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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Kathy Yelick Receives ACM/IEEE-CS Ken Kennedy Award at SC15

ACM and IEEE Computer Society awarded the the 2015 ACM/IEEE Computer Society Ken Kennedy Award to UC Berkeley professor and ACM-W Athena Lecturer Katherine Yelick for innovative research contributions to parallel computing languages.

Gordon Bell Prize Goes to Team for Modeling Earthquake Predictions

A team led by Johann Rudi of the University of Texas at Austin has received the 2015 ACM Gordon Bell Prize, presented at SC15 for their entry, "An Extreme-Scale Implicit Solver for Complex PDEs: Highly Heterogeneous Flow in Earth’s Mantle."

2016 Gödel Prize Recognizes Concurrent Separation Logic

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 Stephen Brookes and Peter W. O’Hearn are the recipients of the 2016 Gödel Prize for their invention of Concurrent Separation Logic.

Doctoral Students Receive 2015 George Michael Memorial HPC Fellowships at SC15

Maciej Besta of ETH Zurich and Dhairya Malhotra of the University of Texas at Austin have been named recipients of 2015 ACM/IEEE-CS George Michael Memorial HPC Fellowships. 

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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SIGMOD/PODS 2016, June 26 to July 1, San Francisco, California

This leading international forum unites database researchers, practitioners, developers, and users to explore cutting-edge ideas and results, and to exchange techniques, tools, and experiences. Keynotes will be delivered by Moshe Vardi of Rice University, Editor-in-Chief of the Communications of the ACM; Sara Cohen of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem; and Frank Neven of Hasselt University.

SIGIR 2016, July 17 to 21, Pisa, Italy

The major international forum for the presentation of new research results and the demonstration of new systems and techniques in the field of information retrieval, SIGIR will feature keynotes by Christopher Manning, a professor of computer science and linguistics at Stanford University, and Vipin Kumar, a Regents Professor at the University of Minnesota.

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.

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).

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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.

SIGMICRO Distinguished Service Award Call for Nominations

This annual award is presented to an individual who has contributed important service to the processor microarchitecture and microsystems community while also serving as an active member of SIGMICRO who has contributed (or is contributing) significantly to SIGMICRO and/or SIGMICRO-sponsored conference committees. Nominations are due June 30.

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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