2004 SIGKDD Innovation Award: Dr. Jiawei Han

Dr. Han is widely and well regarded as a pioneer researcher in data mining and knowledge discovery, who has made many fundamental research contributions. He has published more than 100 research papers on data mining in leading database and data mining conferences and journals. His contribution can be seen in almost every area of the field. Dr. Han is a very highly cited author, with over 3,000 citations, indicating the quality of his work, his influence in the field, and his contributions to many topics of data mining.

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2003 SIGKDD Service Award: Dr. Usama M. Fayyad

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.

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2003 SIGKDD Innovation Award: Dr. Heikki Mannila

Professor Mannila has the rare virtue of being able to identify new problems, viewpoints, and concepts, and thereby taking the field forward. He introduced the concept of "inductive databases" that integrate data mining and databases. Equally impressive are Professor Mannila's contributions in providing a substantial and much needed theoretical foundation in a very young field. He has given strong theoretical results for many data mining problems, including association rules and frequent time sequences. The breadth of Prof Mannila's work is quite spectacular. He has over 130 articles in journals and refereed conferences covering such diverse topics as association rules, probabilistic modeling, inductive databases, similar time series, and bio-informatics.

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