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 
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

Adjunct Faculty

Dan Roth, University of Pennsylvania knowledge representation, natural language processing, machine learning 

Database and Information Systems Research Efforts and Groups


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

NCSA Director and CS Professor William D. Gropp

NSF awards Illinois funding for a deep learning research instrument

October 24, 2017   CS and NCSA researchers have received $2.7 million from the NSF to build a dedicated research instrument to expand deep learning research and lay the groundwork for deep neural networks.
Doctoral students Motahhare Eslami and Jingbo Shang have each won a Google PhD Fellowship.

Eslami, Shang win Google Fellowships

May 15, 2017   Doctoral students Motahhare Eslami and Jingbo Shang have each won a Google PhD Fellowship.
Professors Aditya Parameswaran and Jian Peng have each received a prestigious CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation.

Parameswaran, Peng win NSF CAREER Awards

May 11, 2017   Assistant Professors Aditya Parameswaran and Jian Peng have each received a prestigious CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation to support their research.
Aditya Parameswaran is the recipient of this year's IEEE TCDE Early Career Award.

Parameswaran recognized with the IEEE TCDE Early Career Award

April 21, 2017   Professor Aditya Parameswaran was honored “for developing new interactive tools and techniques that expand the reach of data analytics.”
Silu Huang and Sangeetha Abdu Jyothi

CS @ ILLINOIS students win highly competitive industry PhD fellowships

February 9, 2017   Sangeetha Abdu Jyothi has earned a Facebook Fellowship and Silu Huang has earned a Microsoft Research Fellowship.