Team, Visitors, External Collaborators
Overall Objectives
Research Program
Application Domains
Highlights of the Year
New Software and Platforms
New Results
Bilateral Contracts and Grants with Industry
Partnerships and Cooperations
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Section: Overall Objectives

The Issues

We intend to tackle hard technical issues such as query answering, data integration, data monitoring, verification of data-centric systems, truth finding, knowledge extraction, data analytics, that take a different flavor in this modern context. In particular, we are interested in designing strategies to minimize data access cost towards a specific goal, possibly a massive data analysis task. That cost may be in terms of communication (accessing data in distributed systems, on the Web), of computational resources (when data is produced by complex tools such as information extraction, machine learning systems, or complex query processing), of monetary budget (paid-for application programming interfaces, crowdsourcing platforms), or of a privacy budget (as in the standard framework of differential privacy).

A number of data management tasks in Valda are inherently intractable. In addition to properly characterizing this intractability in terms of complexity theory, we intend to develop solutions for solving these tasks in practice, based on approximation strategies, randomized algorithms, enumeration algorithms with constant delay, or identification of restricted forms of data instances lowering the complexity of the task.