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,


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?

  • $\begingroup$ 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. $\endgroup$ Commented Nov 14, 2010 at 11:40
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    $\begingroup$ Googling "database research" turns up ample results, including research.microsoft.com/en-us/groups/db. $\endgroup$ Commented Nov 14, 2010 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. $\endgroup$ Commented Nov 14, 2010 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.


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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