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.

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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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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.

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.

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."

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).

ACM Awards

ACM A. M. Turing Award

ACM's most prestigious technical award is accompanied by a prize of $1,000,000. It is given to an individual selected for contributions of a technical nature made to the computing community. The contributions should be of lasting and major technical importance to the computer field. Financial support of the Turing Award is provided by Google Inc.
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2015 - ACM A.M. Turing Laureate
Whitfield Diffie  Award Profile | ACM Digital Library Logo


2015 - ACM A.M. Turing Laureate
Martin Hellman  Award Profile | ACM Digital Library Logo

ACM-Infosys Foundation Award in the Computing Sciences

The ACM - Infosys Foundation Award in the Computing Sciences recognizes personal contributions by young scientists and system developers to a contemporary innovation that, through its depth, fundamental impact and broad implications, exemplifies the greatest achievements in the discipline. The award carries a prize of $175,000. Financial support for the ACM - Infosys Foundation Award is provided by the Infosys Foundation endowment.
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2015 - Award Recipient
Stefan Savage  Award Profile | ACM Digital Library Logo

For innovative research in network security, privacy, and reliability that has taught us to view attacks and attackers as elements of an integrated technological, societal, and economic system.

ACM Distinguished Service Award

Awarded on the basis of value and degree of services to the computing community. The contribution should not be limited to service to the Association, but should include activities in other computer organizations and should emphasize contributions to the computing community at large.
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2015 - Award Recipient
Ron Perrott  Award Profile | ACM Digital Library Logo

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 Doctoral Dissertation Award

Presented annually to the author(s) of the best doctoral dissertation(s) in computer science and engineering. The Doctoral Dissertation Award is accompanied by a prize of $20,000, and the Honorable Mention Award is accompanied by a prize of $10,000. Financial sponsorship of the award is provided by Google. Winning dissertations will be published in the ACM Digital Library as part of the ACM Books Series.
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2015 - Honorable Mention
Siavash Mirarab  Award Profile | ACM Digital Library Logo

For his dissertation, "Novel scalable approaches for multiple sequence alignment and phylogenomic reconstruction," nominated by the University of Texas at Austin.


2015 - Award Recipient
Julian Shun  Award Profile | ACM Digital Library Logo

For his dissertation, "Shared-Memory Parallelism Can Be Simple, Fast, and Scalable," nominated by Carnegie Mellon University.


2015 - Honorable Mention
Aaron Sidford  Award Profile | ACM Digital Library Logo

For his dissertation, "Iterative Methods, Combinatorial Optimization, and Linear Programming Beyond the Universal Barrier," nominated by Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

ACM-IEEE CS Eckert-Mauchly Award

Administered jointly by ACM and IEEE Computer Society. The award of $5000 is given for contributions to computer and digital systems architecture where the field of computer architecture is considered at present to encompass the combined hardware-software design and analysis of computing and digital systems.
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2016 - Award Recipient
Uri Weiser  Award Profile | ACM Digital Library Logo

For leadership and pioneering industry and academic work in high performance processors and multimedia architectures.

ACM Gordon Bell Prize

The Gordon Bell Prize is awarded each year to recognize outstanding achievement in high-performance computing. The purpose of the award is to track the progress over time of parallel computing, with particular emphasis on rewarding innovation in applying high-performance computing to applications in science, engineering, and large-scale data analytics. Prizes may be awarded for peak performance or special achievements in scalability and time-to-solution on important science and engineering problems. Financial support of the $10,000 award is provided by Gordon Bell, a pioneer in high-performance and parallel computing.
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2015 - IBM Zurich Research Laboratory
Costas Bekas  Award Profile | ACM Digital Library Logo

An Extreme-Scale Implicit Solver for Complex PDEs: Highly Heterogeneous Flow in Earth's Mantle


2015 - IBM Zurich Research Laboratory
Alessandro Curioni  Award Profile | ACM Digital Library Logo

An Extreme-Scale Implicit Solver for Complex PDEs: Highly Heterogeneous Flow in Earths Mantle


2015 - The University of Texas at Austin
Omar Ghattas  Award Profile | ACM Digital Library Logo

An Extreme-Scale Implicit Solver for Complex PDEs: Highly Heterogeneous Flow in Earth's Mantle


2015 - California institute of Technology
Michael Gurnis  Award Profile

An Extreme-Scale Implicit Solver for Complex PDEs: Highly Heterogeneous Flow in Earth's Mantle


2015 - IBM Zurich Research Laboratory
Yves Ineichen  Award Profile

An Extreme-Scale Implicit Solver for Complex PDEs: Highly Heterogeneous Flow in Earth's Mantle


2015 - The University of Texas at Austin
Tobin Isaac  Award Profile

An Extreme-Scale Implicit Solver for Complex PDEs: Highly Heterogeneous Flow in Earth's Mantle


2015 - IBM Zurich Research Laboratory
A. Cristiano I. Malossi  Award Profile

An Extreme-Scale Implicit Solver for Complex PDEs: Highly Heterogeneous Flow in Earth's Mantle.


2015 - The University of Texas at Austin
Johann Rudi  Award Profile | ACM Digital Library Logo

An Extreme-Scale Implicit Solver for Complex PDEs: Highly Heterogeneous Flow in Earth's Mantle.


2015 - IBM Zurich Research Laboratory
Peter Staar  Award Profile

An Extreme-Scale Implicit Solver for Complex PDEs: Highly Heterogeneous Flow in Earth's Mantle.


2015 - New York University
Georg Stadler  Award Profile

An Extreme-Scale Implicit Solver for Complex PDEs: Highly Heterogeneous Flow in Earth's Mantle

ACM Grace Murray Hopper Award

Awarded to the outstanding young computer professional of the year, selected on the basis of a single recent major technical or service contribution. This award is accompanied by a prize of $35,000. The candidate must have been 35 years of age or less at the time the qualifying contribution was made. Financial support of the Grace Murray Hopper Award is provided by Microsoft.
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2015 - Award Recipient
Brent Waters  Award Profile | ACM Digital Library Logo

For the introduction and development of the concepts of Attribute-Based Encryption and Functional Encryption.

International Science and Engineering Fair

The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) is held annually each May, and has been administered since 1950 by the Society for Science & the Public.
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ACM Paris Kanellakis Theory and Practice Award

The Paris Kanellakis Theory and Practice Award honors specific theoretical accomplishments that have had a significant and demonstrable effect on the practice of computing. This award is accompanied by a prize of $10,000 and is endowed by contributions from the Kanellakis family, with additional financial support provided by ACM's Special Interest Groups on Algorithms and Computational Theory (SIGACT), Design Automaton (SIGDA), Management of Data (SIGMOD), and Programming Languages (SIGPLAN), the ACM SIG Projects Fund, and individual contributions.
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2015 - Award Recipient
Michael Luby  Award Profile | ACM Digital Library Logo

For ground-breaking contributions to erasure correcting codes, which are essential for improving the quality of video transmission over the Internet.

ACM Karl V. Karlstrom Outstanding Educator Award

Presented annually to an outstanding educator who is: appointed to a recognized educational baccalaureate institution; recognized for advancing new teaching methodologies, or effecting new curriculum development or expansion in Computer Science and Engineering; or making a significant contribution to the educational mission of the ACM. Those who have been teaching for ten years or less will be given special consideration. A prize of $10,000 is supplied by Pearson Education.
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2015 - Award Recipient
Armando Fox  Award Profile | ACM Digital Library Logo

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-IEEE CS Ken Kennedy Award

The ACM - IEEE CS Ken Kennedy Award is awarded annually and recognizes substantial contributions to programmability and productivity in computing and substantial community service or mentoring contributions. The award includes a $5,000 honorarium. The recipient will give a presentation, normally technical, at the SC conference at which it is announced, or at an ACM or IEEE conference of the winner's choosing during the year following the announcement.
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2015 - Award Recipient
Kathy Yelick  Award Profile | ACM Digital Library Logo

For advancing the programmability of HPC systems, strategic national leadership, and mentorship in academia and government labs.

ACM Eugene L. Lawler Award for Humanitarian Contributions within Computer Science and Informatics

This award is to recognize an individual or a group who have made a significant contribution through the use of computing technology. It will be given once every two years, assuming that there are worthy recipients. The award amount is $5,000 plus travel expenses to the Awards banquet.

The award is intentionally defined broadly. The professional credentials of the recipient(s) are not important. The recipient(s) need never to have earned a degree or published a paper, or even be considered to be a computer professional. The emphasis of the Award Committee will be on the significance of the contribution itself, within the prescribed areas of technology for humanitarian contributions in the field of computing.

Some examples of the types of contributions that this award is created to recognize are: application of computer technology to aid the disabled; making an educational contribution using computers or Computer Science in inner city schools; creative research concerning intellectual property issues; expansion of educational opportunities in Computer Science for women and underrepresented minorities; application of computers or computing techniques to problems of developing countries.
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2014 - Award Recipient
Robin Murphy  Award Profile | ACM Digital Library Logo

For pioneering work in humanitarian disaster response through search and rescue robotics, to the benefit of both survivors and responders

ACM-IEEE CS George Michael Memorial HPC Fellowships

Endowed in memory of George Michael, one of the founding fathers of the SC Conference series, the ACM IEEE-CS George Michael Memorial Fellowships honor exceptional PhD students throughout the world whose research focus areas are in high performance computing, networking, storage, and large-scale data analysis. ACM, the IEEE Computer Society, and the SC Conference support this award.

Fellowship winners are selected each year based on overall potential for research excellence, the degree to which technical interests align with those of the HPC community, academic progress to date, recommendations by their advisor and others, and a demonstration of current and anticipated use of HPC resources. The Fellowship includes a $5,000 honorarium, plus travel and registration to receive the award at the annual SC conference.
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2015 - Award Recipient
Maciej Besta  Award Profile | ACM Digital Library Logo

For his project "Accelerating Large-Scale Distributed Graph Computations."


2015 - Award Recipient
Dhairya Malhotra  Award Profile | ACM Digital Library Logo

For his project "Scalable Algorithms for Evaluating Volume Potentials."

ACM AAAI Allen Newell Award

The ACM/AAAI Allen Newell Award is presented to an individual selected for career contributions that have breadth within computer science, or that bridge computer science and other disciplines. This award is accompanied by a prize of $10,000, provided by ACM and the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence, and by individual contributions.
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2015 - Award Recipient
Eric Horvitz  Award Profile | ACM Digital Library Logo

For contributions to artificial intelligence and human-computer interaction spanning the computing and decision sciences through developing principles and models of sensing, reflection, and rational action.

Outstanding Contribution to ACM Award

This award may be given to up to three individuals per year, for entirely different activities, and they are selected based on the value and degree of service to ACM.
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2014 - Award Recipient
Wendy Hall  Award Profile | ACM Digital Library Logo

For guiding ACM to become a truly international organization, helping improve diversity within ACM, and working to increase ACM's visibility in scientific venues world-wide.

ACM Policy Award

The ACM Policy Award was established in 2014 to recognize an individual or small group that had a significant positive impact on the formation or execution of public policy affecting computing or the computing community. This can be for education, service, or leadership in a technology position; for establishing an innovative program in policy education or advice; for building the community or community resources in technology policy; or other notable policy activity. The award is accompanied by a $10,000 prize.
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ACM Presidential Award

This award is given at the discretion of the ACM President, to individuals whose contributions in computing fall within the goals of the ACM.
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2016 - Award Recipient
Gerhard Schimpf  Award Profile | ACM Digital Library Logo

For his leadership in support of ACMs mission for global expansion by helping to establish ACM Europe, advocating ACMs involvement in the Heidelberg Laureates Forum, and enlightening students and professionals throughout Europe to the value of ACM membership.


2016 - Award Recipient
Chris Stephenson  Award Profile | ACM Digital Library Logo

A true visionary and teaching advocate who spirited ACMs lifelong commitment to computer science education, recognizing the need to introduce CS to young students taught by educators with the tools and training to inspire future generations to the wonders of computing.

SIAM/ACM Prize in Computational Science and Engineering

This endowed award will recognize an individual(s) for outstanding research contributions to the field of computational science and engineering. The contribution(s) for which the award is made must be publicly available and may belong to any aspect of computational science in its broadest sense. The award will include a certificate and a cash prize of $5,000.

Call for Nominations
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2014 - Award Recipient
Satish Balay  Award Profile

The PETSc Core Development Team: Satish Balay, Jed Brown, William Gropp, Matthew Knepley, Lois Curfman McInnes, Barry Smith, and Hong Zhang


2014 - Award Recipient
Jed Brown  Award Profile

The PETSc Core Development Team: Satish Balay, Jed Brown, William Gropp, Matthew Knepley, Lois Curfman McInnes, Barry Smith, and Hong Zhang


2014 - Award Recipient
William Gropp  Award Profile | ACM Digital Library Logo

The PETSc Core Development Team: Satish Balay, Jed Brown, William Gropp, Matthew Knepley, Lois Curfman McInnes, Barry Smith, and Hong Zhang


2014 - Award Recipient
Matthew Knepley  Award Profile | ACM Digital Library Logo

The PETSc Core Development Team: Satish Balay, Jed Brown, William Gropp, Matthew Knepley, Lois Curfman McInnes, Barry Smith, and Hong Zhang


2014 - Award Recipient
Lois McInnes  Award Profile | ACM Digital Library Logo

The PETSc Core Development Team: Satish Balay, Jed Brown, William Gropp, Matthew Knepley, Lois Curfman McInnes, Barry Smith, and Hong Zhang


2014 - Award Recipient
Barry Smith  Award Profile | ACM Digital Library Logo

The PETSc Core Development Team: Satish Balay, Jed Brown, William Gropp, Matthew Knepley, Lois Curfman McInnes, Barry Smith, and Hong Zhang


2014 - Award Recipient
Hong Zhang  Award Profile | ACM Digital Library Logo

The PETSc Core Development Team: Satish Balay, Jed Brown, William Gropp, Matthew Knepley, Lois Curfman McInnes, Barry Smith, and Hong Zhang

ACM Software System Award

Awarded to an institution or individual(s) recognized for developing a software system that has had a lasting influence, reflected in contributions to concepts, in commercial acceptance, or both. The Software System Award carries a prize of $35,000. Financial support for the Software System Award is provided by IBM.
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2015 - Award Recipient
Richard Stallman  Award Profile | ACM Digital Library Logo

For the development and leadership of GCC (the GNU Compiler Collection), which has enabled extensive software and hardware innovation, and has been a lynchpin of the free software movement.

ACM Programming Systems and Languages Paper Award

The Programming Systems and Languages Paper Award was presented to the author(s) of the best papers on languages and systems published in the calendar year preceding the annual ACM Conference. This award was first presented at the Spring Joint Computer Conference in April 1971, and was replaced in 1983 by the Software System Award.
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1982 - Award Recipient
Michael Blasgen  Award Profile | ACM Digital Library Logo

The Recovery Manager of the System R Database Manager, ACM Computing Surveys, June 1981 (with James Gray, Paul McJones, Bruce Lindsay, Raymond Lorie, Thomas Price, Gianfranco Putzolu, Irving Traiger)


1982 - Award Recipient
Jim Gray  Award Profile | ACM Digital Library Logo

The Recovery Manager of the System R Database Manager, ACM Computing Surveys, June 1981 (with Paul McJones, Michael Blasgen, Bruce Lindsay, Raymond Lorie, Thomas Price, Gianfranco Putzolu, Irving Traiger)


1982 - Award Recipient
Bruce Lindsay  Award Profile | ACM Digital Library Logo

The Recovery Manager of the System R Database Manager, ACM Computing Surveys, June 1981 (with James Gray, Paul McJones, Michael Blasgen, Raymond Lorie, Thomas Price, Gianfranco Putzolu, Irving Traiger)


1982 - Award Recipient
Raymond Lorie  Award Profile | ACM Digital Library Logo

The Recovery Manager of the System R Database Manager, ACM Computing Surveys, June 1981 (with James Gray, Paul McJones, Michael Blasgen, Bruce Lindsay, Thomas Price, Gianfranco Putzolu, Irving Traiger)


1982 - Award Recipient
Paul McJones  Award Profile | ACM Digital Library Logo

The Recovery Manager of the System R Database Manager, ACM Computing Surveys, June 1981 (with James Gray, Michael Blasgen, Bruce Lindsay, Raymond Lorie, Thomas Price, Gianfranco Putzolu, Irving Traiger)


1982 - Award Recipient
Thomas Price  Award Profile | ACM Digital Library Logo

The Recovery Manager of the System R Database Manager, ACM Computing Surveys, June 1981 (with James Gray, Paul McJones, Michael Blasgen, Bruce Lindsay, Raymond Lorie, Gianfranco Putzolu, Irving Traiger)


1982 - Award Recipient
Gianfranco Putzolu  Award Profile | ACM Digital Library Logo

The Recovery Manager of the System R Database Manager, ACM Computing Surveys, June 1981 (with James Gray, Paul McJones, Michael Blasgen, Bruce Lindsay, Raymond Lorie, Thomas Price, Irving Traiger)


1982 - Award Recipient
Irv Traiger  Award Profile | ACM Digital Library Logo

The Recovery Manager of the System R Database Manager, ACM Computing Surveys, June 1981 (with James Gray, Paul McJones, Michael Blasgen, Bruce Lindsay, Raymond Lorie, Thomas Price, Gianfranco Putzolu)

ACM-W Athena Lecturer Award

The ACM-W Athena Lecturer Award celebrates women researchers who have made fundamental contributions to Computer Science. Each year ACM will honor a preeminent woman computer scientist as the Athena Lecturer. Speakers are nominated by SIG officers. The Athena Lecturer will give a one-hour invited talk at an ACM conference determined by the speaker and the SIG which nominated her. A video of the talk will appear on the ACM website. The award includes travel expenses to the meeting and a $25,000 honorarium. Financial support for the Athena Lecturer Awards (2015-2016 through 2017-2018) is being provided by Google.

Information on ACM-W and nomination form.


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2016 - Award Recipient
Jennifer Rexford  Award Profile | ACM Digital Library Logo

For innovations that improved the efficiency of the Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) in routing Internet traffic, for laying the groundwork for software-defined networks (SDNs), and for contributions in measuring and engineering IP networks.

ACM India Doctoral Dissertation Award

The ACM India Doctoral Dissertation Award was established in 2011. This award recognizes the best doctoral dissertation from a degree-awarding institution based in India for each academic year, running from August 1 of one year to July 31 of the following year. The ACM India Doctoral Dissertation Award is accompanied by a prize of ¹ 200,000, and the winning dissertation will be published in the ACM Digital Library. This award is additionally supported by Tata Consultancy Services Limited (TCS). TCS is the founding sponsor of the ACM India Doctoral Dissertation Award.
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2015 - Award Recipient
Aritra Hazra  Award Profile | ACM Digital Library Logo

For his thesis titled "Formal Methods for Architectural Power Intent Verification and Functional Reliability Analysis", nominated by IIT Kharagpur.

ACM/CSTA Cutler-Bell Prize in High School Computing

The ACM/CSTA Cutler-Bell Prize in High School Computing recognizes talented high school students in computer science. The intent of the program is to promote and encourage the field of computer science, as well as to empower young and aspiring learners to pursue computing challenges outside of the traditional classroom environment. Eligible applicants include graduating High School Seniors residing and attending school in the United States. The challenge will focus on developing an artifact that engages modern computing technology and computer science. Judges will be looking for submissions that demonstrate ingenuity, complexity, relevancy, originality, and a desire to further computer science as a discipline. Four (4) winners will each be awarded a $10,000 prize and a trip to the ACM/CSTA Cutler-Bell Prize Reception in February 2016. The deadline for submissions is January 1, 2016. The award is financially supported by a $1 million endowment from the Gordon Bell and David Cutler Endowment Fund.
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2015 - Award Recipient
Valerie Chen  Award Profile

Software systems are relied upon in almost every area of life, but inadequate software testing contributes to an annual cost of nearly $59.5 billion. Chen interned at the Naval Research Laboratory as part of the Science and Engineering Apprentice Program (SEAP), so she got to see first-hand how important this testing becomes for things like submarines. Chen created a software testing tool that she hopes will improve how systems are tested, thereby making our world a safer place.


2015 - Award Recipient
Matthew Edwards  Award Profile


2015 - Award Recipient
Karthik Rao  Award Profile

Rao's winning project focused on fuel efficiency for the airline industry. Using old and new technologies, such as Global Positioning System (GPS), to create more efficient flight paths for airplanes, Rao showed that decreased fuel usage could translate into big savings economically and environmentally.


2015 - Award Recipient
Cherry Zou  Award Profile

There are an estimated 556 million victims every year and 18 victims every second of cybercrimes. Zou chose to focus her project on cyberbullying and cybercrimes. She read terrifying stories of people taking their own lives after being cyberbullied via fake social media accounts. Her project aimed to use an authors writing style to correctly identify anonymous social media posts. Zou wants users of social media to be held accountable for their harmful actions.

ACM Fellows

The ACM Fellows program was established in 1993 to recognize outstanding ACM members. The title of ACM Fellow denotes professional excellence, as evidenced by technical, professional and leadership contributions that advance the arts, sciences and practices of computing, promote the free interchange of ideas and information in the field, develop and maintain the integrity and competence of individuals in the field, and advance the objectives of ACM. Nominations are evaluated in terms of the candidate's achievements throughout his/her career, in particular the impact he/she has had on the broader community (i.e., beyond the home organization). To be eligible, members must have at least 5 years of continuous professional ACM membership. The number of individuals recognized as Fellows is not allowed to exceed 1% of ACM Professional Members. ACM Fellows are formally inducted at the annual ACM Awards Banquet each June. They receive a certificate, a Fellows pin, and a specially annotated ACM membership card. The names of new Fellows are announced in an ACM press release and in Communications of the ACM; they also are listed on this website. Upon request, a letter of commendation will be sent to the chief executive at the Fellow's place of employment.
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2015 - ACM Fellow
Anastasia Ailamaki  Award Profile | ACM Digital Library Logo

For contributions to the design, implementation, and evaluation of modern database systems.


2015 - ACM Fellow
Nancy Amato  Award Profile | ACM Digital Library Logo

For contributions to robotics and leadership in broadening participation in computing.


2015 - ACM Fellow
David Blei  Award Profile | ACM Digital Library Logo

For contributions to the theory and practice of probabilistic topic modeling and Bayesian machine learning.


2015 - ACM Fellow
Naehyuck Chang  Award Profile | ACM Digital Library Logo

For contributions to low-power computing systems.


2015 - ACM Fellow
Hsinchun Chen  Award Profile | ACM Digital Library Logo

For contributions to the research and development of security informatics and health informatics systems.


2015 - ACM Fellow
Mary Czerwinski  Award Profile | ACM Digital Library Logo

For contributions to human-computer interaction and leadership in the CHI community.


2015 - ACM Fellow
Giuseppe De Giacomo  Award Profile | ACM Digital Library Logo

For contributions to description logics, data management, and verification of data-driven processes


2015 - ACM Fellow
Paul Dourish  Award Profile | ACM Digital Library Logo

For contributions in social computing and human-computer interaction.


2015 - ACM Fellow
Cynthia Dwork  Award Profile | ACM Digital Library Logo

For contributions to the science of database privacy, cryptography, and distributed computing.


2015 - ACM Fellow
Kevin Fall  Award Profile | ACM Digital Library Logo

For contributions to delay-tolerant networking.


2015 - ACM Fellow
Babak Falsafi  Award Profile | ACM Digital Library Logo

For contributions to multiprocessor and memory architecture design and evaluation.


2015 - ACM Fellow
Michael Franz  Award Profile | ACM Digital Library Logo

For contributions to just-in-time compilation and optimization and to compiler techniques for computer security.


2015 - ACM Fellow
Orna Grumberg  Award Profile | ACM Digital Library Logo

For contributions to research in automated formal verification of hardware and software systems.


2015 - ACM Fellow
Ramanathan Guha  Award Profile | ACM Digital Library Logo

For contributions to structured data representation and specification and their impact on the Web.


2015 - ACM Fellow
Jayant Haritsa  Award Profile | ACM Digital Library Logo

For contributions to the theory and practice of data management systems.


2015 - ACM Fellow
Julia Hirschberg  Award Profile | ACM Digital Library Logo

For contributions to spoken language processing.


2015 - ACM Fellow
Piotr Indyk  Award Profile | ACM Digital Library Logo

For contributions to high-dimensional geometric computing, streaming/sketching algorithms, and the Sparse Fourier Transform.


2015 - ACM Fellow
Tei-Wei Kuo  Award Profile | ACM Digital Library Logo

For contributions to performance and reliability enhancement of flash-memory storage systems.


2015 - ACM Fellow
Xavier Leroy  Award Profile | ACM Digital Library Logo

For contributions to safe, high-performance functional programming languages and compilers, and to compiler verification.


2015 - ACM Fellow
Chih-Jen Lin  Award Profile | ACM Digital Library Logo

For contributions to the theory and practice of machine learning and data mining.


2015 - ACM Fellow
Bing Liu  Award Profile | ACM Digital Library Logo

For contributions to knowledge discovery and data mining, opinion mining, and sentiment analysis.


2015 - ACM Fellow
Yunhao Liu  Award Profile | ACM Digital Library Logo

For contributions to sensor networks.


2015 - ACM Fellow
Michael Luby  Award Profile | ACM Digital Library Logo

For contributions to coding theory, cryptography, parallel algorithms and derandomization.


2015 - ACM Fellow
Ueli Maurer  Award Profile | ACM Digital Library Logo

For contributions to cryptography and information security.


2015 - ACM Fellow
Patrick McDaniel  Award Profile | ACM Digital Library Logo

For contributions to computer and mobile systems security.


2015 - ACM Fellow
Victor Miller  Award Profile | ACM Digital Library Logo

For contributions to cryptography and software research.


2015 - ACM Fellow
Elizabeth  Mynatt  Award Profile | ACM Digital Library Logo

For contributions to human-centered computing and to the development of health information technologies.


2015 - ACM Fellow
Judea Pearl  Award Profile | ACM Digital Library Logo

For contributions to artificial intelligence through the development of a calculus for probabilistic and causal reasoning.


2015 - ACM Fellow
Jian Pei  Award Profile | ACM Digital Library Logo

For contributions to the foundation, methodology and applications of data mining.


2015 - ACM Fellow
Frank Pfenning  Award Profile | ACM Digital Library Logo

For contributions to the logical foundations of automatic theorem proving and types for programming languages.


2015 - ACM Fellow
Dragomir Radev  Award Profile | ACM Digital Library Logo

For contributions to natural language processing and computational linguistics


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Sriram Rajamani  Award Profile | ACM Digital Library Logo

For contributions to software analysis and defect detection.


2015 - ACM Fellow
Pablo Rodriguez  Award Profile | ACM Digital Library Logo

For contributions to content distribution architectures in peer-to-peer networks.


2015 - ACM Fellow
Michael Rung-Tsong Lyu  Award Profile | ACM Digital Library Logo

For contributions to the theory and practice of software reliability engineering.


2015 - ACM Fellow
Mooly Sagiv  Award Profile | ACM Digital Library Logo

For contributions to the theory and practice of automated analysis and verification of software.


2015 - ACM Fellow
Peter Schroeder  Award Profile | ACM Digital Library Logo

For contributions to computer graphics and geometry processing.


2015 - ACM Fellow
Assaf Schuster  Award Profile | ACM Digital Library Logo

For contributions to cloud computing.


2015 - ACM Fellow
Kevin Skadron  Award Profile | ACM Digital Library Logo

For contributions in power- and thermal-aware modeling, design and benchmarking of microprocessors, including GPUs.


2015 - ACM Fellow
Wang-Chiew Tan  Award Profile | ACM Digital Library Logo

For contributions to data provenance and to the foundations of information integration.


2015 - ACM Fellow
Santosh Vempala  Award Profile | ACM Digital Library Logo

For contributions to algorithms for convex sets and probability distributions.


2015 - ACM Fellow
Tandy Warnow  Award Profile | ACM Digital Library Logo

For contributions to mathematical theory, algorithms, and software for large-scale molecular phylogenetics and historical linguistics.


2015 - ACM Fellow
Michael Wooldridge  Award Profile | ACM Digital Library Logo

For contributions to multi-agent systems and the formalization of rational action in multi-agent environments.

ACM Distinguished Member

The Distinguished Member Grade recognizes those ACM members with at least 15 years of professional experience and 5 years of continuous Professional Membership who have achieved significant accomplishments or have made a significant impact on the computing field.
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2015 - ACM Distinguished Scientist
Ashraf Aboulnaga  Award Profile


2015 - ACM Distinguished Scientist
Gail-Joon Ahn  Award Profile


2015 - ACM Distinguished Scientist
N Asokan  Award Profile | ACM Digital Library Logo


2015 - ACM Distinguished Scientist
Stefano Basagni  Award Profile | ACM Digital Library Logo


2015 - ACM Distinguished Engineer
JAYANTA BASAK  Award Profile


2015 - ACM Distinguished Scientist
James Begole  Award Profile | ACM Digital Library Logo


2015 - ACM Distinguished Scientist
Rajesh Bordawekar  Award Profile


2015 - ACM Distinguished Engineer
Nicholas Bowen  Award Profile | ACM Digital Library Logo


2015 - ACM Distinguished Scientist
Margaret Burnett  Award Profile | ACM Digital Library Logo


2015 - ACM Distinguished Scientist
Charles Clarke  Award Profile | ACM Digital Library Logo


2015 - ACM Distinguished Scientist
James Davis  Award Profile


2015 - ACM Distinguished Engineer
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2015 - ACM Distinguished Scientist
George Forman  Award Profile


2015 - ACM Distinguished Scientist
Andrei Gurtov  Award Profile


2015 - ACM Distinguished Scientist
Carl Gutwin  Award Profile | ACM Digital Library Logo


2015 - ACM Distinguished Scientist
Hakan Hacigumus  Award Profile


2015 - ACM Distinguished Educator
Elizabeth Hawthorne  Award Profile | ACM Digital Library Logo


2015 - ACM Distinguished Scientist
Aaron Hertzmann  Award Profile | ACM Digital Library Logo


2015 - ACM Distinguished Scientist
Martin Hirzel  Award Profile


2015 - ACM Distinguished Scientist
Xian-Sheng Hua  Award Profile | ACM Digital Library Logo


2015 - ACM Distinguished Engineer
Warren Hunt  Award Profile | ACM Digital Library Logo


2015 - ACM Distinguished Scientist
Graham Hutton  Award Profile


2015 - ACM Distinguished Engineer
Kiyokuni Kawachiya  Award Profile | ACM Digital Library Logo


2015 - ACM Distinguished Scientist
Hang Li  Award Profile


2015 - ACM Distinguished Scientist
Xuelong Li  Award Profile


2015 - ACM Distinguished Scientist
Chang-Tien Lu  Award Profile


2015 - ACM Distinguished Scientist
Ratul Mahajan  Award Profile


2015 - ACM Distinguished Scientist
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2015 - ACM Distinguished Scientist
Prabhat Mishra  Award Profile | ACM Digital Library Logo


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Nachiappan Nagappan  Award Profile | ACM Digital Library Logo


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Walid Najjar  Award Profile | ACM Digital Library Logo


2015 - ACM Distinguished Scientist
Amit Nanavati  Award Profile


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Nuria Oliver  Award Profile | ACM Digital Library Logo


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Ian Parberry  Award Profile | ACM Digital Library Logo


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Cynthia Phillips  Award Profile


2015 - ACM Distinguished Scientist
Ali Pinar  Award Profile


2015 - ACM Distinguished Scientist
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2015 - ACM Distinguished Scientist
Nalini Ratha  Award Profile | ACM Digital Library Logo


2015 - ACM Distinguished Scientist
J.  Sander  Award Profile


2015 - ACM Distinguished Scientist
Adrian Sandu  Award Profile


2015 - ACM Distinguished Educator
Clifford Shaffer  Award Profile | ACM Digital Library Logo


2015 - ACM Distinguished Scientist
Leonel Sousa  Award Profile | ACM Digital Library Logo


2015 - ACM Distinguished Scientist
Michela Taufer  Award Profile | ACM Digital Library Logo


2015 - ACM Distinguished Scientist
Sebastian Uchitel  Award Profile | ACM Digital Library Logo


2015 - ACM Distinguished Scientist
Jaideep Vaidya  Award Profile


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Tao Xie  Award Profile | ACM Digital Library Logo


2015 - ACM Distinguished Scientist
Moustafa Youssef  Award Profile


2015 - ACM Distinguished Scientist
Ben Zhao  Award Profile

ACM Senior Member

The Senior Member Grade recognizes those ACM members with at least 10 years of professional experience and 5 years of continuous Professional Membership who have demonstrated performance that sets them apart from their peers.
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2016 - ACM Senior Member
Robert Abercrombie  Award Profile | ACM Digital Library Logo


2016 - ACM Senior Member
Charles Allison  Award Profile | ACM Digital Library Logo


2016 - ACM Senior Member
Todd Andel  Award Profile


2016 - ACM Senior Member
Carlos Baradello  Award Profile


2016 - ACM Senior Member
Rachel Bellamy  Award Profile


2016 - ACM Senior Member
Mark Berman  Award Profile


2016 - ACM Senior Member
Jin Bo  Award Profile


2016 - ACM Senior Member
Tevfik Bultan  Award Profile


2016 - ACM Senior Member
Barbara Carminati  Award Profile


2016 - ACM Senior Member
Adam Chlipala  Award Profile | ACM Digital Library Logo


2016 - ACM Senior Member
Jeff Daniels  Award Profile | ACM Digital Library Logo


2016 - ACM Senior Member
Karl Fant  Award Profile


2016 - ACM Senior Member
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2016 - ACM Senior Member
Yi Ge  Award Profile


2016 - ACM Senior Member
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2016 - ACM Senior Member
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2016 - ACM Senior Member
Khaled Harras  Award Profile


2016 - ACM Senior Member
Kun He  Award Profile


2016 - ACM Senior Member
Shimin Hu  Award Profile


2016 - ACM Senior Member
Jun Huan  Award Profile


2016 - ACM Senior Member
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2016 - ACM Senior Member
Alexey Ivanov  Award Profile


2016 - ACM Senior Member
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2016 - ACM Senior Member
Hai Li  Award Profile


2016 - ACM Senior Member
Jay Ligatti  Award Profile


2016 - ACM Senior Member
Ing-Chao Lin  Award Profile


2016 - ACM Senior Member
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2016 - ACM Senior Member
Juan Munoz Lopez  Award Profile


2016 - ACM Senior Member
V. Krishna Nandivada  Award Profile


2016 - ACM Senior Member
Graham Nasby  Award Profile


2016 - ACM Senior Member
Abelardo Pardo  Award Profile | ACM Digital Library Logo


2016 - ACM Senior Member
Tie Qiu  Award Profile


2016 - ACM Senior Member
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2016 - ACM Senior Member
Tolga Soyata  Award Profile


2016 - ACM Senior Member
David Stork  Award Profile


2016 - ACM Senior Member
Ariel Stulman  Award Profile


2016 - ACM Senior Member
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2016 - ACM Senior Member
Jue Wang  Award Profile


2016 - ACM Senior Member
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2016 - ACM Senior Member
Mary Whitton  Award Profile


2016 - ACM Senior Member
Charles Wilkes  Award Profile


2016 - ACM Senior Member
Anthony Williamitis  Award Profile


2016 - ACM Senior Member
Yang Xiang  Award Profile | ACM Digital Library Logo


2016 - ACM Senior Member
Xinguo Yu  Award Profile


2016 - ACM Senior Member
Zhang Yudong  Award Profile | ACM Digital Library Logo


2016 - ACM Senior Member
Yuan Zhang  Award Profile

SIG Awards

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

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.

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

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. 

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.