January 29th, 2021
KEYNOTE SPEAKERS: GOETZ GRAEFE & BILL HOWE
Goetz Graefe has worked on database query optimization, query execution, indexing algorithms, database utilities, logging and recovery, and transactional concurrency control. He has published survey papers on query optimization, query execution, sorting, b-tree concurrency control, and b-tree recovery; and monographs on modern b-tree techniques, instant recovery based on write-ahead logging, and transactional concurrency control. He has invented and written the Cascades optimizer framework adopted in many products as well as the exchange operator to encapsulate query parallelism, also found in many products. In 2017, he received the ACM SIGMOD Edgar F. Codd Innovations Award. He graduated from UW-Madison with a Ph.D. in computer science in 1987.
Bill Howe is Associate Professor in the Information School and Adjunct Associate Professor in the Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering and the Department of Electrical Engineering. His research interests are in data management, machine learning, and visualization, particularly as applied in the physical and social sciences. As Founding Associate Director of the UW eScience Institute, Dr. Howe played a leadership role in the Moore-Sloan Data Science Environment program through a $32.8 million grant awarded jointly to UW, NYU, and UC Berkeley, and founded UW’s Data Science for Social Good Program. With support from the MacArthur Foundation, NSF, and Microsoft, Howe directs UW’s participation in the Cascadia Urban Analytics Cooperative. He founded the UW Data Science Masters Degree, serving as its inaugural Program Chair, and created a first MOOC on data science that attracted over 200,000 students. His research has been featured in the Economist and Nature News, and he has authored award-winning papers in conferences across data management, machine learning, and visualization. He has a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Portland State University and a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial & Systems Engineering from Georgia Tech.