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Register to Watch December 17 Talk on Apache Spark with ACM Doctoral Dissertation Award Winner Matei Zaharia

Register to watch the next free ACM webinar, Making Big Data Processing Simple with Spark, to be presented on Thursday, December 17 at 12 pm ET (11 am CT/10 am MT/9 am PT/5 pm GMT) by Matei Zaharia, Assistant Professor of Computer Science at MIT, cofounder and CTO of Databricks, and winner of the 2014 ACM Doctoral Dissertation Award. His fellow Databricks cofounder Reynold Xin, formerly of UC Berkeley's AMPLab, moderates the question and answer session.

ACM Learning Webinars are free, are available for streaming on all major mobile devices, and are recorded for on-demand viewing.

The ACM Learning Webinar series of live webcasts feature exciting presentations by leading experts on today's hottest topics, always followed by a stimulating Q&A period. If you missed seeing them live, you can still catch these unique topical discussions on demand:

2015 webcasts

  • November 24, 2015: "The Five Tribes of Machine Learning (And What You Can Learn from Each)," presented by Pedro Domingos, Professor of Computer Science at the University of Washington in Seattle and winner of the SIGKDD Innovation Award.
  • November 4, 2015: "Innovation Colonies; Disrupting the Fortune 500," presented by Dominic Holt, Co-Founder and CEO of Divine Intervention Software, Director of Advanced Concepts at Solute, Inc., and member of ACM's Professional Development Committee.
  • October 9, 2015: "What Makes a Great Software Engineer?," presented by Paul Li, Senior Data Scientist at Microsoft's Windows and Devices Group.
  • September 17, 2015: "Design by Contract: A Guiding Principle for Quality Software," presented by ACM Fellow and Professor of Software Engineering at ETH Zurich Bertrand Meyer.
  • August 20, 2015: "Disasters: Robots, Computing, and Informatics," presented by Robin R. Murphy, Raytheon Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at Texas A&M University and recipient of the 2014 ACM Eugene L. Lawler Award.
  • July 30, 2015: "What Time Is It? A Guide to Time for Software Developers," presented by George Neville-Neil, ACM Practitioner Board Chair and ACM Queue "Kode Vicious" columnist.
  • June 25, 2015: "Are You Getting Traction? Tales from the Tech Transfer Trenches," presented by Satish Chandra, Senior Principal Engineer at Samsung Electronics.
  • June 18, 2015: "End-User Software Engineering: Beyond the Silos," presented by Margaret Burnett, Professor of Computer Science at Oregon State University, and Brad Myers, Professor in the Human-Computer Interaction Institute in the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon.
  • June 8, 2015: "ACM SIGSOFT Town Hall Webinar," presented by Will Tracz.
  • June 2, 2015: "Agile and Evolutionary Software Development," presented by Václav Rajlich, Professor and former Chair of Computer Science at Wayne State University. Moderated by Will Tracz, Lockheed Martin Fellow Emeritus and Chair of ACM SIGSOFT.
  • May 15, 2015: "Making the Digital and Physical Worlds Accessible for People with Disabilities," presented by Eve Andersson, Manager of Accessibility Engineering at Google.
  • April 30, 2015: "The Fast Data Challenge and Picking the Right Database: Why One Size Doesn't Fit All," presented by 2014 ACM A.M. Turing Award recipient Michael Stonebraker.
  • March 31, 2015: "Extreme Scaling and Performance across Diverse Architectures," presented by Salman Habib of Argonne National Laboratory and the University of Chicago.
  • February 18, 2015: "Agile Methods: The Good, the Hype and the Ugly," presented by Bertrand Meyer, Professor of Software Engineering at ETH Zurich and an ACM Fellow.
  • January 28, 2015: "Stranger than Fiction: Case Studies in Software Engineering Judgment," presented by Steve McConnell, CEO and Chief Software Engineer at Construx Software.

2014 webcasts

  • December 18, 2014: "Getting Cyber Safety through to Employees (and Anyone Else)," presented by Ron Woerner, Director of Cybersecurity Studies, Bellevue University.
  • December 3, 2014: "Data Access and Entity Framework," presented by Terry Coatta, CTO, Marine Learning Systems, and member of the ACM Practitioners Board.
  • October 30, 2014: "Develop Hybrid Mobile Applications with Apache Cordova and PhoneGap Enterprise," presented by Andrew Savory, Mobile Services and Solutions Evangelist, Adobe.
  • September 30, 2014: "The Changing Nature of Invention in Computer Science," presented by Dennis Shasha, Professor of Computer Science at the Courant Institute of New York University and a 2013 ACM Fellow.
  • August 29, 2014: "Async JavaScript at Netflix," presented by Jafar Husain, Cross-UI Team Technical Lead, Netflix
  • July 23, 2014: "Simplifying Big Data with Hadoop," presented by Denny Lee, Senior Director, Data Platform. The talk is followed by a live question-and-answer session moderated by Michael Zeller, CEO of Zementis, board member of Software San Diego, and Secretary/Treasurer of ACM SIGKDD.
  • June 25, 2014: "Navigating Cybersecurity and Public Policy: Six Key Issues," presented by Herbert Lin, Chief Scientist, Computer Science and Telecommunications Board, National Research Council, National Academies. Lin discusses the findings of a recent National Research Council report on cybersecurity and the six key things to know about cybersecurity as it intersects with public policy.
  • June 17, 2014: "The Marriage of BI and Big Data—Business unIntelligence," presented by Barry Devlin, Founder and Principal of 9sight Consulting and co-editor of the ACM Tech Pack on Business Intelligence and Data Management.
  • May 22, 2014: "Lessons from the ACM Risks Forum," presented by Peter Neumann, ACM Fellow and Principal Scientist at the Software Research Institute
  • April 23, 2014: "The Online Revolution: Education for Everyone," presented by Andrew Ng, Co-Founder of Coursera and Director of Stanford Artificial Intelligence Lab
  • March 27, 2014: "Ruby for the Nuby," presented by Ruby expert David Black
  • February 27, 2014: "Achieve Massively Parallel Acceleration with GPUs," presented by Mark Ebersole, GPU Programming Educator at NVIDIA
  • January 23, 2014: "Computing Professionalism: Do Good and Avoid Evil...and Why It Is Complicated to Do that in Computing," presented by Don Gotterbarn, Director of the Software Engineering Ethics Research Institute and Chair of the ACM Committee on Professional Ethics. Followed by Q&A moderated by Keith Miller of the University of Missouri – St. Louis

2013 webcasts

  • December 17, 2013: "The Incremental Commitment Spiral Model: Principles and Practices for Successful Systems and Software," presented by Barry Boehm, TRW Professor in the University of Southern California Computer Sciences and Industrial and Systems Engineering Departments. Moderated by LiGuo Huang, Associate Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at Southern Methodist University (and a former student of Boehm).
  • November 20, 2013: "Big Data Without Big Database—Extreme In-Memory Caching for Better Performance," presented by Kate Matsudaira, Founder and CEO of popforms. Followed by live Q&A session moderated by Terry Coatta, CTO of Marine Learning Systems and a member of the ACM Practitioner Board. 
  • October 29, 2013: "3D on the Web—Introduction to WebGL," presented by Alain Chesnais, Past President of ACM, former SIGGRAPH President and co-founder of TrendSpottr, which develops web services to identify real-time trends in social media communities such as Twitter and Facebook. Live Q&A session with Alain moderated by SIGGRAPH's Eugene Fiume.
  • September 25, 2013: "The Security Impact of IPv6," presented by Johannes B. Ullrich, Dean of Research and a faculty member of the SANS Technology Institute, and moderated by Tom Limoncelli, an internationally recognized author, speaker, system administrator, and member of the ACM Case Study Committee
  • August 27, 2013: "Never-Ending Learning to Read the Web," presented by Tom M. Mitchell, Founder and Chair of the Machine Learning Department at Carnegie Mellon University; moderated by Yolanda Gil of University of Southern California and ACM SIGART.
  • April 23, 2013: "Internet's Future Social Implications: Upheaval or 'Trek's' Promise?" presented by Vint Cerf, VP and Chief Internet Evangelist at Google and ACM President; moderated by Stuart Feldman, VP of Engineering at Google and former ACM President.
  • May 8, 2013: "Engineering Software as a Service: An Agile Software Approach," presented by David Patterson, University of California, Berkeley and former President of ACM; moderated by Armando Fox, University of California, Berkeley.
  • June 13, 2013: "IBM Watson: Beyond Jeopardy!" presented by Adam Lally, Senior Technical Staff Member at IBM's T.J. Watson Research Center; moderated by Will Tracz, Lockheed Martin Fellow Emeritus and Chair of ACM SIGSOFT.
  • July 17, 2013: "Changing How Programmers Think about Parallel Programming," presented by by William Gropp, Director of the Parallel Computing Institute at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, and moderator John West, Director of the Department of Defense (DoD) High Performance Computing Modernization Program.

2012 webcasts

  • January 26, 2012: "The Cloud in Your Hands: Marriage of Cloud Computing with Smart Devices," presented by Arjmand Samuel and Danny Dalal, Microsoft Research; moderated by David B. Johnson, SIGMOBILE 
  • April 12, 2012: "Security: Computing in an Adversarial Environment," presented by Carrie Gates, CA Labs; moderated by Christopher W. Clifton, Purdue University
  • June 28, 2012: "2012—Big Data: End of the World or End of BI?" presented by Barry Devlin, 9sight Consulting; moderated by Ankur Teredesai, University of Washington-Tacoma, SIGKDD
  • September 20, 2012: "Recommender Systems," presented by Joseph A. Konstan, Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Minnesota, Fellow of the ACM, and Past President of SIGCHI; moderated by Gary Olson, Professor of Information and Computer Sciences at the University of California, Irvine, Fellow of the ACM, and a member of the SIGCHI Academy. And check out Joe Konstan's answers to the questions he didn't get to during the live Q&A session.
  • November 13, 2012: "Condos and Clouds: Patterns in SaaS Applications," presented by Pat Helland, Software Architect for; moderated by Yannis Ioannidis, University of Athens and "Athena" Research Center; SIGMOD. Bonus: Extended, post-event Q&A with Pat Helland (questions answered offline).