HITLab is hosting the sixth distinguished speaker – Prof. Xiaofang Zhou from University of Queensland (UQ). He is leading the data and knowledge engineering research group at University of Queensland.
Venue: 473 Centenary Building, Hobart and via video link to V137 Computing Building, Launceston
Time: 11:30am-12:30pm on Thursday 9th of October
Talk title: From Databases to Big Data: Applications, Technologies and New Way of Thinking
Talk abstract: Data management and processing technologies have evolved over the last five decades from database systems, data warehousing, data mining and now to big data. These technologies form a critical part of the infrastructure for our modern information society. There are many factors driving this evolution, including rapidly increasing volumes of many types of data as well as computer hardware and software technologies. The key factor, however, is always application demand. In this talk we will review the history of this evolution, to identify essential ideas, issues and problems of big data research and education.
Speaker's short bio: Xiaofang Zhou is a Professor of Computer Science at the University of Queensland, where he leads the Data and Knowledge Engineering (DKE) research group. He received his BSc and MSc degrees in Computer Science from Nanjing University, China, and PhD in Computer Science from the University of Queensland. Before joining UQ in 1999, he worked as a researcher in CSIRO, leading its Spatial Information Systems group. He has been working in the area of spatial and multimedia databases, data quality, high performance query processing, Web information systems and bioinformatics, co-authored over 250 research papers with many published in top journals and conferences such as SIGMOD, VLDB , ICDE, ACM Multimedia, The VLDB Journal, ACM Transactions and IEEE Transactions. He was a Program Committee Co-chair the 29th International Conference on Data Engineering (ICDE 2013), and a General Co-chair of ACM Multimedia conference in 2015. He has been on the program committees of numerous international conferences, including SIGMOD, VLDB, ICDE, WWW and ACM Multimedia. Currently he is an Associate Editor of The VLDB Journal, IEEE Transactions on Cloud Computing, World Wide Web Journal, and Distributed and Parallel Databases. He is a current member of IEEE Technical Committee on Data Engineering (TCDE) Executive Committee, IEEE TCDE Award Committee, and the Steering Committees of DASFAA, WISE, APWeb and Australasian Database Conferences. In the past he was an Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering (2009-2013) and Information Processing Letters. Xiaofang is a specially appointed Adjunct Professor under the Chinese National Qianren Scheme hosted by Soochow University where he leads the Research Center on Advanced Data Analytics (ADA).