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Dr. Paula Ta-Shma is a Research Staff Member in the Cloud & Data Technologies group at IBM Research – Haifa and is responsible for a group of research efforts in the area of hybrid data, with a particular focus on high performance, secure and cost-efficient data stores and processing engines. She is particularly interested in performant SQL analytics over object storage and leads work on data skipping whose work is now integrated into multiple IBM products and services. Previously, she led projects in areas such as cloud storage infrastructure for IoT and continuous data protection. Prior to working at IBM, Dr. Ta-Shma worked at several companies on database management systems, including Informix Software Inc. where she worked on Apache Derby. She holds M.Sc. and PhD degrees in computer science from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.