Webinar: Ihab Ilyas discusses Data Curation: From Theory to Reality

During a one-hour webinar, Ihab Ilyas, Professor of Computer Science at the University of Waterloo and a co-founder of Tamr, discusses and answer audience questions about his experience and research on the issues of data cleaning and data curation. Most importantly, he offers advice on how what he has learned can be applied to solve real-world business problems.

For decades, researchers have tackled the extremely challenging technical aspects of data curation. Unfortunately, most of their success is trapped in academic papers. Very little, if any, of what has been learned has been adopted in the business world. Enterprises continue to build silos of home-grown data curation solutions under various names, often referred to as ETL layers in the the business intelligence stack. This mismatch between the challenges faced in industry and those tackled in universities explains the growing gap between the two worlds. In this webinar, Ihab will focus on bridging the gap. Specifically, he will dive deeply into a variety of topics, including:

  • How being pragmatic in developing data cleaning solutions does not necessarily mean being unprincipled or ad hoc.
  • The practical challenges that hinder academic solutions from being adopted.
  • The thinking and execution behind how Tamr handles data curation challenges.

About Ihab Ilyas Ihab is a Professor of Computer Science at the University of Waterloo. His primary research is in the area of database systems, with special focus on data quality, managing uncertain data, rank-aware query processing, and information extraction. Ihab holds BS and MS degrees in computer science from Alexandria University and received his PhD in computer science from Purdue University, West Lafayette in 2004. From 2011 to 2013, Ihab took leave from his university to lead the Data Analytics Group at the Qatar Computing Research Institute. He spent two summers with IBM Almaden Research Center, and he has been an IBM CAS faculty fellow since 2006. Ihab is a recipient of the Ontario Early Researcher Award (2008) and the David R. Cheriton Faculty Fellowship (2013). In 2013, he co-founded Tamr with industry veterans Mike Stonebraker and Andy Palmer. For more information and a list of publications, please visit Ihab’s web page.