Basser Seminar Series

My 2012 sabbatical: Computational advertising, mining Beijing's taxi network and theory of machine learning

Speaker: Professor Sanjay Chawla
School of Information Technologies, the University of Sydney

Time: Wednesday 20 March, 4:30-5:30pm

Location: The University of Sydney, School of IT Building, Lecture Theatre (Room 123), Level 1

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I will give an overview of my research activities during my 2012 sabbatical year. I spent a considerable amount of time learning about the fast emerging discipline of computational advertising at Yahoo! Labs, India. I will give a brief overview of the area. Then I will talk about my collaboration with researchers from MSR Beijing on mining Beijing's taxi traffic data. I will also discuss about a project in theoretical machine learning with colleagues at the Indian Institute of Science (IIS).

Speaker's biography

Sanjay Chawla is the Professor of Pattern and Data Mining at the University of Sydney, Australia. He served as the Head of School (Department Chair) of the School of Information Technologies from 2008 to 2011. During 2005-06, he was the Chief Scientist of DTecht, a start up in health insurance surveillances oftware. He is on the editorial board of the journal Data Mining and Knowledge Discovery and has been a member of program committees of leading data mining conferences. He served as the PC-CoChair of PAKDD 2012. He has co-authored a textbook: Spatial Databases, A Tour (Prentice Hall, 2003) which has also been translated into Chinese and Russian. Sanjay's recent research emphasis is on outlier detection, imbalanced classification and adversarial learning. His research has been recognised by five best paper awards ( most recently in 2012).