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.

Communications of the ACM EiC Andrew Chien

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.

In Memoriam: Charles W. Bachman

Charles W. Bachman, recipient of the 1973 ACM A.M. Turing Award and an ACM Fellow, died in Lexington, Massachusetts on July 13. He was 92. The Turing Award recognized him for his outstanding contributions to database technology. During his long and varied career, Bachman held several technical positions at Dow Chemical Corporation, General Electric, Honeywell, and Cullinane Database Systems, and was President and CEO of Bachman Information Systems. His other honors include Distinguished Fellow of the British Computing Society; National Medal of Technology and Innovation; and Fellow of the Computer History Museum.

Charles W. Bachman

Meet Xuedong Huang

Xuedong Huang is a Microsoft Technical Fellow in AI and Research and is its Chief Speech Scientist. An ACM Fellow, his honors include being selected as Asian American Engineer of the Year (2011) and Wired’s “Next List 2016: 25 Geniuses Who Are Creating the Future of Business.” “Microphone + camera will finally free people from being tethered to computing devices, which will enable the next immediate wave of ambient computing revolution.”

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Microsoft Research Faculty Summit, July 17-18

Broadcasts from the Microsoft Research Faculty Summit from Redmond, Washington on July 17 and 18 can now be viewed on demand. This free online event offered keynotes and selected presentations from the Faculty Summit on artificial intelligence research, “The Edge of AI.” Topics covered included machine learning; human language technologies; perception and sensing; AI and society; cyber-physical systems and robotics; human/AI collaboration; and more.

Celebrating 50 Years of the ACM Turing Award

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. You can watch videos of these historic presentations here

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

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

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.

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

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 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.

Read the news release.

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.

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.

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 was a panelist on “Advances in Deep Neural Networks” at ACM’s Celebration of 50 Years of the Turing Award.

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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.

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Shari Trewin on How AI Can Improve Lives of People with Disabilities

IBM T.J. Watson Research Center's Shari Trewin highlights the ability of cognitive systems to engage with us, and the world, in more human-like ways. The ability to learn and generalize from examples is another important feature. Trewin says that through advances in machine learning, cognitive systems are rapidly improving their ability to see, to hear, and to interact with humans using natural language and gesture. In the process, they also become more able to support people with disabilities and the growing aging population.

HuffPost blog on AI and accessibility

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 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.

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.

▷ Candidate Slate

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.

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Reimagining the Avatar Dream

The “avatar dream," a culturally shared vision of a future in which, through the computer, people can become whomever or whatever we want to be, has long been intertwined with computer science. In this video, co-author D. Fox Harrell discusses "Reimagining the Avatar Dream," a Contributed Article in the July 2017 Communications of the ACM that argues for the need to reconsider the social and cultural impacts of creating social networks based on virtual identities.

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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