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.
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.
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.
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.
ACM's Special Interest Group on Microarchitecture (SIGMICRO) has named Yale N. Patt the recipient of the 2016 Distinguished Service Award. Patt is a professor of electrical and computer engineering at The University of Texas at Austin. The award recognizes Patt for his decades of outstanding service to the microarchitecture community.
ACM's Special Interest Group on Multimedia (SIGMM) has named Alberto del Bimbo the recipient of its Outstanding Technical Contributions to Multimedia Computing, Communications and Applications Award for research contributions in multimedia processing, content analysis, and applications, leadership in multimedia education, and continued service to the community.
ACM's Special Interest Group on Multimedia (SIGMM) has named Bart Thomee the recipient of the 2016 Rising Star Award in multimedia computing, communications and applications for his significant contributions in the areas of geo-multimedia computing, media evaluation, and open research datasets.
The 2016 Donald E. Knuth Prize will be awarded to Noam Nisan of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem for contributions to theoretical computer science in areas including communication complexity, pseudorandom number generators, interactive proofs, and algorithmic game theory. It will be presented at the Symposium on Foundations of Computer Science (FOCS 2016) in October.
ACM’s Special Interest Group on Knowledge Discovery in Data (SIGKDD) recognizes outstanding papers from past KDD conferences beyond the last decade that have had an important impact on the data mining research community. The 2016 recipients are Jure Leskovec (Stanford University), Jon Kleinberg (Cornell University), and Christos Faloutsos (Carnegie Mellon University) for their paper from KDD 2005, "Graphs over Time: Densification Laws, Shrinking Diameters and Possible Explanations."
ACM SIGKDD dissertation awards recognize outstanding work done by graduate students in data science, machine learning and data mining. The 2016 recipient is Danai Koutra (student), with Christos Faloutsos (advisor) at Carnegie Mellon University, for "Exploring and Making Sense of Large Graphs." Huan Sun (student at University of California, Santa Barbara) and Mohammad Taha Bahadori (student at University of Southern California) were runners-up.
The Humans, Machines, and the Future of Work conference will focus on issues created by the impact of information technology on labor markets over the next 25 years. The event features renowned speakers from academia, industry and leading think tanks with expertise in technology, economics, social sciences and the humanities.
The ACM SIGGRAPH Asia Conference and Exhibition on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques is the premier platform for the advancement of graphics, animation, art, and technology in Asia. The conference features research papers, demonstrations, and screenings featuring the community's latest technical achievements, and exhibits displaying the industry's current hardware, software, and services.
SIGs by Knowledge Area
ACM's Special Interest Group on Accessible Computing (SIGACCESS) has recognized Richard Ladner with its Award for Outstanding Contributions to Computing and Accessibility. In announcing the honor, SIGACCESS cited Ladner’s 30+ years of research, advocacy and leadership in the field of accessible computing.
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.
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:
Chirp-based LPD/LPI Underwater Acoustic Communications with Code-time-frequency Multidimensional Spreading
By Emrecan Demirors, Tommaso Melodia
Best Student Paper from the 11th ACM International Conference on Underwater Networks & Systems (WUWNet '16)
Would You Be Mine: Appropriating Minecraft as an Assistive Technology for Youth with Autism
By Kathryn E. Ringland, Christine T. Wolf, LouAnne E. Boyd, Mark S. Baldwin, Gillian R. Hayes
Best Paper from the 18th International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility (SIGACCESS '16)
Uncovering Challenges and Opportunities for 3D Printing Assistive Technology with Physical Therapists
By Samantha McDonald, Niara Comrie, Erin Buehler, Nicholas Carter, Braxton Dubin, Karen Gordes, Sandy McCombe-Waller, Amy Hurst
Best Student Paper from 18th International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility (SIGACCESS '16)