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From Information to Foresight: Getting Beyond the Bits, Jan 25

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Webviewing at UC Davis: 1003 Kemper Hall

Webviewing at UC Merced: SE1 100

Webviewing at UC Santa Cruz: SOE E2 Building, Room 506


Data volumes are sky-rocketing, and new sources and types of information are proliferating; we can now track and obtain data faster than ever before. But data is only of value if you can extract insight from it – insights that let you solve your challenges, improve your processes, attract new clients, and be more nimble in your business. There is a real opportunity to harness this data and gain insight to improve our world – but to do so, we must do more than capture information. We must correlate and align information across sources, extract meaning from it, and leverage that meaning to create value. This talk will describe some of the challenges of capturing, integrating, and analyzing information and some of the progress that has been made in terms of runtimes and tools to support these tasks, as well as some ongoing research in this space. We will highlight some successful applications of these technologies in a variety of fields, and close with a proposal to work together to advance the state of the art in these technologies and in their application.


Laura Haas is an IBM Fellow, and Director of IBM Research’s new Institute for Massive Data, Analytics and Modeling; she also serves as a “catalyst” for ambitious research across IBM’s worldwide research labs. She was the Director of Computer Science at IBM’s Almaden Research Center from 2005 to 2011. From 2001-2005, she led the Information Integration Solutions architecture and development teams in IBM’s Software Group. Previously, Dr. Haas was a research staff member and manager at Almaden. She is best known for her work on the Starburst query processor (from which DB2 LUW was developed), on Garlic, a system which allowed integration of heterogeneous data sources, and on Clio, the first semi-automatic tool for heterogeneous schema mapping. She has received several IBM awards for Outstanding Innovation and Technical Achievement, an IBM Corporate Award for her work on information integration technology, and the Anita Borg Institute Technical Leadership Award. Dr. Haas was Vice President of the VLDB Endowment Board of Trustees from 2004-2009, and is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and the IBM Academy of Technology, an ACM Fellow, and Vice Chair of the board of the Computing Research Association.