[About Me ...]



Department of Computer Science
King's Buildings, JCMB 2412
Mayfield Road
Edinburgh EH9 3JZ
United Kingdom

Tel.: + 44 (0)131 6505962
Fax: + 44 (0)131 6677209
Email: tz@dcs.ed.ac.uk


Overview   |   Work & Research   |   Interests & Hobbies   |   My Public PGP Key


Where I am from:
I am from Heilbronn in the south-western part of Germany (map). This town is located about 50 km north of Stuttgart.

Where I studied:
I did my undergraduate degree in the Fakultät für Informatik of the Universität Karlsruhe. During that time I spent one year at Edinburgh University as a non-graduating student and three months as a visting academic at the Edinburgh Parallel Computing Centre (EPCC). If you are interested in my experience to do parts of your informatics degree in Edinburgh then look at this page. In 1994 I returned to Edinburgh to do my PhD. See below for more information on that.

Where I worked:
During my studies I was a part-time collaborator for Helix Software (Stuttgart) and Generex Systems (Hamburg) working on projects for companies such as Daimler-Benz, Robert Bosch GmbH, Siemens or Hewlett-Packard.

Work & Research

Since October 1994, I am a PhD student and a member of the Computer Systems Group in the Department of Computer Science of Edinburgh University. My thesis describes the efficient optimisation of parallel temporal join processing. My supervisor was Dr. Peter Thanisch and my examiners were Dr. Christian Jensen and Dr. Mike O'Boyle. You can find more about my research here.

In general, my research interests are

Interests & Hobbies

I love doing sports and have already tried lots of them. Tennis is definitely my favourite. I have been playing in various teams in my club in Germany but also for Edinburgh University. Currently, I am concentrating more on squash mainly due to the easy access that we have around King's Buildings. I participate squash ladder and play in the team Los Merengues in the intramural division 3. I also like badminton and many other sports such as skiing, swimming, mountain biking, football, volleyball, ultimate frisbee, snooker and golf.

Spain, Venezuela, Latin America
I have a long relationship with Spain, have spent a lot of time and have many friends over there. Through my wife and many friends I have gained a considerable interest in Venezuela and other latin american countries. I love to read Alexander von Humboldt's diaries on the trips he did through (what was later) Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Mexico and Cuba at the beginning of the 19th century.

International and economical policies
I have a steady interest in what is going on around the world. I regularly read newspapers and political and economical magazines such as the Süddeutsche Zeitung, Die Zeit, The Economist, El Pais and others.

My Public PGP Key

If you want to send me encrypted email you can use my public PGP key. If you do not know what this is about then have a look at the International PGP Home Page. It gives you more details on PGP encryption.

Thomas Zurek, <tz@dcs.ed.ac.uk>, last change 14.1.1998