Foreword: SIAM Data Mining Workshops Program

Over the last few years the field of data mining has become a well-established discipline. By its very nature it is highly interdisciplinary both in terms of  its strong links to traditional areas in statistics, machine learning, database systems, high performance computing and visualization, as well as its natural appeal to people in academia, industry and government. Often times the challenge is to get the different communities to interact with one another under the auspices of a common location.  Given this backdrop, the organizing committee issued a call for proposals on workshops focusing on innovative research topics at the forefront of knowledge discovery and data mining. Proposal submitters were especially encouraged to provide a description of how their particular workshop would foster interactions across multiple communities.

After the call for proposals went out the organizing committee received 10 submissions for workshops.  Out of these 10 submissions the committee selected six workshops – three full day workshops and three half day workshops. In addition to the six workshops selected an additional workshop was invited by the organizing committee. I am pleased to present the seven workshops that comprise the SIAM Data Mining 2006 program:

(Workshop papers are presented in pdf format. If you do not have Adobe Reader installed, please visit here for the free download.)

  • Biomedical Informatics (invited)

Each of these workshops went through an intense peer review process (as detailed in the individual reports by the PC chairs) for submitted papers and the organizing committee of the respective workshops worked hard to identify excellent invited speakers to round out a strong program. The net result is a set of exciting papers and invited talks by leading experts in the field (many of whom have served as plenary speakers at top data mining venues). As an additional note I would like to point out that in consultation with the workshop chairs we have scheduled invited talks in such a way so as to minimize overlap among them allowing you to attend multiple plenary talks. Finally, I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the workshop organizers, the respective program committees, the authors, the invited speakers and the onsite participants for making this workshops program a success.

Srinivasan Parthasarathy
Ohio State University
Columbus, Ohio
March 1 2006