Vipin Kumar to Receive 2012 ACM SIGKDD Innovation Award

CCC Blog (08/06/12) Erwin Gianchandani

University of Minnesota professor Vipin Kumar will receive ACM’s Special Interest Group on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining (SIGKDD) 2012 Innovation Award at the 18th international ACM SIGKDD Conference.  The award is given to “one individual or one group of collaborators whose outstanding technical innovations in the KDD field have had a lasting impact on advancing the theory and practice of the field.”  SIGKDD notes that “professor Kumar has made numerous significant and impactful contributions to a wide range of core data mining areas including graph partitioning, clustering, association analysis, high performance and parallel data mining, anomaly/change detection, and data-driven discovery methods for analyzing global climate and ecosystem data.”  Kumar’s research group has been at the forefront in the development of data driven discovery methods for analyzing global climate and ecosystem data.  SIGKDD also praises Kumar’s work on change detection in spatio-temporal data, which has advanced the current state of the art in the monitoring of global forest cover using satellite data.  Global-scale application of these techniques has yielded comprehensive histories of large-scale ecosystem changes caused by fires, logging, droughts, flood, and farming that help to understand how such disturbances correspond with global climate variability and human activity.

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