[DB Seminar] Arnab Nandi, Ohio State, Building Interactive Database Systems, Th 5/7, noon, 373 Soda

5/7/15 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Berkeley Database Seminar, Th 5/7, Noon, 373 Soda Hall

“Building Interactive Database Systems”

Arnab Nandi, Ohio State

New computing devices that use “natural” modes of interaction such as multitouch and gestures are rapidly becoming more popular than traditional keyboard-based interaction. These devices are being used to consume and directly interact with data in a wide range of contexts, including business intelligence, data-driven sciences, and healthcare. Applications for such devices are highly interactive, and pose a fundamentally different set of expectations on the underlying data infrastructure. In this talk, we rethink various aspects of the database stack, from the query specification process to distributed query execution, to address interactive workloads. We explore the impact of including interactivity as first-class concept, and show that our methods result in experiences that are not only fluid, but also more intuitive for the end-user.

Bio: Arnab Nandi is an Assistant Professor in the Computer Science and Engineering department at The Ohio State University. Arnab’s research is in the area of database systems, focusing on challenges in big data analytics and interactive query interfaces. The goal of his group is to allow humans to explore and interact with large and complex data. This involves solving problems that span the areas of databases, visualization, human-computer interaction, and information retrieval. Arnab is also a founder of The STEAM Factory, a collaborative interdisciplinary research and public outreach initiative, and faculty director of the Ohio State Hackathon Program. Arnab has been a recipient of the NSF CAREER award, a Google Faculty Award, and a Yahoo! PhD Fellowship. Prior to Ohio State, Arnab received his PhD from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in 2011.