Hamid Pirahesh, Ph.D., is an IBM fellow, ACM Fellow and a senior manager responsible for the exploratory database department at IBM Research - Almaden in San Jose, California. Dr. Hamid Pirahesh is the senior manager at IBM Almaden Research Center in San Jose, California. He manages a team of scientists active in advanced database research. Dr. Pirahesh was a principle member of Starburst research project, which forms the basis for query compilation in IBM's DB2 Universal Database. He was also an active member on the team that reshaped the entire architectural structure of the DB2 relational query compiler and optimizer. Dr. Pirahesh has been active in creating new industry standards and database design advancements. He has served as an associate editor of ACM Computing Surveys and has served on program committee of major computer conferences. Hamid is a member of IBM Academy. Hamid's current focus is analytics at the massive scale on highly scalable servers. Hamid was a principle member of the original team that designed the query processing architecture of the IBM DB2 UDB relational DBMS and delivered the product to the marketplace. He has made major contributions to query language industry standards. His research areas include cloud computing, OLAP and aggregate data management, query optimization, data warehousing, big data systems(including hadooplike map-reduce systems), management of semi-structured and unstructured data, including nosql DBs. He also serves as a consultant to various IBM divisions, including the software division and IBM Global Services.