USACM Panel on Algorithmic Transparency and Accountability

USACM, the ACM U.S. Public Policy Council, hosted a panel event on “Algorithmic Transparency and Accountability” on September 14  at the National Press Club in Washington. The panel providee a forum for a discussion between stakeholders and leading computer scientists about the growing impact of algorithmic decision-making on our society and the technical underpinnings of algorithmic models. A video of the event is now available.

Jodi Tims Named New Chair of ACM-W

On July 1, Jodi Tims succeeded Valerie Barr as Chair of the ACM-W Women's Council. She was previously Vice Chair. Tims is a Professor of Computer Science at Baldwin Wallace University in Berea, Ohio, where she also serves as Chair of the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science. Learn about other new ACM-W Council members.

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Meet Mayank Goel

Mayank Goel is a an Assistant Professor at Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Computer Science. He is Gadgets Chair for Ubicomp 2017, ACM’s premier conference on ubiquitous computing.  A recent health sensing technology developed by his research group is a wearable device that can integrate into the wearer’s eyeglasses, to help keep track of the wearer’s diet. “Our smart devices need to coordinate with each other more effectively in order to develop a deeper awareness of their overlapping capabilities.”

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Meet Tova Milo

Tova Milo is a Professor of Computer Science and Lead of the Data Management Group at Tel Aviv University. She is a co-recipient of a paper that received the ACM PODS Alberto O. Meldelzon Test-of-Time Award. An ACM Fellow, Milo has served on the editorial board of ACM Transactions on Database Systems (TODS). “In the MoDaS project we are developing solid scientific foundations for web-scale data sourcing. We believe that such a principled approach is essential to obtaining knowledge of superior quality….”

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Celebrating 50 Years of the ACM Turing Award

ACM's celebration of 50 years of the Turing Award culminated with a conference June 23 and 24, 2017 at the Westin St. Francis in San Francisco. Keynote talks and panel discussions highlighted the significant impact of the contributions of the Turing Laureates on computing and society, as well as looking ahead to the future of technology and innovation. You can watch videos of these historic presentations here

GHC 2017, October 4 to 6, Orlando, Florida

The Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing is the world's largest gathering of women technologists. Scheduled keynote speakers are Melinda Gates, Co-chair, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; Ayanna Howard, Professor and Chair at the Georgia Institute of Technology; Fei-Fei Li, Associate Professor at Stanford University and Chief Scientist, Google Cloud; and Mary Spio, CEO and President, CEEK VR.

Communications of the ACM Welcomes Andrew Chien as Editor-in-Chief

ACM's flagship publication Communications of the ACM (CACM) welcomes Andrew A. Chien as its Editor-in-Chief, effective July 1, 2017. He will succeed Moshe Y. Vardi. Chien is the William Eckhardt Distinguished Service Professor of Computer Science and the Director of the CERES Center for Unstoppable Computing at the University of Chicago. He is also a Senior Computer Scientist at the Argonne National Laboratory.

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Meet the Inaugural Class of the ACM-FCA

The ACM Future of Computing Academy is a new initiative created by ACM to support and foster the next generation of computing professionals. The Academy is a platform that enables the next generation of researchers, practitioners, educators and entrepreneurs to develop a coherent and influential voice that addresses challenging issues facing the field and society in general. Meet the men and women who make up the inaugural class of the ACM-FCA.

Introducing the New Proceedings of the ACM Series

Proceedings of the ACM (PACM) is a new journal series with first issues planned for 2017. It is being launched in recognition of the fact that conference-centric publishing disadvantages the CS community with respect to other scientific disciplines when competing with researchers from other disciplines for top science awards and career progression, and the fact that top ACM conferences have demonstrated high quality and high impact on the field.

ACM Expresses Concern About New Executive Order Suspending Visas

The Association for Computing Machinery, a global scientific and educational organization representing the computing community, expresses concern over US President Donald J. Trump’s Executive Order imposing suspension of visas to nationals of six countries.

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Jennifer Chayes on Machine Learning Advances to Address Bias in Algorithms

With careful algorithm design, computers can be fairer than typical human decision makers, despite biased training data, says Microsoft Research Distinguished Scientist and ACM Fellow Jennifer T. Chayes. She points to the positive trend of many computer scientists caring deeply about the fairness of machine learning algorithms, and cites an intelligent algorithm that looks at “protected attributes” like race or gender and then produces decisions that are sometimes less biased than human judgements.

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ACM Announces 2017 ACM/IEEE-CS George Michael Memorial HPC Fellowship Recipients

Shaden Smith of the University of Minnesota and Yang You of the University of California, Berkeley have been named recipients of the 2017 ACM/IEEE-CS George Michael Memorial HPC Fellowships. The Fellowships will be formally presented at SC17 in November.

Read the ACM news release.

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Moving Beyond the Turing Test with the Allen AI Science Challenge

In 2015, the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence (AI2) ran its first Allen AI Science Challenge, which tested machines on an ostensibly difficult task—answering eighth-grade science questions. Doing well on such a challenge would appear to require significant advances in AI technology, making it a potentially powerful way to advance the field. In this video, Carissa Schoenick discusses "Moving Beyond the Turing Test with the Allen AI Science Challenge,” in the September 2017 CACM.

Vigorous Public Debates in Academic Computer Science

ACM Queue’s “Research for Practice” is a must-read for practitioners who want to stay current with the latest advances in computing research. Edited by Peter Bailis, every "RfP" column delivers expert-curated guides to the best of computer science research. This installment features a special curated selection from John Regehr, who takes us on a tour of the great debates in computer science that span file systems, operating systems, kernel design and formal verification. “Things aren’t as cut-and-dried as teachers often try to make them sound,” Regehr says, “it’s useful to try to figure out who’s right and who’s wrong.”

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