University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland
Short biography: Ela Pustulka is a database expert with a strong interest in algorithms and performance optimisation. She was awarded a PhD by the University of Glasgow in 2002 for research on the topic of biological sequence indexing using persistent Java. Her career spans both research and industry in the UK, Germany and Switzerland. She has previously held two personal research fellowships, from the Medical Research Council UK and an EU Marie-Curie Fellowship. She has a strong track record in publishing, acquiring research funding and supervising researchers at all stages of their careers. She publishes in several research areas: databases, bioinformatics, information visualisation, machine learning and serious games. She teaches BSc courses in Java and database technologies at the FHNW and supervises MSc student theses. She works with the industry to develop new products, currently on an ERP system based on NoSQL. She also develops teaching games, most recently SQL Scrolls which offer SQL practice and are used in database courses at the FHNW.