July 27, 2016


Abdussalam Alawini
Department of Computer Science
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
e~ma!l: alawini (at) Illinois {dot} EDU

I am a teaching assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science at The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. My research interests are broadly in the field of databases, with a focus on data management. I am particularly interested in applying machine learning methods to various problems of modern data management systems. I am also interested in CS education research.

Link(s) to Course(s) I teach this semester:


  • One Million Spreadsheet Project
  • Data Citation for Data Science Applications
  • From imperative to declarative: A data-driven study of how students learn Structured Query Language (SQL)
  • ReDiscover

Selected Publications:

Alsaad, Fareedah and Abdussalam Alawini. “Unsupervised Approach for Modeling Content Structures of MOOCs.” EDM (2020).

Seth Poulsen, Liia Butler, Abdussalam Alawini, and Geoffrey L. Herman. 2020. Insights from Student Solutions to SQL Homework Problems. In Proceedings of the 2020 ACM Conference on Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education (ITiCSE ’20).

Yinjun Wu, Abdussalam Alawini, Daniel Deutch, Tova Milo, Susan B. Davidson. (2019). ProvCite: provenance-based data citation. Proceedings of the VLDB Endowment.

Nan Zheng, Abdussalam Alawini, Zachary Ives. (2019). Extending Fine-Grained Provenance to ETL Tasks. 2019 IEEE 35th International Conference on Data Engineering (ICDE).

Yinjun Wu, Abdussalam Alawini, Susan Davidson, and Gianmaria Silvello. Data Citation: Giving Credit where Credit is Due. To appear in the proc. of SIGMOD 2018

Abdussalam Alawini, Susan Davidson, Gianmaria Silvello, Val Tannen, Yinjun Wu. “Data Citation: A New Provenance Challenge“. Bulletin of the Technical Committee on Data Engineering (March 2018). Vol. 41 No. 1

Jane Xu, Waley Zhang, Abdussalam Alawini, Val Tannen. “Provenance Analysis for Missing Answers and Integrity Repairs”. Bulletin of the Technical Committee on Data Engineering (March 2018). Vol. 41 No. 1

A. Alawini, L. Chen, S. B. Davidson, N. Portilho Da Silva and G. Silvello, “Automating Data Citation: The eagle-i Experience,” 2017 ACM/IEEE Joint Conference on Digital Libraries (JCDL), Toronto, ON, 2017, pp. 1-10.

Abdussalam Alawini, Susan B. Davidson, Wei Hu, and Yinjun Wu. 2017. Automating data citation in CiteDBProc. VLDB Endow. 10, 12 (August 2017), 1881-1884.

Abdussalam Alawini,  Identifying Relationships between Scientific Datasets. 2016. Dissertations and Theses. Paper 2922.

Abdussalam Alawini, David Maier, Kristin Tufte, Bill Howe, and Rashmi Nandikur. 2015. Towards automated prediction of relationships among scientific datasets. In Proceedings of the 27th International Conference on Scientific and Statistical Database Management (SSDBM ’15), Amarnath Gupta and Susan Rathbun (Eds.). ACM, New York, NY, USA, Article 35, 5 pages.

Abdussalam Alawini, David Maier, Kristin Tufte, and Bill Howe. 2014. Helping scientists reconnect their datasets. In Proceedings of the 26th International Conference on Scientific and Statistical Database Management (SSDBM ’14). ACM, New York, NY, USA, Article 29, 12 pages.

W Zehr, A Alawini, M Alharbi, M Borgan. Call Tracking Technology Selection Model. 2014. Technology Development.

A. Alawini, N. Tanatanmatorn, D. Tucker, K. Tucker, T. Daim. Technology Adoption: Building IT. 2013. Research and Technology Management in the Electricity Industry, 213-228


  • Appeared in the U of I campus-wide list of “Teachers Ranked as Excellent by their Students” for Fall, Spring, and Summer of 2019 semesters.
  • 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.
  • The best dad in the universe: Provided by the joy of my life: Ghifar, Belal and Razaan.