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ACM in the News 2012

Climate Model Coverage: Far From Model Journalism
Huffington Post, December 27, 2012
Previous studies have called for greater transparency on the part of computer modelers in order to increase public trust in modeling. A paper that argues this in the Communications of the ACM aptly quotes the "reasonable person doctrine": "Information givers should provide enough information to takers for reasonable people to make decisions."

Med students need more computer science instruction
FierceHealthIT, December 21, 2012
Medical schools still aren't incorporating enough instruction on computer science and computational thinking into their curricula, according to Daniel Essin, M.D., a Los Angeles-based programmer, in a recent post to the Physician's Practice blog. Essin paraphrases a recent joint report released by the Association for Computing Machinery and the Computer Science Teachers Association that chastises current teaching practices geared toward students in grades K-12, applying its recommendations to med school students.

Students Support Women in High Technology
Tacoma Weekly, December 19, 2012
Two University of Puget Sound students have won national support for a new, local effort to encourage more women to enter the computing and information technology professions. The ... students aim to work with Pacific Lutheran University students to create a joint ACM-W college chapter. The ACM-W represents women in the international Association for Computing Machinery. “By building a community where we can discuss the issues that women in computer science face, we can help foster a sense of belonging,” Andersen and Lee wrote in their proposal.

Advocating for computer science education
IT World, December 19, 2012
There’s no shortage of evidence that there’s a need for more computer science education in the United States. If you’d like to learn more or find out what you can do to support passage of the bill, check out Computing in the Core or the Computer Science Teachers Association.

How to get a job as a Computer Systems Administrator
U.S. News, December 19, 2012
Joining professional organizations like the Association for Computing Machinery can help you to keep up with technological developments. "I really want people who can understand a system that they might be responsible for in its completeness, and if there's a problem, do they understand how to troubleshoot it and how to fix it?" says Ben Fried, chief information officer at Google.

Black Girls CODE adds cities, and maybe boys
Upstart Business Journal, December 17, 2012
The percentage of women earning computer science degrees has dropped from 27 percent in 1984 to 18 percent today. Yet, computing and mathematics are among the fastest growing occupations. The Association for Computing Machinery projects 150,000 new computing jobs annually during the next eight years.

Building and Spreading Knowledge That Matters: Is Computing a Two-Edged Sword, or a Possible Solution?
Huffington Post, December 12, 2012
Computer Science Education Week is a national commitment to teaching computing as the new writing can heighten our students' future possibilities -- boys, girls, underrepresented minorities alike. Let's all take a moment to sign the pledge to acknowledge our sincere excitement about mastering complex technology knowledge and skills and leading the way to brighter future opportunities for all.

Microsoft, Amazon, UW researchers named ACM Fellows
Seattle Times, December 11, 2012
Three local computer-science researchers today were named fellows of the Association for Computing Machinery, a high honor in the field. "These men and women are advancing the art and science of computing with enormous impacts for how we live and work," ACM President Vinton Cerf said in the release. "The impact of their contributions highlights the role of computing in creating advances that range from commonplace applications to extraordinary breakthroughs, and from the theoretical to the practical.

Head of Qatar Computing Research Institute receives distinguished industry honour
Albawaba Business, December 12, 2012
Dr Ahmed Elmagarmid, Executive Director of Qatar Computing Research Institute (QCRI), has been named a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). Dr Elmagarmid was cited for his contributions to database management systems. ACM is the world’s largest and most prestigious organisation for researchers and practitioners in the field of computing.

Time to make computer science part of school's core curriculum
Houston Chronicle, December 7, 2012
Next week, Dec. 9 through Dec. 15, is Computer Science Education Week, an effort to raise awareness and support for computer science education in schools. More information can be found at

The MOOC movement is not an indicator of educational evolution
O'Reilly Radar, December 3, 2012
The December issue of Communications of the ACM offers Professor Richard A. DeMillo from the Georgia Institute of Technology assessing the possible role of MOOCs in changing education, along with an editorial by editor-in-chief Moshe Y. Vardi culminating with, “If I had my wish, I would wave a wand and make MOOCs disappear.”

Microsoft Joins Malware, Ad Teams to Fight Click Fraud
CIO magazine, November 29, 2012
Microsoft cited some surprisingly high statistics to support its contention that click fraud is "rampant" in the online advertising business, which was worth US$32 billion in 2011. The company drew data from a research paper presented in August at the ACM Special Interest Group on Data Communication conference in Helsinki.

Ohio women prove that tech jobs aren't just for men
Chicago Tribune, November 26, 2012
I'm not afraid to say, 'I don't know' -- no guts, no glory." Her classmate Carrie Scono agreed. "Whether you say 'I need this explained' or 'I want this job,' you have to speak up," said the 23-year-old, who .... helps run the Ohio State University chapter of the Association for Computing Machinery Committee on Women. The club, with a goal of boosting mentoring and involvement, this fall collected $6,000 in grants and donations to attend the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing, an annual technical and career-building conference conducted most recently in Baltimore.

Computer Science Ed. Gets Boost From $6 million NSF Grant
Education Week, November 15, 2012
The grant announcement comes the same day Microsoft sponsored a panel discussion in Washington, dubbed STEM Education and the Race to the Future, that focused in part on computer science education. The four panelists included Chris Stephenson, the executive director of the Computer Science Teachers Association, as well as representatives from Microsoft, IBM, and the National Governors Association.

MOOC Mania
Slashdot, November 10, 2012
Now answer this one: what's been the single biggest innovation in education? Don't worry if you come up blank. You're supposed to.' Writing about MOOC Mania in the Communications of the ACM, Moshe Y. Vardi worries that 'the enormous buzz about MOOCs is not due to the technology's intrinsic educational value, but due to the seductive possibilities of lower costs.'

Branson Backs Codecademy with Kleiner for Online Teaching
Bloomberg, November 7, 2012
Once students reach universities, the shortage of computer science training persists. U.S. colleges awarded 40,000 bachelor’s degrees in the field in 2010, enough graduates to fill about a third of job openings in the field, according to the Association for Computing Machinery, a New York-based trade group.

Killing the Computer to Save It
The New York Times, October 30, 2012
SRI International computer scientist Peter G. Neumann subscribes to the philosophy that threats to computer security stem from the increasing complexity of hardware and software that has made it virtually impossible to identify system defects and vulnerabilities and ensure that they are secure and trustworthy. Neumann is chair of ACM's Computers and Public Policy Committee and editor of the RISKS forum.

Federal Budget Limits Affect Scientific Conferences
The New York Times, October 23, 2012
The Energy Department is still sending nearly 400 employees to participate in the technical program, where scientists can discuss and present their research. But Vinton G. Cerf, president of ACM who has been described as one of the “fathers of the Internet,” said that is not enough. “This is a problem not just for the computing research community, but for almost anyone who’s involved in scientific work,” Mr. Cerf said. “The inability of the government researchers and program managers to participate in these conferences is actually very damaging.” Mr. Cerf said in an era of high unemployment and shifting markets, scientific collaboration was crucial, and limiting it with these kinds of policies “can’t be good for the United States.”

'Hackathon' Events Proliferate for Student Programmers
Chronicle of Higher Education, October 18, 2012
Ayush Sood, a junior computer-science major and officer in Stanford’s branch of ACM, described increasing interest in programming and hackathons as a “chain reaction.” “The hacker culture is fairly young at Stanford, and it’s very contagious,” he said in an e-mail interview. More formalized coding competitions hosted by ACM have been available for years, but this year a one-unit course at the University of Wisconsin at Madison on preparing for those competitions filled up within two hours, said Dieter van Melkebeek, a computer-science professor there. “I’ve been coaching ACM competitions for 12 years now—this is a recent phenomenon,” he said.

Teaching for the Future: Steering girls to science
USA Today, October 16, 2012
"If you look at the media, and who we worship in this tech space, it's Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg," says Ruthe Farmer, director of Strategic Initiatives for The National Center for Women & IT, based in Boulder, Colo. The center, a coalition of 300 corporations, colleges, government agencies and non-profits, was created in 2004 to promote efforts to reverse that decline. It has been helped along by member organizations such as the Girl Scouts, the Computer Science Teachers Association and this program, called Inspiring Girls Now in Technology Evolution, or IGNITE, offered through Seattle Public Schools since 1999.

In the Heart of Afghanistan, Entrepreneurs for Peace
Fast Company, October 15, 2012
Public signs of an Afghan tech community emerged a year ago, when Mahdi Rezaei, a 27-year-old IT administrator who also helps at INEX, organized the first meeting of the Kabul chapter of the Association for Computing Machinery. ACM's leaders were shocked when they first heard that Afghans wanted to open a chapter. "My initial reaction was, 'What? This makes no sense,' because I picture Kabul as a city under siege with incredible security issues and with all the standard things that make innovation and education difficult," says ACM CEO John White.

North East experts could make the remote a thing of the past
The Journal (UK), October 9, 2012
Researchers at Newcastle University and Microsoft Research Cambridge (MSR) have developed a sensor the size of a wrist watch. Mapping finger movement, it gives the user remote control anytime, anywhere – even allowing you to answer your phone while it’s still in your pocket and you’re walking down the street. Being presented this week at the 25th ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology in the United States, Digits allows, for the first time, 3D interactions without being tied to any external hardware.

ACM Women's chapter to be launched in Pune
The Hindu Business Line, October 3, 2012
The Association for Computing Machinery’s Council on Women in Computing (ACM-W) will be launched in Pune on October 6 at a special function organised at Cummins College of Engineering for Women. Under the umbrella of parent organisation ACM, the focus of ACM-W is to inspire, motivate and encourage women for joining the field of computing and eventually, sustaining and growing in the profession.

Fostering Tech Talent in Schools
The New York Times, September 30, 2012
There are likely to be 150,000 computing jobs opening up each year through 2020, according to an analysis of federal forecasts by the Association for Computing Machinery, a professional society for computing researchers. But despite the hoopla around start-up celebrities like Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook, fewer than 40,000 American students received bachelor’s degrees in computer science during 2010, the National Center for Education Statistics estimates. And the wider job market remains weak.

Light-bulb moment: invention adds new depth to digital camera field
Sydney Morning Herald, September 26, 2012
You know you've come up with a pretty spectacular invention when the tech pundits are comparing you to Steve Jobs and Jobs himself invites you to give a private demo at his house. Dr Ren Ng, 32, now based in Silicon Valley, developed a revolutionary new kind of “light-field camera” for consumers while studying at Stanford University in California. His PhD thesis on light field technology earned the Association for Computing Machinery's Doctoral Dissertation Award for best computer science and engineering thesis in 2006.

Study rates interface design and UX as secret to Facebook's success
Digital Arts, May 14, 2012
University of Washington graduate student Parmit Chilana worked as an intern at the social networking giant last year, and, during her time there, interviewed Facebook engineers and design specialists to learn about how they build and deploy new features for the service. Chilana discussed her report, which she co-authored with other researchers at the University of Washington and Facebook itself, at the Association for Computing Machinery's Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, being held this week in Austin, Texas.

Reimagining the taxonomy of computing
SD Times, September 24, 2012
Interactive white boards! Ambient intelligence! A lot can change in 14 years! That’s the conclusion you have to reach after reading the latest iteration of the Computing Classification System, maintained and published by the Association for Computing Machinery. The ACM’s CCS has defined the computing field since 1964, and was last updated in 1998. This latest update, completed in March 2012 but unveiled this month, can be considered a full list of terms.

Google VP Joins Top Technopreneurs for Economic Forum
Asian Journal, September 23, 2012
Leading the group is Dr. Eric Brewer, Vice President of Infrastructure of Google, Inc. Before joining the internet giant, he founded the Federal Search Foundation, which was responsible in building FirstGov, now known as, the official portal of US government. He has also received awards including, MIT Technology Review TR100's one of the top 100 innovators in the world under the age of 35 in 1999, and ACM-Infosys Foundation Award in the Computing Sciences in 2009.

Sifting Social Media for Early Signs of Adverse Drug Reactions
Science Daily, September 21, 2012
A team co-led by University of Virginia professor Ahmed Abbasi to fund research that will analyze social media, including tweets and online discussion forums, to identify adverse drug reactions...The new project, Abbasi explained, will build on related research, currently in publication in the journal ACM Transactions on Information Systems, that demonstrated the promise of social media as an early-warning system for adverse drug reactions.

In the works: an app that monitors asthma
Daily News, September 19, 2012
Developed by researchers at the University of Washington, UW Medicine and Seattle Children's Hospital, the app, SpiroSmart, monitors your lung function by blowing into your smartphone. A paper presented this month at the Association for Computing Machinery's International Conference on Ubiquitous Computing showed clinical testing results on the device "came within five percent of commercial devices, meaning it already meets the medical community's standards for accuracy."

What is the Future of Computers?, September 11, 2012
This month, [Peter] Denning has a new paper out in the journal Communications of the ACM, called "Don't feel bad if you can't predict the future." It's about all the people who have tried to do so in the past, and failed.

Guess who's winning the brains race, with 100% of first graders learning to code?
Venturebeat, September 4, 2012
It’s Estonia! By contrast, the U.S. public education system has been described as “running on empty” when it comes to tech literacy, leaving young adults unprepared to compete in a digitally driven economy. In 2009 and 2010, ACM and the Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA) conducted a joint study and found that most public schools in the U.S. focus only on the consumer aspects of using computers.

Twelve-Year-Old Programmers Help Fuel IPhone Game Frenzy
Bloomberg Business Week, August 29, 2012
“In the last few years, we’ve seen this explosion of engaging students and in teaching them the basic concepts,” said Chris Stephenson, executive director of the Computer Science Teachers Association. “Alice, Scratch -- they’re becoming incredibly popular because students love them and can do real, creative things with them.”

How to Feed Data-Hungry Mobile Devices? Use More Antennas
Science Daily, August 23, 2012
Researchers from Rice University have just unveiled a new multi-antenna technology that could help wireless providers keep pace with the voracious demands of data-hungry smartphones and tablets. Details about the new technology, dubbed Argos, were presented August 23 at the Association for Computing Machinery's MobiCom 2012 wireless research conference in Istanbul.

Paul Tija on outsourcing in the DPRK
North Korean Economy Watch, August 23, 2012
Paul Tija of GPI Consulting has written an article in the August issue of the American magazine Communications of the ACM on outsourcing in the DPRK. Here is a link to the article (PDF): Inside the hermit Kingdom: IT and Outsourcing in North Korea.

Testing the Limits with Bob Binder, August 22, 2012
Interview with Bob Binder, noted author, academic and speaker, who is currently the President of System Verification Associates. Q. As a frequently cited author, we’re curious which writers and bloggers you read on a regular basis? BB: I regularly read IEEE Software, IEEE Computer, Communications of the ACM, and the Journal of Software Testing, Verification, and Review, both print and online. I’ve been following Grady Booch’s new project, Computing, fairly closely.

10 Women in Tech Who Give Back
Huffington Post, August 18, 2012
The following ten tech pioneers are working to boost the ranks of women in the tech industry: Dr. Sue Black,founder of LondonBCSWomen (founded 1999) and BCSWomen (founded 2001, which are online networks that were founded to increase equality and support for women in tech. Dr. Black is a senior research associate in the Department of Computer Science at University College London. She is also a strategic advisor for ACM-W.

Samsung Attacks 'Unique' Features of Apple iPhone, iPad
Information Week, August 16, 2012
Andries van Dam, a highly respected voice in computer graphics, said he was familiar with snap back because he'd been teaching it for a decade. There are experts and there are venerated experts. The Dutch-born van Dam was the seventh person to get a doctorate in computer science in the U.S.--from the University of Pennsylvania in 1966. He founded the computer science department at Brown University and co-founded the show that would become the Association for Computing Machinery's Special Interest Group on Computer Graphics, better known as ACM-Siggraph.

The World Needs More Witches and Wizards
TEDxTalks, August 8, 2012
Mehran Sahami, Associate Professor and Associate Chair for Education in the Computer Science department at Stanford University. He is co-chair of the ACM/IEEE-CS joint task force on Computer Science Curricula 2013, which sets curricular guidelines for college computer-science programs at an international level.

PCWorld, August 7, 2012
Siggraph returns to LA and the clans gather from all over the world. Siggraph is a hardy organization built from the work of true-believing volunteers working within the ACM (Association for Computing Machinery) is addicted to LA.

MIT Researchers Streamline Coding for Image Processing
PCWorld, August 2, 2012
Such a technique could prove especially beneficial for mobile phones and other portable devices where battery power is at a premium. The researchers have used the DSL, called Halide, to rewrite several common image-processing functions. The researchers plan to discuss Halide at ACM's Special Interest Group on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques (Siggraph) conference next week in Los Angeles.

Forecast for Systems Administrators: Cloudy
ComputerWorld, August 2, 2012
"There is a fundamental change happening because of increased use of cloud solutions, service providers and, to a certain extent, virtualization of services, even when they're offered internally," agrees Heikki Topi, a professor of computer information systems at Bentley University and a member of the education board at ACM. For systems administrators, he says, "there is a need to operate at a somewhat higher level of abstraction."

Adding a '3D Print' Button to Animation Software
Science Daily, July 31, 2012
A group of graphics experts led by computer scientists at Harvard have created an add-on software tool that translates video game characters -- -- or any other three-dimensional animations -- -- into fully articulated action figures, with the help of a 3D printer. The project is described in detail in the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Transactions on Graphics and will be presented at the ACM SIGGRAPH conference on August 7.

Computer science: still a male domain?
Daily News Sri Lanka, July 26, 2012
Around 2000, both ACM (in the US) and the British Computer Society BCS (here) became concerned about what they saw as an alarming trend: the number of women entering computer science was shrinking. There was no obvious reason why this should be the case. The number of women entering other sciences, particularly medicine and biology, was on the up. Computer science does not require great physical strength or size. And there are role models, from Marissa Mayer ... to early heroines Ada Lovelace and Grace Hopper, current engineers Susan Landau and Rebecca Mercuri, and community builders Anita Borg, and Emma Mulqueeny (Rewired State).

Control-Alt-Hack: Card Game Grabs Young Computer Scientists
Government Technology, July 25, 2012
While the game doesn’t explicitly teach how specific security exploits work, it involves concepts from the world of information-security and it could be used to supplement a high-school or college computer science course....The game received funding from Intel, the National Science Foundation, and the Association for Computing Machinery’s Special Interest Group on Computer Science Education.

So, who really did invent the Internet?
Los Angeles Times, July 23, 2012
Crovitz then points out that TCP/IP, the fundamental communications protocol of the Internet, was invented by Vinton Cerf (though he fails to mention Cerf's partner, Robert Kahn), winners of the ACM Turing Award. Cerf, by the way, wrote in 2009 that the ARPANet, on which he worked, "led, ultimately, to the Internet."

Parallel Computing's "Fundamental" Change: Transactional Memory
Dr. Dobb's , July 20, 2012
This week the ACM celebrates the work of all four authors in their field of software engineering expertise by awarding them the 2012 Edsger W. Dijkstra Prize, which is sponsored jointly in association with the European Association for Theoretical Computer Science (EATCS). Edsger W. Dijkstra was a pioneer in distributed computing who received the 1972 ACM A.M. Turing Award for fundamental contributions to developing programming languages.

Professor Dame Wendy Hall named among most influential women in IT
The Business Magazine, UK, July 17, 2012
Hall, dean of physical and applied sciences at the University of Southampton, has been named as the second most influential woman in UK IT by a national computing website. She was president of the British Computer Society;[and] the first non-North American to lead the Association of Computing Machinery, the world’s largest organisation for computer professionals.

Alan Turing: His Life, His Mind VIDEO, (Part Two)
Dr. Dobb's , July 11, 2012
At the Association for Computing Machinery's 2012 Turing Award celebration, I discussed Turing, the father of computer science, with Frances Allen, Charles Bachman, Vint Cerf, Dame Wendy Hall, William Newman, Christos Papadimitriou and Judea Pearl.

Interview with Alan Kay
Dr. Dobb's , July 10, 2012
ACM celebrated the centenary of Alan Turing's birth by holding a conference with presentations by more than 30 Turing Award winners. The conference was filled with unusual lectures and panels both about Turing and present-day computing.During a break in the proceedings, I interviewed Alan Kay — a Turing Award recipient known for many innovations and his articulated belief that the best way to predict the future is to invent it.

Engineering Your Degree
Inside Higher Ed, July 10, 2012
Mehran Sahami said there is widespread agreement among leaders in computer science that, in the future, computing is going to have an even larger impact on other fields. He is co-chair of a joint effort of the Association for Computing Machinery and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers to produce its next set of computer science curricular guidelines, which are issued about every 10 years. The last set of guidelines was released in 2001, and this newest set will be released next summer.

A Northwest Pipeline to Silicon Valley
The New York Times, July 7, 2012
In May, Seth Cooper, a Washington professor who earned his Ph.D. from the [University of Washington] department last year, won ACM's doctoral dissertation award, one of the field’s most prestigious prizes. His dissertation described how video games could be used to solve complex scientific problems. He was a co-creator of one game, Foldit, that harnessed the efforts of tens of thousands of players to solve the structure of a protein useful in the fight against H.I.V.

Alan Turing: His Mind, His Life VIDEO, (Part ONE)
Huffington Post, July 9, 2012
In Part 1 of a two-part series, listen as Frances Allen, Charles Bachman, Vint Cerf, Dame Wendy Hall, William Newman, Christos Papadimitriou and Judea Pearl celebrate the mind of Alan Turing, the father of computer science.

Alan Turing VIDEO: What is the Turing Test
Huffington Post, July 5, 2012
In honor of the 100th anniversary of mathematician and logician Alan Turing's birth, I was lucky enough to sit down with some of the most influential computer scientists in the world at the Association for Computing Machinery's 2012 Turing Award celebration. I asked them, "what is the Turing test?"

Computational Folkloristics
SlashDot, June 23, 2012
This recently published article in the Communications of the ACM got me thinking about the intimate ties between storytelling, role playing games, and computational modeling and domain nomenclature.

Alan Turing: Google Doodle Marks Cryptanalyst's 100th Birth Anniversary
International Business Times, June 23, 2012
Turing's memory is immortalised in the form of the Turing Award, which is touted as 'the Nobel Prize of computing'. The award was first given in 1966 and is given annually by the New York-based Association of Computing Machinery. The award consists of a cash prize of $250,000, which is sponsored by Intel and Google. The video below shows how to solve Alan Turing Google Doodle.

A centenary celebration of the life and work of Alan Turing
Kurzweil Accelerating Intelligence news, June 21, 2012
On June 15–16 in San Francisco, 33 ACM A.M. Turing Award Winners came together for the first time to honor the 100th Anniversary of Alan Turing and reflect on his contributions, as well as on the past and future of computing. Watch the recorded webcast of the event.

How Alan Turing set the rules for computing
Computer World, June 22, 2012
But without Turing's work, computers as we know them today simply would not exist, Robert Kahn, co-inventor of the TCP/IP protocols that run the Internet, said in an interview. Absent Turing, "the computing trajectory would have been entirely different, or at least delayed," he may be computer science where his legacy will be the most strongly felt. Last week, the Association of Computing Machinery held a two-day celebration of Turing, with the computer field's biggest luminaries -- Vint Cerf, Ken Thompson, Alan C. Kay -- paying tribute to the man and his work.

Ashton Kutcher backs CMU duo's startup Duolingo
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, June 20, 2012
CMU announced Tuesday that Duolingo, a language translation website created by computer scientists Luis von Ahn and Severin Hacker, has received a $3.3 million round of funding from New York-based Union Square Ventures and from an independent investment made by actor/producer Ashton Kutcher. ACM president Alain Chesnais said in a statement that Mr. von Ahn's research "has changed the game for how we use computers."

Tech world preps to honor "Father of Computer Science" Alan Turing, as centenary nears
Network World, June 11, 2012
"The man challenged everyone's thinking," says Vint Cerf, Google's chief Internet evangelist, in an interview with Network World. "He was so early in the history of computing, and yet so incredibly visionary about it." Cerf -- who is president-elect of ACM and general chair of that organization's effort to celebrate the upcoming 100th anniversary of Turing's birth on June 23 -- says that it's tough to overstate the importance of Turing's role in shaping the world of modern computing.

HITS establishes the Heidelberg Laureate Forum
Supercomputing online, May 22, 2012
The agreement on collaborating in the Heidelberg Laureate Forum between the organizers and the award-granting institutions (Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters, International Mathematical Union, and Association for Computing Machinery) has been signed in Oslo on May 22nd on the occasion of the 10th Abel Prize Ceremony.

Chinese Students at First Western University ACM Programming Contest
Jiangsu Net, June 3, 2012
As the computer field "Olympic" ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest (referred to as the ACM-ICPC), by the international computer industry has a long history, sponsored by the rather authoritative organization ACM (Association of Computing, Machinery)one of the activities is recognized as the world's largest and highest level of the international Collegiate Programming Contest, which aims to enable students to fully demonstrate their ability to use computers to analyze and solve problems.

Relaxed accuracy doesn't imply catastrophic failure
Slashdot, May 24, 2012
Two years ago, loop perforation was shown to provide results faster and/or more efficiently than traditional CPUs by trading accuracy for performance, but the June paper presentation at the Association for Computing Machinery's Conference on Programming Language Design and Implementation should help put minds like mine at ease that we can have it faster and cheaper (which qualifies as better, without the whole death side effect problem).

Microsoft Beats Data-sorting Record with New Approach
CIO magazine, May 22, 2012
Besting a record set by Yahoo in 2009, the research arm of Microsoft have deployed a new technique for quickly sorting large amounts of data, called Flat Datacenter Storage (FDS). The researchers will discuss their work at an Association for Computing Machinery conference, SIGMOD, dedicated to databases this week in Scottsdale, Arizona. They are also implanting their data-sorting techniques in Microsoft's Bing search engine, where it could boost response times to user queries.

Alan Turing's centennial provides a retrospective on his influence
SD Times, May 22, 2012
Turing’s birthday—June 23, 1912—will be marked by worldwide celebrations. The Association for Computing Machinery is hosting its Turing Centenary Celebration on June 15 and 16 at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco. The program includes individual talks by past A.M. Turing Award winners, as well as some panel events on Alan Turing: the individual, his work and the future of networked computing.

Ren Ng, Future of Photography
TEDxTalks, May 21, 2012
Before starting Lytro in 2006, Ren Ng had been extensively studying light field science and computational science. His seminal Ph.D. research on light field technology earned the field's top honor, the ACM Doctoral Dissertation Award for best thesis in computer science and engineering.

Boy's cancer detection tool wins science fair top prize
Pittsburgh Post Gazette, May 19, 2012
A 15-year-old Maryland boy took the top prize of $75,000 at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair 2012 with his creation of a noninvasive pancreatic cancer detection tool. Other winners included Natalie Nash, 17, of Allison Park, and a senior at Vincentian High School, who won $8,200 in total prizes for her iPhone navigational tool to help the visually impaired to walk unimpeded without bumping into obstacles, including a $200 award for her fourth-place finish in the ACM award.

Shut Off E-Mail to Ease Work Stress
Scientific American, May 7, 2012
By alerting you as soon as mail arrives, a constantly open e-mail window keeps you on your toes, right? Actually, a new study finds that closing your in-box can boost concentration and ease stress. The research will be presented at the Association for Computing Machinery's Computer-Human Interaction Conference.

Microsoft Opens New York Research Lab, Hires Mainly Yahoo Researchers
PCWorld, May 3, 2012
Among the Yahoo researchers who have signed up are Pennock, a past chair of ACM's Special Interest Group on Electronic Commerce. The lab will be headed by Jennifer Chayes, also Managing Director of Microsoft Research New England

Richard Karp, Leader of ICSI Algorithms Group, Named Founding Director of Simons Foundation's New Institute for Theory of Computing
TMCnet, May 2, 2012
Karp will lead the institute with fellow professors Alistair Sinclair and Christos Papadimitriou. He has performed foundational work in computational complexity and, as noted in ACM's Turing Award citation of Karp, introduced the "now standard methodology for proving problems to be computationally difficult."

Implanted User Interface Gives Patients New Options
InformationWeek, May 2, 2012
Researchers who are testing implanted user interfaces say the appliances will enable people who have implanted medical devices such as pacemakers to recharge and reprogram them without the use of wireless transmissions. Christian Holz and his colleagues will present a paper on their findings at the upcoming ACM conference on Computer-Human Interaction (CHI) in Austin, Texas.

Thwarting the Cleverest Attackers: Even Most Secure-Seeming Computer is Shockingly Vulnerable to Attack
Science Daily, May 1, 2012
At ACM's Symposium on Theory of Computing (STOC) in May, Shafi Goldwasser and colleagues will present a paper demonstrating how the technique she developed with Rothblum can be adapted to protect information processed on web servers. In addition to preventing attacks on private information, Goldwasser says, the technique could also protect devices that use proprietary algorithms so that they can't be reverse-engineered by pirates or market competitors.

CAPTCHA, Crowd Sourcing Pioneer von Ahn Captures Grace Murray Hopper Award
NetworkWorld, April 26, 2012
"Professor von Ahn's breakthrough research has changed the game for how we use computers," said ACM President Alain Chesnais, in a statement. "His innovations impact our personal usage of computing devices and make commercial applications of computing more secure. His potential for further altering how we work and play in the digital age seems boundless."

How Twitter broke its biggest story,'We got Bin Laden'
Science Daily, April 26, 2012
A team of Georgia Tech researchers, together with colleagues at Microsoft Research Asia and University of California-Davis, looked at more than 600,000 tweets for answers. Mengdie Hu will present the findings in Austin, Texas, at the Association for Computing Machinery's (ACM) Special Interest Group on Computer Human Interaction (SIGCHI) conference in May.

MIT professor wins award celebrating women in computing
Boston Globe, April 18, 2012
Lynch, who has been an MIT professor since 1981, is the seventh recipient of the award from the Association for Computing Machinery’s Council on Women in Computing. She works in the school’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory and is known for pioneering work that uses mathematics to perfect wired and wireless computer networks.

Lytro 8GB: Photographer's giant leap forward
Sunday Times Australia, April 17, 2012
Dr. Ren Ng developed the Lytro camera after moving to California to specialise in light-field imaging at Stanford University. Light field is the concept that light travels in all directions through every point in space. Ng's first light-field camera effort was a medium-format camera produced for his PhD; a thesis that earned Ng the ACM Doctoral Dissertation Award for computer science and engineering.

Sound Waves Allow Computer to Detect and Obey Gestures, March 21, 2012
Though many gesture-controlled programs now use Microsoft's Kinect system to detect motions, this new program, called SoundWave, has a more unusual method of figuring out what's going on around it. SoundWave recognizes scrolling, fast and slow single and double taps, and the see-saw action that rotates pieces during games of Tetris, according to a paper published for ACM SIGCHI (Special Interest Group on Computer Human Interaction) conference starting May 5.

Artificial Intelligence Pioneer: We Can Build Robots with Morals
US News & World Report, March 16, 2012
Judea Pearl, a pioneer in the field of artificial intelligence, won the Association for Computing Machinery's A.M. Turing award Thursday, considered the highest honor in the computing world. Pearl developed two branches of calculus that opened the door for modern artificial intelligence, such as the kind found in voice recognition software and self-driving cars.

Judea Pearl Wins Nobel Prize in Computing
The Jewish Daily Forward, March 16, 2012
Judea Pearl, father of the slain Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl, has been named winner of what is considered the “Nobel Prize in Computing,” a prestigious honor that also carries a $250,000 award. The Association for Computing Machinery announced Thursday it would give its 2011 ACM A.M. Turing Award to Pearl, a professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, for his pioneering work.

A Turing Award for Helping Make Computers Smarter
The New York Times, March 15, 2012
Google search, I.B.M.’s Watson Jeopardy-winning computer, credit-card fraud detection and automated speech recognition. There seems not much in common on that list. But it is a representative sampling of the kinds of modern computing chores that use the ideas and technology developed by Judea Pearl, the winner of this year’s Turing Award.

Computer curriculum covers K12
Detroit Free Press, March 14, 2012
Check out the Computer Science Teachers Association's three-level framework: The first level, aimed at grades K-6, addresses computer science in the context of other academic subjects. In Level 2, grades 6-9, the concepts are taught either through other subjects or in discrete computer science courses.

Social Media: Finding Your Friends and Following Them to Where You Are
Science Daily, March 6, 2012
Computer scientists at the University of Rochester have shown that a great deal can be learned about individuals from their interactions in online social media, even when those individuals hide their Twitter messages (tweets) and other posts. The research won the Best Paper Award at the Fifth Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) International Conference on Web Search and Data Mining, held in Seattle, Washington.

Teach Your Robot Well
Science Daily, March 8, 2012
A new study by researchers in Georgia Tech's Center for Robotics & Intelligent Machines (RIM) has identified the types of questions a robot can ask during a learning interaction that are most likely to characterize a smooth and productive human-robot relationship. The findings were detailed in the paper, "Designing Robot Learners that Ask Good Questions," presented this week in Boston at the 7th ACM/IEEE Conference on Human-Robot Interaction (HRI).

A Taxonomy of Visualization Techniques
Slashdot, March 2, 2012
The ACM's Queue magazine has a new, comprehensive taxonomy of visualization techniques drawing from the theories of Edward Tufte and citing examples from academia, government, and the excellent NYT visualization team.

Best Jobs 2012: Software Developer
US News & World Report, February 27, 2012
While jobs are still scarce in many industries, software developers are in "absolute explosive demand," says Bryan Cantrill, vice president of engineering at the San Francisco-based cloud computing company Joyent, and a member of the advisory board of ACM Queue, a computer magazine for software engineers published by the Association for Computing Machinery.

6 key skills new IT grads are lacking
Network World, February 13, 2012
The University of Memphis is in its second year of following the IS 2010 model curriculum designed by the Association for Information Systems and the Association for Computing Machinery. That plan calls for teaching tech students both IT skills and professional skills such as communication and leadership.

Google algorithm guy, Microsoft DSP expert get NAE nod
CNNMoney, February 10, 2012
Two industry luminaries — Google Fellow Amit Singhal and Microsoft Distinguished Engineer Henrique “Rico” Malvar — were elected to  The National Academy of Engineering this week. Singhal’s interests lie in information retrieval and its application to web search, web graph analysis and search user interfaces. He was one of three Googlers named ACM Fellows in December.

ACM CEO John White Congratulates Students on Invitation to White House
TMCnet, February 8, 2012
ACM proudly congratulates high school senior Noor Muhyi, a winner of the NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing, 10-year-old Hannah Wyman, winner of Microsoft's U.S. Kodu Cup, and all the innovative students to be recognized by President Obama at the White House Science's vitally important that we continue to advocate for strong computer science education programs to ensure that the nation has the skilled workforce it needs to develop solutions.

Researchers Look at Which Tweets Interest Users
CIO Today, February 2, 2012
Researchers from Carnegie Mellon, MIT and Georgia Tech found the least-liked tweets are those that relay snippets of other people's conversations, or that give an update on current moods or activities. The best liked were ones that asked questions, shared information or linked to content by the tweeter. Their research will be presented at the ACM International Conference on Web Search and Data Mining in Seattle later this month.

Virtual Trees Blow in the Wind
Electronics Weekly, January 30, 2012
Animators will soon be able to construct startlingly realistic sylvan beauty in movies and video games with a new system for generating 3D virtual trees, according to research published in December in the journal ACM Transactions on Graphics. Chuan Li, a computer animator at the University of Bath in the UK, and colleagues developed software that generates realistic-looking 3D animated trees of any size and shape based on a rough 2D sketch.

How Speeding The "Most Important Algorithm of Our Lifetime" Could Change This Modern World
Fast Company, January 23, 2012
Last week at ACM's Symposium on Discrete Algorithms (SODA) a new way of calculating Fast Fourier Transforms was presented by a group of MIT researchers. It's possible that under certain situations it may be up to ten times faster than the current way we do these.

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