Big data systems sit in the critical path of everything we do, i.e., in businesses, in sciences, as well as in everyday life. The lab's courses offer a comprehensive introduction to modern data systems, and a research-oriented roadmap towards building systems that "scale up" and "scale out".
So far seven undergraduate DASlab teams have made it to the finals of the ACM SIGMOD Undergraduate Research Competition. In 2016, we won first place with the work on Adaptive Denormalization, in 2017 we won first place with the work on Evolving Trees, in 2018 we won first place with the work on Splaying LSM-Trees, and in 2019 we won first place with the work on LSM-Trees and B-Trees.
If you are a Harvard undergrad interested in research with DASlab, taking CS165 and CS265 is the first step.