SIGMOD Santiago, Chile, 2024

PODS 2024: Special Event

PODS Special Event: Unlocking the Secrets: Bridging Theory and Practice

Sunday June 9 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Location: Aconcagua
Moderator: Floris Geerts (University of Antwerp) and Dan Olteanu (University of Zurich)


Are you ready to dive deep into the thrilling realm where theory meets practice? Brace yourselves for an electrifying event where some of the brightest minds in the database community converge to decode the enigma of bridging theory and practice!

Database theoreticians often ponder over the elusive path of transferring research into real-world applications. But fear not, for the time has come to unravel the mysteries behind what truly makes a research idea flourish in both theory and practice.

Join us for an exhilarating session where we'll embark on a journey through the minds of our esteemed speakers:

as they share their insights, experiences, and invaluable knowledge:

So Don't Miss Out! Mark your calendars and gear up for an unforgettable event that promises to spark innovation, ignite conversations, and propel the database community into uncharted territories of discovery.

This event is a joint PODS and ICDT initiative organised by Floris Geerts (PODS EC Chair) and Dan Olteanu (ICDT Council Chair).

Get ready to bridge the gap between theory and practice like never before! See you there! #BridgingTheGap #TheoryMeetsPractice #DatabaseRevolution

Short bio’s of our esteemed speakers:

Chris Jermaine is the Professor and Chair of the Department of Computer Science, and the J.S. Abercrombie Professor of Engineering at Rice University, where he's been on the faculty since 2008. He is the recipient of an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Research Fellowship, a National Science Foundation CAREER award, and best paper (or best paper runner up) awards from the SIGMOD, ICDE, VLDB, and KDD conferences. Chris is the Editor-in-Chief of ACM Transactions on Database Systems.

Renée J. Miller is a University Distinguished Professor of Computer Science at Northeastern University and soon-to-be Canada Research Excellence Chair on Data Intelligence at the University of Waterloo. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, Canada’s National Academy of Science, Engineering and the Humanities. She received the US Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), the highest honor bestowed by the United States government on outstanding scientists and engineers beginning their careers. She received an NSF CAREER Award, the Ontario Premier’s Research Excellence Award, and an IBM Faculty Award. She formerly held the Bell Canada Chair of Information Systems at the University of Toronto and is a Fellow of the ACM and the AAAS. Her work has focused on the long-standing open problem of data integration and has achieved the goal of building practical data integration systems. She and her colleagues received the ICDT Test-of-Time Award and the 2020 Alonzo Church Alonzo Church Award for Outstanding Contributions to Logic and Computation for their influential work establishing the foundations of data exchange. For her body of work, she has received the CS Canada Lifetime Achievement Award in Computer Science Professor Miller was an Editor-in-Chief of the VLDB Journal and former president of the non-profit Very Large Data Base (VLDB) Foundation. She received her PhD in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and bachelor’s degrees in Mathematics and Cognitive Science from MIT.

Hung Ngo was a professor of Computer Science at SUNY Buffalo from 2001 to 2015. He joined LogicBlox from 2015-2017, and then RelationalAI from its founding day in 2017 until now. At RelationalAI, he's a VP of Research, and leads the design and implementation of the query optimizer. Hung's current research interests are in query optimization and evaluation. He received best paper awards at COCOON 2008, ICDT 2019, PODS 2012, 2016, 2022, and a Test of Time Award for the PODS 2012 paper on worst-case optimal join algorithms. He was the PC Chair of PODS 2023, and helped co-organize the 2023 Simons program on Logic and Algorithms in DB theory and AI.

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