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03.12.2019
Martin Pagel

Database Systems and Information Management (DIMA) Researchers Attend the 2019 Software Campus Summit in Munich, Germany

Sponsored by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), Software Campus (SC) is a development program that aims to prepare tomorrow’s Senior IT Executives . It is directed at outstanding computer science master’s and doctoral students who are interested in pursuing executive management roles in industry and research. Awardees lead their own research projects in cooperation with industry partners over a one to two year period. Over the course of the project, awardees are eligible to participate in management training programs organized by industry partners. Via these programs, participants are able to experience the management of a research project over its lifecycle: starting with proposal writing and ending with the final project report.

The annual Software Campus Summit (SCS) enables awardees and industry partners to meet and discuss their research projects. This year, the two-day event took place in Munich and offered get-togethers, poster presentations, invited keynote speakers, and a science slam championship. In attendance were Sergey Redyuk (who is about to launch Project DORIAN), Rudi Poepsel Lemaitre (who is currently working on Project EDADS), and Jonas Traub (who completed Project SENSE). Sergey, Rudi, and Jonas are all researchers in the Database Systems and Information Management (DIMA) Group at the Technische Universität Berlin.

While at the SCS, Sergey took the opportunity to network with attendees, learn about the experiences of current SC awardees, and obtain their advice. Sergey’s focus is on reducing the overhead analysts and experimenters face when monitoring complex data science workflows. In Project DORIAN, he is investigating a common management task: the documentation of data-intensive experiment workflows . A central goal in his project is to automate documentation, ease reproducibility, and facilitate the systematic comparison and reuse of previous experiments. Currently, he is designing a prototype system for the end-to-end management of data science processes.

At the summit, Rudi engaged in scientific exchange and met with industry partner representatives. The experience enabled him to gain more insight about how to best present his research project. He particularly enjoyed the poster session, which provided a forum for him to discuss open research problems relevant to his project. A central goal in Project EDADS is the efficient integration of summarization techniques called synopses into modern distributed data stream management systems. These algorithms target applications, which do not require exact solutions, but rather approximate solutions to a problem, thus, trading-off accuracy for efficiency. Rudi is also investigating the benefits of data summarization in window processing and looking into the possibility of storing an accurate representation and history of original data streams.


Photo 1 : Jonas presenting the final results of Project SENSE. (Photo: Daniel Reinhardt ©)

This was Jonas final participation in the SCS. He presented his final results for Project SENSE in the poster session (Photo 1) and offered a talk entitled “Let’s talk about the IoT” (Photo 2) in the first-ever Science Slam Championship held at an SCS. For having completed the SC development program and successfully brought his project to a close, Jonas received a certificate from the Head of the SC Steering Committee (Photo 3). The science slam enables researchers to present their projects in an entertaining yet technical five-minute presentation and was held over two rounds: a preliminary round with three parallel tracks and a final round with four finalists. Jonas slam presentation concerned the problem of excessive data collection in the IoT as an example of resource waste (akin to the widely common food waste problem). Jonas solution provides a means to prevent or reduce the likelihood of excessive data collection without harming result quality in IoT applications and drastically reducing resource requirements in IoT setups. Consequently, Jonas entered the final round and took part in the slam award ceremony (Photo 4).


Photo 2 : Jonas’ talk on “Let’s talk about the IoT” in the slam finals. (Photo: Daniel Reinhardt ©)


Photo 3 : Jonas receives a certificate to recognize the completion of Project SENSE and the campus development program. (Photo: Daniel Reinhardt ©)


Photo 4 : Jonas (3rd from the right) at the championship award ceremony. (Photo: Daniel Reinhardt ©)