Amr El Abbadi

CRML Affiliated Faculty

Distinguished Professor, Computer Science



Prof. El Abbadi's research addresses some of the most fundamental problems facing us at the beginning of the twenty first century, namely, how to manage the ever increasing amount of data humanity is generating and studying. The issue of scalability of data is encountered in a wide variety of applications, including astronomy, biology, physics, as well as network analysis and data mining. At the same time, as people and enterprises depend increasingly on storing private data in databases and computers, issues of privacy and security become of paramount importance. . The main challenge is to efficiently manage this large amount of growing data so as to respond in a timely and secure manner to the queries posed by scientists, biologists, engineers, analysts, etc. The focus of Prof. El Abbadi's research is to explore novel methods to solve these scalability problems in a reliable, efficient and privacy preserving manner. His approach uses novel techniques, and can be categorized as methods using novel hardware solutions, methods using efficient mathematical tools, and methods using good old software solutions for storage management. Prof. El Abbadi's research is grounded in specific applications that ensure that his results are practical and can have the strongest impact of the real world.


Amr El Abbadi is a Distinguished Professor of the Computer Science Department at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Prof. El Abbadi was Chair of the Computer Science Department at UCSB from 2007 to 2011. He has served as a journal editor for several database journals, including, currently, The VLDB Journal and IEEE Transactions on Computers. He has been Program Chair for multiple database and distributed systems conferences. He has served as a board member of the VLDB Endowment from 2002—2008, and is currently a member of the Executive Committee of the Technical Committee of Data Engineering (TCDE). He has published over 300 articles in databases and distributed systems.