Prof. Michael Stonebraker

Adjunct Professor of Computer Science and Engineering
Co-Director, Intel Science & Technology Center for Big Data

Primary DLC

Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

MIT Room: 32-G922

Areas of Interest and Expertise

Database Systems
Query Processing
Data Warehouses
Federated Databases
Data Visualization
Big Data

Research Summary

Stonebraker specializes in database management systems and data integration, and has been a pioneer of database research and technology for more than a quarter of a century. He is the author of scores of papers in this area. He was the main architect of the INGRES relational DBMS, the object-relational DBMS, POSTGRES, and the federated data system, Mariposa; and has started a half-dozen start-up companies to commercialize these database technologies and, more recently, Big Data technologies (Vertica, VoltDB, Paradigm4). He was recently elected to the National Academy of Engineering and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Recent Work

  • Video


    March 10, 2022Conference Video Duration: 27:14
    Michael Stonebraker
    Adjunct Professor
    MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory

    Michael Stonebraker - 2019 Citi-NY

    November 6, 2019Conference Video Duration: 42:53

    Top Ten "Big Data" Blunders

    This talk (with apologies to David Letterman) will present the top ten big data mistakes witnessed in the last decade or so. These range from “not planning to move everything to the cloud” to “believing that a data lake will solve all your problems.” Also included is an eleventh blunder, which effectively means “working for a company that is not focused on avoiding these blunders.”

    2019 MIT Citi Conference in NYC