EECS/CSAIL Seminar Tim Kraska "Interactive Data Science"


Event Speaker: 

Tim Kraska

Event Location: 

32-G449 (kiva)

Event Date/Time: 

Thursday, March 10, 2016 - 4:00pm

Abstract: Unleashing the full potential of Big Data requires a paradigm shift in the algorithms and tools used to analyze data towards more interactive systems with highly collaborative and visual interfaces. Ideally, a data scientist and a domain expert should be able to make discoveries together by directly manipulating, analyzing and visualizing data on the spot, instead of having week-long forth-and-back interactions between them. Current systems, such as traditional databases or more recent analytical frameworks like Hadoop or Spark, are ill-suited for this purpose. They were not designed to be interactive nor to support the special requirements of visual data exploration. Similarly, most machine learning algorithms are not able to provide initial answers at "human speed" (i.e., sub-seconds), nor are existing methods sufficient to convey the impact of the various risk factors, such as approximation errors or incompleteness within the data.
In this talk, I will present my vision of a new approach for conducting interactive exploratory analytics and explain why integrating the aforementioned features requires a complete rethinking of the full analytics stack, from the interface to the ``guts’’. I will present recent results towards this vision including our novel interface, analytical engine and index structure, and outline what challenges are still ahead of us.
Bio: Tim Kraska is an Assistant Professor in the Computer Science department at Brown University. Currently, his research focuses on Big Data management systems for modern hardware and new types of workloads, especially interactive analytics. Before joining Brown, Tim spent 3 years as a PostDoc in the AMPLab at UC Berkeley, where he worked on hybrid human-machine database systems and cloud-scale data management systems. Tim received his PhD from the ETH Zurich under the supervision of Donald Kossmann. He was awarded an NSF Career Award (2015), an Airforce Young Investigator award (2015), a Swiss National Science Foundation Prospective Researcher Fellowship (2010), a DAAD Scholarship (2006), a University of Sydney Master of Information Technology Scholarship for outstanding achievement (2005), the University of Sydney Siemens Prize (2005), two VLDB best demo awards (2015 and 2011) and an ICDE best paper award (2013).