During the next several months, ACM will celebrate 50 years of the Turing Award and the visionaries who have received it. Our aim is 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 scientists to invent and dream. Our celebration will culminate with a conference June 23 - 24, 2017 at the Westin St. Francis in San Francisco.
The ACM-Infosys Foundation Award in the Computing Sciences has been renamed the ACM Prize in Computing. The award recognizes computing professionals in the early to middle stages of their careers. Infosys will continue to fund the award, whose cash prize has been increased to $250,000. In addition, recipients will now be invited to participate in the Heidelberg Laureate Forum, an annual networking event for mathematicians and computing scientists.
For one week in December, millions of students around the world are introduced to the magic of computer science through games, coding puzzles, tutorials, and many other fun activities. Events are organized by local volunteers from schools, research institutions, and other groups. ACM, a parnter of Code.org, which launched Computer Science Education Week in 2009, invites you host an Hour of Code in your community.
George Roussos is a Professor of Pervasive Computing at Birkbeck College, University of London. He is a member of USACM’s Working Group on the Internet of Things, and co-authored a book on Smart Cities. “Technology offers the potential for creating new city infrastructure, but a much stronger force for shaping infrastructures is dialogue between the different social groups occupying the city.”
ACM has named 45 Distinguished Members for their individual contributions to computing. Their achievements have advanced the science, engineering and education of computing, and highlight its growing role in the major technological advances shaping society today. The ACM Distinguished Member program recognizes members based on professional experience as well as significant achievements in the computing field.
The number of software job openings is at an all-time high, and this is not likely to slow. Yet students are failing to learn the skills needed to fill these positions, according to University of Washington's Andrew J. Ko and Purdue University's Susanne Hambrusch. They point to computing education research as essential in figuring out how to teach coding and other skills more effectively.
Young researchers at all phases of their careers (undergrad, PhD or postdoc) are encouraged to apply for the next Heidelberg Laureate Forum, for a chance to personally interact with laureates of the most prestigious prizes in mathematics and computer science, including the ACM A.M. Turing Award. HLF, which includes scientific, social and outreach activities in an informal atmosphere, takes place September 24 to 29, 2017. Applications are due February 14, 2017.
Margaret Burnett is a Distinguished Professor in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Oregon State University. She began her career in industry, where she was the first woman software developer hired at Procter & Gamble Ivorydale. She co-founded the area of end-user software engineering, and was a keynote speaker at FSE 2016. “Through theories that ‘connect the dots’ of seemingly dissimilar research projects, we can accelerate our ability to take the kinds of leaps forward in software engineering that today’s software demands.”
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.
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 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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