Alvin Cheung came to Berkeley in 2019 from the University of Washington. He is an assistant professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences. He has received the 2019 Presidential Early Career Award and Department of Energy Early Career Award.
“I've always been fascinated by how people access and process large amounts of data. And I think this will only become ever more important in the big data era.”
Research Focus: Developing new ways and systems for researchers and technical professionals to interact with large data sets efficiently and effectively.
How is this research applied in the world?
Any web application: for example, social networking websites, air ticket reservations, and banking transactions.
Why is this area important to you?
I've always been fascinated by how people access and process large amounts of data. And I think this will only become ever more important in the big data era. In addition to building data systems, having done work in programming languages (aka "programming systems" at Berkeley) allows us to study how people write programs in a formal and systematic way, which has led us to develop new paradigms to interact with data.
Anything else you’d like to share?
I am a classically-trained pianist and I always enjoy playing chamber music with others :).