March 11, 2015

Over 1,000 of the world's leading edge researchers and practitioners in big data are coming to Halifax for the 2017 Conference on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining.

Stan Matwin, Canada Research Chair (Tier 1) at the Faculty of Computer Science, Dalhousie University and the director of the Institute for Big Data Analytics, announced today, March 9, that Halifax was the successful bidder. The conference, with Dr. Matwin as the general chair and Evangelos Milios of Dalhousie University as the local chair, will be held in the new Halifax Convention Centre, which opens in 2017.

The bid was led by the Institute for Big Data Analytics and the Halifax Convention Centre, in collaboration with a local host committee of academic, government and industry representatives.

"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," said Dalhousie president 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," said Dr. Matwin

Halifax now ranks amongst top cities who have previously hosted the conference, including:

-- Sydney, Australia

-- New York City, New York

-- Beijing, China

-- Paris, France

"We're proud to partner and collaborate with our local experts to host this conference and showcase Nova Scotia's strengths in big data to the world," said Scott Ferguson, president and CEO of Trade Centre Limited, the Crown Corporation that manages the convention centre. "This is an exciting opportunity for our industry, academic and research communities to highlight their work and connect with their global counterparts."

Nova Scotia has a booming information technology sector and the province is quickly establishing itself as an international hub of excellence in big data research. Hosting this conference will allow the local sector to benefit from top academic research and industrial presence aimed at promoting collaboration and growth in big data analytics.

First 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. Sponsors of note include Microsoft, Yahoo, Deloitte, Accenture, Facebook, LinkedIn, Google and IBM. The 2016 conference will take place in San Francisco.