Christopher (Chris) Re is an assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science at Stanford University and a Robert N. Noyce Family Faculty Scholar. His work's goal is to enable users and developers to build applications that more deeply understand and exploit data. Chris received his PhD from the University of Washington in Seattle under the supervision of Dan Suciu. For his PhD work in probabilistic data management, Chris received the SIGMOD 2010 Jim Gray Dissertation Award. He then spent four wonderful years on the faculty of the University of Wisconsin, Madison, before moving to Stanford in 2013. He helped discover the first join algorithm with worst-case optimal running time, which won the best paper at PODS 2012. He also helped develop a framework for feature engineering that won the best paper at SIGMOD 2014. In addition, work from his group has been incorporated into scientific efforts including the IceCube neutrino detector and PaleoDeepDive, and into Cloudera's Impala and products from Oracle, Pivotal, and Microsoft's Adam. He received an NSF CAREER Award in 2011 and an Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship in 2013.

Academic Appointments

Professional Education

  • BA, Cornell University, Computer Science and Mathematics (2001)
  • PhD, University of Washington, Computer Science (2009)

Current Research and Scholarly Interests

Algorithms, systems, and theory for the next generation of data processing and data analytics systems.


  • DeepDive, Stanford (7/1/2013 - Present)

    DeepDive is a new type of probabilistic inference system used to extract and integrate information from structured, semistructured, and unstructured data.


    353 Serra Mall Stanford, CA 94305-9025

2017-18 Courses

Stanford Advisees

All Publications

  • Ringtail: Nowcasting Made Easy Antenucci, D., Cafarella, M., Levenstein, Margaret, C., Ré, C., Shapiro, M. 2013
  • Building an Entity-Centric Stream Filtering Test Collection for TREC 2102 Frank, John, R., Kleiman-Weiner, M., Roberts, Daniel, A., Niu, F., Ré, C., Soboroff, I. 2013
  • GeoDeepDive: Statistical Inference using Familiar Data-Processing Languages. SIGMOD 13 (demo). Zhang, C., Govindaraju, V., Borchardt, J., Foltz, T., Ré, C., Peters, S. 2013
  • Parallel Stochastic Gradient Algorithms for Large-Scale Matrix Completion Mathematical Programming Computation Recht, B., Ré, C. 2013
  • Using Commonsense Knowledge to Automatically Create (Noisy) Training Examples from Text StarAI with AAAI Natarajan, S., Picado, J., Khot, T., Kersting, K., Ré, C., Shavlik, J. 2013
  • Understanding Tables in Context Using Standard NLP Toolkits ACL 2013 (Short Paper) Govindaraju, V., Zhang, C., Ré, C. 2013
  • Hazy: Making it Easier to Build and Maintain Big-data Analytics Kumar, A., Niu, F., Ré, C. 2013
  • Towards High-Throughput Gibbs Sampling at Scale: A Study across Storage Managers. Zhang, C., Ré, C. 2013
  • Robust Statistics in IceCube Initial Muon Reconstruction Wellons, M., Collaboration, t., Recht, B., Ré, C. 2013
  • Feature Selection in Enterprise Analytics: A Demonstration using an R-based Data Analytics System Konda, P., Kumar, A., Ré, C., Sashikanth, V. 2013
  • An Approximate, Efficient LP Solver for LP Rounding NIPS Sridhar, S., Bittorf, V., Liu, J., Zhang, C., Ré, C., Wright, Stephen, J. 2013
  • Brainwash: A Data System for Feature Engineering (Vision Track) Anderson, M., Antenucci, D., Bittorf, V., Burgess, M., Cafarella, M., Kumar, A. 2013
  • Ringtail: Nowcasting Made Easy. Antenucci, D., Li, E., Liu, S., Cafarella, Michael, J., Ré, C. 2013
  • DeepDive: Web-scale Knowledge-base Construction using Statistical Learning and Inference VLDS Niu, F., Zhang, C., Ré, C., Shavlik, J. 2012
  • Toward a noncommutative arithmetic-geometric mean inequality: conjectures, case-studies, and consequences COLT Recht, B., Ré, C. 2012
  • Big Data versus the Crowd: Looking for Relationships in All the Right Places ACL Zhang, C., Niu, F., Ré, C., Shavlik, J. 2012
  • Factoring nonnegative matrices with linear programs. NIPS Bittorf, V., Recht, B., Ré, C., Tropp, Joel, A. 2012
  • Scaling Inference for Markov Logic via Dual Decomposition (Short Paper). ICDM Niu, F., Zhang, C., Ré, C., Shavlik, J. 2012
  • Elementary: Large-scale Knowledge-base Construction via Machine Learning and Statistical Inference IJSWIS, Special Issue on Knowledge Extraction from the Web, 2012, to appear Niu, F., Zhang, C., Ré, C., Shavlik, J. 2012
  • Understanding cardinality estimation using entropy maximization ACM Trans. Database Syst. Ré, C., Suciu, D. 2012; 37: 6
  • Worst-case Optimal Join Algorithms PODS Ngo, Hung, Q., Porat, E., Ré, C., Rudra, A. 2012
  • The MADlib Analytics Library or MAD Skills, the SQL. PVLDB Hellerstein, Joseph, M., Ré, C., Schoppmann, F., Wang, D. Z., Fratkin, E., Gorajek, A. 2012
  • Probabilistic Management of OCR using an RDBMS Kumar, A., Ré, C. 2012
  • Towards a Unified Architecture for In-Database Analytics Feng, A., Kumar, A., Recht, B., Ré, C. 2012
  • Optimizing Statistical Information Extraction Programs Over Evolving Text Chen, F., Feng, X., Ré, C., Wang, M. 2012
  • Automatic Optimization for MapReduce Programs PVLDB Jahani, E., Cafarella, Michael, J., Ré, C. 2011; 4: 385-396
  • Tuffy: Scaling up Statistical Inference in Markov Logic Networks using an RDBMS PVLDB Niu, F., Ré, C., Doan, A., Shavlik, Jude, W. 2011; 4: 373-384
  • Queries and materialized views on probabilistic databases J. Comput. Syst. Sci. Dalvi, Nilesh, N., Re, C., Suciu, D. 2011; 77: 473-490
  • Felix: Scaling Inference for Markov Logic with an Operator-based Approach ArXiv e-prints Niu, F., Zhang, C., Ré, C. 2011
  • Hogwild!: A Lock-Free Approach to Parallelizing Stochastic Gradient Descent NIPS Niu, F., Recht, B., Ré, C., Wright, Stephen, J., Ré, C., Shavlik, J. 2011
  • Parallel Stochastic Gradient Algorithms for Large-Scale Matrix Completion Optimization Online Recht, B., Ré, C. 2011
  • Incrementally maintaining classification using an RDBMS PVLDB Koc, M. L., Ré, C. 2011; 4: 302-313
  • Manimal: Relational Optimization for Data-Intensive Programs WebDB Cafarella, Michael, J., Ré, C. 2010
  • Approximation Trade-Offs in a Markovian Stream Warehouse: An Empirical Study (Short Paper) ICDE Letchner, J., Ré, C., Balazinska, M., Philipose, M. 2010
  • Understanding Cardinality Estimation using Entropy Maximization PODS Ré, C., Suciu, D. 2010
  • Transducing Markov Sequences PODS Kimelfeld, B., Ré, C. 2010
  • Query Containment of Tier-2 Queries over a Probabilistic Database Management of Uncertain Databases (MUD) Moore, Katherine, F., Rastogi, V., Ré, C., Suciu, D. 2009
  • Lahar Demonstration: Warehousing Markovian Streams PVLDB Letchner, J., Ré, C., Balazinska, M., Philipose, M. 2009; 2: 1610-1613
  • Large-Scale Deduplication with Constraints Using Dedupalog ICDE Arasu, A., Ré, C., Suciu, D. 2009: 952-963
  • The Trichotomy of HAVING Queries on a Probabilistic Database VLDB Journal Ré, C., Suciu, D. 2009
  • Access Methods for Markovian Streams ICDE Letchner, J., Ré, C., Balazinska, M., Philipose, M. 2009: 246-257
  • Probabilistic databases: Diamonds in the dirt Commun. ACM Volume Dalvi, Nilesh, N., Ré, C., Suciu, D. 2009; 52: 86-94
  • General Database Statistics Using Entropy Maximization DBPL Kaushik, R., Ré, C., Suciu, D. 2009: 84-99
  • Managing Large-Scale Probabilistic Databases University of Washington, Seattle Ré, C. 2009
  • Repeatability & Workability Evaluation of SIGMOD 2009 SIGMOD Record Manegold, S., Manolescu, I., Afanasiev, L., Feng, J., Gou, G., Hadjieleftheriou, M., Re, C. M. 2009; 38: 40-43
  • A demonstration of Cascadia through a digital diary application Khoussainova, N., Welbourne, E., Balazinska, M., Borriello, G., Cole, G., Letchner, J. 2008
  • Managing Probabilistic Data with Mystiq (Plenary Talk) Ré, C. 2008
  • Systems aspects of probabilistic data management (Part II) PVLDB Balazinska, M., Ré, C., Suciu, D. 2008; 1: 1520-1521
  • Systems aspects of probabilistic data management (Part I) PVLDB Balazinska, M., Ré, C., Suciu, D. 2008; 1: 1520-1521
  • Approximate lineage for probabilistic databases PVLDB Ré, C., Suciu, D. 2008; 1: 797-808
  • Managing Probabilistic Data with MystiQ: The Can-Do, the Could-Do, and the Can't-Do SUM Ré, C., Suciu, D. 2008: 5-18
  • Event queries on correlated probabilistic streams Ré, C., Letchner, J., Balazinska, M., Suciu, D. 2008
  • Advances in Processing SQL Queries on Probabilistic Data Invited Abstract in INFORMS 2008, Simulation. Ré, C., Suciu, D. 2008
  • Implementing NOT EXISTS Predicates over a Probabilistic Database QDB/MUD Wang, T., Ré, C., Suciu, D. 2008: 73-86
  • Challenges for Event Queries over Markovian Streams IEEE Internet Computing Letchner, J., Ré, C., Balazinska, M., Philipose, M. 2008; 12: 30-36
  • Structured Querying of Web Text Data: A Technical Challenge CIDR Cafarella, Michael, J., Ré, C., Suciu, D., Etzioni, O. 2007: 225-234
  • Managing Uncertainty in Social Networks IEEE Data Eng. Bull. Adar, E., Ré, C. 2007; 30: 15-22
  • Materialized Views in Probabilistic Databases for Information Exchange and Query Optimization VLDB Re, C., Suciu, D. 2007: 51-62
  • Efficient Top-k Query Evaluation on Probabilistic Data ICDE Ré, C., Dalvi, Nilesh, N., Suciu, D. 2007: 886-895
  • Efficient Evaluation of HAVING Queries DBPL Ré, C., Suciu, D. 2007: 186-200
  • Management of data with uncertainties CIKM Re, C., Suciu, D. 2007: 3-8
  • Orderings on Annotated Collections Liber Amicorum in honor of Jan Paredaens 60th Birthday Ré, C., Suciu, D., Tannen, V. 2007
  • A Complete and Efficient Algebraic Compiler for XQuery ICDE Re, C., Sim'eon, J., Fern'andez, Mary, F. 2006: 14
  • XQuery!: An XML Query Language with Side Effects Ghelli, G., Ré, C., Sim'eon, J. 2006
  • Query Evaluation on Probabilistic Databases IEEE Data Eng. Bull. Ré, C., Dalvi, Nilesh, N., Suciu, D. 2006; 29: 25-31
  • MYSTIQ: a system for finding more answers by using probabilities Boulos, J., Dalvi, Nilesh, N., Mandhani, B., Mathur, S., Ré, C., Suciu, D. 2005
  • A Framework for XML-Based Integration of Data, Visualization and Analysis in a Biomedical Domain XSym Bales, N., Brinkley, J., Lee, E., Sally, Mathur, S., Re, C., Suciu, D. 2005: 207-221
  • Supporting workflow in a course management system SIGCSE Botev, C., Chao, H., Chao, T., Cheng, Y., Doyle, R., Grankin, S. 2005: 262-266
  • Distributed XQuery Ré, C., Brinkley, J., Hinshaw, K., Suciu, D. 2004
  • WS-Membership - Failure Management in a Web-Services World WWW (Alternate Paper Tracks) Vogels, W., Ré, C. 2003
  • A Collaborative Infrastructure for Scalable and Robust News Delivery Vogels, W., Ré, C., Renesse, R., Birman, Kenneth, P. 2002