ACM Names 2021 Fellows

ACM has named 71 members 2021 ACM Fellows for significant contributions in areas including algorithms, computer science education, cryptography, data security and privacy, medical informatics, and mobile and networked systems, among other areas. The ACM Fellows program recognizes the top 1% of ACM Members for their outstanding accomplishments in computing and information technology and/or outstanding service to ACM and the larger computing community.

Meet Felix Naumann

Felix Naumann is a Professor for Information Systems at the University of Potsdam’s Hasso Plattner Institute. Naumann has been both an Associate Editor and a Senior Associate Editor of the ACM Journal of Data and Information Quality (JDIQ). He has held several leadership roles at data management conferences, including serving as Tutorial Co-Chair for ACM SIGMOD/PODS 2020 and Co-Program Committee-Chair for VLDB 2021. Naumann was named an ACM Distinguished Member for outstanding engineering contributions to computing.

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ACM TPC Announces TechBriefs, New Series Covering Pressing Issues

TechBriefs is a series of short technical bulletins by ACM’s Technology Policy Council that present scientifically-grounded perspectives on the impact of specific developments or applications of technology. Designed to complement ACM’s activities in the policy arena, the primary goal is to inform rather than advocate for specific policies. The first TechBrief is on climate change, focusing on the issue that computing can help mitigate it but must first cease contributing to it.

Meet Rosa Badia

Rosa M. Badia is the Manager of Workflows and Distributed Computing at the Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC). She has authored/co-authored more than 150 publications in international conferences and journals. In addition to having been involved in several international research projects at the European level, she is currently the principal investigator of the Enabling dynamic and Intelligent workflows in the future EuroHPC ecosystem (eFlows4HPC) project. She was recently elected as Vice Chair of the ACM Europe Council.

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Research Publication on Integrating Computational Thinking at the PreK-5 Level

Although research on computational thinking (CT) within K-12 has been emerging over the past few years, few studies have investigated the teaching of CT at the younger ages. The ACM and the Robin Hood Learning + Technology Fund co-funded this special research publication to examine empirically-based studies that focused on the integration of computational thinking at the elementary levels into a variety of learning disciplines including math, ELA, science, and computer science.

Young Researchers: Apply for HLF 2022 by February 11

Researchers and practitioners at all phases of their careers (undergrad, PhD or postdoc) are encouraged to apply for the next Heidelberg Laureate Forum for a chance to personally interact with laureates of the most prestigious prizes in mathematics and computer science, including the ACM A.M. Turing Award and the ACM Prize in Computing. You can also nominate a candidate (please contact to request ACM’s organization code).

ACM-W's Webinar Series Celebrates Women in Computing

By highlighting successful technical women who are leading diverse careers in the technology industry, ACM-W’s webinar series, “Celebrating Technology Leaders,” aims to inform students and early-career professionals about the multitude of career options open to them. Visit to view on-demand.

Introducing ACM Focus

ACM Focus is a new way to explore the breadth and variety of ACM content, and to stay current with the latest trends in your technical community. ACM Focus consists of a set of AI-curated custom feeds by subject, each serving up a focused set of the latest relevant ACM content that provides overall awareness of relevant ACM activities, people, talks and a variety of published works. Examples of topic categories include AI, Web, Applied Computing, Society, Graphics, and more. The feeds are built in an automated fashion and are refined as you interact with them. Explore ACM Focus today!

NCWIT Academic Alliance Seeks Nominations for Higher Education Awards

The NCWIT Joanne McGrath Cohoon Service Award honors distinguished educators and staff who have effectively challenged and changed the systems that shape the experiences of women undergraduates in postsecondary computing programs. Nominations close January 23, 2022.

The NCWIT Harrold and Notkin Research and Graduate Mentoring Award recognizes faculty members from non-profit, U.S. institutions who combine outstanding research accomplishments with excellence in graduate mentoring, as well as those who advocate for recruiting, encouraging, and promoting women and minorities in computing fields. Nominations close February 20, 2022.

ASPDAC 2022, January 17 to 20 (online)

The Asia and South Pacific Design Automation Conference will feature many virtual sessions on various aspects of design automation. Tutorials will cover subjects such as Low-bit Neural Network Computing; Variational Quantum Algorithms; and Side Channel Analysis. Keynote addresses will be delivered by Shankar Krishnamoorthy (Synopsys), Jerry M. Chow (IBM) and Ken Wang (TSMC).

POPL 2022, January 16 to 22 (hybrid)

The 49th ACM SIGPLAN Symposium on Principles of Programming Languages will be held in person in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with some virtual events including author talks and a workshop. Co-located conferences are the Conference on Verification, Model Checking, and Abstract Interpretation (VMCAI) and Certified Programs and Proofs (CPP). Workshops will cover Coq, Partial Evaluation and Program Manipulation, Secure Compilation and more.

MobiCom 2021, January 31 to February 4, 2022, New Orleans

Postponed from October 2021, the International Conference on Mobile Computing and Networking will be held in person in New Orleans, with a hybrid option. Keynotes will be delivered by Edward Knightly (Rice University), Mary Baker (Additive, HP), Ness Shroff (The Ohio State University) and 2021 SIGMOBILE Rockstar Award recipient Aruna Balasubramanian (Stony Brook University). MobiCom 2022 is being planned for its normal time in Fall 2022.

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Listen to ACM ByteCast!

ACM's Practitioner Board has created ACM ByteCast, a new podcast series in which hosts Rashmi Mohan, Jessica Bell, and Scott Hanselman interview researchers, practitioners, and innovators who are at the intersection of computing research and practice. In each monthly episode, guests will share their experiences, the lessons they’ve learned, and their own visions for the future of computing.

Listen to the latest episode featuring David Heinemeier Hansson, cofounder and CTO of Basecamp. In addition to his work on this popular project management application, he is also the creator of the open-source web framework Ruby on Rails, used by some of the best-known technology companies, such as Twitter, Shopify, GitHub, Airbnb, and Square, and more than a million other web applications. He is also a prolific author of multiple bestselling books on building and running a successful business, as well as a Le Mans class-winning racecar driver.

How Reliable Is Smartphone-Based Electronic Contact Tracing for COVID-19?

Read "How Reliable Is Smartphone-Based Electronic Contact Tracing for COVID-19?," by Philipp H. Kindt, Trinad Chakraborty, Samarjit Chakraborty, a contributed article in the January 2022 issue of Communications of the ACM.

Differential Privacy: The Pursuit of Protections by Default

As privacy violations have become rampant and calls for better measures to protect sensitive, personally identifiable information have primarily resulted in bureaucratic policies satisfying almost no one, differential privacy is emerging as a potential solution. In “Differential Privacy: The Pursuit of Protections by Default,” a Case Study in ACM Queue, Google’s Damien Desfontaines and Miguel Guevara reflect with Jim Waldo and Terry Coatta on the engineering challenges that lie ahead for differential privacy, as well as what remains to be done to achieve their ultimate goal of providing privacy protection by default.

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ACM Updates Code of Ethics

ACM recently updated its Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct. The revised Code of Ethics addresses the significant advances in computing technology since the 1992 version, as well as the growing pervasiveness of computing in all aspects of society. To promote the Code throughout the computing community, ACM created a booklet, which includes the Code, case studies that illustrate how the Code can be applied to situations that arise in everyday practice and suggestions on how the Code can be used in educational settings and in companies and organizations. Download a PDF of the ACM Code booklet.