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Kosta Peric, deputy director for global development at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, discusses how the global revolution in mobile communications can be an important tool in alleviating world poverty. Mobile devices and other platforms allow the poor to handle their money securely and transfer it instantaneously. Challenges remain: Two billion adults around the world lack basic financial services like bank accounts.
Register now for the next free ACM Learning Webinar, "Embracing Open Data Science in Your Organization," presented live on Wednesday, September 7 at 12 PM ET by Christine Doig, Senior Data Scientist at Continuum Analytics. A question-and-answer session will follow the talk.
Sheila Anand is a professor at Rajalakshmi Engineering College in Chennai, India. As Chair of ACM-W India, she leads efforts to provide occupational and social support for women computing professionals. “Many Indian women take a hiatus from their corporate career for personal or family reasons…. The unique challenge here is to create opportunities and avenues for their re-entry into the workforce.”
Lynda Hardman is president of Informatics Europe, and a member of the management team at the Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica in Amsterdam. She also serves on the Advisory Committee of ACM-W Europe. “We have a Catch-22 situation, where there are very few female role models for girls to identify with, so that they tend not to go into computing.”
Seven teams competed for nearly $4 million dollars in cash prizes in DARPA's Cyber Grand Challenge, which pitted machine learning systems against each other. Jack Davidson, a professor of Computer Science at the University of Virginia, an ACM Fellow and Co-chair of the ACM Publications Board, was a member of the competition’s second-place team.
acmqueue’s “Research for Practice” column 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 the latest issue, Camille Fournier presents three papers on distributed consensus systems on implementing Paxos and the easier-to-understand Raft. Joy Arulraj and Andrew Pavlo present three papers on the future impact of nonvolatile memory on DBMS architectures. Together, these papers illuminate how lessons from critical areas in storage and largescale services can be applied to building better software.
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