SoCal DB Day 2018

SoCalDB Day is a one-day workshop-style event for data management researchers and practitioners from academia and industry in Southern California to meet and discuss their latest research and experiences. Modeled after similar events in other regions, this is the first ever edition of SoCalDB Day. It will bring together attendees from UC San Diego, UC Irvine, UCLA, UC Riverside, UC Santa Barbara, USC, and many companies.

SoCalDB Day 2018 is on October 19, 2018 at the San Diego Supercomputer Center Auditorium on the picturesque campus of the University of California, San Diego.


Registration for this event is now closed. If you are from a company and were unable to register on time but would still like to join, please email Billiekai Boughton and Arun Kumar. The fee for attendees from industry is USD 250.

Student poster registration for this event is also closed. The public list of registered posters is available on this page. For poster registrants: the posters should be under 30" (width) x 42" (height) in size (portrait orientation). Please email Arun Kumar for all poster-related inquires.

Program and Schedule

The event is from 8.15am to 5.30pm PT. We have a few invited long talks from academia and industry, research updates from academic DB groups, lightning talks, and student poster presentations. Light breakfast, lunch, and coffee/refreshments will be offered to all registered attendees. Here is the schedule:

8.15am to 8.50am: Name badge pickup, breakfast, and poster setup

8.50am to 9.00am: Opening remarks

9.00am to 10.45am: Long talks. Session chair: Arun Kumar.

"Escaping the Tyranny of 'OR' in Analytics" from Amazon by Yannis Papakonstantinou (Amazon Web Services/UCSD)

"Autonomous Database: Let your Database Self-drive" by Doug Brown, Paul Sinclair, and Rod Vandervort (Teradata)

"Health IT Megatrends and High-Value Healthcare" by Christopher Longhurst (UCSD Health)

10.45am to 11.10am: Coffee break and poster session

11.10am to 12.30pm: Academic DB group updates. Session chair: Victor Vianu.

UC San Diego. Speaker: Arun Kumar

UC Irvine. Speaker: Chen Li

UCLA. Speaker: Carlo Zaniolo

UC Riverside. Speaker: Vassilis Tsotras

UC Santa Barbara. Speaker: Amr El Abbadi

University of Southern California. Speaker: Shahram Ghandeharizadeh

12.30pm to 1.45pm: Lunch and poster session

1.45pm to 3.30pm: Long talks. Session chair: Amarnath Gupta.

"ML aware Data Infrastructure" by Farhana Bandukwala (Google DIA)

"Oracle Database In-Memory on Exadata Systems: Analytics Unleashed!" by Shasank Chavan (Oracle In-Memory Technologies)

Talk from SDSC by Ilkay Altintas and Amarnath Gupta (UCSD SDSC)

3.30pm to 3.55pm: Coffee break and poster session

3.55pm to 4.30pm: Long talk. Session chair: Arun Kumar.

"From Sensor Networking to Telematics: Bridging the Gap from Academic Research to A Successful Startup" by Sam Madden (MIT)

4.30pm to 5.25pm: Lightning talks. Session chair: Christine Kirkpatrick.

"Overview of HDSI" by Arun Kumar

"Running a (database) service the cloud - opportunities and Challenges" by Miro Flasza (Microsoft)

"The Couchbase Data Platform" by Shivani Gupta (Couchbase)

"Couchbase Analytics: UC SoCal Industrial Impact!" by Mike Carey (Couchbase/UC Irvine)

"Tuning Database Performance Through Machine Learning Approaches" by Jarod Wen (Oracle Labs)

"The Data Infra & Analysis team at Google" by Itay Sharfi

"Deep Learning for Query Plan Resource and Cost Estimation" by Doug Brown (Teradata)

"Amazon Neptune: A Fast, Fully Managed Graph Database Built for the Cloud" by Brad Bebee (Amazon Web Services)

"Amazon Aurora: A High Throughput Cloud-Native Relational Database" by Justin Levandoski (Amazon Web Services)

"Data Initiatives and Opportunities" by Christine Kirkpatrick (UCSD SDSC)

5.25pm to 5.30pm: Closing remarks

5.30pm: Disperse

5.30pm to 7.30pm: Amazon Web Services Happy Hour & Networking Event off site (RSVP/invite only)


The whole event will be held at the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) Auditorium. The exact address is 10100 Hopkins Dr, La Jolla, CA 92093 (on Google Maps: The Auditorium is at ground level near the SDSC entrance staircase facing Hopkins Dr.


The nearest option is the Hopkins Parking Structure. It is adjacent to the SDSC southward on Hopkins Dr with an entrance from the same road (on Google Maps: Please park at one of the spots reserved for SoCalDB Day, which will be clearly indicated with signs and marked with "V" (white). We will have a few dozen free reserved spots for this event. Attendees are encouraged to carpool, if possible.

In the remote chance that all reserved spots are taken, please park at a spot marked "V" (white), "S" (yellow), or "B" (green) only; avoid the "A" (red) spots. Another nearby option is the Pangea Parking Structure with an entrance from Pangea Dr (on Google Maps: Payments for visitor permits should be made at the kiosks on each floor of the parking structure. The visitor permit should be displayed on the vehicle's dashboard. The kiosks do not dispense change; so, credit/debit cards are preferable. We recommend getting a day pass ($20). More information about campus visitor parking and pay stations are available here: UC San Diego Visitor Parking.