Missed ICDE in Paris? Here Are Data Engineering Highlights of Award Winners, Presentations, and the Incomparable City of Light
By Michael Martinez and Lori Cameron
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As a venue, it’s hard to beat: The International Conference on Data Engineering 2018 met this month in the historical heart of Paris, gathering at Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers, the public institution of higher learning for applied science and technology founded during the French Revolution.
ICDE is a leading forum for research issues in designing, building, managing and evaluating data-intensive systems and applications.
Here are some of its highlights culled from participants’ social media posts. (Keep posting, all! We at the IEEE Computer Society are frequently re-posting and sharing, evidenced below):
How spectacular was the venue? Take a look at the reception (above photo). “Petit cocktail entre amis au musée du #cnam #icde2018. Huge venue in Paris,” wrote François Tapissier on his Twitter handle @f_tapissier. (Translation: “Little cocktail with friends at the CNAM museum….”)
Spyros Blanas, assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at The Ohio State University, received the IEEE TCDE Rising Star Award for contributions to database systems research and broadening the reach of data engineering research.
Jiannan Wang, assistant professor in the School of Computing Science at Simon Fraser University, received the IEEE TCDE Rising Star Award for contributions to human-in-the-loop data analytics.
Tim Kraska, MIT professor (pictured above), receives the VMWare Research Award, presented by Chris Ramming, Senior Director of VMWare Research & Innovation.
VMware’s System Research Award highlights early career faculty who have made exceptional research contributions to one or more emerging areas of Computer Science, and who have achieved notable impact with their work.
Professor Kraska’s university will receive a gift of US $100,000 in support of his research on data management systems.
Sihem Amer-Yahia, a CNRS Research Director, whose interests are at the intersection of large-scale data management and social data exploration, gives a keynote address about “Human Factors in Data Science.”
The dreaded “Diarrhea of Papers” comes in third on MIT Adjunct Professor Michael Stonebraker’s top ten list, “My Ten Fears about the Future of the DBMS Field.”
One of many beautiful sights conference attendees could see in Paris, the République Statue depicts a lady in heavy clothing, holding a branch in her hand. This lady is actually one of the major French symbols and her name is Marianne. (Photo credit: Mohan C. Mohan)
Photo op with conference speaker, Naresh Agarwal (second, left), and fellow attendees.
Following the Seine through Paris is a way of enjoying a thousand different escapades on the river, its bridges and islands. Daytime or nighttime, Left Bank or Right Bank, the buzz of activity along the quaysides mixes with the lapping of the waves. Here, conference guests enjoy the cocktail dinner cruise along the River Seine aboard “Le Paquebot.”
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