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SIGKDD is the Association for Computing Machinery's (ACM) Special Interest Group (SIG) on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining. It became an official ACM SIG in 1998.


SIGKDD has hosted an annual conference - ACM SIGKDD Conference on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining (KDD) - since 1995. KDD Conference grew from KDD (Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining) workshops at AAAI conferences, which were started by Gregory I. Piatetsky-Shapiro in 1989, 1991, and 1993, and Usama Fayyad in 1994.[1] Conference papers of each Proceedings of the SIGKDD International Conference on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining are published through ACM.[2] KDD is widely considered the most influential forum for knowledge discovery and data mining research.[3][4]

KDD-2012 took place in Beijing, China,[5] KDD-2013 took place in Chicago, USA, KDD-2014 was in New York City, USA, and The 21st ACM SIG-KDD conference was held in Sydney, Australia August 2015. Here is a full list of past KDD meetings.[6]


SIGKDD sponsors the KDD Cup[7] competition every year in conjunction with the annual conference. It is aimed at members of the industry and academia, particularly students, interested in KDD.


The group also annually recognizes members of the KDD community with its Innovation Award and Service Award.[8] Additionally, KDD presents a Best Paper Award[9] to recognize the highest quality paper at each conference.

SIGKDD Explorations[edit]

SIGKDD has also published a biannual academic journal titled "SIGKDD Explorations"[10] since June, 1999[11] when Usama Fayyad took on role of Founding Editor-inChief as ACM SIGKDD was formed . Editors in Chief:

  • Charu Aggarwal (since 2014)
  • Bart Goethals (2010-2013)
  • Osmar R. Zaiane (2008-2010)
  • Ramakrishnan Srikant[12] (2006-2007)
  • Sunita Sarawagi[13] (2003-2006)
  • Usama Fayyad (Founding Editor-in-Chief) (1999-2002)


The original founding Board of Directors of SIGKDD in 1998 consist of:

  • Won Kim, President, Cyber Database Solutions, SIGKDD Chair
  • Rakesh Agrawal, IBM Almaden, SIGKDD Secretary/Treasurer
  • Usama Fayyad, Microsoft Research, SIGKDD Director and Editor-in-Chief of SIGKDD Explorations Newsletter
  • Gregory Piatetsky-Shapiro, Knowledge Stream Partners, SIGKDD Director
  • Daryl Pregibon, AT&T Labs, SIGKDD Director
  • Padhraic Smyth, U. of California Irvine, SIGKDD Director

Current Chair:

Former Chairpersons:

Former Executive Committee (2009-2013)

Information Directors:

  • Ankur Teredesai (2011-)
  • Gabor Melli (2004-2011)
  • Ramakrishnan Srikant (1998-2003)

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