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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 professional
services and contributions to the field of knowledge discovery and
Dr. Li is a leading practitioner in big data and large-scale knowledge
discovery, data mining and analytics. Dr. Li is a pioneer in internet
scale data mining, applying her extensive academic and industry research
expertise at Computer Research Institute of Montreal and to the first big
data analytics effort at Microsoft in 1998. She continued to advance the
field in subsequent years, building state of the art technologies in data
mining, machine learning, information retrieval, computational
advertising, internet monetization, business intelligence, online privacy,
and personal data. She holds over 50 patents filed, has collaborated with
over 100 researchers and data scientists, and has built and led world class
data mining organizations of over 300 people.
Over the last fifteen years, Dr. Li has actively served the data mining
community as a leader, contributor, and mentor to many colleagues
and up and coming scientists. In the annual ACM SIGKDD international
conferences, she has served as Conference General Chair, Local
Arrangement Chair, KDDCup Chair, Industry and Government track
Co-Chair, and Industry Practice Expo Co-Chair. She championed for
the data mining practice across academia and industry, helping create
industry career tracks for data scientists, and is responsible for over ten
industry research grants and sponsorships to the global KDD community.
Dr. Li received B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Mathematics from Peking University,
Beijing, China, and Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of
British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada. She is currently the Chief
Scientist and Co-Founder of Concurix Corporation, a new startup
building high performance operating systems for big data and big compute.
The previous SIGKDD Service Award winners were Gregory
Piatetsky-Shapiro, Ramasamy Uthurusamy, Usama M. Fayyad,
Xindong Wu, the Weka team led by Ian Witten and Eibe Frank,
Won Kim, Robert Grossman, Sunita Sarawagi, Osmar R. Zaiane,
and R. Bharat Rao.
The award includes a plaque and a check for $2,500 and will be
presented at the Opening Plenary Session of the 18th ACM SIGKDD
International Conference on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining,
on August 12, 2012 in Beijing, China.
ACM SIGKDD is pleased to present Dr. Ying Li its 2012
Service Award for her outstanding service and contributions
to the global KDD community.