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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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).
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.