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A Successful bid to host the 2017 Conference on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining

Posted by Allison Kincade on March 11, 2015 in Awards, Research, News, Events

Congratulations to Dr. Stan Matwin, Director of the Institute for Big Data Analytics, and his team for winning the bid to host the 2017 Conference on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining here in Halifax.

Established in 1995, the Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining conference is the premier international forum for data mining and big data research, bringing together practitioners from academia, industry, and government to share their ideas, research results and experiences.

"This announcement is further evidence that the Institute for Big Data Analytics has established Dalhousie and Halifax as leaders in the global fields of data science and big data analytics,” says Dalhousie President Dr. Richard Florizone. “This is a great opportunity for Dalhousie – as well as other local organizations and institutions - to showcase the world-class research, ongoing collaboration, and pool of talent we have here in the region to national and international audiences. "

Halifax now ranks amongst top cities who have previously hosted the conference, including: Sydney, Australia, New York City, Beijing, China and Paris, France.

"Winning the global, competitive bidding process to bring KDD 2017 to Halifax means that Nova Scotia and the Atlantic region have become a hub of excellence in Big Data and Data Science,” says Dr. Matwin. “It also means that Halifax is now an attractive centre, capable of hosting prestigious, large-scale international conventions and meetings."

With Dr. Matwin as general chair and Dr. Evangelos Milios as local chair, Nova Scotia will welcome over 1,000 of the world’s leading researchers and practitioners in big data to the new Halifax Convention Centre. Hosting this conference will allow Nova Scotia to benefit from the top academic research and industrial presence aimed at promoting collaboration and growth in big data analytics.