Special Interest Groups

ACM's Special Interest Groups (SIGs) represent major areas of computing, addressing the interests of technical communities that drive innovation. SIGs offer a wealth of conferences, publications and activities focused on specific computing sub-disciplines. They enable members to share expertise, discovery and best practices.

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Chapters are the "local neighborhoods" of ACM. They serve as activity hubs for ACM members and the computing community at large, offering seminars, presentations, and opportunities to meet peers and experts in many computing fields.

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KDD 2017, August 13 to 17, Halifax, Canada

The SIGKDD Conference on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining brings together researchers and practitioners from data science, data mining, knowledge discovery, large-scale data analytics, and Big Data. The event includes roundtable sessions with experts, and keynotes by leaders from Microsoft Research/Harvard University, UC Berkeley, and University of Toronto.

SIGCOMM 2017, August 21 to 25, Los Angeles, California

Covering the applications, technologies, architectures, and protocols for computer communication, SIGCOMM will feature workshops on Mobile Edge Communications, Kernel-Bypass Networks, Big Data Analytics and Machine Learning for Data Communication Networks, QoE-based Analysis and Management of Data Communication Networks, and Networking and Programming Languages.

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2017 SIGMM Rising Star Award Recognizes Multimedia Contributions

ACM's Special Interest Group on Multimedia (SIGMM) has named Liangliang Cao the recipient of the 2017 Rising Star Award in multimedia computing, communications and applications for his significant contributions in large-scale multimedia recognition and social media mining.

ACM SIGMM 2017 Rising Star Award recipient Liangliang Cao

2017 SIGMM Award Recognizes Outstanding Technical Contributions

ACM's Special Interest Group on Multimedia (SIGMM) has named Arnold Smeulders the recipient of its Outstanding Technical Contributions to Multimedia Computing, Communications and Applications Award for his outstanding and pioneering contributions to defining and bridging the semantic gap in content-based image retrieval.

ACM SIGMM Award recipient Arnold Smeulders

ICFP 2017, September 3 to 9, Oxford, UK

The ACM SIGPLAN International Conference on Functional Programming provides a forum for researchers and developers to learn about the latest work on the design, implementations, principles, and uses of functional programming. Keynote talks will be delivered by North Carolina State University's Chris Martens, and Rich Hickey, author of Clojure, and designer of Datomic.

ESEC/FSE 2017, September 4 to 8, Paderborn, Germany

The joint meeting of the European Software Engineering Conference and the ACM SIGSOFT Symposium on the Foundations of Software Engineering is a forum for sharing the most recent innovations, trends, experiences, and challenges in software engineering. Keynote speakers include ACM member and Zuhlke Technology Group co-founder Wolfgang Emmerich; Roy T. Fielding, Senior Principal Scientist at Adobe; and ACM Fellow Richard N. Taylor.

2017 SIGACT Distinguished Service Prize Recognizes UC Berkeley Professor

ACM’s Special Interest Group on Algorithms and Computation Theory (SIGACT) has named Alistair Sinclair the recipient of its 2017 Distinguished Service Prize for playing an indispensable role in making The Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing at the University of California, Berkeley the world's leading venue for collaborative research in theoretical computer science.

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Cryptography Researcher Receives 2017 SIGACT Donald E. Knuth Prize

Oded Goldreich has received ACM SIGACT's 2017 Donald E. Knuth Prize for establishing novel directions for research, contributing to outstanding results and creating new basic definitions in theoretical computer science. He worked with ACM A.M. Turing Award recipients Shafi Goldwasser and Silvio Micali on several fundamental issues in cryptography.

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ACM SIGs organize and sponsor more than 170 conferences, workshops and symposia worldwide. Find a gathering of like-minded computing professionals.

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2016 SIGMOBILE RockStar Award Recognizes Karthik Sundaresan

ACM's Special Interest Group on Mobility of Systems, Users, Data, and Computing has recognized Karthik Sundaresan, a senior researcher at NEC Laboratories America, for significant early-career contributions to wireless connectivity, with an emphasis on novel technologies for wide-area wireless access and smart antenna networking.

2016 SIGDA Pioneering Achievement Award Honors Chung Laung Liu

ACM's Special Interest Group on Design Automation (SIGDA) has named Chung Laung (Dave) Liu the recipient of the 2016 Pioneering Achievement Award. Liu is Professor Emeritus at National Tsing Hua University, Hsinchu, Taiwan. The award recognizes Liu for fundamental and seminal contributions to physical design and embedded systems.

SIG Awards

ACM's Special Interest Groups (SIGs) regularly cite outstanding individuals for their contributions in more than 30 distinct technological fields.

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2017 SIGMM Award Recognizes Outstanding PhD Thesis

ACM's Special Interest Group on Multimedia (SIGMM) has named Chien-Nan (Shannon) Chen the recipient of its Outstanding PhD Thesis Award for his dissertation entitled “Semantics-Aware Content Delivery Framework For 3D Tele-Immersion,” the first to consider semantic information in full-aspect with 3DTI systems.  

ACM SIGMM Outstanding PhD Thesis Award recipient Chien-Nan (Shannon) Chen

KDD CUP 2017 Winners

The 2017 KDD Cup on “Highway Tollgates Traffic Flow Prediction” has successfully reached its end. A total of 3,547 teams from around the world participated throughout the duration of the competition. After rigorous cross-checking of the submissions to ensure compliance with the participation rules, the winners of the two sub-competitions (Travel Time and Traffic Volume Prediction) have been determined. Congratulations to the winning teams!

Resource Manual for SIG Conference Organizers

Volunteer commitment and coordination is the foundation that makes an ACM conference successful. ACM provides a comprehensive resource manual with instructions and best practices to help create the best possible event.

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2017 Gödel Prize Recognizes Paper on Data Privacy

The Association for Computing Machinery’s Special Interest Group on Algorithms and Computation Theory (SIGACT) and the European Association for Theoretical Computer Science (EATCS) have announced that Cynthia Dwork (an ACM Fellow), Frank McSherry, Kobbi Nissim and Adam Smith are the recipients of the 2017 Gödel Prize for their paper, "Calibrating Noise to Sensitivity in Private Data Analysis."

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Conferences Best Paper Awards

Best Paper Awards are presented at many ACM conferences to authors whose work represents groundbreaking research in their respective areas. By recognizing these select papers for their ingenuity and importance, ACM highlights some of the theoretical and practical innovations that are likely to shape the future of computing.

Recent Best Papers

Nonlinear Feature Normalization in Steganalysis
By Mehdi Boroumand, Jessica Fridrich    
Proceedings of the 5th ACM Workshop on Information Hiding and Multimedia Security (IH&MMSec '17)

The Square Root Law of Steganography: Bringing Theory Closer to Practice
By Andrew D. Ker
Proceedings of the 5th ACM Workshop on Information Hiding and Multimedia Security (IH&MMSec '17)

A Datalog Framework for Modeling Relationship-based Access Control Policies
By Edelmira Pasarella, Jorge Lobo
Proceedings of the 22nd ACM on Symposium on Access Control Models and Technologies (SACMAT '17)

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