Principled Research in Database Systems

16 Sep
Wednesday, 09/16/2009 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Distinguished Lecturer Series

Jennifer Widom
Stanford University
Computer Science

Computer Science Building, Rooms 150 & 151

Faculty Host: Yanlei Diao

A surprising fraction of database research is purely systems-driven, with little regard for well thought-out, clean foundations. We argue that developing new types of database systems is best achieved by laying solid foundations first, before any systems-building begins. We look specifically at the challenges of developing new data models and query languages that are simultaneously well-defined, understandable, sufficiently expressive, similar to existing models & languages, and implementable. Detailed examples are drawn from our own work in active databases, semistructured data, data streams, and uncertain data.


Jennifer Widom is the Fletcher Jones Professor and Chair of the Computer Science Department at Stanford University. She received her Bachelors 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.