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  • From: "Greg Wood" <>
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  • Subject: WEBCAST: Data Mining Workshop
  • Date: Thu, 7 Dec 2000 08:25:48 -0500


Click on this address:
to join us for the webcast of:

Data Mining: Assumptions and Applications
December 8, 2000
University of California, Los Angeles
Sponsored by CENIC and NLANR

Focus of the Data Mining Workshop

Data Mining applications automatically provide a user with tailored
summaries of the information contained in large databases.

This workshop will focus on three specific sets of issues surrounding
automatic knowledge discovery, or "data mining":

Conceptual Challenges

Automatic knowledge discovery algorithms often depend on the types of
labels, tags, or variables that have been identified internally to a
particular data space. This is not a trivial task: developers must be sure
to parse the information contained in a database in order to achieve the
specific goals of the end-user. Without the right set of variables, users
may not have the necessary tools to "mine" the types of knowledge that they
want to access.

Physical Limitations and Considerations

The databases used in today's data mining applications can include several
terabytes of information. In order to maximize efficiency, these massive
repositories (as well as the networks that serve them) must be constructed
in a manner that ensures that the specific needs of each individual user are
being met adequately.

Application Development

As databases begin to incorporate more diverse forms of information, such as
multimedia streams and high-resolution graphics, developers must create
applications that manage large quantities of data in a manner that is not
only useful, efficient and informative, but exciting as well.

Program (US Pacific Standard Time)

8:30 Welcome and Introduction
8:45 Data Mining Conceptual Overview, Marco Mazzucco
9:45 Discussion: New Challenges

10:15 Break

10:45 Physical Considerations, Micah Beck
11:30 Discussion: Data Mining and the NGI

12:15 Lunch

1:30 Applications: Marco Mazzucco
2:15 Applications: Victoria Vesna and Maroon Tabbal
3:00 Applications: Sam Gustman
4:00 Concluding Roundtable


Micah Beck, Research Associate Professor, University of Tennessee-Knoxville
Professor Beck has been an active researcher in a number of areas of
computer systems, including distributed operating systems, the theory of
distributed computation, compilers and parallel computation. His recent
activities have focused on high performance networking and it applications,
specifically the Internet2 project. He serves as chair of the Internet2
Network Storage working group.

Sam Gustman, Executive Director of Technology, Survivors of the Shoah
Gustman is responsible for the technical development, production, and
support of the foundation's digital video archive and catalog. The
foundation has collected more than 50,000 interviews in 32 languages of
Holocaust survivors, of which about 3,000 have been fully processed for
digital delivery via advanced networks and computational services. The VHF
has developed a system for storage management and display of more than 180
terabytes of multimedia data. The interviews and other materials are
digitized and indexed using a digital library software architecture
developed by VHF. The VHF plans to apply the methods and processes it has
developed to document other historical events, such as the American Civil
Rights movement and the histories of Native American tribes.

Marco Mazzucco , Research Scientist, University of Illinois at Chicago
Dr. Marco Mazzucco is a research scientist at the National Center for Data
Mining at the University of Illinois-Chicago. He recently received his
Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of Illinois-Chicago's Department of
Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer Science. He currently has a
publication forthcoming in the Journal of Symbolic Logic, and has presented
papers at conferences in Sweden, Canada, and the United States.

Maroon Tabbal, Director, Advanced Research Computing, UCLA School of

Victoria Vesna, Professor, University of California, Los Angeles
Focused on exploring possibilities of online networks for creative
expression, Professor Vesna's work has moved from performance and video
installations to experimental research that connects networked environments
to physical public spaces. She explores how physical and ephemeral spaces
affect collective behavior. Currently she is developing a project involving
design of an online environment utilizing agent technology, AI and
information visualization.

About the CENIC/NLANR Applications Workshops

The CENIC/NLANR Applications Workshops provide a concise introduction to the
important issues surrounding the development and implementation of some of
the most powerful and promising Internet applications available today.
These workshops foster a relaxed environment where individuals from every
sector of the Internet community can come together to learn about
leading-edge advances in technology. It is our hope that these gatherings
will inspire new lines of research and product development and lay the
foundation for new working relationships and partnerships throughout our
field. To stay informed about future workshops, join the CENIC-Today
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