The TIMBER XML Database, and Some Applications

H.V. Jagadish
University of Michigan

Friday, April 16, 2004
EGRC 313 -- NCSU Centennial Campus
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Timber is a native XML database system under development at the University of Michigan. It is native, in that it has been designed from the ground up as an XML system. It is a database system, in that it has the same major modules as a relational database system, including a logical and a physical algebra, a cost-based query optimizer, and access methods designed for efficient evaluation of disk-resident data.

In this talk, I will present an overview of Timber, including preliminary performance numbers. I will also touch upon some new application areas, including the management of text data, and the management of uncertain data.

About the speaker: H. V. Jagadish is a Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. After earning his PhD from Stanford in 1985, he spent over a decade at AT&T Bell Laboratories in Murray Hill, N.J., eventually becoming head of AT&T Labs database research department at the Shannon Laboratory in Florham Park, N.J. He has also served as a Professor at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign.

Professor Jagadish is well-known for his broad-ranging research on databases, and has over 80 major papers and 20 patents. He is a fellow of the ACM. Among many professional positions he has held, he has previously been an Associate Editor for the ACM Transactions on Database Systems (1992-1995) and Program Chair of the ACM SIGMOD annual conference (1996).

The talk is sponsored by the E-Commerce @ NC State initiative

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