For one week in December, millions of students around the world are introduced to the magic of computer science through games, coding puzzles, tutorials, and many other fun activities organized by local volunteers from schools, research institutions, and other groups. Anyone anywhere can organize an Hour of Code event and enjoy any of a number of engaging and educational projects which are available in several languages. ACM helped launch Computer Science Education Week in 2009, and invites you host an Hour of Code in your community.
This talk is a follow-up to the April 19, 2023 webinar with Mehran Sahami of Stanford University, "Confronting Ethical Challenges in a High-Tech World." Serami and a panel of AI-ML experts from industry and academia—Tulsee Doshi, Susan Epstein, Fay Cobb Payton, Susan Reiser, and Kush Varshney—will explore some of the ethical questions raised in that session, including the role of human values in AI algorithms, bias in AI-ML and the impact of diverse teams in reducing bias; data privacy, and more.
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An eight-member team drawn from American and Indian institutions was named the winner of the 2023 ACM Gordon Bell Prize for the project, “Large-Scale Materials Modeling at Quantum Accuracy: Ab Initio Simulations of Quasicrystals and Interacting Extended Defects in Metallic Alloys,” which presented a framework that combines the accuracy provided by QMB methods with the efficiency of Density-Functional Theory (DFT) to access larger length scales at quantum accuracy. The award was bestowed during the SC23 conference.
A 19-member research team was awarded the ACM Gordon Bell Prize for Climate Modelling for their project, "The Simple Cloud-Resolving E3SM Atmosphere Model Running on the Frontier Exascale System,” proving that by using exascale supercomputers along with a new algorithmic model they have introduced, the longstanding challenge of developing efficient and accurate simulations of deep convective clouds can be accomplished. The award was bestowed during the SC23 conference.
The ACM/CSTA Cutler-Bell Prize in High School Computing recognizes talented high school computer science students in the United States. Judges will be looking for submissions that are creative, advanced, relevant, unique, and show a passion for advancing computer science. The application process requires students to develop an original computational artifact that engages modern computing technology and computer science. The application period closes January 19, 2024.
The 11th Heidelberg Laureate Forum will bring together some of the brightest minds in mathematics and computer science for an unrestrained, interdisciplinary exchange. During the weeklong conference, young researchers and other participants have the opportunity to connect with scientific pioneers and learn how the laureates made it to the top of their fields. Laureate lectures and discussions plus various interactive program elements are some of the Forum's fundamental elements. Young researchers can apply to attend the 11th HLF until Friday, February 9, 2024. Application information can be found here.
A.M Turing Award recipient Vint Cerf has received the Marconi Society Lifetime Achievement Award. The Marconi Society Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes individuals with an established history of distinguished work who have made creative contributions and positive impact to the field of communications and to the development of the careers of others. ACM Fellow Hari Balakrishnan has received the 2023 Marconi Prize. The Marconi Prize is the flagship award of the Marconi Society, given annually to innovators who have made significant contributions to increasing digital inclusivity through the advancement of information and communications technology.
The HCII2024 Conference has announced that ACM CEO Vicki Hanson has been chosen to receive the 2024 HCI Medal for Societal Impact. The HCI Medal for Societal Impact was established in 2022 to be awarded to academics, researchers, or professionals in recognition of the impact of their work in the field of human-computer interaction on society. The medal will be conferred during the conference Opening Plenary Session, to be followed by the Keynote speech. The conference will take place June 29–July 4, 2024, in Washington DC.
In an effort to form a single global body to govern artificial intelligence technology, UN Secretary-General António Guterres has announced a 39-person advisory board to help the international body determine what global rules were needed to oversee AI. Included on this board is ACM Fellow, former ACM President, and current Co-Chair of the ACM Publications Board Dame Wendy Hall, who has already served as an advisor to the UK government as well as other governments and companies around the world. The group would report back by the end of the year and publish its final nonbinding recommendations next summer.
In a major step in its transition to fully Open Access (OA) publication of all content on the ACM Digital Library, ACM will transition the International Conference Proceedings Series (ICPS) to a fully OA publishing model from January 2024. In the new model, all ICPS papers will be made OA upon publication, and existing ICPS papers will be converted to OA. Some authors who are not at ACM Open institutions will be required to pay Article Processing Charges (APCs). The model will apply to all conferences for which the Call for Papers will be issued on or after January 1, 2024.
President Joe Biden honored University of Florida computer science professor and ACM Fellow Juan Gilbert at the White House with the National Medal of Technology and Innovation for pioneering a universal voting system that makes voting more reliable and accessible for everyone and for increasing diversity in the computer science workforce. The National Medal of Technology and Innovation, or NMTI, is the nation’s highest honor for technological achievement, bestowed by the president of the United States on leading innovators for their outstanding contributions to America’s economic, environmental and social well-being. You can view the event here.
James Gregory Pauloski of the University of Chicago and Rohan Basu Roy Of Northeastern University are the 2023 ACM-IEEE CS George Michael Memorial HPC Fellowships recipients. Hua Huang of the Georgia Institute of Technology received an Honorable Mention. The Fellowships will be formally presented at the International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage, and Analysis (SC23) in November.
2018 A.M. Turing Award recipient Geoffrey Hinton appeared on 60 Minutes to discuss the risks and promise of artificial intelligence. Hinton—one of the "Godfathers of AI" along with Yoshua Bengio and Yann LeCun—wants governments, companies and developers to carefully consider the best ways to safely advance the technology. He also believes that AI has the potential for both good and harm, that now is the moment to run experiments to understand AI and pass laws to ensure the technology is ethically used, and that AI does have the potential to one day take over from humanity.
View on Demand: Celebrating Technology Leaders - Quantum Computing: Potential, Practicality, and Perils
The field of quantum computing has strongly impacted computer science while raising many questions. What problems are quantum computers particularly good at solving? Are there any practical applications of quantum computing? View a panel of women technologists—Mariia Mykhailova (Microsoft), Marlou Slot (NIST), Temitope Adeniyi (Cleveland State University), and Denise Ruffner (Diversity in Quantum)—with host Bushra Anjum as as they examine the possibilities quantum computing and demystify terms like "superposition", "entanglement", "interference", "tunneling," and "decoherence" in a beginner-friendly way.
ACM Transactions on Evolutionary Learning and Optimization (TELO) has been accepted for Scopus coverage. Similar to Web of Science, Scopus is an extensive yet selective abstract and citation database that provides comprehensive coverage of peer-reviewed journals, books, conference abstracts, and patents across the natural sciences, social sciences, arts, and humanities. By having its content included in Scopus, TELO’s content will be discoverable at 7,000 of the world’s top research institutions.
The journals of ACM once again had an impressive showing in the latest Journal Citation Reports release from Clarivate, with notable performances across the entire portfolio and fifteen journals receiving their first impact factors—including four titles from the innovative Proceedings of the ACM (PACM) program. ACM's flagship magazine Communications of the ACM (CACM) continued its dominance by receiving an all-time high impact factor of 22.7, placing it first in all three of its categories, and ACM Computing Surveys (CSUR) which continued to ascend with an impact factor of 16.6, placing it third in the Computer Science, Theory & Methods category.
ACM has made the decision to cease print publication for ACM’s journals and transactions as of January 2024. There were several motivations for this change: ACM wants to be as environmentally friendly as possible; print journals lack the new features and functionality of the electronic versions in the ACM Digital Library; and print subscriptions, which have been declining for years, have now reached a level where the time was right to sunset print. Please contact [email protected] should you have any questions.
ACM has created a new Skills Bundle add-on providing unlimited access to ACM's collection of thousands of online books, courses, and training videos from O'Reilly, Skillsoft Percipio, and Pluralsight. ACM’s collection includes more than 60,000 online books and video courses from O’Reilly, 9,700 online courses and 11,000 eBooks and audiobooks from Skillsoft, and 2,000 courses from Pluralsight.
ACM 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. he new edition is focused on the rapid commercialization of generative AI (GenAI) posing multiple large-scale risks to individuals, society, and the planet which requires a rapid, internationally coordinated response to mitigate.
To help make sense of the many and multiplying efforts to coordinate future "GenAI" policy and governance around the globe, ACM's Technology Policy Council hosted the latest in its HotTopics webinar series, "Artificial Intelligence, Real Regulation: International Perspectives and Prospects"—now available on demand. It is a fascinating discussion between moderator Michel Beaudouin-Lafon, panelists Dame Wendy Hall, Juha Heikkila, and Marc Rotenberg, and audience members about the growing concerns surrounding the growth and regulation of generative artificial intelligence both now and in the future.
In response to major advances in generative AI technologies—as well as the significant questions these technologies pose in areas including intellectual property, the future of work, and even human safety—ACM's global Technology Policy Council (TPC) has issued "Principles for the Development, Deployment, and Use of Generative AI Technologies." Drawing on the deep technical expertise of computer scientists in the United States and Europe, the TPC statement outlines eight principles intended to foster fair, accurate, and beneficial decision-making concerning generative and all other AI technologies.
Janet Haven is the Executive Director of Data & Society, a non-profit organization with a mission to advance public understanding of the social implications of data-centric technologies, automation, and AI. She is also a member of the (US) National Artificial Intelligence Advisory Committee. For ACM, she serves as a member of the ACM US Technology Policy Committee (ACM USTPC). In her interview, she discusses her research and advocacy at the intersection of public policy and technology, AI regulation, her work with Data & Society, and more.
ACM has opened the articles published during the first 50 years of its publishing program, from 1951 through the end of 2000, These articles are now open and freely available to view and download via the ACM Digital Library. ACM’s first 50 years backfile contains more than 117,500 articles on a wide range of computing topics. In addition to articles published between 1951 and 2000, ACM has also opened related and supplemental materials including data sets, software, slides, audio recordings, and videos.
Wenwu Zhu is a Professor at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China. His research interests include multimedia intelligence and graph machine learning. Zhu has been a leading volunteer with ACM conferences including the ACM Conference on Information and Knowledge Management (CIKM), where he served as General Co-Chair in 2019, and ACM Multimedia, where he served as General Co-Chair in 2018 and Technical Program Chair in 2014. He received the ACM SIGMM Technical Achievement Award in 2023. In his interview, he discusses advances in multimedia research, challenges to mining information from networks, and more.
ACM ByteCast is ACM's series of podcast interviews with researchers, practitioners, and innovators who are at the intersection of computing research and practice. In this episode of ACM ByteCast, Rashmi Mohan hosts Eugenio Zuccarelli, Data Science Manager at CVS Health, where he leads innovation efforts for complex chronic care. Zuccarelli discusses how early passions in engineering, technology, and robotics led him to work in AI and data science, his work on MIT Media Lab's Project US, which uses AI and advanced biosignal processing to help people become more effective and empathetic leaders and organizations make tangible progress towards their HR goals, and much more.
The 2023 Heidelberg Laureate Forum connected young researchers and other participants with scientific pioneers to learn how the laureates made it to the top of their fields, bringing together some of the brightest minds in mathematics and computer science for an unrestrained, interdisciplinary exchange. This year, 22 ACM A.M. Turing Award and ACM Prize in Computing recipients participated in numerous engaging panel discussions and spark sessions as well as delivering key lectures. You can now view them along with many others via the 2023 HLF YouTube channel.
ACM is deeply committed to fostering a scientific community that both supports and benefits from the talents of community members from a wide range of backgrounds. To this end, ACM has adopted new demographic questions developed by ACM’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council to understand current levels of participation and to gauge our success at advancing DEI. It is mandated that they be used throughout ACM for all activities, and responses will be required from all ACM authors, reviewers, conference attendees, volunteers, and members. Please take the time to fill out your questionnaire today.
The International Conference on emerging Networking EXperiments and Technologies will be a major forum for presentations and discussions of novel networking technologies that will shape the future of Internetworking. The conference is single track and features a high-quality technical program with significant opportunities for individual and small-group technical and social interactions among a diverse set of participants. Keynote speakers are Ravi Netravali (Princeton University) and Adrian Perrig (ETH Zürich). This conference will be held in Paris, France.
The ACM Joint European Software Engineering Conference and Symposium on the Foundations of Software Engineering is an internationally renowned forum for researchers, practitioners, and educators to present and discuss the most recent innovations, trends, experiences, and challenges in the field of software engineering. Scheduled keynote speakers are Eran Yahav (Technion), Margaret Burnett (Oregon State University), and Foutse Khomh (Polytechnique Montréal). Tutorials include "Evaluating Fault Detection," "Large Language Models for Software Engineering" and more. This event is being held in-person in San Francisco, California, USA.
ACM Multimedia Asia will include sessions for research students and early career researchers, opportunities to communicate with internationally-renowned researchers and platforms for social networking. Presentations and tutorials include "Image/Video Processing and Synthesis", "Streaming Media: Algorithms, Protocols and Systems," "Multimedia Signal Processing and Analysis," "Geometric Deep Learning and its Applications For Multimedia," "Intelligent Sports Technologies," and more. Keynote speakers are Kyoung Mu Lee (SNU) and Ko Nishino (Kyoto University). The conference is being held in Tainan, Taiwan.
It has been three years since the arrival of GPT-3—a neural-network-based large language model (LLM) that could generate polished, stylish text with ease. What followed was an intense race among tech giants like Google, OpenAI, and Meta to come up with larger and larger models. In this article from the December 2023 issue of Communications of the ACM, Subhabrata Dutta and Tanmoy Chakraborty converse with ChatGBT in an effort to identify the potential impact of the large-scale deployment of such AI-based chatbots on the production and consumption of scientific knowledge. Specifically, how would one envision the role of an AI chatbot being used by nonexperts as a source to quench their thirst for scientific knowledge?
Dramatic advances in the ability to gather, store, and process data have led to the rapid growth of data science and its mushrooming impact on nearly all aspects of the economy and society. Data science has also had a huge effect on academic disciplines with new research agendas, new degrees, and organizational entities. Recognizing the complexity and impact of the field, Alfred Spector, Peter Norvig, Chris Wiggins, and Jeannette Wing have completed a new textbook on data science, Data Science in Context: Foundations, Challenges, Opportunities, published in October 2022. With deep and diverse experience in both research and practice, across academia, government, and industry, the authors present a holistic view of what is needed to apply data science well.
ACM Queue’s "Research for Practice" serves up expert-curated guides to the best of computing research, and relates these breakthroughs to the challenges that software engineers face every day. In this installment, "OS Scheduling," Kostis Kaffes, incoming Assistant Professor at Columbia University and software engineer at SystemsResearch@Google, offers his take on better scheduling policies for modern computing systems focusing on a trio of papers. The first paper challenges the putative tradeoff between low latency and high utilization. The second enables the creation of arbitrary scheduling policies by factoring apart the creation and manipulation of policy. And the final selection addresses the choice of policy on an application-by-application basis.
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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.