Alberto H. F. Laender

Professor Contact:
    DCC/ICEx, Room 4037
    Tel: +55 (31) 3409-5868
    Fax: +55 (31) 3409-5858
    Email: laender AT dcc DOT ufmg DOT br


    Alberto H. F. Laender holds a BS degree in Electrical Engineering and an MSc in Computer Science, both from the Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil, and a PhD degree in Computing from the University of East Anglia, UK. He joined the Computer Science Department of the Federal University of Minas Gerais in 1975, where he is currently a Full Professor and the head of the Database Research Group. In 1997, he was a Visiting Scientist at HP Labs in Palo Alto, California. He has served on the advisory committee of several Brazilian research funding agencies, having chaired the CNPq Computer Science Advisory Committee from 2010 to 2012. He was also a member of ACM SIGMOD's Advisory Board (2006-2010) and SIGMOD's Jim Gray PhD Dissertation Award Committee (2008-2011). Prof. Laender has also served as a program committee member for several national and international conferences and workshops on databases and Web-related topics, such as VLDB, ER, CIKM, WWW, WIDM, WebDB, JCDL, ECDL, DocEng, EC-Web, SPIRE, ICDE, SIGIR, AMW, SBBD and WebMedia. He was also program committee chair of SPIRE 2002 and SBBD 2003, and program committee co-chair of WIDM 2003, WIDM 2004, CIKM 2007, AMW 2010 and WWW 2013 Workshops. He also served as the Chief-Editor of JIDM - Journal of Information and Data Management, the official publication of the Special Interest Group on Databases of the Brazilian Computer Society. Currently, he is a member of the Steering Committee of ER, CIKM and AMW. He is a founder-member of the Brazilian Computer Society and one of the co-founders of Akwan Information Technologies, a Brazilian search technology company that was acquired by Google Inc. in 2005 to become its Research and Development Center for Latin America. Prof. Laender is a member of the Brazilian Academy of Science and in 2010 was awarded the National Order of the Scientific Merit by the Brazilian President. He is the author of more than 140 refereed journal and conference papers, and his research interests include conceptual modeling and database design, web data management, web information systems and digital libraries.


  • 1997 - 1997: Post-Doc
    HP Labs, Palo Alto, USA
  • 1980 - 1984: PhD in Computing
    University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK
  • 1975 - 1979: MSc in Computer Science
    Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, Brazil
  • 1970 - 1974: BS in Electrical Engineering
    Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, Brazil