This was a tough winter, so I wanted to thank all of the people who were able to attend the BSS with Prof. Sam Madden on February 3 at the Microsoft NERD Center. We had to delay his talk a day due to the 15 or so inches of snow that fell the day before, but we still had an enthusiastic crowd. We started late due to the horrendous traffic in Kendall Square caused by the snow-blocked lanes throughout the city, but there was plenty of food, beer and wine to keep people happy until more people could arrive. Prof. Madden still managed to talk for one hours - he was our champ of the night!
Prof. Sam Madden '99, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, spoke about big data, one of the hottest topics in computer science. At MIT, he recently started two "big data" initiatives: the Intel Science and Technology Center (ISTC) in Big Data, and BigData@CSAIL, and industry-sponsored consortium. In this talk, he gave a bit of background about what big data is, why industry is so excited about it, and his own perspective on the challenging research problems it brings up. He also described a couple of "big data" research projects, including BlinkDB, an approximate query processor built on Apache Hive, and DataHub, a new system helping teams of researchers collaborate on data sets. Prof. Madden answered many question throughout the talk and at the end.
The revised Sam Madden video can be seen here.
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The Club of Boston’s 7th annual Science Trivia Challenge on April 17, 2013 was another resounding success. Twenty-four teams - school-age and adult –joined Club volunteers and moderator Professor Walter Lewin for an evening of trivia ranging from bosons to biofuels to broccoli! Each year, the four top-scoring teams enjoyed a meal with MIT Nobel Laureates, luminaries like Jerome Friedman, Robert Horvitz, Wolfgang Ketterle, and Phillip Sharp.
This coming year we add a new twist to our game: regular MIT and science trivia directly to your e-mail inbox! If you joined us in April, keep playing along. If you’re new to the Challenge, join us now! Once a month, MIT-specific and general science trivia questions will be included in the Club newsletter.
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