Proceedings of the 2007 SIAM International Conference on Data Mining
Message from the Conference Co-Chairs
The Seventh SIAM International Conference on Data Mining (SDM 2007) continues
a series of
conferences whose focus is the theory and application of data mining to complex
in science, engineering, biomedicine, and the social sciences. These datasets
abilities to analyze them because they are large and often noisy. Sophisticated,
and principled analysis techniques and algorithms, based on sound statistical
foundations, are required. Visualization is often critically important; tuning
for performance is
a significant challenge; and the appropriate levels of abstraction to allow
end-users to exploit
sophisticated techniques and understand clearly both the constraints and interpretation
results are still something of an open question.
The centerpiece of the conference is our four keynote speakers: Tom Mitchell from Carnegie Mellon University, Jerome Friedman from Stanford, Corinna Cortes from Google, and Ajay Royyuru from the IBM Computational Biology Center. The conference also has an extremely varied program; apart from our strong technical program of contributed papers, there will be a set of interesting tutorials which are an integrated part of the program; and there will be workshops that allow an even deeper focus on areas that are of interest to a subset of the conference participants. This year we have introduced several new features: the poster session will be enhanced with a plenary session in which authors will be able to make a short presentation introducing their posters; and there will be a panel session where some keynote speakers and others will discuss future directions for this area. As part of our ongoing collaboration with the American Statistical Association, we will also have a special session on statistics and data mining, organized by Joe Verducci.
We would like to thank the entire organizing committee for the excellent job they have done putting together a strong technical program: Srinivasan Parthasarathy and Bing Liu for recruiting the program committee, guiding the submitted papers through the review process, and making the final decisions, and area chairs Charu Aggarwal, Lise Getoor, Thomas Hofmann, George Karypis, Jian Pei, Myra Spiliopolou, Andrew Tomkins, Anthony Tung, Geoff Webb, and Mohammed Zaki for working with reviewers to find the highest quality submissions and mediating among them when differences of opinion arose. We also thank Hui Xiong, the publicity chair, and Aristides Gionis and Sanjay Chawla, the regional publicity chairs; Huan Liu, who worked with SIAM to create the Proceedings; and Jaideep Srivastava, who found sponsors to support the event.
This conference is being cosponsored by the American Statistical Association, continuing a trend toward greater collaboration between our two communities. Finally, we thank the authors and the participants who are the primary reason for the success of the conference. We hope you all enjoy our time together in Minneapolis!
Chid Apte and David Skillicorn, Conference Co-Chairs
Vipin Kumar, Steering Committee Chair