Rakesh Agrawal
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Rakesh Agrawal is a Microsoft Technical Fellow working at the newly founded Search Labs.

Before joining Microsoft in March 2006, Agrawal worked at IBM developing fundamental data mining concepts and technologies and pioneering key concepts in data privacy, including Hippocratic Database, Sovereign Information Sharing, and Privacy-Preserving Data Mining. IBM's commercial data mining product, Intelligent Miner, grew out of his work. His research has been incorporated into other IBM products, including DB2 Mining Extender, DB2 OLAP Server and WebSphere Commerce Server, and has influenced other commercial and academic products, prototypes and applications. His other technical contributions include Polyglot object-oriented type system, Alert active database system, Ode (Object database and environment), Alpha (extension of relational databases with generalized transitive closure), Nest distributed system, transaction management, and database machines.

Agrawal was an IBM Fellow and led the Quest group at the IBM Almaden Research Center. Earlier, he was with the Bell Laboratories, Murray Hill from 1983 to 1989. He also worked for three years at the Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd. in India.

He is the recipient of the ACM-SIGKDD First Innovation Award, ACM-SIGMOD Edgar F. Codd Innovations Award, ACM-SIGMOD Test of Time Award, VLDB 10-Yr Most Influential Paper Award, and the Computerworld First Horizon Award. He is a Member of the National Academy of Engineering, a Fellow of ACM, and a Fellow of IEEE. Scientific American named him to the list of 50 top scientists and technologists in 2003.

Agrawal has been granted more than 55 patents. He has published more than 150 research papers. He has written the first and second highest cited papers in the fields of databases and data mining. His work has been featured in New York Times Year in Review, New York Times Science section, and several other publications.

He received the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1983. He also holds a B.E. degree in Electronics and Communication Engineering from IIT-Roorkee, and a two-year Post Graduate Diploma in Industrial Engineering from the National Institute of Industrial Engineering (NITIE), Bombay.


flag Does Social Good Justify Risking Personal Privacy?
as panelist at  20th ACM SIGKDD Conference on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining (KDD), New York 2014,
together with: Solon Barocas (panelist), Chris Clifton (panelist), Rayid Ghani (panelist), Corinna Cortes (panelist), Raghu Ramakrishnan (moderator),
flag Diversifying Search Results
as author at  Second ACM International Conference on Web Search and Data Mining - WSDM 2009,
together with: Sreenivas Gollapudi, Alan Halverson, Samuel Ieong,
flag Social Good and Privacy
as panelist at  20th ACM SIGKDD Conference on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining (KDD), New York 2014,
flag Humane Data Mining
as author at  ACM 17th Conference on Information and Knowledge Management (CIKM), Napa Valley 2008,