First Meeting in Naturvetarhuset N260
5DV052: ADVANCED DATABASES
Department of Computing Science
Instructor: Michael Minock
Friday March 26 13.15-15.00
Databases lay at the foundation of modern information-based
society. Banks use them to record transactions, hospitals use them
for patient records, large web-sites (e.g. facebook) use them for
content management, and the list goes on and on (and on).
This course explores advanced and current topics in databases. This
includes conceptual topics such as how temporal, spatial and image
data are represented as well as more practical issues such as data
modeling and building indexes for enhanced performance. The course
also includes several special lectures covering topics such as the
NoSQL movement, OpenStreetMap (essentially an open source version of
Google maps) and financial database systems (with a special guest
lecturer from Nomura Securities).
A large part of the course grade will involve students (in groups of
up to 3) working on database projects of their own choosing.
Although the course adopts an interdisciplinary outlook, a fairly
strong background in database theory and practice is assumed. This
means a strong working knowledge of relational databases and
SQL. Programming experience is also required and a familiarity with
LINUX is highly recommended.
If you are interested, you are most welcome to attend the first
lecture of the course as there are still places available. The first
meeting is in N260 Friday March 26, 13:15-15:00.