Portrait of Kaushik Chakrabarti

Kaushik Chakrabarti

Senior Researcher


Kaushik Chakrabarti is a researcher in the Data Management, Mining and Exploration group at Microsoft Research. His research interests include database management, information retrieval and data, text and web mining. He has published more than 40 research papers in the above areas and holds more than 10 patents. Several of his papers have won best paper awards including ACM SIGMOD 2001 and VLDB 2000 best paper awards. He regularly serves on the program committees of prestigious conferences like ACM SIGMOD, ICDE, WWW, ICDM and ICME as well as reviewer of reputed journals like ACM TODS, VLDB Journal and TKDE. He is currently serving as a PC vice-chair of ICDE 2012 conference and program co-chair of DBRank 2011 (at VLDB 2011).

He is an associate editor of TKDE and serves on the editorial board of Distributed and Parallel Databases Journal. Kaushik received his Bachelors degree in Computer Science and Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science from University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign.


Concept Expansion

Established: November 10, 2014

Given a concept name, and seed entities, return entities and tables in this concept. Sway Presentation

Query Result Navigation

Established: January 9, 2014

Exploratory queries on a database often returns too few or too many results (e.g., a home search query on a database of available homes). In such cases, the user faces the challenges of (i) navigating through too many results and/or…

Synonym Mining

Established: January 7, 2014

The same entity is often referred to in a variety of ways. For example, the camera Canon 600d is also referred to as "canon rebel t3i", the celebrity Jennifer Lopez is also referred to as "jlo" and Seattle Tacoma International…

Entity Search and Query Portals

Established: March 20, 2011

The goal of entity search is to return entities (e.g., people, products, locations) relevant to a keyword query. The goal of Query Portals is to go one step further and return not only the names of relevant entities but a…



















Recent News

(4/2015) Algorithmically generated table captions ships in Bing! This is based on our work on web tables. About 1% of searches on Bing show table captions. Try a search like most populous cities in the world, moneygram locations in seattle, airports in florida, famous navy admirals, or list of futurama characters on Bing and see table captions!

(12/2013) I have been invited to serve as area chair for the Applications and Experiences (DB Track) area in CIKM 2014.

(10/2013) Synonyms technology ships in Dynamics AX for Retail to enhance e-commerce search

(7/2013) Synonym API becomes part of Bing Dev Center

(7/2013) Microsoft announced that PowerQuery will be part of Office 365

(3/2013) Our work on web table search shipped in Excel Power Query. This work was done in close collaboration with SQL Server and Excel groups. Please try the add-in out and give us feedback.

(10/2012) Our synonym work was released externally via the Synonym API. Please try it out and give us feedback!

(7/2012) I have been invited to give a keynote talk at the Workshop on Entity-oriented and Semantic Search (JIWES) at SIGIR 2012. Here is the title and abstract.

(12/2011) I have been invited to serve as the area chair for the “Query Processing and Optimization” track in ICDE 2012

(8/2011) I have been invited to serve as a workshop co-chair for VLDB 2014 to be held at the beautiful Hangzhou, China.

(7/2011) The Distributed and Parallel Databases Journal (Springer’s international journal on database management and information retrieval) is planning a special issue on ranking in databases. I am the editor of this special issue. If you are working on ranking in databases, please consider submitting your work to this special issue. The deadline for the paper submission is October 7, 2011. The call for papers can be found on the journal web site: http://www.springer.com/journal/10619

(4/2011) The fifth international workshop on ranking in databases (DBRank) 2011 will be held in conjunction with VLDB 2011 in Seattle, WA, USA. Davide Martinenghi and I are the program co-chairs. If you are working on ranking, please consider submitting a paper to DBRank 2011. The deadline is June 7, 2011.

Research Interests

Kaushik’s interests spans many aspects of data management, information retrieval and data mining. He is specifically interested in the following topics:

  • New ways to search, explore and discover insights from datasets
  • Extracting structured data from unstructured or semi-structured information
  • Scalable data analytics in emerging platforms like MapReduce and graph engines
  • Automatic ways to visualize data

Recent Professional Activities

Best Paper Awards

  • Our paper Locally Adaptive Dimensionality Reduction for Indexing Large Time Series Databases awarded Best Paper of SIGMOD 2001
  • Our paper Approximate Query Processing Using Wavelets awarded “Best of VLDB 2000” (along with 4 other papers) and invited to “Best of VLDB 2000” issue of VLDB Journal


All my work is in collaboration with the terrific engineers and researchers in the Data Management, Exploration and Mining Group. I also collaborate with various business groups within Microsoft to transfer our research work to Microsoft’s products and services. Finally, I had the good fortune to work with an amazing set of students over the last decade:

  • Seung-won Hwang (2003, 2004)
  • Dong Xin (2005, 2006)
  • Tianyi Wu (2008)
  • Mei Hui (2009)
  • Senjuti Basu Roy (2010)
  • Bahman Bahmani (2010, mentored by Dong Xin)
  • Chi Wang (2011, 2012, 2013)
  • Ndapa Nakashole (2011)
  • Mohamed Yakout (2011, mentored by Kris Ganjam)
  • Manish Gupta (2011, mentored by Tao Cheng)
  • Meihui Zhang (2012)
  • Bilyana Taneva (2012, mentored by Tao Cheng)
  • Jeffrey Jestes (2012, mentored by Kris Ganjam)
  • Yanyan Shen (2013)
  • Mohan Yang (2013, mentored by Bolin Ding)