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Professor Qiang Yang received the 2017 ACM SIGKDD distinguished service award at the 2017 ACM KDD annual conference in Halifax, Canada.
The award recognizes individuals or teams for their outstanding services contributions to the field of knowledge discovery in data and data mining that include such professional services as the running of professional societies and conferences, educating students and professionals, funding R&D activities, etc.
Prof. Qiang Yang has an outstanding history of serving and promoting the fields of data mining and the artificial intelligence. He has served as the PC Co-chair for ACM KDD 2010, General Chair for ACM KDD 2012 in Beijing and PC Chair for IJCAI 2015. He was the General Co-Chair for conferences such as ACM IUI 2009, ACM RecSys 2013, and IEEE Big Data 2013. He has chaired many committees in data mining and AI, including the 2017 ACM SIGKDD Test-of-Time Paper Award Committee, 2017 IJCAI Award Committee, and 2017 IEEE AI Ten-to-Watch Committee. He is the founding editor in chief of ACM Transactions on Intelligent Systems and Technology (ACM TIST), which has become one of the most cited journals under ACM in recent history. He has also founded the journal IEEE Transactions on Big Data, for which he is the Editor in Chief. He serves on the AAAI Executive Council and is a member of the Board of Trustees for IJCAI.