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Upcoming Talks


MIT CSAIL, Stata Center, Bldg 32

Talks will feature distinguished individuals from academia, industry and government including pre-eminent people from all the subfields of computer science that have something to say about data, data processing and analytics, as well as people from organizations that are consumers of Big Data from both industry and government.

Prior speakers:  Erik Brynjolfsson (MIT Sloan School); Ion Stoica (UC Berkeley); Alyosha Efros (CMU); Murli Buluswar (AIG); Chris Olston (Google); Jeff Dean and Sanjay Ghemawat (Google).


Data Cleaning from Theory to Practice
Wednesday, September 17, 2014 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Ihab F. Ilyas, Professor, University of Waterloo

With decades of research on the various aspects of data cleaning, multiple technical challenges have been tackled and interesting results have been published in many research papers. Example quality problems include missing values, functional dependency violations and duplicate records. Unfortunately, very little success can be claimed in adopting any of these results in practice.

Running with Scissors: Fast Queries on Just-in-time Databases
Wednesday, October 15, 2014 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Anastasia Ailamaki, Professor and Lab Director, EPFL

The amount of data collected in the last two years is higher than the amount of data collected since the dawn of time. We collect data much faster than they can be transformed into valuable information and are often forced into hasty decisions on which parts to discard, potentially throwing away valuable data before it has been exploited fully.