Me

Saarland University
Information Systems Group
Building E 1.1, 3rd floor, room 3.09
Email: lastname@cs.uni-saarland.de
Telephone: +49 681 302 70144
Last update: October 2014

In a nutshell

I was born in Mexico City, where I grew up and lived until the age of 25. I practiced rowing for about 9 years, of which about 5 were at international competitive level for Mexico's national team. During that time I started studying Physics at the Faculty of Sciences at UNAM, but later on I decided to change to Computer Science. My bachelor thesis was supervised by Prof. Dr. Jorge Urrutia. I obtained a master degree in Computer Science from Saarland University, in Saarbrücken, Germany, where my thesis was supervised by Prof. Dr. Raimund Seidel, who remained as my Ph.D supervisor. I am currently a Research Associate at the Information Systems Group headed by Prof. Dr. Jens Dittrich at Saarland University.

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In the academics

Education

2007-2012:Ph.D in Computer Science (Dr.-Ing.) at Saarland University under supervision of Prof. Dr. Raimund Seidel. 2006-2007:Master in Computer Science (M. Sc.) at Saarland University and International Max-Planck Research School For Computer Science (IMPRS) under supervision of Prof. Dr. Raimund Seidel. 2001-2005:Bachelor of Computer Science (B. Sc.) at National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) under supervision of Prof. Dr. Jorge Urrutia.

Research interests

My current research is mainly focused on algorithmic aspects in databases. In particular, I am currently working in indexing (data structures) for main memory databases on multi-core systems; with a focus on large datasets. My interests lie strongly in the design of algorithms and data structures that, if possible, are relevant in theory and practice. This develoment process ought to work at the amazing intersection between Theoretical Computer Science and Engineering. Thus far, my work has fallen into the following areas: Combinatorial and Algorithmic Geometry, (Algorithm) Engineering, Combinatorics, Data Structures, Parameterized Complexity, and ( NUMA-aware) Parallel Algorithms. In general, I am highly interested in areas having algorithmic flavor.

Publications

Awards

Recent teaching support activities


Other professional activities

I have been a reviewer for the following conferences and journals: CCCG, SoCG, VLDB, ICDE, IJCGA. SODA, SIGMOD.

The rest of the time

I (hopelessly try to) keep a blog.

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