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Assistant Professor
Polytechnique Montréal

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I am a computer scientist and engineer interested in all aspect of data management: from performance considerations in query execution and optimization, to debuggability, data interface design, and applications. I focus on building and analyzing data management systems and value highly in-the-wild deployments to end-users.

Current projects: DistilleryDB (/w Distyl AI)
Past projects: GraphflowDB, Kùzu

I work with Distyl AI as it allows me to think about research problems starting from product requirements and end-user pain points. Previously, I worked on GraphflowDB, a research prototype I built for my Ph.D. thesis, and on its successor Kùzu, a startup spinoff from the University of Waterloo.

I am actively looking for master’s and Ph.D. students. If you are a student at Polytechnique interested in working with me, email me with ‘polymtl’ in the subject.

Research Interests

I aspire to build usable and open-source data management systems to tackle:


Jan 2024. Started advising Mohamed Riahi and Mohammadhossein Malekpour with Prof. Foutse Khomh.
Jan 2024. Joined Polytechnique Montréal as an assistant professor.
Jul 2023. Joined Distyl AI to found their research team.
Jul 2023. Defended my Ph.D. thesis. Grateful to my advisor for the journey!
Jul 2022. Will be giving a 3-hr tutorial at VLDB 2022 on foundations, system implementations, and open challenges when querying graph-structured relations.

Research Lab/Team



Amine Mhedhbi is an assistant professor at Polytechnique Montréal and a researcher at Distyl AI. His interests are in building and analyzing data management systems; his work includes tackling performance considerations and debuggability, interface design, and applications. Amine received his Ph.D. in 2023 from the University of Waterloo. His research has been awarded a VLDB Best Paper Award, a Microsoft Ph.D. Fellowship Award, a Meta Ph.D. Fellowship Finalist, and a David R. Cheriton Graduate Scholarship.