Classification Society Election Results

Thanks to all our members who voted, and congratulations to our new officers: Past President Rebecca Nugent, President Douglas Steinley, President-Elect Herbie Lee, and Directors Abby Flynt, Stephen France, and Paul McNicholas. Directors Stan Sclove and Fionn Murtagh will serve through the remainder of this year, and Ahmed Albatineh and Beth Ayers will serve as Director and Secretary/Treasurer (respectively) through 2015.

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Distinguished Dissertation Award Nomination deadline extended

Nominations for the The Classification Society Distinguished Dissertation Award are invited until August 21, 2014. See for more details.

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Officer election in progress

This year elections are being held for two offices: President-Elect and Board of Directors.

The election will be conducted via the web, and you have until June 30, 2014 to complete the online ballot. The Classification Society uses a variant of the Hare system for electing officers, as described in the bylaws linked from the main web page.

Details and instructions can be found at

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European Conference on Data Analysis, July 2-4, 2014, Bremen, Germany.

The conference is organised in co-operation with the Classification and Data Analysis Group of the Italian Statistical Society (SIS-CLADAG), the Vereniging boor Ordinatie en Classificatie (VOC), the Sekcjy Klasyfikacji i Analizy Danych PTS (SKAD) and the International Association of Statistical Computing (IASC).

The scientific program of the conference will include invited sessions and contributed presentations covering a broad range of topics. Special emphasis will be laid on research on and development of innovative tools, techniques and strategies that address current challenges in the data analysis process. More information can be found at

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ICDM 2014, December 14-17, Shenzhen, China.

The IEEE International Conference on Data Mining series (ICDM) has established itself as the world's premier research conference in data mining. It provides an international forum for presentation of original research results, as well as exchange and dissemination of innovative, practical development experiences. The conference covers all aspects of data mining, including algorithms, software and systems, and applications. More information can be found at

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8th European Conference on Data Mining, 15 – 17 July 2014, Lisbon, Portugal

The European Conference on Data Mining (ECDM’14) is aimed to gather researchers and application developers from a wide range of data mining related areas such as statistics, computational intelligence, pattern recognition, databases and visualization. ECDM’14 is aimed to advance the state of the art in data mining field and its various real world applications. ECDM’14 will provide opportunities for technical collaboration among data mining and machine learning researchers around the globe. More information can be found at

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KDD 2014, August 24-27, 2014, New York, NY.

KDD 2014 is a premier interdisciplinary conference that brings together researchers and practitioners from all aspects of data science, data mining, knowledge discovery, large-scale data analytics, and big data. The 20th ACM SIGKDD Conference on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining will take place August 24-27 in New York, NY. More information can be found at

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SIAM International Conference on Data Mining, April 24-26, Philadelphia

The 2014 SIAM International Conference on Data Mining will take place April 24-26, at the Sheraton Society Hill Hotel in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. More information can be found at

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2014 Classification Society Distinguished Dissertation Award

The Classification Society each year offers an award for an outstanding PhD dissertation on the theme of clustering, classification, related areas of data analysis, encompassing both associated theory and/or applications (defended in the last 5 years and completed by 2013). The 2014 Award totals US$500 in book vouchers from Chapman and Hall/CRC and the winner will be invited to make a presentation in a special plenary session at the CS Annual Meeting. CS will cover travel expenses to the 2015 Annual Meeting of at most US$1000 for a North American based Award winner or at most US$1500 for an Award winner based elsewhere. Nominations may be made by the dissertation author, advisor/supervisor or related person by emailing the chair of the Dissertation award evaluation committee, Nema Dean at nema.dean`at' After the nomination has been received, the evaluation committee chair will request that the nominator obtain two external referee reports. It is suggested that these reports be completed by knowledgeable persons other than the author, their advisor/supervisor or similarly related person. The deadline for full submission of these reports is August 21, 2014.

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