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Annual Report of the SIG Governing Board


For the period

1-July-010 through 30-June-02


Submitted by:

Alain Chesnais



1. Governance

1.1 The SIG Governing Board (SGB)

The SGB is comprised of the chief executive officer or designee of each regular SIG.  The SGB is charged with forming SIGs, with managing them and setting policies for their management, and with recommending their dissolution. The SGB elects a Chair, Executive Committee and 3 additional representatives to Council.

1.2 The SGB EC

The SGB elects a Chair and an Executive Committee, which has full authority to act on behalf of the SGB between its meetings. The SGB EC is bound by the SGB’s actions and the SGB may override any decision of the SGB EC. The SGB EC is made up of the following positions:

            SGB Chair

            SGB Past Chair

Vice Chair for Operations – Presides over SGB meeting, including SGB EC conference calls

Vice Chair for SIG Development – Identifies emerging technical areas, oversees transitional SIGs, the SGB Information Director, SGB committees, and SIG Liaisons to ACM Boards.

Secretary – Acts as elections advisor, policy advisor and financial and budgetary advisor

Conference Advisor – Oversees issues related to conferences as directed by the SGB

Large SIG Advisor – Acts as liaison for large SIG issues

Small SIG Advisor – Acts as liaison for small SIG issues

Publications Advisor – Acts as liaison between SGB and Publications Board

Director of SIG Services – Staff liaison


During FY’02 the following individuals held the positions indicated:

Name                           Position                                                           Term End

Alan Berenbaum            Large SIG Advisor                                              July 1, 2002                   Alain Chesnais              Chair                                                                 July 1, 2002

Jim Cohoon                   Acting Publications Advisor

Carla Ellis                     Past SGB Chair                                                 July 1, 2002

Stuart Feldman              Vice Chair for SIG Development               July 1, 2002

Fred Niederman Secretary                                                          July 1, 2003

Rob Corless                  Conference Advisor                                            July 1, 2003

Bruce Klein                   Small SIG Advisor                                              July 1, 2002

Kathy Haramundanis      Vice Chair for Operations                                    July 1, 2003

Donna Baglio                 Staff Liaison

            1.3 Council Representatives

The SGB elects 3 representatives to the ACM council for two-year terms.

During FY’02 the following individuals held the ACM Council positions indicated:

Name                           Position                                               Term End

Alain Chesnais              SGB Chair                                             July 1, 2002

Mark Scott Johnson       SGB Representative                               July 1, 2003

Jim Cohoon                   SGB Representative                               July 1, 2003

Mary Lou Soffa              SGB Representative                               July 1, 2002

1.4 Standing Committees

The SGB is responsible for the oversight of the Federated Computing Research Conference Steering Committee.

The SGB appointed Barbara Ryder the Chair of the FCRC’03 Conference Committee. As Past Chair of the FCRC’99 conference committee, David Johnson became the event’s Steering Committee Chair. It was decided that the conference is to be held from June 7-14 at the Town and Country Hotel in San Diego. Ryder is working with staff liaison Baglio on administrative details. The conferences already scheduled to participate include: 

CRAW: CRA Mentoring Workshop (CRA-W)

ACM Conference on Electronic Commerce (EC)

ACM SIGPLAN Conference on Programming Language Design and Implementation (PLDI)

ACM/IEEE International Symposium on Computer Architecture (ISCA)

ACM SIGMETRICS International Conference on Measurement and Modeling of Computer Systems  (METRICS)

ACM/IEEE/SCS Workshop on Parallel and Distributed Simulation (PADS)

ACM Symposium on Theory of Computing (STOC)

ACM SIGPLAN Symposium on Principles and Practice of Parallel Programming (PPOPP)

ACM International Conference on Management of Data & symposium on Principles of Database & Systems (MODS/PODS)

ACM Symposium on Computational Geometry (SCG)

ACM Symposium on Parallel algorithms & Architectures (SPAA)

ACM SIGPLAN Symposium on Languages, Compilers, and Tools for Embedded Systems (LCTES)

Principles of Computing and Knowledge: Paris C. Kanellakis Memorial Workshop

Static Analysis Symposium (SAS)

ACM Symposium on Sofware Visualization (SOFTVIS)

1.5 SIG Project Fund

$20,000 in support was made available for widespread distribution of the June issue of

SIGCSE Inroads (the SIGCSE Bulletin) devoted to the topic of Women and Computing.

1.6 Miscellaneous Appointments

The SGB liaisons are either the Chairs of the corresponding ACM Board or Committee or have joint appointments with the corresponding ACM Board or Committee. This includes the Education Advisor, The Publications Board Liaison, the Membership Activities Board Liaison and the Awards Committee Liaison.

Name                           Position                                               Term End

Peter Denning                Education Board Liaison             July 1, 2002

David Arnold                  Membership Board Liaison                      July 1, 2002

Mark Scott Johnson       Acting Award Committee Liaison

Jim Cohoon                   Acting Publications Board Liaison

1.7 SGB Nominating Committee

The SGB Nominating Committee nominates candidates for SGB EC, in addition to nominating candidates for SGB Chair and SGB Representatives to ACM Council. The nominating committee:

Name                           Position                                               Term End

Carla Ellis                     Past SGB Chair                                     July 1, 2002

David Notkin                  Committee Member                                July 1, 2002

Alain Chesnais              SGB Chair                                             July 1, 2004

Donna Baglio                 Staff Liaison

2. SIGs and SIG Membership

Appendix B summarizes basic SIG Statistics for FY’02. Included are member and subscriber totals, newsletter and proceedings activity, and conference involvement.

2.1 Membership Counts by class of membership:

                                                FY’00                FY’01                FY’02               

ACM/SIG Members                    42,270              41,542              40,667

SIG Only Members                    4,772                5,461                6,820

Subscribers                               4,850                4,282                4,179

Total SIG Memb/Subs                51,892              51,285              51,666

Total ACM Members                  78,708              73,816              69,547

The SIGs overall member/subscriber count is 51,666 as compared to 51,285 in FY’01.

2.2 Membership Gains and Losses

Most Significant Membership Gain                              Most Significant Membership Loss


SIG                  # New Members                                   SIG                  # Lost Members

CSE                 486                                                       CHI                   311

GRAPH             400                                                       MOD                 304

KDD                 237                                                       PLAN                189

ACT                  188                                                       ARCH               106

UCCS               145                                                       SOFT                105

2.3 Membership Renewal Rates

Membership renewal rates are indicators of several realities, including 1) the degree to which members are satisfied with the services they are receiving as a result of membership and 2) the rate at which individuals are leaving the technical specialty.

The SIGs with the highest renewal                              The SIGs with the lowest renewal

Rates are:                                                                    rates are:

SIGUCCS          90%                                                      SIGKDD            50%

SIGCSE            82%                                                      ecom                53%

SIGPLAN          80%                                                      SIGAPP            58%

SIGOPS            79%                                                      SIGMM             59%

SIGACT            79%                                                      SIGWEB           63%

3. New SIG Formation and Dissolution

No new SIGs were chartered during FY’02.

At the request of the SIG leadership with the endorsement from the membership, the Special Interest Group on Computer Uses in Education (SIGCUE) was dissolved and the Special Interest Group on Computer Personnel Research (SIGCPR) was merged with the Special Interest Group on Management Information Systems (SIGMIS).

4. SIG Program Reviews and Annual Reports

            4.1 Program Reviews

Every 4 years the SIG Chairs are required to provide a short presentation including a question and answer period during the SIG Chairs meeting. This presentation includes an outline of technical highlights, general direction of the SIG, and concerns for the next one to three years.

The SGB conducted 8 full program reviews during the year: 6 were deemed viable under existing criteria and at their request, 2 were granted a change in status and found viable. SIGUCCS was converted from multi-service to conference-only and SIGCAS was converted from multi-service to publication-only.

The following SIGs were found viable: SIGACT, SIGAda, SIGCSE, SIGDA, SIGGRAPH and SIGMETRICS.

The following SIGs remained or were placed in transition: SIGAPL, SIGAPP, SIGGROUP. SIGWEB was placed in transition and converted from a multi-service to a conference-only SIG.

4.2 Annual Reports

Annual reports for FY’02 were received from:


Annual reports for FY’02 were not received from:


5. SIG Technical Highlights

The strength of the SIGs lies in their technical excellence. Once again we have seen a continued growth in conferences, improvements in publications, innovations in many areas, expansion of the awards program, increased attention to educational activities and increased cooperative efforts among the SIGs. The following excerpts from the FY’02 SIG Annual Reports detail only some of the outstanding activities going on in the SIG Community. I urge you to review the individual SIG Annual reports, which can be found in Appendix D.

5.1 Electronic Community

The SIG-IRList is a SIGIR-sponsored electronic newsletter, (  The IRList provides a regular newsletter of IR information and nicely compliments the archival publication SIGIR Forum.  The SIG-IRList contains job announcements, notices of publications, conferences, workshops, calls for participation, and project announcements.

This year SIGGRAPH added some important new sections to its site, including the Conference Advisory Group site,  an expanded CD-related Links section, and a selection of computer graphics news items, obtained via an agreement with Computer Graphics World magazine.

SIGCAS is in the process of transforming itself from a traditional multi-service SIG into a new online community. They believe that this form has the potential to reach a far broader audience than our current membership. The most important innovation has been the proposal for Computers and Society to become an ACM online magazine instead of a SIG-only “newsletter.” The ACM Publications Board approved this proposal in July 2002, with rollout of the new publication scheduled for September.

5.2 Publications

SIGACT  reports that significant papers in new research areas dealing with problems inspired by the  Internet have been published in proceedings. These papers include structural studies of the web, routing strategies for web traffic, and strategies for pricing digital goods. The latter two have introduced ideas from  game theory and mathematical economics into the TCS (Theoretical Computer Science) literature.

SIGARCH has planned a major initiative in digital publication, modeled on efforts by

SIGMOD, to collect digitized versions of as much of the literature in computer architecture as it  could and issue the collection on a series of CD-ROMS or DVD-ROMS. They would like to include all SIGARCH-sponsored publications as a start, as well as publications from other ACM organizations, such as the MICRO conference sponsored by SIGMICRO. They finally obtained permission from the IEEE Computer Society to include some of its architecture-related publications this year.

SIGCSE is particularly excited by the June 2002 issue of inroads, a special issue on

Women and Computing. This extended issue included an impressive array of new articles, re-prints, and editorials, framing the topic and providing resource material for educators. This issue was circulated well beyond the SIGCSE membership.  SIGCSE received funding grants for distribution from ACM Council, ACM-W, the SIG Project Fund (with co-sponsorship by SIGCSE, SIGGRAPH, and SIGDA), a separate contribution by SIGDA and SIGCOMM, and Microsoft.  An NSF grant allowed 5,000 copies to be distributed to K-12 teachers at NECC.

SIGDA continued to produce a CDROM compendium of SIGDA-sponsored conferences as a benefit for SIGDA members.

SIGMIS requested proposals and appointed new co-editors of its newsletter, Data Base.

5.3 Technical Meetings

The Twenty Fourth Annual ACM SIGIR International Conference on Research and Development in Information Retrieval (SIGIR’01, was held in New Orleans, LA . This was a successful meeting in which 46 full papers, 32 posters, and 9 demonstrations were presented.  In addition, there was a strong program of 8 tutorials preceding the meeting, and a varied workshop program following the meeting.  There were 360 attendees for the main conference, 217 for workshops and 153 for tutorials.

CIKM'01, the Tenth International Conference on Information and Knowledge Management, was co-sponsored by SIGIR and SIGMIS (  The 2001 meeting was held in Atlanta, GA USA. CIKM has a strong focus on databases in combination with information retrieval and management techniques.  This year there was good representation of new work on web databases and structured data. The conference continues to improve in quality and provide a bridge between the database and information retrieval communities.

SIGPLAN continues to co-locate some of their smaller conferences (LCTES, PPoPP, PPDP

this year) with the larger ones in order to minimize local arrangements overhead.  They also directly sponsored 13 workshops this year (excluding OOPSLA workshops), all of which were

co-located with their conferences.

SIGCSE 2002 set a new record with over 1,100 attendees.  The main symposium now extends three full days (Thursday, Friday, and Saturday) with plenary sessions, papers, panels, special sessions, birds-of-a-feather sessions, and both faculty and student posters.  Workshops and SIGCSE's Doctoral Consortium provide activities before and/or afterward, extending some activities from Wednesday through Sunday morning.  Special activities were organized for

students and for first-timers.

SIGGRAPH 2001 was held in Los Angeles, California, and chaired by Lynn Pocock. It drew almost 34,000 attendees, with a technical attendance of over 7,600 and had 300 exhibitors. The Conference Advisory Group is seeking to reach out to other technical communities and to increase the presence of games and interactive techniques in the annual conference.

ACM Multimedia 2001 (MM’01) was held in Ottawa Canada. Total attendance was 199.  The accept ratio was 16% overall (45 accepted from 277 submissions). The number of submissions increased approximately 30% over MM’00 and MM’02 submissions were up over 15% over MM’01. The interest in multimedia research is clearly growing.

SIGOPS launched a new award at the Symposium on Operating Systems Principles (SOSP), its flagship conference, in Banff, Canada last October. The participants were impressed by the excellent technical program. The Mark Weiser award was inaugurated at this SOSP. Frans Kaashoek of MIT was the first recipient. Future awards will be presented at OSDI and SOSP each year.

The SIGCOMM conference continues to be to be innundated with submissions and its acceptance rate now hovers at about 10%.  The conference is now listed by CiteSeer as the ACM publication with the highest impact rating (which measures the average number of citations per paper).

The Fall User Services Conference (SIGUCCS) was held October 17-20 in Portland, Oregon.  The theme was “Bridging the Gap: Technology, Service and You".  390 people attended the conference, with tutorial registration at 195. 74 papers were published in the proceedings, which were made available in both hard copy and CD Rom format.

SIGWEB's HT’02, held at the University of Maryland, College Park from June 11 to 15, 2002, was fairly small, but a larger number than usual were students, so they appear to have attracted new attendees. There was also a good international turnout.

5.4 Professional Recognition/Awards

Sponsors              Award                                                                                                   Awardee

ACT                         Godel Prize                                                                                              Gerard Senizergues                                                               Donald E. Knuth Prize for Outstanding Contributions to

                                The Foundations of Computer Science                                                   Christos Papadimitriou

                                SIGACT Distinguished Service Award                                                   Alan Selman

                                Danny Lewin Best Student Paper Award                                                 Tim Roughgarden

APL                         Iverson Award for Outstanding Contributions                                        Jon McGrew

ARCH                      The Eckert-Mauchly Award (co-sponsored with IEEE CS)                      B. Ramakrishna Rau                                             Maurice Wilkes Award                                                                     Glenn Hinton

ART                         Autonomous Agents Research Award                                                     Katia Sycara

CAS                         SIGCAS 2002 Making a Difference Award                                             Donald Gotterbarn

                                SIGCAS 2002 Outstanding Service Award                                            C. Dianne Martin

CHI                           CHI Lifetime Achievement Award                                                             Don Norman

                                CHI Lifetime Service Award                                                                      Dan Olsen

COMM                      2001 SIGCOMM Lifetime Achievement Award                                       Van Jacobson

CSE                         SIGCSE Award for Outstanding Contributions to

                                Computer Science Education                                                                  Elliot Soloway

                                The SIGCSE Lifetime Service Award                                                      A. Joseph Turner

DOC                         2001 Joseph T. Rigo Award                                                                   Donald Norman

                                Diana Award                                                                                           Information Mapping, Inc.

GRAPH                    2001 SIGGRAPH Computer Graphics Achievement Award                   Andrew Witkin                                        Steven A. Coons Award                                                                                                                                Lance J. Williams

Significant New Researcher Award                                                      Paul E. Debevec

KDD                         SIGKDD Innovation Award                                                                      Jerome Friedman

                                SIGKDD Services Award                                                                        Ramasamy Uthurusamy

OPS                         Mark Weiser Award                                                                                  Frans Kaashoek

PLAN                       ACM SIGPLAN Distinguished Service Award                                         Andrew Appel

                                ACM SIGPLAN Programming Languages Achievement Award              John McCarthy

SOFT                       ACM SIGSOFT Distinguished Service Award                                         Lori Clarke

                                Outstanding Research Award                                                                                Gerard Holzmann

UCCS                      SIGUCCS Penny Crane Award                                                               John H. (Jack) Esbin

WEB                       Engelbart Award                                                                                       E. James Whitehead

                               Nelson Award                                                                                           Peter Brusilovsky

                                                                                                                                                Riccardo Rizzo

                                Vannevar Bush Award                                                                             Donna Bergmark

5.5 Educational Programs and Special Projects

In 1999 SIGACT started a program of STOC Student Travel Awards, in which $10,000 is given annually to support student attendance at STOC. This year we are adding STOC Developing Country Travel Awards. These will be given to faculty and researchers from developing countries, who are STOC authors or who are  contributing to the STOC conference in some other capacity. We are allocating $5,000 annually to this program. The first awards will be for STOC 03. These will be an experiment -- the program may be discontinued if is not achieving the desired effect.

In order to increase the breadth of perspectives and approaches represented at SIGIR, a mentoring program was introduced, keynote speakers from related disciplines chosen, and student travel support was increased. In another effort to increase the breadth of work represented in SIGIR, we offered a Mentoring Program to assist authors who have not previously had a full length paper accepted to SIGIR.  The program was great success with 16 participants during its first year and will be repeated in 2002. A growing amount of student travel to SIGIR is supported by SIGIR.

In conjunction with representatives of the Association for Information Technology Professionals (AITP) and the Association for Information Systems (AIS), SIGMIS has been involved in the development of model curriculum for education in information systems both at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The latest version of the undergraduate curriculum, IS'02, is expected to be published in 2002.

SIGARCH and the SC Steering Committee have agreed that future profits from SC'XY will be in large part returned to the SC community, in the form of a series of large project-oriented grants (to be matched by the other sponsor of SC'XY, the IEEE Computer Society). For SC 2000 and SC 2001, SIGARCH supported the funding of a 2-year program to invest in improving the

conference's outreach to teachers and students from under-served populations. For 2002 and 2003 we are in the process of funding two similar but different programs for SC.

SIGPLAN continued providing $50K to OOPSLA to sponsor travel and attendance of professors from 2-4 year colleges at the tutorials and conference. They also instituted a housing scholarship program for OOPSLA which makes it easier for academic faculty to attend the conference.

SIGCSE encourages membership through its conference registration fee structure, and 97 new members joined with their attendance at SIGCSE 2001.

SIGGRAPH has developed a reusable online survey system, and emailed 1200 randomly selected members in February 2002. After failed emails, about 21% responded. Some results were:
- Only about 10% of respondents identified themselves as artists or animators
- The most highly rated membership benefit was access to the past SIGGRAPH proceedings (which is implemented via the ACM Digital Library)
- The most highly rated potential future benefit is the SIGGRAPH Online recordings of conference sessions

SIGKDD sponsors the KDD Cup contest at KDD conferences. Many teams participate in this contest to determine the best data mining techniques against  a large real-world dataset and a data mining objective. Participants have included corporations and university teams. This contest has become a hallmark of KDD  conferences, and provides credence to existing best practices and an impetus for further R&D efforts.

One specific new initiative for SIGDA this year was the SIGDA Monthly Conference Planner.

Based on a similar planner published by the IEEE/CS TTTC, the Monthly Planner is a small (5”x8”) 40-page brochure to help the design automation community plan their activities with respect to submitting papers to, and attending, design automation conferences.  Calendars for each month list the submission deadlines during that month, as well as more detailed information for conferences held that month .

SIGCHI has been aggressively working on outreach to the design community. The early results of this have been very promising: at CHI 2002 SIGCHI held a design forum, co-sponsored and co-organized with AIGA; the event was very successful. Also, SIGCHI is planning a “spin-off” conference from its DIS conference (Designing Interactive Systems) called DUX (Designing the User Experience), which is also directed at bridging the gap between the design community and the core of the SIGCHI community.

5.6 International Activities

An important initiative that SIGSOFT has engaged in is the Impact Project, whose goals are to conduct a scholarly assessment of the impact of software engineering research on software engineering practice, and to provide a roadmap for future research funding. SIGSOFT obtained a grant from the U.S. National Science Foundation to partially fund the activities of the group.  The principal investigator of the grant is the SIGSOFT Chair, Alexander Wolf.  This is a truly international collaboration, with participation from researchers and practitioners from across the world.  In addition, the British IEE has provided a grant to support European participation. The Impact project can provide a blueprint for how other ACM SIGs can conduct similar assessments.

ACM SIGGRAPH supported Afrigraph 2001 and the Spring Conference in Computer Graphics held in Slovakia. The Afrigraph conference, held in Cape Town in November 2001, was the result of the successful ACM SIGGRAPH-Eurographics mission to Southern Africa in March 2001. The organisation for the next conference is already well under way, with the next event scheduled for February 2002 (See

SIGMOD has been attempting to be more international by establishing close relationships with

societies in China (CCF DBS), Europe (EDBT, ICDT, Moscow ACM SIGMOD Chapter), and

the far east (SIGMOD Japan Chapter). There are ongoing efforts to establish similar linkages

with Latin American countries (a Latin American Liaison Committee has been formed). There

is an ongoing library donation program that is international in scope and $5000 per year has been

allocated to facilitate the attendance to the SIGMOD Conference by influential researchers in eastern Europe.

5.7 Collaborative Efforts

SIGACT's STOC 01 (July 2001) was colocated with ICALP and SPAA, in Crete, Greece.

Colocation and meeting in Europe for the first time in 33 years will help with new collaborations and cross fertilizations. In the same spirit STOC 03 will be part of the FCRC.

SIGAPL is participating in an effort to bring different array programming groups together, to increase our visibility and make it easier to reach critical mass. It may also make sense to look at what other groups are doing in this area as we move towards FCRC.

SIGSOFT has begun two new co-sponsoring relationships.  One with the IEEE Computer Society on the UML conference series and the other with ACM SIGMETRICS on the WOSP workshop series.  The first UML co-sponsored event is planned for Dresden, Germany, in September 2002.  The second WOSP co-sponsored event is planned for Rome, Italy, in July 2002.

In addition to working closely with Eurographics, the Japanese Computer Graphics and Art Society (CG-ARTS), the Digital Content Association of Japan (DCAj), and Nordic Interactive, ACM SIGGRAPH has also been developing relationships with other computer graphics associations. A new co-operation agreement with the China Society of Image and Graphics (CSIG) was signed in Hangzhou, China and new agreements with the Independent Game Developers Association (IGDA), International Visual Literacy Association (IVLA), the Swedish Computer Graphics Society (SIGRAD) and Imagina are due to be signed at SIGGRAPH 2002.

SIGCOMM is currently in discussions with IFIP to hold a follow up workshop to its

successful Latin American Data Communications workshop held in the spring

of 2001. They expect to hold the workshop again in 2003.

Appendix A: SIGFY’02 Membership and Technical Activity Summary

Appendix B: SIG FY’02 Financial Summary

Appendix C: SIG FY’02 Conference Summary

Appendix D: Appendix D: Individual SIG Reports July 01 - June 02