Every year, one researcher is invited to give the keynote talk at PODS, as a recognition of his/her outstanding contribution to database theory. Here we provide a list of the PODS keynote speakers since 1992.

2017
        Susan Davidson: Data Citation: a Computational Challenge
2016
        Moshe Y. Vardi: A Theory of Regular Queries
2015
        Michael I. Jordan: Computational Thinking, Inferential Thinking and “Big Data”
2014
        Leonid Libkin: Incomplete Data: What Went Wrong, and How to Fix It
2013
        Diego Calvanese: Foundations of data-aware process analysis: a database theory perspective
2012
        Surajit Chaudhuri: What Next? A Half-Dozen Data Management Research Goals for Big Data and Cloud
2011
        Tova Milo: A Quest for Beauty and Wealth (or, Business Processes for Database Researchers)
2010
        Joe Hellerstein: Datalog Redux: Experience and Conjecture
2009
        Raghu Ramakrishnan: A Web of Concepts
2008
        Peter Buneman: Curated Databases
2007
        Dan Suciu: Management of Probabilistic Data: Foundations and Challenges
2006
        Alon Y. Halevy: Principles of Dataspace Systems
2005
        Phokion G. Kolaitis: Schema Mappings, Data Exchange, and Metadata Management
2004
        Georg Gottlob: The Lixto Data Extraction Project – Back and Forth between Theory and Practice
2003
        Richard Hull: E-services: A Look Behind the Curtain
2002
        Rajeev Motwani: Models and Issues in Data Stream Systems
2001
        Victor Vianu: A Web Odyssey: From Codd to XML
2000
        Prabhakar Raghavan: The Web as a Graph
1999
        Serge Abiteboul: On Views and XML
1998
        Ronald Fagin: Fuzzy Queries in Multimedia Database Systems
1997
        Abraham Silberschatz: Multimedia Support for Databases
1996
        Alfred V. Aho: Accessing Information from Globally Distributed Knowledge Repositories
1995
        Christos H. Papadimitriou: Database Metatheory: Asking the Big Queries
1994
        David Harel: Will I be Pretty, Will I be Rich? Some Thoughts on Theory vs. Practice in Systems Engineering
1993
        David Maier: A Call to Order
1992
        Catriel Beeri: New Data Models and Languages – the Challenge