2015 SIGMOD Edgar F. Codd Innovations Award
Dr. Laura Haas is the recipient of the 2015 SIGMOD Edgar F. Codd Innovation Award for pioneering innovations in the integration of multiple, heterogeneous data sources.
Details: Laura Haas is an IBM Fellow and Director of IBM Research’s Accelerated Discovery Lab. She was the director of computer science at IBM Almaden Research Center from 2005-2011, and had worldwide responsibility for IBM Research’s exploratory science program from 2009 through 2013. Previously, Dr. Haas was responsible for Information Integration Solutions (IIS) architecture in IBM’s Software Group after leading the IIS development team through its first two years. She joined the development team in 2001 as manager of DB2 UDB Query Compiler development. Before that, Dr. Haas was a research staff member and manager at the Almaden lab for nearly twenty years. In IBM Research, she worked on and managed a number of exploratory projects in distributed database systems. Dr. Haas is best known for her work on the Starburst query processor (from which DB2 UDB was developed); on Garlic, a system which allowed federation of heterogeneous data sources; and on Clio, the first semi-automatic tool for heterogeneous schema mapping. Garlic technology, married with DB2 UDB query processing, is the basis for the IBM InfoSphere Federation Server, while Clio capabilities are a core differentiator in IBM’s InfoSphere Data Architect. Dr. Haas is an active member of the database community. She served as Vice President of the VLDB Endowment Board of Trustees from 2004-2009 and was vice chair of ACM SIGMOD from 1989-1997. Dr. Haas has received several IBM awards for Outstanding Technical Achievement and Outstanding Innovation, and an IBM Corporate Award for her work on federated database technology. In 2010 she was recognized with the Anita Borg Institute Technical Leadership Award. She is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and the IBM Academy of Technology, an ACM Fellow, and Vice Chair of the board of the Computing Research Association. Dr. Haas received her PhD from the University of Texas at Austin, and her bachelor degree from Harvard University.