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Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Volker Markl

Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Volker Markl


Volker Markl is a Full Professor and Chair of the Database Systems and Information Management (DIMA) group at the Technische Universität Berlin (TU Berlin). Volker also holds a position as an adjunct full professor at the University of Toronto and is director of the research group “Intelligent Analysis of Mass Data” at DFKI, the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence. Earlier in his career, Dr. Markl lead a research group at FORWISS, the Bavarian Research Center for Knowledge-based Systems in Munich, Germany, and was a Research Staff member & Project Leader at the IBM Almaden Research Center in San Jose, California, USA. His research interests include: new hardware architectures for information management, scalable processing and optimization of declarative data analysis programs, and scalable data science, including graph and text mining, and scalable machine learning.

Volker Markl has presented over 200 invited talks in numerous industrial settings and at major conferences and research institutions worldwide. He has authored and published more than 100 research papers at world-class scientific venues. Volker regularly serves as member and chair for program committees of major international database conferences. He has been a member of the computer science evaluation group of the Natural Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC). Volker has 18 patent awards, and he has submitted over 20 invention disclosures to date. Over the course of his career, he has garnered many prestigious awards, including the European Information Society and Technology Prize, an IBM Outstanding Technological Achievement Award , an IBM Shared University Research Grant , an HP Open Innovation Award , an IBM Faculty Award, a Trusted-Cloud Award for Information Marketplaces by the German Ministry of Economics and Technology, the Pat Goldberg Memorial Best Paper Award, and a VLDB Best Paper award. He has been speaker and principal investigator of the Stratosphere collaborative research unit funded by the German National Science Foundation (DFG), which resulted in numerous top-tier publications as well as the "Apache Flink" big data analytics system. Apache Flink is available open source and is currently used for in production by several companies and serves as basis for teaching and research by several institutions in Germany, Europe and the United States. Dr. Markl currently serves as the secretary of the VLDB Endowment, is advising several companies and startups, in 2014 was elected as one of Germany's leading "digital minds" (Digitale Köpfe) by the German Informatics Society (GI).

Volker has a strong history in innovation and technology transfer to companies. The transfer of the UB-Tree multidimensional indexing technology to the German SME TransAction Software earned him an award by the European Commission. For creating information marketplaces he earned the Trusted Cloud Award of the German Ministry for Economics and Technology. Volker also has transferred several of his ideas into IBM products during his tenure at IBM. Volker also received the "Innovation Supporter 2012" award by TU Berlin, for supporting several entrepreneurially-minded students teams and helping them to get seed funding. Volker collaborates with several IT companies such as IBM, SAP, Microsoft, Deutsche Telekom, HP as well as many SMEs (Internet Memory Foundation, Parstream, Vico Research, Datamarket, Okkam, Neofonie, etc.) on research and technology transfer in the context of industry-funded projects, as well as projects funded by German and European government programs, as well as the EIT. Volker is currently advising two startup companies in the information management field.

Volker is director of the Berlin Big Data Center, a collaborative research center bringing together research groups in the areas of distributed systems, scalable data processing, text mining, networking, machine learning and applications in several areas, such as healthcare, logistics, Industrie 4.0, and information marketplaces. Volker is also the speaker of the "data analytics and cloud lab" at TU Berlin.

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