DIMACS 1997-1999 Special Year on Massive Data Sets: Call for Participation
The emergence of the computer as an essential tool in scientific research
and as an essential ingredient in commercial systems has led to the
emergence of massive amounts of data of critical importance for a broad
variety of applications, including (but certainly not limited to)
astrophysical models, genetic sequencing, geographic information systems,
ecological models, weather prediction, telecommunications applications,
commercial digital video and audio, digital libraries, government information
systems, and biological models for medical applications.
Researchers in all of these applications currently face amounts of data in
the terabyte range (with data sets in the petabyte range possible in the
foreseeable future) and face daunting computational problems in organizing
and extracting useful information from these massive data sets.
This special year will seek to stimulate new research on addressing these
problems. Our goals are to:
Opportunities for short- and long-term visits will be available, including
full sabbaticals. Applications for postdoctoral fellowship positions for
1997-98 will be solicited in the fall of 1996. The special year is in the
early planning stages, and numerous opportunities are available for
participation. Ideas for special-year workshop topics and volunteers for
organizing workshops are particularly solicited.
- Learn common properties among diverse applications and identify
fundamental computational problems that transcend particular
- Relate these to core problems in computer science and discrete
- Discover fundamental limitations on performance;
- Develop and analyze new practical algorithms;
- Establish partnerships with researchers in other areas, with the goal
of developing solutions for specific scientific and commercial problems.
Anyone interested in participating in special year activities is invited
to send mail to:
The Special Year program is made possible by long term funding from the
National Science Foundation, the New Jersey Commission on Science and
Technology and DIMACS' university and industry partners.
- Robert Sedgewick
- Chair of DIMACS Special Year on Massive Data Sets
- Department of Computer Science
- Princeton University
- Princeton, NJ 08540
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Document last modified on October 30, 1998.