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Recently, a roster of the world’s most influential researchers includes a University of Louisiana at Lafayette data scientist – twice.

Of the 3,300 scholars included on Clarivate Analytics’ Highly Cited Researchers list, just 147, including Dr. Xindong Wu, appear in two categories. The director of the University’s School of Computing and Informatics is named in computer science and engineering.

Wu is an expert in data mining, a field of computer science that extracts useful information from data. Public and private entities confront huge amounts of data, and they utilize data mining to make sense of it and to inform decisions, Wu said.

“Data is reality. It is existence. Data is everywhere. Data mining tries to make good use of it.”

Wu joined the UL Lafayette faculty in 2016 with a reputation as a trailblazer.  Although scientists, statisticians and engineers have used data in their work for centuries, data mining as a field didn’t solidify until the mid-1990s.

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Caption: Dr. Xindong Wu, director of UL Lafayette’s School of Computing and Informatics and an expert in data mining, meets with graduate students recently in Oliver Hall. [Credit: Doug Dugas / University of Louisiana at Lafayette]