USACM Panel on Algorithmic Transparency and Accountability

USACM, the ACM U.S. Public Policy Council, will be hosting a panel event on “Algorithmic Transparency and Accountability.” The event, occuring on September 14, 2017 at the National Press Club in Washington, will provide a forum for a discussion between stakeholders and leading computer scientists about the growing impact of algorithmic decision-making on our society and the technical underpinnings of algorithmic models. Space is limited, so register soon.

ACM Europe Conference 2017, September 7 to 8, Barcelona

The inaugural ACM Europe Conference will be a truly international event, bringing together computer scientists and practitioners from around the world. 2012 ACM Turing Award laureate Silvio Micali will give a talk. Themes of the conference are High Performance Computing and Cybersecurity. Co-located meetings will include WomENcourage, HiPEAC, EXCDI, and Eurolab-4-HPC.

Meet Monika Henzinger

Monika Henzinger is a Professor of Computer Science at the University of Vienna, where she heads the Theory and Applications of Algorithms research group. She is a Fellow of ACM and of the European Association for Theoretical Computer Science (EATCS). “This is an exciting time to do any kind of computer science, considering the huge impact that the field has on people’s lives. … As computer science in general is used in more and more areas, it naturally increases the need for theoretical computer science.”

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Meet Xuedong Huang

Xuedong Huang is a Microsoft Technical Fellow in AI and Research and is its Chief Speech Scientist. An ACM Fellow, his honors include being selected as Asian American Engineer of the Year (2011) and Wired’s “Next List 2016: 25 Geniuses Who Are Creating the Future of Business.” “Microphone + camera will finally free people from being tethered to computing devices, which will enable the next immediate wave of ambient computing revolution.”

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Microsoft Research Faculty Summit, July 17-18

Broadcasts from the Microsoft Research Faculty Summit from Redmond, Washington on July 17 and 18 can now be viewed on demand. This free online event offered keynotes and selected presentations from the Faculty Summit on artificial intelligence research, “The Edge of AI.” Topics covered included machine learning; human language technologies; perception and sensing; AI and society; cyber-physical systems and robotics; human/AI collaboration; and more.

Celebrating 50 Years of the ACM Turing Award

ACM's celebration of 50 years of the Turing Award culminated with a conference June 23 and 24, 2017 at the Westin St. Francis in San Francisco. Keynote talks and panel discussions highlighted the significant impact of the contributions of the Turing Laureates on computing and society, as well as looking ahead to the future of technology and innovation. You can watch videos of these historic presentations here

Communications of the ACM Welcomes Andrew Chien as Editor-in-Chief

ACM's flagship publication Communications of the ACM (CACM) welcomes Andrew A. Chien as its Editor-in-Chief, effective July 1, 2017. He will succeed Moshe Y. Vardi. Chien is the William Eckhardt Distinguished Service Professor of Computer Science and the Director of the CERES Center for Unstoppable Computing at the University of Chicago. He is also a Senior Computer Scientist at the Argonne National Laboratory.

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Meet the Inaugural Class of the ACM-FCA

The ACM Future of Computing Academy is a new initiative created by ACM to support and foster the next generation of computing professionals. The Academy is a platform that enables the next generation of researchers, practitioners, educators and entrepreneurs to develop a coherent and influential voice that addresses challenging issues facing the field and society in general. Meet the men and women who make up the inaugural class of the ACM-FCA.

Introducing the New Proceedings of the ACM Series

Proceedings of the ACM (PACM) is a new journal series with first issues planned for 2017. It is being launched in recognition of the fact that conference-centric publishing disadvantages the CS community with respect to other scientific disciplines when competing with researchers from other disciplines for top science awards and career progression, and the fact that top ACM conferences have demonstrated high quality and high impact on the field.

ACM Expresses Concern About New Executive Order Suspending Visas

The Association for Computing Machinery, a global scientific and educational organization representing the computing community, expresses concern over US President Donald J. Trump’s Executive Order imposing suspension of visas to nationals of six countries.

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Shari Trewin on How AI Can Improve Lives of People with Disabilities

IBM T.J. Watson Research Center's Shari Trewin highlights the ability of cognitive systems to engage with us, and the world, in more human-like ways. The ability to learn and generalize from examples is another important feature. Trewin says that through advances in machine learning, cognitive systems are rapidly improving their ability to see, to hear, and to interact with humans using natural language and gesture. In the process, they also become more able to support people with disabilities and the growing aging population.

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In Memoriam: Charles W. Bachman

Charles W. Bachman, recipient of the 1973 ACM A.M. Turing Award and an ACM Fellow, died in Lexington, Massachusetts on July 13. He was 92. The Turing Award recognized him for his outstanding contributions to database technology. During his long and varied career, Bachman held several technical positions at Dow Chemical Corporation, General Electric, Honeywell, and Cullinane Database Systems, and was President and CEO of Bachman Information Systems. His other honors include Distinguished Fellow of the British Computing Society; National Medal of Technology and Innovation; and Fellow of the Computer History Museum.

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The Science of Brute Force

Recent progress in automated reasoning and super-computing gives rise to a new era of brute force. "SAT” is a disruptive, brute-reasoning technology in industry and science. The article “The Science of Brute Force,” in the August issue of CACM, illustrates its strength and potential via the proof of the Boolean Pythagorean Triples Problem, a long-standing open problem in Ramsey Theory. In this video, Marijn J.H. Heule discusses the potential of this technology and its wide-ranging industry application. 

Cryptocurrencies, Blockchains, and Smart Contracts; Hardware for Deep Learning

“Research for Practice,” a regular feature in acmqueue, bridges the gap between theory and practice by applying learnings from recent cutting-edge research to the challenges practitioners face on a daily basis. In this installment, Arvind Narayanan and Andrew Miller deliver the latest updates from the burgeoning body of research on cryptocurrencies and deep learning. Then, Song Han provides an overview of hardware trends related to deep learning, including using hardware and hardware-aware techniques to encompass networks, improve their performance, and reduce their energy consumption.  

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