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AIC Seminar Series

A Database Guy Approaches the World of Coffee

Alon HalevyGoogle Database Research group[Home Page]

Notice:  Hosted by Richard Waldinger

Date:  2011-12-08 at 16:00

Location:  EJ228 (SRI E building)  (Directions)

   Abstract

Over the past three years I traveled to 30 countries investigating the intimate connection between coffee and local culture. I got sucked in to the subculture of world-famous coffee farmers, roasters and baristas, had some really great coffee and ended up with quite a few coffee toys. I will speak about some of the highlights of this journey that culminated in publishing my book "The Infinite Emotions of Coffee". I will weave the coffee stories with the story of Google Fusion Tables, a service developed by my team at Google Research that makes data management and integration approachable by people with little database expertise. In particular, journalists around the world have been able to embed dynamic visualizations in their articles, garnering millions of hits and even innovation awards in journalism for a few of them.

   Bio for Alon Halevy

Alon Halevy heads the Database Research group at Google. Prior to that, he was a professor of Computer Science at the University of Washington in Seattle, where he founded the database group. In 1999, Dr. Halevy co–founded Nimble Technology, one of the first companies in the Enterprise Information Integration space, and in 2004, Dr. Halevy founded Transformic Inc., a company that created search engines for the deep web, and was acquired by Google. Dr Halevy is a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery, received the the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) in 2000, and was a Sloan Fellow (1999–2000). He received his Ph.D in Computer Science from Stanford University in 1993. His book, The Infinite Emotions of Coffee was published in December, 2011.

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