Database Research Group

WSI – Database Systems Research Group

Torsten Grust


Torsten Grust is a professor of Computer Science at Universität Tübingen, Germany, where he leads the Database Systems research group since 2008. Prior to his move to Tübingen, Torsten has been a professor of Database Systems at TU München and TU Clausthal. Torsten received his Diploma (M.Sc.) in Computer Science in 1994 and his PhD degree in 1999 from Universität Konstanz. In 2000, Torsten was a visiting scientist with the IBM Silicon Valley Laboratories, San Jose, CA, USA.

Torsten performs research into the design, compilation, optimization, and evaluation of a variety of database languages. In this work, he often walks the fine line between database query and programming language technology. His group develops techniques that turn relational database systems into scalable processors also for non-relational query and programming languages. Torsten is at his happiest whenever he finds new evidence that database and programming language research can mutually benefit each other.

Upcoming and Recent Activities

  • September 2016: Co-Chair VLDB 2016 PhD Workshop. New Dehli, India, September 9, 2016 (jointly with Andy Pavlo, Kamal Karlapalem).
  • April 2016—: Guest Editor Programming Languages for Big Data, a Special Issue of the Journal of Functional Programming
  • December 2014: Co-Organizer Dagstuhl Seminar 14511 on "Programming Languages for Big Data (PlanBig)", December 14-19, 2014 (jointly with James Cheney, Dimitrios Vytiniotis)
  • since March 2014: Member of the EDBT Executive Board
  • since April 2014: Dean of Studies of the Department of Computer Science
  • September 2012: Co-Chair XLDI 2012 — International Workshop on Cross-Model Language Design and Implementation. Collocated with ICFP 2012, September 9, 2012.

Membership in Editorial Boards, Program Committees

  • Editorial Boards: ACM TODS (2016–today), IEEE TKDE (2010–2013)

  • Program Committees: SNAPL 2017, BTW 2017 (software demonstrations), SIGMOD 2017, VLDB 2017, IPAW 2016, ICDE 2016 (software demonstrations), SIGMOD 2016, DBPL 2015, Haskell Symposium 2015, SIGMOD 2015, VLDB 2015, EDBT 2015 (software demonstrations), BTW 2015 (software demonstrations), SIGMOD 2014, EDBT 2014, ICDE 2014 (PC vice chair semi-structured and RDF data), FHPC 2013, DBPL 2013, VLDB 2013 (software demonstrations), SIGMOD 2013, EDBT 2013, BTW 2013, ICDE 2012, EDBT 2012, VLDB 2011, CIKM 2011 (group leader semi-structured data processing), ICDE 2011, EDBT 2011, BTW 2011, XSym 2010, CIKM 2010, VLDB 2010, EDBT 2010, ICDE 2010, DataX 2009, VLDB 2009, VLDB 2009 PhD Workshop, SIGMOD 2009, BTW 2009, ICDE 2009, CIKM 2008, DataX 2008, ADBIS 2008, EDBT 2008, EDBT 2008 PhD Workshop, ICDE 2008, VLDB 2007, CIKM 2007, SIGMOD 2006 Undergrad Scholar Awards, EXPDB 2006, CIKM 2006, XSym 2006, QLQP 2006, EDBT 2006 (workshop chair), EDBT 2006 PhD Workshop, ICDE 2006, CIKM 2005, DBPL 2005, WebDB meets IR (co-located with BTW 2005), BTW 2005, VLDB 2005, ICDE 2005, SIGMOD 2004, BTW 2003, VLDB 2002, EDBT 2000 (software demonstrations chair, proceedings editor)

Short Biography

  • since 09/08: Full Professor (Database Systems), U Tübingen
  • 06/05–08/08: Professor (Database Systems), TU München
  • 02/05–05/05: Professor (Database and Information Systems), TU Clausthal
  • 04/04–01/05: Interim head of the Database and Information Systems group, TU Clausthal
  • 02/04: Habilitation in Computer Science, Tree-Aware Relational Database Systems, U Konstanz
  • 11/00–03/04: Assistant Professor, Department of Computer and Information Science, U Konstanz
  • 05/00–11/00: Visiting Scientist, IBM DB2 Everyplace Development, IBM Silicon Valley Labs, San Jose, CA, USA
  • 10/99: Promotion (PhD) in Computer Science, Comprehending Queries, U Konstanz
  • 10/94–04/00: Research and Teaching Assistant, Department of Computer and Information Science, U Konstanz
  • 10/89–10/94: Student of Computer Science, TU Clausthal
  • Private: I am married to Christina Lorenz and proud father of Jana and Erik (born 10/02 and 11/05).


Recent Publications