Christopher (Chris) Ré is an associate professor in the Department of Computer Science at Stanford University who is affiliated with the Statistical Machine Learning Group and Stanford AI Lab. His recent work is to understand how software and hardware systems will change as a result of machine learning along with a continuing, petulant drive to work on math problems. Research from his group has been incorporated into scientific and humanitarian efforts, such as the fight against human trafficking, along with products from technology and enterprise companies. He cofounded a company, based on his research into machine learning systems, that was acquired by Apple in 2017. More recently, he cofounded SambaNova systems based, in part, on his work on accelerating machine learning.

He received a SIGMOD Dissertation Award in 2010, an NSF CAREER Award in 2011, an Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship in 2013, a Moore Data Driven Investigator Award in 2014, the VLDB early Career Award in 2015, the MacArthur Foundation Fellowship in 2015, and an Okawa Research Grant in 2016. His research contributions have spanned database theory, database systems, and machine learning, and his work has won best paper at a premier venue in each area, respectively, at PODS 2012, SIGMOD 2014, and ICML 2016.

Academic Appointments

Program Affiliations

  • Stanford SystemX Alliance

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.


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2019-20 Courses

Stanford Advisees

All Publications

  • Ringtail: Nowcasting Made Easy Antenucci, D., Cafarella, M., Levenstein, Margaret, C., Ré, C., Shapiro, M. 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
  • 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
  • DeepDive: Web-scale Knowledge-base Construction using Statistical Learning and Inference VLDS Niu, F., Zhang, C., Ré, C., Shavlik, J. 2012
  • Probabilistic Management of OCR using an RDBMS Kumar, A., Ré, C. 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
  • 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
  • Transducing Markov Sequences PODS Kimelfeld, B., Ré, C. 2010
  • 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
  • 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
  • Implementing NOT EXISTS Predicates over a Probabilistic Database QDB/MUD Wang, T., Ré, C., Suciu, D. 2008: 73-86
  • Advances in Processing SQL Queries on Probabilistic Data Invited Abstract in INFORMS 2008, Simulation. Ré, C., Suciu, D. 2008
  • Event queries on correlated probabilistic streams Ré, C., Letchner, J., Balazinska, M., Suciu, D. 2008
  • 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
  • Challenges for Event Queries over Markovian Streams IEEE Internet Computing Letchner, J., Ré, C., Balazinska, M., Philipose, M. 2008; 12: 30-36
  • Orderings on Annotated Collections Liber Amicorum in honor of Jan Paredaens 60th Birthday Ré, C., Suciu, D., Tannen, V. 2007
  • 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
  • A Complete and Efficient Algebraic Compiler for XQuery ICDE Re, C., Sim'eon, J., Fern'andez, Mary, F. 2006: 14
  • Query Evaluation on Probabilistic Databases IEEE Data Eng. Bull. Ré, C., Dalvi, Nilesh, N., Suciu, D. 2006; 29: 25-31
  • XQuery!: An XML Query Language with Side Effects Ghelli, G., Ré, C., Sim'eon, J. 2006
  • MYSTIQ: a system for finding more answers by using probabilities Boulos, J., Dalvi, Nilesh, N., Mandhani, B., Mathur, S., Ré, C., Suciu, D. 2005
  • Supporting workflow in a course management system SIGCSE Botev, C., Chao, H., Chao, T., Cheng, Y., Doyle, R., Grankin, S. 2005: 262-266
  • 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
  • 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