KDD 2004

Yesterday, I relived my life as a graduate student after 4 weeks of professional work. I found to my chagrin and disbelief, that I actually loved the sudden change.

I had a short 20 minute window to talk about a paper I worked on with other folks from RIT at KDD 2004. I spent a good portion of Saturday and Sunday working on this, with little regret.

Interesting KDD 2004 statistics:
01. The longest amount of time a speaker rambled on – 1 hour 30 minutes
02. The average duration of time for any talk – 15 minutes
03. Pretty women in the conference – 5
04. Stares they invited – 100+ per minute
05. Surfboarders at the conference – 3
06. People schmoozing upto the awards committee – 200+
07. Powerpoint slides displayed on the first day – 10^3
08. Slides that were original – 9
10. Attendees – easily 300+
11. People who had $300 to throw away – 100+
12. People who actually published in KDD – Significant attendees
01. Joshua Goodman & Geoff Hulten (MSN.com)
02. Ronn Feldman (Clearforest)
03. Jafar Adibi
04. Usama Fayyed
05. Soumen Chakraborti
06. Ankur Teredesai (my Master’s thesis advisor)
07. Jiawei Han (Winner of the innovations award for KDD-’04)
08. Ronny Kohavi (Amazon.com)
09. Heiki Mannilla
10. Mohammed Zaki (RPI.edu & Vineet’s new advisor)

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