Marcos Antonio Vaz Salles

Associate Professor
Coleader of the Data Management Systems (DMS) Group
Software, Data, People & Society (SDPS) Section
Department of Computer Science (DIKU)
University of Copenhagen

Universitetsparken 5
DK-2100 Copenhagen

Office location: Sigurdsgade 41, 2.10
Email: vmarcos [at] di [dot] ku [dot] dk
Voice: +45 2383 9958

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My research targets building declarative and efficient data-centric systems for emerging interactive applications, bringing together techniques from software engineering and data management. My recent work has been focused on distributed in-memory databases and spatial data management, where I am exploring the new abstraction of actor database systems as well as collaborating on projects in precision agriculture, urban contaminant management, and AI for open geodata management. In terms of approach, I am a systems-oriented, experimental computer scientist. In other words, I love to build novel systems and use experiments to validate their properties. My joint work on latency optimization for the cloud with collaborators from Cornell University has been distinguished in a special issue on the best papers of VLDB 2013. My former student Vivek Shah has been awarded the best paper runner up award at the VLDB 2014 PhD Workshop for his vision for transactional partitioning, a precursor to the idea of actor-relational database systems.

My teaching comprises courses at the MSc and BSc level, in both data management and computer systems, as well as mentoring activities for BSc, MSc, and PhD students. I have been influenced by an active, student-centered perspective in teaching and by the notion of constructive alignment. I have been honored with the DIKU Teacher of the Year 2012 award, and was a member of the committee on the revision of DIKU's BSc program in computer science. The latter was distinguished with a special DIKU Recognition Award in 2014.

You may find more information on current and past projects of our research group on the page of Data Management Systems @ DIKU.


Selected Publications

·      Rafael Pereira de Oliveira, Sérgio Lifschitz, Marcos Kalinowski, Marx Viana, Carlos Lucena, Marcos Antonio Vaz Salles.

Evaluating Database Self-Tuning Strategies in a Common Extensible Framework.

SBBD 2020 Online.

·      Angela Bonifati, Giovanni Guerrini, Carsten Lutz, Wim Martens, Lara Mazilu, Norman Paton, Marcos Antonio Vaz Salles, Marc Scholl, Yongluan Zhou.

Holding a Conference Online and Live due to COVID-19.

Blog@CACM [ArXiv PDF].

·      Stefan Oehmcke, Christoffer Thrysøe, Andreas Borgstad, Marcos Antonio Vaz Salles, Martin Brandt, Fabian Gieseke.

Detecting Hardly Visible Roads in Low-Resolution Satellite Time Series Data.

IEEE BigData 2019, Los Angeles, USA.

·      Yiwen Wang, Julio Cesar Dos Reis, Kasper Myrtue Borggren, Marcos Antonio Vaz Salles, Claudia Bauzer Medeiros, Yongluan Zhou.

Modeling and Building IoT Data Platforms with Actor-Oriented Databases.

EDBT 2019, Lisbon, Portugal.

·      Vivek Shah, Marcos Antonio Vaz Salles.

Reactors: A Case for Predictable, Virtualized Actor Database Systems.

ACM SIGMOD 2018, Houston, USA.

[Extended Version] [Slides by Vivek Shah] [Conference Presentation Video]

·      Thomas Jensen, Marcos Antonio Vaz Salles, Michael Vindahl Bang.

Declarative Cartography under Fine-Grained Access Control.

SSDBM 2018, Bozen-Bolzano, Italy.

·      Tao Zou, Ronan Le Bras, Marcos Antonio Vaz Salles, Alan Demers, Johannes Gehrke.

ClouDiA: A Deployment Advisor for Public Clouds.

The VLDB Journal 24(5): 633-653 (2015). Special Issue on the Best Papers of VLDB 2013.

[Slides by Tao Zou] [Conference Version] PVLDB 6(2): 109-120 (2012) / VLDB 2013, Riva del Garda, Italy.

·      Pimin Konstantin Kefaloukos, Marcos Antonio Vaz Salles, Martin Zachariasen.

Declarative Cartography: In-Database Map Generalization of Geospatial Datasets.

ICDE 2014, Chicago, USA.

·      Benjamin Sowell, Marcos Antonio Vaz Salles, Tuan Cao, Alan Demers, Johannes Gehrke.

An Experimental Analysis of Iterated Spatial Joins in Main Memory.

PVLDB 6(14): 1882-1893 (2013) / VLDB 2014, Hangzhou, China.

·      Tuan Cao, Marcos Antonio Vaz Salles, Benjamin Sowell, Yao Yue, Alan Demers, Johannes Gehrke, Walker White.

Fast Checkpoint Recovery Algorithms for Frequently Consistent Applications. [Slides]

ACM SIGMOD 2011, Athens, Greece.

At the conference, we also presented a demo on our recovery library.

·      Jens Dittrich, Lukas Blunschi, Marcos Antonio Vaz Salles.

MOVIES: Indexing Moving Objects by Shooting Index Images.

GeoInformatica 15(4): 727-767 (2011). This paper is an extended version of the SSTD 2009 conference paper.

·      Guozhang Wang, Marcos Antonio Vaz Salles, Benjamin Sowell, Xun Wang, Tuan Cao, Alan Demers, Johannes Gehrke, Walker White.

Behavioral Simulations in MapReduce. [Slides by Guozhang Wang]

PVLDB 3(1): 952-963 (2010) / VLDB 2010, Singapore.

·      Marcos Antonio Vaz Salles, Tuan Cao, Benjamin Sowell, Alan Demers, Johannes Gehrke, Christoph Koch, Walker White.

An Evaluation of Checkpoint Recovery for Massively Multiplayer Online Games [Slides by Tuan Cao].

PVLDB 2(1): 1258-1269 (2009) / VLDB 2009, Lyon, France.

·      Marcos Antonio Vaz Salles, Jens-Peter Dittrich, Shant Kirakos Karakashian, Olivier René Girard, Lukas Blunschi.

iTrails: Pay-as-you-go Information Integration in Dataspaces. [Slides] [Video]

VLDB 2007, Vienna, Austria.

·      Jens-Peter Dittrich, Marcos Antonio Vaz Salles.

iDM: A Unified and Versatile Data Model for Personal Dataspace Management.

VLDB 2006, Seoul, South Korea.



Teaching and Mentoring


·      At DIKU, I am teaching our undergraduate courses Data Science (since Feb/19-Jun/19) and Development of Information Systems (since Feb/17-Jun/17) over blocks 3 and 4, as well as the (new!) elective course Reactive and Event-Based Systems (Nov/19-Jan/20). In the past, I have taught Advanced Computer Systems (formerly Principles of Computer System Design) at the master's level (Nov/18-Jan/19, since Nov/11-Jan/12), as well as Databases and Web Programming / Data Mining (Feb/15-Apr/15, Feb/14-Apr/14) and Computer Networks (Apr/13-Jun/13, Apr/12-Jun/12) at the undergraduate level.

·      During Fall 2010, I taught Introduction to Database Systems (CS4320/1) at Cornell University. Previously, I have been a teaching assistant for the database implementation and data warehousing courses at ETH Zurich. I have also taught extension courses in database tuning while back home in Brazil.

·      I am mentoring the following people at DIKU:

o   Yiwen Wang, PhD student.

o   Tobias Hallundbæk Petersen, Industrial PhD student (from December 1, 2020).

o   Rodrigo Laigner, PhD student: as co-supervisor, primary supervisor: Yongluan Zhou.

o   Dmitry Seryhk, PhD student: as co-supervisor, primary supervisor: Cosmin Oancea.

·      In the past, I advised the following PhD students and postdocs at DIKU:

o   Vivek Shah, PhD student and postdoc. First employment: Deon Digital, Denmark

o   Kristoffer Stensbo-Smidt, postdoc co-mentored with Christian Igel. First employment: Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow at University of Cambridge.

o   Pimin Konstantin (Kostas) Kefaloukos, industrial PhD student, co-advised with Martin Zachariasen. First employment: UserReport, Denmark.

·      I have also advised 19 MSc thesis, five MSc project, and six BSc project/company project students at DIKU. In addition, I have co-advised four MSc thesis students and three BSc short project students.

·      While at Cornell, I have helped Johannes Gehrke advise a group of talented PhD students working on data management for games and simulations. While at ETH Zurich, I have co-advised seven MSc thesis and 10 BSc project students.

·      An acknowledgement is here due to my mentors: Johannes Gehrke (now at Microsoft) at Cornell University (postdoc), Jens Dittrich (now at Saarland University) and Donald Kossmann (now at Microsoft Research) at ETH Zurich (PhD), Sérgio Lifschitz at PUC-Rio (MSc), and Claudia Bauzer Medeiros at the University of Campinas (BSc).



Recent Service


·      Conference Organization

o   Finance chair of VLDB 2021, August 16-20, 2021, Copenhagen, Denmark.

o   General co-chair of EDBT/ICDT 2020 Joint Conference, March 29 - April 2, 2020, Copenhagen, Denmark.

o   Co-organizer of Workshop on Big Graph Analysis Systems @ DIKU, held 21-22 August 2017.

o   Advisory committee member for OBD 2014-2016.

o   Proceedings co-chair for ICDE 2012.

·      PC Member

o   VLDB 2021 / PVLDB vol. 14

o   ICDE 2021

o   IEEE BigData 2019

o   VLDB 2019 Demo Track

o   SSTD 2019 Demo Track

o   ACM SIGMOD 2019 Core PC

o   ICDE 2018 Industry and Applications Track

o   SSTD 2017 Demo Track

o   DSAA 2016 Applications Track

o   VLDB 2016 PhD Workshop

o   SSTD 2015 Demo Track

o   MobiWis 2015

o   ACM SIGMOD 2015

o   EDBT 2015

o   IEEE eScience 2014

o   SBBD 2014 / JIDM vol. 5

o   VLDB 2014 / PVLDB vol. 7

o   SSDBM 2013

o   MobiDE 2013

o   ICDE 2013

o   DanaC 2012

o   ACM SIGMOD 2012 Demo Track

o   ICDE 2012

·      Reviewer for VLDB Journal, ACM TODS, ACM SIGMOD Record, Journal of Information and Data Management, Information Systems, TKDE, SNAM, and GeoInformatica.

·      Keynote speaker at 2017 Nordic Plant Phenotyping Network Workshop, invited talk at Data Management Day @ University of Cyprus (in memoriam George Samaras), distinguished published paper talks at SBBD 2019 and SBBD 2020.

·      Department Service at DIKU

o   MSc Teaching Coordination Team: Organizer (concluded).

o   Department Council for Strategic Advising: Member (concluded).

o   DIKU Communication Board: Member (concluded).

o   CS BSc Curriculum Revision: Committee Member (concluded).

o   CS MSc Profile Revision: Committee Member (concluded).

o   Danish Bibliometric Evaluation: Section Representative (concluded).

o   CS BSc International Best Practices: Committee Member (concluded).


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