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Melanie Herschel

Prof. Dr. rer. nat.

Head of Institute
Data Engineering


+49 711 685 88444

Universitätsstraße 38
70569 Stuttgart
Room: 2.447

Office Hours

Feel free to contact me by email to schedule a meeting. 


I am a professor for Data Engineering at the department Applications of Parallel and Distributed Systems of the University of Stuttgart. The overarching goal of my research is to automatically prepare and engineer massive heterogeneous data for use in various real-life applications.

My department at the University of Stuttgart focuses on four main research areas: data transparency, complex data processing, data wrangling, and data exploration and analysis. We conduct both foundational research as well as system and application-oriented research.

since 2014

Professor for Data Engineering, IPVSUniversity of Stuttgart, Germany

2019 - 2020

Visiting research professor, National University of Singapore, Singapore

2017 - 2019

Managing Director, IPVSUniversity of Stuttgart, Germany

2011 - 2014

Associate professor, Université de Paris Sud 11, France ( Large-scale and heterogeneous data and knowledge group, formerly database group) and member of the INRIA OAK team

2009 - 2011

Post-doc resarcher at Wilhelm-Schickard-Institut für InformatikUniversität Tübingen (Lehrstuhl für Datenbanksysteme)

2008 - 2009

Post-doc researcher at IBM Almaden Research Center, San Jose, CA.

2006 - 2008

Research assistant, Hasso-Plattner-Institut Potsdam (Lehrstuhl für Informationssysteme)


PhD defense at the Department of Computer ScienceHumboldt-Universität zu Berlin

2003 - 2006

Research assistant, Department of Computer ScienceHumboldt-Universität zu Berlin (Lehrstuhl für Informationsintegration)

2000 - 2003

Studies of Information Technology Management at the School of Cooperative Education, Stuttgart


Visiting NUS

I was a visiting research professor at the National University of Singapore (NUS) from fall 2019 to summer 2020. 

Research highlights

Principal investigator in the Excellence cluster "Computational Design and Construction for Architecture" (IntCDC)
Principal investigator in the Excellence cluster "Data-Integrated Simulation Science" (SimTech)


Program chair @ BTW 2021
Program chair @ EDBT 2019
Workshop co-chair: Workshop on Exploratory Search in Databases and the Web (ExploreDB) @ SIGMOD 2018
Program chair: Workshop on Theory and Practice of Provenance @ Provenance Week 2018
Workshop co-chair: Workshop on Provenance and Annotation in Computational Linguistics (PACL) @ TLT 2018
Demonstration co-chair @ BTW 2017
Publicity Chair @ SIGMOD 2016
Conf. area chair: Data Integration, Metadata Management & Interoperability @ ICDE2015


Associate editor of ACM/IMS Transactions on Data Science, since 2019
Associate editor of the VLDB Journal, since 2017

Invited talks

Keynote talk at French Database Conference BDA, 2020. 
Invited tutorial on Data Provenance, Symposium and Summer School On Service-Oriented Computing 2018
Invited tutorial on Data Quality, EDBT Summer School 2017
I have participated in the panel Exploratory Search in Databases and the Web – New name for an old hat? at the EDBT ExploreDB workshop 2014. I have also contributed to a related post on the SIGMOD blog.

PC member

VLDB 2020, SIGMOD 2019VLDB 2019, ,SummerSOC 2019VLDB 2018SummerSOC 2018ICDE 2017VLDB 2017SIGMDO 2017WebDB 2017SummerSOC 2017IPAW@Provenance Week 2016VLDB 2016ExploreDB 2016ICDE 2016TAPP 2015BTW 2015SIGMOD 2015EDBT 2015BeRSys 2014Informatik 2014TAPP 2014IEEE Big Data 2014ExploreDB 2014DATA 2014EDBT 2014BDA 2013ADBIS 2013DATA 2013IEEE Big Data 2013EDBT 2013BTW 2013VLDB 2012BDA 2012ICDE 2012EDBT 2012SIGMOD 2011ICDE 2011QDB 2011ICDE 2010BTW 2009DataX 2008

Journal referee

ACM Transactions on Database Systems, ACM Journal of Data and Information Quality, ACM Transactions on Internet Technologies, VLDB Journal, IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering, Information Systems, World Wide Web Journal, Knowledge and Information Systems, Journal on Data Semantics, Ingénerie des Systèmes d'Information, Book on "Qualité et Gouvernance de Données" ed. Laure Berti-Equille

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