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SIGMOD Plenary Panel
Tuesday 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
The Next 5 Years: What Opportunities Should the Database Community Seize to Maximize its Impact?
Magda Balazinska (University of Washington), Surajit Chaudhuri (Microsoft Research), Anastasia Ailamaki (EPFL), Juliana Freire (New York University), Sailesh Krishnamurthy (Google), Michael Stonebraker (MIT) “The database research community has been spectacularly successful in impacting the industry and academia since the invention of the relational model. Examples of innovation in the last decade include columnar storage for data analytic platforms, cloud data services, HTAP systems, and a new generation of data wrangling systems. Despite this success, critical self-assessment by the community and identifying key opportunities for the future is essential if we are to continue the tradition of impactful research. In the Fall of 2018, following a longtradition that dates back to 1988 [1], and five years after the last such meeting [2],a group of approximately thirty database researchers gathered at the University ofWashington, Seattle for two days to discuss the opportunities we have as acommunity for impactful research. A report from that meeting is nowavailable [3]. The discussions in the Seattle meeting focused not juston technical challenges and opportunities but also on topics related tohow we organize ourselves as a community. This SIGMOD panel willprovide a forum for the broader database community to review and debatethe findings from the Seattle Report on Database Research [3] as well asto identify other challenges, and opportunities that need to be taken into account.”  
SIGMOD Industry Panel
Wednesday 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Startups Founded by Database Researchers
C. Mohan (IBM Almaden Research Center),
Anastasia Ailamaki (EPFL & RAW Labs),
Latha Colby (Sigma Computing),
Ihab Ilyas (University of Waterloo, Tamr & Inductiv),
Ashwin Machanavajjhala (Duke University & Tumult Labs),
Thomas Neumann (Technical University of Munich),
Christopher Re (Stanford University & SambaNova Systems)
The panelists will discuss the trials and tribulations of their entrepreneurial efforts, what worked and what didn’t. The startups covered will include early stage to successfully exited ones, both in USA and Europe. The panel should be of interest to students, academics and technologists in industrial environments.