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.

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