Pearls of Computation: Björn Þór Jónsson

  • 17.5.2013, 14:00 - 15:00

BjornBjörn Þór Jónsson (School of Computer Science)
When: Friday, 17 May
Where: M101
Time: 14:00-15:00

Björn Þór Jónsson will deliver a talk on E.F. Codd and the relational model.

Title:  Codd and the mathematical model that turned into a multi-billion dollar industry

Abstract:  In 1970, Ted Codd proposed the relational model for data management, which to this day remains the theoretical basis for most database management systems.  Getting from this simple mathematical model to the multi-billion dollar database industry of today, however, was a very significant undertaking which met very strong resistance in the early stages.  In this talk we discuss briefly the career of this pioneer, and then review the context of his milestone work and analyse its immediate and long-term impact.  Finally, we discuss very recent developments that finally threaten to push the relational database management systems off their throne.

Recodring of the talk can be found here:

Introduction to the new Pearls of Computation seminar series

From January 2013, ICE-TCS< organizes the Pearls of Computation seminar series. To begin with, the talks in this series will mostly focus on the work of some of the recipients of the ACM Turing Award (or of some other major award related to computer science) in an accessible way. Attendance is free and is open to everyone.

The full schedule of the talks planned for the spring semester 2013 is available at,
where up-to-date information on the seminars in the series may be found.

The Pearls of Computation talks at Reykjavik University<> are organized in collaboration with the School of Computer Science at Reykjavik University, CADIA, "CRESS: Center on Research in Engineering Software Systems", the Icelandic Mathematical Society, IIIM and the Mathematics Group at Reykjavik University