26th International Workshop on Design, Optimization, Languages and Analytical Processing of Big Data

Co-located with EDBT/ICDT 2024, Paestum, Italy - March 25, 2024

Keynote by Tova Milo

Title: Data, more data, too much data

Abstract Over the past 30 years, the world of data management has undergone a dramatic evolution, allowing us to consider an increasingly wide range of data types, sources, and processing models. This has also led to the collection of tremendous volumes of data, and we are now at a point where almost every aspect of our lives is data-driven. In this talk, I will share my perspective on some of the “hot topics” that I have been personally involved with in this evolution, and discuss why certain research topics become popular and when they lose their relevance. I will furthermore argue that we are now facing a turning point where the deluge of data has become a serious risk, and that the next “hot” research agenda should focus on data disposal. Despite advances in storage technology, the amount of data generated is projected to surpass storage production by an order of magnitude by 2025, and uncontrolled data retention further poses significant risks to security and privacy. I will discuss the logical, algorithmic, and methodological foundations necessary for the systematic disposal of large-scale data, highlighting new research challenges and the potential for reusing existing techniques. I will also share insights from the research conducted by the Tel Aviv Databases group in this direction.

About the speaker: Tova Milo


Tova Milo is the Dean of the Faculty of Exact Science at Tel Aviv University. She received her Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from the Hebrew University, Jerusalem, in 1992. After graduating she worked at the INRIA research institute in Paris and at University of Toronto and returned to Israel in 1995, joining the School of Computer Science at Tel Aviv university, where she is now a full Professor and holds the Chair of Information Management. She served as the Head of the Computer Science Department from 2011-2014.

Her research focuses on large-scale data management applications such as data integration, semi-structured information, Data-centered Business Processes and Crowd-sourcing, studying both theoretical and practical aspects. Tova served as the Program Chair of multiple international conferences, including PODS, VLDB, ICDT, XSym, and WebDB, and as the chair of the PODS Executive Committee. She served as a member of the VLDB Endowment and the PODS and ICDT executive boards and as an editor of TODS, IEEE Data Eng. Bull, and the LMCS Journal. Tova has received grants from the Israel Science Foundation, the US-Israel Binational Science Foundation, the Israeli and French Ministry of Science and the European Union. She is an ACM Fellow, a member of Academia Europaea, a recipient of the 2010 ACM PODS Alberto O. Mendelzon Test-of-Time Award, the 2017 VLDB Women in Database Research award, the 2017 Weizmann award for Exact Sciences Research, and of the prestigious EU ERC Advanced Investigators grant.