VLDB 2010 , 36th International Conference on Very Large Data Bases
  Singapore : 13 to 17 Sept 2010, Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel
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 Panel 2  


Marianne Winslett
(Univ. of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign)

Marianne Winslett is a professor in the Department of Computer Science at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and the director of the Advanced Digital Sciences Center in Singapore, which is owned by the University of Illinois. Her research interests lie in information security and in the management of scientific data. She is an ACM Fellow, and she received a Presidential Young Investigator Award from the National Science Foundation and two best paper awards for research on managing compliance data. She has served on the editorial boards of ACM Transactions on the Web, ACM Transactions on Database Systems, IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering, ACM Transactions on Information and Systems Security, and the Very Large Data Bases Journal. She is the former vice-chair of ACM SIGMOD.

Anastassia Ailamaki (EPFL),
Laura Haas (IBM, Almaden),
HV Jagadish (Univ. of Michigan),
David Maier (Porland State Univ.),
Tamer Ozsu (Univ. of Waterloo)

Compared to centuries of physics and millennia of mathematics, the 50-year-history of computer science and information management research makes us the toddlers of the scientific community. Yet during our brief existence, we've revolutionized the world and, not content with that, gone on to build and study virtual worlds. We have justly taken pride in our accomplishments, and developed our own unique way of conducting research, unlike other scientific and engineering fields.

But cracks have appeared in this edifice we have built. The conference system that served us so well for our first 50 years is falling apart. Our ever-increasing population competes ever more energetically for a finite set of resources. Other scientific and engineering disciplines still think that our field equates to programming, and look down on us. While we may also look down on them, it is undeniably true that high-energy physicists get many more research dollars per capita than we do, and our computer science colleagues wonder whether all the data management problems haven't already been solved. Other departments have started to teach courses that overlap our turf. Are we our own worst enemies? Why doesn't everyone understand how important our research is? Do we have to abandon the conference system? Must we become more like the stodgy old fields of science and engineering? Or can we find our own way?


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