Ihab F. IlyasResearch interests

Professor Ilyas's research interests are in area of database systems, with special interest in data quality, data cleaning, managing uncertain data, rank-aware query processing, and Information extraction. Professor Ilyas's research is systems-oriented with an emphasis on prototype development and experimentation.

Degrees and awards

BS, MS (Alexandria), PhD (Purdue)

Early Researcher Award, Government of Ontario (2008-2011)

ACM Distinguished Scientist (2014)
Google Faculty Award (2014)
NSERC Discovery Accelerator Award (2014)

Cheriton Fellowship (2014-2017)

Industrial and sabbatical experience

Professor Ilyas is a co-founder of tamr Inc., a startup focusing on large-scale data integration and cleaning. From 2011 to 2013 has been on leave leading the Data Analytics Group at the Qatar Computing Research Institute. He spent two summers with IBM Almaden Research Center and was previously an IBM CAS faculty fellow.

Representative publications

A. Chalamalla, I. F. Ilyas, M. Ouzzani, and P. Papotti. Descriptive and Prescriptive Data Cleaning, in Proceedings of the 2014 ACM SIGMOD Conference on Management of Data, Snowbird, UT, USA

Xu Chu, I.F. Ilyas, and P. Papotti. Discovering Denial Constraints”, in Proceedings of the VLDB Endowment, PVLDB 6(13): 1498-1509 (2013)

M. Stonebraker, D. Bruckner, I. F. Ilyas, G. Beskales, M. Cherniack, S. Zdonik, A. Pagan, S. Xu. Data Curation at Scale, The Data Tamer System, in Proceedings of The Biennial Conference on Innovative Data Systems Research, CIDR 2013, Asilomar, California

G. Beskales, I.F. Ilyas, and L. Golab. Sampling the Repairs of Functional Dependency Violations under Hard Constraints. The International Conference on Very Large Databases VLDB, Singapore, 2010

J. Pound, I.F. Ilyas, and G. Weddell. Expressive and Flexible Access to Web-Extracted Data: A Keyword-based Structured Query Language, The ACM International Conference on Management of Data (SIGMOD), Indianapolis, Indiana, 2010

M.A. Soliman, I.F. Ilyas, and S. Ben-David. Supporting Ranking Queries on Uncertain and Incomplete Data. The VLDB Journal, 19(4): 477-501, 2009/2010

M.A. Soliman, I.F. Ilyas, and K.C.-C. Chang. Probabilistic Top-k and Ranking-Aggregate Queries. ACM Transactions on Database Systems (TODS), 33(3):13, 2008.

I.F. Ilyas, W.G. Aref, A.K. Elmagarmid, H. Elmongui, R. Shah, and J.S. Vitter. Adaptive Rank-aware Query Optimization in Relational Databases.ACM transactions on Database Systems (TODS), 31(4):1257-1304, 2006.

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