Michael Cafarella is an Associate Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Michigan. His research interests include databases, information extraction, data integration, and data mining. He has published extensively in venues such as SIGMOD, VLDB, and elsewhere. Mike received his PhD from the University of Washington, Seattle, in 2009 with advisors Oren Etzioni and Dan Suciu. He received the NSF CAREER award in 2011, a Sloan Research Fellowship in 2016, and was a 2016 Morris Wellman Faculty Development Professor. In addition to his academic work, he cofounded (with Doug Cutting) the Hadoop open-source project. He also cofounded (with Chris Re and Feng Niu) Lattice Data, Inc., which is now part of Apple.
I earned my Ph.D. from the University of Washington in 2009, with advisors Oren Etzioni
and Dan Suciu
. I also worked with Alon Halevy
at Google during an extended internship there. Before graduate school I worked for a couple of startups in California: Marimba, which did software distribution infrastructure; and Tellme Networks
, which did (and does) voice recognition phone services. With Doug Cutting, I also costarted the Nutch
open-source projects; I worked on them for many years but am no longer actively developing. I also cofounded Lattice Data, Inc. Finally, I'm very grateful to both the Sloan Foundation for a 2016 Sloan Research Fellowship, and the Wellman family for supporting the Morris Wellman Faculty Development Professorship (which I received at the start of 2016).