Time-tested: Computer scientist’s research rewarded for its impact after a decade: UNM newsroom

The goal of every researcher is to have a lasting impact with their work. And for a computer science professor at the University of New Mexico, that’s exactly what he accomplished.

Abdullah Mueen, Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science, received the ACM SIGKDD Test of Time Awardwhich honors the works that have had the most influence since their publication.

He received the award at the 28th ACM SIGKDD Conference on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining, held August 14-18 in Washington, D.C.

ACM SIGKDD stands for Association of Computing Machinery Special Interest Group in Knowledge Discovery in Data.

Mueen said this award is unique in that it honors research that is at least 10 years old and has been recognized as having sustained influence over the years since its publication.

“This award is particularly important to me because it shows that the work we do has an impact,” he said. “When it comes to my career, recognition is always good because it inspires you to do more good work.”

The award-winning work was part of his thesis at the University of California, Riverside, before he joined UNM in 2013. The research introduced a more effective and efficient data mining algorithm for time series data in large scale.

“Search and extract millions of time series subsequences under dynamic time warping” was presented at the Proceedings of the 18th ACM SIGKDD in 2012 and received the best paper award at that conference. Since then, it has been cited in other research more than 1,000 times. It also has video tutorials that explain the job, each receiving thousands of views.

“In general, this means that the work was distinctive, that is to say, it stood out from other work, which is why it was recognized twice, 10 years apart”, a- he declared.

Mueen has focused on various topics throughout his research career, including the role bots play in distorting reality on social media, how to spot fraudulent travel reviews and current cryptocurrency research. He is also currently funded by the Air Force Research Laboratory on a project that collects data from sensors across the country and the world to detect seismic activity that could indicate secret underground nuclear testing that could pose a threat to the national security.

But he said the common thread running through all his work is trying to figure out what the data means.

“We collect large amounts of data that is mostly human-centric. It affects our lives,” Mueen said. “In IT, we have to make sure our work touches people’s lives.”

Additional information about Mueen’s work can be found at his website.

Photo caption: Abdullah Mueen with his award in Washington, DC

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