Prof. Avigdor Gal wins a Test of Time Award at the Distributed and Event Based Systems (DEBS) 2018 conference for the paper “Complex Event Processing over Uncertain Data”, co-authored with Segev Wasserkrug, Opher Etzion, and Yulia Turchin (all students and researchers associated with our faculty).

The DEBS announcement:

June 2018: Avigdor Gal, a faculty member at the Faculty of Industrial Engineering & Management (Technion), won a Test of Time Award at the Distributed and Event Based Systems (DEBS) 2018 conference for the paper “Complex Event Processing over Uncertain Data”, co-authored with Segev Wasserkrug, Opher Etzion, and Yulia Turchin.

The paper was presented 10 years ago, in DEBS’2008 (Rome, Italy) and offers a probabilistic framework for modeling and computing the uncertainty that is involved with processing events recorded from uncertain events. Clever stratification of complex event rules allows an efficient processing of dynamic Bayesian networks using Monte Carlo simulation. Original motivating applications for the paper were in the area of security (e.g., separating an Anthrax attack from a common Flu epidemic and catching Distributed Denial of Service attacks). In the decade that has passed, the developments of the Internet-of-Things technology serves as a new and exciting application area for the proposed framework.

DEBS is a leading conference, bringing together publish-subscribe and complex events researchers. DEBS was held this year for the 12th time, in Hamilton New Zealand. Test of Time Award is given to a paper that was presented in a conference 10 years ago and since then has impacted the scientific community. Such a paper is typically well-cited with a continuous impact up to these days.

The work was part of a PhD dissertation of Segev Wasserkrug, who is currently a researcher in IBM Research AI in Haifa. Segev was co-supervised by Avigdor Gal and Opher Etzion, currently a Professor and Department Head of the MIS department of the Yezreel Valley College. Yulia Turchin was, at the time, a Masters student under the supervision of Avigdor Gal and is currently a software development manager at Amazon Web Services.

Research into complex event processing is part of data science research. The Faculty of Industrial Engineering & Management at the Technion is a home to one of the first undergrad programs in Data Science Engineering, a program that prepares students for successful careers in the data science industry, managing the full life cycle of data (gathering, managing, analyzing, and presenting data). Its graduates also enroll in graduate programs in Data Science.