danah boyd (stylized) is a Partner Researcher at Microsoft Research. In 2013, she founded Data & Society, a non-profit research organization that studies the development and governance of new technologies. She is also a Distinguished Visiting Professor at Georgetown University. Her honors include receiving the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s EFF Pioneer/Barlow Award and being named as one of Forbes America’s “Top 50 Women in Tech.” In her interview, she discusses her research on social media networks and their effect on teens, equity in data, and the role of governance in technology.
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.
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.
2019 AM Turing Award Recipients Ed Catmull and Pat Hanrahan Delivered Their Turing Lectures at SIGGRAPH 2022 - View the Recording
Ed Catmull and Pat Hanrahan received the 2019 ACM A.M. Turing Award for fundamental contributions to 3-D computer graphics, and the revolutionary impact of these techniques on computer-generated imagery (CGI) in filmmaking and other applications. They presented their Turing Lectures, "Shading Languages and the Emergence of Programmable Graphics Systems" and "The Wild, Unexpected, Exponential Ride Through Computer Graphics," at SIGGRAPH 2022 on Monday, August 8, 2022. View the recording.
Turing Laureates Set Standard for CGI Visual Effects
Working with Ed Catmull and other members of Pixar, Pat Hanrahan was the lead architect of a new kind of graphics system, which was later named RenderMan. In 1995, RenderMan was used to make Toy Story, the first full-length 3-D computer animated film. Hanrahan presented the seminal paper “A Language for Shading and Lighting Calculations,” co-authored with Jim Lawson, at ACM SIGGRAPH in 1990, which lays out the theoretical foundation for RenderMan. “Light Field Rendering,” another groundbreaking paper by Hanrahan and Marc Levoy, introduces a method for giving viewers the sense that they are flying through scenes.
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, new co-host Bruke Kifle, AI Product Manager at Microsoft and member of the ACM Practitioner Board, interviews Michelle Zhou, Co-Founder and CEO of Juji, Inc. She is an expert in the field of Human-Centered AI, an interdisciplinary area that intersects AI and Human-Computer Interaction (HCI).
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 Trustworthy AI in Healthcare, exploring the use of Artificial Intelligence in the healthcare field and its potential for improving overall patient care, reducing costs, improving work/life balance for healthcare workers, and more. You can find part #1 here and part #2 here. Please visit our archive of Selects on a variety of subjects which is available here.
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 focuses on quantum computing and simulation, the various yet profound societal and individual risks the latter may pose, and its potential benefits.
Celebrating Technology Leaders, Episode 10: Blockchain Technology: What's the Big Deal?
Blockchain technology is a mysterious topic for many. Is it a network? A database? A cryptography algorithm? Is it the same as cryptocurrency? In this tenth episode of ACM-W’s webinar series, “Celebrating Technology Leaders,” host Bushra Anjum and panelists Lisa Calkins, Tatiana Zander, and Aneet Anjum discussed blockchain technology, its core concepts, how to differentiate blockchain hype from reality, and what problems are good candidates to be solved with this emerging technology.
The SIGKDD Conference on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining brings together researchers and practitioners from data science, data mining, knowledge discovery, large-scale data analytics, and big data. Workshops include “Deep Learning on Graphs,” “Machine Learning in Finance,” “Misinformation and Misbehavior Mining on the Web & Making a Credible Web for Tomorrow,” and more. Keynote speakers are Lise Getoor (UC Santa Cruz), Milind Tambe (Google Research), and Shang-Hua Teng (USC). This conference will be held in Washington DC, USA.
The flagship annual conference of the ACM Special Interest Group on Data Communication focuses on the applications, technologies, architectures, and protocols for computer communication. Planned topics include “Admission Control for Performance-Critical RPCs in Datacenters,” “Vivisecting Mobility Management in 5G Cellular Networks,” “Contract-Based Network Sharing,” “Underwater Messaging Using Mobile Devices,” and more. Keynote speakers will be Henning Schulzrinne (Columbia University) and Deborah Estrin (Cornell Tech, Cornell University). The event will be held in Amsterdam, the Netherlands
The 2022 ACM International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing will feature workshops on mental health, computing for well-being, technologies for education and learning, physical- and data-driven knowloedge, and more. This year UbiComp will again be collocated with the ACM International Symposium on Wearable Computers (ISWC), with shared workshops and tutorials. This event will be held in-person and will be held concurrently in Atlanta, Georgia, USA and Cambridge, UK, with a virtual workshop on Sept. 11.
In "The Seattle Report on Database Research," authors Daniel Abadi, Anastasia Ailamaki, David Andersen, et al., explore the myriad of changes that have affected the field of database research in recent years, including the need for data science and database researchers to work together to enable the data to insights pipeline, the role and societal challenges inherent in data governance, and rethinking cloud services architectures to adjust for new hardware trends, disaggregation, and new consumption models.
In the world of modern healthcare, there are many challenges to achieving a stable, working system. Among these are: too much friction throughout the patient-doctor information exchange process; a moving target created by healthcare technology innovation; and many different formats of healthcare data. One potential cure for these problems and more may be Fast Healthcare Inoperability Resources (FHIR). Here, we talk to James Agnew (CTO) and Adam Cole (Senior Solutions Architect) of Smile CDR about what makes FHIR successful, and what it needs to overcome.
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, “Convergence,” we invited Martin Kleppmann, research fellow and affiliated lecturer at the University of Cambridge, to curate a selection of recent research papers in a perennially interesting domain: convergent or "eventual consistent" replicated systems. His expert analysis circles the topic, viewing it through the lens of recent work in four distinct research domains: systems, programming languages, human-computer interaction, and data management.
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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.