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Oscar Peter Buneman FRS, FRSE is a Britishmarker computer scientist who works in the areas of database systems and database theory.

Buneman received his PhD in mathematics from the University of Warwickmarker, in 1970. After that he worked briefly at the University of Edinburgh, followed by a professorship of computer science at the University of Pennsylvaniamarker, which he held for several decades. In 2002, he moved to the University of Edinburgh, where he built up the database research group.He is one of the founders and the Associate Director of Research of the UK Digital Curation Centre, which is located in Edinburghmarker.

He is known for his research in database systems and database theory, in particular for establishing connections between databases and programming language theory and introduced monad-based query languages for nested relations and complex object databasesHe also pioneered research on managing semi-structured data, and, recently, research on data provenance, annotations, and digital curation.

In computational biology, he is known for his work on reconstructing phylogenetic trees based on Buneman graph, which are named in his honor.

He is a fellow of the Royal Society, fellow of the ACM, a fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, and has won a Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award.He has chaired both flagship research conferences in data management, SIGMOD (in 1993) and VLDB (in 2008), as well as the main database theory conference, PODS (in 2001).

Buneman is the son of physicist Oscar Buneman.



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