Arthur M. Keller

Former Senior Research Scientist

Contact Information


Phone: +1 (650) 424-0202

Fax: +1 (650) 424-0424

Minerva Consulting
3881 Corina Way
Palo Alto CA 94303-4507

Recent Publications

His recent papers are available online in PostScript and Adobe Acrobat form.

Biographical Sketch

Dr. Keller is a visiting associate professor of Computer Science at the University of California at Santa Cruz during the 2001-2002 and 2002-2003 academic years.

Dr. Keller is also Managing Partner of Minerva Consulting, which consults for high-tech startups. His consulting clients include Target Mining Corp., Globallinx Network, Propel Software Corp., Virtual Giveaway, Serus, Broader Minds Corp., and Online HR.

Dr. Keller was profiled in TechWeb on March 10, 2000.

Dr. Keller also works as an expert witness on patent infringement cases.

Dr. Keller is also Co-Founder, Board Member, and Chief Technical Advisor of Target Mining Corp., the targeted promotions company formerly known as, a name still being used for a consumer site with thousands of coupons from hundreds of companies. He co-invented the patent pending technology for Target Mining Corp. Dr. Keller left Stanford University to help start Target Mining Corp.

Dr. Keller is Co-Founder, Chairman of the Board, and interim CEO of Globallinx Network, which provides hotels with a turnkey internet access solution based on an in-room internet appliance.

Dr. Keller serves on the Technical Advisory Board of Propel Software Corp., which provides data management software that deliver unprecedented data access scalability, performance, and cost benefits for Web applications.

Dr. Keller is an advisor to Virtual Giveaway, which is a leader in turnkey advergame solutions.

Dr. Keller serves on the advisory board of Serus, whose Serus Integrated Inventory Demand Management System captures real-time demand data and through patent-pending applications determines optimum inventory allocation and replenishment drivers in high velocity value chains.

Dr. Keller is Founding Advisor and Board Member of Broader Minds Corp., which helps high school students choose the college to attend.

Dr. Keller serves on the Advisory Board of Online HR, which helps Fortune 5000 companies with recruitment, relocation, and retention.

Dr. Arthur M. Keller until 1999 managed Stanford CIT's efforts on collaborative engineering, workflow, and database security and coordinates relationships with companies. He was previously project manager for Stanford's efforts on CommerceNet, including research on searchable online catalogs, providing services over the Internet, and concurrent engineering. He collaborated with the Tsimmis project on integration of heterogeneous databases for information finding and distributed constraints, and collaborated with the CEDB project on version and configuration management and distributed constraints for collaborative design. He previously managed the Penguin project on interoperability of object-oriented and relational databases, the Fauve project on federated autonomous databases, the Paradata project performing research on databases on parallel computers, and the development of DADAISM, a formally specified, modular database system in Ada that includes multiple interfaces at multiple levels as well as support for database security and integrity.

He was Chief Technical Advisor (and was formerly on the board of directors) of Persistence Software. Persistence Software is the technology leader in the Transactional Application Server market, providing a foundation for distributed computing. Persistence accelerates the development and deployment of high-performance distributed systems. The Persistence PowerTier family of Transactional Application Servers includes PowerTier for Enterprise JavaBeans (EJB) and PowerTier for C++. Over 200 Global-1000 companies have accelerated the delivery of applications and ensured scalability using PowerTier's patented object-relational technology. Persistence Software went public on June 25, 1999.

He was also a Co-Founder (and was formerly COO and CFO) of Mergent Systems, Inc., which is commercializing Infomaster. Mergent Systems was originally called Epistemics, Inc. Mergent develops applications for the business to business e-commerce market. Its applications address the challenge of creating, operating, and maintaining industry catalogs for Internet market makers. Mergent is unique in its ability to deal with the issues facing net market makers including sourcing data from distributed sites, dealing with unstructured, missing or incomplete information, and providing fast and easy access to catalog and related information. Mergent Systems was acquired by Commerce One in January 2000 for about $200 million in cash and stock.

His research interests include electronic commerce, interoperability of heterogeneous databases, database integration, object-oriented databases, database implementation, databases on parallel computers, federated autonomous databases, database views including updates, incomplete information and nulls, software integration and reuse, and large system integration.

He received his B.S. in Mathematics and Computer and Information Science from Brooklyn College (CUNY) in 1977, his M.S. in Computer Science from Stanford University in 1979, and his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Stanford University in 1985. He was previously an assistant professor in the Computer Sciences department at the University of Texas at Austin.

Dr. Keller is listed in Marquis' Who's Who in America, Millenium Edition.

Courses Taught

At Stanford: Introduction to Databases (CS145), File and Database Systems (CS245), Distributed Databases (CS347), Database Seminar (CS545).

At Western Institute of Computer Science (WICS): Organizing Instructor for Object Data Management, Object Data Management Laboratory, Databases in Modern System Architectures, Internet Security, and Electronic Commerce on the Internet.

At UCSC: Database Systems.

At University Blas Pascal, Cordoba, Argentina: Introduction to Databases, Distributed Databases.

At Helsinki University of Technology, Finland: Introduction to Databases, Distributed Databases.

At the University of Texas at Austin: Data Management (undergraduate course), Database Interfaces, Data Management (graduate course).

At TeX Users Group annual conferences: An Intensive Introduction to TeX.

At Brooklyn College (CUNY), New York: Computers and Society.

Advice for Undergraduates

Click here for a letter of advice I give to undergraduate advisees that dates back to 1992. It is still (mostly) valid.

Recent Publications

His recent papers are available online in PostScript and Adobe Acrobat form.

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