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Dr. Volker Markl is a Full Professor at the Technische Universität Berlin, where he leads the Database Systems and Information Management (DIMA) group.

Between January 2001 to May 2008: Volker conducted research in self-tuning database systems and information integration at the IBM Almaden Research Center (ARC) in San Jose, CA, USA. While at IBM’s ARC, he lead the LEO, POP and DAMIA projects. The self-tuning statistics collection technology invented during the course of the LEO project earned him an IBM Outstanding Technological Achievement award, and was integrated into version 8.2 of IBM's relational database system, DB2. His work on consistent selectivity estimation via entropy maximization earned him a Pat Goldberg Memorial Best Paper award.

Between January 1997 to December 2000: Volker worked for the Bavarian Research Center for Knowledge-Based Systems (FORWISS) in Munich, Germany as Deputy Research Group Manager, where he lead the MISTRAL and MDA projects, with the cooperation of SAP AG, NEC, Hitachi, Teijin Systems Technology, GfK, and Microsoft Research. Joint collaboration with TransAction Software, during the course of the MDA project, resulted in the development of the Transbase Hypercube relational database management system, which was awarded the European IST Prize 2001 by EUROCASE and the European Commission.

Volker also initiated and coordinated the EDITH EU IST project. Over the course of this project, he investigated the physical clustering of multiple hierarchies and their application to Geographic Information Systems and Data Warehousing. This work was conducted at FORWISS in conjunction with several partners from Germany, Italy, Greece, and Poland.

Volker is a graduate of the Technische Universität München (TUM), where he earned a Master’s degree in Computer Science in 1995. He completed his PhD in 1999 under the supervision of Rudolf Bayer. His dissertation on "Relational Query Processing Using a Multidimensional Access Technique" was honored "with distinction" by the German Computer Society. He also earned a degree in Business Administration from the University of Hagen in 1995. Since 1996, he has published over 50 peer-reviewed papers at prestigious scientific conferences and journals, given over 100 invited talks at industrial research labs, conferences and universities. Volker also has 5 patent awards, and he has submitted over 20 invention disclosures to date.

Volker is a member of the German Computer Society (GI) as well as the Association for Computing Machinery Special Interest Group on Management of Data (ACM SIGMOD). He also served and continues to serve as program committee chair and reviewer for several international conferences and journals, including SIGMOD, ICDE, VLDB, TKDE, TODS, IS, and the Computer Journal. His research interests include: information as a service, new hardware architectures for information management, information integration, autonomic computing, query processing, query optimization, data warehousing, electronic commerce, and pervasive computing.

Volker’s earlier professional experience include software engineer for a virology laboratory; lecturer for a course in software engineering at the University of Applied Sciences in Augsburg, Germany; programming and communications at the TUM; and a consultant for a forwarding agency. He was awarded a fellowship by Siemens AG (Munich) and also worked as an intern with Benefit Panel Services (Los Angeles, California, USA).

His publications list may be found at DBLP: www.informatik.uni-trier.de/~ley/db/indices/a-tree/m/Markl:Volker.html

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