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Associate Vice Provost for Data Science – Magdalena Balazinska

Magdalena Balazinska

Faculty Profile

As Associate Vice Provost for Data Science, Magdalena Balazinska serves as the Director of the University’s eScience Institute, whose mission is to empower researchers and students in all fields to answer fundamental questions through the use of large, complex, and noisy data. The institute furthers those goals through a large set of education, research, and community building activities. Dr. Balazinska also leads the development of new cross-campus data science education programs at the graduate and undergraduate levels and, generally works toward the expansion of data science education on campus. She is also the University’s point person for questions related to data science research and education, directing people to relevant resources and experts.

Dr. Balazinska received her Ph.D. in Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2006 and joined the Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering at the UW, where she is now a full professor.

Nationally, Dr. Balazinska is known in the database community and has served as PC co-chair and general chair for some of its top conferences. Prof. Balazinska received numerous awards. She is a Microsoft Research New Faculty Fellow (2007), received the inaugural VLDB Women in Database Research Award (2016), an ACM SIGMOD Test-of-Time Award (2017), an NSF CAREER Award (2009), a 10-year most influential paper award (2010), two Google Research Awards (2011 and 2018), an HP Labs Research Innovation Award (2009-2010), a Rogel Faculty Support Award (2006), a Microsoft Research Graduate Fellowship (2003-2005), and multiple best-paper awards.

Dr. Balazinska continues to teach and maintains an active research program in the field of database management systems. Her current research focuses on data management for data science, big data systems, cloud computing, and image and video analytics (including data management for VR/AR).