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Seminar: Computer Science
Shaping your research so it can transition to practice: a view from data integration research
Arnon (Arnie) Rosenthal, MITRE
Contact: Li Xiong,
Venue: Mathematics and Science Center, Room W301
Data integration technology aims to transform data from the providers’ form to a form consumers can use, and also to merge data from multiple providers. Relevant theory and algorithms appeared as early as the 1980s, but until very recently the transition to products was highly disappointing After an introduction to the challenges of data integration, we examine research areas whose results were difficult to transfer. From these, we identify two generic tactics for formulating good research problems whose theoretical results will also be exploitable by product planners and by development teams. First, if you have a theoretical results that applies to constrained, simplified problems, extend it to be /somewhat /useful on systems that violate the constraint. Second, work “downstream” first – tackle the last challenge that blocks creating runnable code with large user bases – otherwise your results may stay on the shelf for decades (e.g., schema matching circa 1985-2008). Finally, we will examine how well research has aligned with needs (i.e., areas desperately needing models and technique to clarify them. While there has been some terrific (and terrifically useful) recent research on data integration (e.g., {IBM, Microsoft, Google} Research), we will describe our pain points – terrifically important challenges for tractable research problems have not yet been formulated (let alone solved).