After much consideration, the General Chairs, Executive Committee and Organizing Committee for KDD 2020 have decided to take the conference fully virtual. The events of the past few months and the continued safety concerns have led us to make this difficult decision. Our focus now is on creating a virtual conference with the vibrancy, excellence and sense of community that KDD has become known for.

In the coming weeks, the agenda and more programmatic details will be announced, watch the website and our social media posts. Our plans include all the tracks and content you’ve come to count on at KDD, and five exciting keynote speakers! Registration is now open, clear your calendar for August 23-27, 2020, and enjoy access to all the virtual content live and on demand the week of the event.

We’ll look forward to seeing you next year, when we will hope to be together in a safe manner. We are also pursuing a KDD 2023 Conference in San Diego, so that we can realize the hard work this committee has put in and showing the KDD community this beautiful location!

Until then, please spread the word, and feel free to drop us a note with any questions or virtual best practices that you’d like to share.

All the Best,

Rajesh Gupta and Yan Liu
KDD 2020 General Chairs

KDD 2020 Call for Student Registration Award Applications [DEADLINE EXTENDED!]

SIGKDD 2020 will be fully virtual and offer travel awards (i.e., free registration) to full-time student attendees. The purpose of the student travel grants is to encourage student participation at the conference by funding the costs of students who would otherwise be unable to attend. As a special add on to the benefits for this unique year, KDD will also apply a $100 registration credit to any 2020 accepted student’s 2021 KDD registration fee.

Applications are accepted from full-time students at degree granting institutions. The amount and way of support provided to each grantee are set by the sponsors (NSF and ACM SIGKDD), and they are intended to cover the grantee’s expenses on attending SIGKDD 2020 virtually.

All full-time graduate and undergraduate students with evidence established in data mining research are encouraged to apply. SIGKDD encourages participation of women and under-represented minorities, as well as participation of newcomer students (Please include this information in your self-statement only if available).

How to submit an application:

Submission deadline: 11:59PM PDT, July 20, 2020

Notification: August 1, 2020 (Please do not register until the notification is received)

Please read the following instructions carefully before you submit your application. Only complete applications submitted by the deadline will receive full consideration.

Only PDF documents are accepted. Late submissions, or documents in other formats will not be accepted. All questions should be addressed to

All applicants need to submit their applications at

  • Please write down the applicant’s full name under “Title”.
  • All fields with (*) are mandatory.
  • Your self-statement (in PDF) should include
    • the applicant’s current status (including institution, academic status (PhD, MS, or undergraduate), number of years in the current program etc.)
    • the applicant’s research interest and current accomplishments, and their future research plans,
    • a description of how the grant will help them with their research plans,
    • any information that the applicant feels relevant for supporting their application.
  • Please upload a recommendation letter (in PDF) from the applicant’s advisor supporting the application, that:

    • confirms that the applicant was a student in good standing at the time the application was submitted to KDD,
    • describes how the applicant will benefit from attending KDD,
    • explains why the student is in need of the travel award.
  • Students receiving the travel awards are required to:

    • Assist the conference organizers in numerous activities during the event days virtually.
    • Submit the original invoice for reimbursement after the conference, if required. (Instructions will be sent in the notification)
  • Notes for the NSF grant:

    • NSF supports US-based students (undergraduate or graduate enrolled in a US university). Applications of US students will be automatically assessed for the NSF-funded travel grant.
    • Each NSF awardee will be required to deliver a short written report after the conference.
  • Selection criteria

    • Minority students and students from under-represented institutions will have higher priority over other students.
    • Among student authors, students who are first authors will have higher priority. (Please include accepted paper and author information in your self-statement only if available)
    • Among students who do not have an accepted presentation at the conference, priority will be given to students who made an (unsuccessful) submission. (Please include this information in your self-statement only if available)
    • Undergraduate students will be given higher priority over graduate students when all other criteria are equal.
    • In consideration of limited funding, the following criteria may be applied. Even though there is no limit on the number of applicants per institution, no more than two students from the same institution will receive travel awards.
    • In consideration of limited funding, the following criteria may be applied. Even though multiple students of the same advisor may apply, no more than one student from the same advisor will receive the travel award.

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