The International ACM Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining Conference Brings Hundreds Of Analytics And Big Data Experts To San Diego

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Executives from Harrah’s Entertainment, IBM, Pfizer Labs and Yahoo! among Data Mining Experts Presenting at Inaugural Industry Practice Expo

The addition of the Industry Practice Expo represents our continued innovation and growth and we expect it to attract a wider audience of practitioners interested in deriving strategic business value from the growing data stores that virtually all...

The world’s leading conference covering important areas in Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining (KDD), predictive analytics, and technology for analyzing Big Data and uncovering patterns in massive databases, will convene in San Diego, from August 21 – 24, 2011. Attracting hundreds of high caliber faculty, researchers and students, as well as renowned industry executives and practitioners, KDD 2011 is the top forum to present and discuss technology and science advances in data mining and predictive analytics. For the first time, the conference also includes an Industry Practice Expo, a brand new track of invited talks from leading experts, who have developed and deployed successful, large-scale predictive analytics and data mining systems in their respective fields. KDD 2011 is organized by ACM’s Special Interest Group on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining (ACM SIGKDD).

In a recent report, the global management consulting firm McKinsey identified data as the driving force behind the next frontier for innovation, competition and productivity, creating new opportunities across economic sectors and vertical industries. Attracting leading data scientists and practitioners, KDD 2011 is the premier venue to exchange research ideas and results and shape the future of predictive analytics and data mining. The addition of the Industry Practice Expo reflects the growing strategic significance of data in key industries including healthcare, advertising and entertainment among others. This year’s invited speakers include:

  •     Richard Boire, Co-founder, Boire Filler Group
  •     John F. Elder, CEO, Elder Research
  •     Felipe Fernandez Martinez, CEO, Interefe
  •     Tai Hsu, Principal Scientist, Alibaba Group
  •     Mario Inchiosa, Chief Scientist, Netezza (now IBM)
  •     P V Kannan, CEO, 24/7 Customer
  •     Colleen McCue, Senior Director, Social Science and Quantitative Methods, GeoEye Analytics    
  •     David Norton, Chief Marketing Officer, Harrah's Entertainment
  •     Paul Rejto, Director of Oncology Research, Pfizer Labs
  •     David Reiley, Principal Research Scientist, Yahoo! Research
  •     Dan Steinberg, President and Founder, Salford Systems
  •     Ravi Vijayaraghavan, Vice President and Global Head Analytics| Innovation Labs, 24/7 Customer

"KDD 2011 and the first Industry Practice Expo bring to the forefront the real issues and implications of data mining and allow for the cross-fertilization of ideas,” said Rajesh Parekh, KDD 2011 Industry Practice Expo Co-Chair and Director of Research at Groupon. “Some of the brightest minds in data mining and knowledge discovery will share their insights and experience in this constantly evolving field.”

Sponsored by eBay, Google, IBM, Media6Degrees, Microsoft, San Diego Software Industries Council and Yahoo! Labs KDD 2011 program also includes:

  •     Tutorials on social media analytics, Internet ad systems, Hadoop, Grid and Cloud Computing from scientists at Stanford, Rutgers, Princeton, LinkedIn, Microsoft, Google and Yahoo!
  •     Workshops to explore data mining applications for social media, healthcare, online advertising, and sustainability
  •     Scientific track of the most recent peer-reviewed data mining research
  •     Award sessions for winners of ACM SIGKDD Innovation and Service Awards and the KDD Cup competition.

“The growing impact of data is fueling an unprecedented renaissance in data mining and knowledge discovery. From healthcare management to social network interactions, data is becoming an integral part of our lives,” said Chid Apte, General Chair of KDD 2011 and Director of Analytics Research in IBM Research. “KDD 2011 brings together the passion of data scientists with the vision of business leaders in a spirit of cooperation and sharing with one goal in mind – the advancement of the field of data mining and knowledge discovery.”

“We are excited by the evolution of the KDD conference series as the top academic as well as the top applied conferences in the field of big data and advanced predictive analytics,” said Usama Fayyad, Chairman of the ACM SIGKDD and Chairman and CTO of ChoozOn Corporation. “The addition of the Industry Practice Expo represents our continued innovation and growth and we expect it to attract a wider audience of practitioners interested in deriving strategic business value from the growing data stores that virtually all companies are accumulating.”

Registration is now open online:

With over 2000 members from leading research institutions, universities and business organizations in more than 80 countries, the ACM Special Interest Group on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining (SIGKDD) is the premier forum for advancement and adoption of the science of knowledge discovery and data mining. SIGKDD’s mission is to provide the growing community of big data and analytics experts with tools and resources to promote the value of knowledge discovery and data mining in today’s data-centric economy. The current SIGKDD Executive Council Chairman is leading data mining expert Dr. Usama Fayyad. For additional information, please visit or follow us on Twitter.

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