Stefan Savage of the University of California, San Diego and Regina Barzilay of MIT have been named 2017 MacArthur Fellows. Savage, an ACM Fellow and 2015 ACM Prize in Computing recipient, was cited for "identifying and addressing the technological, economic, and social vulnerabilities underlying internet security challenges and cybercrime." Barzilay, an ACM member, was cited for "developing machine learning methods that enable computers to process and analyze vast amounts of human language data."
Injong Rhee is the Chief Technology Officer and Executive Vice President of Software and Services, Mobile Communications at Samsung Electronics, Korea. Since joining Samsung in 2011, he developed some of the company’s most high-profile products, including software powering flagship smartphones such as Galaxy S8 and Note8. Rhee was a professor of Computer Science at North Carolina State University before joining Samsung. "I believe the next generation interface will be highly multimodal—weaving many different modes of interactions by the whims of users."
ACM is sponsoring a series of practitioner-oriented workshops on the intersection of Artificial Intelligence and Blockchain. The first workshop in the series occurred on July 31, 2017 in Toronto. Additional workshops are planned for San Francisco, New York, Beijing, Bangalore, Paris, Tokyo, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore, London, Boston and Los Angeles. Speakers include leading names in AI and Blockchain.
USACM has reaffirmed its long-standing commitment to accessibility by releasing a statement and set of principles on accessibility, usability, and digital inclusiveness. Promoting digital inclusiveness for people with disabilities, as well as policies, regulations, and guidelines that ensure fair access to the opportunities that arise from digital innovations, has been an ongoing priority for USACM.
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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.
Chris Hankin is Professor of Computer Science and Co-Director of the Institute for Security Science and Technology at Imperial College London. He is also Director of the UK’s Research Institute in Trustworthy Industrial Control Systems. He is Chair of the ACM Europe Council and serves on ACM’s Publications Board. He was Editor-in-Chief of ACM Computing Surveys from 2007 to 2013. “The main lesson [of the Equifax breach] is the importance of acting promptly on notification of software updates.”
ACM is among 21 industry, nonprofit, and academic organizations that recently joined the Partership on AI to Benefit People and Society. PAI was established in in February 2017, with an initial membership of 32 organizations, to study and formulate best practices on AI technologies, to advance the public’s understanding of AI, and to serve as an open platform for discussion and engagement about AI and its influences on people and society.
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.
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.
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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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.
The 5th Heidelberg Laureate Forum, September 24-29, featured 26 laureates of the ACM A.M. Turing Award, Abel Prize, ACM Prize in Computing, Fields Medal and Nevanlinna Prize exchanging ideas and discussing research with 200 of the most talented young researchers in these disciplines from around the world. Lectures and panel discussions are available for on-demand viewing via the video archive or on the HLF YouTube channel.
Software developers often use refactoring as an important tool for improving quality. Many development methodologies rely on refactoring; especially for agile methodologies, but also in more plan-driven organizations. In this video, Ewan Tempero discusses "Barriers to Refactoring," from the October 2017 issue of Communications of the ACM, which discusses a large-scale survey of 3,785 practitioners' that and explores situations in which they do, and do not, refactor. Perhaps surprisingly, in many cases, these decisions were based on non-design considerations.
ACM Queue’s “Research for Practice” is a must-read for practitioners who want to stay current with the latest advances in computing research. In this installment, Albert Kwon reviews research that examines ensuring privacy in our daily online communication. His selections illustrate the possibilities over the horizon: transparent endpoint authentication, enhanced communication metadata protection, etc. Then, James R. Wilcox looks at research that gives us a tour of recent advances in verified systems design and demonstrates the possibility of building end-to-end verified compilers, operating systems, and distributed systems.
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