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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ACM is celebrating 50 years of the Turing Award and the visionaries who have received it. We aim to highlight the significant impact of the contributions of the Turing laureates on computing and society, to look ahead to the future of technology and innovation, and to help inspire the next generation of computer professionals to invent and dream. Our celebration will culminate with a conference June 23 - 24, 2017 at the Westin St. Francis in San Francisco.
The National Center for Women & Information Technology has named MIT's Barbara Liskov the 2017 recipient of the NCWIT Pioneer in Tech Award. The award recognizes technical women whose lifetime contributions have significantly impacted the landscape of technological innovation. She will receive the award at the 2017 NCWIT Summit on Women and IT. Liskov is the 2008 ACM A.M. Turing Award laureate.
Adi Shamir, a co-recipient of the 2002 ACM A.M. Turing Award, has received the 2017 Japan Prize for significant contributions to the fields of cryptography and computer science. Shamir was cited for outstanding achievements in cryptography for information security (including a wide range of underlying studies on computational complexity theory and algorithms), which is essential for the realization of a safe and secure society.
Blair MacIntyre is a Professor in the School of Interactive Computing and founder of the Augmented Environments Lab at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Currently on leave from Georgia Tech, he is at Mozilla continuing his work to add augmented reality technologies to the web. He will be moderating a panel on AR at ACM’s 50 Years of the Turing Award Celebration in June. “Imagine that you can virtually get together as easily as you can send a text message today.”
Joan Feigenbaum is Department Chair and Grace Murray Hopper Professor of Computer Science and Adjunct Professor of Law at Yale University and an ACM Fellow. She will be a panel moderator during the Celebration of 50 Years of the ACM Turing Award conference. "As we learned during the Summer of Snowden in 2013, governments have been surveilling our electronic communications on a breathtaking scale in the name of national security."
ACM President and Rochester Institute of Technology Distinguished Professor Vicki Hanson has been elected to the ACM CHI Academy, an honorary group of individuals who have made substantial contributions to the field of human-computer interaction. With this honor, Hanson joins principal leaders of the field whose efforts have shaped the disciplines and industry of HCI.
Paul Messina of the Argonne National Laboratory says the benefits of exascale computing range from engineering to energy conservation to healthcare, biology, and storm prediction. In addition, the use of exascale computing in urban science promises to mitigate health hazards, reduce crime, and improve quality of life in cities by optimizing infrastructure. Advances will flow from classical simulations but also from large-scale data analysis, deep machine learning, and often the integration of all three.
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.
In 2015-16, CRA conducted a survey to examine enrollment trends and their impact on CS programs. The survey was administered in parallel with CRA’s Taulbee Survey of doctoral-granting and ACM’s NDC Study of non-doctoral programs. The report, “Generation CS: CS Enrollments Surge Since 2006,” is now available at: http://cra.org/data/generation-cs/.
The past year saw many "firsts" for ACM, including the landmark ACM elections resulting in an all-female leadership team, ACM’s debut at the popular South by Southwest (SxSW) Interactive conference, and ACM's monthly Huffington Post blog on significant developments in technology with public implications. ACM is committed to supporting the progress and quality of computing education worldwide and continues to explore new ways to involve our growing and greatly diversified audience. Read the annual report to learn about ACM’s initiatives, services and future programs.
The National Academy of Engineering (NAE) has elected 106 new members. ACM Fellows, award recipients, and Turing Award laureates are among this year's members:
Chieko Asakawa (SIGACCESS Impact Award)
Whitfield Diffie (Turing Award)
Julia Hirschberg (ACM Fellow)
Dina Katabi (Grace Murray Hopper Award)
Joseph Sifakis (Turing Award)
George Varghese (ACM Fellow)
Katherine A. Yelick (Ken Kennedy Award and Athena Lecturer Award)
Recognizing the ubiquity of algorithms in our daily lives, as well as their far-reaching impact, the ACM US Public Policy Council has issued a statement and a list of seven principles designed to address potential harmful bias. The goals of the statement include: providing context for what algorithms are, how they make decisions, and the technical challenges and opportunities of preventing and mitigating potential harmful bias.
While parts of the academic peer review process have been streamlined in the last few decades to take technological advances into account, there are many more opportunities for computational support that are not currently being exploited. In this video, Simon Price and Peter Flach discuss "Computational Support for Academic Peer Review," a Review Article in the March 2017 issue of Communications of the ACM.
“Research for Practice,” a regular feature in acmqueue, bridges the gap between theory and practice by applying learnings from recent cutting-edge research to the challenges practitioners face on a daily basis. In this installment, Arvind Narayanan and Andrew Miller deliver the latest updates from the burgeoning body of research on cryptocurrencies and deep learning. Then, Song Han provides an overview of hardware trends related to deep learning, including using hardware and hardware-aware techniques to encompass networks, improve their performance, and reduce their energy consumption.
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