Time+Place: Tuesday 05/01/2016 14:30 Room 337-8 Taub Bld.
Title: Crowd-Powered Data Management
Speaker: Tova Milo - COLLOQUIUM LECTURE http://www.math.tau.ac.il/~milo/
Affiliation: School of Computer Science, Tel-Aviv University
Host: Nir Ailon


Modern data analysis combines general knowledge stored in databases
with individual knowledge obtained from the crowd, capturing people
habits and preferences. To account for such mixed knowledge, along
with user interaction and optimization issues, data management
platforms must employ a complex process of reasoning, automatic
crowd-task generation and result analysis. In this talk, I will introduce
the notion of crowd mining and describe a generic architecture for
crowd mining applications. This architecture allows us to examine and
compare the components of existing crowdsourcing systems and point
out extensions required by crowd mining. It also highlights new research
challenges and potential reuse of existing techniques/components.
I will exemplify this for the OASSIS project, a system developed in 
Tel-Aviv University, and for other prominent crowdsourcing frameworks.

Short Bio:

Tova Milo received her Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from the Hebrew
University, Jerusalem, in 1992. After graduating she worked at the INRIA
research institute in Paris and at University of Toronto and returned to 
Israel in 1995, joining the School of Computer Science at Tel Aviv university, 
where she is now a full Professor. She is the head of the Database research 
group and holds the Chair of Information Management. She served as the Head of
the Computer Science Department from 2011-2014.

Her research focuses on advanced database applications such as data integration,
XML and semi-structured information, Data-centered Business Processes and
Crowd-sourcing, studying both theoretical and practical aspects. Tova served as
the Program Chair of several international conferences, including PODS, VLDB,
ICDT, XSym, and WebDB, and as a member of the VLDB Endowment and the
ICDT executive board. She serves as the chair of the PODS Executive Committee
and an editor of TODS and the Logical Methods in Computer Science Journal.

Tova has received grants from the Israel Science Foundation, the US-Israel
Binational Science Foundation, the Israeli and French Ministry of Science 
and the European Union. She is an ACM Fellow, a member of Academia Europaea, 
and a recipient of the 2010 ACM PODS Alberto O. Mendelzon Test-of-Time Award
and of the prestigious EU ERC Advanced Investigators grant.

Refreshments will be served from 14:15
Lecture starts at 14:30