Director, Intelligenet Enterprise Technologies Lab
Umesh Dayal, a widely known expert in data management, data mining, and business-process management, is an HP Fellow and director of the Intelligent Enterprise Technologies Lab at HP Labs.
Dayal has more than 25 years' of research experience in data management and has made fundamental contributions in the field, including developing some of the basic techniques for managing databases that differ in data model and query language, defining mechanisms for triggering transactions and database rules and investigating query optimization strategies, especially in heterogeneous systems. In addition, he has done important work in long-duration transactions, nested transactions and database design.
Since joining HP in 1992, Dayal has initiated several research programs, including the intelligent enterprise research program, which combines decision technologies, business-process management and enterprise solutions technologies.
This work, a key element of HP's Adaptive Enterprise strategy, is centered on creating technologies to improve HP’s business processes and developing innovative technologies for increasing the efficiency and value of HP’s service design and delivery capabilities. Research in these areas has created competitive advantage for HP in such areas as revenue forecasting and auction design.
Previously, Dayal initiated HP’s research in business process intelligence, a field of study that combines data warehousing, data mining, analytics and optimization techniques to monitor, control and improve business processes.
In addition to holding 13 patents, Dayal has published more than 120 papers at conferences and in journals. In 2001, he received the prestigious 10-year best paper award (with two co-authors) from the International Conference on Very Large Data Bases for his paper on a transactional model for long-running activities, which was deemed to have been “the most influential paper written ten years ago.” This paper is widely regarded as launching the field of enterprise-scale, transactional workflow management.
Dayal is on the Editorial Board of four international journals, has co-edited two books and has chaired and served on the Program Committees of numerous conferences. He is a member of the Board of the VLDB Endowment, the Board of the International Foundation for Cooperative Information Systems, the Steering Committee of the SIAM Data Mining Conference and the Executive Committee of the IEEE Technical Committee on E-Commerce.
Prior to joining HP Labs., he was a senior researcher at DEC's Cambridge Research Lab., Chief Scientist at Xerox Advanced Information Technology and Computer Corporation of America, and on the faculty at the University of Texas-Austin. He obtained his Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics from Harvard University in 1979.