Bart Theeten

Antwerp, Belgium


After obtaining my M.Sc. in Engineering degree in Computer Science in 1996, I joined Alcatel in Belgium as a software engineer building software for a large optical switch. In 1997 I moved to Alcatel USA, Raleigh, NC, where I took the role of software architect and technical lead for various Element and Network Management applications. In 2001 I moved to Alcatel CIT, Marcoussis, France to transfer a generic Element Management Platform I invented, to the central software organisation ALMAP within Alcatel. In 2004 I decided to move back to Belgium, joining the Research & Innovation department, which became part of Bell Labs in 2006.

My research is focused on building massively distributed Big Data management systems:

  • In 2004 I invented the Federated Data Manager (FDM) tool capable of unifying both structured and unstructured data into a single logical database. I lead the FDM research team throughout 2007. 
  • In 2008 I invented the Personal Content Manager (PeCMan) concept for which I received an Alcatel-Lucent Innovation award in 2010. PeCMan is a personal Internet application to organise, tag and search all multimedia content of users distributed over the many social networks and personal devices owned by the user. PeCMan makes this distributed content seamlessly available to any output device such as television sets, mobile devices, etc. through e.g. DLNA. I lead the team throughout 2011.
  • In 2012, I invented a Big Data streaming analytics platform called CHive whose goal it is to minimise bandwidth consumption and maximise parallelism in execution of analytics algorithms on densely distributed data streams.


1991-1996: MSE in Computer Science (Burg. Ir.), RUG, Ghent, Belgium

Selected articles and publications

Towards the Optimization of a Parallel Streaming Engine for Telco Applications
Theeten, B., Bedini, I., Cogan, P., Sala, A. and Cucinotta, T. (2014), Bell Labs Tech. J., 18: 181–197. doi: 10.1002/bltj.21652

Modeling Performance of a Parallel Streaming Engine: Bridging Theory and Costs
Ivan Bedini, Sherif Sakr, Bart Theeten, Alessandra Sala, and Peter Cogan. 2013. In Proceedings of the 4th ACM/SPEC International Conference on Performance Engineering (ICPE '13), Seetharami Seelam (Ed.). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 173-184. DOI=10.1145/2479871.2479895 http://doi.acm.org/10.1145/2479871.2479895

The personal internet
Koen Daenen, Bart Theeten, David Vanderfeesten, Bart Vrancken, Eric Waegeman, Jan Moons, Mihai Dragan, Monica Bojin, Mircea Strugaru, Knarig Arabshian, Peter Bosch
Bell Labs Technical Journal, Wiley Subscription Services, Inc., A Wiley Company, 2010, Vol. 15(1), pp. 3-21

An Open Peer-to-Peer Based Platform for Scalable Multimedia Communication
Frederic Iterbeke, Stijn Melis, Bart De Vleeschauwer, Tim Wauters, Filip De Turck, Bart Dhoedt, Piet Demeester, Bart Theeten, Thierry Pollet. PDPTA 2008: 398-403

Ontology-Based Discovery of Data-Driven Services


Maarten Bynens, Bart De Win, Wouter Joosen, Bart Theeten. SOSE 2006: 175-178