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ACM Honors Computing Innovators for 2012

Award Recipients Made Breakthroughs in Network Efficiency, Data Mining, Education, Game Theory, Programming, Community Problem-Solving, Indexing, and International Outreach

ACM has announced the winners of six prestigious awards for their innovations in computing technology. These innovators have made significant contributions that enable computer science to solve real-world challenges. The awards reflect achievements in computer networks, information retrieval, computer science education, multi-agent systems, versatile compiler technologies, and computer-human interactive technologies. The 2012 ACM award winners, from internationally known research and academic institutions, include prominent computer scientists, educators, and entrepreneurs:

ACM presented these and other awards at the ACM Awards Banquet on June 15 in San Francisco, CA.
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ACM Names International Computing Visionaries for Advances in Research and Education
Contributions Include Revamping ACM's Computing Taxonomy and Increasing Global Visibility

ACM honored the achievements of computer scientists who have elevated the vital role of computing in driving technological innovation around the world. These leaders set the stage for advances in computing that have influenced the practitioners, researchers, educators and policymakers across international boundaries who create and implement technology for the digital age.

  • Mateo Valero of the Barcelona Supercomputing Center received the Distinguished Service Award for steering initiatives in Europe that advanced high-performance computing.   
  • Zvi Kedem of New York University received the Outstanding Contribution to ACM Award for leading the transformation of ACM's search index infrastructure that supports the world's computing research community.

ACM Presidential Awards recognize three leaders who are extending ACM's profile and promoting its role in advancing computing as a science and a profession around the globe:

  • Fabrizio Gagliardi of Microsoft Research, who helped ACM build relationships with Europe's computing institutions to raise global awareness of its resources.   
  • Yunhao Liu of Tsinghua University in China, who guided efforts to bring ACM's professional and educational resources to China's massive computing community.   
  • PJ Narayanan of the International Institute of Information Technology (IIIT), Hyderabad, who aided ACM in improving the quality of computing education and research in India.

The awards were presented at the ACM Awards Banquet on June 15 in San Francisco.

Read the ACM press release.