Michael J. Franklin

Professor and Liew Family Chair
Department of Computer Science and the College

Michael J. Franklin is an authority on data management, data analytics, and distributed systems. In addition to his role as the inaugural Liew Family Chair of the Computer Science Department, he is also serving as senior advisor to the provost for computation and data science.

Franklin was director of the Algorithms, Machines, and People Laboratory (AMPLab), a leading academic big data analytics research center at the University of California, Berkeley, which created industry-changing open source software, including Apache Spark and the Berkeley Data Analytics Stack. The AMPLab received a CISE Expeditions in Computing Award from the National Science Foundation and has over 30 industrial sponsors. He founded and became chief technology officer of Truviso, a data analytics company acquired by Cisco Systems, and serves on the technical advisory boards of numerous data-driven technology companies and organizations. He is a fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery and a two-time recipient of the SIGMOD (Special Interest Group on Management of Data) Test of Time Award. His many other honors include the outstanding advisor award from Berkeley’s Computer Science Graduate Student Association. 

Franklin received his PhD in computer science from the University of Wisconsin. Most recently, he was the Thomas M. Siebel Professor of Computer Science and Chair of the Computer Science Division of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences at the University of California, Berkeley.

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