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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ACM Europe Conference 2017, September 7 to 8, Barcelona, Spain

The inaugural ACM Europe Conference will be a truly international event, bringing together computer scientists and practitioners from around the world. A celebration of the ACM European Fellows and a talk by 2012 Turing Award laureate Silvio Micali are also planned. The two main themes of the conference are High Performance Computing and Cybersecurity. Co-located meetings will include WomENcourage, HiPEAC, EXCDI, and Eurolab-4-HPC.

USACM and EUACM Issue Statement on IoT Privacy and Security

The ACM US Public Policy Council (USACM) and the ACM Europe Council Policy Committee (EUACM) have released a Statement on Internet of Things Privacy and Security addressing existing and expected privacy and security concerns in the IoT ecosystem. The principles in the statement propose policy and technical approaches to tackle privacy and security challenges while ensuring that the technology continues to move forward. 

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2017 ACM Europe Council Elections

The 2017 ACM Europe Council Election is now closed. The voting site closed at16:00 UTC on 19 June 2017.

Results will be announced soon.

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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.

In Memoriam: Charles P. Thacker

Charles P. “Chuck” Thacker passed away on June 12 at age 74 after a brief illness. Often hailed as an “engineer’s engineer,” Thacker made fundamental contributions across the full breadth of computer development, and is known for his pioneeering design of the Xerox Alto, the first modern PC. He also is credited as a co-inventor of the Ethernet family of computer networking technologies. A Technical Fellow at Microsoft Research, Thacker received the 2009 ACM A.M. Turing Award, the IEEE John von Neumann Medal, and the 2017 ACM - IEEE CS Eckert-Mauchly Award, among other honors.

Charles P. Thacker

Sir Tim Berners-Lee Receives 2016 ACM A.M. Turing Award

ACM has named Sir Tim Berners-Lee of Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of Oxford the recipient of the 2016 ACM A.M. Turing Award for inventing the World Wide Web, the first web browser, and the fundamental protocols and algorithms allowing the Web to scale.

2016 ACM A.M. Turing Award recipient Sir Tim Berners-Lee

Alexei Efros Receives 2016 ACM Prize in Computing

ACM has named Alexei Efros of the University of California, Berkeley the recipient of the 2016 ACM Prize in Computing. Efros was cited for groundbreaking data-driven approaches to computer graphics and computer vision focusing on understanding, modeling and recreating the visual world around us.

2016 ACM Prize in Computing recipient Alexei Efros

ACM Names Lydia Kavraki 2017-2018 Athena Lecturer

ACM has named Lydia E. Kavraki of Rice University as the 2017-2018 Athena Lecturer. Kavraki was cited for the invention of randomized motion-planning algorithms in robotics and the development of robotics-inspired methods for bioinformatics and biomedicine.

2017 ACM Athena Lecturer Lydia Kavraki

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.

The open exchange of ideas and the freedom of thought and expression are central to the aims and goals of ACM. ACM supports the statute of International Council for Science in that the free and responsible practice of science is fundamental to scientific advancement and human and environmental well-being. Such practice, in all its aspects, requires freedom of movement, association, expression and communication for scientists. All individuals are entitled to participate in any ACM activity.

Andrew File System Developers Honored for Novel Approach to Shared Data

John H. Howard, Michael L. Kazar, David A. Nichols, Sherri M. Nichols, Mahadev Satyanarayanan, Robert N. Sidebotham, Alfred Z. Spector, and Michael J. West received the 2016 ACM Software System Award for developing AFS, the first distributed file system designed for tens of thousands of machines.

Leader in Development of Computer Languages Receives Hopper Award

Jeffrey Heer has been named the recipient of the Grace Murray Hopper Award for for developing visualization languages that have changed the way people build and interact with charts and graphs across the Web. Heer has been a leader in developing computer languages to create charts, graphs and other visualizations that help people explore and understand data.

2016 ACM Grace Murray Hopper Award recipient Jeffrey Heer

Innovators in Broadcast Encryption and Traitor Tracing Systems Honored

Amos Fiat and Moni Naor have been named recipients of the 2016 ACM Paris Kanellakis Theory and Practice Award for the development of broadcast encryption and traitor tracing systems. Their original ideas are now used by cable television and satellite radio providers to ensure that only paying subscribers can decrypt a broadcast.

2016 ACM Paris Kanellakis Theory and Practice Award recipients Amos Fiat and Moni Naor

ACM and AAAI Recognize Computer Vision Researcher

Jitendra Malik of UC Berkeley is the recipient of the 2016 ACM – AAAI Allen Newell Award for seminal contributions to computer vision that have led the field in image segmentation and object category recognition. One of the world’s leading researchers in computer vision, Malik and his lab team have solved several important problems in computer vision.

2016  ACM – AAAI Allen Newell Award recipient Jitendra Malik

ACM Honors Shustek with Distinguished Service Award

Leonard Jay Shustek has been named recipient of the 2016 ACM Distinguished Service Award for the establishment and success of the Computer History Museum, the world’s leading institution in exploring the history of computing and its impact on society. Shustek has helped bring to the world the story of how the greatest innovation of our time has come to be.

Karlstrom Educator Award Goes to Owen Astrachan

Owen Astrachan was named recipient of the 2016 ACM Karl V. Karlstrom Outstanding Educator Award for three decades of innovative computer science pedagogy and inspirational community leadership in broadening the appeal of high school and college introductory computer science courses.

Ken Banks Receives Humanitarian Award for Mobile Technology

Ken Banks has received the 2016 ACM Eugene L. Lawler Award for developing FrontlineSMS, using mobile technology and text messaging to empower people to share information, organize aid, and reconnect communities during crises. Banks saw an opportunity to harness the world’s most-used communication platform—mobile messaging—to help people in the developing world.

2016 ACM Eugene L. Lawler Award recipient Ken Banks

ACM Recognizes Barr for Outstanding Contributions

Valerie Barr has received the 2016 Outstanding Contribution to ACM Award for reinventing ACM-W, increasing its effectiveness in supporting women in computing worldwide and encouraging participation in ACM.  Since becoming Chair of ACM-W in 2012, Barr has been a driving force in more than tripling the number of ACM-W chapters around the world.

2016 Outstanding Contribution to ACM Award recipient Valerie Barr

Moshe Vardi Receives 2017 ACM Presidential Award

Moshe Vardi of Rice University has been named the recipient of the 2017 ACM Presidential Award. Vardi was recognized for building ACM's flagship publication Communications of the ACM into the computing field’s preeminent print and online magazine. This is his second Presidential Award.

The Late Charles Thacker Honored with Eckert-Mauchly Award

The late Charles P. “Chuck” Thacker was named the recipient of the 2017 ACM - IEEE CS Eckert-Mauchly Award for networking and distributed computing contributions including Ethernet, the Xerox Alto, and development of the first tablet computers. His achievements span the full breadth of computer development, from analog circuit and power supply design to logic design, processor and network architecture, system software, languages, and applications.

2017 Eckert-Mauchly Award recipient Charles Thacker

ACM Presents Special Awards to 2017 Intel Science Fair Finalists

ACM presented seven Special Awards to finalists in the 2017 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF), the world's largest high school science research competition, held May 14-19 in in Los Angeles, California. ISEF honors the world’s most promising student scientists, inventors and engineers, selected annually from hundreds of affiliated fairs around the world.

Doctoral Dissertation Award Recognizes Young Researchers

Haitham Hassanieh of University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has received ACM's 2016 Doctoral Dissertation Award for developing highly efficient algorithms for computing the Sparse Fourier Transform. Honorable Mentions went to Peter Bailis of Stanford University for coordination avoidance in distributed databases, and Veselin Raychev of ETH Zurich for creating programming tools based on probabilistic models of code that can solve tasks beyond the reach of current methods.

2016 ACM Doctoral Dissertation Award recipient and Honorable Mentions

Toufi Saliba on the Hidden Economic Potential of Blockchains

Blockchain technology promises greater financial inclusion for people in developing countries, giving them access to an efficient system of securing their finances. It is also poised to open up a new market for the financial services industry to provide mortgages, loans, and other services to five billion people. Once realized, the distributed and decentralized power of Blockchain could enable the entire global economy to run simply on connected smartphones, without the cloud, servers, central entity, or government. 

HuffPost blog on Blockchain technology

National Academy of Engineering Names ACM Luminaries as Members

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)

ACM NAE Members

ACM ICPC 2017 World Finals Winners, May 20-25

St. Petersburg University of IT, Mechanics and Optics, University of Warsaw, Seoul National University and St. Petersburg State University were the top medal winners in the 2017 ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest, held May 20 to 25 in Rapid City, South Dakota.

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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.

Cybersecurity Curricula Draft Call for Comments

The Joint Task Force on Cybersecurity Education (a partnership of ACM, IEEE-CS, AIS SIGSEC, and IFIP) is inviting comments on Cybersecurity Curricula 2017 (CSEC2017). Please download the draft report and submit your comments by July 3, 2017. The JTF was launched in September 2015 with the purpose of developing comprehensive curricular guidance in cybersecurity education that will support future program development and associated educational efforts.

Meet Theo Schlossnagle

Software engineer and serial entrepreneur Theo Schlossnagle founded his first company, OmniTI, a Web applications and Internet architecture provider, in 1997. Circonus, his newest company, aims to change the world of systems monitoring to be more data-driven. A Senior Member of ACM, Schlossnagle serves on the ACM Practitioners Board and the editorial board of ACM Queue.

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Meet Fei-Fei Li

Fei-Fei Li is an Associate Professor of Computer Science at Stanford University. She is also the Director of the Stanford Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (SAIL) and the Stanford Vision Lab, where she works with students and colleagues to build algorithms that enable computers and robots to see and think.  She is a panelist on “Advances in Deep Neural Networks” at ACM’s upcoming Celebration of 50 Years of the Turing Award.

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ACM President Vicki Hanson Elected to 2017 CHI Academy

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.

ACM President Vicki Hanson has been elected to the 2017 CHI Academy class

ACM TURC 2017: Turing 50th Celebration Conference - China

The ACM Turing 50th Celebration Conference - China (ACM TURC 2017) was held in Shanghai, China May 12-14. ACM Turing Award laureates Vint Cerf, John Hopcroft and Andrew Yao delivered keynote talks and participated in a roundtable forum and panel discussions with industry renowned scholars. ACM president Vicki L. Hanson, former ACM president Alexander L. Wolf, and ACM CEO Robert B. ("Bobby") Schnabel also attended and delivered talks.

NCWIT Honors Turing Award Laureate Liskov with Pioneer in Tech Award

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.

NCWIT is Honoring Turing Award Laureate Barbara Liskov with Pioneer in Tech Award

USACM and EUACM List Seven Principles to Address Algorithmic Bias

Recognizing the ubiquity of algorithms in our daily lives, as well as their far-reaching impact, the ACM US Public Policy Council and the ACM Europe Policy Committee have issued a statement and a list of seven principles designed to address potential harmful bias. USACM approved the principles earlier this year, and EUACM approved them on May 25.

Read the ACM news release.

Weaving the Web

Sir Tim Berners-Lee will receive the 2016 ACM A.M. Turing Award in June for ushering in a major paradigm shift in computing and human communication in general by inventing the World Wide Web, the URL naming scheme, the HTTP protocol, and the HTML markup language. Now, the Web is so fundamental that it is difficult to imagine the world without it. In this video, Berners-Lee discusses the process of conceptualizing and implementing these world-changing technologies. 

Cryptocurrencies, Blockchains, and Smart Contracts; Hardware for Deep Learning

“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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