Rakesh Agrawal is a
Microsoft Technical Fellow
and heads the
in Microsoft Research. He is the recipient of the ACM-SIGKDD First Innovation Award,
ACM-SIGMOD Edgar F. Codd Innovations Award,
ACM-SIGMOD Test of Time Award,
VLDB 10-Yr Most Influential Paper Award, ICDE Most Influential Paper Award,
and Computerworld First Horizon Award. He is
a Member of the National
Academy of Engineering, a
Fellow of ACM, and a
Fellow of IEEE.
Scientific American named him to the list of
50 top scientists and technologists in 2003.
Prior to joining Microsoft in March 2006, Rakesh was an
IBM Fellow and led the
IBM Almaden Research Center.
Earlier, he was with the
Bell Laboratories, Murray Hill from 1983
to 1989. He also worked for 3 years at India's premier company,
the Bharat Heavy
He received the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in
Computer Science from the
University of Wisconsin-Madison
He also holds a B.E. degree in Electronics and Communication
and a two-year Post Graduate Diploma in Industrial Engineering from the National Institute of Industrial Engineering
Rakesh is well-known for developing fundamental data
mining concepts and technologies and pioneering key concepts in data
privacy, including Hippocratic Database, Sovereign Information Sharing, and
Privacy-Preserving Data Mining. IBM's commercial data mining product,
Intelligent Miner, grew out of his work. His research has been incorporated into other IBM products, including
DB2 Mining Extender, DB2 OLAP Server and WebSphere Commerce Server, and has
influenced several other commercial and academic products, prototypes and
applications. His other technical contributions include
Polyglot object-oriented type system,
Alert active database system,
Ode (Object database and environment),
(extension of relational databases with generalized transitive closure),
Nest distributed system,
transaction management, and
Rakesh has been granted
He has published more than 150 research
papers, many of them considered seminal.
He has written the
1st as well as 2nd highest cited
of all papers in
the fields of databases and data mining
(13th and 15th most cited across all computer science as of
Februray 2007 in CiteSeer).
Wikipedia lists one of his papers as one of the
most influential database papers.
His papers have been
cited more than
with more than 15 of them receiving more than 100
citations each. He is the most cited author in the field of database
systems. His work has been featured in New York Times Year in Review,
New York Times Science section, and several other publications.
Rakesh's new quest is to use Internet to bring the benefits of computing
to the underserved.