The 2008 SIGMOD
Jim Gray Doctoral Dissertation Award
SIGMOD is pleased to present the 2008 SIGMOD Jim Gray Doctoral
Dissertation Award to Daniel Abadi, PhD, for his work at the MIT and
his dissertation Query Execution in Column-Oriented Database Systems.
This dissertation addresses all the key aspects of implementing an
efficient database system based on a column-store architecture
including storage management, compression strategies, query execution
techniques, and alternative strategies for materializing result rows.
The thesis is remarkable for its breadth, depth, system implementation
and impact, and is an excellent treatise on the design and
implementation of database systems employing a column-oriented storage
model. The work is significant in bringing sound database design
principles into practice and offering efficient solutions to urgent
Two other outstanding dissertations receive Honorable Mention
recognizing their excellent theoretical foundations and development of
algorithms with great impact on important practical problems:
The annual SIGMOD Jim Gray Dissertation Award recognizes excellent
research by doctoral candidates in the database field. For the 2008
award a dissertation needed to be completed and accepted by the
candidate's department between September 1, 2007 and December 15,
2008. This year 14 outstanding dissertations were nominated by their
departments. The dissertations were evaluated by the SIGMOD Jim Gray
Dissertation Awards Committee for technical depth and significance of
the research contribution, potential impact on theory and practice,
and quality of the presentation. All submissions were of extremely
high quality and we congratulate all the nominated students and their
departments for their excellent work and contributions to our field.
Bee-Chung Chen for his dissertation at the University of Wisconsin
Cube-space Data Mining
Ashwin Machanavajjhala for his dissertation at the Cornell University
Defining and Enforcing Privacy in Data Sharing.
The Awards Committee: Beng Chin Ooi (co-chair), Johannes Gehkre
(co-chair - excused due to COI), Alfons Kemper, Hank Korth, Alberto
Laender, Gerome Miklau, Timos Sellis, Kyu-Young Whang.
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