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Academic title:
Prof. Dr.
Torsten Grust
Organizational units:
Faculty of Science
University of Tübingen
Wilhelm Schickard Institute of Computer Science (WSI)
Department of Informatics

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Teaching and research at the Chair for Database Systems, led by Torsten Grust, is primarily based on relational database systems. We explore innovative uses and modifications of relational database technology to turn these systems into something new — super-scalable XML processors or efficient backing stores and runtime environments for modern scripting languages, for example.  

More often than not, we build upon methods and insights found outside the core database systems domain, like the semantics and compilation of programming languages or modern CPU architecture. Our implementations of the resulting ideas (Pathfinder and Ferry) are tangible evidence that established database technology can have fascinating and offbeat aspects.


2024 - 2026
Torsten Grust
Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft e.V. (DFG)
2018 - 2021
Torsten Grust
Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft e.V. (DFG)
2016 - 2019
Torsten Grust, Klaus Ostermann
Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft e.V. (DFG)


University of Edinburgh
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
National Institute of Informatics (NII)
Tokio, Kanto, Japan
Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI)
Amsterdam, Nordholland, Netherlands



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