The main objectives of this graduate-level course are to provide an in-depth understanding of advanced concepts and research directions in the field of databases. The course is organized in three parts: (i) Fundamentals of Database Systems Implementation; (ii) Distributed, Web and Cloud Databases; (iii) Spatio-temporal Data Management, Sensor Data Management, other selected and advanced topics from the recent scientific literature.

Outline: (i) Fundamentals of modern Database Management Systems (DBMSs): storage, indexing, query optimization, transaction processing, concurrency and recovery. (ii) Fundamentals of Distributed DBMSs, Web Databases and Cloud Databases (NoSQL / NewSQL): Semi-structured data management (XML/JSON, XPath and XQuery), Document data-stores (i.e., CouchDB, MongoDB, RavenDB), Key-Value data-stores (e.g., BerkeleyDB, MemCached), Introduction to Cloud Computing (GFS, NFS, Hadoop HDFS, Replication/Consistency Principles), "Big-data" analytics (MapReduce, Apache's Hadoop, PIG), Column-stores (e.g., Google's BigTable, Apache's HBase, Apache's Cassandra), Graph databases (e.g., Twitter’s FlockDB) and Overview of NewSQL (Google's Spanner and Google's F1). (iii) Spatio-temporal data management (trajectories, privacy, analytics) and index structures (e.g., R-Trees, Grid Files) as well as other selected and advanced topics, including: Embeeded Databases (sqlite), Sensor / Smartphone / Crowd data management, Energy-aware data management, Flash storage, Stream Data Management, etc. The last part of the course will feature both invited talks from external invited speakers and the presentations of students.

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