2020 ACM General Election Results — ACM’s Newly Elected Officers
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On 15 June, members ACM SIGGRAPH (who were in good standing as of 31 May 2020) were sent voting information from Election Services Corporation (ESC), a third party that is conducting the ACM SIGGRAPH election.
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2020 ACM SIG Elections
The 2020 ACM SIG Elections results are available. Click here to view the election results and contact information for the newly elected officers and board members.
Dor Minzer of Tel Aviv University has received ACM's 2019 Doctoral Dissertation Award for contributions to testing monotonicity of Boolean functions and resolving the Unique Games Conjecture, one of the most central problems in approximation algorithms and complexity theory. Honorable Mentions went to Jakub Tarnawski of École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne and JiaJun Wu of Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
ACM's Practitioner Board has created ACM ByteCast, a new podcast series in which hosts Rashmi Mohan and Jessica Bell interview researchers, practitioners, and innovators who are at the intersection of computing research and practice. In each monthly episode, guests will share their experiences, the lessons they’ve learned, and their own visions for the future of computing.
Listen to the latest episode featuring computer networking pioneer Radia Perlman on the ACM Learning Center website, and subscribe to the series wherever you get your podcasts.
The 2020-2021 AAAS Fellowships are seeking candidates in data science wishing to use their expertise in areas such as machine learning, data visualization, and causal inference to meet legislative and policymaking challenges. Fellows serve one year in a US federal agency or on the staff of a senator, representative, or congressional committee beginning September 2020. Applications are due November 1, 2020.
ACM has established a special category of the ACM Gordon Bell Prize that will recognize outstanding research achievements that use high performance computing applications to understand the COVID-19 pandemic, including the understanding of its spread. Financial support of the $10,000 cash prize that accompanies the award is provided by Gordon Bell, a pioneer in high performance computing. Nominations for this inaugural award are due October 8, 2020.
The 2020 edition of the AI for Good Global Summit will be presented as a continuous digital event, featuring weekly programming across multiple formats, platforms and time-zones, including keynotes, expert webinars, project pitches, Q&As, performances, demos, interviews, networking and more. 2018 ACM A.M. Turing Award laureate Yoshua Bengio will deliver a keynote, "Machine Learning Challenges in the Fight for Social Good—the Covid-19 Case" on September 29.
ACM Prize recipient and ACM Fellow Shwetak Patel was a featured keynote speaker at the AI for Good Global Summit, which is being held virtually through the end of 2020. Patel is a Computer Science and Engineering Professor at the University of Washington. In case you missed it, you can view his talk, "New Ways of Thinking of the Mobile Phone for Healthcare and the Current Pandemic," on the ITU YouTube channel here.
The flagship annual conference of the ACM Special Interest Group on Data Communication focuses on the applications, technologies, architectures, and protocols in the computer communication field. Technical sessions will cover routing, telemetry, switching, verification, congestion control, datacenters, wireless technologies, and more. Amin Vahdat (Google) and Lixia Zhang (UCLA) will deliver keynotes.
ACM's US Technology Policy Committee filed a friend of the court brief with the US Supreme Court in the landmark case of Van Buren v. United States—the first time it has reviewed the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, a 1986 law that was originally intended to punish hacking. USTPC notes that the questions posed in this case have broad implications for data and computing scientists, as well as other professionals who use the internet and computing technology, particularly to access information posted online.
ACM's US Technology Policy Committee has called for “an immediate suspension of the current and future private and governmental use of facial recognition (FR) technologies in all circumstances known or reasonably foreseeable to be prejudicial to established human and legal rights” in its “Statement on Principles and Prerequisites for the Development, Evaluation and Use of Unbiased Facial Recognition Technologies.”
ACM's US Technology Policy Committee (USTPC) has released a Statement on Security and Privacy Principles for Virtual Meetings in light of changes necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Statement urges urges virtual conferencing platform designers, hosts, and users to adopt eight key security and privacy principles that are intended to greatly heighten the privacy and security not only of conference participants, but also of any transmitted or stored data.
In March 2020 ACM formed a Presidential Task Force (PTF) to help conference organizers transition their events to online. The PTF is working on a guide to offer practical advice and shed light on the largely unfamiliar territory of online conferencing.
The report, available here, includes pointers to a live document with additional resources. We welcome comments, suggestions and experience reports from the community.
US Digital Response is a volunteer-run, non-partisan effort to help federal, state, and local government with technology, data, design, operations, communications, project management, and more during the COVID-19 crisis. This initiative is calling for data scientists, front-end/back-end engineers, designers, engineering managers, product managers, user researchers, and others to lend their skills and expertise to the fight against COVID-19.
ACM’s Europe Technology Policy Committee issued detailed principles and practices for the development and deployment of contact tracing technology intended to track and arrest the spread of COVID-19. Europe TPC's statement calls on governments that adopt such systems to choose "only those which... respect and protect the rights of all individuals; safeguard personal data and privacy to the highest degree technically possible; and are subject to scrutiny by the scientific community and civil society before, during and after deployment." Read the statement in Italian here and in French here.
Recent ACM Journal Launches
Digital Government: Research and Practice (DGOV) is an interdisciplinary journal on the potential and impact of technology on governance innovations and its transformation of public institutions. It promotes applied and empirical research from academics, practitioners, designers, and technologists, using political, policy, social, computer, and data sciences methodologies. The inaugural issue is now available in the ACM Digital Library.
ACM Transactions on Computing for Healthcare (HEALTH) is a multidisciplinary journal for scientific and technological results pertaining to how computing is improving healthcare. HEALTH is multidisciplinary, intersecting CS, ECE, mechanical engineering, biomedical engineering, behavioral and social science, psychology and the health field. The inaugural issue is now available in the ACM Digital Library.
Digital Threats: Research and Practice (DTRAP) targets the prevention, identification, mitigation, and elimination of digital threats, and aims to bridge the gap between academic research and industry practice. The journal's inaugural issue, a special issue including content from the 2019 FIRST (Forum of Incident Response and Security Teams) Conference, is now available in the ACM Digital Library.
The new journal ACM Transactions on Internet of Things (TIOT) will cover applications, communication networks, data analytics, wearable devices, and many more topics in the context of IoT, with a focus on system designs, end-to-end architectures, and enabling technologies. TIOT solicits research that provides experimental evidence of its effectiveness in realistic scenarios. The inaugural issue is now available in the ACM Digital Library.
The new journal ACM/IMS Transactions on Data Science (TDS) includes cross-disciplinary innovative research ideas, algorithms, systems, theory and applications for data-intensive computing. We invite papers that address challenges from acquisition to data cleaning, transformation, representation, integration, indexing, modeling, analysis, visualization, and interpretation. The inaugural issue is now available in the ACM Digital Library.
Elena Ferrari is a Professor of Computer Science and Director of the STRICT Social Lab at the University of Insubria, Varese, Italy. She has held lead volunteer roles at several conferences, including ACM Symposium on Access Controls and Technologies (SACMAT), and has served on the editorial boards of many prestigious journals, including ACM/IMS Transactions on Data Science (TDS). A Fellow of ACM and IEEE, Ferrari was named one of the “50 Most Influential Italian Women in Tech” in 2018.
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.
Sarit Kraus is a Professor of Computer Science at Bar-Ilan University. She is recognized as one of the world’s leading researchers in multi-agent systems, a branch of artificial intelligence in which a distributed group of agents (computers, robots, and/or humans) works collaboratively to solve problems. Kraus was named the 2020-2021 ACM Athena Lecturer for foundational contributions to artificial intelligence.
ACM’s US Technology Policy Committee (USTPC) joined many of the nation’s leading experts in cybersecurity, computing, and science in calling on all governors and state election directors to refrain from using any form of internet voting or voting app system in the 2020 elections. The joint open letter includes a detailed analysis prepared by the AAAS Center for Scientific Evidence in Public Issues which clearly demonstrates that internet voting is not a secure solution for voting in the US.
Digital Creativity Support for Original Journalism
Journalism involves the search for and critical analysis of information. How journalists discover and select sources of this information is important to avoid bias, to be credible and trusted, and to create angles with which to generate new stories of value to readers. Journalist creative thinking, to discover and generate new associations during this search and analysis of information, contributes to the generation of new stories. In this video, Neil Maiden discusses "Digital Creativity Support for Original Journalism," a Contributed Article in the August 2020 issue of Communications of the ACM.
Mozilla’s record-and-replay debugging tool rr was built to test failures in the Firefox browser. After it was delivered, it became widely used outside of Mozilla, for regular debugging as well as for sleuthing out elusive failures. In “To Catch a Failure: The Record-and-Replay Approach to Debugging,” a Case Study in ACM Queue, Mozilla developers Robert O'Callahan and Kyle Huey recount the challenges they faced in creating and extending rr to Devon O'Dell, Senior Systems Engineer at Google, and Terry Coatta, CTO of Marine Learning Systems.
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