Jelani Nelson is a Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of California, Berkeley, and a Research Scientist at Google. He is a member of ACM's Special Interest Group on Algorithms and Computation Theory’s Committee for the Advancement of Theoretical Computer Science. He has also served on the Program Committees for the ACM Symposium on the Theory of Computing (STOC 2021), and ACM-SIAM Symposium on Discrete Algorithms (SODA 2020). Among his honors, Nelson received a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers.
ACM Selects are themed shortlists curated by subject matter experts for both serious and emerging computing professionals, with the goal of providing new ways to discover relevant resources, either through ACM or authenticated by ACM-affiliated specialists. The latest Selects cover People in Computing #7: Women in Hardware and Programming Languages and Spotlight on Computing in Bangladesh.
Trilce Estrada is an Associate Professor and Director of the Data Science Laboratory at the University of New Mexico. Her overarching research goal is to solve computationally-intensive and data-intensive problems in science, health, and education, especially in scenarios where resources and trained professionals are scarce. She received the ACM SIGHPC Emerging Woman Leader in Technical Computing award for her innovative and transformative deployment of machine learning for knowledge discovery in molecular dynamic simulations and in situ analytics.
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 Luiz Andre Barroso of Google, where he drove transformation of hyperscale computing infrastructure and led engineering for key products like Google Maps. Luiz is a Google Fellow and Head of the Office of Cross-Google Engineering (XGE), responsible for company-wide technical coordination. Prior to that, he was Vice President of Engineering in Google Maps and led the Core team, the group primarily responsible for the technical foundation behind Google's flagship products. Prior to Google, Luiz was a member of the research staff at Digital Equipment Corporation and Compaq, where his group did some of the pioneering work on multi-core architectures. He co-authored The Datacenter as a Computer, the first textbook to describe the architecture of warehouse-scale computing systems. Luiz is a Fellow of ACM and AAAS.
The 2021 Heidelberg Laureate Forum introduced new virtual components, including the laureate debate and speed-networking. The timely Hot Topic was “Spread of Infectious Diseases.” As in past HLFs, many of the laureate lectures were delivered by ACM A.M. Turing Award and ACM Prize recipients, such as Vint Cerf and Daphne Koller. Workshops and panel discussions rounded out the program. Video material from most of the sessions is now available on the HLF YouTube channel.
In this eighth episode of ACM-W’s webinar series, “Celebrating Technology Leaders,” host Bushra Anjum and a panel of successful ML professionals will help us to understand the gap between the popular (mis)understanding of ML potential and what the tools can actually deliver today. They will provide practical guidance and pointers for our future ML workforce. Register here for the webinar, which will take place Wednesday, October 20 at 3 pm EDT.
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The ACM SIGPLAN conference on Systems, Programming, Languages and Applications: Software for Humanity embraces all aspects of software construction and delivery to make it the premier conference at the intersection of programming, languages, and software engineering. ACM Fellow Luca Cardelli (Microsoft Research and University of Oxford) is the scheduled keynote speaker. Invited speakers are ACM Turing Award laureate Leslie Lamport (Microsoft Research), Robert Rand (University of Chicago), Heidy Khlaaf (University College London), and Martin Abadi (Google).
The 54th IEEE/ACM International Symposium on Microarchitecture will be held as a global online event, broadcast from the host city of Athens, Greece. Sessions will cover non-volatile memory, energy efficiency, security & privacy, parallelism, accelerators and more. Workshops include cloud computing, inclusion and diversity, chip architectures and multi-model DNN workloads. Keynotes will be delivered by Michael Clark (AMD), Anastasia Ailamaki (EPFL), and Sien Lie (Cerebras).
The ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility explores the design, evaluation, and use of computing and information technologies to benefit people with disabilities and older adults. The five-day virtual format allows for the addition of more online events for socializing, as well as special events to celebrate the 50th anniversary of SIGACCESS. Keynoting will be Axel Leblois (G3ict) and Annalu Waller (University of Dundee).
Read "Human Detection of Machine-Manipulated Media," by Matthew Groh, Ziv Epstein, Nick Obradovich, Manuel Cebrian, Iyad Rahwan, a contributed article in the October 2021 issue of Communications of the ACM.
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 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.