Introduction to the ETH Systems Group

The Systems Group is a joint initiative of three professors of the Computer Science Department of ETH Zürich: Gustavo Alonso, Donald Kossmann and Timothy Roscoe.

Formally established in 2007, the Systems Group includes today over 20 Ph.D. students, 3 senior researchers, and 3 faculty members. The Group was created as an open and internationally visible research environment that brings together expertise from different areas and provides the necessary critical mass to tackle large scale, long term projects.

The current research interests of the group encompass practical and experimental aspects of several domains: databases, distributed systems, operating systems, networks, pervasive computing, data and information management, middleware, as well as novel architectures for software systems and networks.

Our research is characterized by:

  • Collaborative research: our research projects are carried in teams, with input and contributions from people with backgrounds and interests ranging from databases to operating systems and networks.
  • Real systems: we pride ourselves in working on real problems and building real systems that are commercialized, licensed, or released as open source software. We have a track record of such systems, spin-off companies, and products created as a result of our research.
  • Ties to industry: our work is long-term, exploratory research, but many of our projects take place in collaboration with industry. Our model of funding and cooperation between academia and industry has been formalized under the Enterprise Computing Center (ECC).
  • Emphasis on tech transfer to education and industry: we place equal weight on research activities and university education. We aim to make these two goals indistinguishable by regularly bringing together experts from industry, students, and researchers to discuss ideas and projects, and by opening up our research projects to both students and industry.