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ACM Group on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining to Honor Innovation, Service Award Recipients

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WASHINGTON, DC, July 14, 2010 – The ACM (Association for Computing Machinery) Special Interest Group on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining (SIGKDD) will present the 2010 Innovation Award to Professor Christos Faloutsos of Carnegie Mellon University for his contributions to key discoveries in time series database analysis, Internet topology and Internet auction fraud detection.  SIGKDD will also present the 2010 Service Award to Professor Osmar R. Zaïane of the University of Alberta, Canada for his dedication to promoting the development of the global KDD community. The awards, which represent the highest peer recognition in the knowledge discovery and data mining community, will be presented at the industry’s premier international conference, KDD 2010, in Washington, DC, July 25-28 ( ). 

ACM SIGKDD Innovation Award
Faloutsos’ cross-disciplinary works on power-law graphs, fractal-based analysis, time series, multimedia and spatial indexing are among the most referenced in industry and academic publications.  A frequent speaker at industry events, and an active member of the KDD community, he is a professor at the School of Computer Science at CMU. 

“Professor Faloutsos’ research has pushed the field of knowledge significantly ahead in understanding the huge graph structures representing users and documents on the Web and the way people interact on a massive scale through the Internet,” said Usama Fayyad, SIGKDD Executive Council Chairman. “His work, with its rare combination of impressive breadth and fundamental depth, has set new research directions and inspired significant subsequent exploration that is instrumental for the progress of our field especially when it comes to understanding, visualizing, manipulating and exploiting very large social graphs.” 

Prior recipients of the SIGKDD Innovation Award focused their work on a wide range of scientific, industrial, and social data mining applications. Previous SIGKDD Innovation Award winners include Rakesh Agrawal, Leo Breiman, Usama M. Fayyad, Jerome Friedman, Jiawei Han, Heikki Mannila, Raghu Ramakrishnan, Padhraic Smyth and Ramakrishnan Srikant. 

ACM SIGKDD Service Award
Zaïane has been promoting data mining through active participation in other industry associations and driving the development of international communities dedicated to the advancement of KDD.  A leading researcher in data mining, machine learning, and database fields, he currently serves as secretary-treasurer of ACM SIGKDD and editor-in-chief of Explorations, the flagship newsletter of SIGKDD.  He organized and chaired China’s International Conference on Advanced Data Mining and Applications (ADMA) and received the 2009 IEEE International Conference on Data Mining Outstanding Service Award.  The McCalla and Killam Professor of Computing Science at the University of Alberta, he is Scientific Director of the Alberta Ingenuity Center for Machine Learning. 

“With his passion and contribution to the KDD community, and his record of outstanding service and dedicated energy, Professor Zaïane helps SIGKDD create a spirit of exchanging of ideas that is invaluable for the future of scientific discovery and progress,” said Fayyad. 

Previous Service award recipients include leading KDD scientists Usama M. Fayyad, Won Kim, Robert Grossman, Sunita Sarawagi, Gregory Piatetsky-Shapiro, Ramasamy Uthurusamy, Xindong Wu, and the Weka team led by Ian Witten and Eibe Frank.



The ACM Special Interest Group on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining is the premier forum for advancement and adoption of the science of knowledge discovery and data mining. Membership in SIGKDD is open to ACM and non-ACM members and membership benefits include discounted conference fees, access to the newsletter SIGKDD Explorations. The current SIGKDD Executive Council Chairman is leading data mining expert Usama Fayyad. For additional information, please visit


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