The Data Lab @ Northeastern University is one of the leading research groups in data management and data systems. We study the principles of algorithms and systems that scale to large amounts of data, data understanding, data organization, and data discovery.
Our work has impacted the foundations of data integration and curation, as well as large-scale and parallel data-centric computing. We have studied open data, including open government data, and developed methods to make open data more usable and accessible. Recent research projects include query visualization, data provenance, data discovery, data lake management, and scalable approaches to perform inference over uncertain and networked data. Our work is interdisciplinary and we collaborate with scientists at Northeastern and database groups across the world. With Northeastern, we have a deep commitment to diversity and inclusion and its role in building communities and fostering learning and discovery. And we are growing!
The DATA Lab under its current name was created in 2017 when Prof. Gatterbauer moved to Northeastern University and joined forces with Prof. Riedewald, who had established a database research group there in 2009. ACM Fellow Prof. Miller joined in 2018, followed by ACM Fellow and IEEE Fellow Prof. Baeza-Yates in 2020. While enjoying a rapid growth in size and reputation, the lab and its predecessor have always made sure to offer a welcoming and intellectually stimulating environment for a diverse and talented group of PhD students and postdocs.
Our College is growing with several positions in all areas including data management and data science, at all levels (assistant, associate, or full). For Faculty positions see College ads.
We are actively looking for new PhD students with strong background in data management, algorithms, theory, or systems. For details, please see our page on research opportunities.
Collaborations with Sciences and Industry
For more than 15 years, Prof. Mirek Riedewald has been collaborating with scientists from various domains. This includes summarization techniques for digital libraries, data mining and exploratory analysis in collaboration with the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, speeding up of high-dimensional simulations (for combustions), data and provenance management for astronomy and high-energy physics, and reconstruction, tracing, and connection analysis of massive collections of high-resolution brain images. We also developed new technology for pattern analysis with industrial partners.
If your research team or company has reached a point where data management and analysis has become a bottleneck, please contact us. We are excited to learn about real-world applications that will lead to opportunities for novel research, joint proposals for funding, or consulting. Example areas include Scientific applications, graph analysis, medical data, cloud computing.
Regular Classes or Seminars
cs7240: Principles of scalable data management: theory, algorithms, and database systems (Gatterbauer)
cs6240: Parallel Data Processing in MapReduce (Riedewald)
cs3200: Database design (Gatterbauer/Miller)
DATA lab seminar (Gatterbauer/Riedewald)
- [July 2021] Nikos will present his work on ranked enumeration over theta join queries at VLDB’21.
- [June 21] Congratulations to the QueryVis and Algebraic Amplification teams for two SIGMOD 2021 reproducibility awards!
- [June 21] Sara will present her work on improving the readability of complicated graphs at VIS’21.
- [May 21] New preprint of Neha’s work on provenance factorization.
- [March 21] Congratulations to Aristotelis and Laura for their best paper award at EDBT’21!
- [March 21] Nikos and Nofar presenting direct access to ranked answers of conjunctive queries at PODS’21.
- [Jan 2021] Aristotelis and Laura’s paper on homograph detection in data lakes appearing at EDBT’21.
- [Aug. 2020] Neha, Nikos, Laura and co-authors have their paper on meta data visualizations for data lakes appear at VIS 2020.
- [July 2020] We are excited about our new NSF grant on data discovery and table alignment. Thank you NSF!
- [July 2020] Renée Miller (and her colleagues Ron Fagin, Phokion Kolaitis, Lucian Popa, and Wang-Chiew Tan) receive the 2020 Alonzo Church Award for Outstanding Contributions to Logic and Computation.
- [June 2020] Two more PVLDB 2020 papers accepted on Knowledge Translation and Table Discovery from CSV Files.
- [April 2020] Nikos’ exciting work on optimal ranked enumeration is accepted for VLDB 2020.
- [March 2020] Five papers accepted to SIGMOD/PODS 2020: One on organizing data lakes for navigation, one on near-optimal band-joins, one on query understanding through diagrammatic diagrams, one on algebraic amplification, and one on complexity results for resilience. In addition, we have a tutorial on any-k enumeration, and Miller will be leading a SIGMOD keynote session “Toward Exploring, Understanding, and Searching a Billion Data Sets” with colleagues Natasha Noy (Google) and Awez Syed (Informatica). Congratulations everyone!