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Ontario Tech acknowledges the lands and people of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation.

We are thankful to be welcome on these lands in friendship. The lands we are situated on are covered by the Williams Treaties and are the traditional territory of the Mississaugas, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation, including Algonquin, Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi. These lands remain home to many Indigenous nations and peoples.

We acknowledge this land out of respect for the Indigenous nations who have cared for Turtle Island, also called North America, from before the arrival of settler peoples until this day. Most importantly, we acknowledge that the history of these lands has been tainted by poor treatment and a lack of friendship with the First Nations who call them home.

This history is something we are all affected by because we are all treaty people in Canada. We all have a shared history to reflect on, and each of us is affected by this history in different ways. Our past defines our present, but if we move forward as friends and allies, then it does not have to define our future.

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March 6, 2015

Speaker: Nikolay Yakovets, PhD candidate (York University)

Title: Query Planning for Evaluating SPARQL Property Paths

Abstract: The extension of SPARQL in version 1.1 with property paths offers a type of regular path query for RDF graph databases. However, such queries are difficult to optimize and evaluate efficiently. We have embarked on a project, Waveguide, to build a cost-based optimizer for SPARQL queries with property paths. Waveguide builds a query plan — a waveguide plan (WGP) — which guides the query evaluation. There are numerous choices in the construction of a plan, and a number of optimization methods, meaning the space of plans for a query can be quite large. Execution costs of plans for the same query can vary by orders of magnitude. We illustrate the types of optimizations this approach affords and the performance gains that can be obtained. A WGP's costs can be estimated, which opens the way to cost-based optimization.