Professor's group wins 10-Year Impact Award for location-based recommendation research

Award recognizes paper with decade-long impact in the field 

Oct. 14, 2022

College of Science and Engineering Professor Mohamed Mokbel’s research group was awarded the 2022 Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Special Interest Group on Spatial Information (SIGSPATIAL) 10-Year Impact Award for its 2012 paper that focused on recommending for places to visit based on personal preference and current location.

This annual award, selected by a committee of peers, is given to research papers "whose value and prescience have become apparent over a long period of time."

"In academia, we try to come up with technologies and ideas before people are talking about it," said Mokbel, a faculty member in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering. "Based on the user’s data, [our] program can find people with similar patterns in the new area and make recommendations based on those similarities. It was ahead of its time because it was the first project to focus on both of these factors.”

This paper—research he conducted with former student Jie Bao and collaborator Yu Zheng—is the second such award for Mokbel. He earned the 2016 Very Large Data Bases 10-Years Award, with then former collaborators Chi-Yin Chow and Walid Aref, for work on privacy in spatial query processing.

Read the full story on the Department of Computer Science and Engineering website.

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