Fred Brooks, best known for managing the development of IBM's System/360 family of computers and the OS/360 software support package, died on November 17 at age 91. Brooks received the ACM A.M. Turing Award in 1999 for landmark contributions to computer architecture, operating systems, and software engineering. In his classic text on software engineering, The Mythical Man-Month, Brooks described the lessons he learned leading the software team that developed the System/360 operating system. It is from that experience that Brooks proposed “Brooks' Law”: that “adding manpower to a late software project makes it later.”
A 16-member international research team was awarded the 2022 ACM Gordon Bell Prize for their project, "Pushing the Frontier in the Design of Laser-Based Electron Accelerators With Groundbreaking Mesh-Refined Particle-In-Cell Simulations on Exascale-Class Supercomputers,” which presented a first-of-kind mesh-refined (MR) massively parallel Particle-In-Cell (PIC) code for kinetic plasma simulations optimized on the Frontier, Fugaku, Summit, and Perlmutter supercomputers. The award was bestowed during the SC22 conference.
The 2022 ACM Gordon Bell Special Prize for High Performance Computing-Based COVID-19 Research was presented to a 34-member team drawn from French, Japanese, and US institutions for their project, “GenSLMs: Genome-Scale Language Models Reveal SARS-Cov-2 Evolutionary Dynamics," which seeks to transform how new and emergent variants of pandemic causing viruses, specially SARS-CoV-2, are identified and classified. The award was presented at the SC22 conference.
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.
2021 ACM A.M. Turing Award recipient Jack Dongarra delivered his Turing Lecture, "A Not So Simple Matter of Software," at SC22 on Tuesday, November 15. In it, he examines how high-performance computing has changed over the last 40 years, looks toward future trends, and discusses how a new generation of software libraries and algorithms is needed to use dynamic, distributed, and parallel environments effectively. Learn more about Dongarra's contributions on the ACM AM Turing website. View his Turing Lecture on demand on ACM's YouTube.
ACM's US Technology Policy Committee (USTPC) will host a HotTopics webinar session, “Toward a fAIr Future: Algorithmic Responsibility in the New Machine Age,” on Thursday, December 1 from 3 – 4:30pm EST (8pm UTC). TPC Chair Jim Hendler and ACM experts Ricardo Baeza-Yates, Lorena Jaume-Palasi, Jeanna Matthews, and Alejandro Saucedo will take a transatlantic deep dive into the Council’s brand new joint Statement on Principles for Responsible Algorithmic Systems and will explore the legal, ethical, and scientific implications of life in the new machine age.
The Association for Computing Machinery’s global Technology Policy Council (TPC) has released a new Statement on Principles for Responsible Algorithmic Systems authored jointly by its US (USTPC) and Europe Technology Policy Committees (Europe TPC). Recognizing that algorithmic systems are increasingly used by governments and companies to make or recommend decisions that have far-reaching effects on individuals, organizations, and society, the ACM Statement lays out nine instrumental principles intended to foster fair, accurate, and beneficial algorithmic decision-making.
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. This edition explores the benefits of risk-limiting audits (RLAs), which were designed to determine how many post-election random ballot samples must be examined manually to assure the accuracy and integrity of a vote count. The TechBrief includes an overview of RLAs, the different techniques in which they are used, what conditions are necessary for optimum utilization, and the importance of RLAs in maintaining the public trust, among other benefits.
The ACM-W Rising Star Award recognizes a woman whose early-career research has had a significant impact on the computing discipline, as measured by factors such as frequent citation of their work, creation of a new research area, a high degree of technology transfer, and/or other positive influences and societal impact. The award is given annually, and the recipient will receive a framed certificate and a $1,000 stipend. Nominations close on November 30, 2022.
Raluca Ada Popa is an Associate Professor at the University of California, Berkeley, where she is Co-Director of RISELab and SkyLab, two labs aiming to build secure intelligent systems for the cloud and for the sky of clouds, respectively. Her research interests include security, systems, and applied cryptography. Popa received the 2021 ACM Grace Murray Hopper Award for the design of secure distributed systems. In her interview, Popa discusses what inspired her to work in security and cryptography, the challenges and innovations in working with encrypted data, and the role of open-sourcing artifacts in her field.
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.
Yuta Sugiura is an Associate Professor at Keio University in Yokohama, Japan. His research interests include human-computer interaction, ubiquitous computing, and medical informatics. He has served as a program committee member for various international conferences, including ACM UIST, TEI, and SIGGRAPH ASIA E-Tech. Sugiura was the recipient of the Information Processing Society of Japan (IPSJ/ACM) Award for Early Career Contributions to Global Research. In his interview, he discusses his interest in human-machine interaction, his work with the Cuddly User Interface (Cuddly UI), the future of smart homes, and his efforts in the medical engineering field.
While the internet has permeated almost every aspect of daily life, Native American communities still face critical challenges such as limited telecommunications infrastructure and underrepresentation in computing research and industry. How are Native American netizens using social media? How can they take advantage of technology to reinvigorate their cultures? And what can we learn from indigenous perspectives? During Native American Heritage Month and beyond, we invite you to visit four research projects selected from our digital library that engage with and are inspired by the Native American experience.
US high school students are encouraged to apply for the ACM/CSTA Cutler-Bell Prize in High School Computing, which is designed to recognize talented students intending to continue their higher education in the areas of computer science or technology. The program seeks to promote and encourage computer science and empower young and aspiring leaders to pursue computing challenges outside of the traditional classroom environment. Applications for the 2022-2023 prize are open now through Jan. 27, 2023.
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. Events are organized by local volunteers from schools, research institutions, and other groups. ACM helped launch Computer Science Education Week in 2009, and invites you host an Hour of Code in your community.
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, host Rashmi Mohan interviews Steve Nouri. The native Australian Nouri describes his journey to computing, explains the importance of building a brand, and shares his big hopes for his non-profit AI4Diversity.
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. The latest Selects covers "Getting Started With Internet Of Things: Computing And Communication", which offers a set of articles describing and motivating the IoT, and deep dives into the major aspects of IoT such as communication protocols, edge-to-cloud continuum, AI and data analytics, and security/privacy. You can find part two of this Selects here. Please visit our archive of Selects on a variety of subjects which is available here.
The 10th 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. Young researchers can apply to attend the 10th HLF from Friday, November 11, 2022 until Saturday, February 11, 2023. Application information can be found here.
The 28th ACM Symposium on Virtual Reality Software and Technology is an international forum dedicated to virtual and augmented reality software and technology. Papers being presented cover subjects including "Virtual Humans, Collaboration, and Social Interaction," "Visualization and Displays," "Body Perception," and more. Scheduled keynote speakers are Pedro Lopes (University of Chicago), Naoto Kato (Cluster, Inc.), and Daito Manabe, (Artist / DJ). The hybrid event is being held virtually and in-person in Tsukuba, Japan
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. Scheduled keynote speakers are Takashi Iba (Keio University), ACM Fellow Mary Shaw (Carnegie Mellon University), Atsushi Igarashi (Kyoto University), and Robert O’Callahan (Google Research). The conference is being held in Auckland, New Zealand
The ACM SIGGRAPH Asia Conference on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques will feature paper and poster presentations, a computer animation festival, speakers from industry and academia, art gallery, business symposiums, courses and more. Keynote speakers for the event will be Luc Julia ("There is No Such Thing as Artificial Intelligence"), and Sean Lee ("Changes in the Visual Arts Market Brought About by Realistic Content Technology"). This year's conference is being held in Daegu, South Korea.
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.
The office of CTO oversees everything from technology vision and strategy to architecture, innovation, development, and infrastructure. In this episode of "ACM-W Celebrating Technology Leaders," women C-suite technology leaders are invited to share their stories—the challenges they faced, how they built their careers, how they deal with difficult situations, and more. Join the panel with host Bushra Anjum as they find nuggets of wisdom and inspiration from these stories.
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.
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.
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.
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 (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.
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.
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.
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.
In this edition, Hemangee Kalpesh Kapoor, Mausam, and Venkatesh Raman discuss the India Region Special Section in the November 2022 CACM, revealing how they chose the articles and subjects included in this issue. These articles have been selected from four types: articles that summarize a major concerted activity in the subcontinent, deployed products that were developed based on long-running research projects in the region, research that rising from local problems in the subcontinent, and interesting research being done by a specific group in the India region.
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.
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