ACM Awards

ACM recognizes excellence through its eminent  series of awards for technical and professional achievements and contributions in computer science and information technology. It also names as Fellows and Distinguished Members those members who, in addition to professional accomplishments, have made significant contributions to ACM's mission.  How to Nominate

SIG Awards

ACM's Special Interest Groups (SIGs) regularly cite outstanding individuals for their contributions in more than 30 distinct technological fields.

Cryptography Pioneers Receive 2015 ACM A.M. Turing Award

Whitfield Diffie and Martin E. Hellman have been named recipients of the 2015 ACM A.M. Turing Award for fundamental contributions to modern cryptography. Their groundbreaking 1976 paper, "New Directions in Cryptography," introduced the ideas of public-key cryptography and digital signatures, which are the foundation for most security protocols on the internet today.

2015 ACM A.M. Turing recipients Whitfield Diffie and Martin E. Hellman

ACM and Infosys Foundation Honor Innovator in Network Security Research

The 2015 ACM-Infosys Foundation Award in the Computing Sciences recognizes Stefan Savage for his innovative research in network security, privacy and reliability. Savage is Professor in the Computer Science and Engineering department's Systems and Networking Group at UC San Diego's Jacobs School of Engineering.

2015 ACM-Infosys Foundation Award recipient Stefan Savage

ACM Names 2015 Fellows

ACM has recognized 42 of its members for their significant contributions to the development and application of computing in areas from data management and spoken-language processing to robotics and cryptography. The achievements of the 2015 ACM Fellows are fueling advances in computing that are driving the growth of the global digital economy.

GCC Developer Honored for Software and Hardware Innovations

The 2015 ACM Software System Award honors Richard Stallman, founder and President of the Free Software Foundation, for development and leadership of GCC (GNU Compiler Collection), which has enabled extensive software and hardware innovation, and has been a lynchpin of the free software movement.

2015  ACM Software System Award recipient Richard Stallman

Hopper Award Honors Researcher for Advances in Encryption

Brent Waters of the University of Texas at Austin has been named the recipient of the 2015 Grace Murray Hopper Award for the introduction and development of the concepts of attribute-based and functional encryption. His innovations enhance security efforts at a time when greater volumes of highly confidential data are moving to the cloud.

2015  ACM Grace Murray Hopper Award recipient Brent Waters

Jennifer Rexford Named 2016-2017 Athena Lecturer

ACM's Council on Women (ACM-W) has recognized Jennifer Rexford of Princeton University for her contributions to data networking. Her innovations in advancing network efficiency have greatly enhanced the stability and flow of Internet transmissions, and make data networks easier to design, understand and manage. The Athena Lecturer is invited to present a lecture at an ACM event.

2016-2017 ACM Athena Lecturer Jennifer Rexford

Qualcomm Technologies VP Garners Kanellakis Award for Video Contributions

Qualcomm Technologies Vice President of Technology Michael Luby will receive ACM’s 2015 Paris Kanellakis Theory and Practice Award for groundbreaking contributions to erasure correcting codes, which are essential for improving the quality of video transmission over a variety of networks, including mobile, broadcast and satellite channels.

2015  ACM Paris Kanellakis Theory and Practice Award recipient Michael Luby

ACM and AAAI Recognize Pioneering AI Researcher

Eric Horvitz of Microsoft Research is the recipient of the 2015 ACM – AAAI Allen Newell Award for groundbreaking contributions in artificial intelligence and human-computer interaction, encompassing both theoretical innovations and important practical applications. He is best known for his pioneering research in developing principles and models of computational intelligence and action.

2015  ACM – AAAI Allen Newell Award recipient Eric Horvitz

Karlstrom Award Recognizes Fox for Leadership in Online Education

UC Berkeley professor Armando Fox has been named the recipient of the 2015 ACM Karl V. Karlstrom Outstanding Educator Award for leadership in online computing education through creation of innovative courses, tools, and inexpensive textbooks used worldwide, providing access to quality software engineering education.

ACM 2015 Karlstrom Award Recipient Armando Fox

Perrott Receives ACM Distinguished Service Award for Advancing Parallel Computing

Oxford e-Research Centre visiting professor Ron Perrott will receive the 2015 ACM Distinguished Service Award for providing vision and leadership in high-performance computing and e-science, championing new initiatives and advocating collaboration among interested groups at both national and international levels.

ACM 2015 Distinguished Service Award Recipient Ron Perrott

Chris Stephenson Receives 2016 ACM Presidential Award

Chris Stephenson, Head of Computer Science Education Programs at Google Inc., was recognized for creating the Computer Science Teachers Association, an international organization dedicated to supporting teachers and pursuing excellence in CS education for K-12 students.

Gerhard Schimpf Receives 2016 ACM Presidential Award

Gerhard Schimpf, who serves as Chair of ACM Europe’s Council of European Chapter Leaders, was recognized for helping to establish ACM Europe, advocating ACM’s involvement in the Heidelberg Laureate Forum, and enlightening students and professionals throughout Europe to the value of ACM membership.

Doctoral Dissertation Award Recognizes Young Researchers

Julian Shun has received ACM's 2015 Doctoral Dissertation Award for work on scalable parallel programs. Honorable Mentions went to Aaron Sidford of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for work on linear programming, and Siavash Mirarab of the University of Texas at Austin for an algorithm to analyze large-scale biological sequence data efficiently and accurately.

2015 ACM Doctoral Dissertation Award Laureates

2016 Student Research Competition Grand Finals Winners

Swarnendu Biswas, Thomas Degueule, Christopher Theisen and Jeevana Priya Inala were the 2016 Grand Finals winners of ACM’s Student Research Competition. The SRC Grand Finals are the culmination of a year-long competition that involved more than 300 computer science students presenting research projects at 22 major ACM conferences.

Doctoral Students Receive 2015 George Michael Memorial HPC Fellowships at SC15

Maciej Besta of ETH Zurich and Dhairya Malhotra of the University of Texas at Austin have been named recipients of 2015 ACM/IEEE-CS George Michael Memorial HPC Fellowships. 

ACM, CSTA Announce First Cutler-Bell Prize Student Winners

The first-ever winners of the ACM/CSTA Cutler-Bell Prize in High School Computing were announced on March 19 at the Living Computer Museum. Bestowed by ACM and the Computer Science Teachers Association, the award recognizes computer science talent in high school students and comes with a $10,000 prize.

Gordon Bell Prize Goes to Team for Modeling Earthquake Predictions

A team led by Johann Rudi of the University of Texas at Austin has received the 2015 ACM Gordon Bell Prize, presented at SC15 for their entry, "An Extreme-Scale Implicit Solver for Complex PDEs: Highly Heterogeneous Flow in Earth’s Mantle."

2016 Gödel Prize Recognizes Concurrent Separation Logic

The Association for Computing Machinery’s Special Interest Group on Algorithms and Computation Theory (SIGACT) and the European Association for Theoretical Computer Science (EATCS) have announced that Stephen Brookes and Peter W. O’Hearn are the recipients of the 2016 Gödel Prize for their invention of Concurrent Separation Logic.

Kathy Yelick Receives ACM/IEEE-CS Ken Kennedy Award at SC15

ACM and IEEE Computer Society awarded the the 2015 ACM/IEEE Computer Society Ken Kennedy Award to UC Berkeley professor and ACM-W Athena Lecturer Katherine Yelick for innovative research contributions to parallel computing languages.

Uri Weiser to Receive 2016 Eckert-Mauchly Award

ACM and the IEEE Computer Society will jointly present the 2016 Eckert-Mauchly Award to Uri Weiser for leadership, as well as pioneering industry and academic work in high performance processors and multimedia architectures. The award will be presented in June at the ACM/IEEE International Symposium on Computer Architecture (ISCA).

Spotlight on Turing Laureates

The ACM A.M. Turing Award, computing’s most prestigious honor, acknowledges individuals who have made lasting and major contributions to the field of computing. Here, we look back at some of these technologies and breakthroughs that continue to impact our lives, and the remarkable innovators who helped shape them.