Ikeren am a Ph.D student in Computer Science at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and am currently visiting at the University of California in Irvine (AsterixDB group). My research topic is on the optimization of Big Data systems. In the past two years, I have been working on optimizations and performance evaluations of Pig/Hadoop, HPCC Systems and AsterixDB (paper at IEEE Big Data Congress 2015, New-York).

Before that, I did my master thesis on system stabilization at the Hebrew University. I also worked as a software engineer for Intel for several years.
I enjoy teaching and worked as a mentor for high-school students on various programming projects with the MEET (Middle East Education through Technology) organization. I lectured a course on Scheme (functional programming) at the Computer Science Department of the Hebrew University.

Pics of the (awesome) Google retreat for Anita Borg can be found here.

My CV is available here.

Hobbies: Horseback riding, swimming and trail runs.