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.
The ACM Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing presents research in the design and use of technologies that affect groups, organizations, communities, and networks. CSCW explores the technical, social, material, and theoretical challenges of designing technology to support collaborative activities. Workshops cover Citizen Science, Social Theory, Robots, CSCW in China and more.
The Design, Automation and Test in Europe conference includes an international exhibition showcasing system-level hardware and software implementation down to integrated circuit design. DATE will highlight electronics for the Internet of Things era and wearable and smart medical devices. Speakers will deliver keynotes on AI, Hardware Microservices in the Cloud, Medical Applications, and Internet of Everything.
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.
SIGs by Knowledge Area
The ACM Special Interest Group on Artificial Intelligence announces the Student Essay Contest on the Responsible Use of AI Technologies, open to all ACM SIGAI student members. Students will be asked to write an essay on the most pressing ethical, social or regulatory issues with respect to AI technologies, and how governments, industries or organizations (including ACM SIGAI) can address them. The deadline for submissions is March 1, 2017.
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.
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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:
A Fast Sketch-based Assembler for Genomes
By Priyanka Ghosh, Ananth Kalyanaraman
Best Paper from the 7th ACM International Conference on Bioinformatics, Computational Biology, and Health Informatics (BCB '16)
Bipartite Matching Generalizations for Peptide Identification in Tandem Mass Spectrometry
By Wenruo Bai, Jeffrey Bilmes, William S. Noble
Best Paper from the 7th ACM International Conference on Bioinformatics, Computational Biology, and Health Informatics
Learning from User Interactions in Personal Search via Attribute Parameterization
By Michael Bendersky, Xuanhui Wang, Donald Metzler, Marc Najork
Best Paper Honorable Mention from the Tenth ACM International Conference on Web Search and Data Mining