Gustavo Alonso

Systems Group
Department of Computer Science
STF J 420, Stampfenbachstrasse 114
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 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 before joining ETH Zurich. At ETH, I am part of the Systems Group. I am a Fellow of the ACM and of the IEEE, a Distinguished Alumnus of the Department of Computer Science of UC Santa Barbara, and I have received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the European Chapter of ACM SIGOPS (EuroSys).

My research interests encompass almost all aspects of systems, from design to run time. I work in distributed systems, databases, cloud computing, and hardware acceleration of data science. My recent research is related to multi-core architectures, large clusters, FPGAs, and big data, mainly working on adapting traditional system software (OS, databases, networking) to modern hardware platforms.

Some of the research awards I have received include: the Middleware 2019 test of Time Award for work on mobile computing and the cloud, the Middleware 2017 Test-of-Time Award for work on distributed software modularization, the FCCM 2013 Best Paper Award for work on skyline operators on FPGAs, 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,  and the 2009 ICDCS Best Paper Award for work on Remote Direct Memory Access. I have served as chair or vice-chair in several conferences, among others: Middleware (2004), VLDB (2006), Business Process Management  (2007), ICDE (2008), the VLDB Experiments and Analysis Track (2012), ICDCS (2014), EDBT (2015), VLDB Industry Track (2016), EuroSys (2017), and ICDE Industry Track (2018).  


  • ACM Doctoral Dissertation Award Committee 2024, co-Chair
  • SIGMOD Jim Gray Dissertation Award 2024, Chair
  • PC co-Chair, CIDR 2025
  • PC, ASPLOS 2024
  • PC, IEEE ICDE, Future Technologies Track


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  •                       Gustavo Alonso, ETH Zurich, 2023-2024