ACM in the News

"Robotics Researcher Named ACM 2017-2018 Athena Lecturer"
CCC Blog, April 26, 2017

"Rice’s Lydia Kavraki wins ACM Athena Lecturer Award"
Rice University News, April 26, 2017
Trailblazer in robotics research honored for randomized motion-planning algorithms in robotics and for robotics-inspired methods for bioinformatics and biomedicine.

"Silicon Valley’s Finest Are Finally Developing a Code of Ethics"
NextGov, April 21, 2017
Discussion of how ACM is revising its Code of Ethics.

"Setting Standards: AI & Algorithmic Accountability"
Baseline, April 21, 2017
Discussion of ACM’s Statement on Algorithmic Transparency and Accountability.

"Alyosha Efros has won the 2016 ACM Prize in Computing"
Berkeley EECS, April 19, 2017
Berkeley associate professor cited for groundbreaking data-driven approaches to computer graphics and computer vision.

"Midwestern Institutions Collaborate on Materials Science Innovation"
UChicago News, April 19, 2017
"The IMaD spoke will build bridges between materials science data sources so that we'll be able to link far more data than anyone has had access to before," says University of Chicago professor Ian Foster, who was part of a team that received the 2001 Gordon Bell Prize.

"Moving past the myths in computer science education"
edscoop, April 11, 2017
ACM Education Board member Allison Derbenwick Miller discusses misconceptions about computer science education.

"Computer scientist Adam Smith wins 2017 Gödel Prize"
Penn State News, April 10, 2017
Penn State professor honored by ACM and EATCS for his 2006 paper, “Calibrating noise to sensitivity in private data analysis.”

"Improving Traffic Safety With a Crowdsourced Traffic Violation Reporting App"
KAIST, April 10, 2017
Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology researchers found that crowdsourced traffic violation reportage with smartphone-based continuous video capturing can dramatically change policing activities on the road and will significantly improve traffic safety. They will present their results at CHI 2017.

"Internet Inventor: Make Tech Accessibility Better Already"
CNet, April 10, 2017
Accessibility shouldn't be a "pixie dust" designers sprinkle on as an afterthought, says Google chief Internet evangelist and 2004 ACM A.M. Turing Award co-recipient Vint Cerf.

"Carnegie Mellon Artificial Intelligence Takes on Chinese Poker Players"
Carnegie Mellon News, April 6, 2017
CMU professor Tuomas Sandholm, who received the 2001 ACM/SIGART Autonomous Agents Research Award, hopes to explore various commercial opportunities for their AI in poker and a host of other application areas, ranging from recreational games and business strategy to strategic pricing, cybersecurity, and medicine.

"Why Are UCSD Scientists Disguising Themselves as Empty Car Seats?"
The San Diego Union Tribune, April 4, 2017
UCSD professor Jim Hollan, who received ACM SIGCHI’s 2015 Lifetime Achievement in Research Award, says road users' interaction with driverless cars is a complicated research issue.

"Learning to Think Like a Computer"
The New York Times, April 4, 2017
Brown University professor Shriram Krishnamurthi, the inaugural winner in 2012 of ACM SIGPLAN's Robin Milner Young Research Award, says this mindset demands reframing research so "instead of formulating a question to a human being, I formulate a question to a dataset." Microsoft's Jeannette M. Wing (ACM Fellow and Distinguished Service Award recipient) put computational thinking into vogue by implying it can be used to improve people's daily lives and reduce stress.

"Airbnb Fans and Critics Both Correct in Home-Sharing Debate, Says Study"
Columbia University, April 4, 2017
Columbia study citing the legitimacy of two seemingly opposing facts about Airbnb, using long-tail frequency distribution, presented at WWW 2017.

"Virginia Tech Researchers: Android Apps Can Conspire to Mine Information From Your Smartphone "
Virginia Tech News, April 3, 2017
Researchers present first-ever large-scale systematic study of how the trusty applications on Android phones are able to talk to one another and trade information at ASIACCS 2017.

"Making America's Power Grid Much, Much Smarter"
Vanderbilt University, March 29, 2017
Researchers working to reinvent and protect the US's power grid to present their first solutions at ICCPS 2017.

"Bill Gropp==Pursuing the Next Big Thing at NCSA"
HPC Wire, March 28, 2017
In an interview, National Center for Supercomputing Applications acting director Bill Gropp says the purpose of the facility "is nothing less than to lead the transformation of all areas of scholarship in making use of advanced computing and data." Gropp is an ACM Fellow and 2016 ACM/IEEE Computer Society Ken Kennedy Award recipient.

"Robots Could Help Children Give Evidence in Child Abuse Cases"
New Scientist, March 22, 2017
Researchers at Mississippi State University want to use robots to help question children in investigations of child abuse, believing they could reduce bias and lead to more reliable outcomes. They presented their work at HRI 2017.

"What It Means to {Codelikeagirl} "
University of Rochester NewsCenter, March 20, 2017
The Building Recruiting And Inclusion for Diversity (BRAID) initiative underwrites student attendance at the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing.

"Robot Eavesdrops on Men and Women to See How Much They Talk"
New Scientist, March 16, 2017
Researchers at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden presented Furhat, a robotic head that analyzes how people interact with each other, at HRI 2017.

"What If Quantum Computers Used Hard Drives Made of DNA?"
Wired, March 15, 2017
"DNA can store information for a very long time," notes Columbia University's Yaniv Erlich, who received the ACM-IEEE CS George Michael Memorial HPC Award for 2008.

"Kurzweil Claims That the Singularity Will Happen by 2029"
Futurism, March 15, 2017
At the SXSW Conference, Google director of engineering and ACM Fellow Ray Kurzweil (who received the ACM Grace Murray Hopper Award for 1978) predicted the technological singularity==the emergence of human-level computer intelligence==will arrive by 2029.

"Rear Adm. Grace Hopper Continues to Inspire Innovation"
CHIPS, March 15, 2017
Inspired by the legacy of Admiral Grace Murray Hopper, the Anita Borg Institute and hold the annual Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing.

"Experts push paper ballot trail after alleged breach of Georgia data"
Atlanta Journal-Constitution, March 14, 2017
Former USACM Chair Barbara Simons one of 20 computer scientists and security experts calling on Georgia to overhaul its elections system and use paper audit trail.

"New Japanese Supercomputing Project Targets Exascale"
HPC Wire, March 14, 2017
A new supercomputing project in Japan is targeting exascale capacity, and a development team aims to realize the fastest computing speed by June, which would make the computer the third-fastest in the world. ACM Gordon Bell Prize recipient Junichiro Makino says this milestone could have "revolutionary" implications for next-generation supercomputers.

"Women in IT Invited to Apply for WINS Program at SC17 Conference"
HPC Wire, March 13, 2017
Women in IT Networking at SC (WINS) program at SC17 conference in November aims to expand diversity of SCinet volunteer staff and provide professional development opportunities to highly qualified women in the field of networking.

"How Far Should IT Practitioners Go to Police Corrupt Data?"
Data Breach Today, March 13, 2017
FBI Director James Comey expresses concern about manipulated information at Boston College cybersecurity conference; ACM Code of Ethics cited.

"Tim Berners-Lee: I Invented the Web. Here Are Three Things We Need to Change to Save It "
The Guardian, March 11, 2017
World Wide Web pioneer and 1995 ACM Software System Award recipient Sir Tim Berners-Lee warns of three trends to be overcome in order to sustain the Web as beneficial for everyone.

"Cutting down the clutter in online conversations "
MIT News, March 9, 2017
“Wikum” system from MIT CSAIL researchers provides readers with detailed summaries of online discussions; presented at CSCW 2017.

"5 Female Coders Who Changed the Tech World"
MyInforms, March 9, 2017
Mention of ACM Grace Murray Hopper Award, given to outstanding young computer professionals.

"Africa Needs More Women Computer Scientists: How To Make It Happen"
The Huffington Post, March 7, 2017
Blogger writing about African women in computer science mentions hearing Turing Award recipient Shafi Goldwassser speak.

"Data Science at the Frontier: Here Be Dragons"
Upside, March 7, 2017
Brief mention of Claudia Perlich winning the ACM KDD Cup from 2007-2009.

"Smartphone Interruptions: Are Yours Relentless and Annoying?"
Rutgers Today, March 6, 2017
Researchers at Rutgers University have developed a model that can predict a person's receptiveness to smartphone interruptions by incorporating personality traits that could facilitate better notification management. They will present their study at CHI 2017.

"Three Stanford professors elected to National Academy of Engineering"
The Stanford Daily, March 6, 2017
Newell Award recipient Leonidas Guibas among 2017 class.

"Kids Want Parental Help With Online Risk, but Fear Parental Freak Outs "
Penn State News, February 27, 2017
Penn State researchers conducted a study examining how teenagers communicate with their parents about their online behavior. They presented their findings at CSCW 2017.

"Government Sets Sights on AI as Economic Opportunity"
IT Pro, February 27, 2017
The UK governement’s Digital Strategy will begin with an AI review conducted by University of Southampton professor and former ACM president Wendy Hall and BenevolentTech CEO Jerome Pesenti.

"Online Security Apps Focus on Parental Control, Not Teen Self-Regulation"
Penn State News, February 27, 2017
Pennsylvania State University researchers presented a study of 74 Android mobile apps designed to promote adolescent online safety at CSCW 2017.

"Computer scientist Jennifer Widom named dean of Stanford School of Engineering"
Stanford News, February 27, 2017
A distinguished researcher in data and information management, Widom, an ACM Athena Lecturer, is also an innovator in engineering education.

"ACM SIGGRAPH to Sponsor 10 Students to Attend 50-Year Turing Award Celebration"
ACM SIGGRAPH, February 23, 2017

"Jancek’s robot will go where no autonomous Kinect robot has gone before—into the sunlight"
Chicago Tribune, February 23, 2017
Student will present robot that obeys gestures and spoken commands at SIGCSE 2017.

"Julia Hirschberg Elected to the National Academy of Engineering"
EurekAlert, February 23, 2017
ACM Fellow honored with one of the highest professional distinctions awarded to an engineer.

"Unfiltered: Instagram Has Become a Haven for People Making Sensitive and Stigmatized Self-Disclosures "
Drexel University, February 23, 2017
Research on how people use Instagram to indicate depression presented at CSCW 2017.

"Hospitable language inspires trust in Airbnb customers"
Cornell Chronicle, February 23, 2017
Paper on “Self-disclosure and Perceived Trustworthiness of Airbnb Host Profiles” presented at CSCW 2017.

"Biology and computers: drawing parallels between immunology and cyber-security"
SC Magazine, February 23, 2017
ACM Allen Newell Award recipient Stephanie Forrest discusses the parallels between computer viruses and biology and how our understanding of them is informing cybersecurity.

"Algorithms' Dark Side: Embedding Bias into Code"
All Analytics, February 22, 2017
ACM's US Public Policy Council (USACM) has been researching the issues that arise in a world in which crucial decisions may be determined by algorithms. It recently released its take on what businesses should use for guidance in its Principles for Algorithmic Transparency and Accountability.

"Dame Wendy Hall Appointed Regius Professor in Computer Science"
University of Southampton, February 22, 2017
Former ACM president Dame Wendy Hall named Chair of Regius Professor in Computer Science at University of Southampton.

"Likelihood of dieting success lies within your tweets"
Science Daily, February 21, 2017
Research to be presented at CSCW 2017 links dieting success with social media attitude.

"Meet Grace Hopper, Whose Name Is Replacing John Calhoun’s at Yale"
Newsweek, February 17, 2017
Yale University is renaming a residential college after Grace Hopper, a computer programming pioneer and Navy officer for whom ACM's Hopper Award is named.

"Lone Star Analysis Modeling Lowers Legal Risks", February 16, 2017
USACM releases 7 principles for algorithmic transparency and accountability.

"ACM US Public Policy Council releases seven principles to handle algorithm biases"
iapp, February 16, 2017
USACM releases 7 principles for algorithmic transparency and accountability.

"Our Health Data Can Save Lives, But We Have to Be Willing to Share"
SingularityHub, February 16, 2017
Report in ACM Interactions cited.

"Research networks ‘more important’ for female scientists"
Times Higher Education, February 16, 2017
Article on importance of female research networks cites International Conference on Advances in Social Networks Analysis and Mining, a joint event of IEEE and ACM.

"RSA panel covers cryptography trends, elections and more"
TechTarget, February 14, 2017
RSA panel includes Turing Award recipients Adi Shamir and Ron Rivest.

"How ACM & Prestigious Awards Program Drive Education & Innovation in Computing—Featuring Winning Contributions to IT & Computer Science", February 14, 2017
World’s largest computing society for research and education turns 70.

"Better Education Essential to National Cybersecurity Workforce"
MeriTalk, February 14, 2017
US government encouraged to leverage ACM’s cybersecurity curriculum guidelines.

"ACM Celebrates 50 Years of Turing Award"
I Programmer, February 13, 2017
ACM’s 50 years of Turing Award celebration highlighted.

"Kean U. student group awarded national funding for women in computing", February 13, 2017
Kean University (New Jersey) ACM-W student chapter receives grant.

" Is Drastically Increasing the Number of Underrepresented Minorities Taking AP Computer Science"
TechCrunch, February 9, 2017 says it could more than double the number of underrepresented minorities enrolled in Advanced Placement computer science classes in the US. ACM is a partner of

"Professional Ethics in Software Development"
ReadITQuik, February 8, 2017
Some guidelines and company-specific codes of conduct have prevailed, such as ACM’s.

"Digital Relay Baton Enables Remote Crowd Cheering of Athletes"
Lancaster University, February 8, 2017
Researchers at Lancaster University have developed a prototype digital relay baton that enables remote spectators to offer encouragement to tired athletes participating in challenging events; it will be presented at CHI 2017.

"ACM SIGGRAPH Seeks Input on Future Direction of Organization and Conference "
ShareCG, February 8, 2017
ACM SIGGRAPH seeks input on future of conference.

"AI Systems Are Learning to Communicate With Humans"
Futurism, February 7, 2017
Carnegie Mellon University professor and ACM Fellow Manuela M. Veloso's CoBots research project is designed to further the development of human-robot interaction.

"Stanford Research Shows that Anyone Can Become an Internet Troll"
MyInforms, February 6, 2017
Paper to be presented at CSCW 2017.

"Hackathon helps computer science students’ futures"
The Daily Evergreen, February 6, 2017
Students in Pullman, Washington participate in ACM hackathon.

"Great Innovative Idea==Flexible Road Trains in Autonomous Public Transportation"
Computing Community Consortium, February 2, 2017
International research team’s paper wins prize at ACM SIGPATIAL 2016.

"Israeli Scientist Wins Japan Prize for Cryptography Work"
Times of Israel, February 3, 2017
Turing Award laureate Adi Shamir honored for achievements in cryptography for information security.

"Computing conference to celebrate 50 years of Turing Award"
Network World, February 1, 2017
Twenty "Nobel Prize of Computing" laureates expected to attend June ACM event.

"Here’s What HPC Leaders Say about Trump Travel Ban"
HPC Wire, February 1, 2017
ACM joins thousands of academics, including 50 Nobel laureates, protesting or expressing concern over the ban.

"Tech Can Do More to Help Survivors of Abuse. Here’s Where to Start"
WIRED, February 1, 2017
Research on technologies to help survivors of partner abuse to be presented at CHI 2017.

"Cybersecurity degree a step closer"
ACS Information Age, January 31, 2017
Cybersecurity Curricula 2017 – Curriculum Guidelines for Undergraduate Degree Programs in Cybersecurity, produced by the ACM Joint Task Force on Cybersecurity Education, is the first draft of the first set of global curricular guidelines in cybersecurity.

"Researchers now know the words that make you sound credible (or phony) on Twitter"
TechGig, January 31, 2017
Georgia Institute of Technology researchers believe they can identify the words and phrases that lend credibility to Twitter posts about specific events; research to be presented at CSCW 2017.

"Academics Mull Boycott of U.S. Conferences as a Way of Fighting Travel Ban"
The Chronicle of Higher Education, January 30, 2017
“Science is intended to be free and open, and any place that restricts the travel of scientists to present their work is a problem,” says ACM Senior Member Emery Berger.

"Optimizing Code: Modifying the "middle end" of a popular compiler yields more-efficient parallel programs"
MIT News, January 30, 2017
MIT researchers will present a modified version of a popular open source compiler that optimizes prior to adding the code needed for parallel execution at PPoPP 2017 symposium. MIT professor Charles E. Leiserson, who received the 2013 ACM Paris Kanellakis Theory and Practice Award and the 2014 ACM-IEEE Computer Society Ken Kennedy Award, says the compiler "now optimizes parallel code better than any commercial or open source compiler."

"Millions of tweets analyzed to measure perceived trustworthiness"
PhysOrg, January 27, 2017
Georgia Institute of Technology researchers’ work to be presented at CSCW 2017.

"China can help drive global progress in quantum computing"
ZDNet, January 26, 2017
China has begun investing in quantum technology and is at a similar starting point with other economic powers in this field, says Shanghai-born ACM A.M. Turing Award winner Andrew Yao.

"Your (Social Media) Votes Matter"
Notre Dame News, January 24, 2017
A study by a University of Notre Dame professor published in ACM Transactions on Intelligent Systems and Technology demonstrates how a single up/down vote on Reddit dictates the content users see on the site.

"Mummy visualization impresses in computer journal"
Science Daily, January 23, 2017
Communications of the ACM article describes use of visualization technology developed at Linköping University that allows visitors to the British Museum to reveal the murder of mummified Geberlein Man 5,500 years ago.

"HiPEAC Vision Report Advocates Reinvention of Computing"
Inside HPC, January 23, 2017
ACM Transactions on Architecture and Code Optimization editor-in-chief Koen De Bosschere is coordinator of the HiPEAC network.

"Faster Websites With Fewer Bugs"
MIT News, January 20, 2017
Researchers at MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab presented a new system that automatically manages database query caching for Web applications written in Ur/Web at POPL 2017.

"Alibaba Cloud selected as organizer of KDD Cup 2017"
The Tech Revolutionist, January 19, 2017
Alibaba Cloud, the cloud computing arm of Alibaba Group, has been selected as the organizer of KDD Cup 2017, an event of ACM's Special Interest Group on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining.

"One in five adults secretly access their friends’ Facebook accounts"
Indo-Canadian Voice, January 19, 2017
Research showing 1 in 5 people can access friends’ Facebook accounts to be presented at CHI 2017.

"R|P 2012: Perceiving the World Through the Eyes of a Robot – Radu Rusu, CEO of Open Perception Inc"
Robot News, January 18, 2017
Robotics company CEO visits University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign ACM Student Chapter.

"Cambridge University Press to revolutionize computer science teaching to make young learners ready for digital age"
India Education Diary, January 17, 2017
ACM co-organizes computational thinking workshop in India.

"What happens when an algorithm is sexist? New guidelines seek accountability"
IT World Canada, January 17, 2017
USACM Statement on Algorithmic Accountability lists principles designed to help prevent bias in computer algorithms.

"Google Brain Team Prepares for Machine-Learning-Driven Future"
SD Times, January 13, 2017
Google Brain's Jeff Dean, who shared the 2012 ACM-Infosys Foundation Award in the Computing Sciences (now the ACM Prize in Computing) with Sanjay Ghemawat, says last year the team demonstrated new methods for improving people's lives with advanced software systems.

"Bias in Criminal Risk Scores Is Mathematically Inevitable"
The Louisiana Weekly, January 9, 2017
"If you have two populations that have unequal base rates, then you can't satisfy both definitions of fairness at the same time," notes Cornell University professor and 2008 ACM-Infosys Foundation in the Computing Sciences Award recipient Jon Kleinberg.

"QU student selected as an ACM SIGIR representative at the 50-Year Celebration of the ACM Turing Award"
Qatar Is Booming, January 9, 2017
Computer Science PhD student Maram Hasanain at Qatar University College of Engineering has been selected among 10 students from all over the world to represent ACM’s Special Interest Group on Information Retrieval (ACM SIGIR) at the 50-year celebration of the ACM Turing Award, which will be held in June.

"Big Data's Unexplored Frontier: Recorded Music"
Motherboard, January 8, 2017
Researchers at University College London Discuss Digital Music Lab in ACM Journal on Computing and Cultural Heritage.

"Move over Bitcoin==MIT Cryptographer Silvio Micali and His Public Ledger ALGORAND…the Future of Blockchain?"
Blockchain News, January 5, 2017
Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor and 2012 ACM A.M. Turing Award recipient Silvio Micali recently published a paper describing a decentralized and secure way to manage a shared ledger that provides a solution to the Byzantine General's problem.

"Most Computer Science Majors in the U.S. Are Men. Not So at Harvey Mudd"
Los Angeles Times, January 4, 2017
"Building confidence and a sense of belonging and a sense of community among these women makes such a huge difference," says Harvey Mudd president Maria Klawe, a former president of ACM.

"BigGIS: A Continuous Refinement Approach to Master Heterogeneity and Uncertainty in Spatio-Temporal Big Data"
CCC Blog, January 4, 2017
Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences in Germany researchers authored a paper than won an award in the Computing Community Consortium-sponsored Blue Sky Ideas Track Competition at the ACM SIGSPATIAL International Conference on Advances in Geographic Information Systems.

"Man vs. AI Machine in Texas Hold'em Matchup"
Computerworld, January 4, 2017
"Poker...poses a far more difficult it requires a machine to make extremely complicated decisions based on incomplete information while contending with bluffs, slow play, and other ploys," says CMU professor Tuomas Sandholm, recipient in 2001 of the ACM/SIGART Autonomous Agents Research Award.

"Green Is the New Black"
Asian Scientist, January 3, 2017
Satoshi Matsuoka, lead architect of the KFC project (and recipient of the ACM Gordon Bell Prize in 2011), is working with the Japanese government's 2020 Post-K program to develop exascale supercomputers.

"The Next Supercomputing Superpower==Chinese Technology Comes of Age"
Asian Scientist, January 3, 2017
Stony Brook University professor Deng Yuefan says China’s investment in supercomputers is evident in the use of Sunway TaihuLight by three of the six finalists for the 2016 ACM Gordon Bell Prize, including the winning team, at the SC16 conference.

"Study: Carpooling Apps Could Reduce Traffic 3x"
MIT News, January 3, 2017
MIT researchers say they have developed an algorithm that found 3,000 four-passenger cars could serve 98 percent of taxi demand in New York City. "The system is particularly suited to autonomous cars, since it can continuously reroute vehicles based on real-time requests," says MIT professor and ACM Distinguished Member Daniela Rus.