Curriculum Vitae

Personal information

Name: László Dobos, PhD

Education and work

  • 1993-1997 Berzsenyi Dániel Gimnázium, Budapest special mathematics class
  • 1997-1999 Technical University of Budapest, electric engineering (did not graduate)
  • 1999-2002 Software developer at small companies
  • 2007  MSc in physics, Eötvös Loránd University
  • 2009 Intern at Microsoft Corporation, Software Developer Engineer at SQL Server
  • 2012 PhD in astrophysics, Eötvös Loránd University (Prof. István Csabai)
  • 2012- Junior assistant professor at Eötvös Loránd University, Department of Physics of Complex Systems


  • Hungarian (native)
  • English (fluent)
  • Spanish (advanced intermediate)
  • Russian (basic)
  • German (basic)

Research interest

  • Investigating physical properties of galaxy populations in cosmological context
  • Optimization of scientific databases and building scalable analysis tools for astronomical data
  • Distributed database systems
  • Application of advanced statistics and machine learning techniques in astronomy
  • Statistical properties and dynamics of social networks

Research project participation

  • 2005-2008 Participant in MAGPop (Prof. István Csabai node coordinator) Marie Curie Research Training Network funded by the EU, multi-wavelength analysis of galaxy populations
  • 2012-2015 Investigator in OTKA NN 103244 (Prof. István Csabai PI) “Towards Analyzing Complex Petascale Datasets”
  • 2013-2016 Participant in FutureICT (Prof. Gábor Vattay node coordinator), analysis of social network using data collected from open Twitter streams, building a geotagged spatio-temporal database from Twitter data
  • 2015- Participant in COMPARE (Prof. István Csabai node coordinator), Collaborative management platform for detection and analyses of (re-) emerging and foodborne outbreaks in Europe, funded from the European Union's Horizon 2020 programme
  • 2015- Principal investigator in OTKA NN 114560, Federating large astronomical databases

International and Industrial Collaboration

  • since 2003 The Johns Hopkins University (Prof. Alexander S. Szalay), developing scientific databases and web-based tools for astronomy, major participation in the NSF funded project SciServer (2013-)
  • since 2004 International Virtual Observatory Alliance, collaboration on data model standards for astronomical data
  • 2009 Microsoft Corporation (Dr. José Blakeley), developing a prototype for an in-memory database system (Hekaton), developing a prototype for array storage in SQL server
  • since 2012 Ericsson Research, investigating performance of distributed database systems for telco applications
  • since 2014 European Space Agency, European Space Astronomy Centre, developing a footprint database and indexing scheme for the Herschel Space Telescope Science Archive (HSA)

Teaching Experience

  • At Eötvös Loránd University for physics and CS students:
  • Numerical methods in physics II (lecture + practice, BSc fourth semester)
  • Extragalactic astronomy and cosmology (MSc and PhD)
  • Data mining in astronomy (MSc and PhD)
  • Stellar and galaxy populations (MSc and PhD)
  • Astronomical databases (BSc and MSc)
  • Design and Implementation of Scientific Databases (MSc and PhD)
  • Digital signal processing lab (BSc)
  • Programming .Net

Supervised students

  • Róbert Beck (PhD, 2013-, 50%): Machine learning techniques for analyzing galaxy populations
  • János Márk Szalai-Gindl (PhD, 2013-, 50%): Point Cloud Databases
  • Gábor Rácz (PhD, 2015-): Investigating cosmological models with numerical simulations
  • “Unofficial” supervising of PhD students: Gábor Rácz, Balázs Pinczel, Erika Varga-Verebélyi, Evelin Bányai
  • 4 finished BSc theses, 2 ongoing BSc and MSc theses

Software and Hardware Development Projects

  • 2003- Spectrum Services for the Virtual Observatory, TB-scale database and processing tools to analyze galaxy spectra
  • 2007- Footprint Services for the Virtual Observatory, Database of sky coverage of astronomical surveys and related tools
  • 2008- Design and operation of the database server system of eScience Regionális Egyetemi Tudásközpont (RET)
  • 2008- Graywulf: A platforms for federating distributed scientific databases, Originally designed for the PanSTARRS sky survey, now used for SkyQuery
  • 2009- SkyQuery: A distributed, parallel database system for cross-matching astronomical catalogs
  • 2009 Hekaton: a prototype of a CLR interface to an in-memory OLTP database system (Microsoft)
  • 2011 SqlArray: an array extension to Microsoft SQL Server
  • 2013- Design an operation of the database server system of FutureICT
  • 2013- TwitterDB: a multi-terabyte database and tools for analyzing social network data with advanced spatial and graph indexing
  • 2014- Herschel Footprint Database A database built for sky coverage of space telescope observations with advanced spatial indexing

Software developer and system administrator experience

  • 15+ years .Net development in C#, ASP.NET and related technologies
  • 15+ years database development and administration with Microsoft SQL Server
  • From scratch planning and installation of high performance server and storage systems