CS 634 - Web Data Management Syllabus


Name : Weiyi Meng
Office : Q08, Engineering Building
Telephone : 777-4311
Fax : 777-4729
Email: meng@binghamton.edu
Web: http://www.cs.binghamton.edu/~meng/meng.html

Course Description

Advanced topics in web data management. Techniques for retrieving and analyzing text documents, including basic text retrieval methods and sentiment analysis issues. Modern search engine technology, including the use of links and user behavior knowledge. Advanced metasearch engine technology, including search engine selection, wrapper generation and result fusion. Web database integration techniques, including query interface extraction and understanding and query interface integration. Some interesting applications. Entrepreneurship issues, including information on how to start a company, IP and funding issues. The topics may vary when offered in different years.

When and where

Time: 8:30am --- 9:55am, Tuesday and Thursday
Classroom: SW 311

Prerequisite and Co-requisite

Office hours

4:30pm --- 5:30pm, Tuesday, Thursday or by appointment


Part of the materials will be covered by the following books:

Weiyi Meng, Clement Yu. Advanced Metasearch Engine Technology. Morgan & Claypool Publishers, December 2010.
Click here to download this book for free.

Eduard Dragut, Weiyi Meng, Clement Yu. Deep Web Query Interface Understanding and Integration. Morgan & Claypool Publishers, 2012.
Click here to download this book for free.

Other course materials will come from published research papers and lecture/tutorial notes.

But the following reference book is worth reading:
Search Engines: Information Retrieval in Practice by Bruce Croft, Donald Metzler, and Trevor Strohman, Pearson Education, 2009.

Planned Topics (Click here for more details; not necessarily covered in the following order)

Course Format


Every student will do an individual course project.

A number of suggested projects will be provided by the instructor and these projects will be briefly discussed in the class. Students are encouraged to propose their own course projects.

Grading Policy

Academic Honesty

Academic honesty and integrity are expected of every student. Dishonesty and cheating in all academic work related to this course, when discovered, will be severely punished. Please read the Student Academic Honesty Code at http://www2.binghamton.edu/watson/advising/pdfs/honesty-policy.pdf.

Students must write their reports by themselves and using their own languages. All referenced works (including ideas, algorithms, programs, etc.) must be clearly cited within the main body of the report and their full citations must be listed at the end of the report. Students' own contributions (new ideas, algorithms, programs, etc.) must be clearly identified.

Classroom Etiquette

Journals and Conference Proceedings

The following are some of the leading journals and conferences related to the subject of this course:

Web Sites for Computer Science Papers

Last change: December 27, 2013 / meng@cs.binghamton.edu