Peter Boncz appointed ACM Fellow
Boncz is specifically selected for his contributions to the design of columnar, main-memory, and vectorized database systems. The award is a great scientific honour.
Only five Dutch computer scientists previously received this symbol of excellence, among whom Edsger Dijkstra, Martin Kersten and Andrew Tanenbaum, who all worked at CWI. The two currently active Dutch ACM fellows are Joost-Pieter Katoen and Wil van der Aalst, both at RWTH Aachen.
About Peter Boncz
Peter Boncz is a researcher in the area of data systems in the Database Architectures group and a member of the CWI management team. He is also professor in the special chair of Large Scale Analytical Database Systems at VU University Amsterdam and co-founder of four spin-off companies in data systems.
His efforts to create a Dutch data systems ecosystem led to Databricks investing more than 100M euro in an Amsterdam R&D center, and the creation of the partnership strategy of DuckDB Labs (the latest spin-off from his group) that led to the new startup MotherDuck. He has also been general chair of SIGMOD 2019 Amsterdam and co-organizes now the originally US-only CIDR conference in Amsterdam, as well as Amsterdam Data Science meetups around these.
The ADS Thesis Award winners for 2022 are Philipp Sommerhalter and Sarah Kwakkelaar in the BSc category and Krijn Doekemeijer and Julia Sudnik for the MSc category. The winners were announced at the ADS Highlights Event on the 8th of December 2022!
A symposium entitled ‘From Systems and Networks to Complex Cyber Infrastructures’ took place on 9th December 2022 in honor of Cees de Laat (UvA IvI) and Leon Gommans (UvA IvI).
CWI spin-off company DuckDB Labs helped create startup MotherDuck which aims to connect DuckDB to the cloud. MotherDuck sports some big names: its CEO is Jordan Tigani, founding engineer at Google’s BigQuery, Google’s fully managed data analysis platform. A big part of the $47.5 million funding comes from Andreessen Horowitz, a prominent venture capital firm, specialized in technology startups.