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Zuyu (Anthony) Zhang

Ph.D. Candidate

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I plan to graduate in 2019 Spring, and look for positions in research labs and industry, working on system-related data management.

Brief Biography

Hi, there! Zuyu ZHANG is a database Ph.D. student candidate of Computer Sciences at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and working on the Apache Quickstep project, under the guidance of Prof. Jignesh Patel. He received his B.Eng. degree in Computer Science and Technology from Harbin Institute of Technology, China, in 2010, M.Eng. degree in Computer Systems Organization from Harbin Engineering University, China, in 2012, and M.S. degree in Computer Sciences from UW-Madison in 2013.


  • Oct 2018: our in-memory partition paper accepted at CIDR 2019. See u in Monterey, CA.
  • Jun 2018: Winner team of SIGMOD 2018 Programming Contest (poster).
  • Jan 2018: The single-node Quickstep paper accepted at VLDB 2018.
  • Oct 2016: interned at Data Infra and Analysis (DIA), Google.
  • Mar 2016: Apache Quickstep becomes a incubator project at https://github.com/apache/incubator-quickstep.
  • Jan 2016: Quickstep is open source under the Apache License.
  • Aug 2015: passed the Ph.D. Prelim Exam, and thus become a Dissertator.
  • Jun 2015: joined Pivotal Software to advance the state-of-the-art SQL-on-Hadoop engine, as a part of its acquisition of Quickstep Technologies, LLC.
  • Apr 2015: organized SACM's Panel on Preparing Ph.D. Prelim Exam (CS internal link).
  • Nov 2014: organized SACM's first Career Panel.
  • Sep 2014: passed the 4-hour written Ph.D. qual (pdf) in database systems.
  • Aug 2014: as one of only two Badger technical @terns at Twitter, prototyped the first event-based Apache Mesos scheduler for Twitter Heron, the next generation Apache Storm.

"Play for the long term. Choose jobs working on technology that will still be relevant a decade hence. Choose jobs that build on your strengths but significantly stretch beyond them. Always say 'yes' to requests to do more or take on more. Each is an opportunity. Choose jobs working with the best in the industry. Working with the best is the quickest way to learn. Never let go of the details even as you take on broader roles. Don't worry about money, job title, or recognition. It'll all come and never leave if you get these four goals right. Short term decisions often yield little and what they do offer doesn't last. Play the long game." -- James Hamilton

"I have missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I have lost almost 300 games. On 26 occasions I have been entrusted to take the game winning shot... and missed. And I have failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed." -- Michael Jordan

"Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people."

There are two hard things in Computer Science: cache invalidation, naming things, and off-by-one errors. Courtesy of Phil Karlton

The Last Bug

"You have to know how to accept rejection and reject acceptance." -- Ray Bradbury

Max Ehrmann's Desiderata

Experience is what you get when you didn't get what you wanted.
-- Prof. Randy Pausch

I strove with none, for none was worth my strife;
Nature I loved, and next to Nature, Art.
I warm'd both hands before the fire of life;
It sinks, and I am ready to depart.
-- Walter Savage Landor's On His Seventy Fifth Birthday (in 1850)

"...a hitchhiker at dawn on a road somewhere and the sun comes up and there are trains going by. The frame of mind of the young hitchhiker is one of the freest frames of mind there is. You’re always a little bit hungry and you know you are being completely foolish."
-- Stewart Brand on stay hungry, stay foolish (Chinese version)

If you are looking for a career where your services will be in high demand, you should find something where you provide a scarce, complementary service to something that is getting ubiquitous and cheap. So what’s getting ubiquitous and cheap? Data. And what is complementary to data? Analysis. -- Hal Varian answers your questions

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