Photo taken before Paris SIGMOD 2004 at the top of the Eiffel Tower.

Jennifer L. Beckmann

formerly Jennifer L. Beckham

Computer Sciences Department
University of Wisconsin - Madison
1210 West Dayton St.
Madison, WI 53706
Phone: (608) 890-0130
E-mail: {first letter of my first name and my full last name}

A Note to Prospective Wisconsin Students

Congratulations to students who have been admitted to Wisconsin for Fall 2006. Check out my personal interests page to find out how I enjoy life outside of research. Please feel free to ask me questions about student life in an email. I look forward to meeting you on visit day. On Wisconsin!

Research Interests

My research focuses on data management for next-generation applications, with an emphasis on performance, query processing, and manageability of database systems. I see many challenges in information management as more applications use databases to organize personal information, to manage scientific data, and to manage file systems. In my dissertation, I have focused on applications that need efficient support for heterogeneous data integration, specifically data that is heterogeneous and sparse. I address the shortcomings of current systems by developing solutions with theoretical performance models, by validating my solutions in real systems, and by running experiments with real world data.

My advisor is Jeff Naughton.

Job Search

I am graduating this year, probably August 2006. I am looking for a position at a research lab or with advanced product development team. I have specific interests in: data storage, query processing, physical database design, self-tuning/autonomic management, integration of heterogeneous data sources, personal information management, and novel use of database management solutions in new applications.

Please see my research statement and cv. The web version of my CV has my home contact information omitted, please contact me if you need this information.


Refereed Conferences

Jennifer L. Beckmann, Alan Halverson, Rajasekar Krishnamurthy, and Jeffrey F. Naughton. Extending RDBMSs To Support Sparse Datasets Using An Interpreted Attribute Storage Format. In ICDE, 2006.

Jennifer L. Beckham, Giuseppe Di Fabbrizio, Nils Klarlund. Towards SMIL as a Foundation for Multimodal, Multimedia Applications. Eurospeech 2001, 1363-1367, Aalborg, September 2001.

Unpublished Drafts

Jennifer L. Beckmann, Eric Chu, and Jeffrey F. Naughton. Indexing Sparse Tables in an RDBMS with Sparse Indexes. 2006.

Alan Halverson, Jennifer L. Beckmann, and Jeffrey F. Naughton. A Principled Comparison Of Storage Optimizations For Row-Store and Column-Store Systems For Read-Mostly Query Workloads. 2006.

Unrefereed Technical Reports

Jennifer L. Beckmann. The CNET E-Commerce Data Set. June, 2006.

"Today's scientists have substituted mathematics for experiments, and they wander off through equation after equation, and eventually build a structure which has no relation to reality." --Nikola Tesla, Modern Mechanics and Inventions, July, 1934
"There are sadistic scientists who hurry to hunt down errors instead of establishing the truth." --Marie Curie