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Davood Rafiei, PhD

Associate Professor


Computing Science

About Me


    • B.Sc., Computer Engineering, Sharif University of Technology (Tehran), 1990
    • M.Sc., Computer Science, University of Waterloo, 1995
    • Ph.D., Computer Science, University of Toronto, 1999


    Davood Rafiei did his undergrad work at Sharif, his M.Sc. in Waterloo and his PhD in Toronto. He joined the University of Alberta in 2000, where he is now Associate Professor of Computer Science and member of the Database Systems Research Group. Davood has served in the program committees of both database conferences such as SIGMOD and VLDB and Web conferences such as WWW. His areas of interest also span over databases and the Web and include integrating natural language text with relational data, Web information retrieval and similarity queries and indexing. Davood was a visiting scientist at Google (Mountain View) for a year between 2007-2008.



    Database Systems


    Big data, Querying and indexing, Text management and integration, Web and social media search and analysis.


    My current research is in the intersection of database systems and Web information retrieval, where I study scalable methods for search and exploration of big document collections and online resources, querying and analyzing large networks and storage and indexing of non-traditional data.


    • Querying Web Tables
    • Text Information Retrieval and Management
    • Historical Data Querying and Indexing
    • Stream Query Processing