Excels in the Technical University of Lausanne

Excels in the Technical University of Lausanne

Anastasia Ailamaki is a Professor and member of the Management Committee of the Computer Science and Communication Department of the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne in Switzerland.

Ailamaki has origins in the town of Chania on the island of Crete. She has studied Computer Science at the University of Patras and has received a postgraduate degree from the University of Crete. She later continued her studies at the University of Rochester and gained her PhD in Computer Science at the University of Wisconsin.

After concluding her studies, she was appointed as Associate Professor at the Computer Science Department of Carnegie Mellon University.

She has received several awards and distinctions, like the Young Investigator Award by the European Science Foundation in 2007.

Ailamaki’s research on manipulating massive datasets used in scientific applications helped in linking the computer science and also the research on databases with other scientific faculties, like astronomy.

Several scientific applications are constrained by the complexity of manipulating massive datasets.  Observation-based sciences, such as astronomy, face immense data placement problems, whereas simulation-based sciences, such as earthquake modeling, must deal with complexity.  Efficient data management by means of automated data placement and computational support can push the frontiers of scientists” ability to explore and understand massive scientific datasets. This specific area of study constitutes the focus of Ailamaki’s research.