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A.B. Novak, P. Z. Revesz, Z. Tuza, Spatiotemporal databases: Models for attracting students to research, Proc. International Conference in Memoriam John von Neumann, John von Neumann Computer Society Press, pp. 247--256, Budapest, Hungary, December 2003.


In higher education professors often make much effort to introduce their students to research. Unfortunately, the present standard database systems curriculum is composed of well-settled subjects that do not lead to research. The challenge is to bring the research frontier closer to students at beginner level. In this paper we describe how it can be done in the area of spatiotemporal databases. We propose a new database systems curriculum and illustrate its benefits by mentioning several highly succsesful student projects in some recent experimental introductory database systems courses that followed the new curriculum.