Welcome to Catalac, a research project
in the database area at the
Computer Science and Engineering Department of the Hong Kong University
of Science and Technology (HKUST). This
project is named after a catalac catamaran,
which is a double-hull sailboat with great stability and
flexibility for ocean journeys.
We recognize the resonance between maritime
explorations and our database research. Oceans are
open, vast, and full of movements and changes.
Sailors track their way through open sea by actively
observing and responding to winds, waves and currents.
Faced with tremendous amounts of floating data in networked environments, such as the Internet,
pervasive computing, and sensor networks, we are designing and
building vessels for cruising these oceans of data. We are
also studying techniques to detect and utilize the regularities and
to accommodate the irregularities in the data flows. Our
ultimate goal is to ease
the surfing and navigation through the digital ocean
by answering queries anytime, anywhere on the journey.