Knowledge discovery from sensor data (SensorKDD)

O. Omitaomu, R. Vatsavai, A. Ganguly, N. Chawla, J. Gama, M. Gaber

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Sensor data is being collected at an unprecedented rate across a variety of domains from a broad spectrum of sources, such as wide-area sensor infrastructures, remote sensing instruments, RFIDs, and wireless sensor networks. With the recent proliferation of smart-phones, and similar GPS enabled mobile devices, collection of sensor data is no longer limited to scientific communities, but has reached general public. With massive volumes of such disparate, dynamic, and geographically distributed data available, many high-priority applications have been identified that involve analysis of such data to solve real world problems such as understanding climate change and its impacts, electric grid monitoring, disaster preparedness and management, national or homeland security, and the management of critical infrastructures. Given the unique characteristics of sensor data, particularly its spatiotemporal nature and presence of constraints associated with the data collection and computational resources, there have been many research efforts to analyze the sensor data which build upon the general research in the data mining community but are significantly different in terms of how they address the specific challenges encountered when dealing with sensor data. In particular, the raw data from sensors needs to be efficiently managed and transformed to usable information through data fusion, which in turn must be converted to predictive insights via knowledge discovery, ultimately facilitating automated or humaninduced tactical decisions or strategic policy based on decision sciences and decision support systems. Keeping in view the requirements of the emerging field of knowledge discovery from sensor data, we took initiative to develop a community of researchers with common interests and scientific goals, which culminated into the organization of SensorKDD series of workshops in conjunction with the prestigious ACM SIGKDD International Conference of Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining. In this report, we summarize events at the Fourth ACM-SIGKDD International Workshop on Knowledge Discovery form Sensor Data (SensorKDD 2010).
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)84-87
Number of pages4
JournalSIGKDD Explorations Newsletter
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - May 2010


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