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Speaker Name: 
Azza Abouzied
Speaker Title: 
Assistant Professor
Speaker Organization: 
New York University, Abu Dhabbi
Start Time: 
Monday, January 14, 2019 - 1:30pm
End Time: 
Monday, January 14, 2019 - 3:00pm
Engineering 2, 180
Peter Alvaro, Assistant Professor CSE


In this talk, I examine how example-driven interfaces (EDIs) can
support a variety of data tasks. EDIs are a class of mixed-initiative user
interfaces that enable users to specify tasks such as data extraction,
cleaning, transformation, querying or analysis, in the casual and familiar
language of examples. Through tools that we have built and evaluated for
data extraction (SEER and Texture), querying (DataPlay and Qetch),
generation (Synner) and debugging data pipelines (WhyFlow), I demonstrate
that designing such systems brings together new methods from a variety of
research fields and opens up exciting research opportunities not only in
HCI but also in how we design data management systems.


Azza Abouzied is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at New
York University, Abu Dhabi. Azza’s research work focuses on designing novel
and intuitive data analytics tools and on supporting complex analytics
natively within databases, such as specifying and solving objective
optimization problems. Her work combines techniques from various fields
such as UI-design, active learning and databases. She received her doctoral
degree from Yale in 2013 and BSc (CS) from Dalhousie. She spent a year as a
visiting scholar at UC Berkeley. She is the recipient of an NSERC Canada
Graduate Scholarships-Doctoral Fellowship, and multiple research paper
awards including a SIGMOD Research Highlight Award, a best of VLDB citation
and a best CHI paper award. She is also one of the co-founders of Hadapt - a Big Data analytics platform.

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