Yahoo! Cloud Scientist Bags Top Honour

Dr Raghu Ramakrishnan conferred with the ACM SIGKDD 2008 Innovation Award for his important contributions to the advancement of data mining and knowledge discovery.

Monday, August 25, 2008: Dr Raghu Ramakrishnan, Yahoo! vice president, research fellow and chief scientist for the Audience Technology and Cloud Computing and Data Infrastructure (CCDI) groups, has been awarded the 2008 Innovation Award by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Special interest Group on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining (SIGKDD). ACM’s SIGKDD Innovation Award is the highest technical award in the fields of data mining and knowledge discovery.

“ACM SIGKDD is pleased to present Dr Raghu Ramakrishnan with its 2008 Innovation Award for his important contributions to the advancement of data mining and knowledge discovery,” said Gregory Piatetsky­Shapiro, chair, ACM SIGKDD. “Dr Ramakrishnan’s visionary research on techniques for scaling data mining algorithms to large datasets, and on mining ordered and streaming data has significantly influenced ongoing developments in the industry.”

The award is given to one individual or one group of collaborators who has made significant technical innovations in the field of data mining and knowledge discovery that have been transferred to practice in significant ways, or that have significantly influenced direction of research and development in the field.

Ramakrishnan’s contributions span foundational technical innovation and algorithmic and systems aspects of data mining. His work on scalable data mining algorithms started with BIRCH, which is claimed to be the first truly scalable clustering algorithm, and his resulting paper is one of the highest cited data mining resources in the last decade. Ramakrishnan later extended this work into a clustering framework for arbitrary metric spaces.

“I am honoured to be recognised with this prestigious award. My work has been carried out in close collaboration with many students and colleagues over the years, and in accepting this award, I represent all of them,” said Ramakrishnan. “At Yahoo!, advancements in content optimization are already having significant impact in practice and our research in cloud computing will result in the development of a family of data hosting and analysis services that will make it much easier to conduct data mining on the massive datasets seen at a web­scale.”

The previous ACM SIGKDD Innovation Award winners include Rakesh Agrawal (IBM), Jerome Friedman (Stanford University), Heikki Mannila (Helsinki University of Technology), Jiawei Han (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), Leo Breiman (University of California, Berkeley), Ramakrishnan Srikant (Google) and former Yahoo! Chief Data Officer Usama Fayyad (2007).


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