Jignesh M. Patel is an assistant professor at the University of Michigan. He graduated with a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin in 1998. As a graduate student, he led the efforts to develop the Paradise database system, a parallel object-relational database system, which was purchased by NCR Corporation in 1998. After graduating from the University of Wisconsin, he joined NCR where he helped with the efforts to commercialize the Paradise system. Since 1999, he has been a faculty member at the University of Michigan, where his research has focused on XML data management systems, bioinformatics, and spatial data management systems. He has served on a number of program committees including ACM SIGMOD, VLDB, and IEEE TKDE, and is currently the associate editor for the Systems and Prototype section of ACM SIGMOD Record.
H. V. Jagadish is a professor of computer science and engineering at the University of Michigan. After earning his Ph.D. from Stanford in 1985, he spent over a decade at AT&T Bell Laboratories, eventually becoming head of AT&T Labs database research department at the Shannon Laboratory. He has also served as a professor at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. Professor Jagadish is well known for his broad-ranging research on databases and has over 80 major papers and 20 patents. He is the founding editor of the ACM SIGMOD Digital Review. Among the many professional positions he has held, he has previously been an associate editor for the ACM Transactions on Database Systems (1992?1995) and program chair of the ACM SIGMOD annual conference (1996).