Seminar – Jennifer Widom, Stanford University

Three Favorite Results

Thursday, January 28th 2016 at Telecom ParisTech, 46 rue Barrault, 75013 Paris
Amphi B 312 – 10:00 am. Welcome coffee at 09:30 am.

Conventional wisdom says good things come in threes. As an exercise recently, I reflected on the research I’ve conducted over my career to date and selected my three favorite results, which I will cover in this talk. For each one I’ll explain the context and motivation, the result itself, and why it ranks as one of my favorites. I’ll also make an attempt to decipher what the results have in common. The three results span computer science foundations, system implementation, and user interface questions, and they represent three of my favorite research areas: semistructured data, data streams, and uncertain data.

Jennifer Widom is the Fletcher Jones Professor of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering at Stanford University, and the Senior Associate Dean for Faculty and Academic Affairs in Stanford’s School of Engineering. She served as chair of the Computer Science Department from 2009-2014. Jennifer received her Bachelor’s degree from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music in 1982 and her Computer Science Ph.D. from Cornell University in 1987. She was a Research Staff Member at the IBM Almaden Research Center before joining the Stanford faculty in 1993. Her research interests span many aspects of nontraditional data management. She is an ACM Fellow and a member of the National Academy of Engineering and the American Academy of Arts & Sciences; she received the ACM-W Athena Lecturer Award in 2015, the ACM SIGMOD Edgar F. Codd Innovations Award in 2007, and a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2000. She has served on a variety of program committees, advisory boards, and editorial boards.

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