Keynote Speakers

Prof. Anil K. Jain

University Distinguished Professor, Dept. of Computer Science & Engineering, Michigan State University.


Anil K. Jain (PhD, 1973, Ohio State University; B. Tech., IIT Kanpur) is a University Distinguished Professor at Michigan State University where he conducts research in pattern recognition, machine learning, computer vision, and biometrics recognition. He was a member of the United States Defense Science Board and Forensics Science Standards Board. His prizes include Guggenheim, Humboldt, Fulbright, and King-Sun Fu Prize. For advancing pattern recognition, Jain was awarded Doctor Honoris Causa by Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. He was Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence and is a Fellow of ACM, IEEE, AAAS, and SPIE. Jain has been assigned 8 U.S. and Korean patents and is active in technology transfer for which he was elected to the National Academy of Inventors. Jain is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering (NAE), foreign member of the Indian National Academy of Engineering (INAE), a member of The World Academy of Science (TWAS) and a foreign member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS).

Prof. Masaru Kitsuregawa

National Institute of Informatics (NII), Director General / The University of Tokyo.


Director General of National Institute of Informatics and Professor at Institute of Industrial Science, the University of Tokyo. Received Ph.D. degree from the University of Tokyo in 1983. Served in various positions such as President of Information Processing Society of Japan (2013–2015) and Chairman of Committee for Informatics, Science Council of Japan(2014-2016). He has wide research interests, especially in database engineering. He has received many awards including ACM SIGMOD E. F. Codd Innovations Award, IEICE Contribution Award, IPSJ Contribution Award, 21st Century Invention Award of National Commendation for Invention, Japan and C&C Prize, IEEE Innovation in Societal Infrastructure Award and Japan Academy Award. In 2013, he awarded Medal with Purple Ribbon and in 2016, the Chevalier de la Legion D’Honneur. He is a fellow of ACM, IEICE and IPSJ, CCF honorary member, and IEEE Life Fellow.

Prof. Sunita Sarawagi

Institute Chair Professor, Computer Science and Engineering, IIT Bombay.


Sunita Sarawagi researches in the fields of databases and machine learning. She is institute chair professor at IIT Bombay. She got her PhD in databases from the University of California at Berkeley and a bachelors degree from IIT Kharagpur. She has also worked at Google Research (2014-2016), CMU (2004), and IBM Almaden Research Center (1996-1999). She was awarded the Infosys Prize in 2019 for Engineering and Computer Science, and the distinguished Alumnus award from IIT Kharagpur. She has several publications including best paper awards at ACM SIGMOD, VLDB, ICDM, NIPS, and ICML conferences. She has served on the board of directors of the ACM SIGKDD and VLDB foundation. She was program chair for the ACM SIGKDD 2008 conference, research track co-chair for the VLDB 2011 conference and has served as program committee member for SIGMOD, VLDB, SIGKDD, ICDE, and ICML conferences, and on the editorial boards of the ACM TODS and ACM TKDD journals.

Prof. Fabrizio Sebastiani

Istituto di Scienza e Tecnologie dell'Informazione, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (ISTI-CNR), Italy.


Fabrizio Sebastiani is a Senior Researcher at the Institute for the Science and Technologies of Information of the National Council of Research (ISTI-CNR), Italy. He has also been a Principal Scientist at the Qatar Computing Research Institute, and an Associate Professor at the Department of Pure and Applied Mathematics of the University of Padova. His research interests lie at the intersection of information retrieval and machine learning, with particular emphasis on text mining, text classification, information extraction, opinion mining, quantification, and their applications in fields such as medical informatics, market research, and customer relationships management.

Dr. Lada Adamic

Director, Computational Social Science, Facebook.


Lada Adamic leads the Computational Social Science Team at Facebook. Prior to joining Facebook she was an associate professor at the University of Michigan's School of Information and Center for the Study of Complex Systems. Her research interests center on information dynamics in networks. She has received an NSF CAREER award, a University of Michigan Henry Russell award, the 2012 Lagrange Prize in Complex Systems.

Important Dates

Abstract Submission Dec 7, 2020
Paper Submission Deadline Dec 7, 2020
Paper Acceptance Notification Feb 8, 2021
Camera Ready Papers Due Mar 3, 2021

*All deadlines are 23:59 Pacific Standard Time (PST)