ACM SIGKDD 2020 Awards Call for Nominations


ACM SIGKDD invites your nominations for its 2020 Innovation Award, Service Award, Rising Star Award, and Test of Time Award.

ACM SIGKDD, ACM’s Special Interest Group on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining (KDD), is the premier global professional organization for researchers and professionals dedicated to the advancement of the science and practice of knowledge discovery and data mining. It established the Innovation and Service Awards to recognize outstanding technical and service contributions to the KDD field. It established the Rising Star Award to promote young KDD researchers as they create their careers. It established the Test of Time Award to recognize papers published in SIGKDD sponsored conferences that have made a sustained and significant impact in the KDD community over at least a decade.

Nominations due Friday May 1, 2020

ACM SIGKDD Innovation Award

The SIGKDD Innovation Award recognizes one individual or one group of collaborators whose outstanding technical innovations in the field of Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining have had a lasting impact in advancing the theory and practice of the field. The contributions must have significantly influenced the direction of research and development of the field or transferred to practice in significant and innovative ways and/or enabled the development of commercial systems. This award is chosen by the SIGKDD Awards Committee.

The previous SIGKDD Innovation Award winners were Rakesh Agrawal, Jerome Friedman, Heikki Mannila, Jiawei Han, Leo Breiman, Ramakrishnan Srikant, Usama M. Fayyad, Raghu Ramakrishnan, Padhraic Smyth, Christos Faloutsos, J. Ross Quinlan, Vipin Kumar, Jon Kleinberg, Pedro Domingos, Hans-Peter Kriegel, Philip Yu, Jian Pei, Bing Liu, and Charu Aggarwal.

Eligibility. The candidate(s) can be anyone except the SIGKDD Executive Committee Chair and the members of the SIGKDD Awards Committee.

Nomination Process.

Anyone in the field can put forward a nomination (self-nominations are excluded). Nominations should include a proposed citation (up to 25 words) and a detailed statement to justify the nomination (500 words or less). The nomination should explicitly indicate the specific nature of the impact. Three or more supporting letters should be submitted. The letters need to address the significance of the contributions cited in the nomination. Recipients of other awards are eligible if the SIGKDD nomination is for different contributions. The nomination and letters should describe the difference and the impact of the new contributions.

Nominations must be received by May 1, 2020, to be considered for this year’s award. Please include a detailed CV for the nominee in the nomination. Nominations that did not result in an award can be resubmitted or updated in subsequent years. The Awards Committee will evaluate all nominations and decide on zero or more winners.

ACM SIGKDD Service Award

The SIGKDD Service Award recognizes one individual or one group for their outstanding professional services contributions to the field of knowledge discovery and data mining. Services recognized include significant contributions to the activities of professional KDD societies and conferences, educating students, researchers and practitioners, funding R&D activities, professional volunteer services in disseminating technical information to the field, and contributions to society at large through applications of KDD.

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, R. Bharat Rao, Ying Li, Gabor Melli, Ted Senator, Jian Pei, Wei Wang, Qiang Yang, Jie Tang, and Balaji Krishnapuram.

Eligibility. The candidate(s) can be anyone except the SIGKDD Executive Committee Chair and the members of the SIGKDD Awards Committee.

Nomination Process. Anyone in the field can put forward a nomination (self-nominations are excluded). Nominations should include a proposed citation (up to 25 words) and a detailed statement to justify the nomination (500 words or less). Three supporting letters should be submitted. The letters need to address the significance of the service contributions cited in the nomination.

Nominations must be received by May 1, 2020, to be considered for this year’s award. Please include a detailed CV for nominee in the nomination. Nominations that did not result in an award can be resubmitted or updated in subsequent years. The Awards Committee will evaluate all nominations and decide on zero or more winners.

SIGKDD Rising Star Award

ACM SIGKDD decided to establish the Rising Star Award starting in 2020. This award is based on an individual’s whole body of work in the first five years after the PhD. The award aims to promote current SIGKDD researchers as they create their career.

Eligibility. The candidate should have completed all the requirements for the PhD no earlier than December 31, 2014; parental leaves will move the date by the duration of the parental leave. The candidate can be anyone except the SIGKDD Chair and the members of the SIGKDD Awards Committee.

Nomination Process. Anyone in the field can nominate one person (self-nominations are excluded). Nominations should include a proposed citation (up to 25 words) and a detailed statement to justify the nomination (500 words or less). Three supporting letters should be submitted. Both the nomination and the letters need to address the significance of the contributions in the first five years after the PhD cited in the nomination.

Nominations must be received by May 1, 2020, to be considered for the 2020 award. Please include a detailed CV for the nominee in the nomination. Nominations that did not result in an award can be resubmitted or updated in subsequent years as long as the eligibility conditions for the award still hold. The Awards Committee will evaluate all nominations and decide on zero or more winners.

SIGKDD Test of Time Award for Research and Test of Time Award for Applied Science (New)

Starting in 2020, there will be two test of time awards, one for a paper from the research track and a second test of time award for a paper from the applied science track (formerly called the industrial track). The SIGKDD Awards Committee is charged with selecting one paper from the research track of the SIGKDD Proceedings from 10 to 12 years ago (i.e., from SIGKDD 2008 - 2010) and one paper from the industrial track of the SIGKDD Proceedings from 10 to 15 years ago (i.e., from SIGKDD 2005 - 2010) that has best met the “test of time,” that is, it has had the most influence since its publication.

There is no nomination process for this award, but we highly appreciate input from the SIGKDD community. We are especially interested in first-hand accounts of ways in which the ideas of a paper have been used.

Eligibility. All papers from the research tracks of SIGKDD 2008 - 2010 are eligible for the ACM SIGKDD Research Test of Time Award. All papers from the industrial tracks of SIGKDD 2005 - 2010 are eligible for the ACM SIGKDD Applied Science Test of Time Award. Past winning papers are not eligible.

Both test of time awards will be chosen by the SIGKDD Awards Committee.

The 2020 awards will be presented at the 25th ACM KDD Conference. http://www.kdd.org/kdd2020/. Any inquiry can be directed to Jian Pei, Chair of the 2020 SIGKDD Awards Committee: <jpei@cs.sfu.ca>.

All nominations should be sent to <jpei@cs.sfu.ca> with subject line “SIGKDD <award name> nomination: <nominee name>”

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