DataSys: Data-Intensive Distributed Systems LaboratoryData-Intensive Distributed Systems Laboratory

Illinois Institute of Technology
Department of Computer Science

Virtual BigDataX REU Program Activities -- Summer 2021

The BigDataX (from theory to practice in Big Data computing at eXtreme scales) is a Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) site in Chicago Illinois. The program has four mentors at two institutions, the Illinois Institute of Technology and University of Chicago, with a variety of complementing expertise from computer systems, distributed systems, databases, and data science. For REU BigDataX program highlights from prior years, see the BigDataX Overview. The group maintains a public social network presence through a LinkedIn group at

The BigDataX 2021 program will host 10 students who will spending 10 weeks in the summer 2021 doing research in one of two interdisciplinary laboratories: 1) the DataSys Lab in CS at IIT or 2) the Systems Group in the CI/CS at UChicago. The Summer 2021 Program will be done completely online through a virtual setting. This is new territory for our summer program, with many unknown variables; however, we plan to carry over as many activities as we can from the in-person experience to the virtual one, in order for students to get the most our of our summer program. For any questions, please send email to

For a detailed schedule of activities for the summer 2021 program, click here.


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We have several more undergraduate students who are funded by different programs who will participate in the same REU activities as the BigDataX students. These students are funded by the Mystic project.