Wednesday, June 3, 2015
Every year, the SIGMOD Conference includes an exciting symposium
addressing various aspects of starting a career in the data
management community. These symposia are geared towards graduate
students and junior researchers, but they attract a very broad
audience because they are both informative and entertaining.
The topic of this year's planel is How to fail.
The panel will discuss various aspects of overcoming and learning
from failure. The issues discussed in the presentation may include,
but are not limited to:
- Bad research ideas: How to recognize them, avoid them, and
abandon them. Can you transform a bad research direction into a
- Whom should you ask for advice and should you always follow
- How should you balance your time across different responsibilities?
Which responsibilities should you say "no" to? Is it OK to drop
tasks that you committed to?
- What is the proper level of multitasking? How many research
directions should you pursue at a time?
- When should you give up on a student, an advisor, or a
Each panelist will give a 10-minute presentation, based on their
personal experiences and perspectives gained over the years. After
the presentations, an informal discussion will ensue with
questions from the audience.
|13:20 - 13:25
||Welcome and introduction
Alexandra Meliou (University of Massachusetts, Amherst)
Julia Stoyanovich (Drexel University)
|13:25 - 14:25
Panelist presentations: How to fail
Susan B. Davidson (University of Pennsylvania)
Laura Haas (IBM)
Benny Kimelfeld (Technion and LogicBox)
Tim Kraska (Brown University)
Wang-Chiew Tan (University of California Santa Cruz)
Gerhard Weikum (Max Planck Institute for Informatics)
|14:25 - 14:50
Questions from the audience and discussion
Links to previous symposia: