Associate Professor of Computer Science
Waltham, MA 02454
phone: 781 736 2738
fax: 781 736 2741
email: mfc AT brandeis DOT edu
Graduate Student Advising
My slides advising new grad students on course selection, and
presented at the new graduate student orientation on 8/24/2010, are
available here: (Powerpoint
2007) or here: (Powerpoint 2003).
Ph.D, Brown University, 1999
M.S., Concordia University, 1992
B.Ed., McGill University, 1984
My primary interests are in Database Systems, and in
particular, niche data management areas such as stream processing and
data warehouses. I am presently working on the following project:
- The DEVEL-OP project involves designing a development environment
for building query optimizers and includes:
This work is supported by NSF Award #1217952: A Development Environment for Query Optimizer Engineering.
- a suite of software tools for compiling optimizer components from declarative specifications,
and for debgugging, profiling and visualization of generated components, and
- a benchmark for measuring the effectiveness and efficiency of query optimizers and their
My DBLP page can be found here.
I am one of the founders and organizers of NEDS: the [N]ew [E]ngland
[D]atabase [S]ociety. Please consult the NEDS
web page for more information.
I am also a co-founder of and
consultant for two startups: Streambase (a commercialization of Aurora) and Vertica (a commercialization of C-Store).
Prior to my academic career, I was a high school and elementary school
teacher in Quebec, Canada. I first taught elementary school in a small isolated
village named Bradore Bay on Quebec's Lower North Shore near Labrador. I then spent 5 years teaching
at a high school in Montreal.
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