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Colloquium: Thinking Spatial, Prof. Mohamed F. Mokbel (QCRI, Qatar and University of Minnesota - Twin Cities, USA), Friday, November 22, 2019, 09:15-10:15 EET.


The Department of Computer Science at the University of Cyprus cordially invites you to the Colloquium entitled:

Thinking Spatial

 

Speaker: Prof. Mohamed F. Mokbel
Affiliation: QCRI, Qatar and University of Minnesota - Twin Cities, USA
Category: Colloquium
Location: Amphitheater 012, 'Stelios Ioannou' Library, University of Cyprus (directions)
Date: Friday, November 22, 2019
Time: 09:15-10:15 EET
Host: Dr. Demetris Zeinalipour (dzeina-AT-cs.ucy.ac.cy)
URL: https://www.cs.ucy.ac.cy/colloquium/index.php#cs.ucy.2019.mokbel

Abstract:
The need to manage and analyze spatial data is hampered by the lack of specialized systems to support such data. System builders mostly build general-purpose systems that are generic enough to handle any kind of attributes. Whenever there is a pressing need for spatial data support, it is considered as an afterthought problem that can be addressed by adding new data types, extensions, or spatial cartridges to existing systems. This talk advocates for dealing with spatial data as first class citizens, and for always thinking spatially whenever it comes to system design. This is well justified by the proliferation of location-based applications that are mainly relying on spatial data. The talk will go through various system designs and show how they would be different if we have designed them while thinking spatially. Examples of these systems include big data systems, machine learning, recommender systems, and crowdsourcing

Short Bio:
Mohamed Mokbel (PhD, Purdue University, MSc, BSc, Alexandria University) is Chief Scientist at Qatar Computing Research Institute and a Professor at University of Minnesota. His current research interests focus on systems and machine learning techniques for big spatial data and applications. Mohamed is an ACM Distinguished Scientist. His research work has been recognized by the VLDB 10-years Best Paper Award, four conference Best Paper Awards, and the NSF CAREER Award. Mohamed is the past elected Chair of ACM SIGPATIAL, current Editor-in-Chief for Distributed and Parallel Databases Journal, and on the editorial board of ACM Books, ACM TODS, VLDB Journal, ACM TSAS, and GoeInformatica journals. He has served as PC Vice Chair of ACM SIGMOD and PC Co-Chair for ACM SIGSPATIAL and IEEE MDM.

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