Abdussalam Alawini
Department of Computer and Information Science
University of Pennsylvania
571 Levine North
3330 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
E-mail: alawini (at) cis (dot) upenn (dot) edu

I am a postdoctoral research fellow in the Department of Computer and Information Science (CIS) at The University of Pennsylvania. My research interests are broadly in the field of databases, with a focus on scientific data management. I am particularly interested in applying machine learning methods to various problems of modern data management systems.


  • [Mar. 5, 2018] Great news! Our paper has been accepted to SIGMOD 2018.
    • Abdussalam Alawini, Susan Davidson, Gianmaria Silvello and Yinjun Wu. Data Citation: Giving Credit where Credit is Due.
  • [Feb. 28, 2018] Published two papers at the Data Bulletin of the IEEE Computer Society Technical Committee on Data Engineering
    1. Abdussalam Alawini, Susan Davidson, Gianmaria Silvello, Val Tannen, Yinjun Wu. Data Citation: A New Provenance Challenge.
    2.  Jane Xu, Waley Zhang, Abdussalam Alawini, and Val Tannen. Provenance Analysis for Missing Answers and Integrity Repairs.
  • [Jan. 1st, 2018] I will be teaching Database and Information Systems this Spring.

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  • Class of 2016 student speaker at PSU commencement ceremony, 2016, Portland State University.
  • President’s Award for University Service, 2015, Portland State University.
  • International Academic Achievement Award, 2013, Honor Society.
  • International Student Academic Stand Out, 2013, Golden Key International Honor Society.
  • Graduate Research Assistance Scholarship, 2012, Portland State University.
  • University of Tripoli Scholarship Award, 2007, The Libyan Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research.