The Institute of Computer Science hosts an international conference for researchers in the field of data management and information systems engineering

On 24–26 August, the University of Tartu will host the 25th European Conference on Advances in Databases and Information Systems (ADBIS), an international meeting of researchers in the field of data management and information systems engineering. Registration is open until the start of the event, both for online participants and for those who wish to join the event in Tartu.

The ADBIS conference was founded in 1997 to create bridges between IT researchers in Western Europe and their counterparts in Eastern Europe and former Soviet countries. It was first held in St Petersburg and since then it has alternated between countries in Eastern and Western Europe. Over the years, the ADBIS conference has become an international event that attracts participants from all over the world.

The conference will consist of technical sessions and invited talks presented by leading scientists. This year, the conference will discuss different topics in databases and related technologies, tackling challenging problems and presenting inventive and efficient solutions. The topics include big data, analysis of social media data, and database querying, among others. The topics covered in ADBIS play an important role in the development of modern databases and information systems, which are the backbone of modern digital services. 

The conference is organised by Prof. Raimundas Matulevicius, Head of the Information Systems Security group at the University of Tartu Institute of Computer Science, and Prof. Marlon Dumas, Head of the Information Systems group. 

Prof. Raimundas Matulevicius noted that this year’s conference is special, as it will take place in a hybrid format, with both online participants and face-to-face participants at the Delta Centre in Tartu. “The hybrid nature of the conference has created some organisational challenges, but it is also a tremendous opportunity to generate richer interactions with a wider set of participants, compared to traditional face-to-face conferences, and to combine the advantages of physical and online conferences,” said Matulevicius. 

Prof. Marlon Dumas added that this hybrid format might become the standard in the post-Covid world. “It is exciting to see how international research conferences are evolving to online and hybrid settings. We are also very excited to organise the 25th edition of ADBIS, and to have a truly worldwide audience of leading IT researchers meeting in Tartu both physically and virtually,” added Dumas. 

ADBIS 2021 welcomes three keynote talks by top-level experts from three continents: America, Asia and Europe. The first keynote will be by Dr Divesh Srivastava, Head of Database Research at AT&T, who will talk about high-quality big data. The second one will be by Dr Sanjay Chawla, Research Director of the Qatar Computing Research Institute (QCRI) Data Analytics department, who will talk about a very promising AI technology called reinforcement learning. The third keynote will be by Professor Dirk Draheim, Head of the Information Systems Group at Tallinn University of Technology, who will talk about data exchange for digital government.

This year the event strives to create conditions for more experienced researchers to share their knowledge and expertise with young researchers. To this end, the event will include several workshops on intelligent data management, process discovery and analysis, data systems management, and network science. In addition, the conference will host a doctoral consortium where PhD students in databases and information systems will have a chance to present their research ideas and their current scientific achievements.

More information about the conference can be found here

More information:
Raimundas Matulevicius, Professor of Information Security at the University of Tartu, 737 5421,
Marlon Dumas, Professor in Information Systems at the University of Tartu, 737 5473,