow, a member of the National Academy of Engineering, and a recipient of the ACM SIGMOD Edgar F. Codd Innovations Award. His current research interests are centered around data-intensive computing and scalable data management.

Chen Li (Co-Principal Investigator)

Chen Li is an associate professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of California, Irvine. He received his in Computer Science from Stanford University in 2001, and his M.S. and B.S. in Computer Science from Tsinghua University, China, in 1996 and 1994, respectively. He received a National Science Foundation CAREER Award in 2003 and a few other NSF grants and industry gifts. He was once a part-time Visiting Research Scientist at Google. His research interests are in the fields of data management and information search, including text search, data cleansing, and data integration. He is the founder of, a company specialized in improving user search experiences by supporting powerful instant search.

Vinayak Borkar (Research Scientist and Chief Architect)

Vinayak Borkar is a PhD. candidate and a Research Scientist at the University of California, Irvine in the Computer Science department. His research focuses on the efficient use of large clusters in solving Big Data problems. He was the primary developer of the Hyracks data-parallel platform. Prior to his affiliation with UCI, he developed various data-management products for close to ten years at Informatica Inc., BEA Systems Inc., and several startups. He received his Masters in Computer Science and Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay in 2001.

Alexander Behm

Alex is a PhD candidate in the Information Systems Group at UCI. He has worked on storage and indexing in Hyracks, primarily on the B-tree and inverted index implementations as well as a Log-Structured-Merge (LSM) framework for all indexes.

Yingyi Bu

Yingyi Bu is a PhD candidate in the ISG group of UC Irvine. He is working on the ASTERIX project. Within the project, Yingyi has worked on the Algebricks data-model independent algebra/optimization layer, the optimizer for the ASTERIX declarative query language (AQL), a port of Facebook’s HiveQL language to Algebricks, and the Pregelix system for Big Graph analytics.

Pouria Pirzadeh

Pouria is a PhD candidate in computer science at UCI. His main focus is on performance study of big data management systems and also key-value stores. He has worked on key-value store API and transactions in ASTERIX, as well as optimizing operators in Hyracks.

Jarod (Jian) Wen

Jarod Wen is a PhD candidate in Database Lab, UC Riverside, supervised by Professor Vassilis Tsotras. In the Hyracks project, he is mainly working on efficient aggregation algorithms and related frameworks. He is also an active contributor for the temporal features in ASTERIX project.

Sattam Alsubaiee

Sattam is a PhD candidate in the Information Systems group at UC Irvine working on large-scale data management problems, specifically those related to geospatial data. He built the spatial component of the ASTERIX project including the R-tree spatial index in the Hyracks runtime system of ASTERIX. He also worked on the Log-Structured-Merge (LSM) framework for all indexes in Hyracks.