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ACM in the News 2014

Donald Knuth Worried About the "Dumbing Down" of History
SlashDot, December 26, 2014
Thomas Haigh, writing for Communications of the ACM, has an in-depth column about Donald Knuth and the history of computer science. It's centered on a video of Knuth giving a lecture at Stanford earlier this year, in which he sadly recounts how we're doing a poor job of capturing the development of computer science, which obscures vital experience in discovering new concepts and overcoming new obstacles. Haigh disagrees with Knuth, and explains why: "Distinguished computer scientists are prone to blur their own discipline, and in particular few dozen elite programs, with the much broader field of computing. The tools and ideas produced by computer scientists underpin all areas of IT and make possible the work carried out by network technicians, business analysts, help desk workers, and Excel programmers.

MIT unifies Web dev into single, speedy new language -- Ur/Web
Computer World, December 24, 2014
"I think this is a language with potential broad applicability to reduce costs of Web development in many different settings," said Ur/Web's author, Adam Chlipala, an MIT computer science assistant professor. "It brings some well-ad understood software engineering advantages to aspects of the Web that have been handled in more ad hoc ways." Chlipala will present his work next month at the Association for Computing Machinery's Symposium on Principles of Programming Languages.

Taking the grunt work out of web development
Science Daily, December 23, 2014
In a paper being presented at the Association for Computing Machinery's Symposium on Principles of Programming Languages, Adam Chlipala, the Douglas Ross Career Development Professor of Software Technology, describes a new programming language, called Ur/Web, that lets developers write Web applications as self-contained programs. The language's compiler -- the program that turns high-level instructions into machine-executable code -- then automatically generates the corresponding XML code and style-sheet specifications and embeds the JavaScript and database code in the right places.

Honoring Grace Hopper
Office of Science and Technology Policy, December 22, 2014
Few people have taken the above lesson to heart more than “Amazing” Rear Adm. Dr. Grace Hopper, one of the longest-serving U.S. Naval Officers and a pioneer in the fields of mathematics and computing, whose legacy has continued to live on past her death in 1992. That’s why earlier this month, during Computer Science Education Week, we at the White House looked back on Hopper’s remarkable life, and honored her with a special event display in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in Washington, DC.

See it, touch it,feel it: Researchers use ultrasound to make invisible 3-D haptic shape that can be seen and felt
Science Daily, December 2, 2014
Technology has changed rapidly over the last few years with touch feedback, known as haptics, being used in entertainment, rehabilitation and even surgical training. New research, using ultrasound, has developed an invisible 3D haptic shape that can be seen and felt. The research paper, published in the current issue of ACM Transactions on Graphics and which will be presented at this week's SIGGRAPH Asia 2014 conference [3-6 December], demonstrates how a method has been created to produce 3D shapes that can be felt in mid-air.

Study shows Bitcoin is not as anonymous as you think
Silicon Angle, December 1, 2014
The paper, presented to the 2014 ACM SIGSAC Conference on Computer and Communications Security by Alex Biryukov, Dmitry Khovratovich and Ivan Pustogarov, found that a basic investment of a “few computers, ” along with a budget of $1867 for servers and traffic charges was enough to start unmasking Bitcoin user addresses with up to 60 per cent accuracy. The report’s abstract explains that the methodology presents an “efficient method to deanonymize Bitcoin users, which allows to link user pseudonyms to the IP addresses where the transactions are generated.”

Wireless Devices Used by Casual Pilots Vulnerable to Hacking, Computer Scientist Says
Science Newsline, November 10, 2014
A new class of apps and wireless devices used by private pilots during flights for everything from GPS information to data about nearby aircraft is vulnerable to a wide range of security attacks, which in some scenarios could lead to catastrophic outcomes, according to computer scientists at the University of California, San Diego and Johns Hopkins University. They presented their findings Nov. 5 at the 21st ACM Conference on Computer and Communications Security in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Researchers push supercomputing's bleeding edge with diverse applications
PCWorld, November 19, 2014
While raw supercomputing performance may be not be advancing as quickly as it has in the past, researchers putting the most powerful systems to work continue to discover new ways to make them more powerful and versatile, judging from this year’s finalists for the Association for Computing Machinery’s Gordon Bell Prize. This is “a period of exploration in computer architecture, where we’re seeing people people using heterogenous computing, new types of memory hierarchies, and different types of programming models to make computers productive and efficient,” said Jeffrey Vetter, a Georgia Institute of Technology professor who chaired this year’s awards committee and is a former recipient of the Gordon Bell prize.

Why is Google Funding Another High-Dollar Science Award
Inside Philanthropy, November 18, 2014
With companies like Google and Facebook regularly showering software startups with a few billion here and there, the idea of a $1 million computer science award might seem a little unnecessary. But there is a gap, namely in the more fundamental and less commercial research pursuits, which ACM president Alexander Wolf told the New York Times form “the foundations on which others can build.” It’s also always nice to see Alan Turing’s name get another bump in recognition, considering the abhorrent treatment he received in his lifetime, despite his many achievements in computing.

Google to Quadruple Computer Science Prize Winnings to $1 Million
The New York Times, November 13, 2014
The A.M. Turing Award is often called the Nobel Prize of computer science. Now, thanks to Google’s largess, it will be a Nobel-level prize financially: $1 million. The quadrupling of the prize money, announced on Thursday by the Association for Computing Machinery, the professional organization that administers the award, is intended to elevate the prominence and recognition of computer science. The move can be seen as another sign of the boom times in technology. It is given, said Alexander L. Wolf, president of the association and a professor of computer science at Imperial College London, to the “true pioneers” who are “fundamental contributors to the science and technology of computing.”

Consider Whether APIs Can be Copyrighted, Computer Activist Group Urges U.S. Supreme Court
Forbes , November 9, 2014
The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) reports that it has filed a brief with the Supreme Court of the United States, asking the justices to review a “disastrous” appellate court decision finding that APIs are copyrightable (Oracle v. Google). Signatories to the EFF brief include five Turing Award winners, four National Medal of Technology winners, and fellows of the Association for Computing Machinery, IEEE, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. The list also includes designers of computer systems and programming languages.

Professor, student, inspired at Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing
Augusta Free Press, November 8, 2014
“The tide is changing slowly,” Weikle said, of a growing number of women in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields. “But Grace Hopper is special. Just that concept that there are 7,500 other women doing computer science and they’re all there in one place is amazing.” In 1969, Hopper was awarded – ironically – the inaugural Computer Sciences Man of the Year award from the Data Processing Management Association. That same year, 20-year-old Anita Borg began her first processing job. Borg would emerge as one of the foremost promoters of women in technology. The Anita Borg Institute of Technology partners with the largest international society devoted to the field, the Association for Computing Machinery, to host the Grace Hopper Celebration.

Professor, student, inspired at Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing
August Free Press, November 8, 2014
“The tide is changing slowly,” Weikle said, of a growing number of women in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields. “But Grace Hopper is special. Just that concept that there are 7,500 other women doing computer science and they’re all there in one place is amazing.” In 1969, Hopper was awarded – ironically – the inaugural Computer Sciences Man of the Year award from the Data Processing Management Association. That same year, 20-year-old Anita Borg began her first processing job. Borg would emerge as one of the foremost promoters of women in technology. The Anita Borg Institute of Technology partners with the largest international society devoted to the field, the Association for Computing Machinery, to host the Grace Hopper Celebration.

Into the future: Math, science highligt WPI confab
New Telegram, November 7, 2014
Craig Barrett, retired chairman and CEO of Intel Corp., agreed about the importance of setting the bar high for students. Mr. Barrett pointed to some trouble spots in terms of the U.S. as a leader in STEM higher education. He talked about an annual software-coding contest hosted by the Association for Computing Machinery. "It used to be the domain of the United States. U.S. schools won this consistently" he said. "I can't remember the last time the U.S. finished in the top 10. It's become the domain of Russian universities, Eastern European universities and Asian universities."

Visa contactless flaw allows purchase without PIN
Computer Business Review, November 4, 2014
Using a mobile phone point-of-sales (PoS) terminal, the team claimed they were able to process transactions just shy of one million in any foreign currency, flouting the £20 limit for near field communication (NFC) payments. Martin Emms, the lead researcher on the project, said: "All the checks are carried out on the card rather than the terminal so at the point of transaction, there is nothing to raise suspicions. Emms' team will present their findings at the Conference on Computer and Communications Security in Arizona this week, and are due to publish a paper on the subject.

Researchers Reveal System to Detect App Clones on App Markets
T.H.E. Journal, November 3, 2014
The researchers, Peng Liu, a professor at Penn State’s College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST); Kai Chen, a researcher at the State Key Laboratory of Information Security, Institute of Information Engineering, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China; and Yingjun Zhang, a researcher at the Institute of Software, Chinese Academy of Sciences, describe their app clone detection method in a new paper, “Achieving Accuracy and Scalability Simultaneously in Detecting Application Clones on Android Markets,” which they presented at the International Conference on Software Engineering (ICSE) in Hyderabad, South India.

Google project aims to preserve privacy when collecting software stats
PCWorld, October 30, 2014
Google is applying a surveying technique from the 1960s to a project that aims to collect data about users’ computers without potentially compromising their privacy. The project is nicknamed RAPPOR, which stands for Randomized Aggregatable Privacy-Preserving Ordinal Response. Google plans to present a paper on it next week at the ACM Conference on Computer and Communications Security.

Supercomputing Invited Plenary Talks Focus on High-Performance Computing at DreamWorks Animation and NIH's Vision for Solving Future Computational Challenges in Healthcare
CNBC, October 29, 2014
From November 16th-21st, New Orleans will host the annual Supercomputing Conference (SC14) and feature two Invited Plenary Talks focused on how high performance computing (HPC) will continue to play a pivotal role in both the healthcare and entertainment industries. SC14, sponsored by IEEE Computer Society and ACM offers a complete technical education program and exhibition to showcase the many ways high-performance computing, networking, storage and analysis lead to advances in scientific discovery, research, education and commerce.

Princeton Computer Scientist Robert Tarjan Appointed Chief Scientist at Intertrust Technologies
CBS Detroit, October 29, 2014
Dr. Tarjan joins over 100 researchers and engineers at Intertrust who work on solving technical problems in trust and security on the Internet, and will lead basic research in these areas. Dr. Tarjan has made fundamental contributions in the fields of algorithms and data structures. He is the recipient of numerous academic distinctions including the Association for Computing Machinery A. M. Turing Award, and the Nevanlinna Prize in mathematical aspects of computer science.

Happy Anniversary to the Early Internet's First Network-wide Crash
Vice Magazine, October 28, 2014
It was the result of a pair of subtle screwups having to do with the network’s interface message processors (IMPs), which were basically what we now call routers: intermediate switching devices that process network traffic....The IMPs supporting the 1980 ARPANET actually had an onboard system for finding bit-dropping errors, but they’d all been deactivated, according to a subsequent report published in [ACM]SIGSOFT Software Engineering Notes. The easiest fix suggested in the SIGSOFT report is almost comically simple.

CheckCell promises to finger all-too-common Excel spreadsheet errors
Networkworld, October 27, 2014 researchers will tell you, most spreadsheets do tend to have errors in them.CheckCell, available as a free Excel software plug-in on GitHub, is the brainchild of UMass computer science doctoral student Daniel Barowy, who last week presented the tool at the ACM Object-Oriented Programming, Systems, Languages and Applications (OOPSLA) conference in Portland, Ore. (Here's the CheckCell research paper.)

Solving the Mystery of Declining Female CS Enrollment
Slashdot, October 26, 2014
Calling 'When Women Stopped Coding' quite engaging, but long on Political Correctness and short on real evidence, UC Davis CS Prof Norm Matloff concedes a sexist element, but largely ascribes the gender lopsidedness to economics. "That women are more practical than men, and that the well-publicized drastic swings in the CS labor market are offputting to women more than men," writes Matloff, and "was confirmed by a 2008 survey in the Communications of the ACM" (related charts of U.S. unemployment rates and Federal R&D spending in the '80s).

Academics worry over Microsoft's Silicon Valley Research Lab Closing
ZDNew, October 21, 2014
"While layoffs are always unpleasant, the impact of this one has been exacerbated by the fact that many researchers at the Silicon Valley lab worked on long-term, fundamental research of the kind that can be done at very few places outside of academia," according to the open letter, signed by a number of researchers from Carnegie Mellon, University of Pennsylvania, Yale, Princeton, Stanford, Harvard, MIT and other universities. (The drafting of the letter was led by the Association of Computing Machinery SIGACT Committee for the Advancement of Theoretical Computer Science, the letter says.)

The Imitation Game: how Benedict Cumberbatch brought Turing to life
USA News, October 7, 2014
More than 40 nations created major contributions to the celebrations of Alan’s life and function. Large (by familiar geekish requirements) meetings - over 700 at the ACM Turing Award event in San Francisco and 500 plus for an unprecedented two-day commemoration at Princeton University and massive Turing Centenary Conferences in Cambridge and Manchester - with no much less than world chess icon Garry Kasparov, his usual fee waived, at the Manchester City Hall occasion, even though the Olympic torch arrived in the square outdoors.

Network Trailblazer: A Conversation with Eric Allman
The Network Cisco Technology News Site, September 30, 2014
Network Trailblazer Eric Allman was the author of delivermail, and its successor sendmail. Delivermail was the mail transport agent (“MTA”) first shipped in 1979 as part of 4.0BSD, a UNIX operating system developed and distributed by the Computer Systems Research Group of the University of California, Berkeley. Allman is a recipient of the Association for Computer Machinery’s 2009 Distinguished Engineers Award and is a 2014 inductee to the Internet Hall of Fame.

Grace Hopper: Open Source Day
TechNet, October 9, 2014
The Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing is a gathering of women technologists, and first took place in 1994 with 500 attendees. Today – 20 years later – it celebrates a record 8,000 women and men in attendance. Produced by the Anita Borg Institute and in partnership with the Association for Computing Machinery, the conference hosted its first male keynote speaker today, Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft, who was interviewed on stage by Maria Klawe, president of Harvey Mudd College [and former ACM president].

A CTO on bias, female tech incubators, and enlightened conversations
Chicago Tribune, October 9, 2014
Rebecca Parsons is CTO at Chicago-based agile software development firm ThoughtWorks Inc., which works with businesses and organizations such as Caterpillar Inc., Gap Inc. and the U.K. government. Q. Where do you see progress? A. There’s also a lot more support for women who are interested in getting into technology. The Association for Computing Machinery has women’s chapters. You have the National Center for Women & Information Technology and the Anita Borg Institute. The Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing (a three-day event that ends Friday) has some 8,000 people in Phoenix, and 90-plus percent of those are women.

10 Men Making Waves for Women In Tech
TechCrunch, October 8, 2014
UN Women announced the HeForShe campaign, an effort to invite men and boys to join in advocating for gender equality. Actress and UN Women Ambassador Emma Watson of Harry Potter fame gave a moving speech to launch the campaign,,,,here are 10 men working to get and keep more women in tech. An educator and advocate for computer science for all, Joe[Kmoch] is engaged in nearly every computing education initiative in Wisconsin and many nationwide. Despite ‘retiring’ in 2004, Joe continues to serve as the Co-chair of the Advisory Board for Washington HS of IT and the Computational Thinking Task Force for the Computer Science Teachers Association.

'Compute-2014' begins today
The Times of India, October 8, 2014
The computer science engineering (CSE) department of Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology (VNIT) is hosting a three-day conference titled 'Compute-2014' from Thursday. This is the seventh conference of the Indian chapter of Association of Computing Machinery (ACM), a US-based international forum. Speaking to reporters about the mega conference, VNIT director Narendra Chaudhari said that conference has mainly two tracks, research talks and tutorials on the latest cutting edge technology in the field of computing.

Microsoft's 'smart cellophane' looks surprisingly useful (at least for academics)
PCWorld, October 6, 2014
Most people look at the transparent plastic covering a smartphone or tablet display as just another hindrance to be pulled off and removed. But with Microsoft’s FlexSense research project, that very activity is the whole point. FlexSense is a research project that Microsoft presented this week at the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) User Interface Software and Technology Symposium. Consisting of a new thin-film surface based on printed piezoelectric sensors, the technology can detect how the plastic is being pulled back and manipulated.

India using advanced Voter-Verified Paper Audit Trail system
The International News, October 1, 2014
Irked and rattled by the fact that Electronic Voting Machines are vulnerable to fraud, India has now gone a bit beyond these devices, using them together with a Voter-Verified Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) system in 8 of 543 parliamentary constituencies as a pilot project during the country’s 2014 polls. A research paper “Security Analysis of India’s Electronic Voting Machines,” which was read out at the 17th ACM Conference on Computer and Communications Security held at Chicago’s Hyatt Regency Hotel from October 4 to 8, 2010, has highlighted the accuracy and operational shortcomings of these Electronic Voting Machines.

Designing Technology For Our Animals
Popular Science, September 29, 2014
Now, a new conference is looking to throw yet another participant in the mix. The Association for Computing Machinery plans to host a conference this year about animal-human-computer interaction research. Possible study topics include prototype systems allowing animals to interact with computers, and programs that improve non-human animals' quality of life.

Processor Innovation Leverages 'Software in Silicon'
Oracle, September 30, 2014
Oracle disclosed technology details of its upcoming SPARC processor, known as the SPARC M7. The venue is appropriate: This year is the 26th anniversary of the semiconductor industry's showcase for innovative technology, sponsored by the IEEE's technical committee on microprocessors and microcomputers and in cooperation with the ACM's SIGARCH (Special Interest Group on Computer Architecture). This is a milestone for Oracle.

Trailblazing Teachers Bring Computer Programming Into the Classroom
KidsVT, September 30, 2014
That's music to Penny Bishop's ears. The Tarrant Institute director cites a report released this year by the Association for Computing Machinery that shows the number of computing jobs is rapidly increasing across the country, outpacing all other types of science, technology, engineering and mathematics jobs. The positions pay well, too; the national average for computing jobs is $80,020 a year.

10 things to know about the state of tech in education
TechRepublic, September 29, 2014
There's a difference between having computers in schools and teaching kids what to do with them.  1.  While numbers vary from district to district, some schools struggle finding computer teachers. 2. The standards are spotty. The Association for Computing Machinery, the largest computing society in the US, according to NPR, released a study that found that only 14 states have adopted secondary school standards for computer science. The report also said that 14 states don't include an upper-level computer science course as part of their secondary school education standards.

Security Collapse in the HTTPS Market
LWN.Net, September 24, 2014
ACM's Queue has a lengthy article on the security failures in the HTTPS layer and the prospects for improvement. "This article outlines the systemic vulnerabilities of HTTPS, maps the thriving market for certificates, and analyzes the suggested regulatory and technological solutions on both sides of the Atlantic. The findings show existing yet surprising market patterns and perverse incentives: not unlike the financial sector, the HTTPS market is full of information asymmetries and negative externalities, as a handful of CAs dominate the market and have become 'too big to fail.'

Reflected Smartphone Transmissions Enable Gesture Control
Red Orbit, September 22, 2014
What’s coming next, say University of Washington researchers, is the ability to interact with our devices not just with touchscreens, but through gestures in the space around the phone. Team members will present their project, called SideSwipe, and a related paper Oct. 8 at the Association for Computing Machinery’s Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology in Honolulu.

Smartphone app may allow parents to screen newborns for jaundice
Baltimore Sun, September 22, 2014
A new smartphone application still in development may someday help parents and health care providers screen for jaundice in newborns. Early testing found that the application has greater accuracy than visual exams performed by doctors, according to research presented September 16 at the ACM International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing (UbiComp 2014) in Seattle, Washington. The BiliCam could allow parents to monitor their newborns' health at home simply by taking pictures of the baby with their phone camera's flash turned on.

President Obama Announces More Key Administration Posts
The White House, September 17, 2014
Today, President Barack Obama announced his intent to nominate the following individuals to key Administration posts: rancine Berman – Member, National Council on the Humanities. Dr. Francine Berman is the Edward P. Hamilton Distinguished Professor in Computer Science at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Chair of the Research Data Alliance (United States). In 2009, she was awarded the Association of Computing Machinery/Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Computer Society Ken Kennedy Award.

Sprint, Windstream traffic routing errors highjacked other ISPs
PC World, September 14, 2014
Both of the errors involved Border Gateway Protocol (BGP), an aging but crucial protocol that is used by networking equipment to route traffic between different providers....There are fixes, such as using whitelisting and cryptography, but it is questionable if ISPs would see an economic incentive to make changes, wrote Sharon Goldberg an assistant professor in the Computer Science Department at Boston University, on the Association for Computing Machinery’s website.

In Soccer as in Art, Motifs Matter
Pacific Standard, September 12, 2014
Discovering what leads to success in soccer is tricky business, they argued in research presented last month in a workshop at the Association for Computing Machinery’s Knowledge and Data Mining Discovery conference in New York. Drawing on detailed, publicly available data, the trio looked for “flow motifs,” patterns of three passes between players that could be used to identify a team’s footballing style.

Round table discussion focused on getting more computer science into schools
ScienceDaily, September 11, 2014
...the Silicon Valley Education Foundation held a round table discussion focused on exposing students to computer science studies. Speakers at the seminar noted the challenges to seeing more computer science graduates. Six speakers used the round table to explore the need to create statewide policy and standards to deliver computer science instruction for K-12 students preparing them for college and today's workforce. Speakers included ... Lissa Clayborn, acting executive director of the Computer Science Teachers Association; Scott Hill, vice president of the College Board's Western region; Hadi Partovi, co-founder of

Experts create multiuser, multiantenna scheme to make most of UHF band
ScienceDaily, September 9, 2014
In a presentation today at the Association for Computing Machinery's MobiCom 2014 conference in Maui, Hawaii, researchers from Rice's Wireless Network Group will unveil a multiuser, multiantenna transmission scheme for UHF, a portion of the radio spectrum that is traditionally reserved for television broadcasts.

Changing temperature powers sensors in hard-to-reach places
ScienceDaily, September 3, 2014
A centuries-old clock built for a king is the inspiration for a group of computer scientists and electrical engineers who hope to harvest power from the air. University of Washington researchers have taken inspiration from the clock's design and created a power harvester that uses natural fluctuations in temperature and pressure as its power source. The UW team will present its research at the Association for Computing Machinery's International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing this month in Seattle. Discloses Top Donors
Slashdot, September 2, 2014
"Under the leadership of, explained the ACM, it joined CSTA, NCWIT, NSF, Microsoft and Google in an effort "to reshape the U.S. education system," including passing a federal law making Computer Science a "core subject" in schools. If you're curious about whose money helped fuel the effort,'s Donors page now lists those who gave $25,000+ to $3,000,000+ to the K-12 CS cause (the nonprofit plans to raise $20-30 million for 2015-16 operations).

UK Information Communication Technology (ICT) Professors Explore Deception in Social Media
Newswise, August 28, 2014
In a follow-up study entitled “Online Deception in Social Media” that will appear in the September 2014 peer-reviewed Communications of the ACM (Association for Computing Machinery – the world’s largest educational and scientific computing society with professional and student membership exceeding 100,000 worldwide) magazine, Tsikerdekis and Zeadally compared traditional (offline) deception to online deception using social media and focused on why online deception is so much easier than traditional deception.

Classroom Contest Yields Publishable Results
Wireless Design & Development, August 28, 2014
Balakrishnan’s research group was scheduled to present such a protocol — dubbed Sprout — at a major networking conference. So the prize for any team that could better Sprout’s performance was co-authorship of a paper describing both the contest and its results. Two teams of students — both consisting of undergraduates — are on the paper, which appeared in July in the Association of Computing Machinery’s Computer Communications Review.

Questions for IBM's Watson
The New York Times, August 28, 2014
A strong case for the power of the Watson technology was made in a research paper published this week and presented at the Association for Computing Machinery’s annual conference that focuses on knowledge discovery and data-mining — what we now call data science. Mr. Spangler is one of several researchers from IBM, the Baylor College of Medicine and the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston who are co-authors on the paper, “Automated Hypothesis Generation Based on Mining Scientific Literature.”

Looking to the Future of Data Science
The New York Times, August 27, 2014
The Association for Computing Machinery, a leading professional association in computer science, is this week holding its annual conference focused on what we’re now calling data science — though the ACM still clings to the label adopted when the yearly gatherings began in 1998, Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining. Of course, the field is booming, so the four-day conclave of talks, technical papers and human networking in New York has attracted an estimated 2,200 attendees, double last year’s headcount.

New smartphone app can detect newborn jaundice in minutes
Science Codex, August 27, 2014
This smartphone test is really for babies in the first few days after they go home. A parent or health care provider can get an accurate picture of bilirubin to bridge the gap after leaving the hospital." The research team will present its results at the Association for Computing Machinery's International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing in September in Seattle.

Looking to the Future of Data Science
The New York Times, August 27, 2014
The Association for Computing Machinery, a leading professional association in computer science, is holding its annual conference this week, focusing on what we’re now calling data science — though the ACM still clings to the label adopted when the yearly gatherings began in 1998, Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining. Of course, the field is booming, so the four-day conclave of talks, technical papers and human networking in New York has attracted an estimated 2,200 attendees, double last year’s headcount.

System automates reasoning, hypothesis generation over complete medical literature
Science Blog, August 25, 2014
In a retrospective case study involving published data on p53, an important tumor suppressor protein, the team showed that this new resource called the Knowledge Integration Toolkit (KnIT) is an important first step in that direction, accurately predicting the existence of proteins that modify p53 – proteins that were subsequently found to do just that. Details from the study published online today in the Association for Computing Machinery’s digital library.

Recruiting Data Scientists to Do Social Good
Harvard Business Review, August 25, 2014
Often the connections are made through “challenges” such as the KDD Cup, an annual competition hosted by SIGKDD. (Created by the Association for Computing Machinery, the acronym stands for “Special Interest Group on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining.”) This year’s KDD challenge was to help the NYC-based, which connects teachers who need specific classroom materials with willing donors.

A Software Engineering Curriculum
Embedded, August 25, 2014
The August 2014 issue of Communications of the ACM contains an excellent article ...titled “Undergraduate Software Engineering” by M. Lutz, J. Naveda, and J. Vallino. The authors complain that computer science (CS) curricula don’t teach the important concepts behind software engineering. Graduates learn about coding, compiler design, operating systems, and similar subjects but get no exposure to version control, working in teams, and actual problem solving.

ACM Blames the PC for Driving Women Away From Computer Science
SlashDot, August 24, 2014
"Over at the Communications of the ACM, a new article — Computing's Narrow Focus May Hinder Women's Participation — suggests that Bill Gates and Steve Jobs should shoulder some of the blame for the dearth of women at Google, Facebook, Apple, Twitter and other tech companies. From the article: "Valerie Barr, chair of ACM's Council on Women in Computing (ACM-W), believes the retreat [of women from CS programs] was caused partly by the growth of personal computers. 'The students who graduated in 1984 were the last group to start college before there was personal computing. So if you were interested in bioinformatics, or computational economics, or quantitative anthropology, you really needed to be part of the computer science world.

Computer science: The Future of Education
Eductopia, August 22, 2014
Even though computer science skills are becoming increasingly important in the competitive global economy, there are some significant roadblocks that prevent schools from incorporating computer science into the curriculum and exposing more students to the subject. Teachers can offer students extra credit for using free online learning tools to develop basic computer science skills and create a project. (A good place to start is the Computer Science Teachers Association.)

Turing Award Winner Leslie Lamport '60
MIT Technology Review, August 19, 2014
He built a career in computer science at Compass, SRI International, Digital Equipment, and Microsoft. This June, the Association for Computing Machinery bestowed on Lamport computing’s top prize, the Turing Award. It came with a $250,000 check. As was clear in those early experiences, Lamport always sought to roll up his sleeves and assess computers’ practical, everyday problems.

Big Data: The Next Big Thing for EHR
ConsultantLive, August 18, 2014
A recent article in the Communications of the Association for Computing Machinery ["Bringing Arbitrary Compute to Authoritative Data" by Mark Cavage and David Pacheco, does not make that assumption. It begins: "While the term big data is vague enough to have lost much of its meaning ..." and states their definition: "In this article, big data refers to a corpus of data large enough to benefit significantly from parallel computation across a fleet of systems ,.." They then go on to explain that "big data" is basically data warehousing on a large scale. - See more at:

StopInfo for OneBusAway app makes buses more usable for blind riders, August 18, 2014
A team of UW graduate students and researchers, in collaboration with King County Metro, launched StopInfo last spring and has completed an initial study looking at its effectiveness for blind and low-vision users. The study and related paper, which will be presented and published at the Association for Computing Machinery's Special Interest Group on Accessible Computing annual conference in October, found that StopInfo is generally helpful for blind riders and can promote spontaneous and unfamiliar travel.

Privacy, Anonymity, and Big Data in the Social Sciences
Education Week, August 17, 2014
You can have anonymous data or you can have open science, but you can't have both. That's the conclusion that several colleagues and I reach in an article now online at Queue and forthcoming in Communications of the Association of Computing Machinery. The article shares a case study of our efforts to strike a balance between anonymity and open science by de-identifying a dataset of learner data from HarvardX and releasing it to the public. In order to de-identify the data to a standard that we thought was reasonably resistant to reidentification efforts, we had to delete some records and blur some variables.

A 'wait loss' system for data centres
Technology Decisions, August 15, 2014
At the annual conference of the ACM Special Interest Group on Data Communication, to be held next week in Chicago, MIT researchers will present a research paper on a new network management system that, in experiments, reduced the average queue length of routers in a Facebook data centre by 99.6% - virtually doing away with queues. The MIT system, dubbed Fastpass, instead relies on a central server called an ‘arbiter’ to decide which nodes in the network may send data to which others during which periods of time.

Finalists Compete for ACM Gordon Bell Prize in HPC
HPC Wire, August 11, 2014
With five technical papers contending for one of the highest honored awards in high performance computing (HPC), the Association for Computing Machinery’s (ACM) awards committee has four months left to choose a winner for the prestigious 2014 Gordon Bell Prize. The winner of this prize will have demonstrated an outstanding achievement in HPC that helps solve critical science and engineering problems. The committee will officially release the announcement of the Gordon Bell Prize winner at the 26th annual Supercomputing Conference (SC) awards ceremony this November in New Orleans.

Microsoft Research at SIGGRAPH 2014
TechNew, August 11, 2014
Microsoft researchers will present a broad spectrum of new research at SIGGRAPH 2014, the 41st International Conference and Exhibition on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques, which starts today in Vancouver, British Columbia. Sponsored by the Association for Computing Machinery, SIGGRAPH is at the cutting edge of research in computer graphics and related areas, such as computer vision and interactive systems.

Wi-Fi Backscatter Technology Connects Battery-Free Devices with Internet
Crazy Engineer, August 6, 2014
This technology provides internet connectivity to battery-free prototype devices by using radio frequency signals as a source of power. ...The team has developed a novel ultra-low power tag prototype consisting of antenna and circuitry that can communicate to Wi-Fi enabled devices such as laptops, smartphones by using negligible amount of power. ...The research will be published at the Association for Computing Machinery’s Special Interest Group on Data Communication‘s annual conference this month in Chicago.

Scientists Can Now Listen to Your Conversation by Looking at Your Potato Chip Bag
Science World Report, August 5, 2014
It turns out that researchers at MIT, Microsoft and Adobe have created an algorithm that can reconstruct an audio signal simply by analyzing minute vibrations of objects depicted in video. In fact, they were able to recover intelligible speech from the vibrations of a potato-chip bag photographed from 15 feet away through soundproof glass. The findings are published in the journal ACM Transactions on Graphics.

Who Owns DAC?
Semiconductor Engineering, August 1, 2014
First, the basics. DAC is owned by three nonprofit organizations: ACM, IEEE/CEDA, and EDAC....So thank you ACM, IEEE/CEDA and EDAC! Now is a good time to mention the perks that come with joining these organizations. IEEE and ACM members get a discount on conference registration and EDAC members get a significant discount for exhibit space.

Why many programmers don't bother joining the ACM
IT World, July 30, 2014
Earlier this month Vint Cerf, co-creator of the TCP/IP protocol and current Google vice president, openly asked professional programmers for feedback regarding the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), a professional organization that Cerf recently served as president. Specifically, Cerf wondered in both the Communications of the ACM and the ACM Queue, why the membership in the ACM has not grown commensurately with the increase in professional, non-academic programmers?p associated with the 2008 terror attacks in Mumbai) -- they looked to explain how the removal of specific individuals would change the group in order to predict who would rise in the organization if that leader was removed.

How 'Game of Thrones' Will Predict the Next Bin Laden
NextGov, July 29, 2014
University of Maryland computer scientists V.S. Subrahmanian, Francesca Spezzano, and Aaron Mannes call their method Shaping Terrorist Organization Network Efficiency or STONE. They published their findings in the August 2014 issue of Communications of the ACM. Using carefully cultivated open-source data on four terrorist networks -- al-Qaeda, Hamas, Hezbollah, and Lashkar-e-Taiba (the group associated with the 2008 terror attacks in Mumbai) -- they looked to explain how the removal of specific individuals would change the group in order to predict who would rise in the organization if that leader was removed.

There's no such thing as privacy on the Internet anymore
Washington Post, July 28, 2014
Do those who actually build these technologies – the programmers, analysts, testers and other IT professionals – have any obligation to consider the ethics of the tools they build? In theory, they do....The two largest global professional bodies of the IT profession – the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Computer Society (IEEE-CS) – have jointly developed a Software Engineering Code of Ethics. Unfortunately – and unlike law, medicine or other fields of engineering – professional societies and their codes of ethics have virtually no influence within the information technology community.

Vinton G. Cerf: The Value of "Investment by the U.S. Government" Cannot be Overstated
Daily News en, July 22, 2014
It is broadly and correctly appreciated that science, technologies, engineering and mathematics (STEM) type the basis for improving upon and creating use of our understanding of how the phenomena of our globe operate. Although there is persistent controversy with regards to the supply of STEM-educated workers, there can be tiny doubt that there is an increasing demand in the workforce for these skills. As a current president of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and a member of the Google staff, I have been a powerful proponent of the proposition that computer system science ought to be a required part of the K-12 curriculum.

No-wait data centers: Data-transmission delays across server farms can be reduced by 99.6 percent
Science Daily, July 16, 2014
At the annual conference of the ACM Special Interest Group on Data Communication, in August, MIT researchers will present a new network-management system that, in experiments, reduced the average queue length of routers in a Facebook data center by 99.6 percent -- virtually doing away with queues.

University researchers help lock out illegal downloads
Advanced Television, July 30, 2014
Researchers at Australia’s Deakin University have helped find the keys to lock out digital music pirates through a newly-developed method that doesn’t compromise the quality of files....The research is to be published in the latest edition of IEEE/ACM Transactions on Audio, Speech, and Language Processing.

Teach coding in the Classroom: Resources from ISTE '14
Eductopia, July 14, 2014 If you didn’t have a chance to participate in “Hour of Code” this year during Computer Science Education Week, consider participating with your class next year. Additional resources have been uploaded to since the initiative was launched. Check out the free, K-8 Intro to Computer Science course; it includes a mix of web-based and unplugged activities.Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA): The CSTA website houses information about standards for computer science education in grades K-12. Also see their highlighted resources page.

Matloff: Silicon Valley leaders are no heroes
CNN, July 8, 2014
...we should teach more ethics courses to people in tech. Engineering education has long included a component of ethics and social responsibility. The ABET code of ethics consists of tenets such as "serving with fidelity the public, their employers and clients," and cites lofty goals of "integrity, honor and dignity." The stated principles for the Association for Computing Machinery, the main computer science professional body, are similar but more detailed, notably in including a section on information privacy.

Why Python Makes a great First Programming Language
ReadWrite, July 9, 2014
Python is now the most popular introductory language at American colleges, a recent Association for Computing Machinery study reports (Communications of the ACM blog, July 7, 2014 by Philip Guo.) In an analysis of the top 39 computer science departments as ranked by U.S. News in 2014, the general-purpose programming language has replaced Java as the budding computer scientist’s first exposure to writing code.

How Can the ACM Better Serve Professional Programmers
Slashdot, July 7, 2014
"The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) was founded in 1947. Today, it is considered one of the most prestigious scientific and educational computing societies in the world. For decades ACM membership was considered to be a mark of a professional; however, this is no longer the case. Many programmers today consider the ACM a purely academic institution of little use or relevance for professionals. In this article, Vinton Cerf—one of the “fathers of the internet” and a past president of the ACM—asks how can ACM “adapt its activities and offerings to increase the participation of professionals?” Is there anything the ACM can do to better serve professional programmers? Join in the conversation."

How not to attract women to coding: Make tech pink
Houston Chronicle, July 8, 2014
Decades of rhetoric have resulted in deeply-ingrained cultural associations. A 2008 study by the Association for Computing Machinery found that while college-bound boys equated words like "interesting," "video games" and "solving problems" with computing, girls associated terms like "typing," "math" and "boredom." Research released in May by Google found roughly the same thing. It is no surprise, then, that women earn 18.2 percent of computer science degrees nationally and fill only 15 percent of the tech-related jobs at Facebook and Yahoo.

Does Google Have Too Much Influence Over K-12 CS Education?
Slashdot, July 4, 2014
... in two weeks, CSTA [Computer Science Teachers Association] and Google will be presenting the National Computer Science Principles Education Summit. "Attendees at this event have been selected through a rigorous application process that will result in more than 70 educators and administrators working together to strategize about getting this new Advanced Placement course implemented in schools across the country," explains CSTA, whose long-term Executive Director joined Google in June. The ACM, NSF, Google, CSTA, Microsoft, and NCWIT worked together in the past "to provide a wide range of information and guidance that would inform and shape CS education efforts," according to the University of Chicago...

Wireless multicore chip offers data farm energy savings
EETimes Europe, July 3, 2014
Researchers led by Partha Pande, a computer engineering professor in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, have filed two patents on the wireless multicore chip design, which could also speed up data processing. The team, which includes associate professors Deukhyoun Heo and Benjamin Belzer, has a paper on their work in the May issue of ACM Journal on Emerging Technologies in Computing Systems and is building a prototype.

Research could lead to dramatic energy savings at data farms
Science Codex, July 2, 2014
Washington State University has developed a wireless network on a computer chip that could reduce energy consumption at huge data farms by as much as 20 percent. Researchers led by Partha Pande, a computer engineering professor in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, have filed two patents on their wireless multicore chip design, which could also speed up data processing. The team, which includes associate professors Deukhyoun Heo and Benjamin Belzer, has a paper on their work in the May issue of ACM Journal on Emerging Technologies in Computing Systems and is building a prototype.

Q&A:Scientist Ronald Kaplan on the future of voice technology
San Jose Mercury News, June 27, 2014
The quality of speech recognition (programs) has really improved over the past five years. It used to be you would be surprised when it works, and now you're kind of surprised when it doesn't. But it's not just getting machines to recognize words. It's getting them to understand and act on speech. That's the work we're doing here. [Kaplan is}a past president of the Association for Computational Linguistics and co-recipient of the Association for Computing Machinery's Software Systems Award.

Google I/0: Hello Dataflow, Goodbye MapReduce
Information Week, June 27, 2014
Underneath Dataflow is a basic Google innovation, FlumeJava, which has the capability of applying "a modest number of operations" on parallel streams of data. FlumeJava is able to construct an execution plan, rather than merely try to expand a plan that's proving unequal to an increased data stream, according to its citation by the Association of Computing Machinery's Digital Library.

A versatile joystick for animation artists
Science Daily, June 26, 2014
The researchers have made the blueprints for their device’s building blocks freely available as Open Hardware, hoping to foster further research. "Anyone can 3D-print the separate units and with the help of an engineer integrate the electronics," explains Sorkine-Hornung. Also, a set of 25 ready-made building blocks might be made available commercially at some point. «We are going to present the device at the ACM SIGGRAPH conference and exhibition on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques this coming August.

KDD Partners With Bloomberg to "Unleash Data; Accelerate Impact
Sys-Con Belgium, June 19, 2014
The Association of Computing Machinery's Special Interest Group for Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining (ACM SIGKDD), today announced a partnership with Bloomberg to host the "Unleash Data: Accelerate Impact - KDD at Bloomberg" event on August 24, 2014 in New York. "By partnering with Bloomberg for this year's KDD Conference, we have an opportunity to demonstrate how industry and academic research can be used together to generate an environment of active conversation and social impact," said general chair of this year's conference and Chief Scientist at Dstillery, Claudia Perlich.

Is Coding the New Literacy?
Mother Jones, June 16, 2014
That's why Jeannette Wing, a VP of research at Microsoft who popularized the term "computational thinking," says it's a shame to think CT is just for programmers. "Computational thinking involves solving problems, designing systems, and understanding human behavior," she writes in a publication of the Association for Computing Machinery...."Our kids are competing with kids from countries that have made computer science education a No. 1 priority," says Chris Stephenson, the former head of the Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA). Unlike countries with federally mandated curricula, in the United States computer lesson plans can vary widely between states and even between schools in the same district. "It's almost like you have to go one school at a time," Stephenson says.

Chicago Public Schools Take Major Step into Computer-Science Studies
Education Week, June 9, 2014
Advocates supporting Chicago's effort include the Computer Science Teachers Association, a New York-based organization with 16,000 members in 122 countries. "We are going to see an explosion of these types of projects, coming from lots of different directions and we will see a significant increase in computer science courses and curriculums," predicted Chris Stephenson, executive director of the CSTA, in an interview with Education Week. She believes the scale of the CSA plan will inspire other school districts to seek resources to adopt similar models, and that other districts, as well as states, will feel pressured to catch up to the Chicago plan.

Neurotic robots fall apart when asked to act human, June 8, 2014
Older adults reported in a study that while they were not likely to become physically and emotionally dependent on robots, they worried that young people might become too dependent on them, says T. Franklin Waddell. The researchers, who presented their findings on April 30, 2014 at the Association for Computing Machinery's Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, said this effect could eventually lead to changes in behavior. For instance, people who believe video games harm young people may tend to avoid the games themselves.

Whom Must You Trust?
Slashdot, June 6, 2014
'In ACM's Queue, Thomas Wadlow argues that "Whom you trust, what you trust them with, and how much you trust them are at the center of the Internet today." He gives a checklist of what to look for when evaluating any system for trustworthiness, chock full of fascinating historical examples. These include NASA opting for a simpler, but more reliable chip; the Terry Childs case; and even an 18th century "semaphore telegraph" that was a very early example of steganographic cryptography.

Protecting code's secrets wins ACM prize
The Register (UK), June 5, 2014
Better code obfuscation has attracted the attention of the prestigious Association of Computing Machinery, which has anointed an Indian-born developer working at IBM's TJ Watson Research Centre with an award for his work. Sanjam Garg, an alumni of the Institute of Technology of Delhi, claims to have cracked that problem in this paper, Candidate Multilinear Maps from Ideal Lattices.

Automating Cybersecurity
The New York Times, June 2, 2014
...computers that might automate the task have limited sleuthing skills. [Michael Walker, the Darpa cybersecurity program manager who is running the contest,]likened the situation to computers that play chess. It was in 1950 that Claude E. Shannon, the pioneering computer scientist, outlined what it would take to create a competitive chess program; that, Mr. Walker said, is about where automated cybersecurity stands now. Not until 1970 did the Association for Computing Machinery set up a chess tournament in which computers played each other. (Good human players were bored by such feeble opponents.)

Computer Science: a branding issue affecting low income students
The Hechinger Report, June 3, 2014
“Computer science has become privileged knowledge,” says Chris Stephenson, the executive director of the Computer Science Teachers Association, a professional network. Around Alhambra, areas like South Pasadena and Arcadia – where in 2011 the median household incomes ranged from $71,751 to $78,899 compared to $53,233 in Alhambra – offer basic computer programming courses as well as AP Computer Science. Alhambra Unified only offers one programming class called Math Programming, and only at one of their high schools.

CACM Reports: How ACM Turing Award Winner Lamport Brought Order to Chaos
Hispanic, May 28, 2014
The June issue details his innovative advances in an article, a Q&A, and an original video highlighting some of Lamport's renowned colleagues. In his own voice, he asserts that the best logic for stating things clearly is mathematics, a concept, he notes, that some find controversial. Assessing his body of work, he concludes that he created a path that others have followed to places well beyond his imagination.

Technology in the Courts
The Faculty Lounge, May 28, 2014
In this month’s Communications of the ACM, there was an interesting commentary entitled, “Technology Confounds the Courts.” It was written by Keith Kirkpatrick, apparently a non-lawyer. Comm. of the ACM, May, 2014, at 27. In the article, Mr. Kirkpatrick attempts to identify the reasons why our courts often do a poor job of understanding the computer technology that is involved in many modern cases. I found this commentary interesting as it examined a commonly identified problem within cyberlaw from the perspective of a technologist. Two of his points — the age of judges and the narrowness of decision-making — miss the mark. His underlying point — that judges need to understand technology — is sound although achieving the goal may be more difficult than he realizes.

Computer science's diversity gap starts early
PBS Newshour, May 28, 2014
Students see “portrayals of people who never comb their hair, never have relationships, never do anything important and young women especially are turned off by that vision,” said Chris Stephenson, former executive director of the Computer Science Teachers Association. “Series like Silicon Valley are not going to attract young women, and they’re not going to be attractive to minority students either.”

Medical uses of Kinect Workshop
Channel 9 MSDN (Microsoft Development Network), May 28, 2014
The Kinect for Windows-based system, which has been widely covered in the popular press, enables surgeons to navigate through and manipulate X-rays and scans during operations, literally with a wave of the hands, without touching the non-sterile surface of a mouse or keyboard. We hope to publish a comprehensive report on the projects shown at the workshop, either via a special issue of a journal or in a book. Meanwhile, a cover story in the January 2014 issue of Communications of the ACM features some of this work.

Chat with Leslie Lamport ACM Turing Award Recipient in 2014
TechNet, May 22, 2014
There's the ACM and they have many resources that have supported your work in some ways so which kinds of assets do you find are the most valuable for your work from the ACM? "....Throughout my career the ACM Journals have pretty much been the pre-eminent ones....The ACM has influenced me through their Journals and the conferences....".

Why Websites Still Can't Predict Exactly What You Want
Harvard Business Review, May 22, 2014
Here’s my take: it’s too simple. The required engineering effort is modest: the computer examines only an individual’s past transactions to tailor the experience. One can hardly call that an algorithm, and the technique is too trivial to include in a course on machine learning. Algorithms and machine learning, automation, massive parallel processing, these are the concepts by which data science has defined itself. (See, for example, “Data Science and Prediction” by Vasant Dhar, Communications of the ACM, December 2013.).

How to Stop an Insider From Stealing All Your Secrets
Schneider on Security, May 16, 2014
This article from Communications of the ACM outlines some of the security measures the NSA could, and should, have had in place to stop someone like Snowden. Mostly obvious stuff, although I'm not sure it would have been effective against such a skilled and tenacious leaker. What's missing is the one thing that would have worked: have fewer secrets.

Finding More Than One Worm In the Apple
SlashDot, May 16, 2014
"At Guido von Rossum's urging, Mike Bland has a look at detecting and fixing the "goto fail" bug at ACM Queue. He finds the same underlying problem in both in the Apple and Heartbleed bugs, and explains how to not suffer it again." An Excertp: "WHY DIDN'T A TEST CATCH IT? Several articles have attempted to explain why the Apple SSL vulnerability made it past whatever tests, tools, and processes Apple may have had in place, but these explanations are not sound, especially given the above demonstration to the contrary in working code."

No Kos, internet voting will NOT be "glorious"
Daily Kos, May 12, 2014
And it is not just me... opposition to this idea this is extremely apolitical - the many security experts I know in the industry range from very liberal to very conservative. I know of NONE of them that believe this would be a good idea. I encourage everyone to read more about the challenges and dangers of this idea. A starting point is here: Computer Technologists’ Statement on Internet Voting. A more detailed, excellent exploration of the risks is presented in an article published by the Communications of the ACM (Association for Computing Machinery), the leading publication for the computing and information technology fields. Please read: Internet Voting in the U.S.. It includes a good discussion of why the 2010 D.C. pilot that Kos mentioned failed and looks at several other efforts that have been worked on.

Dumais named Athena Lecturer
Sun Journal, May 12, 2014
The Association for Computing Machinery's council on Women in Computing named Lewiston native Susan T. Dumais of Microsoft Research as the 2014-15 Athena Lecturer. Dumais introduced novel algorithms and interfaces for interactive retrieval that have made it easier for people to find, use and make sense of information. Her research, at the intersection of human-computer interaction and information retrieval, has broad applications for understanding and improving searching and browsing from the Internet to the desktop.

Post-Heartbleed: Is it time to kill OpenSSL
TechRadar, May 12, 2014
Not everybody has been so forgiving when it comes to OpenSSL. FreeBSD and security developer Poul-Henning Kamp called for its head in a blog post titled Open SSL must die, for it will never get any better: "I'm sure more than one person has thought 'Nobody ever got fired for using OpenSSL'. And that is why everybody is panicking on the Internet as I write this. This bug was pretty bad, even as bugs in OpenSSL go, but my co-columnist at ACM Queue, Kode Vicious, managed to find a silver lining.

Students get little computer science instruction
Miami Herald via Washington Post, May 10, 2014
During the next decade, about 70 percent of new jobs in science, technology, engineering and math fields will be for computing professionals, desJardins said. "There is not a field right now that computer science doesn't contribute to or support," said Chris Stephenson, executive director of the Computer Science Teachers Association. Still, she said, "most kids don't have a chance to get introduced to this content in high school, and the kids that are least likely to have these opportunities are in high-poverty, high-minority schools."

IIT Delhi graduate develops tools to counter cyberattacks
The Times of India, May 9, 2014
Sanjam Garg, a graduate of the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, has won the 2013 Doctoral Dissertation Award for developing a technique to protect against cyberattacks. He will receive the award presented by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and its $20,000 prize at the annual ACM awards banquet on June 21, in San Francisco.According to ACM, the innovator of breakthrough cyptography technology won the award for developing tools that enable the first secure solution to the problem of making computer programme code "unintelligible" while preserving its functionality.

Vint Cerf, Google VP and chief Internet Evangelist, to Speak at Annual Future in Review Conference
Business Ownership, May 8, 2014
Widely known as one of the "fathers of the Internet," Cerf is the co-designer of the TCP/IP protocols and the architecture of the Internet. In December 1997, President Bill Clinton presented Cerf and his colleague, Robert E. Kahn, with the US National Medal of Technology for founding and developing the Internet. Cerf and Kahn were named the recipients of the 2004 ACM Alan M. Turing award, the "Nobel Prize of Computer Science," for their work on the Internet protocols.

Single mom to get award at WSUV commencement
The Columbian, May 8, 2014
Growing up, Helena Lucia didn't realize a science technology career was an option for a woman. But on Saturday Lucia, 38, will receive her Bachelor of Science degree in computer science from Washington State University Vancouver. Along the way, she helped other women build their careers. Lucia started an Association for Computing Machinery for Women chapter on campus, tutored computer science courses and worked as a lab assistant.

Science Tells Us What We Already Know, Says that Social Media Users Find Change "Stressful"
Geekosystem, April 30, 2014
The researchers also suggest that most of this negative coping was brought on by the very specific way in which Facebook rolled out the changes. In the findings they presented today at the Association for Computing Machinery’s Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, they pointed out that not only did Facebook introduce too many changes at once and run the risk of confusing their user base, but they also did not provide these users with a place to express their emotions or give feedback.

A is for algorithm
The Economist, April 26, 2014
When computer science was first taught in some American and European schools in the 1970s, generally as an optional subject for older pupils, computers did little unless given instructions in a specialist language. So classes focused on programming.... In America, where computer science features on the regular curriculum in just a tenth of high schools, the Computer Science Teachers Association produces teaching guides and supports several foreign groups, including the one that wrote Britain’s new curriculum.

Standards for Computer Science Education Need Improvement
US News, April 28, 2014
At a panel entitled “Giving Computer Science a Boost,” subject matter specialists sounded the alarm about the state of computer science education in America. Panelists included Kimberly Bryant, founder and executive director of Black Girls Code; Deborah Seehorn, chair of the Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA); and Allison J. Derbenwick Miller, vice president of Oracle Academy, the company’s flagship educational initiative. CSTA is “trying to draw attention to the fact that there is a crisis in computer science education in our country,” Seehorn said. To help highlight the shortcomings, CSTA has put out a report, “Running on Empty,” that compares and contrasts computer science education on a state-by-state basis.

On your marks, get set, code
Utah Statesman, April 24, 2014
The Association of Computing Machinery — Women’s Section will be hosting a code-a-thon at USU on Saturday. Keri Laughter, ACMW president, said in a traditional code-a-thon or hack-a-thon, participating programmers bring their own ideas, spend all day programming, and then present it at the end. There are usually no prizes, either. “It’s just, ‘I feel good because I made something I wanted to,’” she said.

High school students are all about computers but get little instruction in computer science
Washington Post, April 23, 2014
During the next decade, about 70 percent of new jobs in science, technology, engineering and math fields will be for computing professionals, desJardins said. “There is not a field right now that computer science doesn’t contribute to or support,” said Chris Stephenson, executive director of the Computer Science Teachers Association. Still, she said, “most kids don’t have a chance to get introduced to this content in high school, and the kids that are least likely to have these opportunities are in high-poverty, high-minority schools.”

Farewell, Devil's Advocate
Dr. Dobb's, April 22, 2014
Last week, Stan Kelly-Bootle shuffled off this mortal coil. Today, in programming, there are few if any voices that blend humor, wit, and deep learning. Things were not always this way. In the 1990s, Kelly-Bootle wrote a truly extraordinary column, called Devil's Advocate, that ran in UNIX Review and was read by essentially all cognoscenti of the era. (It went on to be published less frequently in ACM Queue magazine during the first decade of the 2000s.)

This is Your Brain on Code, According to Functional MRI Imaging
Fast Company, April 21, 2014
In order to expose more students to computer science, 17 states have passed legislation to create basic math and science requirements in the curriculum, rather than count as electives. Researchers at the University of Passau, University of Magdeburg, Carnegie Mellon, Georgia Tech, the Leibniz Institute for Neurobiology, and the Metop Research Institute put their heads together to figure out how exactly computer programmers understand code. Their study was accepted to this year's ACM/SIGSOFT International Conference on Software Engineering.

Shaving nanoseconds from racing processors, April 17, 2014
Mark Hill knows more about the inner workings of computer hardware than most. researchers like Hill and his peers in industry are reexamining the hidden layers of computing architecture and the interfaces between them in order to wring out more processing power for the same cost. Hill and his colleagues reported the results of their research in the International Symposium on Computer Architecture in June 2013.

Stop Bashing Academics
PatentlyO, April 17, 2014
...patent law professors without the stated qualifications—particularly, a patent bar registration number—are unfit to teach and write about patent law more generally. ....Berkeley’s Pam Samuelson is a world-renowned copyright expert and a winner of the “genius” grant from the John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. She occasionally writes about software patents, including for her column in the Communications for the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) journal, which is mainly read by software and computer science professionals. As Professor Samuelson’s work shows, one need not be an expert on every nuance of the patent system, especially the nitty-gritty of prosecution, to make sound reform proposals.

Living in limbo: Grieving gets tougher when there's no body to bury
CNN, April 13, 2014
Carnes' husband, [Jim] Gray, was a computer wizard. He pioneered database technology in the 1970s -- his work eased bank transactions and online shopping. In 1998, he won the A.M. Turing Award, the most prestigious prize given out by the Association for Computing Machinery. A veteran of IBM, he was working as an engineer for Microsoft when he went missing.

Researchers See if Google Glass Can Help Parkinson's Patients
ABC News, April 11, 2014
In Newcastle University in Newcastle, England, researchers are examining if Google Glass can help Parkinson’s patients monitor their symptoms and be more mobile. John Vines, senior research associate in computer science at Newcastle University and co-author of the study,...said one main focus on using the device would be to try and use it as a way to monitor symptoms. Vines and the study’s co-authors plan on presenting their findings at the Association for Computing Machinery [CHI 2014]conference in Toronto April 30.

Local schools look to prepare students for jobs in computer sciences
Zanesville Times Recorder, April 7, 2014
Roughly 150,000 computing jobs are expected to open up each year through 2020, according to a forecast by the Association for Computing Machinery, a professional society for computing researchers. The median pay for a computer programmer in 2012 was $74,000, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Computer science coursework such as programming, or coding, is not required in area schools. Evan McCullough, who teaches Intro to Computer Science and two other elective courses at ZHS, said exposure to coding is important for all students, not just those pursuing a career in computer engineering.

The mainframe turns 50, or, why the IBM System/360 launch was the dawn of enterprise IT
PC World, April 4, 2014
“In designing a system with both upward and downward compatibility for both scientific and business customers, IBM was attempting to use a single architecture to meet the needs of an unprecedentedly large segment of its customers,” according to a 1987 case study of the System/360 published by the Association for Computing Machinery. In fact, the “360” in the moniker was meant to indicate that the machine could serve all kinds of customers, small or large, business or scientific.

ACM-Infosys award announced
The Hindu, April 2, 2014
The Infosys Foundation and the Association for Computing Machinery, the prestigious computing science society, has announced the ACM-Infosys Foundation Award for 2013 in computing sciences. David Blei, an expert in machine learning, known for his work in ‘topic modelling’, a technique to organise and summarise digital archives, was chosen for the award, a release stated. The award recognises young scientists and system developers in the computing field and the Infosys Foundation’s endowment provides financial support worth $1,75,000.

Princeton CompSci prof wins prestigious award
PC Advisor, April 2, 2014
David Blei, a Princeton University computer science associate professor who will soon be taking his talents to Columbia University, has been named the winner of the 2013 ACM-Infosys Foundation Award in Computing Sciences. Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) President Vint Cerf in a statement said that Blei's contributions provided a basic framework for an entire generation of researchers to develop statistical modeling approaches.

Former Google Executive Susan Landau to Join Worcester Polytechnic Institute as Professor of Cybersecurity Policy, March 29, 2014
In recent years, Landau's focus has been the security risks of embedding surveillance in communications infrastructures, and she has briefed members of the Unites States and European governments and participated in several industry reports on the issue. She is also the primary author of the 1994 Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) report Codes, Keys, and Conflicts: Issues in US Crypto Policy.

Football fans'swear about own team' on Twitter say Aberdeen researchers
UK Wired News, March 28, 2014
The team at Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen said fans were more likely to swear in a positive context than when something went wrong in a match. Even when they've just scored, Liverpool fans always find something to gripe about.” And they found Liverpool fans in particular were "fantastic" for swearing about their own team.The research, which contains examples of strong language, is 'Sweet FA: sentiment, swearing and soccer'. It is to be presented on Tuesday at the Association for Computing Machinery's International Conference on Multimedia Retrieval.

How to Display Complex Data Online: Democratizing Data Visualization
Science Data Report, March 27, 2014
Exhibit lets novices quickly put together interactive data visualizations, such as maps with sortable data embedded in them; sortable tables that automatically pull in updated data from other sites; and sortable displays of linked thumbnail images. In April, at the Association for Computing Machinery’s Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, Haystack members will present an in-depth study of the ways in which Exhibit has been used — with ramifications for the design of data-visualization tools; data-management software, such as spreadsheets; and Web-authoring software, such as content management systems.

UVa takes on establishing ethics in growing field of big data
The Daily Progress, March 24, 2014
Right now, most data scientists belong to broader engineering associations — such as the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers or the Association for Computing Machinery — that have only general guidelines. The Association for Computing Machinery has a short section on privacy in its code of ethics, for example: “It is the responsibility of professionals to maintain the privacy and integrity of data describing individuals,” the code reads. “This includes taking precautions to ensure the accuracy of data, as well as protecting it from unauthorized access or accidental disclosure to inappropriate individuals.”

Tech females from BP, American Express and Deutsche Bank win in everywoman awards
ComputerWorld UK, March 20, 2014
...the lifetime achievement award was presented to Professor Dame Wendy Hall, the first female professor of engineering at the University of Southampton in 1994. She has helped champion women in technology in a number of roles, including president of the Association of Computing Machinery, senior vice-president of the Royal Academy of Engineering and a member of the Prime Minister’s Council for Science Technology.

Lawmakers call for more computer science in California schools
The Register, March 18, 2014
Chris Stephenson, executive director of the Computer Science Teachers Association, cautioned that even with better course offerings, most high school students won’t graduate with enough knowledge to launch right into a full-time computer science career. “We have a mythology of kids coming out of high school and starting a company like Microsoft out of their garage,” Stephenson said. “The chance of that happening is slim to none. Pretty much, you need a bachelor’s degree.” However, for students who enter college with a solid grounding in programming, the job opportunities upon graduation should be plentiful, Stephenson said.

Byzantine Generals co-boffin Lamport bags CompSci's 'Nobel Prize'
The Register, March 18, 2014
Another way of putting it is: no Lamport, no Google, because his research has been vital in the development of distributed systems that are resilient enough to run at a global scale. "With the growing shift to ever-larger scale distributed systems and cloud computing, Lamport's work has taken on a significantly increased impact," said Google's veep of research Alfred Spector .... No mention was made by the Turing judges of Lamport's equally important work On Hair Color in France, nor his dedication to being a normal human...But El Reg's cloud bureau is just going to go ahead and say that the award was for all this, but ACM chose not to mention it.

Three Questions for Microsoft Researcher Leslie Lamport, Winner of Computing's Top Prize
Technology Review, March 18, 2014
This year’s winner of the Turing Award—often referred to as the Nobel Prize of computing—was announced today as Leslie Lamport, a computer scientist whose research made possible the development of the large, networked computer systems that power, among other things, today’s cloud and Web services. The Association for Computing Machinery grants the award annually, with an associated prize of $250,000.

"Nobel Prize in Computing" goes to distributed computing wrangler Leslie Lamport
Slashdot, March 18, 2014
The computer scientist was recognized by the Association for Computing Machinery for “imposing clear, well-defined coherence on the seemingly chaotic behavior of distributed computing systems, in which several autonomous computers communicate with each other by passing messages.” His algorithms, models and verification systems have enabled distributed computer systems to play the key roles they’re used in throughout the data center, security and cloud computing landscapes."

Microsoft researcher Leslie Lamport wins prestigious Turing Award
Seattle Times, March 18, 2014
The award was bestowed by the Association for Computing Machinery, which said it named Lamport, 73, the prize recipient for his work “imposing clear, well-defined coherence on the seemingly chaotic behavior of distributed computing systems....Lamport’s work has contributed to the reliability and robustness of software and hardware engineering design — increasingly important in an era of cloud computing and data centers, Microsoft said. His work has also contributed to the fields of cybersecurity, embedded systems and database systems. “This is well-deserved recognition for a remarkable scientist,” Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates said in a company feature story on Lamport’s award.

When Big Data Marketing Becomes Stalking
Scientific American, April 2014
In the absence of regulation, there have been some attempts to generate an industry code of practice for location-technology companies. One proposal would have companies de-identify personal data, limit the amount of time they are retained, and prevent them from being used for employment, health care or insurance purposes. The trouble is, almost everything is personal. “Any information that distinguishes one person from another can be used for re-identifying anonymous data,” wrote computer scientists Arvind Narayanan, now at Princeton University, and Vitaly Shmatikov of the University of Texas at Austin in a 2010 article in Communications of the ACM.

Duly Noted
New York Business Journal, March 6, 2014
New York state may not have as robust a computer science education program as proponents would like, but it's still well ahead of most other states, according to a new report from the Association for Computing Machinery. The one big advantage New York has over a lot of other states? Students may take the Advanced Placement test for computer science and have it count as a high school graduation requirement in math or science.

Computer science rare in Oregon Education
The Oregonian, March 5, 2014
...employers have to import a lot of those workers from other states and countries. It is not alone in that, says the study, "Rebooting the Pathway to Success," done by the nation's largest association of computing professionals, the Association for Computing Machinery. "Few states are positioned to provide the computer science education required for rewarding careers and for ensuring future workforce needs are met," the study says. If students don't have a chance to learn computer science while they are in middle school or high school, they are unlikely to even consider majoring in it in college -- let alone to complete a computer science degree, John White, chief executive of the association, told The Oregonian on Wednesday.

NY leads in computer-science education
Crain's New York Business, March 5, 2014 state in the country makes computer science a requirement for graduation, according to "Rebooting the Pathway to Success: Preparing Students for Computing Workforce Needs in the United States." The report, by ACM, the Association for Computing Machinery, which promotes education in computer science, was released Wednesday. "We were looking to see how well the states are preparing students for the computing workforce landscape, and what we found is very few states are prepared," said Renee Dopplick, a public policy officer at ACM and an author of the report. "New York is a leader, but there are still areas to improve and work on."

Report lauds Utah's computer science education
The Salt Lake Tribune, March 5, 2014
Utah is among 17 states and the District of Columbia that clearly allow students to take computer science classes to fulfill core math or science requirements for high school graduation, a path the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) says more states should follow. "Utah certainly has taken more initiative than most states in getting some of the new things into the curriculum," said Bobby Schnabel, chair of the association’s Education Policy Committee and dean of the Indiana University School of Informatics. "If we’re doing a score card of everything we can possibly do, there’s more you could do, but that’s ahead of the pack now."

We need a moon shot to propel women into computer science careers
San Jose Mercury News, March 1, 2014
"In the ideal world, every single state would require every single student to take at least one computer science course," says Chris Stephenson, executive director of the New York-based Computer Science Teachers Association. "Computing is so ubiquitous in our world these days. To allow students to graduate with no real understanding of what is happening and how that is created is really shortsighted." Stephenson concedes that we live in the real world and in the real world, the politics of adding another required course in all 50 states is daunting. But the truth is, it takes hard work to solve big problems.

Meet Paddle, The Incredible Shapeshifting Smartphone of the Future
Fast Company, February 26, 2014
"At the moment our Paddle prototype supports around 15 different shapes but this number increases every day as we are including more and more shapes of the original Rubik’s Magic puzzle," says Raf Ramakers, a PhD Student in Human Computer Interaction at the University. "When unfolding Paddle completely it is nearly the size of an iPad, but when folding it up, it can become smaller than an iPhone." The researchers, including Ramakers, Johannes Schöning, and Kris Luyten, will be presenting their findings on the benefits of physical controls over traditional touch based interfaces at the ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems conference (CHI 2014) in Toronto, Canada in late April.

Computer Science Not Just an Elective Anymore
Education Week, February 25, 2014
A data point frequently cited by is that by 2020, there will be 1.4 million jobs in the computing field, but just 400,000 college computer science majors to fill them. The group also says that only 10 percent of high schools in the United States currently offer computer science—though other computer science advocates indicate that's just a best guess. "We know for sure it's really low, but we don't have an exact number," said Chris Stephenson, the executive director of the New York City-based Computer Science Teachers Association, a group that advocates increased access to computer science in K-12 education. Groups, such as the Association for Computer Machinery and Computing in the Core, have been laying the foundational policy work and raising awareness about computer science education. Those factors created "a perfect storm," said Ms. Stephenson of the CSTA. "All of a sudden, [computer science] reached the level of public consciousness, and legislators started to pay attention."

What's the Maker Movement and Why Should I Care?
Scholastic, February 25, 2014
Silicon Valley billionaires are endorsing the non-profit,, which advocates for kids to learn computer programming. The Association for Computing Machinery is advocating for computer science to be a curriculum staple from kindergarten to twelfth grade and the brand new Next Generation Science Standards by the National Academies of Science makes explicit calls for meaningful assessment, interdisciplinary knowledge, inquiry, and engineering.

Twitter users let the swear words fly: study
Daily News, February 20, 2014
Twitter really is full of #pottymouths, a new study confirmed. According to researchers at Wright State University in Ohio, about one in every 13 tweets contains a swear word. The study also showed that men are more likely to curse than women, but both are more prone to cussing when talking to someone of the same gender over Twitter. The paper was presented Tuesday at the Association for Computing Machinery's Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work & Social Computing.

Tech Shift: More women in computer science classes
San Francisco Chronicle, February 17, 2014
The lack of women in tech has long been lamented by the industry - research has shown it would likely benefit economically, as well as socially, from an increased female presence. But problems persist in getting women to even consider the field an option. there are few female role models and a massive misperception of the field among women. A 2008 study by the Association for Computing Machinery, consulted in designing the Berkeley course, found that while college-bound boys equated words like "interesting," "video games," and "solving problems" with computing, girls associated terms like "typing," "math" and "boredom."

A Push to Boost Computer Science Learning, Even at an Early Age
NPR, February 17, 2014
There are some bright spots: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and Broward County, Fla., have all recently boosted their commitments to expanding computer science offerings. But there's a long way to go, says Chris Stephenson, who directs the Computer Science Teachers Association. She says a big problem is profound confusion about just what computer science is. Too many parents and administrators conflate gaming and basic point-and-click literacy with computer science — the principles and practices of computing and coding.

Male Pinterest users are more interested in art than cars, study finds, February 12, 2014
While men devote more attention than women to sports, technology and cars, those topics are not even among the top 10 most popular categories for men. Instead, male Pinterest users pin more content about photography, art, design, and home decor. The research gives new insight into the pinboard-style photo-sharing website used by more than 70 million people worldwide. The research study will be presented by the researchers at the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing Feb. 15-19 in Baltimore, Maryland.

Annual hackathon creates technology to help disabled
Daily Trojan, February 9, 2014
This past weekend, Project: Possibility, together with the on-campus Association for Computing Machinery, hosted the “SS12 Hackathon: Code for a Cause.” Project: Possibility, a national nonprofit organization, creates software for persons with disabilities. The ACM, a worldwide computing society, serves the computing professional field’s library and research resources. The SS12 raises awareness about issues in accessible computing. In the future, ACM president Christina Chu hopes to get more beginner programmers to participate in the hackathon. “We really want to encourage [the hackathon] for newbies and beginners, it may seem really intimidating [at first], to sit down and actually try it, that’s what we’re trying to get people to do,” Chu said.

Paul Vixie on the Unevenly Distributed Intelligence of Internet Infrastructure
Slashdot, February 8, 2014
"Writing for ACM's Queue magazine, Paul Vixie argues, "The edge of the Internet is an unruly place." By design, the Internet core is stupid, and the edge is smart. This design decision has enabled the Internet's wildcat growth, since without complexity the core can grow at the speed of demand. On the downside, the decision to put all smartness at the edge means we're at the mercy of scale when it comes to the quality of the Internet's aggregate traffic load

There are no computer science teachers in NY
Crain's, February 5, 2014
The state does not recognize computer science as an official subject, which means that teachers do not get trained in it while they are becoming certified as instructors. New York offers Career and Technical Education certificates, but "there is no telling if a teacher with a CTE certificate actually knows any computer science," said Chris Stephenson, executive director of the Computer Science Teachers Association. The CTE certificate could be for learning how to use computer applications like Excel.

Should Everybody Learn to Code?
Slashdot, February 1, 2014
In July, the Association for Computing Machinery announced it was partnering with, with ACM contributing funding and its Director of Public Policy to in a push to 'ensure that every K-12 student in the US has the opportunity to study computer science.' Interestingly,joining others questioning the conventional Presidential wisdom that everybody-must-get-code is the Communications of the ACM, which asks in its February issue, Should Everybody Learn to Code? By the way, is bringing its Hour of Code show to the UK in March.

ACM Publishes New Series
Information Today, January 16, 2014
“ACM Books will feature research surveys and graduate-level textbooks that reflect high-quality, innovative research in a wide area of computing and information technology,” says Scott Delman, ACM’s director of group publishing. “Authors will find a range of high quality services, including fast publication, affordable pricing, wide distribution, and easy accessibility via the ACM Digital Library as well as the prestige of publishing with ACM.” An editorial board, led by editor-in-chief M. Tamer Özsu, acquires books for the series.

Successful 'Hour of Code' computer tutorials prompts effort to change school policies
Washington Post, January 14, 2014
Part of the problem is misunderstanding what it means to study computer science, said Chris Stephenson, executive director of the Computer Science Teachers Association. “State officials will say, ‘I know our students are learning computer science because we have a lab of computers in every school,’ ” Stephenson said. “There’s an assumption because students are using this technology, they have the knowledge to build this technology, and they don’t. We’re creating consumers of technology rather than builders of technology.”

The World Changing Ideas of 2014
Fast Company, January 14, 2014
Schools are starting to come around to that point of view, and 2014 will see a big jump in students who are studying computer programming. In 2013, Idaho and Tennessee passed legislation allowing computer science to fulfill math or science graduation requirements--a move that will lead to class sizes 50% larger than before--and organizations such as and the Association of Computing Machinery are working to spread the movement nationwide. This year, says ACM's director of public policy, Cameron Wilson, "we will unite behind the idea that every student should have access to K–12 computer science education as a fundamental new literacy for all, instead of knowledge for a privileged few."

Viewing Where the Internet Goes 未来互联网将会遭遇更强监管吗
Sina, January 13, 2014
爱德华·J·斯诺登(Edward J. Snowden)这位反叛的国家安全局合同雇员从世界各地的计算机上偷走了上万份机密文件之后,他的行动及其影响深远的后果,增加了控制互联网的国际压力,而互联网已渐渐成为世界的舞台。核心问题是构成互联网基础的技术原则,也就是其“任意对任意”的连通性。该特性自从1973年温顿·瑟夫(Vinton Cerf)和罗伯特·卡恩(Robert Kahn)把自己关在加州帕洛阿尔托的一家酒店会议室里,承担了让计算机互相连接的网络设计任务以来,一直定义着网络技术,而当时的网络是为一个由科学家、工程师和军方人员组成的精英团体而设计的。

Workshop highlights medical uses of Kinect technology
Cambridge Network, January 13, 2014
The Kinect for Windows-based system, which has been widely covered in the popular press, enables surgeons to navigate through and manipulate X-rays and scans during operations, literally with a wave of the hands, without touching the non-sterile surface of a mouse or keyboard. It’s a prime example of the burgeoning field of natural user interface (NUI), which promises to change our relationship with today’s ubiquitous devices....a cover story in the January 2014 issue of Communications of the ACM features some of this work.

Very few Utah girls, minorities take computer science AP tests
The Salt Lake City Tribune, January 13, 2014
Of more than 100 Utah students who took the Advanced Placement test for computer science, only four were girls. The report adds to evidence that Utah’s approach to computer science education is weak, focusing more on computer *use* than on computer science or programming. Only one-third of Utah high schools teach computer programming or computer science. A 2010 report by the Association for Computing Machinery ranked Utah 38th of the 50 states in computer science education.

MIT's new algorithm could solve thorny optimization problems
ComputerWorld, January 8, 2014
Their new algorithm is more computationally effective than other approaches, because it scales in a “near-linear” fashion, according to Jonathan Kelner,... who co-authored the new algorithm. One day, an airline might want to use this optimization algorithm to find the most efficient way of scheduling its flight crews, for instance. Or a router may use it to calculate the fastest path through a busy network. Kelner ... will present the algorithm at the ACM Symposium on Discrete Algorithms (SIAM) being held this week in Portland. The paper also appears in the January edition of the ACM-SIAM Symposium on Discrete Algorithms journal. It won an award from the ACM as the best paper of this year’s ACM-SIAM.

Viewing Where the Internet Goes
The New York Times, December 30, 2013
At issue is the technical principle that is the basis for the Internet, its “any-to-any” connectivity. That capability has defined the technology ever since Vinton Cerf and Robert Kahn sequestered themselves in the conference room of a Palo Alto, Calif., hotel in 1973, with the task of interconnecting computer networks for an elite group of scientists, engineers and military personnel. After serving as a program manager at the Pentagon’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, Vinton Cerf joined MCI Communications Corp..... In 2005, he became a vice president and “Internet evangelist” for Google. Last year he became the president of the Association for Computing Machinery, a leading international educational and scientific computing society.

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