Alekh Jindal

Alekh Jindal

Principal Scientist Lead
Gray Systems Laboratory (GSL)
Azure Data

Building 44/2C
15595 NE 36th St, Redmond, WA 98052, USA


Microsoft Research

I manage the Redmond site of Gray Systems Lab (GSL) at Microsoft. GSL is an applied research lab under Azure Data that focuses on research and development for databases, big-data, and cloud systems. My research focusses on improving the performance of large-scale data-intensive systems. Earlier, I was a postdoc associate in the Database Group at MIT CSAIL, working with Professors Sam Madden and Michael Stonebraker. I received my PhD from Saarland University, working with Prof. Jens Dittrich, During my PhD, I worked on flexible and scalable data storage for traditional databases as well as for MapReduce. Before that I completed masters studies at Max Planck Institute for Informatics and received bachelor degree from IIT Kanpur.

Research Interests
  • Machine Learning for Databases
  • Workload Optimization in Cloud Data Services
  • Large-scale Data-intensive Systems
  • Data Preparation and Design
  • Big Data Analytics

Current Projects
Past Projects
DBLP, Google Scholar
  • Computation Reuse in Analytics Job Service (US20190318025A1).
  • Learning Optimizer for Shared Cloud (US20190303475A1).
  • Selection of Subexpressions to Materialize for Datacenter Scale (US20190236189A1).
  • Replicated data storage system and methods (WO2013139379).
  • A method for storing and accessing data in a database system (WO2012032184, US20130226959).

Professional Activities
Short CV
  • April 2013 - August 2015:
    Postdoctoral Associate, CSAIL, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA.
    Focus: Big Data Analytics. Research Teaching
    Mentor: Prof. Samuel Madden

  • February 2010 - August 2012:
    Ph.D. (Summa Cum Laude), Computer Science, Saarland University, Germany.
    Thesis: OctopusDB:Flexible and Scalable Storage Management for Arbitrary Database Engines. PDF
    Supervisor: Prof. Jens Dittrich

  • October 2008 - January 2010:
    Master of Science (honors), Computer Science, Saarland University & Max Plank Institute for Informatics, Germany.
    Thesis: Quality in Phrase Mining. PDF
    Supervisors: Prof. Jens Dittrich, Prof. Gerhard Weikum

  • July 2002 - June 2006:
    Bachelor of Technology, Electrical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, India.
    Thesis: Microcontroller Based Power Distribution Monitoring & Control. PDF
    Supervisor: Prof. S. P. Das