2022 ACM A.M. Turing Award recipient Bob Metcalfe

ACM Announces 2022 A.M. Turing Award Recipient

ACM has named Bob Metcalfe as recipient of the 2022 ACM A.M. Turing Award for the invention, standardization, and commercialization of Ethernet. Metcalfe is an Emeritus Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) at The University of Texas at Austin and a Research Affiliate in Computational Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Computer Science & Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL). In 1973, while at the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center, Metcalfe circulated a now-famous memo describing a “broadcast communication network” for connecting some of the first personal computers. That memo laid the groundwork for what we now know today as Ethernet.

2023 Computer Science Curriculum Guidelines Revision

A joint task force of ACM, the IEEE Computer Society, and the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI) is revising the Computer Science curricular guidelines which were last updated in 2013. The task force is updating the knowledge model and designing a complementary competency model of the curricula, and invites CS professionals to provide feedback and suggestions on all aspects of the curricula. It plans to have the curricular recommendations reviewed in March and again in July 2023, and also invites nominations and self-nominations of reviewers.

DEI in Computing Education Webinar

Machine Learning has the potential for developing tools to improve efficiency and accuracy in decision-making. However, ML also has the potential to reinforce human biases, disproportionately impact vulnerable populations, and violate notions of privacy. Join Mehran Sahami along with Fay Cobb Payton and Susan Reiser on April 19, 1:00 pm ET (5:00 pm UTC) for the webinar, "Confronting Ethical Challenges in a High Tech World," as they explore some of the promise and perils that arise from Machine Learning, the ethical issues, and the competing value trade-offs at stake.

What's Changed Post-Pandemic? A Conversation With Women in Computing.

The pandemic has fueled many changes—from the way we work to how big a role we allow technology to play in our life. Research also shows that the past three years have affected women in the workforce particularly hard. How has it been for women in computing? Join us for an in-depth conversation between Jocelyn Simmonds, Jen Lamere, Yasmine Elglaly, and Hemangee Kapoor, moderated by Gloria Childress Townsend. The one-hour panel will be livestreamed via LinkedIn on March 28, 12:00 pm ET (4 pm UTC). For more information and to register, visit the event page.

Provide Feedback on ACM’s New Authorship Policy

Provide Feedback on a Draft New ACM Authorship Policy

ACM is updating its authorship policy to address the use of Artificial Intelligence tools for authoring research papers and to provide clear guidelines to the community for the appropriate use of these tools in ACM Publications. ACM is seeking your feedback on this draft policy. Your valued feedback will be shared with and considered carefully by the ACM Publications Board prior to finalizing the updated policy. To provide feedback, please respond to our survey. It should take less than 15 minutes of your time.

TechBrief on Safer Algorithmic Systems

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 states that the ubiquity of algorithmic systems creates serious risks that are not being adequately addressed. A recurring theme of the TechBrief is that while perfectly safe algorithmic systems are not possible, achievable steps can be taken to make them safer. To that end, it recommends that enabling safer algorithmic systems must be a high research and policy priority of governments and all stakeholders.

HotTopic Panel on Web Accessibility for All

ACM's US Technology Policy Committee (USTPC) hosted a HotTopics webinar session, "With Liberty and Web Accessibility for All: Getting the DOJ’s Upcoming Rulemaking Right"—now available on demand. The panel of ACM experts discussed what the new rules should look like, whether they can be crafted to well serve both user and business interests, what assistive technologies must they enable, if the new rules fully meet the needs of the one in four Americans affected by some form of disability, and how accessible websites should be designed to conform with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

USTPC Issues Revised Statement on Remote Proctoring

ACM's US Technology Policy Committee has released a Statement on Principles for the Development and Deployment of Equitable, Private, and Secure Remote Proctoring Systems. The statement provides a framework to guide those developing and deploying remote proctoring systems to ensure that these systems are private, secure, fair, and accessible for all users. The statement refines and expands upon principles first developed and published in August of 2021 as the COVID pandemic increased the use of, but not necessarily the adoption of, adequate policies and practices to govern such systems.

ACM Europe Summer School on HPC

The 2023 ACM Europe Summer School on HPC Computer Architectures for AI and Dedicated Applications will take place 2 - 7 July, hosted by the Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC-CNS) and the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC). The summer school is open to young computer science researchers and engineers, and outstanding MSc students. Sixty accepted participants will spend one week in Barcelona, attending formal lectures, invited talks, and other activities. For more information and to apply, please visit the HPC Summer School homepage. Applications close on 14 April, end-of-day AoE.

ACM Gordon Bell Prize for Climate Modelling Now Accepting Nominations

To highlight and encourage more research focused on modelling the devastating impact of climate change, ACM has established the ACM Gordon Bell Prize for Climate Modelling. The new award aims to recognize innovative parallel computing contributions toward solving the global climate crisis. Climate scientists and software engineers will be evaluated for the award based on the performance and innovation in their computational methods. The deadline to apply for the inaugural award is April 15, 2023.

ACM Names 2022 Fellows

ACM has named 57 members ACM Fellows for significant contributions in areas including cybersecurity, human-computer interaction, mobile computing, and recommender systems among many 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. In keeping with ACM’s global reach, the 2022 Fellows represent universities, corporations, and research centers in Canada, Chile, China, France, Germany, Israel, the Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland, and the United States.

2023 ACM SIG Elections Slate Announcement

In accordance with ACM Bylaw 6, the following SIGs will hold elections in 2023: SIGAPP, SIGARCH, SIGCAS, SIGDOC, SIGEnergy, SIGEVO, SIGMETRICS, SIGMICRO, SIGOPS, SIGSPATIAL, and SIGWEB. 

ACM’s Policy and Procedure on SIG Elections requires that those SIGs holding elections notify their membership of candidates for elected offices.

You can view the candidate slate here.

*ACM SIGGRAPH’s election will commence on 15 June 2023.

Meet Marlene Mhangami

Marlene Mhangami is a software engineer and developer advocate at Voltron Data, based in Harare, Zimbabwe. Voltron Data is a company that is working to develop open-source standards for data. Earlier in her career, Mhangami served as the Director and Vice Chair of the Python Software Foundation (PSF). Mhangami was recently named Vice Chair of the ACM Practitioner Board, which is responsible for developing programs that support the professional needs of ACM members. In her interview, Mhangami discusses the Python programming language, developing open-source standards, and more.

Marlene Mhangami

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. Read the news release.

Meet Dong Yu

Dong Yu is a Distinguished Scientist and Vice General Manager at Tencent AI Lab. He has published more than 300 papers on topics including automatic speech recognition, speech processing, and natural language processing. Yu has received many Best Paper Awards, including the prestigious IEEE Signal Processing Society Best Paper Award in 2013, 2016, 2020, and 2022. He was recently named an ACM Fellow for contributions in speech processing and deep learning applications. In his interview, he discusses voice processing advances, natural language understanding, and more.

Dong Yu
Team V Bionic

Featured ACM ByteCast

ACM ByteCast is a podcast series from ACM’s Practitioner Board in which hosts Rashmi Mohan, Bruke Kifle, and Scott Hanselman interview researchers, practitioners, and innovators who are at the intersection of computing research and practice. Guests share their experiences, the lessons they’ve learned, and their own visions for the future of computing. In the latest episode of ACM ByteCast, host Rashmi Mohan hosts members of Team V Bionic, who won the Imagine Cup 2022 Grand Prize for ExoHeal, a modular exoskeletal hand rehabilitation device. Team mambers Zain A. Samdani, Faria Zubair, Asfia Jabeen Zubair, and Ramin Udash describe their backgrounds, how ExoHeal works, the biggest challenges the team faced while building it, and more.

ASPLOS 2023, March 25 - 29

The conference for Architectural Support for Programming Languages and Operating Systems is the premier forum for interdisciplinary systems research, intersecting computer architecture, hardware and emerging technologies, programming languages and compilers, operating systems, and networking. Workshops include "Immersive Visual Computing From Sensing and Computing to Humans," "Real-World Processing-in-Memory Systems for Modern Workloads, "Workshop on Languages, Tools, and Techniques for Accelerator Design" "Predicting and Optimizing Runtime Performance of Deep Learning Models," and more. The conference will be in Vancouver, Canada.

SAC 2023, March 27 - 31

The ACM/SIGAPP Symposium on Applied Computing gathers computing professionals engaged in the development of new computing applications. Tutorials include "Interaction Design for Behaviour Change," "Microservice API Pattern Detection With Call Graphs," "Safe and Certifiable Software Design for Trustworthy AI-Enabled Cyber-Physical Systems," and "Microservice-Based System Visualization Methodology." Keynote speakers are Ted Chang (Quanta Computer) and Pekka Abrahamsson (Tampere University). This year the symposium is being held in Tallinn, Estonia.

IUI 2023, March 27 - 31

The annual meeting of the Intelligent User Interfaces community serves as a premier international forum for reporting outstanding research and development on intelligent user interfaces. ACM IUI is where the Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) community meets the Artificial Intelligence (AI) community. Workshops and tutorials include "Designing Effective Conversational Interfaces," "Human-AI Co-Creation with Generative Models," and more. Keynote speakers are Joyce Chai (University of Michigan), Mark Sagar (Soul Machines), and Grace Chung (Google). The event is being held in Sydney, Australia.

The Fun in Fuzzing

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, "The Fun in Fuzzing," Stefan Nagy, an Assistant Professor in the Kahlert School of Computing at the University of Utah, takes us on a tour of recent research in software fuzzing—the systematic testing of programs via the generation of novel or unexpected inputs. He discusses state-of-the-art coverage-guided fuzzing, encoding domain-specific knowledge into test-case generation, and randomly generating entire C programs and using differential analysis to compare traces of optimized and unoptimized executions.

Celebrating Technology Leaders, Ep. 12: Empowered by Support: Communities, Connections and Careers for Women in Tech

Whether you are a student or an experienced engineering leader, a robust network, an opportunity for peer learning, the prospects of mentorship, and a crowd-sourced catalog of career opportunities, are vital for your personal and professional progression. In this episode of "ACM-W Celebrating Technology Leaders" with host Bushra Anjum, you will hear from senior women technologists who have devoted decades of their lives, either as full-time careers or as passionate volunteers, to creating and nurturing empowering communities for technical women.

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.

New Journal: ACM Games: Research and Practice

Games: Research and Practice (Games) offers a lighthouse for games research that defines the state of the art on games and playable media across academic research and industry practice. Inclusive in community, discipline, method, and game form, it publishes major reviews, tutorials, and advances on games and playable media that are both practically useful and grounded in robust evidence and argument, alongside case studies, opinions, and dialogues on new developments that will change games. For more information and to submit your work, visit the homepage.

PACM on Networking

Proceedings of the ACM on Networking (PACMNET) is a journal for research relevant to multiple aspects of the area of computer networking. We seek papers presenting significant and novel research results on emerging computer networks and its applications. We especially encourage submissions that present new technologies, novel experimentation, creative use of networking technologies, and new insights made possible using analysis. We are also looking for papers on network properties such as policy and economics, security and privacy, reliability and availability, performance, energy efficiency, etc.

Inaugural Issue: Distributed Ledger Technologies: Research and Practice

The inaugural issue of ACM Distributed Ledger Technologies: Research and Practice (DLT) is now available for download. DLT is a peer-reviewed journal that publishes high quality, interdisciplinary research on the research and development, real-world deployment, and/or evaluation of distributed ledger technologies (DLT) such as blockchain, cryptocurrency, and smart contracts. DLT offers a blend of original research work and innovative practice-driven advancements by internationally distinguished DLT experts and researchers from academia, and public and private sector organizations. For more information and to submit your work, visit the journal homepage.

ACM Journal on Autonomous Transportation Systems Launches

ACM Journal on Autonomous Transportation Systems (JATS) aims to cover the topics in design, analysis, and control of autonomous transportation systems. The area of autonomous transportation systems is at a critical point where issues related to data, models, computation, and scale are increasingly important. Similarly, multiple disciplines including computer science, electrical engineering, civil engineering, etc., are approaching these problems with a significant growth in research activity. For further information and to submit your manuscript, please visit the journal homepage.

ACM Journal on Responsible Computing Launches

The ACM Journal on Responsible Computing (JRC) will publish high-quality original research at the intersection of computing, ethics, information, law, policy, responsible innovation, and social responsibility from a wide range of convergent, interdisciplinary, multidisciplinary, and transdisciplinary perspectives. Editor-in-Chief Kenneth R. Fleischmann is a Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies at the University of Texas at Austin School of Information. Read the ACM news release and visit the journal homepage.

New Journal: Transactions on Recommender Systems

ACM Transactions on Recommender Systems (TORS) will publish high quality papers that address various aspects of recommender systems research, from algorithms to the user experience, to questions of the impact and value of such systems. The journal takes a holistic view on the field and calls for contributions from different subfields of computer science and information systems, such as machine learning, data mining, information retrieval, web-based systems, data science and big data, and human-computer interaction. The new quarterly journal is now accepting submissions. Read the ACM news release and visit the journal homepage.

View ACM’s 75th Anniversary Celebration On Demand

ACM organized a special one-day conference to celebrate its 75th anniversary. This event was truly a memorable day of panels featuring world-leading scholars and practitioners on topics central to the future of computing. Panelists imagined what might be next for technology and society. ACM’s 75th Anniversary Celebration took place at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco on June 10. View the livestream on demand. Visit the event webpage for more details, including the program.

Protecting Autonomous Cars from Phantom Attacks

In this article, Ben Nassi et al., identify a computing limitation for ADASs that stems from the way computer vision object detectors are created: the inability to visually distinguish between real objects and fake projected/presented objects. They also examine the perceptual computing limitation and find that this is a side effect of how models are trained and how important characteristics are not transferred to the object detector during training. The perceptual computing limitation, which originates in the training process performed in the digital world, impacts the way commercial ADASs perceive objects in the physical world.

OSS Supply-Chain Security

While enterprise security teams naturally tend to turn their focus primarily to direct attacks on their own infrastructure, cybercrime exploits now are increasingly aimed at easier targets upstream—within the open-source software supply chains that enterprises and other organizations have come to rely upon. This has led to a perfect storm, since virtually all significant codebase repositories at this point include at least some amount of open-source software. In this article, George Neville-Neil talks to Maya Kaczorowski (Tailscale), Falcon Momot (Leviathan Security), and Chris McCubbin (Amazon Web Services) about what's being done at this point to address the apparent risks, and the issues and questions developers and security experts ought to be considering.

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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.