Ph.D. Candidate Christopher Jonathan and Professor Mohamed Mokbel Receive Paper Award at SSTD

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November 2, 2017

Ph.D. candidate Christopher Jonathan along with co-author and adviser Professor Mohamed Mokbel were the runners-up for the Best Vision Paper Award at the Blue Sky Ideas Conference Track at the 15th International Symposium on Spatial & Temporal Databases (SSTD). They were honored for their paper, “Toward a Unified Spatial Crowdsourcing Platform.”

Their paper explores a way to power up spatial crowdsourcing tasks without incurring a lot of overhead. Their system is able to accomplish this by first identifying all the common functionalities shared by spatial tasks and consolidating these functionalities together so users need only provide the logic of the new task to the system. This innovative idea removes the need to completely rebuild the system stack every time a new kind spatial task is introduced.

The improvement is drastic.  Imagine, for instance, that building a system stack is like constructing a building.  If you want to remodel the fifth floor, it would not make sense to rebuild the entire building just to make the changes you want to that particular floor.  Rather, it’s best to keep the foundational elements in place and selectively make changes based on need.  This allows for a far more agile system that could potentially allow researchers to test new ideas or optimizations by just deploying them within the system.

Jonathan’s main research interest is in the area of big data management systems, and currently he is focused on providing novel crowdsourcing concepts that will broaden the usability in general. To dive deeper into Jonathan’s research and the paper for which he and Professor Mokbel received the award, visit the CCC Blog’s “Great Innovative Idea” feature.

Please join CS&E in sending our congratulations to Professor Mokbel and Christopher Jonathan on this award.

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