The Beckman Database Research Self-Assessment Meeting

Beckman Center of the National Academies of Sciences & Engineering
Irvine, CA, USA
October 14-15, 2013


Abstract: Every few years a group of database researchers meets to discuss the state of database research, its impact on practice, and important new directions. This report summarizes the discussion and conclusions of the eighth such meeting, held October 14-15, 2013 in Irvine, California. It observes that Big Data has now become a defining challenge of our time, and that the database research community is uniquely positioned to address it, with enormous opportunities to make transformative impact. To do so, the report recommends significantly more attention to five research areas: scalable big/fast data infrastructures; coping with diversity in the data management landscape; end-to-end processing and understanding of data; cloud services; and managing the diverse roles of people in the data life cycle.

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Daniel Abadi, Rakesh Agrawal, Anastasia Ailamaki, Magdalena Balazinska, Philip A. Bernstein, Michael J. Carey, Surajit Chaudhuri, Jeffrey Dean, AnHai Doan, Michael J. Franklin, Johannes Gehrke, Laura M. Haas, Alon Y. Halevy, Joseph M. Hellerstein, Yannis E. Ioannidis, H.V. Jagadish, Donald Kossmann, Samuel Madden, Sharad Mehrotra, Tova Milo, Jeffrey F. Naughton, Raghu Ramakrishnan, Volker Markl, Christopher Olston, Beng Chin Ooi, Christopher Ré, Dan Suciu, Michael Stonebraker, Todd Walter, Jennifer Widom

Group photo

Meeting Agenda and Talks

Meeting agenda

Five-minute research pitch and trend spotting from participants:

Invited talks:


The Beckman meeting was supported financially by donations from the Professor Ram Kumar Memorial Foundation, Microsoft Corporation, and @WalmartLabs.
Last modified July 2014 by AnHai Doan