Jennifer Widom : 2013 InfoLab Workshop


Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Location: Fisher Conference Center, Arrillaga Alumni Center

"Industry vs. Academia for Data-Intensive Research"

Jennifer Widom, Stanford University

Surajit Chaudhuri , Microsoft Research
David DeWitt , Microsoft and University of Wisconsin
Hector Garcia-Molina , Stanford University
Chris Olston , Google Neoklis Polyzotis, UC Santa Cruz and Google


The landscape of industrial research labs has changed considerably in recent years, with much debate about the appropriate horizon for practical impact. At the same time, university researchers often attack problems without the ability to validate their results on significant real-world data. How can we overcome these obstacles so both sides can do exciting and relevant research?


Jennifer Widom is the Fletcher Jones Professor and Chair of the Computer Science Department at Stanford University. She received her Bachelor's degree from the Indiana University School of Music in 1982 and her Computer Science Ph.D. from Cornell University in 1987. She was a Research Staff Member at the IBM Almaden Research Center before joining the Stanford faculty in 1993. Her research interests span many aspects of nontraditional data management. She is an ACM Fellow and a member of the National Academy of Engineering and the American Academy of Arts & Sciences; she received the ACM SIGMOD Edgar F. Codd Innovations Award in 2007 and was a Guggenheim Fellow in 2000; she has served on a variety of program committees, advisory boards, and editorial boards.