Dr. Melliyal Annamalai is a database expert, researcher, and developer. She has
worked at Oracle for over 12 years, primarily working on projects related to the management
of non-relational types of data in the database, such as imaging data, multimedia data, and
semantic data. She began her career at Oracle with the development of high-performance
image management architectures. Now, she defines the strategy and direction for database
imaging features that include functionality for medical images and geospatial images. She
has published several papers and regularly serves on program conference committees,
W3C groups, and other standards bodies. She frequently speaks at seminars, conferences,
training events, panels, Oracle technology days, user group meetings, and other forums. Dr.
Annamalai is also deeply involved in improving access to high quality Science and IT education
for students from less privileged backgrounds and locations around the world. She was
awarded the prestigious Graduate Student Research Program Fellowship from NASA to
pursue a PhD in Computer Science from Purdue University, which she received in 1997.
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