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.
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.
The ACM Future of Computing Academy (ACM-FCA) is a new initiative to support and foster the next generation of computing professionals. The Academy will bring together next generation researchers, practitioners, educators and entrepreneurs from various disciplines of computing to address pressing challenges facing the field and society. ACM is now accepting applications for the ACM-FCA. The application deadline is March 15, 2017.
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)
IBM's Guru Banavar reflects on the profound responsibilities computer scientists face in light of transformative developments in AI that will affect everything from financial services to transportation, energy, education, and healthcare. "It is no longer enough to advance the science of AI and the engineering of AI-based systems," he says. "We now shoulder the added burden of ensuring these technologies are developed, deployed and adopted in responsible, ethical and enduring ways."
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.
The 2016-17 ACM NDC Study of non-Ph.D. granting departments in computing at 4-year institutions is now open. NDC is the only survey producing timely data on enrollment, degree production, student body composition, and faculty salaries/demographics that can help benchmark your institution/program(s). See 2015-16 results here. If your unit has a program in CS, CE, IS, IT, and/or SE but you haven't received an invitation to participate, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For the second year in a row, ACM will head to the SXSW Interactive Festival – an internationally recognized event that brings innovators and entrepreneurs from around the world to Austin, Texas. This year, ACM will host an official SXSW party featuring successful tech entrepreneurs and investors, and sponsored sessions with Eric Horvitz on the challenges and future of AI and Jeff Heer on interactive data analysis and visualization.
Yale University Computer Science professor and ACM Fellow Joan Feigenbaum 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."
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.
In celebration of Computer Science Education Week, a group of 17 women Microsoft researchers gave their predictions for developments in various areas of computer science on one-year and 10-year time scales. Among them are ACM luminaries Susan Dumais, Kathryn McKinley, Jennifer Chayes, and Karin Strauss sharing their insights and inspiration for the next generation of women computer scientists.
Abigail Sellen is a Principal Researcher and Deputy Director at Microsoft Research in Cambridge, UK, where she also manages the Human Experience & Design group. She is an ACM Fellow and member of the CHI Academy. "Many of the most important breakthroughs in computing in the years to come will be at the intersection of computing and completely different disciplines."
ACM Turing Laureates Participate in the 4th HLF
ACM has been an active part of the annual Heidelberg Laureate Forum (HLF) since its first gathering in 2013. HLF brings the laureates of the ACM Turing Award, The Abel Prize, the Fields Medal, and the Nevanlinna Prize together with brilliant young computing and mathematics researchers from around the world to Heidelberg each September for a week of intensive exchange.
“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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