CS7960 - Research Topics in Databases - Spring 2009

Instructor: Juliana Freire (juliana AT cs DOT utah DOT edu)

NOTE NEW TIME and room:
    Monday, Wednesday and Friday 01:25 PM-02:45 PM @ Graphics Annex
NOTE: Originally, this class was incorrectly listed in the class schedule as "Advanced Information Retrieval"

Course overview

Database systems today are more ubiquitous than ever. As the volume of digital data explodes, new requirements for fast, easy-to-use and reliable data management have emerged. In this course, we will study new directions in database research that aim to address these new requirements. We will examine a variety of data management problems, some of the initial solutions proposed in the literature, and hopefully, develop new ideas for new relevant database research.

For each topic we will cover, we will study multiple aspects of a topic by considering different perspectives and by reading multiple research articles as well as textbooks, when applicable.
Two teams will be assigned to each topic. One team, the "cheerleaders" will be responsible for presenting a summary of the topic based on the readings, and present the area in the best possible light. This can largely be derived from the assigned readings, but you are encouraged to go beyond these to discover other interesting work within the same topic. The presentation should *not* be a linear presentation of the sections in the papers, instead it should give a general overview of the problem, challenges involved in addressing the problem, existing solutions, and directions for new work in the area. The second team, the "discussants", will present a short rebuttal to the presenters talk. They will also come to class prepared with questions, counterexamples, and a generally with a devil's advocate attitude toward the work. With any luck, this will set up a debate-like atmosphere in which we can argue about the pros and cons of the basic technologies.The rest of the class (who are neither presenters nor discussants) is expected to actively participate in the debate. Also, in order to ensure that you read the papers and think about the issues before coming to class, everyone who is not a presenter or a discussant will write a brief position paper which captures your own thoughts about the readings. My guess is that these will need to be about 1 page in length, but you may use whatever you feel is adequate.

This course is based on research papers.  There is no required textbook.

Tentative topics and applications we will cover include:

Tentative Reading list  




There will be no exams. The grade for the course will be based on:
Juliana Freire
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