Student Funding Available to Attend ACM Computer Science & Law Symposium

The inaugural ACM Symposium on Computer Science and Law will be held at the New York Law School in New York City on October 28. Funding is available for students to attend this inaugural symposium which will include keynote talks by ACM Turing Award co-recipient Shafi Goldwasser and ACM Fellow Ed Felten, panels on research, education, and practice in the interplay of computer science and law, and a reception featuring student posters.

The deadline to apply is September 8.

HLF 2019 to Feature Turing Award and ACM Prize Recipients

The seventh Heidelberg Laureate Forum (HLF 2019), September 22-27, will provide an informal venue for 200 selected young researchers to exchange ideas with renowned laureates in mathematics and computer science. The week will see participation by ACM A.M. Turing Award Laureates including 2018 co-recipient Yoshua Bengio, as well as ACM Prize in Computing recipients. Be sure to visit the HLF site to watch live streaming of lectures and more events.

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. 

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Meet Mikki Rose

Mikki Rose is a hair and cloth specialist who works in visual effects at film animation studio Blue Sky, specializing in realistic computer simulations of everything from hair, fur and cloth to feathers and vegetation. Her recent films with Blue Sky include “The Story of Ferdinand,” “Ice Age 5,” and “The Peanuts Movie.” She is General Conference Chair for SIGGRAPH 2019. “SIGGRAPH is a must-attend event because it is where our community comes together to showcase cutting-edge research, learn from each other, and get inspired all over again.”

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ACM FCA Crash Course on AI Series

Several ACM Future of Computing Academy members, including Lana Yarosh, Tim Weninger, and Yonatan Bisk, are the writers of a Crash Course on artificial intelligence. Crash Course on Artificial Intelligence will be a 15-episode, 5-lab series. The series will explore AI's history and its wide applications today, and intends to distill this complex subject for a broad audience. Watch a preview video above.

Meet Andrew Odlyzko

Andrew Odlyzko is a mathematician and professor at the University of Minnesota (UMN), where he has also served as the head of UMN's Digital Technology Center and Minnesota Supercomputing Institute. He has authored more than 150 technical papers in computational complexity, cryptography, combinatorics, probability and related fields. Since 2013, he has served as an Associate Editor of the online ACM magazine Ubiquity.

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Computational Sustainability

These are exciting times for computational sciences with the digital revolution permeating a variety of areas and radically transforming business, science, and our daily lives. The Internet and the World Wide Web, GPS, satellite communications, remote sensing, and smartphones are dramatically accelerating the pace of discovery, engendering globally connected networks of people and devices. Unfortunately, humanity is also facing tremendous challenges. Nearly a billion people still live below the international poverty line and human activities and climate change are threatening our planet and the livelihood of current and future generations. In this video, Carla Gomes discusses "Computational Sustainability," a Contributed Article in the September 2019 issue of Communications of the ACM.

The DevOps Phenomenon

ACM Queue’s “Research for Practice” consistently serves up expert-curated guides to the best of computing research, and relates these breakthroughs to the challenges that software engineers face every day. This installment of RfP is by Anna Wiedemann, Nicole Forsgren, Manuel Wiesche, Heiko Gewald, and Helmut Krcmar. Titled “The DevOps Phenomenon,” this RfP gives an overview of stories from across the industry about software organizations overcoming the early hurdles of adopting DevOps practices, and coming out on the other side with tighter integration between their software and operations teams, faster delivery times for new software features, and achieving a higher level of stability.

DAML: The Contract Language of Distributed Ledgers

Shaul Kfir cofounded Digital Asset in 2014 looking to prove something to the financial services industry, which he felt  was in danger of missing out on the potential of blockchain technology. In this ACM Queue Case Study, Kfir has a conversation with Camille Fournier, the head of platform development for a leading New York City hedge fund, in which the two financial service technology experts discuss how DAML (Digital Asset Modeling Language) puts blockchain technology to work, and what the future has in store for the blockchain and the challenge of distributed ledgers.

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