Stefano Ceri

2013 SIGMOD Edgar F. Codd Innovations Award

Professor Stefano Ceri is the recipient of the 2013 SIGMOD Edgar F. Codd Innovation Award for a series of influential contributions to several areas of database management, including distributed databases, rule-based systems, web-based application design, and search computing.

Details: Stefano Ceri is recognized for the numerous innovations he has made over three decades. In his early work on distributed databases, he defined the theoretical principles of data fragmentation, including transparency levels, and showed how fragmented databases can be efficiently designed and queried. He is perhaps best known for his work on rule-based systems, both deductive and active. Of special note is his work on mapping integrity constraints and logical rules into active rules, and the creation of methods and tools for rule analysis and verification; his work won both the Best Paper Award for the 1991 VLDB Conference as well as the VLDB Test of Time Award at VLDB 2000. About ten years ago, Stefano Ceri focused on web application design creating WebML, a widely adopted conceptual model for data-intensive web applications, which is embedded in the commercial product WebRatio and recently inspired the new OMG standard IFML. In 2008, he received an ERC Advanced Grant on Search Computing; the project focuses on providing the abstractions, foundations, methods, and tools required to answer complex search queries.

Very recently, Stefano Ceri has turned his interests to crowd searching, as a follow-up project of search computing, and to genomic computing, the new frontier of biological research and personalized medicine opened up by next generation DNA sequencing.

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