Top Research Conferences in Data Mining, Data Science

We examine the top Data Mining and Data Science conferences. The top 5 by field rating are KDD, ICDE, IEEE ICDM, CIKM, and SIAM SDM.

While there is now a glut of industry and business oriented conferences on Big Data and Data Science, the technology which powers the current boom in Big Data comes from research. One way to measure the influence of research conferences is by using Microsoft Academic Search engine developed by Microsoft Research Asia.

The term Data Science has appeared in the current usage only in the last 2 years, so most research conferences still use the terms "data mining" and KDD (Knowledge Discovery in Data), but they cover what is now called "Data Science" as well.

Here are the top 10 research conferences, based on the last 10 years data. The leading conference is - KDD (, both by Field rating and by Citations/Publication.

Rank Conferences Field Rating Publi
Citations Citations/
1 KDD - Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining 73 1212 22773 18.8
2 ICDE - International Conference on Data Engineering 65 2370 23316 9.8
3-4 CIKM - International Conference on Information and Knowledge Management 43 1840 11558 6.3
3-4 ICDM - IEEE International Conference on Data Mining 43 2241 11368 5.1
5 SDM - SIAM International Conference on Data Mining 39 611 6701 11.0
6 PKDD - Principles of Data Mining and Knowledge Discovery 27 634 3719 5.9
7 PAKDD - Pacific-Asia Conference on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining 23 929 3106 3.3
8 WSDM - Web Search and Data Mining 19 195 1482 7.6
9-10 DASFAA - Database Systems for Advanced Applications 18 868 2297 2.6
9-10 ICWSM - International Conference on Weblogs and Social Media 18 223 997 4.5

Here is a full list of 38 conferences in data mining.

Another ranking of conferences is Google Scholar: Top publications - Data Mining & Analysis, which actually lists conferences as well as publications, and has these top 10 publications,

  1. ACM SIGKDD International Conference on Knowledge discovery and data mining
  2. IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering
  3. ACM International Conference on Web Search and Data Mining
  4. IEEE International Conference on Data Mining (ICDM)
  5. ACM Conference on Recommender Systems
  6. SIAM International Conference on Data Mining
  7. arXiv Databases (cs.DB)
  8. European Conference on Machine Learning and Knowledge Discovery in Databases
  9. Knowledge and Information Systems
  10. ACM Transactions on Knowledge Discovery from Data (TKDD)

For an earlier look at the top conferences see 2011 KDnuggets post Top Conferences in Data Mining.