Wesley W. Chu, Professor

Wesley Chu is a Professor of Computer Science and was the past chairman (1988-1991) of the Computer Science Department at the University of California, Los Angeles. He received his B.S.E. (EE) and M.S.E (EE) from the University of Michigan in 1960 and 1961. He received his Ph.D. (EE) from Stanford University in 1966.

From 1988 to 1991, he was the Principal Investigator of ONR contract on Fault Tolerant Distributed Database Systems, and from 1989 to 1991, he was the Co-Principal (Dr. Popek, the Principal Investigator) of a DARPA contract on Very Large Distributed Information Processing Systems. From 1991 to present, he is the Co-Principal Investigator of a DARPA contract on Large Scale Filing and Data Management Environments. From 1991 to 1993, he is the principal investigator of the NSF contract on A Knowledge-Based Multimedia Medical Distributed Database System.

From 1964 to 1966, he worked on the design of large-scale computers at IBM, Menlo Park and San Jose, California. From 1966 to 1969, he researched computer communications and distributed databases at Bell Laboratories, Holmdel, New Jersey. He joined the University of California, Los Angeles in 1969. He directs a research group at UCLA in the areas of computer communications and networking, distributed processing, and knowledge based distributed databases. He is also a consultant to government agencies and private industries. He has authored or co-authored more than 100 articles on information processing systems and has edited three textbooks: Advances in Computer Communications, (Artech House, 1st ed. 1974 and 2nd revised ed. 1977), Centralized and Distributed Database Systems (co-edited with P. P. Chen, IEEE Computer Society, 1979), and Distributed Systems, Vol. I: Distributed Processing Systems, Vol.II: Distributed Database Systems (Artech House, 1986).

Dr. Chu is a Fellow of IEEE. He was the program co-chairman for the First International Conference on Data Engineering, and the program co-chairman for the 12th International Conference on VLDB in 1986. He was an associate editor for the IEEE Transactions on Computers for the field of computer networking and distributed processing systems (1978-1982) and received a meritorious award for his service to the IEEE (1983). He was the workshop co-chair of the IEEE First International Workshop on Systems Management, April 1993 and received a Certificate of Appreciation award for his significant service. He is currently a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Very Large Data Bases and an Associate Editor for the Journal of Data and Knowledge Engineering. Dr. Chu is the Principal Investigator of an ARPA contract of $1,664,000 (from March 1991 to April 1995) for researching and developing CoBase.

Selected List of Publications

Distributed Database Systems

Chu, W. W. ``Optimal File Allocation in Multiple Computer System,'' IEEE Transaction on Computers, October 1969, pp. 885-889.

Chu, W. W. ``Performance of Directory Systems for Data Bases in Star and Distributed Networks,'' AFIPS Conference Proceedings, June 1976, pp. 577-587.

Chu, W. W. and P. Hurley. ``Optimal Query Processing for Distributed Database Systems,'' IEEE Transactions on Computers, September 1982, pp. 835-850.

Chu, W. W. and I. T. Ieong. ``A Transaction-Based Approach to Vertical Partitioning for Relational Database Systems,'' IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering, August 1993, pp. 804-812.

Rowley, M. and W. W. Chu. ``Detectors: Encapsulating Constraint Maintenance in Object-Oriented Databases,'' Proceedings of the Technology of the Object-Oriented Language Systems, August 1993.

Distributed Multimedia Database Systems

Chu, W. W., I. T. Ieong, R. K. Taira, and C. M. Breant. ``A Temporal Evolutionary Object-Oriented Data Model and Its Query Language for Medical Image Management'', Proceedings of the 18th VLDB Conference, August 1992.

Chu, W. W., A. Cárdenas, and R. Taira. ``A Knowledge-Based Multimedia Medical Distributed Database System --- KMeD,'' Proceedings of the NSF Scientific Database Projects, February 1993.

Chu, W. W., Ieong, I. T., and Taira, R. K. ``A Semantic Modeling Approach for Image Retrieval by Content'', to appear in Journal of Very Large Database Systems, 1994.

Cooperative Query Answering

Gilles Fouque, Wesley W. Chu, and Henrick Yau. ``A Case-Based Reasoning Approach for Associative Query Answering'', in Proceedings of the eighth International Symposium on Methodologies for Intelligent Systems, October, 1994.

Chu, W.W., H. Yang, K. Chiang, B. Ribeiro and G. Chow. ``CoGIS: A Cooperative Geographical Information System'', Proceedings of SPIE Conference on Knowledge-Based Artificial Intelligent System in Aerospace and Industry Orlando, FL, April 1994.

Chu, W. W., Q. Chen, and A. Huang. ``Query Answering via Cooperative Data Inference,'' Journal of Intelligent Information Systems, February 1994.

Chu, W. W. and Q. Chen. ``A Pattern-Based Data and Knowledge Integration for Intelligent Query Answering,'' in the special issue on Intelligent Information Systems, Journal of Integrated Computer-Aided Engineering, Vol. 1, No. 5, 1994.

Chu, W. W. and Q. Chen. ``A Structure Approach for Cooperative Query Answering'', (to appear in) IEEE Transactions on Data and Knowledge Engineering, 1994.

Chu, W. W., M. Merzbacher, and L. Berkovich. ``The Design and Implementation of CoBase,'' SIGMOD '93, May 1993, pp. 517-522.

Chu, W. W. and Q. Chen. ``Neighborhood and Associative Query Answering,'' Journal of Intelligent Information System, 1(3/4), 1992, pp. 355-382.

Knowledge Acquisition

Chu, W. W. and K. Chiang. ``Abstraction of High Level Concepts from Numerical Values in Databases'', in Proceedings of the AAAI Workshop on Knowledge Discovery in Databases, July, 1994, Seattle, Washington.

Merzbacher, M. and W. W. Chu. ``Query-Based Semantic Nearness for Cooperative Query Answering,'' Proceedings of the First International Conference on Information and Knowledge Management (CIKM), Baltimore, Maryland, 1992, pp. 361-368.

Merzbacher, M. and W. W. Chu. ``Pattern-Based Clustering for Database Attribute Values,'' in Proceedings of the AAAI Workshop on Knowledge Discovery in Databases, Washington, D.C., July 1993.

Contributed Book Chapters and Editorship of Special Issues

Chu, W. W. ``Distributed Data Base Systems'' (Chapter 14) in Software Engineering Handbook, edited by Vick and Ramamoorthy, Van Nostrand, New York, 1984.

Chu, W. W., Q. Chen, and M. Merzbacher. ``CoBase: A Cooperative Database System'' in Non-Standard Queries and Answers, edited by R. Demolombe and T. Imielinski, 1994.

Chu, W. W., Guest Editor. Special issue on distributed database systems, IEEE Proceedings, May 1987, pp. 531-729.