KDD Partners with Bloomberg to Unleash Data

Researchers will be able to engage with practitioners, policy makers and activists engaged in NGOs to explore opportunities to utilize data science in socially relevant application domains. Abstracts or other submissions due July 15.


NEW YORK, NY - (June 19, 2014) - The Association of Computing Machinery's Special Interest Group for Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining (ACM SIGKDD), today announced a partnership with Bloomberg to host the "Unleash Data: Accelerate Impact - KDD at Bloomberg" event on August 24, 2014 in New York. It will be part of the society's annual flagship KDD 2014 conference that will have a special focus on applying data science to improve civic and social outcomes.

Here is bloomberg special call for papers for that one-day KDD at Bloomberg event: short talks, paper presentations, and demos are welcome.
Abstracts are solicited in areas including
  • Human Impact: Environment change and environmental policy and its human impact within urban areas.
  • Problems: Real-world social problems that might be amenable to statistical techniques.
  • Data Sets: Descriptions or releases of data sets.
  • Data Access: The promise of open data and its discontents. Facilitating discovery, curation, and sharing of data (e.g. discovery of relevant data in data.nyc.gov).

Submissions due July 15.
Format: Short Talks = Abstract; Paper Presentations = Working Paper; Demo = Abstract + Screenshots
Submit to kdd2014@bloomberg.net with subject "name | affiliation | title"

"Data scientists have a tremendous opportunity to contribute to the most pressing problems faced by policy makers today." said Shawn Edwards, Bloomberg's CTO. "Since the inception of our company, we've shown that data is crucial to making informed decisions, and that it can also have a broader societal impact. We're excited now to help bring together communities that are ideally positioned to help address societies greatest challenges: KDD researchers and practitioners and thought leaders and policy makers from around the world."

Through this Bloomberg sponsored event researchers will be able to engage with practitioners, policy makers and activists engaged in NGO's to explore opportunities to utilize data science in socially relevant application domains like public health, medicine, urbanization and geopolitical disparity. The motivation is to explore how technical innovation around data-driven analytics can demonstrate new opportunities and accelerate solutions to pressing societal issues like climate change or the spread of disease.

"By partnering with Bloomberg for this year's KDD Conference, we have an opportunity to demonstrate how industry and academic research can be used together to generate an environment of active conversation and social impact," said general chair of this year's conference and Chief Scientist at Dstillery, Claudia Perlich. "This August, more than a thousand data scientists will come together in New York City to participate at KDD. With Bloomberg, we will significantly magnify the impact of a common goal: using data to inform decision-making and drive policy change."

The full KDD conference (August 24-27) features four keynotes, 151 research track papers, 44 industry and government track papers, seven invited talks, 12 tutorials and 25 workshops including the KDD CUP challenge. Consistent with the theme, more than 300 teams are currently volunteering their data skills to help NYC based DonorsChoose connecting teachers to donors to provide funding for educational projects in this prestigious competition.

To register, please visit: www.kdd.org/kdd2014/registration.html.

For more information, visit www.kdd.org/kdd2014/bloombergpress.html