Sigaccess fy’10 Annual Report

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Project Background and Description

The Communications and Membership Services Committee oversees the content development of the website as well as membership communications and benefits procurement. The Communications Chair is also in charge of the ACM SIGGRAPH Village at both conferences as well as content capture.

  • Membership:

The economic downturn during the past few years has proven to be a difficult time for both the conferences and for ACM SIGGRAPH. Although conference attendance and membership is down, we still enjoy a high degree of loyalty from the computer graphics community who consider SIGGRAPH their academic ‘home’ and an important social base. Hence, the membership downturn appears to be a function of the economy and not one of loyalty. Including an ACM SIGGRAPH membership as part of the cost and benefit of a full-conference pass is something that I highly recommend go forward in the next year, at least for the SIGGRAPH conference.
Member Benefits:

Membership and Member Benefits needs to be an organization-wide endeavour. I would urge the Executive Committee to encourage cooperation and communication not only between the different committees within in the organization but within the Conference and the Organization as well. If both the conference and the organization were mandated to be on the look-out for membership benefit opportunities, and communicating those opportunities to the Chair, it would go a long way to encourage membership through increased member services and benefits.

I have enlisted a new recruit to assist in the market analysis and development of member benefits. We will be working on a report to the Board for the upcoming EC strategy meeting in October.

  • Branding: Changing the perception of ACM SIGGRAPH:

    • This has been a major focus over the last three years. The aim has been to move the perception of ACM SIGGRAPH from an ‘evil empire’ devoid of humanity to an international organization that is worth belonging to.

    • A major component of the re-branding has centered on ‘populating’ visible assets with photos of members, including the Village booths at both SIGGRAPH and SIGGRAPH Asia as well as the ACM SIGGRAPH booth in Shanghai. In addition, the member graphics have been used for an Asia-centric and a North American centric ACM SIGGRAPH ‘Member Resource Guide’ promotional pamphlet. The member photographs are taken at the conferences at a photography booth located in the Village.

    • We are proposing to include a different ‘featured member’ on the website to reinforce our image as a member-focused diverse international organization

    • We have received extremely positive feedback from the SIGGRAPH community


    • Announcements Listserv. Based on the SIGCHI model, and with ACM’s help and the implementation strategy of the ACM SIGGRAPH sysmanagers team, ACM SIGGRAPH now has an Announcements Listserv. Anyone in the SIGGRAPH community can post, but the listserv is moderated by Kathryn Saunders, Jean Michael Pierbon and Teresa Hardy.

    • website: The overhaul of the ACM SIGGRAPH organization website has begun. We are currently developing a proposal that will go to the Executive Committee for review. Issues such as drupal vs. plone, information architecture, site sustainability, branding and user experience are being examined in addition to two different ‘scopes of work’ and the monetary and implementation implications of each. At paramount importance is communicating to our community the remarkable things this organization does, and engaging them to participate. We are proposing to possibility of creating new content as well linking and leveraging various off-site content from both SIGGRAPH and non-SIGGRAPH sites. It is my hope that the e-Quarterly will be folded into the website content in a more strategic way.

Possible Website Committee Members Recruits:

Etta Di Leo, writer (confirmed)

Samuel Lord Black, website content updating (in discussion)

Publications Committee (Stephen Spencer)
It's been a year of belt-tightening and change, but documenting the content presented at our sponsored events is Job #1, and we continue to do that, to the best of our abilities.
Fewer events are opting for printed proceedings, replacing them with CD-ROM or DVD-ROM deliverables.
The annual conference has a number of changes in its documentation:
- Technical Papers videos are now user-prepared and included as auxiliary material on the Full Conference DVD-ROM and in the ACM Digital Library, replacing the "Technical Papers Video" DVD discs. (For SIGGRAPH 2010, this resulted in a one-disc reduction in the size of the Full Conference DVD-ROM publication.)

- TOG subscribers will receive a "special issue" DVD-ROM publication with technical papers and their auxiliary material, replacing the printed proceedings which have been sent to them in years past.

ACM is implementing an automated copyright form delivery system, and I hope to test it out with a smaller, sponsored event soon. This new system would require authors to deliver their copyright forms and third-party material permission documentation directly to ACM for review.
I continue to work with Deborah Cotton at ACM on the complex issues surrounding appropriate uses of third-party material in technical papers and other documentation.
We continue to look at alternatives to the deliverables now produced for the SIGGRAPH Video Review program, and hope that we can make substantive progress in that area soon.

ACM SIGGRAPH Student Services Committee (Lou Harrison)
The ACM SIGGRAPH Student Services Committee (S3) serves as a resource and information hub for ACM SIGGRAPH Student Members, and other students who volunteer their time for ACM SIGGRAPH activities, such as the conferences' Student Volunteer programs. Since formation in 2007, S3 has been working to organize a core of key volunteers and resources who will provide year-round information and services to the students we serve. This year, Lou Harrison continued as chair of the committee. The following is the current committee:

  1. Student Services Manager (Josh Grow)

  2. Mentoring Lead (Sarrah Vesselov)

  3. Technical Lead (Nico Gonzales)

  4. Academic Coordinator (Open)

  5. Industry Coordinator (Mikki Rose)

in addition to himself as chair and Jim Kilmer as our founder, advisor and unofficial member.

Since last year's annual report, S3 has been involved in a number of activities. First, they have supported the SIGGRAPH SV Program and the SIGGRAPH Asia Intern program by facilitating set-up of the student forums at the CG Society website, and getting all SVs (all of whom are SIGGRAPH student members) access to the SIGGRAPH Forums there and also free access to all the CGS forums as well. The SIGGRAPH SV program has a long history of providing talks for the SVs on-site, and this year, we assisted at SIGGRAPH Asia in doing the same. We secured 4 timeslots for talks and hand-picked 4 conference presentations to reproduce (sometimes in a shorter format) exclusively for the interns. While the talks were excellent, the highlight was the Q&A period where the students and presenters got into all kinds of topics, from their presentations to education, to work, it was very exciting to see. One highlight was a presentation by Lindsey Olivares, who (after we had picked her) won Best in CAF for her short "Anchored" and did a remarkable job with the students even though it was her first time speaking for a crowd.
We've gone through our first shift change, as Cris Cheng and Alexis Casas both left the Committee. Sarrah Vesselov (who attended our meeting at S2009 as a guest and friend of the committee) has replaced Cris and we're hoping to talk to some interested people at S2010 to replace Alexis. We have resurrected a contest to brand S3, and picked a winner. The new look and feel will be placed at as time allows. Jorge Ramos Moukel, a student at University of New Mexico, had the winning design and won a conference pass to S2010.
Currently, ACM SIGGRAPH maintains a cooperative agreement with The CGSociety, an online global organization for creative digital artists, to co-brand certain online resources that will provide student members of both organizations with a variety of online services, including a professional portfolio, group and one-on-one mentoring services, and community forums. Through this cooperative agreement, S3 will actively recruit mentors and career councilors to work with students online, accepting questions and providing subject-matter expertise through this online system. This system has not been as easy to use as we would like, and while we are still using it, we are also looking for other social media tools that might work better, and be closer to what young people are used to. S3 has a Facebook page, which we hope to use as a funnel to send student members to whatever social tools we choose.
Heading toward S2010, we've been busy trying to try some tests of a few different mentoring models. We are doing a trials of One-to-many mentoring with a webinars in the weeks leading up to SIGGRAPH, one by the International Committee member Sandro Alberti. We are also planning on several face-to-face portfolio review sessions for students on-site at S2010, and a small number of one-to-one mentoring for Student Volunteer Team Leaders (the group closest to a career path, and the ones we can best hope to get good feedback from).
We have also been planning our annual face-to-face meeting at SIGGRAPH, along with a large number of other meetings to connect with all the people we currently work with and hope to work with. CGS, Educators, CAG, Job Fair, Academic Exhibitors, Sysmgrs, EvolveCG and CGcon, for example. Several committee members will also assist the SV committee onsite with SV registration, typically a very busy time at the start of the week.
Small Conferences Committee (Brian Wyvill)

SCC Committee

The SCC committee is as follows:
Brian Wyvill Chair

Marie-Paule Cani EC liaison

Jeff Jortner (Treasury)

Diego Gutierrez

Caroline Larboulette

Wolfgang Heidrich

Joaquim Jorge

Erin Butler

Heinrich Muller (Chair of the Eurographics (EG) Workshop Board)
Issues and Work Done

The work proceeds, for the most part, smoothly. Some problems arose with regards sponsorship of joint EG/ACM conferences but these were solved and the conferences (SBIM/NPAR) proceeded without problems.

I have had considerable correspondence with a large number of conference organizers and joined several conference steering-committees (SBIM, NPAR, CAe, CGI, SMI).
I attended EG 2010 with Marie-Paule Cani and a report was submitted to the SIGGRAPH President. One of the main agreements with regards to Small Conferences was that the head of the Eurographics workshop and symposia board and Siggraph chair of small conferences would serve on the other board to ease the organization of co-sponsored events (currently, Heinrich Mueller and Brian Wyvill).
For 2011 NPAR (ACM), SBIM (RG) and CAe (EG) will co-locate with SIGGRAPH. A joint sponsorship agreement is being negotiated.

Web pages. A draft has been prepared and will be discussed by the SCC at SIGGRAPH 2010. Co-located information for SIGGRAPH 2010 was posted in Spring 2010.






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Conferences Handled

Current Policy


Approval is give if the conference meets the ACM criteria, is a not-for-profit conference that deals with subject matter that falls within the siggraph interest. Conferences that have not been approved have generally been commercial in nature or dealing with subjects other than computer graphics or HCI with no mutual interest content.

Co-Sponsored or Sponsored

The above applies plus the budget has to meet the approval of the SIGGRAPH SCC.

Use of Funds

When a conference has funds left over they may apply for the use of 50% of these funds, towards the cost of enhancing the next conference. SIGGRAPH has a policy guideline that we follow to approve this use of funds. Notably that a one page description of use of funds be approved by the SCC.

ACM contacts:

Maritza Nichols (sponsored conferences)

Lauren Thompson (in-coop)

SIGIR FY’10 Annual Report

July 2009-June 2010

Submitted by: Elizabeth Liddy, Past Chair


The year just completed has again been a successful one for SIGIR. The SIG remains in a healthy position financially, with professional memberships at approximately 850, and direct sponsorships of several well-attended annual conferences. Recent SIG elections have seen a new Executive Committee installed, and the management of the SIG is passing into safe hands. The new EC will continue to be supported by an active group of officers and volunteers; and the research focus of SIGIR continues to be of key and increasing significance to the world at large.

The Executive Committee attempts to run a “break even” budget in which SIGIR neither gains nor looses much money. However, we are glad to report that SIGIR has an estimated surplus of $133K in FY 2009 / 10. This is a result of several successful conference sponsorships, including: SIGIR’09, $23K; CIKM’09, $22K; WSDM’10, $7K; and JCDL’09, $1K. Expenses across these conferences included $101K paid to ACM for support services. Other income included $89K from 331K downloads from the ACM Digital Library, and membership income around $35K.
The SIG’s reserves remain greater than one times the annual conference expenditure, and the 2010 Geneva Conference has almost certainly broken even, and is probably in surplus. After the ACM conference overheads, the largest single budget expense for the SIG in 2010 was $60K paid for student travel support to attend the SIGIR conference, plus a further $10K to support students living or studying in developing countries, the result funding coming directly from a generous individual. The EC is comfortable with these expenses as the future of the SIG and our field as a whole is dependent on our future researchers, whom we now support as students.
The SIGIR Executive Committee has decided not to raise dues for the coming year.
SIGIR sponsors, co-sponsors, and cooperates with other technical groups on several conferences and / or workshops during the year. The main conference is the annual SIGIR conference, which is located on a 3-year rotation in: (1) The Americas (2009 Boston, 2012 Portland OR, 2015…); (2) Europe, Africa, or the Middle East (2010 Geneva, 2013 Dublin, 2016…); and (3) Asia or Australia (2011 Beijing, 2014…).
The thirty-third Annual ACM SIGIR International Conference on Research and Development in Information Retrieval, SIGIR’09, was held in Geneva, Switzerland on July 19-23, 2010. Key positions and statistics are summarized below:
General Chairs: Fabio Crestani (University of Lugano) and

Stéphane Marchand-Maillet (University of Geneva)

Program Chairs: Hsin-Hsi Chen, Efthimis N. Efthimiadis, and Jacques Savoy

Acceptance Rate: 520 papers were submitted; 87 were accepted; 17% acceptance rate

Other Content: 90 posters, 10 software demonstrations, 11 tutorials, 9 workshops.

Keynote Speakers: Donna Harman (National Institute of Standards and Technology),

Is the Cranfield Paradigm Outdated?

Best Paper: Ryen W. White, Jeff Huang,

Assessing the Scenic Route: Measuring the Value of Search Trails in Web Logs

Best Student Paper: Ioannis Arapakis (student), Konstantinos Athanasakos (student), and

Joemon M. Jose, A Comparison of General vs. Personalized Affective Model for the Prediction of Topical Relevance

Attendance: Total registrations: 550 (approx); Main conference: 522; Workshops: 244; Tutorials: 274; First time attendees: 167

Sponsors: Baidu, Google, Microsoft Research, Yahoo!, Information Retrieval Facility, Yandex, IBM Research, Swiss Informatics Society Special Interest Group in Information Systems, Swiss National Science Foundation, Université de Genève, Università della Svizzera italiana, Université de Neuchâtel, Wolfram Research, Elsevier.
Future conferences: SIGIR 2011 will be held in Beijing, China on July 24–28; SIGIR 2012 will be held in Portland, Oregon, USA, tentatively July 19–23; and SIGIR 2013 will be held in Dublin, Ireland.
Preliminary expressions of interest were presented at the 2010 conference for SIGIR 2014, which is a year for Asia to host SIGIR, with presentations from Hyderabad (India) and Brisbane (Australia). The bidding groups will now be asked to prepare formal bid documentation to be reviewed by the Executive Committee, following the ACM protocol.

Other Conferences
SIGIR also co-sponsors three other ACM conferences, CIKM, JCDL, and WSDM. Each of these upcoming conferences was reported on at the SIGIR ’10 Conference,
In Cooperation

In addition to the four conferences that SIGIR sponsors or co-sponsors, we “cooperate” with several other IR-related conferences but have no financial stake in them. These conferences complement the technical focus of our own conferences. As a cooperating society, SIGIR members obtain reduced registration fees and other member benefits at these conferences. This past year, SIGIR had “in cooperation” agreements with: RecSys ’10 (ACM Conference on Recommender Systems); ECIR (European Conference on Information Retrieval ‘10), and; AIRS 2009 (Asia Information Retrieval Societies Conference).


The SIGIR Web site is maintained by SIGIR's Information Officer, Djeord Hiemstra. It provides timely information about SIGIR-sponsored conferences, “in cooperation” conferences, and SIGIR activities, as well as Business Meeting slides, the annual report, and other information about how SIGIR operates and SIGIR’s history. In addition to providing information about the organization, the SIGIR web site also hosts the SIGIR Forum and SIG-IRList sites.

The SIGIR Forum is co-edited by Diane Kelly and Ian Ruthven. The Forum is published three times a year. The Special issue is the SIGIR Proceedings; the December and June issues cover IR conferences, workshops and symposia, as well as in-depth essays based on the Salton Award Lecture and other keynote addresses, as well as short papers on current research trends. The Forum appears both online ( and in paper.
The SIG-IRList is a SIGIR-sponsored electronic newsletter (, edited by Mark Smucker, of the University of Waterloo. The SIG-IRList provides a regular newsletter of IR information and nicely compliments the archival publication SIGIR Forum. The SIG-IRList contains job announcements, notices of publications, conferences, workshops, calls for participation, and project announcements. It is a much valued and appreciated service of SIGIR for its members.
Membership and Membership Programs
SIGIR offers members the following benefits: SIGIR Forum (paper & online); reduced conference registration fees to sponsored and “in cooperation” conferences; access to the ACM Digital Library; as well as optional Proceedings and DiSC Packages, and the SIG-IRList electronic newsletter. The SIGIR Proceedings Package includes copies of the CIKM and JCDL conference proceedings. The SIGIR Digital Symposium Collection (DiSC) package includes a DVD containing proceedings from a wide range of IR- and DB-related conferences (including SIGIR, CIKM, JCDL, SIGMOD, and SIGKDD), and newsletters from a wide range of ACM SIGs (including SIGIR and SIGMOD).
The SIGIR Executive Committee has discussed the question of providing hard copy Conference Proceedings at the conference during the general discussion at the Annual Meeting and then during an Executive session, and has decided to advise next year’s conference chair to provide a ‘No Paper’ option. The belief is that over time, the attendees’ desire for hard copy proceedings will diminish to the point where CDs only can be distributed, and the membership will be satisfied.


In addition to Best Paper Award(s), SIGIR has only one other award that it bestows, the triennial Gerard Salton Award, last presented in 2009. SIGIR continues working to put forth deserving nominees for the general ACM Awards.

Gerard Salton Award

This award is presented every three years to an individual who has made "... significant, sustained and continuing contributions to research in information retrieval". It honors Professor Gerry Salton, who is considered by most to be the person most responsible for the establishment, survival, and recognition of the field of IR. The Salton Award Committee is comprised of the available prior winners of the Salton Award, in consultation with the SIGIR Chair.

ACM Fellows

SIGIR continues to be frustrated at its failure to have more of its members honored as ACM Fellows, despite regularly making EC-endorsed “on behalf of the SIG” nominations of outstanding senior members. There is a general belief among the SIG members that being elevated to Fellow status is such a tightly guarded process that there is no point seeking it, regardless of their level of contribution to the SIG, to ACM, or to the wider computing community; and regardless of their seniority within the profession.


In addition to the elected officers, SIGIR is served by a large community of volunteers:

Asia Regional Representative to the EC: Tetsuya Sakai

Forum Editors: Ian Ruthven & Diane Kelly

SIG-IRList Editor: Mark Smucker

Information Director: Djoerd Hiemstra

JCDL Liaison: Edie Rasmussen

CIKM Liaison: Justin Zobel

WSDM Liaison: Ricardo Baeza-Yates
SIGIR thanks them all for their work on behalf of the IR community during the last year.
Elections were held in 2010 to form a new SIGIR Executive Committee. Mark Sanderson took responsibility for collating a slate of outstanding volunteers, and from amongst them the following were elected to serve three-year terms through until June 2013:
Chair: James Allan

Vice-Chair: Ian Ruthven

Treasurer: Ian Soboroff

Secretary: Andrew Trotman


SIGIR had another productive and successful year, with important intellectual and social contributions. Our conferences have been successful in all senses (with strong technical content and good international participation), and our financial situation is quite healthy. Perhaps most importantly, we continue to have very strong participation in ACM SIGIR by the international IR community, especially in a willingness to serve as volunteers for conference and SIG-related activities. The outgoing Executive Committee thanks the IR community for its help during the past year; congratulates the new Executive Committee on their election; and wishes them well for the next three years of SIGIR.

SIGITE FY’10 Annual Report

July 2009 – June 2010

Submitted by: Mark Stockman, Chair

During Fiscal Year 2010 SIGITE continued its discussion on IT as an academic discipline and mulled over strategies for expanding membership, paper submissions, an active volunteer base, and conference attendance. This report will provide an overview of this as well as updates on emerging initiatives of the SIG.


The annual SIGITE conference remains the primary focus of SIGITE and continues to have a loyal core of participants. SIGITE 2009 was no exception to this, hosted by George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. Attendance was down a bit from 2008 to around 100, but considering the economy that number is certainly as positive and at a similar level to past conferences.

SIGITE leadership was disappointed with the relative low paper submission rate (only 72 from a membership of over 400) as well as the higher acceptance rate (68%). The vast majority of those papers were of very good quality. There were however, a few papers that were not up to the standards of SIGITE. To address this problem, the SIG has embarked on strategies to assure higher quality reviews for future conferences. For the SIGITE 2010 conference for example, the program chairs pushed to get an additional set of reviewing eyes on each paper. In the future the SIG also hopes to provide additional guidelines for reviewers and perhaps make it obligatory for all individuals submitting papers to also perform reviews (adding even more reviews for each paper).

Now becoming a norm, the conference was preceded with an IT department chairs meeting. With feedback garnered from previous years, this time the meeting was less formal than in the past. Participants again were quite happy with this meeting to share ideas and look forward to future meetings.

Thanks to Don Gantz from GMU who served as General Chair of the 2009 conference. While there was some hesitation to the fact that the conference was held on campus rather than at the hotel where attendees were staying, in the end Don and his staff at GME made it work without a flaw. Daniel Garrison in particular worked closely with Don on the local arrangements and pulled a double duty by also serving as Program Chair along side Ken Baker. Daniel and Ken did a fine job pulling together a stimulating program, our gratitude goes out to them for this hard work and J. Ekstrom (former program chair) for his assistance in the process. Henry Walker from Grinnell University again allowed us to use his submission engine for the review process, our thanks to him for this.

SIGITE 2010 will be hosted by Central Michigan University from October 7-9 in Midland, Michigan. Two steps were taken to further encourage research papers submissions to the SIGITE conference. First, SIGITE is providing scholarships to accepted student research papers amounting to a free conference registration and a $200 travel reimbursement. Second, SIGITE has partnered with ACM-W to participate in their own student scholarship program that provides scholarships in the amount of $600 to female student conference participants. SIGITE 2010 will also pickup a past norm of awarding a Best Paper award.

Early planning is being done for SIGITE 2011 to be hosted by the United States Military Academy whose faculty have been active members of SIGITE.

Another step towards increasing the quality of paper submissions to the conference and review participation will be the implementation of new system based on research by Rob Friedman of New Jersey Institute of Technology. This system is based on his work, An Open Knowledge Exchange System (OKES) to Promote Meta-Disciplinary Collaboration Based on Socio-Technical Principles for which he has received NSF support to implement. The OKES will be implemented during the SIGITE 2011 review process offering authors the option of having their abstracts open to view by registered SIGITE members (their peers), thereby creating opportunities for feedback beyond the traditional blind peer review system, and collaboration on papers by the authors and commentators showing interest.


SIGITE’s fund balance continues to grow now to over $75,000 up $10,000 from a year ago. The SIG will look to use some of these monies towards expanding membership and participation in SIGITE.


Membership in SIGITE remains at just over 400. Significant discussions remain in the SIGITE Executive Committee about how to increase membership in the SIG. Terry Steinbach, SIGITE's Secretary/Treasurer, has agreed to assemble a plan utilizing the Regional Representatives from the Executive Committee to address this plateau from past growth. Initiatives described above to strengthen the conference will also create more interest in membership to SIGITE.


The activities of SIGITE will continue to focus on strengthening the conference and thereby membership. In addition however, there are a few initiatives being worked on by the organization.

After the successful creation of the 4-year IT model curriculum, SIGITE is in the process of completing its first draft of the 2-year IT model curriculum. Deborah Boisvert is leading this effort and her committee is nearing completion of a draft to be presented to the SIGITE membership for comment. The number of 2-year degrees available in the IT discipline space is significant. The hope is that this model will assist them and give the faculty within these programs exposure to SIGITE as a venue for discussion about IT as a discipline.

SIGITE is also happy to now be part of two groups defining the future of computing education. The Computing Education Coordinating Council is starting to get off the ground, as participants in this council it is our hope to further define and promote computing and its associated educational component. SIGITE is also pleased to now have a representative serving on the ACM Education Board making decisions on the future of computing education.

Future Challenges

As stated above, the current and future challenge faced by SIGITE as it was last year is maintaining and growing an active membership and volunteer base. It is believed that the vast majority of the computing faculty population, which could be served by SIGITE, still has no knowledge of the SIG or what is has to offer. A concerted effort is being made to address this situation.

In Memoriam

SIGITE is sad to report the loss this year of one of its most loyal members and volunteers, Jack Krichen. Dr. Krichen has served as a Conference Chair for SIGITE and more recently as Communications/Web Chair for the SIG till his death this past spring. He frequently published papers in the SIGITE conference proceedings, participating from the inception of SIG. Our friend Jack will without a doubt be a missed presence at future SIGITE conferences.

SIGKDD FY’10 Annual Report

July 2009-June 2010

Submitted by: Usama M. Fayyad, SIGKDD Chair
1. Annual Awards

ACM SIGKDD 2010 Innovation Award to Prof. Christos Faloutsos - Jun 22, 2010.Citation: for contributions to graph and multimedia mining, fractals, self-similarity and power laws; indexing for multimedia and bioinformatics data, and data base performance evaluation.

ACM SIGKDD 2010 Service Award to Prof. Osmar R. Zaiane - Jun 22, 2010. Citation: for his significant service and contributions to the global KDD community.

The 2009 SIGKDD Doctoral Dissertation award has attracted a high number of excellent applicants. The winner was

Jure Leskovec, for his dissertation "Dynamics of Large Networks” (advisor: Christos Faloutsos, Carnegie Mellon University).

Runner up was Arthur Zimek, dissertation "Correlation Clustering" (advisor: Hans-Peter Kriegel, Ludwig Maximilians University, Germany).

Honorable mentions were given to

  • Dr. Aris Gkoulalas-Divanis (Dissertation: "From Itemsets Through Trajectories to Location Based Services: A Knowledge Hiding Privacy Approach"; Advisors: Elias Houstis and Vassilios Verykios, University of Thessaly, Greece) and

  • Dr. Hong Cheng (Dissertation: "Towards Accurate and Efficient Classification: A Discriminative and Frequent Pattern-Based Approach"; Advisor: Jiawei Han, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign). Both finalists will also be recognized at the opening ceremonies and will receive a certificate of recognition.

All annual awards were presented at KDD-09 Conference in Paris.

The 2010 Dissertation Awards will be announced in July 2010 and will be awarded at the SIGKDD-2010 conference in Washington, D.C. July 25, 2010

2. Significant Publications

The KDD 2009 annual conference maintained SIGKDD position as the leading conference on data mining and knowledge discovery, with a record 659 submissions (21% acceptance rate).

Among the topics presented at KDD-09 were Social networks, Recommender systems, Clustering, Temporal & Streams Mining, Anomaly detection, Graph mining, Text mining, Search and advertising, Security and Privacy, Enterprise & Finance applications, Telecom applications, and Information Extraction & Text Mining.

Best Research Paper award was given to:

Collaborative Filtering with Temporal Dynamics, by Yehuda Koren

Best Research Paper Runner-up paper was:

A LRT Framework for Fast Spatial Anomaly Detection, by Mingxi Wu, Xiuyao Song, Chris Jermaine, Sanjay Ranka, John Gums

Best Student Paper Winner:

Anonymizing Healthcare Data: A Case Study on the Blood Transfusion Service, by Noman Mohammed, Benjamin C. M. Fung, Patrick C. K. Hung, Cheuk-kwong Lee

Best Student Paper Runner-up was:

Optimizing Web Traffic via the Media Scheduling Problem, by Lars Backstrom, Jon Kleinberg, Ravi Kumar

KDD-09 Conference continued to have strong participation of the industrial researchers, as evidenced by the record 122 papers submitted to the industrial track (34 accepted).

The Best Application Paper award was given to

Large-Scale Behavioral Targeting, by Ye Chen, Dmitry Pavlov, John Canny

The Best Application runner-up was:

Sustainable Operation and Management of Data Center Chillers using Temporal Data Mining by Debprakash Patnaiky, Manish Marwah, Ratnesh Sharma, Naren Ramakrishnany

The KDD-2009 conference held in Paris in June 28-July 1, and attracted 770 attendees, continuing the tradition of being the largest conference in the field.
2.1 Workshops and Tutorials

In addition, KDD 2009 hosted 11 Workshops and 7 Tutorials.

Full-day Workshops

* W1 - Statistical and Relational Learning and Mining in Bioinformatics (StReBio'09)

* W2 - The 3rd International Workshop on Knowledge Discovery from Sensor Data (SensorKDD-2009)

* W3 - ACM SIGKDD Workshop on CyberSecurity and Intelligence Informatics (CSI-KDD)

* W4 - Workshop on Visual Analytics and Knowledge Discovery (VAKD '09)

* W5 - The Third International Workshop on Data Mining and Audience Intelligence for Advertising (ADKDD)

* W6 - The 3rd Workshop on Social Network Mining and Analysis (SNA-KDD)
Half-day Workshops

* W7 - Human Computation Workshop (HCOMP 2009)

* W8 - Data Mining using Matrices and Tensors (DMMT'09)

* W9 - Third Workshop on Data Mining Case Studies and Practice Prize (DMCS)

* W10 - KDD cup 2009: Fast Scoring on a Large Database (KDDcup09)

* W11 - The First ACM SIGKDD Workshop on Knowledge Discovery from Uncertain Data (U'09)

Tutorials topics included:

  • Mining Large Time-evolving Data Using Matrix and Tensor Tools

  • A Statistical Framework for Mining Data Streams

  • Statistical Modeling of Relational Data

  • From Trees to Forests and Rule Sets -- A Unified Overview of Ensemble Methods.

  • Learning Bayesian Networks

  • Time Series Classification

  • Mining Shape and Time Series Databases with Symbolic Representations

2.2 SIGKDD Video Releases: the KDD-2009 conference program videos are released

We released the full video program of KDD-2009, all recorded material is published in video format on:

2.2 SIGKDD Explorations

SIGKDD Explorations published two issues:

June 2009, Volume 11, issue 1: this issue included a special focus on: Special Issue: Open Source Analytics

December 2009, Volume 11, Issue 2: this issue included a special issue focusing on: Special Issue: on Visual Analytics and Knowledge Discovery

3. Significant programs that provided a springboard for further technical efforts

ACM Transactions on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining (TKDD),, with Jiawei Han as editor in Chief, has established itself as a top-tier journal for the field. TKDD published 4 issues in 2007 and 2008, respectively, and 3 issues in 2009 so far.

4. Innovative programs which provide service to some part of your technical community

KDD-09 featured a novel conference social networking and scheduling platform,

It provided conference attendees with many useful abilities, including managing conference schedule, meeting each other, and commenting on papers. SIGKDD is in process of evaluating the success of this effort.

5. A very brief summary for the key issues that the membership of that SIG will have to deal with in the next 2-3 years.
Some of the key issues for SIGKDD and SIGKDD members:

  • Maintaining effective SIGKDD operation after transfer to new SIGKDD leadership.

  • Difficulty in getting industry participation in KDD conference

  • Growing rift in the relevance of problems that academia can work on due to the difficulty of getting access to large real-world data, with some of the most important data and research problems locked inside Google, Yahoo, Microsoft, and other web “giants”.

  • Getting new membership and especially student members

  • Negative perception of “data mining” in the US (and sometimes reality) that data mining is a technology which invades privacy (e.g. Recent NH and VT laws prohibiting “prescription data mining”)

  • Addressing issues of data privacy and the role of data mining positive or negative in that arena

  • Competitive pressure from a new generation of APPLIED conferences that are drawing attention and causing some attention pressure. KDD-2010 is responding by creating an additional applied invited track on predictive analytics as well as new formats for fireside chat on important topic and special applied panels.

SIGMETRICS FY’10 Annual Report

July 2009 - June 2010

Submitted by: Carey Williamson, Chair
It was another active year for ACM SIGMETRICS, featuring an expanded awards program, a strong annual conference, and a celebration of our SIG history.


Dr. Jeffrey P. Buzen was selected as the recipient of the 2010 ACM SIGMETRICS Achievement Award. This prestigious award recognizes his influential contributions to queuing network modeling and performance evaluation.

Dr. Buzen's central server model and convolution algorithm, which he developed while working on his

1971 doctoral thesis at Harvard University, revolutionized the study of queuing network models. Dr. Buzen further reshaped the field of performance evaluation with his theory of operational analysis, a novel approach to deriving and understanding queuing network formulae that he introduced in 1976.

Dr. Buzen received his award at the ACM SIGMETRICS 2010 conference at Columbia University in New York in June 2010.

The citation for the award was:

"For seminal contributions to the analytical modeling of computer performance and for broad industry

impact through the successful commercialization of performance modeling software"

Dr. Milan Vojnovic was the recipient of the 2010 ACM SIGMETRICS Rising Star Researcher Award, in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the analysis and performance-oriented design of computer systems and services.
Dr. Vojnovic is a Researcher with the Systems and Networking group at Microsoft Research Cambridge, UK. He received his Ph.D. in Communication Systems from EPFL, Switzerland, in 2003, and both M.Sc. and B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Split, Croatia, in 1998 and 1995, respectively. His research interests are in the architecture and performance evaluation of computer systems and services. In particular, algorithms and systems for data transport, information

dissemination, mobile computing, decentralized network systems and services, online services, and algorithms for processing of large-scale data. He has received multiple paper awards, including Best Student Paper at ITC in 2001 and IEEE IWQoS in 2007, and Best Paper at IEEE INFOCOM 2005

Dr. Vojnovic received his award at the ACM SIGMETRICS 2010 conference at Columbia University in New York in June 2010.

Our SIG presented its inaugural "Test of Time" awards at the ACM SIGMETRICS 2010 conference as well. We honoured three papers from the early years of SIGMETRICS conferences (1973-1999).

The honoured papers were:
"Fundamental laws of computer system performance" by Jeffrey P. Buzen (ACM SIGMETRICS 1976)
"A comparison of receiver-initiated and sender-initiated adaptive load sharing" by Derek Eager, Ed Lazowska, John Zahorjan (ACM SIGMETRICS 1985)
"Self-similarity in World Wide Web traffic: evidence and possible causes" by Mark Crovella and Azer Bestavros (ACM SIGMETRICS 1996)
In future years, we will present at most one Test of Time award each year, honouring a paper from 10-12 years prior.

Conference Activities


The annual ACM SIGMETRICS conference is the premier forum for high quality performance evaluation research.
The 2010 conference took place at Columbia University in New York, NY, with Vishal Misra (Columbia University) as the General Chair. The Program Chairs were Paul Barford (University of Wisconsin--Madison) and Mark Squillante (IBM Research).

About 200 paper submissions were received, with 29 of these (14%) accepted for the conference. The accepted papers covered a broad range of topics, including theoretical performance analysis, measurements, peer-to-peer systems, streaming, Internet, wireless, storage, and energy conservation.

A summary of ACM SIGMETRICS 2010 follows, including attendance, finances, and logistics. Attendance was 142 paid attendees, very similar to last year in Seattle. Finances were very good, thanks to record-high sponsorship fund-raising of approximately $32K. The current projections are for a small surplus from the conference, ranging from $10K-12K. The conference ran very smoothly. Vishal identified Gil Zussman as the MVP on his organizing committee who handled many of the logistical details for the conference.
Several workshops are included as part of the overall conference week, including MAMA (MAthematical performance Modeling and Analysis), Green Metrics, and HotMetrics (Hot Topics in Metrics). MAMA continues to be a high-profile and popular event. Concerns were raised about the ongoing viability of the HotMetrics workshop, since submissions and attendance were very low this year.
The main conference was 3 full days, with 29 papers, 22 posters, 3 invited talks, a featured panel, and a student-industry event. The main conference took place mid-week (Tues-Thurs) with the workshops

provided as bookends on Monday and Friday.

The general feedback on the conference was very positive. The technical content of the conference was very strong, though a bit too theoretical, according to some of the attendees. The meeting facilities and quality of the food were good. The banquet was held on a cruise boat that toured past the Statue

of Liberty in the harbour. Attendees enjoyed the outing immensely.

Two papers received awards at the conference. The Best Paper award was presented to A. Ganesh (Bristol University), S. Lilienthal (Cambridge University), D. Manjunath (IIT Mumbai), A. Proutiere (Microsoft Research), and F. Simatos (INRIA) for their work on "Load Balancing via Randomized Local Search in Closed and Open Systems". The Kenneth C. Sevcik Outstanding Student Paper Award went to Amin Karbasi (EPFL) and Sewoong Oh (Stanford University) for their paper "Distributed Sensor Network Localization from Local Connectivity: Performance Analysis for the HOP-TERRAIN Algorithm".

Both of the authors were students.

The SIGMETRICS 2011 conference will be part of ACM's Federated Computing Research Conference (FCRC) in San Jose, California, in June 2011.
We are exploring options for holding SIGMETRICS/Performance 2012 (jointly between ACM and IFIP WG 7.3) in Europe, most likely in the UK.

New Initiatives


One of our main initiatives this past year was documenting our SIG history. With assistance from ACM HQ, the ACM Digital Library, and our members, we have compiled a history of SIGMETRICS officers

and our conference series over the past 35 years. This information is now on the SIGMETRICS Web site. We have augmented this data with some anecdotes and facts about each decade of SIG activity. We also ran a SIGMETRICS trivia contest at ACM SIGMETRICS 2010. The questions and answers for the trivia quiz are now on the Web site as well.

The biggest priority for our SIG at the moment is our proposal for a new transactions-style journal, tentatively called ACM Transactions on Modeling and Performance Evaluation (ToMPE). We are currently revising the proposal that was submitted to the ACM Publications Board previously, based on the feedback from ACM and several other SIGs. We hope to have the journal approved by the end of the calendar year.
We are contemplating preparing a commemorative CD for our SIG's 40th birthday in November 2011.

Issues and Challenges


The never-ending challenges for our SIG are visibility and membership. We have addressed visibility with a revamped Web site, and a broader range of partnerships with other conferences, including ICPE (formerly WOSP), IMC, QEST, SenSys, and ValueTools. Regarding membership, we have polled

several former members to find out why their memberships have lapsed. Common reasons include job changes, the economy, and the ACM Digital Library. We hope that the proposed journal, the Test of Time awards, and the possible commemorative CD will help rekindle SIG interest from some of our former members, and recruit and retain new ones. We expect some growth in our membership as these plans move forward.


July 2009- June 2010

Submitted by: Erik Altman, Chair
The following are highlights of SIGMICRO's activities during fiscal year 2010.

SIGMICRO has worked to ensure the success of our flagship MICRO conference. MICRO celebrated its 42nd anniversary last year in the hustle and bustle of Manhattan's Times Square with an excellent technical program, outing, and high attendance. SIGMICRO has also helped start and support several other major conferences since 2001: CASES, CGO, and Computing Frontiers. All are doing well as reported below. As also reported below, we have a strong program to encourage attendance at our conferences by students and those facing financial hardship, with numerous travel grants provided to help defray cost of attendance, in addition to heavily discounted student registration rates. Our ambitious history project is nearing completion. SIGMICRO has also been active in organizing and funding a "Bob Rau" award to recognize excellence in microarchitecture and closely related fields.
MICRO-42: December 12-16, 2009

SIGMICRO's flagship conference was successful with turnout of 365 people, 153 of whom were students. In addition the conference had 209 submissions --a near record in the last 12 years and more than double the number received a dozen years ago in 1997. The exciting Times-Square venue may have helped push these numbers. With ACM's help, Micro was able to secure very attractive hotel rates at the depths of the financial crisis, and the gamble paid off that the economy would improve and the location would draw attendees. The conference ended with almost a $39,000 surplus, approximately 1/6 of revenue. In addition to these outstanding numbers, Micro enjoyed excellent technical talks, keynotes, workshops, and tutorials, and very effective organization by co-chairs Margaret Martonosi and David Albonesi, who managed to raise over $40,000 in corporate donations. As testament to this excellence, Micro polled attendees using and received over 100 responses, with large majorities in all categories ranking the conference as "Excellent" or "Good".

In all, 40 papers were accepted from a near record total of 210 submissions, an increase of more than 25% over the previous year. There were also 5 workshops and 6 tutorials. Micro provided $5000 for

student travel grants and for the first time also offered grants to those with hardships attending the conference. Finally, the Times Square location allowed Irene Frawley, SIGMICRO's liaison at ACM to attend and provide valuable comments and adjudication at the MICRO business meeting.

Location: New York, NY

Outings: Naples 45 Restaurant (Officially) and unofficial events at BB King's Heartland Brewery, and Rockefeller Center Ice Rink.

General Co-Chairs: Margaret Martonosi, Princeton and David Albonesi (Cornell) Program Co-Chairs: Paolo Faraboschi, HP Labs and Steve Keckler, UT-Austin

Keynotes: Balaram Sinharoy (IBM), Mark Horowitz (Stanford)


MICRO-42: December 12-16, 2009 (Continued)

6 Tutorials:

  • The PARSEC Benchmark Suite

  • • SimFlex and ProtoFlex: Fast, Accurate, and Flexible Simulation of Computer Systems

  • • Building Dynamic Instrumentation Tools with DynamoRIO

  • • Archer --Deploying Zero-configuration Virtual Appliances for Architecture Simulation

  • • Integrated Multi-core Modeling

  • • GPGPU-Sim: A Performance Simulator for Massively Multithreaded Processor Research

5 Workshops:

  • • Network on Chip Architectures (NoCArc)

  • • Binary Instrumentation Systems and Applications

  • • New Directions in Computer Architecture

  • • Photonic Interconnects & Computer Architecture (PICA)

  • • Computer Architecture Education

Best Paper Award:

"The BubbleWrap Many-core: Popping Cores for Sequential Acceleration", Ulya R. Kargpuzcu, Brian Greskamp, and Josep Torellas – University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Best Student Presentation Award:

"Light Speed Arbitration and Flow Control for Nanophotonic Interconnects"

Dana Vantrease – University of Wisconsin, Madison

Student travel: $6000 donated by SIGMICRO.

CGO 2010: April 24 -28, 2010

Also Co-Sponsored by ACM SIGPLAN.

CGO [Code Generation and Optimization] continued to attract high quality papers and sessions at its 7th annual conference. Submissions remained at 70, the same as the previous year, and of those 70 submissions, 29 papers were accepted. In addition, CGO 2010 featured two keynotes, a welcome reception / student poster session, and numerous workshops and tutorials. Indeed, there were 4 workshops and 4 tutorials, compared to 4 workshops and only 1 tutorial the previous year.

Location: Marriott Bloor Yorkville Hotel, Toronto, Canada

General Chairs: Andreas Moshovos, U of Toronto and Greg Steffan, U of Toronto Program Chairs: Kim Hazelwood, U of Virginia and David Kaeli, Northeastern U

Keynotes: Ben Zorn (Microsoft Research) Chris (CJ) Newburn (Intel)

4 Tutorials:

  • • Building Dynamic Instrumentation Tools with DynamoRIO

  • • The Speedup-Test

  • • Transactional Memory for C/C++

  • • Detailed PIN! Binary Instrumentation Tool

4 Workshops:

  • • Explicitly Parallel Instruction Computing

  • • Architectures and Compiler Technology

  • • Infrastructures for Software/Hardware Co-design

  • • Optimizations for DSP and Embedded Systems

Best Paper Award:

"PinPlay: A Framework for Deterministic Replay and Reproducible Analysis of Parallel Programs," by Harish Patil, Cristiano Pereira, Mack Stallcup, Gregory Lueck and James Cownie.

Best Student Presentation Awards:

"An Efficient Software Transactional Memory Using Commit-Time Invalidation"

Justin Gottschlich

"Contention Aware Execution: Online Contention Detection and Response"

Jason Mars

Student travel: $1000 in grants from SIGMICRO.

CASES 2009: October 11-16, 2009

Also in cooperation with ACM SIGBED

CASES [Compilers, Architecture, and Synthesis for Embedded Systems] joined two other embedded systems conferences in 2006 to create a larger "ESWeek" grouping and promote cross-fertilization of efforts in the embedded area. The combination of conferences was a success, and ESWeek was has been repeated since, with the 2009 version in Grenoble, France. In all, 72 submissions were received, of which 31 were accepted. There were also 7 workshops.

Location: Grenoble, France

One of 3 Conferences in Embedded Systems Week:


  • • CODES+ISSS (Co-sponsored by ACM SIGDA and SIGBED)

  • • EMSOFT (Sponsored by ACM SIGBED)

General Co-Chairs: Wayne Wolf, Georgia Institute of Technology and Donatella Sciuto, Politecnico di Milano

Program Chair: Joerg Henkel and Sri Parameswaran

Keynotes: Carol de Vries, Vice president R&D Business Unit Automotive NXP Semiconductors

Hermann Kopetz

Vienna University of Technology

Martin Nally,

Chief Technical Officer, IBM Rational Software

Best Paper Award:

"Tabu Search-Based Synthesis of Dynamically Reconfigurable Digital Microfluidic Biochips," by Elena Maftei, Paul Pop, and Jan Madsen

Computing Frontiers 2009: May 16 -19, 2010

Computing Frontiers continued to attract high quality papers on futuristic ideas on the frontier of computing. Submission rates continued to be similar to most previous years, with 113 papers submitted, of which 30 were accepted. There were also 25 posters each allotted a "lightning talk" of 3 minutes. For the first time, Computing Frontiers moved its location from its traditional venue: the island of Ischia, near Naples, Italy. However, it did not move far, relocating to Bertinero, Italy -­approximately half-way between Bologna and the Adriatic coast town of Rimini

Location: Bertinero, Italy

General Chair: Nancy Amato, Texas A&M University,

Program Co-Chairs: Hubertus Franke, IBM Research Paul H J Kelly, Imperial College London

Keynotes: Ozalp Babaoglu, University of Bologna Daniela Rus, MIT


Intel Parallel Programming Workshop

Student travel: $3000 in grants


We are working to improve the value of SIGMICRO to its members:

  • • In consultation with the Micro Conference Steering Committee, we are nearing completion of a new "Bob Rau" Award to recognize excellence in microarchitecture and closely related fields. SIGMICRO has pledged $5000 initially and $20,000 over 20 years to fund this award.

  • • SIGMICRO has expanded the Micro Hall of Fame, recognizing those authors with 8 or more papers since the conference inception in 1967. Unfortunately, we currently lack good records for Micro-1 through Micro-4, and hope this omission is soon remedied. The Hall of Fame currently has 31 members, with two new members inducted in 2009: Norman Jouppi and Mikko Lipasti.

    1. • We are working to capture SIGMICRO history, via an oral history project under the auspices of the larger ACM oral history project. Yan Solihin of North Carolina State is leading this effort, and has begun his work with the first person to be interviewed. These oral histories will be available to SIGMICRO members via the Digital Library. The first set of interviews for the oral history have been completed for Edward Davidson and Bob Colwell. Those histories are currently being transcribed and summarized.

    2. We are also exploring other ways to add value:

  • • Providing simplified mechanism for ACM and SIGMICRO membership when registering for our flagship MICRO Conference.

  • • Encouraging qualified members of SIGMICRO to become Senior and Distinguished ACM Members.

  • • Providing a discount on SIGMICRO membership for members of other SIGs. Joint membership helps encourage cross-pollination of ideas and areas, which often leads to productive results.

  • • Minimizing conflicts between conferences dates.


The leadership of SIGMICRO remained stable in FY2010.

Chair: Erik Altman (IBM)
Vice-Chair Lizy John (University of Texas, Austin)
Secretary-Treasurer: Milos Prvulovic (Georgia Technological University)
Members-at-Large: Jim Dehnert (Google)
David Kaeli (Northeastern University)

Sally McKee (Cornell University)

SIGMIS FY’10Annual Report

July 2009- June 2010

Submitted by: Janice C. Sipior, Chair
Mission and Overview
SIGMIS is the Special Interest Group on Management Information Systems of the ACM. Members of SIGMIS are interested in information systems and technologies for management and the management of these systems and technologies. SIGMIS was founded in 1961 as the Special Interest Group on Business Data Processing and later was known as the Special Interest Group on Business Information Technology. SIGMIS publishes The Data Base for Advances in Information Systems (Data Base, for short) and holds the annual SIGMIS CPR conference dedicated to computer personnel research. SIGMIS also participates in the annual International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS) and the annual International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP) TC8 committee, as well as other conferences. SIGMIS promotes student achievement and partners with other organizations to provide services to members and to the profession.

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