About Me

Rionda @ LeicaPassionDay 2010 by Andrea Podestà

I am a 5th year Ph.D. candidate in Computer Science at Brown University (Providence, RI) under the supervision of Prof. Eli Upfal. My defense is scheduled for April 18, 2014. My dissertation committee also includes Prof. Uğur Çetintemel (Brown CS), and Prof. Basilis Gidas (Brown Appl. Math.).

My Ph.D. research is focused on the use of methods from statistical learning theory and probability in Big Data analytics (aka knowledge discovery, aka data mining), especially on graphs and transactional datasets, and for database management (selectivity estimation, approximation of aggregate queries), and more broadly in computer science. I have a strong belief that algorithms should provide provable guarantees on their output, and at the same time be highly practical to be used in real scenarios. I am also very interested in MapReduce and in the development of algorithms for data analytics on this and other novel computing platforms.

I am a member of the Data Management Research Group and of the Theory Group at Brown CS. I work on Project BIGDATA and used to work on Project Longview.

My current Erdős number is 3 (Erdős → Suen → Upfal → Matteo). I'd love to lower it to 2.

In my salad days, I used to be a FreeBSD developer (src committer) and the release engineer for FreeSBIE 2.x.


Email: matteo@cs.brown.edu

Room: CIT 321

Address: Box 1910, 115 Waterman Street 4th Fl., Providence, RI 02912

Twitter: @riondabsd

Where am I going next?

A list of upcoming events I am attending. Drop me a line or tweet if you would like to meet there!

Apr 18: I'm defending my PhD thesis!

Apr 24—26: SIAM International Conference on Data Mining (SDM), Philadelphia. I'm presenting a paper.