Jiawei Han, a professor of computer science at U. Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, has received the 2009 W. Wallace McDowell Award from the IEEE Computer Society "for significant contributions to knowledge discovery and data mining."
The W. Wallace McDowell Award is given annually to a single individual to recognize outstanding recent theoretical, design, educational, practical, or other similar innovative contributions that fall within the scope of Computer Society interest. Previous recipients of the award include: John Backus, Seymour Cray, Gordon Bell, Grace Murray Hopper, Don Knuth, Maurice Wilkes, Ken Kennedy, Tim Berners-Lee, Marc Andreessen and Eric Bina, Ray Ozzie.
Han has done groundbreaking work in the area of data mining, information network analysis, data warehousing, stream mining, spatiotemporal and multimedia data mining, text and Web mining, and software bug mining, with over 400 conference and journal publications. "The rise of data mining reflects the imminent needs of today's computerized, data-intensive society," Han said. "Data mining is an exciting scientific discipline since it requires us to integrate and advance the knowledge produced in multiple disciplines, including database systems, statistics, machine learning, algorithms, information theory, spatial and multimedia databases, bioinformatics, Web technology, and high performance computing, among others."