ACM Names 2017 Fellows

ACM has named 54 of its members as ACM Fellows for major contributions in areas including database theory, design automation, information retrieval, multimedia computing and network security. The accomplishments of the 2017 ACM Fellows lead to transformations in science and society. Their achievements play a crucial role in the global economy, as well as how we live and work every day. “To be selected as a Fellow is to join our most renowned member grade and an elite group that represents less than 1 percent of ACM’s overall membership,” says ACM President Vicki L. Hanson.
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Meet Sharad Agarwal

Sharad Agarwal is a Senior Researcher in Mobility and Networking at Microsoft Research. He has co-authored over 35 research publications, co-invented over 40 issued patents, and contributed to Microsoft products including Windows 10 and Windows Phone 8. In his spare time, he is an active startup investor in Seattle. He was recently named an ACM Distinguished Member. “Be aware of survivorship bias—focusing on the characteristics of companies that have survived and thrived and not considering the characteristics of those that have failed.“

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Mustafa Prize Recognizes Work by ACM Fellow

One of the Islamic world’s most prestigious science and technology awards, the Mustafa Prize, was presented on December 3 to Erol Gelenbe, a professor in the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at Imperial College London and an ACM Fellow. He is the inventor of the eponymous G-networks or Gelenbe Networks that are the underpinning science used to evaluate the performance of computer networks.

Mustafa Prize Honors ACM Fellow Erol Gelenbe of Imperial College London

ACM India Annual Event 2018, February 15-17, Nagpur

The ACM India Annual Event is a flagship event whose aim is to discuss trends in science and technology, and to celebrate ACM's spirit and India's accomplishments in computing. The event is attended by ACM Turing Award winners, ACM Office Bearers, and researchers and IT professionals. Moshe Vardi and Martin E. Hellman will keynote. The CS Pathsala Workshop, iSIGCSE Workshop and IRISS are co-located ACM events. 

Meet Maja Matarić

Maja Matarić is the Chan Soon-Shiong Professor of Computer Science, with appointments in the Neuroscience Program and the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Southern California. She is also founding director of USC’s Robotics and Autonomous Systems Center, Co-director of the USC Robotics Research Lab, and Vice Dean for Research at the USC Viterbi School of Engineering. 

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ACM AI/Blockchain Workshops for Practitioners

ACM is sponsoring a series of practitioner-oriented workshops on the intersection of Artificial Intelligence and Blockchain. The first workshop in the series occurred on July 31, 2017 in Toronto. Additional workshops are planned for San Francisco, New York, Beijing, Bangalore, Paris, Tokyo, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore, London, Boston and Los Angeles. Speakers include leading names in AI and Blockchain.

Chinese Research Team Wins 2017 Gordon Bell Prize

ACM has named a 12-member Chinese team the recipients of the 2017 ACM Gordon Bell Prize for their research project employing high performance computing to create 3D visualizations relating to a devastating earthquake that occurred in Tangshan, China in 1976. The award was bestowed during SC17.

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Celebrating 50 Years of the ACM Turing Award

ACM's celebration of 50 years of the Turing Award culminated with a conference June 23 and 24, 2017 at the Westin St. Francis in San Francisco. Keynote talks and panel discussions highlighted the significant impact of the contributions of the Turing Laureates on computing and society, as well as looking ahead to the future of technology and innovation.

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How to Nominate Someone for an ACM Award

Each year, ACM recognizes technical and professional achievements within the computing and information technology community through its celebrated Awards Program. ACM welcomes nominations for candidates whose work exemplifies the best and most influential contributions to our community, and society at large. Most nominations are due January 15, 2018. Please refer to the Nominations page for each award, which includes information about the deadline and guidance for preparing nominations.

ACM Joins Partership on AI to Benefit People and Society

ACM is among 21 industry, nonprofit, and academic organizations that recently joined the Partership on AI to Benefit People and Society. PAI was established in in February 2017, with an initial membership of 32 organizations, to study and formulate best practices on AI technologies, to advance the public’s understanding of AI, and to serve as an open platform for discussion and engagement about AI and its influences on people and society.

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Meet the Inaugural Class of the ACM-FCA

The ACM Future of Computing Academy is a new initiative created by ACM to support and foster the next generation of computing professionals. The Academy is a platform that enables the next generation of researchers, practitioners, educators and entrepreneurs to develop a coherent and influential voice that addresses challenging issues facing the field and society in general. Meet the men and women who make up the inaugural class of the ACM-FCA.

Introducing the New Proceedings of the ACM Series

Proceedings of the ACM (PACM) is a new journal series with first issues planned for 2017. It is being launched in recognition of the fact that conference-centric publishing disadvantages the CS community with respect to other scientific disciplines when competing with researchers from other disciplines for top science awards and career progression, and the fact that top ACM conferences have demonstrated high quality and high impact on the field.

ACM Expresses Concern About New Executive Order Suspending Visas

The Association for Computing Machinery, a global scientific and educational organization representing the computing community, expresses concern over US President Donald J. Trump’s Executive Order imposing suspension of visas to nationals of six countries.

The open exchange of ideas and the freedom of thought and expression are central to the aims and goals of ACM. ACM supports the statute of International Council for Science in that the free and responsible practice of science is fundamental to scientific advancement and human and environmental well-being. Such practice, in all its aspects, requires freedom of movement, association, expression and communication for scientists. All individuals are entitled to participate in any ACM activity.

USACM Statement on Accessibility, Usability, and Digital Inclusiveness

USACM has reaffirmed its long-standing commitment to accessibility by releasing a statement and set of principles on accessibility, usability, and digital inclusiveness. Promoting digital inclusiveness for people with disabilities, as well as policies, regulations, and guidelines that ensure fair access to the opportunities that arise from digital innovations, has been an ongoing priority for USACM. Read the news release.

Videos from 5th Heidelberg Laureate Forum Available for On-demand Viewing

The 5th Heidelberg Laureate Forum, September 24-29, featured 26 laureates of the ACM A.M. Turing Award, Abel Prize, ACM Prize in Computing, Fields Medal and Nevanlinna Prize exchanging ideas and discussing research with 200 of the most talented young researchers in these disciplines from around the world. Lectures and panel discussions are available for on-demand viewing via the video archive or on the HLF YouTube channel.

Cybersecurity, Nuclear Security, Alan Turing, and Illogical Logic

Martin E. Hellman received the 2015 ACM A.M. Turing Award with Whitfield Diffie for groundbreaking work in the field of public key cryptography. This video, along with its accompanying article "Cybersecurity, Nuclear Security, Alan Turing, and Illogical Logic" in the December 2017 issue of Communications of the ACM, outlines Hellman’s Turing Lecture, which chronicles a personal story weaving past and present, logic and illogic, and even love and marriage. It also draws a parallel with nuclear security: cyber deterrence, like nuclear deterrence, depends on our adversaries being rational enough to be deterred by our threats, but us not by theirs.

Private Online Communication; Highlights in Systems Verification

ACM Queue’s “Research for Practice” is a must-read for practitioners who want to stay current with the latest advances in computing research. In this installment, Albert Kwon reviews research that examines ensuring privacy in our daily online communication. His selections illustrate the possibilities over the horizon: transparent endpoint authentication, enhanced communication metadata protection, etc. Then, James R. Wilcox looks at research that gives us a tour of recent advances in verified systems design and demonstrates the possibility of building end-to-end verified compilers, operating systems, and distributed systems.

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