Dr. Ashraf Aboulnaga

Asharaf Aboulnga2
Research Director
Distributed Systems
+974 4454 1426

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QCRI is an ambitious and energetic place that is on track to become a top research center worldwide. I want to be part of making that happen.

Research Focus at QCRI

At QCRI, Dr. Aboulnaga will focus his research on cloud computing and distributed systems.

Previous Experience

Dr. Aboulnaga is an Associate Professor in the Cheriton School of Computer Science at the University of Waterloo. Prior to Waterloo, he was a Research Staff Member at the IBM Almaden Research Center.

Professional Experience

  • University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, Cheriton School of Computer Science.
    • Associate Professor, 2009–present.
    • Assistant Professor, 2004–2009.
  • Google, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. Visiting Research Scientist, December 2009–June 2010.
  •  IBM Almaden Research Center, San Jose, California, USA. Research Staff Member, 2002–2004.
  •  University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin, USA.
    • Research Assistant, 1997–2002.
    • Teaching Assistant, 1996.
  •  Microsoft Research, Redmond, Washington, USA. Researcher Intern, May–August 1999 and May–August 1998.
  •  Alexandria University, Alexandria, Egypt. Lecturer, 1993–1996

Professional Associations and Awards

Awards
  • Best Paper Award at the International Conference on Very Large Data Bases (VLDB), 2011.
  • Ontario Early Researcher Award, 2009.
  • Google Research Award, 2008.
  • IBM Centre for Advanced Studies (CAS) Faculty Fellow, 2006–present.
  • IBM CAS Project of the Year Award (2008) and Innovation Impact of the Year Award (2009).
  • Microsoft Research Graduate Fellowship, 1998–2000.
  • B.S. with First Degree of Honor (Summa Cum Laude), 1993.
Professional memberships
  • Senior member of IEEE and IEEE Computer Society
  • Senior member of ACM and ACM SIGMOD
Patents
  • Ashraf Aboulnaga, Andrey Balmin, Kevin Beyer, Iman Elghandour, Fei Chiang, Daniel C. Zilio, and Calisto Zuzarte. “Index Selection for XML Database Systems,” US Patent Application No. 11/849,196, filed August 2007. (pending)
  • Volker Markl, Peter J. Haas, Ashraf Aboulnaga, Vijayashankar Raman, and Felix Endres. “System and Method for Updating Database Statistics According to Query Feedback,” US Patent No. 7,831,592, filed October 2004, issued November 2010.
  • Ashraf Aboulnaga, Peter J. Haas, Sam Lightstone, Volker Markl, Ivan Popivanov, and Vijayshankar Raman. “Method, System and Program for Prioritizing Maintenance of Database Tables,” US Patent No. 7,363,324, filed December 2004, issued April 2008.
  • Surajit Chaudhuri and Ashraf Aboulnaga. “Query Optimization by Sub-plan Memoization,” US Patent No. 6,850,925, filed May 2001, issued February 2005.
  • Ashraf Aboulnaga and Surajit Chaudhuri. “Self-tuning Histogram and Database Modeling,” US Patent No. 6,460,045, filed March 1999, issued October 2002.

Education

  • PhD, University of Wisconsin - Madison, 2002
  • MS, University of Wisconsin - Madison, 1999
  • MS, Alexandria University, Egypt, 1996
  • BS, Alexandria University, Egypt, 1993

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In the Media

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Upcoming Events

Past Events

2016

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QCRI - IBM Data Science Connect 2016

Download ICS File 16/11/2016 ,

QCRI–IBM Data Science Connect 2016  Doha, Qatar 12.30pm –5:30pm, Wednesday, November 16 HBKU Research Complex, Ground Level Multi-Purpose Room Google Map link to location https://goo.gl/maps/...

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Qatar Foundation Annual Research Conference 2016 (ARC'16)

Download ICS File 22/03/2016  - 23/03/2016 ,

The Qatar Foundation Annual Research Conference 2016 (ARC’16) will be held on 22nd and 23rd March,2016 at the Qatar National Convention Center. The conference aims to advance Qatar’s ambitious ...

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Coding is Cool 2016

Download ICS File 21/03/2016 , QNCC Room 215-217

Organized by Qatar Computing Research Institute and MIT-Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory

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News Releases

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IBM Watson scientist visits Qatar to present platform that 'thinks like a human'

16/11/2016

IBM Watson’s chief data scientist Romeo Kienzler has visited the Qatar Computing Research Institute to conduct a workshop on Watson, a question-answering platform that can “think like a human”. Mr ...

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QCRI’s BrailleEasy app launched on iOS store

31/08/2016

BrailleEasy, a custom one-handed Braille keyboard developed by the Qatar Computing Research Institute, is now available on the iOS App Store. The Braille keyboard was developed by Barbara Šepič, ...

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QCRI researcher jointly develops new film-making technique

17/07/2016

 A scientist at the Qatar Computing Research Institute (QCRI), a division of Hamad bin Khalifa University, has jointly developed technology that can recreate films and portraits in the style of ...

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