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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GHC 2017, October 4 to 6, Orlando, Florida

The Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing is the world's largest gathering of women technologists. Scheduled keynote speakers are Melinda Gates, Co-chair, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; Ayanna Howard, Professor and Chair at the Georgia Institute of Technology; Fei-Fei Li, Associate Professor at Stanford University and Chief Scientist, Google Cloud; and Mary Spio, CEO and President, CEEK VR.

Tapia 2017, September 20 to 23, Atlanta, Georgia

The ACM Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing is a premier venue to acknowledge, promote and celebrate diversity. Keynote speakers include Edward Castillo, Research Scientist, Radiation Oncology Department, Beaumont Health Research Institute; James Mickens, Associate Professor of Computer Science, Harvard University; and Adrienne P. Felt, a member of Google's Chrome Metrics and Usable Security Team.

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

SC16, November 13 to 18, Salt Lake City, Utah

The International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis will gather the HPC community with a program of invited talks, panels, research papers, tutorials, workshops, posters, and birds-of-a-feather sessions, as well as student programs to engage and foster the next generation of HPC professionals. Philip Diamond, Director General of the international Square Kilometer Array (SKA) project, will be the keynote speaker.

ASSETS 2017, October 30 to November 1, Baltimore, Maryland

The ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility explores the design, evaluation, and use of computing and information technologies to benefit people with disabilities and older adults. Karen Peltz Strauss of the Federal Communications Commission is the keynote speaker.

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.

SEC 2017, October 12 to 14, San Jose, California

The ACM/IEEE Symposium on Edge Computing covers a new paradigm in which the resources of a small data center are placed at the edge of the internet, near mobile devices, sensors, end users, and the emerging Internet of Things. Keynote speakers are Carnegie Mellon's Mahadev Satyanarayanan (ACM Fellow and 2016 ACM Software System Award co-recipient) and Pablo Rodriguez, CEO of Telefonica Alpha.

MobiCom 2017, October 16 to 20, Snowbird, Utah

The International Conference on Mobile Computing and Networking is dedicated to addressing the challenges in mobile computing and wireless and mobile networking, including networks, systems, algorithms, and applications that support mobile computers and wireless networks. Workshops, posters, demos and exhibits, an app contest, a student career event, and more will engage attendees.

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

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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Resources for conference volunteers.

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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