Chuchu Fan, Henry Corrigan-Gibbs and Ralf Jung

Doctoral Dissertation Award Recognizes Young Researchers

Chuchu Fan of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has received ACM's 2020 Doctoral Dissertation Award for contributions to the verification of embedded and cyber-physical systems and their applications in industrial-scale autonomous systems. Honorable Mentions went to Henry Corrigan-Gibbs of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Ralf Jung of the Max Planck Institute for Software Systems and MIT.

Meet Patti Ordonez

Patricia (Patti) Ordóñez is an Associate Professor of Computer Science at the University of Puerto Rico Río Piedras. A Co-chair of ACM’s Diversity & Inclusion Council, she mentors and develops mentoring communities in K-12, undergraduate and graduate educational settings. She also creates assistive technologies for programming and communication to help ensure computing is accessible to all. Ordóñez is the Program Chair for the 2021 CMD-IT/ACM Richard A. Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing Conference, which will be held from September 14-17.

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Applications now open for ACM Europe Summer School on HPC

The 2021 ACM Europe Summer School on “HPC Computer Architectures for AI and Dedicated Applications” will take place 30 August - 3 September, and it is hosted by the Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC-CNS) and the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC). This edition of the school will be fully remote. The summer school addresses young computer science researchers and engineers, and it is open to outstanding MSc students and senior undergraduate students. Applications are now closed.

Meet Shyam Gollakota

Shyam Gollakota is an Associate Professor in the Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Washington, where he leads the Networks and Mobile Systems Lab. His honors include the 2012 ACM Doctoral Dissertation Award and the 2020 ACM Grace Murray Hopper Award for contributions to the use of wireless signals in creating novel applications including battery-free communications, health monitoring, gesture recognition, and bio-based wireless sensing.

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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, Jessica Bell, and Scott Hanselman 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 Mounia Lalmas, Director of Research and Head of Tech Research in Personalization at Spotify, leading a team of researchers in content personalization and discovery. Prior to that, she was Director of Research at Yahoo London. She also holds an Honorary Professorship at University College London. Mounia’s work focuses on studying user engagement in areas such as native advertising, digital media, social media, and search, and now audio (music and talk). She is a frequent conference speaker, author, and organizer whose research has appeared at many ACM (and other) conferences, including CIKM, RecSys, SIGIR, SIGKDD, UMAP, WSDM, WWW, and more.

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.

Celebrating Technology Leaders, Episode 7: Tech Returnships for Women

In this seventh episode of ACM-W’s webinar series, “Celebrating Technology Leaders,” host Bushra Anjum and a panel of prominent executives will focus on returnship programs in the tech industry. These programs enable professionals to return to the workforce after a career break by providing training and mentoring support through paid internships. Register here for the webinar, which will take place Wednesday, August 18 at 3 pm EDT.

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!

SIGGRAPH 2021, August 9 to 13 (online)

The SIGGRAPH virtual conference will again include both on-demand presentations and scheduled sessions, celebrating advancements in computer graphics, digital art, animation, visual effects, machine learning, artificial intelligence, immersive and mixed realities, scientific visualization, and more. Among the featured speakers are 2019 ACM A.M. Turing Award laureates Ed Catmull and Pat Hanrahan.

KDD 2021, August 14 to 18 (online)

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. Keynote speakers include Janil Puthucheary (Member of Parliament, UK), Sharon Glotzer (University of Michigan), Claire Tomlin (University of California, Berkeley) and Vincent Conitzer (Duke University).

SIGCOMM 2021, August 23 to 27 (online)

The flagship annual conference of the ACM Special Interest Group on Data Communication focuses on the applications, technologies, architectures, and protocols for computer communication. Workshops will cover 5G measurements, modeling, and use cases; flexible networks; network-application integration; professional development for women; responsible use of the internet; and more. Tutorials will include cloud and other technologies. In addition there will be three hackathons.

The Computing Research Association Seeks New Executive Director

The Computing Research Association (CRA) -- the premier member organization of academic departments, laboratories, and industry centers aimed at advancing computing research to change the world -- seeks an inclusive, transparent, and enterprising leader to serve as its next Executive Director. The next Executive Director has a unique opportunity to lead CRA to effect change that benefits both computing research and society at large. Learn more here.

ACM SIGGRAPH Election Open

On 15 June, members ACM SIGGRAPH (who were in good standing as of 31 May 2021) were sent voting information from Election Services Corporation (ESC), a third party that is conducting the ACM SIGGRAPH election.

If you have not received an email from ESC, please contact If ACM does not have an email address on file, members will receive the voting information via postal mail. Ballots are due by 13 August at 16:00 UTC. View candidate slate.

ACM SIG Elections - Voting

Voting for the following elections closed on 1 June 2021 (16:00 UTC):

Results will be announced soon.

Voting for the following elections closed on 14 May 2021 (16:00 UTC):

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The Dogged Pursuit of Bug-Free C Programs: The Frama-C Software Analysis Platform

Read "The Dogged Pursuit of Bug-Free C Programs: The Frama-C Software Analysis Platform," by Patrick Baudin, François Bobot, David Bühler, Loïc Correnson, Florent Kirchner, Nikolai Kosmatov, André Maroneze, Valentin Perrelle, Virgile Prevosto, Julien Signoles, and Nicky Williams, a contributed article in the August 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.