Database and Information Systems

data storage in an enclosureThe rapid growth of big data creates unprecedented demand and opportunities for developing powerful intelligent information systems that help people manage and extract knowledge from data.

Our faculty work on a wide range of research problems, tackling the many challenges associated with developing such intelligent systems and their applications. Research includes helping people search and find relevant data and information; mining massive amounts of heterogeneous data sets to discover actionable knowledge; optimizing the entire workflow of data access, analytics, and exploration; and analyzing large social networks and to optimize human-computer collaboration centered on data.

Our faculty work closely with industry, and many of our algorithms are used in a wide range of information system applications, especially in database and data analytics systems, data mining systems, search engines, and web information service systems.

CS Faculty and Their Research Interests

Kevin C. Chang data mining, database systems, machine learning, information retrieval, web search/mining, social media analytics 
Jiawei Han data mining, data warehousing, database systems, information networks 
Aditya Parameswaran data management, data mining, database theory, interactive systems, crowdsourced computation 
Dan Roth knowledge representation, natural language processing, machine learning 
Saurabh Sinha bioinformatics, genomics 
Hari Sundaram social and information networks, wearable sensors, computational advertising 
Marianne Winslett information security, scientific data management
ChengXiang Zhai information retrieval, text mining, natural language processing, bioinformatics 

Affiliate Faculty

Catherine Blake, Graduate School of Library & Information Science text mining, information synthesis, collaborative information behaviors, recognizing textual entailment, summarization, evidence-based discovery, meta-analysis, socio-technical systems
Bertram Ludascher, Graduate School of Library Information Sciences data and knowledge management, scientific workflow systems, data curation  
Bruce Schatz, Medical Information Science medical informatics, mobile health
Victoria Stodden, Graduate School of Library Information Sciences reproducibility in computational science, data science, policy issues surrounding open data/code sharing  
Shaowen Wang, Geography and Geographic Information Science computational and geographic information science; cyberGIS; multi-scale geospatial problem solving
Ouri Wolfson, Department of Computer Science, University of Illinois Chicago spatial databases, computational transportation, location-based services, mobile data management, connectomics

Database and Information Systems Research Efforts and Groups

Seminar

The Yahoo!-DAIS Seminar is held on Thursdays at 1 PM in 3403 SC. Students who take the DAIS Seminar for credit can miss up to two seminars. Speakers are announced on the DAIS mailing list (as are other items of interest to the DAIS community). It is quick and easy to subscribe to the DAIS mailing list.

Database and Information Systems Research News

Peng Ong

Alumnus Peng Ong will be featured speaker at fall convocation

December 2, 2016   Peng T. Ong (MS CS '88), managing partner of Monk’s Hill Ventures, will be the featured speaker at the College of Engineering Fall Convocation on Saturday, December 17.
Kevin Chang

Chang creating tools that listen to social universe

November 16, 2016   CS Professor Kevin Chang is developing SocialSense, a social media data platform that may fulfill the promise of gathering deep meaning and actionable information from the vast and noisy social universe.
Tweetsense

These 19-Year-Old Engineering Students Predicted Trump's Win. Here's How.

November 9, 2016  

Chicago Inno- In June, Tweetsense, an Illinois startup by Cody Pawlowski (attended CS) and William Widjaja (ECE), correctly predicted Brexit. They also correctly predicted Donald Trump’s win.

Mr. Sohiab Abbasi

Software executive Abbasi shares experiences and advice with CS students

November 8, 2016   Sohaib Abbasi (BS CS '78, MS '80) delivered a keynote about his experience as an Illinois student, employee of Oracle, and award-winning Chairman and CEO of Informatica.

From Computational Genomics To Precision Medicine

October 29, 2016   Precision medicine—using an individual’s specific genetic profile to help prevent, diagnose, and treat disease—seems to be just on the horizon. Read how CS @ ILLINOIS researchers are bringing it closer to a reality.