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H. V. Jagadish receives the 2013 SIGMOD Contributions Award

For outstanding and sustained services to and promotion of the database field through activities such as education, conference organization, journals, standards, and research funding.


Details: H. V. Jagadish has an extensive record of service to the database community over the past 25 years in a broad range of roles, including conference organization, journal editorship, and society leadership. He has spearheaded the development of the PVLDB model, a conference-journal hybrid designed to address some of the stresses on our current conference reviewing system. Many authors, and particularly younger and less-experienced authors, have greatly appreciated the opportunity to revise conference paper submissions. The VLDB conference has benefited from this effort, improving quality and increasing number of submissions. The adoption of a new reviewing and publication model has required tremendous effort and political skill, for which Jagadish should be recognized. Many other CS sub-disciplines are now looking to replicate a similar model. 

Jagadish has also led multiple efforts to expand the domain of database research over the years, through workshops, reports, and published articles. In particular, he has played a leading role in data management for the life sciences and for financial systems. More recently, he orchestrated the writing of a white paper on the challenges and opportunities in big data, aimed at NSF and other funding agencies, with a view to making clear the need for database research in addressing big data problems. 

Jagadish is a team-builder with strong mentoring skills, and has had an important influence on the careers of many researchers. He has also served the broader computing community, including as a member of the CRA Board since 2009.

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