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Donald Kossmann, 1968-

Prof. Dr. Donald Kossmann
Donald Kossmann has been professor for Computer Science at the Institute for Information Systemes of ETH Zurich since August 2004.

Donald Kossmann was born April 10, 1968 in Cologne (Germany). He studied Computer Science at the University of Karlsruhe from 1987 to 1991. He received his Ph.D. in Computer Science in 1995 from RWTH Aachen; his Ph.D. thesis devised new optimization techniques for object-oriented database systems. From February 1995 to September 1996, he did post-doctorial studies at the University of Marylind (College Park) and at the IBM Almaden Research Center in San Jose, California. From 1996 to 2000 he was Faculty Research Associate at the University of Passau. He received his habilitation from the University of Passau in 1999. From 2000 to 2003, he was Associate Professor (C3) for Computer Science at the Technical University of Munich. From 2003 to 2004, he was Full Professor (C4) for Computer Science at the University of Heidelberg.

His current research is focussed on the performance and scalabilty of database and information systems and on platforms for Web services. He is a co-founder of i-TV-T AG, a company that develops Web-based information systems. Furthermore, he is co-founder of XQRL Inc., a company that develops XML database technology and was aquired by BEA Systems in 2002.
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