CS525.
Advanced Topics in Database Systems

Large-Scale Data Management

Large-Scale Data Management

Course grades are divided as follows:

Item |
Percentage |
Notes |

Projects (6 or 7) |
50% |
Each project will be done in
teams of two. |

Presentations (1 or 2) |
25% |
Each presentation will be done
in teams of two. If the number of teams is large, some teams may do one
presentation + an extra project. |

Reviews |
15% |
Reviews are done individually.
Whenever a team is presenting a paper, other students are expected to
read the presented paper and submit a review on it. |

Class Participation |
10% |
Includes discussions in class
and attendance. |

** Projects

- Students will form teams, each team of 2 students.

- There will be around 6 or 7 projects during the semester.
- Each team will submit their report/code by the due date and the team will also meet with the instructor to demonstrate their project.
- Late submissions follows these rules:
- One-day late submission is accepted with 10% off the max grade.

- Two-day late submission is accepted with 20% off the max grade.
- Three-day late submission is accepted with 30% off the max grade.
- Beyond that, no late submission is accepted.

- Students will form teams, each team of 2 students.

- Each team will present either one or two research papers. Each presentation will be divided between the two team members.
- Since the number of presentation slots is limited, some teams may only give one presentation. These teams will have an extra project to do instead of their second presentation.
- The choice between doing (2 presentations) vs. (1 presentation +
1 extra project) is done on a First-Come-First-Served bases.

** Reviews

- Reviews are done individulally. If a team is presenting a paper,
then the other students are required to go over that paper and submit a
review (see below for more details).

- Reviews are due by the beginning of class before the presentation starts (Reviews are expected only when students are presenting research papers).
- Each student may skip at most four (4) reviews without affecting
his/her grade. This policy gives flexibility if a student has to miss a
class or has an emergency.

- No late review submissions are accepted.

Presentations, Reviews & Participation

- The course will cover several
research papers. The instructor will present material covering some
papers and book chapters.

- Each students team (2 students) will also present one or two
papers. It is
encouraged for students to select papers of interest to them.
Otherwise, papers
will be assigned by the instructor.

- There are several possible areas with a suggested list of papers
can be found here.

- Role of Presenter

- Presenter should cover the assigned paper as well as any basic background needed for the presentation.
- Presentation should be around 60 mins. The remaining 15-20 mins will be used for discussion.
- Presentations have 25% of the total grade. So, the presenter is expected to spend enough time creating a good presentation with well coverage of material. The quality of the slides, the oral presentation, and the understanding of the content will be all taken into account for the grade.
- The two students should agree among themselves on how to divide
the presentation (each student should give around 30 mins).

- Hints
for Good Presentation:

- Each presentation should have 2-3 slides as a background, 1-2
slides as a motivation, 1-2 slides as a problem statement, and then the
details of the paper.

- Practice your presentation, know what you want to say in each slide.
- More tips can be found here.

- Role of others (Reviewers)

- When a research paper is presented, all students, other than the presenter, need to read the paper and deliver a one-page review of that paper. The whole class should engage in discussing the presented paper, e.g., what are the strong points, what needs to be addressed further, what are the weak points, and possible extensions.
- The presented paper will be available to all students at least one week
before the presentation.

- The review due date is the start of class before the presentation begins.
- The grade will depend on the quality of your review. Basically, each review should have the three components below: Summary, Strong Points, and Weak Points.

- Hints for Good Reviews:
- Summary (one paragraph 5-10 lines): Each review should start with a summary paragraph that describes briefly the addressed problem and main challenges, and the solution.
- Strong Points (2-3 points):
List 2-3 strong points that you see about the paper and the proposed
solution, e.g., why this work is novel, what is the most interesting
idea behind the solution, does the paper have enough evaluation and
performance measures.

- Weak Points (2-3 points):
List 2-3 weak points that you think have not been addressed adequately,
possible weaknesses, assumptions that are not practical, or extensions
you think are good.