Wenfei Fan – RCBD at Beihang from 2013 to 2017, and from Theory to Systems and Applications
The International Research Center on Big Data was established in September 2012 at Beihang. In the past 4+ years, the Center has made progress on tackling several major challenges introduced by big data, from theory to systems and applications. In this progress report, I will give a quick overview of our recent advances, highlighting new results published in 2017. I will present BD-tractability, a bounded evaluation theory, a new parallel model for graph computations, and a dependency theory for graphs. I will also introduce two systems under development, namely, (a) BEAS, a system for querying big relations with bounded resources, and (b) GRAPE, a parallel graph query engine that promotes plug and play of existing sequential graph algorithms. Emerging applications of the systems will be addressed, including social media marketing and consistency checking in knowledge bases.
The talk will take about 90 minutes. Interested undergraduate and graduate students are invited to come to the talk and better still, join forces with us!
(Joint work with Yang Cao, Ting Deng, Xin Luna Dong, Chunming Hu, Floris Geerts, Leonid Libkin, Ping Lu, Chao Tian, Yinghui Wu, Xin Wang, Yanghao Wang, Wenyuan Yu, Tengfei Yuan, and Jingbo Xu)
Professor Wenfei Fan is the Chair of Web Data Management in the School of Informatics, University of Edinburgh, UK, and the director of the International Research Center on Big Data, Beihang University, Beijing, China. Prior to his move to the UK, he worked for Bell Labs, Lucent Technologies in the US. He received his PhD from the University of Pennsylvania, USA, and his MS and BS from Peking University, China.
Professor Fan is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, UK, a Fellow of the ACM, USA, a National Professor of the 1000-Talent Program and a Yangtze River Scholar, China. He is a recipient of the Alberto O. Mendelzon Test-of-Time Award of ACM PODS (2010,2015), the Best Paper Award for VLDB 2010, the Roger Needham Award in 2008 (UK), the Best Paper Award for ICDE 2007, the Outstanding Overseas Young Scholar Award in 2003, the Best Paper of the Year Award for Computer Networks in 2002, and the Career Award in 2001 (USA). His current research interests include database theory and systems, in particular big data, data quality, data integration, distributed query processing, query languages, recommender systems, social networks and Web services.