Gustavo Alonso

Systems Group
Department of Computer Science
ETH Zentrum, CAB F 77
CH-8092 Zurich

ETH Zurich

Tel.:     +41-(0)44-632 7306
Fax:     +41-(0)44-632 1425
E-mail: alonso@inf (add "")






I am a professor at the Department of Computer Science of ETH Zurich (ETHZ) in Switzerland.

I am from Madrid, Spain, where I studied telecommunications -electrical engineering- at the Madrid Technical University (ETSIT, Politecnica de Madrid). As a Fulbright scholar, I completed an M.S. and Ph.D. in Computer Science at UC Santa Barbara. After graduating from Santa Barbara, I worked at the IBM Almaden Research Center for a year before joining ETHZ. At ETHZ, I am part of the Systems Group and the Enterprise Computing Center. I am a Fellow of the ACM and of the IEEE.

My research interests encompass almost all aspects of systems, from design to run time. I work in distributed systems, databases, middleware, and system aspects of programming languages. Most of my research these days is related to multi-core architectures, large clusters, FPGAs, and big data, mainly working on adapting traditional system software (OS, database, middleware) to modern hardware platforms.

I have received several awards for my research and technical contributions, the most recent ones include the AOSD 2012 Most Influential Paper Award for work on dynamic aspect oriented programming, the VLDB 2010 Ten Year Best Paper Award for work on database replication, the FCCM 2013 Best Paper Award for work on implementing skyline operators on FPGAs, and the 2009 ICDCS Best Paper Award for work on Remote Direct Memory Access. I have been PC-Chair, Vice-Chair, or Track Chair of a number of conferences in several areas, among others: Middleware (2004), VLDB (2006), ICDE (2008), Business Process Management  (2007), the VLDB Experimental and Analisys Track (2012), ICDCS (2014), and EDBT (2015).  


  • PC Chair, EDBT 2015, Brussels, Belgium
  • PC Member, CIDR 2015, Asilomar CA, USA
  • PC Member, SYSTOR 2015, Haifa, Israel
  • PC Member, EuroSys 2015, Bordeaux, France
  • PC Member, SOSP 2015, Monterey CA, USA
  • 2015 EuroSys Lifetime Achievements Award
  • New Publications Committee, ACM

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