Christopher Jermaine was named the interim chair of the Rice University Department of Computer Science as of January 1, 2021. He is also the program director of the Data Science Initiative in the George R. Brown School of Engineering and a professor of Computer Science.
Jermaine received a BA from the Mathematics Department at UCSD, an MSc from the Computer Science and Engineering Department at OSU (his advisor at OSU was Renee Miller, who is now at Toronto), and a PhD from the College of Computing at Georgia Tech (his advisor at Georgia Tech was Ed Omiecinski). He is the recipient of a 2008 Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Research Fellowship, a National Science Foundation CAREER award, a 2007 ACM SIGMOD Best Paper Award, a 2009 ACM SIGKDD Best Paper runner up, and a 2017 ICDE Best Paper Award. He has been at Rice since January, 2009, and was on the faculty of the computer science department at the University of Florida from 2002, through August, 2010.
Chris Jermaine studies data analytics: how to analyze, store, retrieve, and manipulate large and heterogeneous data sets. Within this problem space, most of his work focuses on: the systems-oriented problems that arise when building software to manage large and diverse data sets; and the difficulties that arise when applying statistical methods to such data sets.
PhD Computer Science, Georgia Institute of Technology
MSc, Computer Science, The Ohio State University (1997)
BA, Math, University of California San Diego (1994)
Applications of Discrete Structures
Information and Database Systems
Indexing Large Databases
Database System Implementation
Design and Analysis of Algorithms
Introduction to Program Design
Tools and Models for Data Science
Introduction to Database Systems
Honors & Awards
2017 ICDE Best Paper Award
2009: ACM SIGKDD Best Paper runner up
2008: Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Research Fellowship
2008: CAREER award, National Science Foundation
2007: ACM SIGMOD Best Paper Award