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차상균 원장은 2020년 2월부터 서울대 데이터사이언스대학원의 초대원장이다. 2013년 9월 서울대 빅데이터연구소 건립을 요청받았을 때부터 데이터사이언스 대학원의 설립을 위해 수년 간 주도적으로 노력했으며, 데이터 혁명과 인공지능 시대에 맞춰 서울대를 변화시켰다. 차상균 원장은 2000년대 초반 인메모리 매니지먼트에 대한 자신의 연구를 기반으로 TIM(Transact In Memory)을 설립했다. 2005년 말 TIM이 세계적 소프트웨어 기업인 SAP에 인수합병 된 후 인메모리 데이터베이스 플랫폼인 HANA 비공개 연구를 주도했으며, 2014년 초까지 SAP HANA의 초대 공동 개발 책임자를 역임했다. 그는 서울대에서 학사 및 석사 학위를, 스탠퍼드대에서 박사학위를 취득했다.
Professor Sang Kyun Cha has been the founding dean of the Graduate School of Data Science of Seoul National University since February of 2020. He led the effort of establishing this new graduate school to help transform Korea’s leading higher education institution in the age of data-driven innovation and AI since he took the role of founding director of SNU Big Data Institute in April of 2014. Before taking this transformative role at the university, Prof. Cha was an innovator and entrepreneur who founded ‘Transact In Memory, Inc.’ in Silicon Valley in early 2000’s based on his research on in-memory data management. After SAP AG’s acquisition of the company in late 2005, he led SAP’s secret research toward SAP HANA and took the role of one of two co-founding chief architects of SAP HANA until early 2014 when his role at SAP was more or less done and the industry shifted toward the in-memory paradigm triggered by SAP HANA. Professor Cha has been promoting the preemptive transformation of education for the new digital era and has been consulting Korean government on education, research priorities, and innovation strategies. Despite his administrative duties, Prof. Cha still teaches two courses ‘Big Data and Knowledge Management’ and ‘Data-Driven Innovation and Entrepreneurship’. He also runs the university-wide seminar on Data Science inviting speakers globally. He serves as the chair of IEEE International Conference on Data Engineering Ten-Year Influential Paper Award Committee. He received his BS and MS from Seoul National University and his Ph.D. from Stanford University.