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The New DBfication of ML/AI

Montag, 08. August 2022

Title: "The New DBfication of ML/AI"

Speaker: Arun Kumar (University of California)

Venue: TU Berlin, main building, room H 0107

Registration: We welcome spontaneous participation.

Time: Monday, August 8 2022, 16:15 - 17:30



The recent boom in ML/AI applications has brought into sharp focus the pressing need for tackling the concerns of scalability, usability, and manageability across the entire lifecycle of ML/AI applications. The ML/AI world has long studied the concerns of accuracy, automation, etc. from theoretical and algorithmic vantage points. But to truly democratize ML/AI, the vantage point of building and deploying practical systems is equally critical.
In this talk, I will make the case that it is high time to bridge the gap between the ML/AI world and a world that exemplifies successful democratization of data technology: databases. I will show how new bridges rooted in the principles, techniques, and tools of the database world are helping tackle the above pressing concerns and in turn, posing new research questions to the world of ML/AI. As case studies of such bridges, I will describe two lines of work from my group: query optimization for scalable deep learning systems and benchmarking data preparation in AutoML platforms. I will conclude with my thoughts on community mechanisms to foster more such bridges between research worlds and between research and practice.


Arun Kumar is an Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering and the Halicioglu Data Science Institute and an HDSI Faculty Fellow at the University of California, San Diego. His primary research interests are in data management and systems for machine learning/artificial intelligence-based data analytics. Systems and ideas from his work have been released as part of the Apache MADlib open-source library and shipped as part of products from or used internally by many database, Web, and cloud companies. He is a recipient of three SIGMOD research paper awards, four distinguished reviewer/metareviewer awards from SIGMOD/VLDB, the IEEE TCDE Rising Star Award, an NSF CAREER Award, and research award gifts from Amazon, Google, Oracle, and VMware.

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