Despite great strides in the generation, collection, and processing of data at scale, data science is still extremely inconvenient for the vast majority of the population. The driving goal of our research is to make it easy for individuals and teams — regardless of programming or analysis expertise — manage, analyze, make sense of, and draw insights from large datasets.

In my talk, I will describe a suite of tools that we’ve been building to empower everyone to perform data science more efficiently and effortlessly, including DataSpread, a “big data” spreadsheet tool that combines the benefits of spreadsheets and databases, Zenvisage, a visual exploration tool that accelerates the discovery of trends or patterns, and Modin, a scalable dataframe system that provides the ease-of-use of Pandas, while ensuring interactivity on large datasets. Our tools have been developed in collaboration with experts in neuroscience, battery science, genomics, astrophysics, marketing analytics, and ad analytics.

Attendees will learn about some of the key technical challenges underlying the development of these tools, and how we addressed them, drawing from ideas in databases and human-computer interaction. I will finally outline a future research agenda for tool development to empower everyone to tap into the hidden potential in their datasets at scale.


Aditya Parameswaran

Assistant Professor | UC Berkeley

Aditya Parameswaran is an Assistant Professor in the School of Information (I School) and Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS) at the University of California, Berkeley. He is a core member of the Data Systems and Foundations group (https://dsf.berkeley.edu/). Aditya develops systems for simplifying data analytics, i.e., empowering individuals and teams to leverage and make sense of their datasets more easily, efficiently, and effectively. Aditya has received a number of recognitions for his work, including the Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship (2020), the VLDB Early Career Research Contributions Award (2019), the Army Research Office Young Investigator Program Award (2018), the NSF CAREER Award (2017), the TCDE Rising Star Award (2017), as well as a number of best-of-conference paper and demo awards. His website is http://adityagp.net, and he is on Twitter @adityagp.

Aditya Parameswaran

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