2023 ACM A.M. Turing Award recipient Avi Wigderson

ACM Announces 2023 A.M. Turing Award Recipient

ACM has named Avi Wigderson as recipient of the 2023 ACM A.M. Turing Award for foundational contributions to the theory of computation, including reshaping our understanding of the role of randomness in computation, and for his decades of intellectual leadership in theoretical computer science. Wigderson is the Herbert H. Maass Professor in the School of Mathematics at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey. He has been a leading figure in computational complexity theory, algorithms and optimization, randomness and cryptography, parallel and distributed computation, combinatorics, and graph theory.

ACM Names 2023 Fellows

ACM has named 68 members ACM Fellows for significant contributions in areas including algorithm design, computer graphics, cybersecurity, energy-efficient computing, mobile computing, software analytics, and web search, to name a few. 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.

ACM Names 2023 Distinguished Members

ACM has named 52 Distinguished Members for outstanding contributions to the field. All 2023 inductees are longstanding ACM members and were selected by their peers for a range of accomplishments that advance computing as a science and a profession. The ACM Distinguished Member program recognizes up to 10 percent of ACM worldwide membership based on professional experience and significant achievements in computing.

US National Science Foundation Supports Turing Awardees

ACM's A.M. Turing Award, often referred to as the "Nobel Prize of Computing," is given to individuals who have contributed lasting and major technical accomplishments to computing. But did you know that more than half of A.M. Turing awardees have been funded by the US National Science Foundation at some point in their careers? Now the NSF has created a website commemorating all A.M. Turing Award recipients, their accomplishments, and their relationships with the Foundation. Please visit the site to learn more.

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ACM Releases Report on Enrollment and Retention in Undergraduate Computing

ACM has released the new report, “Computing Enrollment and Retention: Results From the 2021-22 Undergraduate Enrollment Cohort," by Jodi L.Tims, Cindy Tucker, Mark A. Weiss, and Stuart Zweben. Developed by the ACM Education Board’s Actionable Enrollment and Retention Task Force, the report is an annual summary of data about enrollment, degree completions, and retention of undergraduate computing degree programs in the United States. In particular, it notes that the representation of women in computing programs is at its highest point in the last five years, and that enrollment has increased in all areas of computing except computer engineering.

New Open Access Publishing Model for ICPS Coming in 2024

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.

ACM Skills Bundle Add-On

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.

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CACM Relaunched as Open Access, Web-First Publication

ACM has relaunched Communications of the ACM (CACM) as a web-first publication, accessible to all without charge—including the entire backlog of CACM articles. First published in 1958, CACM is one of the most respected information technology magazines. The web-first model will allow ACM to publish articles more rapidly than before so that readers can keep abreast of the lightning-fast changes in the computing field. At the same time, researchers will be able to reference and cite valuable information and research from CACM articles more quickly. This marks another important milestone in ACM's ongoing transition to a fully open access publisher.

Inaugural Issues of ACM/IMS Journal of Data Science

ACM and IMS (Institute of Mathematical Statistics) have announced the publication of the first issues of the ACM/IMS Journal of Data Science (JDS), a new peer-reviewed publication. The scope of the journal is multi-disciplinary and broad, spanning statistics, machine learning, computer systems, and the societal implications of data science. JDS accepts original papers as well as novel surveys that summarize and organize critical subject areas. The ACM/IMS Journal of Data Science is a Gold Open Access publication, permanently and freely available online for anyone, anywhere to read.

Inaugural Issues of ACM/IMS Journal of Data Science

ACM Boasts Strong Impact Factors

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 Boasts Strong Impact Factors

Ceasing Print Publication of ACM Journals and Transactions

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.

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Global Diversity Awareness Panel 2024

Recent advancements in AI have introduced many to its immense potential and functionality. However, how are AI technologies impacting different communities around the world? View the panel, "A Global Perspective on Contemporary AI," featuring Alain Tchana from the LIG laboratory, Kalika Bali from Microsoft Research India, Nadia Rodríguez Rodríguez from the University of Lima, and Aboubakar Mountapmbeme from the University of North Texas. Their discussion explores the crucial need to involve the global community in AI development and the inclusion of underrepresented cultures in its coding to make AI accessible to all.

TechBrief on Automated Vehicles

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. The new edition is focused on the problem that deficiencies in critical testing data and automated vehicle technology are impeding informed regulation and possible deployment of demonstrably safe automated vehicles—and that improved safety outcomes depend on appropriately regulating the safety engineering, testing, and ongoing performance of automated vehicles.

HotTopic Panel on Autonomous Weapons

Once considered science fiction, autonomous weapons systems long ago left the drawing board for the battlefield. Employed in conflicts today, such systems remain controversial and are ungoverned by any broad binding international agreement. Don't miss the ACM US Technology Policy Committee's next live HotTopics webinar: "Death by Algorithm: The Use, Control, and Legality of Lethal and Other Autonomous Weapons Systems" on Thursday, April 25 from 12:30–2:00 pm EDT, with Larry Medsker (Moderator), Ronald C. Arkin, Gary Corn, Jack Shanahan, and Jody Westby as they discuss this critical subject.

TPC Releases Principles for Generative AI Technologies

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.

Meet Gérard Medioni

Gérard G. Medioni is a Vice President and Distinguished Scientist at Amazon. He is also an Emeritus Professor of Computer Science at the University of Southern California, where he served as Chairman of the Computer Science Department from 2001 to 2007. Medioni joined Amazon in 2014 to help create Just Walk Out technology. He was named an ACM Fellow for contributions to computer vision and its consumer-facing applications. In his interview, he discusses early computer vision work, the most transformative innovations in the field, and more

ACM Opens First 50 Years Backfile

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.

Meet Elaine Shi

Elaine Runting Shi is an Associate Professor at Carnegie Mellon University, where she is part of CyLab, CMU’s Security and Privacy Institute. Her research interests include cryptography, game theory, algorithms, and the foundations of blockchains. She is part of a small group of people whose work spans systems and theory. Shi was named an ACM Fellow for contributions to the scientific foundation of oblivious computation and decentralized blockchains. In her interview, she discusses cybersecurity at the intersection of theory and practice, her unique textbook on blockchain tech, and more.

Featured ACM ByteCast

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, our special guest host Scott Hanselman (of The Hanselminutes Podcast) welcomes ACM Fellow Rosalind Picard, a scientist, inventor, engineer, and faculty member of MIT’s Media Lab, where she is also Founder and Director of the Affective Computing Research Group. She talks about her work with the group, the importance of data accuracy, the implications of machine learning and language models to her field, and more.

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View On Demand - 2023 Heidelberg Laureate Forum

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.

Diversity Data Collection at ACM

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.

SAC 2024, Apr. 8 - 12

The ACM/SIGAPP Symposium on Applied Computing gathers computing professionals engaged in the development of new computing applications. Technical tracks include "Artificial Intelligence for Education," Lean and Agile Software Development," "Dependable, Adaptive, and Secure Distributed Systems," "Decentralized Applications with Blockchain, DLT, and Crypto-Currencies," and more. Keynote speakers are Xue (Steve) Liu (McGill University) and Paulo Novais (University of Minho). The symposium is being held in Avila, Spain.

MMSys 2024, April 15 - 18

The ACM Multimedia Systems Conference provides a forum for leading experts from academia and industry to present and share their latest research findings in multimedia systems. This provides a unique opportunity to investigate the intersections and the interplay of the various approaches and solutions developed across these domains to deal with multimedia data types. Workshops will include "Network and Operating Systems Support for Digital Audio and Video," "Green Multimedia Systems," and "Immersive Mixed and Virtual Environment Systems." The event will take place in Bari, Italy.

ICSE 2024, Apr. 14 - 20

The ACM/IEEE International Conference on Software Engineering is the premier software engineering forum where researchers, practitioners, and educators gather together to present and discuss the most recent innovations, trends, experiences and issues in the field of software engineering. Keynote speakers include Antónia Lopes (University of Lisbon), Carlo A. Furia (Università della Svizzera Italiana), Tomasz Kuchta (Samsung Electronics), Margaret-Anne Storey (University of Victoria), Rashina Hoda (Monash University), and more. The event is being held in Lisbon, Portugal.

The Science of Detecting LLM-Generated Text

The ability to accurately detect LLM-generated text is critical for realizing the full potential of NLG while minimizing serious consequences. From the perspective of the end users, LLM-generated text detection could increase trust in NLG systems and encourage adoption. For machine learning system developers and researchers, the detector can aid in tracing generated text and preventing unauthorized use. In this article from the April 2024 issue of Communications of the ACM, Ruixiang Tang, et al. propose that while many detection methods have been proposed, understanding the challenges is far more daunting.

Multiparty Computation: To Secure Privacy, Do the Math

MPC (multiparty computation) was introduced to the world in 1982—at about the same time the Commodore 64 was announced. Why are we still talking about MPC more than 40 years later? Well, it turns out MPC is based on some extremely complex math, which is like nectar to anyone in the field of cryptography. And, over the past decade, MPC has come to be exhumed from the archives and harnessed as one of the most powerful tools available for the protection of sensitive data. Here, in a discussion with Nigel Smart, Joshua W. Baron, Sanjay Saravanan, Jordan Brandt, and Atefeh Mashatan, we explore some of the implications of these advances.

Automatically Testing Database Systems

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, "Automatically Testing Database Systems," Manuel Rigger (Assistant Professor in the School of Computing at the National University of Singapore) presents three papers. The first focuses on the problem of automatically synthesizing sophisticated test oracles that check whether the outputs of a database history are correct. The second co-designs input generation and test oracle in order to focus strictly on bugs in concurrency control. The last covers a diverse input space of SQL dialects while relying on the "built-in" test oracle of system crashes.

Send Email as Your "@acm.org" Address

ACM is excited to announce a new enhancement of to the widely used ACM email forwarding service. Through a partnership with MailRoute, SMTP Auth Relay is now available for member use. To start sending fully authenticated email as your @acm.org address, simply log in at https://myacm.acm.org and click the "SMTP Auth Relay" link.

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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.

On March 3, 2022, ACM’s Executive Committee decided not to hold any conferences in Russia while the conflict in the Ukraine and the humanitarian crisis in Europe continue. This decision applies to ACM sponsored conferences and workshops as well as in-cooperation events.