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Dr. Sherif Sakr is a Senior Researcher in the Software Systems Research Group at National ICT Australia (NICTA), ATP lab, Sydney, Australia. He is also a Conjoint Senior Lecturer in The School of Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) at University of New South Wales (UNSW). He received his PhD degree in Computer and Information Science from Konstanz University, Germany in 2007. He received his BSc and MSc degrees in Computer Science from the Information Systems department at the Faculty of Computers and Information in Cairo University, Egypt, in 2000 and 2003 respectively. In 2008 and 2009, Sherif held an Adjunct Lecturer position at the Department of Computing of Macquarie University. In 2011, he held a Visiting Researcher position at the eXtreme Computing Group, Microsoft Research Laboratories, Redmond, WA, USA. In 2012, he held a Research MTS position in Alcatel-Lucent Bell Labs. In 2013, Sherif has been awarded the Stanford Innovation and Entrepreneurship Certificate.

Dr. Sakr's research interest is data and information management in general, particularly in areas of indexing techniques, query processing and optimization techniques, graph data management, social networks, data management in cloud computing. Dr Sakr has published more than 70 refereed research publications in international journals and conferences such as: Proceedings of the VLDB endowment (PVLDB), IEEE Transactions on Service Computing (IEEE TSC), ACM Computing Survey (ACM CSUR), Journal of Computer, Systems and Science (JCSS), Information Systems, Journal of Computer Science and Technology (JCST), Journal of Database Management (JDM), IEEE Communications Surveys and Tutorials (IEEE COMST), Scientometrics, VLDB, SIGMOD, ICDE, WWW, CIKM, ISWC, BPM, ER, ICWS, ICSOC, IEEE SCC, IEEE Cloud, TPCTC, DASFAA, ICPE, JCDL and DEXA. One of his papers has awarded the Outstanding Paper Excellence Award 2009 of Emerald Literati Network. Dr. Sakr is a constant reviewer for IEEE TKDE, IEEE TSC, IEEE Software, ACM TWEB, ACM TAAS, DKE Elsevier, JSS Elsevier, WWW Springer, Distributed and Parallel Databases Springer and many other international conferences and journals. He is an associate editor of the cluster computing journal, a guest editor of a special issue of Transactions on Large-Scale Data and Knowledge-Centered Systems (TLDKS) and an editorial board member of many reputable international journals. Dr. Sakr is an IEEE Senior Member.





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With Lizhe Wang and Albert Zomaya, We are editing a special issue of Transactions on Large-Scale Data and Knowledge-Centered Systems (TLDKS), Springer on "Advanced Techniques for Cloud Data Management". Please submit your paper!



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December 2014 Our Paper “DREAM: Distributed RDF Engine with Adaptive Query Planner and Minimal Communication” has been accepted in the 41th International Conference on Vary Large Databases (VLDB 2015).



December 2014 Our Paper “Runtime Detection of Business Process Compliance Violations: An Approach based on Anti Patterns” has been accepted in the 30th ACM/SIGAPP Symposium On Applied Computing - Enterprise Engineering Track (SAC 2015).



October 2014 We are pleased to announce the release of the beta version of the Liquid Benchmarking platform, a platform that seeks of democratizing the performance evaluation and benchmarking processes in the computer science research field. The full documentation of using the platform is available here



August 2014 Jointly with Ahmed Barnawi and Zakaria Maamar, we recieved $450K funding for the project "Towards Comprehensive Social Platform for Supporting the Business Process Management Life Cycle" from King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST).



August 2014 Our Demo “SUPER: Social-based Business Process Management Framework” has been accepted in the 12th International Conference on Service Oriented Computing (ICSOC 2014).



August 2014 IBM developerWorks Article, “A brief comparative perspective on SQL access for Hadoop” [Article Link].



July 2014 Two Papers: “On Characterizing the Performance of Distributed Graph Computation Platforms” and “Towards an Extensible Middleware for Database Benchmarks” have been accepted in the 6th TPC Technology Conference on Performance Evaluation & Benchmarking (TPCTC'14).



July 2014 Associate Editor of the Cluster Computing Journal, Springer.



June 2014 Our patent "Graph Query Processing Using Plurality of Engines" has been published.



May 2014 IEEE Certificate of Appreciation for Diligent PC Members of ICWS'14 has been awarded.



April 2014 We have organized a new successful edition of the The 5th International Workshop on Graph Data Management: Techniques and Applications (GDM 2014) in conjunction with ICDE'14. The workshop program is available here.



March 2014 Attending IC2E 2014 Conference at Boston, USA and presenting a tutorial on "Cloud-Hosted Databases: Technologies, Challenges and Opportunities".



March 2014 Our book “Cloud Data Management” is available [Book Link] [Amazon Link].



March 2014 Our book “Large Scale and Big Data: Processing and Management” is available [Book Link] [Amazon Link].



February 2014 Our Tutorial Proposal “Effective Management of Large Repositories of Business Process Models” has been accepted in the 26th International Conference on Advanced Information Systems Engineering (CAiSE 2014) .



October 2013 Our Tutorial Proposal “Cloud-Hosted Databases: Technologies, Challenges and Opportunities” has been accepted in the IEEE International Conference on Cloud Engineering (IC2E 2014) .



November 2013 IBM developerWorks Article, “Oozie workflow scheduler for Hadoop” [Article Link].



November 2013 Visiting University of Sharjah (UAE), Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar and Zayed University (UAE)

October 2013 Stanford Innovation and Entrepreneurship Certificate has been awarded.



October 2013 Our Paper “Hybrid Query Execution Engine For Large Attributed Graphs” has been accepted in the Information Systems Journal, Elsevier.



October 2013 Our Tutorial Proposal “Cloud-Hosted Databases: Technologies, Challenges and Opportunities” has been accepted in the IEEE International Conference on Cloud Engineering (IC2E 2014) .



September 2013 IBM developerWorks Article, “Get to know the R-project Toolkit in InfoSphere Streams” [Article Link].



August 2013 Our Poster “D-SPARQ: Scalable SPARQL Query Processing Using Graph Partitioning and MongoDB” has been accepted in the 12th International Semantic Web Conference (ISWC 2013).



July 2013 Our Demo “Consumer-Centric SLA Manager for Cloud-Hosted Databases” has been accepted in the ACM International Conference on Information and Knowledge Management (CIKM 2013).



July 2013 Our Paper “Towards Comprehensive Measurement of Consistency Guarantees for Cloud-Hosted Data Storage Services” has been accepted in the Fifth TPC Technology Conference on Performance Evaluation and Benchmarking (TPCTC 2013).



July 2013 Jointly with Ahmed Barnawi, Omar A. Batarfi and Fuad G. Bajaber, we recieved $1.2M funding for 3 research projects on the areas of Big Data and Cloud Computing from King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST).



June 2013 Completed UNSW Foundations of University Learning and Teaching Program (FULT).



June 2013 Our Paper “Cloud-Hosted Databases: Technologies, Challenges and Opportunities” has been accepted in the Cluster Computing Journal, Springer.



June 2013 IBM developerWorks Article, “Processing large-scale graph data: A guide to current technology” [Article Link].



June 2013 AWS Business and Technical Professional Accreditations.


June 2013 Blog posts on Safari Books Online, “An Introduction to Storm” [Post 1 Link] [Post 2 Link].



May 2013 Joined the Editorial Advisory Board of the Journal of Recent Patents on Computer Science, Bentham Science Publishers.



May 2013 IBM developerWorks Article, “An introduction to InfoSphere Streams: A platform for analyzing big data in motion” [Article Link].



May 2013 Our Position Paper “Is Your Cloud-Hosted Database Truly Elastic?” has been accepted in the IEEE 9th World Congress on Services (IEEE SERVICES 2013).



April 2012 Two Papers “Improving Availablity for Cloud-Based Applications through Deployment Choices” and “Incorporating Uncertainty into in-Cloud Application Deployment Decisions for Availability” have been accepted in the 6th IEEE International Conference on Cloud Computing (IEEE CLOUD'13).



April 2013 My best congratulations for our student, Dr. Liang Zhao, for his PhD graduation from School of Computer Science and Engineering at University of New South Wales.



April 2013 Attending ICDE 2013 Conference at Brisbane, Australia.



April 2013 We have organized a new successful edition of the The 4th International Workshop on Graph Data Management: Techniques and Applications (GDM 2013) in conjunction with ICDE'13. The workshop program is available here.



April 2013 Our Paper “Availability Analysis for Deployment of In-Cloud Applications” has been accepted in the 4th International ACM SIGSOFT Symposium on Architecting Critical Systems (ISARCS 2013).



March 2013 IBM developerWorks Article, “Supply cloud-level data scalability with NoSQL databases” [Article Link].



February 2013 My best congratulations for my wife, Dr. Radwa Elshawi, for her PhD graduation from School of Information Technologies at University of Sydney.



January 2013 Our Paper “A Framework for Consumer-Centric SLA Management of Cloud-Hosted Databases” has been accepted in the IEEE Transactions on Service Computing (IEEE TSC).



January 2013 Our Paper “The Family of MapReduce and Large Scale Data Processing Systems” has been accepted in the journal of ACM Computing Surveys (ACM CSUR).



January 2013 Our Paper “Modeling Performance of a Parallel Streaming Engine: Bridging Theory and Costs” has been accepted in the 4th ACM/SPEC International Conference on Performance Engineering (ICPE 2013).



December 2012 Patent field by Microsoft “Graph Query Processing Using Plurality of Engines” with Sameh Elnikety and Yuxiong He.



December 2012 IEEE membserhip has been upgraded to the Senior Memeber level.



August 2012 Cloudera Certified Specialist in Apache HBase (CCSHB).


July 2012 Our Paper “G-SPARQL: A Hybrid Engine for Querying Large Attributed Graphs” has been accepted in the 21st ACM International Conference on Information and Knowledge Management (CIKM 2012).



July 2012 Our Paper “Querying Process Models Repositories By Aggregated Graph Search” has been accepted at rBPM'12 Workshop (BPM'12 Workshops).



July 2012 Our Paper “An Architecture Framework for Application-Managed Scaling of Cloud-Hosted Relational Databases” has been accepted at Nordic Symposium on Cloud Computing and Internet Technologies.



June 2012 Our Paper “On Efficient Processing of BPMN-Q Queries” has been accepted in Journal of Computers in Industry, Elsevier.



May 2012 Two Papers “SLA-Based and Consumer-Centric Dynamic Provisioning for Cloud Databases” and “Application-Managed Replication Controller for Cloud-Hosted Databases” have been accepted in the 5th IEEE International Conference on Cloud Computing (IEEE CLOUD'12).



April 2012 Attending WWW 2012 Conference at Lyon, France and presenting a tutorial on "Querying and Exchanging XML and RDF on the Web" with Axel Polleres.



April 2012 IBM developerWorks Article, “Use SQL-like languages for the MapReduce framework” [Article Link].



April 2012 We have organized a successful edition of the The 3rd International Workshop on Graph Data Management: Techniques and Applications (GDM 2012) in conjunction with ICDE'12. The workshop program and slides of the presentations are available here.



April 2012 Attending ICDE 2012 Conference at Washington DC, USA.



December 2011 Our Paper “Application-Managed Database Replication on Virtualized Cloud Environments” has been accepted in the Data Management in the Cloud (DMC) Workshop in Conjunction with ICDE'12.



December 2011 Our Tutorial Proposal “Querying and Exchanging XML and RDF on the Web” has been accepted in the World Wide Web Conference (WWW 2012), Lyon, France.



November 2011 Our Paper “On Understanding the Economics and Elasticity Challenges of Deploying Business Applications on Public Cloud Infrastructure” has been accepted in Journal of Internet Services and Applications.



October 2011 Cloudera Certified Developer for Apache Hadoop.


September 2011 Our Paper “A Decade of Database Conferences: A Look Inside The Program Committees” has been accepted in the Scientometrics Journal.



August 2011 Attending VLDB 2011 Conference at Seattle, USA.



July 2011 IBM developerWorks Article, “Investigate state-of-the-art XML compression techniques” [Article Link].



July 2011 Our book “Graph Data Management: Techniques and Applications” is available [Book Link] [Amazon Link].



July 2011 Attending ICWS'11, IEEE SCC'11 , IEEE CLOUD'11 Conferences at Washington DC, USA.



July 2011 Our Demo “BPModelMasher: Manage Your Process Variants Effectively” has been accepted at the 9th International Conference on Business Process Management (BPM 2011).



June 2011 Our Paper “Design by Selection: A Reuse-based Approach for Business Process Modeling” has been accepted in the 30th International Conference on Conceptual Modeling (ER 2011).



June 2011 Attending Cloud Futures 2011 Workshop at Seattle, USA.



May 2011 Visiting Research Scientist at the eXtreme Computing Group (XCG), Microsoft Research, Redmond, US.



May 2011 Our Paper “A Query Language for Analyzing Business Processes Execution” has been accepted in the 9th International Conference on Business Process Management (BPM 2011).



April 2011 Our Paper “MyDeepWeb: An Integration Service for your OWN Deep Web Data” has been accepted in the WIP Track of The 8th IEEE International Conference on Services Computing (IEEE SCC 2011).



April 2011 Our Paper “CloudDB AutoAdmin: Towards a Truly Elastic Cloud-Based Data Store” has been accepted in the WIP Track of The 9th IEEE International Conference on Web Services (ICWS 2011).



April 2011 We have organized The 2nd International Workshop on Graph Data Management: Techniques and Applications (GDM 2011) in conjunction with ICDE'11. The workshop program and slides of the presentations are available here.



April 2011 Attending ICDE'11 Conference at Hannover, Germany.



April 2011 Visiting Fraunhofer IESE, Kaiserslautern, Germany.



April 2011 I have been invited to join the editorial board of the International Journal of Web Engineering and Technology (IJWET). Please submit your papers there ;-)



March 2011 Our Paper “A Survey of Large Scale Data Management Approaches in Cloud Environments” has been accepted in the journal of IEEE Communications Surveys and Tutorials.



March 2011 Our Paper “A Decade of Database Research Publications: A Look Inside” has been accepted in the Scientometrics Journal.



March 2011 Our Paper “Partial Process Models to Manage Business Process Variants” has been accepted in a special Issue of the International Journal of Business Process Integration and Management (IJBPIM).



March 2011 Our Demo “Liquid Benchmarks: Benchmarking-as-a-Service” has been accepted at JCDL'11 Conference.



Nov./Dec. 2010 USA Research Trip: Visiting Microsoft Research, Redmond - Cloudera - RAD Lab @ Berkeley .



September 2010 Attending VLDB'10 Conference at Singapore.



September 2010 Our Paper “Efficient and Adaptable Query Workload-Aware Management for RDF Data” has been accepted at WISE'10 Conference.



August 2010 Our Paper “Efficient Relational Techniques for Processing Graph Queries” has been accepted at JCST Journal.



August 2010 Off-site Leadership NICTA Training



July 2010 Our Paper “Liquid Benchmarks: Towards An Online Platform for Collaborative Assessment of Computer Science Research Results” has been accepted at TPC TC'10 Conference.



July 2010 Our Paper “An Efficient Features-Based Processing Technique for Supergraph Queries” has been accepted at IDEAS'10 Conference.



July 2010 Annual Vacation To Egypt (Home Sweet Home ;-).



June 2010 Our Paper “On Maintaining Consistency of Process Model Variants” has been accepted at rBPM'10 Workshop.



April 2010 Attending WWW'10 Conference at Raleigh, NC, USA.



April 2010 Attending DASFAA'10 Conference at Tsukuba, Japan.



February 2010 Call for Chapter Proposals: “Graph Data Management: Techniques and Applications”, IDEA Group Publishing, Hershey, USA, 2010.



January 2010 Our Demo “A Framework for Querying Graph-Based Business Process Models” has been accepted at WWW'10 Conference.



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