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Nikolay Yakovets is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, Information Systems WSK&I at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e). His main area of study is databases and data intensive systems. He is particularly interested in foundations of databases, efficient data analytics and engineering of high-performance data processing systems. 

Nikolay’s current focus is on design and implementation of core database technologies, management of massive graph data, and efficient processing of queries on graphs. His educational activities focus on data modeling and databases, data management for data analytics, database technology, data engineering, seminar databases and capita selecta databases 

Academic background

Nikolay obtained his PhD in Computer Science from Lassonde School of Engineering at York University in 2017, where his was a member of the YorkU database group. His doctoral thesis work focused on the optimization and efficient processing of complex path queries in large graph databases. Before that, Nikolay received his masters and bachelor’s degrees in Computer Science from the same university. His MSc thesis ‘Migration of Enterprise Security to a Database: A Case Study was carried out in close collaboration with IBM Center for Advanced Studies (IBM Research) and focused on improving the security in the domain of Master Data Management. During his studies, Nikolay also worked on multiple projects funded by the government of Canada (NSERC) on topics of high-performance data processing systems (in collaboration with Empress Canada) and on natural language processing algorithms and pipelines.

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Research Output 2017 2019

  • 4 Citations
  • 7 Conference contribution
  • 1 Book
  • 1 Chapter
  • 1 Paper

An experimental study of context-free path query evaluation methods

Kuijpers, J., Fletcher, G., Yakovets, N. & Lindaaker, T., 23 Jul 2019, Proceedings of the 31st International Conference on Scientific and Statistical Database Management, SSDBM 2019. Malik, T., Maltzahn, C. & Jimenez, I. (eds.). New York: Association for Computing Machinery, Inc, p. 121-132 12 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contributionAcademicpeer-review

Context free grammars

Graph query processing

Salihoglu, S. & Yakovets, N., 20 Feb 2019, Encyclopedia of Big Data Technologies. Sakr, S. & Zomaya, A. Y. (eds.). Berlin: Springer, p. 890-898 9 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterAcademicpeer-review

Query processing

Plan enumeration for SPARQL property paths

Yakovets, N., Godfrey, P. & Gryz, J., 1 Jan 2019, (Submitted).

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaperAcademic

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Scalable temporal clique enumeration

Zhu, K., Fletcher, G., Yakovets, N., Papapetrou, O. & Wu, Y., 19 Aug 2019, Proceedings of the 16th International Symposium on Spatial and Temporal Databases, SSTD 2019. New York: Association for Computing Machinery, Inc, p. 120-129 10 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contributionAcademicpeer-review

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Histogram domain ordering for path selectivity estimation

Yakovets, N., Wang, L., Fletcher, G. H. L., Taverner, C. & Poulovassilis, A., 2018, Proceedings of the 21st International Conference on Extending Database Technology (EDBT), March 26-29, 2018. OpenProceedings.org, p. 493-496

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contributionAcademicpeer-review

Open Access


Capita selecta databases

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Database technology

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Datamodelling and databases

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Seminar databases

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Student theses

Anomaly detection on vibration data

Author: Siganos, A., 28 Oct 2019

Supervisor: Hess, S. (Supervisor 1), Pechenizkiy, M. (Supervisor 2), Yakovets, N. (Supervisor 2) & Uusitalo, J. (External person) (External coach)

Student thesis: Master


Automated datasheet generation: for LED products

Author: Jurado Solis, P., 28 May 2018

Supervisor: Medeiros de Carvalho, R. (Supervisor 1), van der Voort, E. (External person) (External coach) & Yakovets, N. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master


Automatically responding to customers

Author: Huijzer, T., 25 Mar 2019

Supervisor: Yakovets, N. (Supervisor 1)

Student thesis: Master


CSI : Crime Script Investigation: towards an efficient method of finding and analyzing criminal networks using G-CORE and graph databases

Author: Brants, W., 28 Oct 2019

Supervisor: Yakovets, N. (Supervisor 1) & Souer, J. (External person) (External coach)

Student thesis: Master


Improving data quality in schema-driven synthetic graph generation

Author: van Leeuwen, W., 27 Mar 2017

Supervisor: Fletcher, G. (Supervisor 1), Yakovets, N. (Supervisor 2) & Bonifati, A. (External person) (External coach)

Student thesis: Master