Rachel Pottinger an Associate Professor in Computer Science at the University of British Columbia. She received her PhD in computer science from the University of Washington in 2004. Her main research interest is data management, particularly semantic data integration, how to manage metadata, how to manage data that is currently not well supported by databases, and how to make data easier to understand and explore.
Data is overwhelming us at an ever increasing rate. In 2018, over 90% of the world’s data had been created in the previous two years. There are winners and losers in this computer-rich data-laden world. Those who have access to data and the training that they need to use it can do things beyond the wildest dreams of 20 years ago. Those who have neither risk being left behind. My research centers on making sure that data is more useful and accessible to more and more people. In particular, the key focus of my current research is on helping those who struggle to explore, process, interpret, and generally understand their data.