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 High Performance Computing and Intel are encouraging graduate students in data science and computational science to apply for an international program of graduate fellowships that aims to increase diversity in these fields. The deadline for applications is April 30.
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".
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. SIGMOD keynote speakers include Anastasia Ailamaki (EPFL) and Andy Pavlo (Carnegie Mellon University). The PODS keynote speaker will be Susan Davidson (University of Pennsylvania).
The 39th International Conference on Software Engineering will convene the top minds in software engineering research, practice and education to discuss the most recent innovations, trends, and experiences. Scheduled keynoters include CACM Editor-in-Chief Moshe Vardi, Executive Director of the Eclipse Foundation Mike Milinkovich, and ACM Fellow Pamela Zave, of AT&T Laboratories-Research and Princeton University.
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.
SIGs by Knowledge Area
This year's ACM CHI Conference on Human-Computer Interaction will feature CHI Stories, a new venue where researchers will share unique experiences and ideas that have transformed and inspired them. Scheduled keynoters are Neri Oxman (MIT Media Lab), Ben Shneiderman (University of Maryland; ACM Fellow), Wael Ghonim (Harvard University and Quora), and writer Nicholas Carr.
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
Concise Encoding of Flow Attributes in SDN Switches
By Robert MacDavid, Rudiger Birkner, Ori Rottenstreich, Arpit Gupta, Nick Feamster, Jennifer Rexford
Proceedings of the Symposium on SDN Research (SOSR '17)
An Empirical Evaluation of Visuo-Haptic Feedback on Physical Reaching Behaviors During 3D Interaction in Real and Immersive Virtual Environments
By Elham Ebrahimi, Sabarish V. Babu, Christopher C. Pagano, Sophie Jörg
Best Paper from the 2016 ACM Symposium on Applied Perception (SAP '16)
Need a Hand?: How Appearance Affects the Virtual Hand Illusion
By Lorraine Lin, Sophie Jörg
Best Presentation from the 2016 ACM Symposium on Applied Perception (SAP '16)