Considered the world’s premier conference in big data and data mining, KDD2015 was the first Australian edition of the largest international conference in data analytics and only the second time it had been held in the Asia-Pacific region.
The world’s foremost researchers and practitioners from data mining, knowledge discovery, data analytics and the big data sector congregated in Sydney for the 21st Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Special Interest Group (SIG) on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining conference (KDD15). The conference covered sectors including education, public policy, industry, government, healthcare, e-commerce, telecommunications, law and non-profit.
The success of KDD15 also opened new opportunities to significantly boost Australia's data innovation, economy and education through an international and cross-disciplinary approach. It helped to raise the profile of local industry representatives from the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) and its Advanced Analytics Institute (AAi), and the International Institute of Data and Analytics (IDA).
The co-located Big Data Summit (BDS15), held 9-10 August, attracted 450 registrations, marking the largest big data forum in Australia that bridges the gaps between academia, industry and government in big data, data science, industrial transformation and data economy. It was the first time the event widely engaged with both local and regional professional groups, including the Australia and New Zealand Chapter, the Indian Chapter and the China Computer Foundation.
SUCCESS BY NUMBERS
- 1,192 delegates – the second largest KDD in 21 years (61% increase on forecasted delegate numbers)
- Delegates from 39 countries, attracting large contingents from North America, China and Australia (75% of attendees were international delegates)
- Largest technical program ever:43 technical sessions, 228 paper presentations, four keynote speakers, 11 industry and government talks, 15 workshops and 12 tutorials
- Highest level of sponsorship ever achieved from 27 organisations including Google and Facebook; and the greatest support ever received from local government
- Largest number of student travel awards (89 students)
- Over 50 organising committee members and 120 volunteers involved in the preparation and arrangements of KDD2015.
Typically held in the northern hemisphere, KDD15 offered an opportunity for local industry, academia and government to engage in a once-in-a-lifetime event with international counterparts and experts.
"The conference demonstrated Australia's world-class leadership and expertise in big data analytics and the strong organising capabilities of the host in the global big data analytics communities," said Professor Longbing Cao, General Co-Chair for KDD2015 and the Director, AAi, UTS.
The successful organisation of KDD15 and BDS15 in Sydney substantially lifted the international leadership of the Australian community, and will boost data-driven innovation, applications and collaborations between Australia and regional and global communities.