20th International Database Engineering & Applications Symposium

IDEAS '16 would be hosted by Concordia University

Montreal, QC, Canada
In co-operation with ACM, ACM SIGKDD and ACM SIGMOD

July 11-13, 2016



Public Panel





The annual IDEAS conference is a top international forum for data engineering researchers, practitioners, developers, and application users to explore revolutionary ideas and results, and to exchange techniques, tools, and experiences.


IDEAS ' 16 is being held in co-operation with ACM, SIGKDD and SIGMOD.


Public Panel: The State of Data

Date: July 11, 2016: 1860-2000
Location: EV1-615, EV Building, SGW Campus, Montreal, QC

This panel, open to all IDEAS participant and the public, critically examines the state of data: how its growth and ubiquity have confronted the database community with new challenges, challenges that require database practitioners and teachers to learn new skills and engage with other disciplines in ways they had not done before. Panelists will examine the impact of the 'bigness' of data, and its importance for an ever-increasing array of applications, as well as the implications for traditional ideas of privacy and personhood. By bringing together data specialists with those trained in social and human sciences, this panel aims to initiate discussion about the new social role the database community has begun to play.








Maude Bonenfant     Maude Bonenfant is Professor at the Département de communication sociale et publique, Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM). She holds a Ph.D in semiotics and specializes in online social networks and communities, social web and online communication, mobile technologies and Big Data, gamification and videogames. She is active with two research groups: Homo Ludens, dealing with communication and videogames and GRISQ, focussing on information and surveillance in everyday life.

Drew Desai is a philosopher. Currently an Ethics Advisor in the public sector, Drew studied philosophy at Concordia where he earned an M.A. in 2009. His research focuses on philosophical anthropology, and he is particularly keen to understand how human being is possible in the digital age. He has worked and published on French philosophy, including some recent grey market translations of philosopher Rémi Brague.

Benjamin C. M. Fung
Dr. Benjamin Fung is a Canada Research Chair in Data Mining for Cybersecurity, an Associate Professor of Information Studies (SIS) at McGill University, a co-curator of cybersecurity in the World Economic Forum (WEF), and a Research Scientist in the National Cyber-Forensics and Training Alliance Canada (NCFTA Canada). He received a Ph.D. degree in computing science from Simon Fraser University in 2007. Dr. Fung has over 100 refereed publications that span the research areas of data mining, privacy protection, cyber forensics, services computing, and building engineering. His data mining works in crime investigation and authorship analysis have been reported by media worldwide. His research has been supported in part by NSERC, SSHRC, DRDC, FRQNT, and NCFTA Canada. Before joining McGill, he was an Assistant/Associate Professor at Concordia University for six years, and a system software developer at SAP Business Objects for four years. Dr. Fung is a licensed professional engineer in software engineering, and is currently affiliated with the Data Mining and Security Lab (DMaS) at SIS. He is also an Affiliate Associate Professor of Information Systems Engineering at Concordia.

M. Tamer Özsu is Professor of Computer Science at the David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science, and the Associate Dean of Research of the Faculty of Mathematics at the University of Waterloo. He was the Director of the Cheriton School of Computer Science from January 2007 to June 2010.

His research is in data management focusing on large-scale data distribution and management of non-traditional data currently focusing on graph and RDF data.

He is a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), an elected member of the Science Academy (Turkey), and a member of Sigma Xi and AAAS. He was awarded the ACM SIGMOD Test-of-Time Award in 2015, ACM SIGMOD Contributions Award in 2008 and the Ohio State University College of Engineering Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2008.

M. Tamer Ozsu

Jeffrey David Ullman
Jeff Ullman is the Stanford W. Ascherman Professor of Computer Science (Emeritus). His interests include database theory, database integration, data mining, and education using the information infrastructure. Jeff has written extensivly and continues to do so as any old curmudgeon(his words) would do. For more details and to find out what he is upto now, please see his delightful web page: http://infolab.stanford.edu/~ullman/


Conference Publication

The conference proceedings, which would include a paper with the gist of the panelists position would be published by ACM in their digital library; the ISBN assigned by ACM to IDEAS16 is: 978-1-4503-4118-9
A version of the proceedings to be distributed to the conference attendees would be prepared by BytePress.




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Concordia University, Montreal, Canada with the cooperation of ACM, SIGKDD, SIGMOD, BytePress.org and ConfSys.org




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