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Joseph E. Gonzalez

I am an assistant professor in the EECS department at UC Berkeley and a founding member of the new UC Berkeley RISE Lab. My research interests are at the intersection of machine learning and data systems and my students are working on a wide range of projects including:

Co-founder: I am also co-founder of Turi Inc. (formerly GraphLab), which was based on my work on the GraphLab and PowerGraph Systems. Turi was recently acquired by Apple Inc.

Background: Before joining UC Berkeley as a professor, I was a post-doc in the AMPLab working on several projects including GraphX (now part of Apache Spark), early versions of MLbase, Velox, and concurrency control for ML.

COVID-19 News

I recently released a special edition of the Data Engineering Bulletin. We also have a blog post about advances and issues in digital contact tracing.

Current Graduate Students and Post-docs

I am fortunate to advise the following amazing students.

Graduate Students



Former Students and Post-docs

Research Opportunities for Undergraduate Students

We are also looking for motivated undergraduate students who would like to get involved in doing cutting edge research. If you are an undergraduate at Berkeley and are interested in getting involved in research please fill out the DARE Application.


I am currently a technical advisor for AnyScale.ai which is developing a platform for distributed computing in Python. AnyScale.ai is currently hiring!


My research as part of the UC Berkeley RISE Lab is funded by the NSF Expedition grant, NSF CAREER Award, and the consortium of industrial sponsors: