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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2002 SIGKDD Service Award: Dr. Ramasamy 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. Dr. Uthurusamy has also been very active in the AI community.

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2002 SIGKDD Innovation Award: Dr. Jerome H. Friedman

Jerry Friedman has contributed a remarkable array of topics and methodologies to data mining and machine learning during the last 25 years. Taken together, Dr. Friedman's list of contributions to new methodology, including CART, MARS, PRIM, PPR, and Gradient Boosting, constitutes one of the broadest ranges of any one person in the field.

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