Congratulations to Alexander Rodriguez for his recent KDD scholarship award. The award is for the 22nd ACM SIGKDD Conference on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining in San Francisco, CA. Alexander, who joined the Analytics Lab in the first of June 2016, won the scholarship through Broadening Participation in Data Mining (BPDM). The BPDM workshop will be co-located and hosted along with KDD 2016.
KDD 2016 is a premier interdisciplinary conference that brings together researchers and practitioners from data science, data mining, knowledge discovery, large-scale data analytics, and big data. The conference will be held in August with keynote speakers from Microsoft Research (graphons?), Stanford (information security), NEA (investing in machine learning), Google DeepMind (deep learning!), and Berkely (messy data!). Additionally, the invited speakers are data scientist, engineers, and researchers from NVIDIA , Verizon, Uber, Netflix, Amazon, and Tencent. With topics that include anything from autonomous cars and large-scale maching learning to profiling users and bayesian optimization. Check out more details here: KDD 2016 Workshop. And a list of the accepted papers is available here: Accepted Papers
The vision of the Broadening Participation in Data Mining group is to foster mentorship, guidance, and connections of minority and underrepresented groups in Data Mining, while also enriching technical aptitude and exposure. BPDM provides venues in which to encourage students from such groups to connect with junior and senior researchers in industry, academia, and government. They hope to create and help grow meaningful lasting connections between researchers, thereby strengthening the Data Mining Community.
This workshop should be of a great benefit to Alexander since he has just begun his Masters in Data Science and Analytics. Alexander is quite active already and is currently started work on his first bit of publishable research in resilience optimization. Congratulations Alexander on the scholarship! Hope you enjoy the conference and San Francisco, California!