C3S2E'12
Fifth International C* Conference on Computer Science & Software Engineering

 

Montreal, QC, CANADA
27-29 June, 2012

 

 

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Foundations and Applications of Schema Mappings
Phokion Kolaitis, Professor
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Computer Science at UC Santa Cruz


Schema mappings are high-level specifications that describe the relationship between database schemas. Schema mappings are prominent in several different areas of database management, including database design, information integration, data exchange, metadata management, and peer-to-peer data management systems. Our main aim in this talk is to present an overview of recent advances in data exchange and metadata management, where the schema mappings are between relational schemas. In addition, we highlight some research issues and directions for future work.


Phokion Kolaitis is a Professor of Computer Scienceat UC Santa Cruz and a Research Staff Member of the Computer Science Principles and Methodologies Department (a.k.a. the Theory Group) at the IBM Almaden Research Center. From July 1997 to June 2001, he served as Chair of the Computer Science Department at UC Santa Cruz. From June 2004 to September 2008, he served as Senior Manager of the Computer Science Principles and Methodologies Department at the IBM Almaden Research Center (and while on leave of absence from UC Santa Cruz). His research interests include principles of database systems, logic in computer science, and computational complexity.


Kolaitis is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), a Foreign Member of the Finnish Academy of Science and Letters, and the recipient of a 1993 Guggenheim Fellowship. He is also the recipient of an IBM Research Division Outstanding Innovation Award, an IBM Research Division Outstanding Technical Achievement Award, and a co-winner of the 2008 ACM POS Alberto O. Mendelzon Test-of-Time Award.

 

Health: a new concept and many new opportunities in the Age of Social Media
Alejandro (Alex) R. Jadad, MD DPhil
University of Toronto and University Health Network


In the second decade of the 21st century, social media are ushering a second wave in the evolution of the Web. Very rapidly, applications such as Google, Wikipedia, Facebook, YouTube and Twitter have risen to be among the most used sites on the Web, re-shaping how humans communicate, learn and live. Mobile communication devices are converging with Internet-based services, penetrating every region of the planet at a speed that dwarfs the growth in the adoption of personal computers or any other preceding technological innovation. These devices can now access hundreds of thousands of applications directly through the Internet, promising to satisfy almost any human need for information and communication.


Almost in parallel with this explosion of information and communication technologies, a demographic tsunami of chronic disease is forcing us to rethink the meaning of health. As a generation with the rare privilege to witness the emergence of a new set of powerful technologies and to reinvent the models by which we live, we must look beyond the technological hype, and try our best to understand what works, what does not work and what could be harmful.


This session will give participants an opportunity to learn about a re-conceptualization of health that is spreading throughout the world, and emerging innovations in social media that could enable us to reduce unnecessary suffering. It will also underscore key methodological, political, cultural, technological and financial challenges that must be addressed urgently if we are to harness the power of information and communication technologies to improve the way in which we design, develop, provide, receive and evaluate health and wellness services.



 

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