Kyu-Young Whang

    Kyu-Young Whang


     2014 SIGMOD Contributions Award


Professor Kyu-Young Whang is awarded the 2014 SIGMOD Contributions award for sustained dedication, leadership, and service to the database community in promoting database research at both worldwide and regional levels, including many years of service to the VLDB Journal, the VLDB Endowment, the IEEE TC on Data Engineering, and the DASFAA Steering Committee.

Details: Dr. Whang is a Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) Distinguished Professor at the Department of Computer Science and the Director of the Advanced Information Technology Research Center (AITrc). His research interests encompass database systems/storage systems, object-oriented databases, multimedia databases, geographic information systems (GIS), data mining/data warehouses, XML databases, and data streaming. He is an author of over 110 papers in refereed international journals and conference proceedings (and over 170 papers in domestic ones).

Dr. Whang received the Best Paper Award from the 6th IEEE International Conference on Data Engineering (ICDE) in 1990, served the ICDE six times as a program co-chair and vice chair from 1989 to 2003, and served program committees of over 110 international conferences including VLDB and ACM SIGMOD. He was the general chair of VLDB2006, PAKDD 2003, and DASFAA 2004. Dr. Whang served as an Editor-in-Chief of the VLDB Journal from 2003-2009 (Coordinating EIC from 2007-2009) after serving the editorial board as a founding member for thirteen years. He was an associate editor of the IEEE Data Engineering Bulletin from 1990 to 1993, Distributed and Parallel Databases Journal from 1991 to 1995, Int’l J. of GIS from 1994 to 2007, and IEEE TKDE from 2002 to 2006. He is on the editorial boards of the WWW Journal. He was a trustee of the VLDB Endowment from 1998 to 2004 (reelected from 2010). He served as Chair, Vice Chair, and is currently serving as Advisor of the steering committee of the DASFAA conference. He is a steering committee member of the IEEE ICDE, PAKDD, APWeb, and ADMA Conferences. Dr. Whang is an ACM Fellow and an IEEE Fellow.