New Researcher Symposium

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Every year, the SIGMOD Conference includes a symposium about starting a career in the data management community. These symposia are geared towards graduate students and junior researchers, but they attract a very broad audience because they are both informative and entertaining.

This year’s symposium will take place on Tuesday 2017-05-16, 18:00-20:00. We should mention that there will be free food!

After the food, the topic will be What’s in a hype?. We will discuss issues such as

  • past and current hypes: Big Data, Deep Learning, the Cloud, and Cloud Services
  • future hypes
  • how should we deal with hypes: should we avoid or follow?
  • how to detect a hype
  • interdisciplinarity: a hype or a blessing?
  • the future of the database field in view of these developments


  • Barzan Mozafari (University of Michigan): How to avoid hypes, and when to take advantage of them
  • Yanlei Diao (Ecole Polytechnique): The Machine Learning Hype: A Systems Person’s Reflection
  • Peter Bailis (Stanford): Databases are Overhyped
  • Alon Halevy Wang-Chiew Tan (Recruit Institute of Technology): Deep learning — hype or not?
  • Daisy Zhe Wang (University of Florida): Weathering the Hypes


The symposium takes place on Tuesday 2017-05-16, 18:00-20:00.

  • 18:00-18:25: Free food
  • 18:25-18:30: Introduction (Eugene Wu & Fabian Suchanek)
  • 18:30-19:45: Each speaker gives a 10 minutes talk + 5 minutes questions
  • 19:45-20:00: Plenum discussion

Previous Symposia

2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010