Building Interactive Database Systems

Speaker: Arnab Nandi , Ohio State University

Date: Thursday, May 01, 2014

Time: 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM Note: all times are in the Eastern Time Zone

Refreshments: 2:45 PM

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Location: 32-G449 (Patel/Kiva)

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Host: Aditya Parameswaran, MIT

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Nontraditional computing devices that use "natural" modes of interaction such as touch and gestures are rapidly becoming more popular than those that use keyboard or mouse-based interaction. Users are using these devices to consume and directly interact with ever-growing amounts of structured and unstructured data. With the advent of modern web applications, users have come to expect data interaction to be predictable, asynchronous, and near-instant. Applications and query interfaces for such interactive devices pose a fundamentally different set of workloads and expectations on the underlying data infrastructure. New interaction patterns such as accelerated scrolling may cause a database to be bombarded with pointless queries. For interfaces without keyboards, the gestural input has no clear way to be mapped to conventional text-based queries. We observe that traditional database architectures are not well-suited for this setting.

In this talk, we rethink various aspects of the database stack, from the query specification process to query execution, and explore the inclusion of interactivity as first-class concept for each. We show that our methods result in experiences that are not only faster and more interactive, but are also more intuitive for the 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 large-scale data analytics and data interaction. Arnab received his PhD from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

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