Associate Professor Jorge-Arnulfo Quiané-Ruiz has passed away
It is with great sadness we announce that our colleague Associate Professor Jorge-Arnulfo Quiané-Ruiz passed away suddenly on May 28, 2023. He will be sorely missed.
Prof. Quiané-Ruiz joined the Computer Science Department and DASYA group at IT University of Copenhagen (ITU) in January 2023 together with his wife Prof. Zoi Kaoudi. The loss of Prof. Quiané-Ruiz is devastating. His time at ITU was short, but he has left a lasting impression. We will miss the kindness and empathy he brought to his everyday work, his research brilliance, and his mentorship.
Prof. Quiané-Ruiz did his Ph.D. in Computer Science at Inria, Nantes, France and received his degree from University of Nantes in 2008. Prior to joining ITU, he held a series of senior research roles. He was a Postdoc at Saarland University in Germany, Senior Researcher at the Qatar Computing Research Institute (QCRI) in Qatar, and a Principal Researcher at the DIMA group at TU Berlin in Germany and leader of the Big Data Systems Group at the Berlin Institute for the Foundations of Learning and Data (BIFOLD) in Germany.
Prof. Quiané-Ruiz made extensive contributions to computer systems with a specific focus and expertise on data management systems. His research focused on big data management, cross-platform data processing, and scalable data infrastructures. He published numerous high-quality and impactful research papers on data management and novel system architectures. His research was honored with the 2022 ACM SIGMOD Research Highlight Award, the Best Demo Award at ICDE 2022, and the Best Paper Award at ICDE 2021. He also obtained five patents in core database areas and in machine learning. He has led and managed the Rheem project for big data management, which is now in the incubation process of the Apache foundation as Apache Wayang, as well as the Agora project for creating better data ecosystem for cross-platform data processing. He was also the co-founder and CTO of databloom.ai.
We extend our sincere condolences and heartfelt sympathies to Prof. Quiané-Ruiz’ family, especially to his wife Prof. Kaoudi and his children Cecilia, Leonidas, Emma, and Killian.
May he rest in peace.
Sincerely, and on behalf of the entire ITU community,
Per Bruun Brockhoff