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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Find a SIG Chapter Near You

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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Join an ACM SIG

Network with like-minded professionals and enjoy unique opportunities to share technical expertise and first-hand knowledge of the latest trends.

Find an ACM Conference

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

2016 SIGKDD Service Award Recognizes Data Mining Contributions

The Association for Computing Machinery’s Special Interest Group on Knowledge Discovery in Data (SIGKDD) has named Wei Wang the winner of its 2016 Service Award for her exceptional technical contributions to the foundation and practice of data mining and for her excellent services to the data mining community.

2016 SIGKDD Innovation Award Recognizes Technical Excellence

The Association for Computing Machinery’s Special Interest Group on Knowledge Discovery in Data (SIGKDD) has named Philip S. Yu the winner of its 2016 Innovation Award. He is recognized for his influential research and scientific contributions on mining, fusion and anonymization of big data.

SIGGRAPH 2016, July 24 to 28, Anaheim, California

The world’s largest, most influential annual event on computer graphics and interactive techniques will engage attendees with cutting-edge research, demos, educational sessions, art, screenings, and hands-on interactivity featuring the community’s latest technical achievements. Three days of commercial exhibits will showcase the industry's current hardware, software, and services.

EC 2016, July 24 to 28, Maastricht, The Netherlands

Sponsored by ACM SIGecom, the Conference on Economics and Computation is the leading scientific conference on advances in theory, systems, and applications at the interface of economics and computation, including applications to electronic commerce. EC'16 will be co-located with the 5th World Congress of the Game Theory Society (GAMES 2016).

KDD 2016, August 13 to 17, San Francisco, California

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 also includes keynotes by leaders from Microsoft, Oxford University, NEA, and University of California, Berkeley, as well as invited talks by Applied Data Science experts.

SIGCOMM 2016, August 22 to 26, Florianópolis, Brazil

Covering the applications, technologies, architectures, and protocols for computer communication, SIGCOMM will feature workshops on global access to the Internet, QoE-based analysis, fostering Latin American research, and more. "Mentoring Moments" will give graduate students a chance to talk about their research with outstanding researchers.

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ACM SIG Elections

SIG Elections Results Announced

Elections for the following SIGs closed on 31 May at 16:00 UTC: SIGAI, SIGCSE, SIGDOC, SIGHPC, SIGIR, SIGLOG, and SIGSIM

SIG Awards

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

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.

Volunteer Resources

Resources for conference volunteers.

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:

SentiCart: Cartography and Geo-contextualization for Multilingual Visual Sentiment
By Brendan Jou, Margaret Yuying Qian, Shih-Fu Chang    
The 2016 ACM International Conference on Multimedia Retrieval

Bags of Local Convolutional Features for Scalable Instance Search
By Eva Mohedano, Kevin McGuinness, Noel E. O'Connor, Amaia Salvador, Ferran Marques, Xavier Giro-i-Nieto
The 2016 ACM on International Conference on Multimedia Retrieval

Multilingual Visual Sentiment Concept Matching
By Nikolaos Pappas, Miriam Redi, Mercan Topkara, Brendan Jou, Hongyi Liu, Tao Chen, Shih-Fu Chang    
The 2016 ACM on International Conference on Multimedia Retrieval

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