Alvin Cheung, a researcher in databases whose work integrates techniques from programming languages and systems, will be joining UW CSE as a faculty member this coming year.
Alvin’s research focuses on co-optimizing data-intensive applications by examining the database and the runtime system and environment together, which can enable order-of-magnitude speedups in applications. For example, his paper demonstrating how to convert application functions written as imperative code into SQL queries, so that they can be optimized by the data management system, received a best paper award from the Conference on Innovative Data Systems Research (CIDR), while his paper describing the programming language methods used to achieve that result was a PLDI best paper nominee.
Alvin is the recipient of an Intel Ph.D. Fellowship and an NSF Graduate Fellowship. He holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University, and will receive his Ph.D. in Computer Science from MIT this fall.