SIGKDD Service Award

The award recognizes individuals or teams for their outstanding services contributions to the field of knowledge discovery in data and data mining that include such professional services as the running of professional societies and conferences, educating students and professionals, funding R&D activities, etc.

     Frequency of the Awards
Once a year.
     Administration of the Awards Program
The SIGKDD Awards Committee, consisting of 3-5 prominent senior scientists in the field, will solicit nominations for recipient candidates, evaluate the nominations, and select winners.
The SIGKDD Chair will form the Awards Committee by inviting candidates. The SIGKDD Chair will appoint the Chair of the Awards Committee.
The terms of the Awards Committee will be the same as the term of the SIGKDD Chair.
Once formed, the Awards Committee will select winners of the Awards completely independently of SIGKDD Chair or SIGKDD Executive Committee.
The Award winner will be decided by a two-thirds majority vote of the Awards Committee.
There will be at most one individual or one group to receive either Award in any given year. (It is possible that in a given year, there may be no winner of either Award.)
The Awards Committee will solicit nominations for Award recipients 5 months before the SIGKDD Annual International Conference via the SIGKDD website, SIGKDD Annual Conference website, and the KDNuggets electronic newsletter.
Nominations, once made, may be re-considered for the subsequent two years; if the nominee does not win after the first three years, the nomination is discarded.
The deadline for the nominations will be 3 months before the SIGKDD Annual International Conference. (The Awards Committee will take 6 weeks to make its decisions.)
The winners will receive the Awards at the SIGKDD Annual International Conference. The winners will be announced in the SIGKDD Conference website and the SIGKDD website.
     The Awards
Each Award carries a $2,500 monetary award and a plaque.
If the winner is a group of individuals, the group will receive $2,500 (not each individual). However, each individual will receive a plaque.
SIGKDD Chair and members of the SIGKDD Awards Committee are not eligible to be nominated for either Award.


2014 ACM SIGKDD Awards Committee
  • Gabor Melli (VigLink) – Chair of Awards Committee
  • Rakesh Agrawal (Microsoft)
  • Jon Kleinberg (Cornell University)
  • Sunita Sarawagi (Indian Institute of Technology)
  • Bharat Rao (Deloitte)
  • Christos Faloutsos (Carnegie Mellon University)
  • Vipin Kumar (University of Minnesota)
  • Ying Li (EV Analysis Corporation)
  • Osmar Zaiane (University of Alberta)
  • Usama Fayyad (Barclays)
2013 ACM SIGKDD Awards Committee
  • Bharat Rao (Deloitte)
  • Christos Faloutsos (Carnegie Mellon University)
  • Osmar Zaiane (University of Alberta)
  • Padhraic Smyth (University of California, Irvine)
  • Ross Quinlan (Rulequest Research)
  • Ramasamy Uthurusamy (General Motors Corporation)
  • Sunita Sarawagi (Indian institute of technology)
  • Usama Fayyad (ChoozOn Corporation)
  • Vipin Kumar (University of Minnesota)
  • Ying Li (Concurix Corporation) – Chair of Awards Committee
2012 ACM SIGKDD Awards Committee
  • Ramasamy Uthurusamy, Chair
  • Chid Apte, IBM Research
  • Christos Faloutsos, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Bing Liu, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Gregory Piatetsky-Shapiro, KD Nuggets
  • Daryl Pregibon, Google
  • J. Ross Quinlan, Rulequest
  • Ted Senator, SAIC
  • Padhraic Smyth, University of California at Irvine
  • Qiang Yang, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
  • Osmar R. Zaiane, University of Alberta – Past Chair
2011 ACM SIGKDD Awards Committee
  • Osmar R. Zaïane, Chair
  • Ramasamy Uthurusamy, Past Chair
  • Christos Faloutsos (Carnegie Mellon University)
  • Peter Flach (University of Bristol)
  • Robert Grossman (University of Illinois at Chicago)
  • Ying Li (Microsoft)
  • Bing Liu (University of Illinois at Chicago)
  • Sunita Sarawagi (Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay)
  • Padhraic Smyth (University of California at Irvine)
  • Qiang Yang (Hong Kong UST)



Dr. Gabor Melli

ACM SIGKDD is pleased to announce that Dr. Gabor Melli is the winner of its 2013 Service Award. Dr. Gabor Melli is recognized for his substantial technical contributions to the practice and application of data mining and for his outstanding service to the global KDD community.

ACM SIGKDD Service Award is the highest service award in the field of knowledge discovery and data mining (KDD). It is conferred on one individual or one group for their outstanding professional services and...

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Dr. Ying Li

ACM SIGKDD is pleased to announce that Dr. Ying Li is the winner
of its 2012 Service Award. Dr. Ying Li is recognized for her substantial
technical contributions to the practice and application of data mining
and for her outstanding service to the global KDD community.

ACM SIGKDD Service Award is the highest service award in the field
of knowledge discovery and data mining (KDD). It is conferred on
one individual or one group for their outstanding...

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Dr. Bharat Rao

Senior Director and Head of the Knowledge Solutions group for the Health Services business unit, Siemens
ACM SIGKDD is pleased to announce that Dr. Bharat Rao is the winner of its 2011 Service Award for his contributions to society and the data mining community. Dr. Rao is being recognized for his pioneering applications of data mining to develop healthcare products that reduce costs and improve the quality of patient care.
Dr. Rao and his group have developed and...

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Prof. Osmar R. Zaïane

Professor, Computing Science, University of Alberta
ACM SIGKDD is pleased to announce that Prof. Osmar R. Zaïane is the winner of its 2010 Service Award. He is recognized for his significant service and contributions to the global KDD community.
Prof. Zaïane is currently the Secretary-Treasurer of ACM SIGKDD. He is also the Editor-in-Chief of SIGKDD Explorations, the flagship newsletter of SIGKDD, since 2007 after serving as its Associate Editor from 2004...

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Dr. Sunita Sarawagi

Associate Professor, Computer Science and Engineering, IIT Bombay
Sunita Sarawagi is recognized for her significant contributions and services to the KDD community over the past decade.

Sarawagi was an Associate Editor of the SIGKDD Explorations from 1999 to 2000 and was the editor-in-chief from 2003 to 2005. During this time, she worked closely with many colleagues in the community and turned SIGKDD Explorations into the most important news letter and one of the...

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Dr. Robert Grossman

Managing Partner, Open Data Group
Director, Laboratory for Advanced Computing, University of Illinois at Chicago.
Robert Grossman is recognized for his key role in the development of open and scalable architectures and standards for the SIGKDD and Global KDD Communities.

Grossman was one of the Founders of the Data Mining Group in 1998, which develops the Predictive Model Markup Language (PMML). He has been its Chair since it was started; and, during this...

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Dr. Won Kim

Senior Advisor, Samsung Electronics, Suwon, S. Korea
Distinguished Professor, SungKyunKwan University, Suwon, S. Korea
Won was instrumental in creating SIGKDD in 1999. He served as Interim Chair till the first election, was elected in 2001 as the Chair and guided SIGKDD through the ACM organization as its membership grew to over 1,800. He was excellent at ensuring strong fiscal discipline for SIGKDD.

He managed the annual KDD conferences such that each...

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The Weka team

For their development of the freely-available Weka Data Mining Software, including the accompanying book Data Mining: Practical Machine Learning Tools and Techniques (now in second edition) and much other documentation.
The Weka team includes Ian H. Witten and Eibe Frank, and the following major contributors (in alphabetical order of last names): Remco R. Bouckaert, John...

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Dr. Xindong Wu

Professor and Chair Department of Computer Science, University of Vermont
The 2004 SIGKDD service award went to Xindong Wu, Professor and Chairman of the Computer Science Department at the University of Vermont.

He was the Founding Chair (April 1998 - April 2001) of the Steering Committee for the Pacific-Asia Conference on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining (PAKDD), which has become the leading Asian data mining conference. He served as a program chair of PAKDD 98...

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Dr. Usama Fayyad

AAAI Fellow; Chief Data Officer and Sernior VP, Yahoo!
Dr. Fayyad is one of the pioneers in data mining research and one of the initiators of the KDD community as we know it today.

In addition to his excellent research and development achievements in data mining and machine learning, he has actively served the KDD community since the days of the first KDD workshop at IJCAI-1989, and he plays a leading role in KDD community ever since.
Dr. Fayyad served as the...

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Dr. Ramasamy Uthurusamy

General Director, General Motors Corporation
The 2002 SIGKDD Service Award went to Dr. Sam Uthurusamy. Uthurusamy helped launch and sustain the KDD workshops and subsequent KDD conferences, which were the seeds that led to the formation of the KDD community and discipline.
Uthurusamy was a member of Organizing and Program Committees of the first KDD-89 workshop, and the subsequent KDD-91 and KDD-93 workshops. He was Program Co-Chair of the KDD-94 workshop. Dr....

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Dr. Gregory Piatetsky-Shapiro

President and Founder, KDnuggets
Gregory Piatetsky-Shapiro has received the first ACM SIGKDD Service award for starting the KDD conferences and contributions to the KDD community, including KDnuggets newsletter.
Dr. Piatetsky-Shapiro is the founder of the Knowledge Discovery in Database conference series (KDD, now the ACM SIGKDD International Conference on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining). He organized and chaired the first three KDD workshops in 1989, 1991, and...

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