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I have been working with database management systems, and would like to focus on research in this very area some day.

I was having a look at the various research labs around the world,

http://www-07.ibm.com/in/research/
http://research.microsoft.com
http://research.google.com/

but did not find any dedicated Database research groups, or any exciting activity in this area.

How do the research prospects in the Database field look like?

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  • $\begingroup$ Nowadays, interesting Database research has morphed into areas such as data mining and information retrieval and search. Microsoft has one and they call it Information retrieval and management research area. $\endgroup$ – Mohammad Al-Turkistany Nov 14 '10 at 11:40
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    $\begingroup$ Googling "database research" turns up ample results, including research.microsoft.com/en-us/groups/db. $\endgroup$ – Dave Clarke Nov 14 '10 at 13:11
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    $\begingroup$ I think you should do more googling. I know for a fact that the first 2 research labs you mention have dedicated database groups, and googling for "database research" and the company name comes up with them. $\endgroup$ – Mark Reitblatt Nov 14 '10 at 21:43
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As usual, to have an idea of what is happening in a field, have a look at the major conferences: SIGMOD/PODS, VLDB, ICDT, to name a few.

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Tokutek is a company that sells a database management system on the backs of the research of its founders in cache-oblivious data structures.

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