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The International Database Engineering and Application Symposium (IDEAS) met for the first time in Hong Kong at HKUST. The event was held from July 16 to 18, and Professor Wilfred Ng of the Department of Computer Science was the Program Co-chair of the symposium.
IDEAS focuses on the rapid and continuous expansion and diversification of database applications. It has been held annually since 1997 in Canada, France, Japan, and the UK. It attracts participants from governmental and non-governmental agencies, industries, and academia to exchange ideas and share experiences on engineering databases.
Following the tradition of previous IDEAS symposia, IDEAS'03, included high-quality papers on applied technological and theoretical aspects of database engineering and applications. The event attracted more than 60 participants, including 12 professors from the Chinese Mainland. It was sponsored by the ACM Hong Kong Computer Chapter, the IEEE Hong Kong Computer Chapter, the K.C. Wong Education Foundation, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, and the City University of Hong Kong.
During the three-day program, participants presented and discussed the problems of engineering modern database systems, such as XML query processing and data modelling, as well as the related areas in database applications, such as web data mining, multimedia, human machine interface and communication. For more detailed information please visit the IDEAS'03 website.