Abdussalam Alawini

Abdussalam  Alawini
Abdussalam Alawini
Teaching Assistant Professor
(217) 300-8116
2237 Siebel Center for Comp Sci

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  • Ph.D. Computer Science
  • MSc. Engineering and Technology Management
  • MSc. Computer Science


Abdussalam Alawini is a Teaching Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His educational journey started with a bachelor's degree in Computer Science from the University of Tripoli in 2002. He then worked in the industry for over six years as a database administrator, lead software developer, and IT Manager. In 2011, he returned to academia and received a master's in Computer Science and another master's degree in Engineering and Technology Management from Portland State University. He then received a doctoral degree in Computer Science from Portland State in 2016. In his Ph.D., he built systems to help scientists manage their file-based datasets by predicting relationships among spreadsheet documents. Passionate about a career in academia, Dr. Alawini joined the University of Pennsylvania in 2016 as a postdoctoral researcher. As a postdoc, he developed data citation and data provenance systems for scientists. Dr. Alawini's research interests are broadly in databases, applied machine learning, and education. He is particularly interested in applying machine learning methods to improve classroom experience and education in general. He is also interested in building next-generation data management systems, including data provenance, citation, and scientific management systems.

Academic Positions

  • Adjunct Faculty, Portland State University, Computer Science Department, 01/2016-06/2016
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Pennsylvania, Computer and Information Science, 07/2016-07/2018

Resident Instruction

  • CS411 Database Systems

Course Development

  • Data Management in the Cloud (CS 498)

Research Interests

  • Computer Science Education
  • Scientific Data Management
  • Data Provenance
  • Database Systems

Chapters in Books

Articles in Conference Proceedings

Journal Editorships

  • The Journal of Information Systems (2016)

Conferences Organized or Chaired

  • Proceedings Co-Chair, SIGMOD 2020

Other Scholarly Activities

  • PC Member: DataEd 2022 - International workshop on data systems education: bridging education practice with education research
  • PC Member: SIGCSE TS 2022 - 53rd ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education
  • PC Member: ITiCSE 2021 - Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education
  • PC Members: SIGCSE TS 2021 - 52nd ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education
  • PC Member: ITiCSE 2020 - 25th Annual Conference on Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education
  • PC Member: SIGCSE 2020 - 51st ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education

Teaching Honors


Public Service Honors

  • Portland State President’s Award for University Service. (2015)

Recent Courses Taught

  • CS 411 - Database Systems
  • CS 498 AB3 (CS 498 AB4, CS 498 ABU) - Data Management in the Cloud