ACM Breakthrough in Computing Award Goes to Michael Franz

ACM has named Michael Franz of the University of California, Irvine the recipient of the ACM Charles P. "Chuck" Thacker Breakthrough in Computing Award. Franz is recognized for the development of just-in-time compilation techniques that enable fast and feature-rich web services on the internet. Every day, millions of people around the world use online applications such as Gmail and Facebook. These web applications would not have been possible without the groundbreaking compilation technique Franz developed in the mid 1990s.

2020 ACM Thacker Breakthrough in Computing Award recipient Michael Franz

Scott Aaronson Honored with ACM Prize in Computing

ACM has named Scott Aaronson of the University of Texas at Austin the recipient of the 2020 ACM Prize in Computing for groundbreaking contributions to quantum computing. Aaronson showed how results from computational complexity theory can provide new insights into the laws of quantum physics, and brought clarity to what quantum computers will, and will not, be able to do. His quantum supremacy experiments allow scientists to give convincing evidence that quantum computers provide exponential speedups without having to first build a full fault-tolerant quantum computer.

2020 ACM Prize recipient Scott Aaronson

ACM Announces 2020 Turing Award Recipients

ACM has named Alfred Aho, Lawrence Gussman Professor Emeritus at Columbia University, and Jeffrey Ullman, Stanford W. Ascherman Professor Emeritus at Stanford University and CEO of Gradiance Corporation, recipients of the 2020 ACM A.M. Turing Award for fundamental algorithms and theory underlying programming language implementation, and for synthesizing these results and those of others in their highly influential books, which educated generations of computer scientists.

2020 ACM A.M. Turing Award recipients Alfred Aho and Jeffrey Ullman

ACM/IEEE Presidential Panel on the Future of Computing

A May 6 panel convened by ACM and IEEE will discuss the computing profession's state in the world today and its future outlook. The panel focuses on the many challenges of computational science, computer science education, and how information technology affects society, industry, and academia. Panelists will include ACM President Gabriele Kotsis; IEEE-CS President Forrest Shull; ACM Turing Award Laureate Barbara Liskov; ACM Fellows Nuria Oliver and Ricardo Baeza-Yates; and Communications of the ACM Senior Editor Moshe Y. Vardi. Registration is required.

Meet Michael Zyda

Michael Zyda is a Professor and Founding Director of the University of Southern California's Computer Science Games Program. At the Naval Postgraduate School, Zyda’s group built the first networked virtual environment with fully instrumented bodysuits that played across the internet. An ACM Fellow, Zyda co-founded the ACM SIGGRAPH Symposium on Interactive 3D Graphics (i3D). He is also an IEEE Fellow, an IEEE Virtual Reality Technical Achievement Award winner, a Senior Member of the National Academy of Inventors and a National Associate of the National Academies.

Michael Zyda

Deepfakes, Disinformation and Democracy Conference, June 2

ACM's US Technology Policy Committee is joining with the Information Technology & Innovation Foundation and the Online News Association to bring together key stakeholders, experts, and thought leaders to discuss the future of deepfakes, disinformation, and democracy in a half-day virtual policy conference. Joining the international roster of speakers will be ACM A.M. Turing Award laureate and Google VP and Chief Internet Evangelist Vint Cerf. Register to watch on Wednesday, June 2 from 1 to 4 PM EDT.

Call for Nominations for National Science Board

The National Science Board is seeking nominations for eight board member positions, for a six-year term beginning May 10, 2022. The NSB provides oversight for, and establishes the policies of, the US National Science Foundation and is responsible for assembling and transmitting recommendations to the White House for appointments from various scientific, engineering, and educational organizations and societies. Applications are due May 31. For more information visit the nominations portal.

Meet Alison Clear

Alison Clear is an Associate Professor at Eastern Institute of Technology in Auckland, New Zealand. She was recently recognized with the ACM SIGCSE Lifetime Service to the Computer Science Education Community Award. Clear is Co-chair (along with Allen Parrish of the University of Alabama) of the CC2020 Task Force, which recently published the ACM/IEEE-CS report Computing Curricula 2020: Paradigms for Future Computing Curricula (CC2020). The report is the first comprehensive update of the ACM/IEEE-CS curricula guidelines for baccalaureate degrees in 15 years.

Alison Clear

CRA/CCC Announces CIFellows 2021 Program

The Computing Research Association and Computing Community Consortium are inviting applications for a new Computing Innovation Fellows cohort for 2021. This program recognizes the continued disruption to hiring in academic institutions due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and aims to provide a career-enhancing bridge experience for recent and soon-to-be PhD graduates in computing to support the computing research pipeline. Deadline for applications is May 10; check the CIFellows website for details and updates.

ACM SIG Elections - Voting

On 30 April, members of the following SIGs (who were in good standing as of 15 April 2021) were sent voting information from Election Services Corporation (ESC), a third party that is conducting the election: SIGADA, SIGBED, SIGBio, SIGCHI, SIGDA, SIGEVO, SIGKDD, and SIGSOFT.

Please contact ESC if you have not received an email. If ACM does not have an email address on file, members will receive the voting information via postal mail. Ballots are due by 1 June at 16:00 UTC. You can view the candidate slate here.

On 15 April, members of the following SIGs (who were in good standing as of 1 April 2021) were sent voting information from Election Services Corporation (ESC), a third party that is conducting the election: SIGCOMM, SIGITE, SIGMOBILE, SIGMOD, SIGMM, SIGSAC, and SIGSAM..

Please contact ESC if you have not received an email. If ACM does not have an email address on file, members will receive the voting information via postal mail. Ballots are due by 1 June at 16:00 UTC. You can view the candidate slate here.

On 2 April, members of the following SIGs (who were in good standing as of 15 March 2021) were sent voting information from Election Services Corporation (ESC), a third party that is conducting the election: SIGACCESS, SIGACT, SIGMIS, SIGPLAN.

Please contact ESC if you have not received an email. If ACM does not have an email address on file, members will receive the voting information via postal mail. Ballots are due by 14 May at 16:00 UTC. You can view the candidate slate here.

Discover the Latest "Selects," Shortlists of Learning Resources Curated by Experts

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 Getting Started with HPC, Getting Started with Networks, Getting Started with Data Science #2, and People in Computing #7: Women in Hardware and Programming Languages.

ACM-W's Webinar Series Celebrates Women in Computing

By highlighting successful technical women who are leading diverse careers in the technology industry, ACM-W’s webinar series, “Celebrating Technology Leaders,” aims to inform students and early-career professionals about the multitude of career options open to them. Previous webinars featured ACM-W's work to support, celebrate and advocate for women in computing; tech entrepreneurship; UI/UX; and Data. Visit the YouTube playlist to watch the webinars.

Introducing ACM Focus

ACM Focus is a new way to explore the breadth and variety of ACM content, and to stay current with the latest trends in your technical community. ACM Focus consists of a set of AI-curated custom feeds by subject, each serving up a focused set of the latest relevant ACM content that provides overall awareness of relevant ACM activities, people, talks and a variety of published works. Examples of topic categories include AI, Web, Applied Computing, Society, Graphics, and more. The feeds are built in an automated fashion and are refined as you interact with them. Explore ACM Focus today!

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Listen to ACM ByteCast!

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 Suchi Saria, the John C. Malone Associate Professor of Machine Learning and Healthcare at Johns Hopkins University, where she uses big data to improve patient outcomes, and subscribe to the series wherever you get your podcasts.

CHI 2021, May 8 to 13 (online)

The ACM Conference on Human-Computer Interaction will include workshops on automation in the workplace; an HCI system for space exploration; disability design in low-resource settings; HCI design for aging populations; dark patterns; migration and mobility in HCI; human aspects of online misinformation; and much more. Chieko Asakawa (Carnegie Mellon University) and Ruha Benjamin (Princeton University) will keynote on accessibility and equity issues.

CPS-IoT Week 2021, May 18 to 21 (online)

CPS-IoT Week is the premier event on cyber-physical systems and internet-of-things research. It brings together five top conferences, multiple workshops, tutorials, competitions and various exhibitions from both industry and academia. The program covers many complementary aspects of CPS, and reunites leading researchers in this dynamic field. Matt Welsh (OctoML), Bruno Sinopoli (Washington University in St. Louis) and Rupak Majumdar (Max Planck Institute for Software Systems) will deliver keynotes.

AIES 2021, May 19 to 21 (online)

The AAAI/ACM Conference on AI, Ethics, and Society features a multidisciplinary approach to ethical concerns and challenges in AI regarding issues such as privacy, safety and security, surveillance, inequality, data handling and bias, personal agency, power relations, regulation, workforce displacement, and more. Scheduled keynote speakers are Ifeoma Ajunwa Associate Professor, UNC Law and Founding Director, AI Decision-Making Research Program; and Timnit Gebru, Co-Founder, Black in AI.

The Decline of Computers as a General Purpose Technology

Neil Thompson and Svenja Spanuth argue that the unwinding of the economic cycle of the "general purpose technology" results in less marketing growth and slower technical progress. As CPU improvement slows, economic incentives push users toward specialized processors. This fragmentation means that parts of computing will progress at different rates. Read more in their contributed article, "Decline of Computers as a General Purpose Technology," in the March 2021 issue of Communications of the ACM.

Differential Privacy: The Pursuit of Protections by Default

As privacy violations have become rampant and calls for better measures to protect sensitive, personally identifiable information have primarily resulted in bureaucratic policies satisfying almost no one, differential privacy is emerging as a potential solution. In “Differential Privacy: The Pursuit of Protections by Default,” a Case Study in ACM Queue, Google’s Damien Desfontaines and Miguel Guevara reflect with Jim Waldo and Terry Coatta on the engineering challenges that lie ahead for differential privacy, as well as what remains to be done to achieve their ultimate goal of providing privacy protection by default.

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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.