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Julia Stoyanovich

Assistant Professor

Computer Science

Dr. Stoyanovich's research is in the area of data and knowledge management. She focuses on developing novel information discovery approaches, with the goal of helping the user identify relevant information, and ultimately transform that information into knowledge. She is particularly excited about the challenges that arise in life sciences applications and in social information processing - domains that are experiencing unprecedented growth in the amount and richness of available data. Having graduated from college, Dr. Stoyanovich spent 5 years in the start-up industry, as a software developer, data architect and database administrator. This experience has motivated her to work with real datasets whenever possible, and to deliver results of her research to the communities of target users, as part of open-source systems or as stand-alone prototypes. Dr. Stoyanovich teaches courses in the data management curriculum at CCI.


  • PhD, Computer Science, Columbia University
  • MS, Computer Science, Columbia University
  • BS (magna cum laude), Computer Science, University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • BS (magna cum laude), Mathematics and Statistics, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Research/Teaching Interests

Data and knowledge management, software development, database management, data-intensive workflow, social context search and ranking, information discovery

Select Publications

  • "Search and Result Presentation in Scientific Workflow Repositories", Susan Davidson, Xiaocheng Huang, Julia Stoyanovich, Xiaojie Yuan. Proceedings of SSDBM 2013. pdf
  • "Efficient Network-Aware Search in Collaborative Tagging Sites", Sihem Amer Yahia, Michael Benedikt, Laks V.S. Lakshmanan, Julia Stoyanovich. Proceedings of the VLDB Endowment, 1(1), 2008. pdf
  • "Putting Lipstick on Pig: Enabling Database-style Workflow Provenance", Yael Amsterdamer, Susan B. Davidson, Daniel Deutch, Tova Milo, Julia Stoyanovich, Val Tannen. Proceedings of the VLDB Endowment, 5(4), 2011. pdf

Grant Awards

  • Google Research Award: "Identifying ranked agreement among raters" (2012).

Awards & Recognition

  • CRA Computing Innovations Fellowship: "Data exploration in biological repositories" (2009-2011).
  • Michelman Award for service to the Computer Science Department, Columbia University (2008).
  • DuBois Undergraduate Research Scholarship, University of Massachusetts, Amherst (1997).
  • Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society

Professional Activities & Associations

  • Program committee member: SIGMOD 2013, ICDE (2013, 2011), EDBT (2013, 2011), WWW (2013, 2012), SSDBM 2012, AMW 2012, WebDB (2012, 2011), DBSocial 2012, SMANE 2012, CIKM 2010, SIASP 2010, VLDB 2009
  • Reviewer: PVLDB 2012-13, IEEE TKDE (2012, 2011), CACM 2012, ACM TODS (2012, 2011, 2008), VLDBJ (2013), ACM TWeb (2012), ACM TOSEM 2010, Bioinformatics 2011, SNAM 2011
  • External reviewer: SIGMOD 2008, VLDB 2008, VLDB 2006
  • Proceedings chair: EDBT/ICDT 2011
  • Web chair: PersDB 2009
  • Local arrangements chair: Spring 2008 North East DB/IR Day