Swiss Informatics Society

Special Interest Group

on Information Systems


1988-2008 From Data to Knowledge

An International Seminar Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of EPFL's Database Laboratory (LBD)

September 8, 2008
EPFL, Switzerland

Twenty years ago, data management mainstream solutions were centralized databases tailored for the application requirements within the owner institution or enterprise. The main concerns were correctness and suitability of the database design for in-house application support and in-depth understanding of database techniques to be able to enhance querying and storage performance as needed.

Today the scene has completely changed and focuses on worldwide interoperability, semantic web services for more intelligent support, capturing the meaning of information into domain-oriented ontologies, and management of higher level of aggregate information.

This seminar welcomes the contributions of internationally known experts to highlight essential facets of today's and tomorrow's knowledge management solutions.

Talks will be given by

  • Prof. Fosca Giannotti and Prof. Dino Pedreschi, KDD Lab, Pisa, Italy
  • Dr, Lina Al-Jadir, LBD, EPFL, Switzerland
  • Dr. Jerome Euzenat, INRIA Grenoble, France
  • Prof. Moira Norrie, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
  • Prof. Norman Paton, University of Manchester, UK
  • Prof. Stefano Spaccapietra, LBD, EPFL, Switzerland

A full programme is available at http://lbd.epfl.ch/20years.

You are warmly invited to join us (free of charge) and celebrate our 20th anniversary by attending the reception at the end of the event. However, pre-registration is mandatory (for obvious organizational concerns); please register as soon as possible (not later than September 1st) via our web site at http://lbd.epfl.ch/20years.

The event is supported by SI-DBTA