XLDB 2019 Lightning Talk Winners

We are happy to announce the winners of Lightning Talks for 2019:

– “Eliminating Bias in the Deployment of Machine Learning” by Stephen Brobst
– “Data Summaries for Large Scale Aggregation” by Edward Gan

A link to the talks can be found on YouTube here. Both Stephen and Edward will be invited for a full length session at XLDB 2020! Our congratulations to both, and to all the speakers that participated in the Lightning Talk and poster sessions.

On behalf of the Program Committee.

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All XLDB 2019 Talks Posted on YouTube

If you couldn’t attend XLDB 2019 or would just like to rewatch some sessions, videos of all talks have now been posted on our YouTube channel. The complete playlist is available here:

XLDB-2019 Talks

Please feel free to share this link with your colleagues and network. A big thanks to our speakers for these amazing talks, and we look forward to seeing you at future XLDB events!


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XLDB 2019

Dear All,

We selected dates and location for the XLDB-2019: we are organizing it at Stanford (SLAC Panofsky Auditorium), on April 3-4, 2019. Note that it is scheduled right after the SysML conference organized by our colleagues from Stanford, you might consider attending both. So mark your calendars! More details coming soon.

P.S. If you missed our XLDB-2018 conference, you might want to check out the recordings and slides available at XLDB-2018 Agenda.

We hope to see you all at the XLDB-2019 event!

Jacek, K-T and Brigid

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XLDB-2016 videos (finally) posted

We finally posted videos from the XLDB-2016 conference, see XLDB-2016 Program, or the XLDB-2016 YouTube playlist. Better late than never 🙂


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Dear All,

The preparations for XLDB-2016 are well under way. In a nutshell, we have set up the usual website, formed the organizing committee, and come up with a draft program for a 3-day conference (no invitational workshop). We are working with government representatives to engage their Big Data experts. We are now opening the call for lightning talks, looking for sponsors, and asking for help with reaching out to new communities. For further details, read below and check the website at xldb.org/2016.

I formed the Organizing Committee. The committee has been actively working on the conference program since mid October. The topics we are planning to cover are aligned with suggestions we heard last year:

  • real-time analytics
  • decoupling compute from storage
  • big data management and analytics as a cloud service
  • security in big data systems
  • long term storage
  • late schema bindings.

The draft program can be found at Program.

We are expecting increased attendance / participation from the US Government. To allow enough time for all the above topics and to accommodate some speakers from the government, we decided to switch from a previously planned “2-day conference + 1-day workshop” to “3-day conference & no workshop”. As such, we will start in the morning on Tuesday May 24 and finish after lunch on Thursday May 26. The afternoon on Thursday is reserved for brainstorming in a smaller group about the next XLDB.

We are also accepting abstracts for lightning talks and/or posters. The deadline for submitting abstracts is March 7.

We expect to open registration in mid January.

As always, we can’t organize the event without sponsors. If your company can help us offset the costs of the event, please contact me.

Further details including the draft program, links to abstract submission form, organizing committee, and information for sponsors can be found at xldb.org/2016.

We are always looking to engage new communities we haven’t talked to before, so we’d appreciate your passing along the information about XLDB-2016 to these you know who are unaware of our conference and would benefit from attending.

The list of speakers is not final, so if you happen to know any speakers that you believe would be a good fit for the topics we plan to cover, please bring them to our attention.

Best regards,
XLDB-2016 Organizing Committee Chair

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XLDB-2015 Workshop Report


We just released a short summary of the XLDB-2015 Workshop. The link is available through the xldb.org/events page.

Direct link: XLDB-2015 Workshop Report.

Jacek & K-T

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Best Lightning Talks Selected

“Sketchy Approximations” and “Apache Calcite” won the Best XLDB-2015 Lightning Talks contents. Congratulations to Eric Tschetter and Julian Hyde! Each of them is getting a 30 minute keynote speaking slot at the XLDB-2016, so you will hear them speaking soon!


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XLDB-2015, discussion group


We just finished XLDB-2015. We has a superb line up of speakers. Both the conference and the workshop went *very* well. Slides from the conference have been posted on the web  (http://www-conf.slac.stanford.edu/xldb2015/ProgramC.asp), and the videos will be posted in ~1 month. Instead of writing a long report from the workshop (for many months), we are planning to post a short write up in the next few days.

Regarding the next event, I’d like to move much faster with organizing it than we did in the past. Also, I will be engaging the XLDB community more in organizing it. We are taking several steps to realize that:

  1.  we created a google group for discussing things. This is an opt-in list, and we expect moderate traffic (definitely higher than on this list). If you would like to be engaged in XLDB activities including but not limited to organizing XLDB-2016, make sure you join the group ASAP. To subscribe, follow: https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/xldb-discuss. For these who like email, once you sign up, you can use emails to interact with the list.
  2. We already identified a list of solid topics for the next event.  We will be refining it through the group discussion over the next couple of weeks.
  3. We are in the process of finalizing dates, location, and website. The next main conference will be in Silicon Valley (most likely at SLAC in our new auditorium) in May of 2016. If anyone can think of any issues with May 24-26, let me know in the next few days. I’d like to finalize dates no later than the end of May.
  4. I appointed Jeremy Cole to be our PR person. He will be helping us spread the word about XLDB and reach out to communities that might want to get involved in XLDB.

    Best regards,

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Stephen Wolfram speaking at XLDB-2015

Stephen Wolfram accepted our invitation and will be giving a keynote at XLDB-2015 in May at Stanford.

If you haven’t registered, it is still not too late! http://xldb.org/2015


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XLDB-2015 registration open, draft agenda published

Dear All,

We have opened the XLDB-2015 conference registration. To take advantage of our early registration rate ($250) make sure you register before March 31.

In response to your requests, we are introducing a special student rate ($150). If you know any students genuinely interested in extreme-scale data management and analytics, pass the information on to them!

A draft of the conference agenda is available. We are still in process of finalizing the keynote speakers, but the session descriptions should give you a good idea of what topics we plan to cover. We are lining up keynote speakers and panelists of the same high caliber that XLDB is known for, so if you liked our past events, you will not want to miss this one.

Regarding the invitational workshop, we have now selected the topics to discuss. We will be sending out workshop invitations in the next few hours/days. If you don’t receive one, but you’re interested in attending and contributing to the discussions, don’t hesitate to contact us at xldb-admin at slac.stanford.edu.

We are still looking for a few more sponsors. The support from sponsors is essential every year.  If your company can help, let me know.

As always, all the relevant information including links to registration, conference program, hotels, workshop topics, and the social event (which is fully included in the conference registration this year) can be found on the event website at http://xldb.org/2015

A quick reminder: February 28 is the deadline for submitting lightning talk and/or poster abstracts.

Please forward this email to your friends and colleagues who might be interested in attending XLDB-2015.

Best regards,
XLDB-2015 Organizing Committee Chair

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