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Joseph M. Hellerstein

Jim Gray Professor of Computer Science
EECS Computer Science Division
UC Berkeley

Joseph M. Hellerstein


Joseph M. Hellerstein is the Jim Gray Professor of Computer Science at the University of California, Berkeley. Hellerstein's work focuses on data-centric systems and the way they drive computing.

Hellerstein is an ACM Fellow, and his research has been recognized by multiple awards including an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship, three ACM-SIGMOD "Test of Time" awards, VLDB Best Paper award, IBM Research Best Paper in Computer Science, NSF CAREER, NASA New Investigator, and an Okawa Foundation Fellowship. In 2010, Fortune Magazine included him in their list of 50 smartest people in technology. MIT's Technology Review included his work on the Bloom language for cloud programming on their 2010 TR10 list of the 10 most important emerging technologies; in 1999 he was on their inaugural TR100 list of young innovators.

Hellerstein is the founding editor-in-chief of the journal Foundations and Trends in Databases. He currently serves on the advisory boards of ACM SIGMOD and the ACM/IMS Journal of Data Science. In the past he has served on the Scientific Advisory Board (Fachbeirat) of the Max Planck Institute for Computer Science and the advisory board of ACM SOCC.

In addition to his role in academia, Hellerstein has been a leader in the technology industry. He is the co-founder and Chief Strategy Officer of Trifacta, a software vendor providing intelligent interactive solutions to the messy problem of wrangling data. He serves on the technical advisory boards of a number of computing and Internet companies including Dell EMC, SurveyMonkey, Captricity, Datometry and Acryl Data. From 2003-2005 he was Director of Intel Research, Berkeley, where he led research in networking and query processing for the Internet and for sensor networks. Hellerstein was also a co-founder of Cohera (now part of Oracle), where he served as Chief Scientist from 1998-2001. Key ideas from his research have been incorporated into commercial and open-source systems including Trifacta, Google Cloud Dataprep, Captricity, SurveyMonkey, IBM's DB2 and Informix, Oracle's PeopleSoft Catalog Management, and the open-source PostgreSQL system. He has also led a number of open-source projects, including TelegraphCQ, TinyDB, PIER, P2, MADlib, Data Wrangler and Bloom.

Hellerstein received his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin, a masters degree from UC Berkeley, and a bachelor's degree from Harvard. He spent a pre-doctoral internship at IBM Almaden Research Center, and a post-doctoral internship at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.

Hellerstein is a jazz enthusiast and part-time trumpeter. As an undergraduate he helped bring jazz onto the Internet via the Usenet group rec.music.bluenote. During his Ph.D. studies at Wisconsin he minored in music under the direction of Richard Davis and Joan Wildman. He has performed as a sideman with notable musicians including Carla Bley, Jane Ira Bloom, Lester Bowie, Benny Carter, Rosemary Clooney, Buck Clayton, Harry Connick, Jr., Harry "Sweets" Edison, Joe Henderson, Vijay Iyer, Illinois Jacquet, Geoff Keezer, Joshua Redman, Anton Schwartz, and Steve Swallow.

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