ACM and the Institute of Mathematical Statistics announce the ACM-IMS Interdisciplinary Summit on the Foundations of Data Science, to be held June 15, 2019 in San Francisco. This full-day event will bring together distinguished speakers and panelists addressing topics such as deep learning, reinforcement learning, fairness, and ethics, in addition to discussions about the future of data science and the role of ACM and IMS. Keynote speakers are ACM award recipients Jeff Dean and Daphne Koller, and MacArthur Fellow David Donoho.
The 2019 ACM Europe Summer School on “HPC Computer Architectures for AI and Dedicated Applications” will take place in Barcelona 17 - 24 July 2019, and is hosted by the Barcelona Supercomputing Center and the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. Advanced undergraduate and graduate (MSc and PhD) students, postdocs, young faculty, and other academic and industrial researchers are encouraged to apply. To be considered, complete he online application form here. The top 10 applicants will receive free registration. The deadline for applying is 1 May 2019.
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.
ACM-W Creates Rising Star Award
The ACM Women's Council (ACM-W) has created the ACM-W Rising Star Award, recognizing a woman whose early-career research has had significant impact on the computing discipline. 2018 ACM Athena Lecturer Andrea Goldsmith wanted to "give back" to women in the computing community after receiving that honor, and was instrumental in creating this award. The winner will be recognized at a conference of her choosing, and will receive a framed certificate and $1000 stipend. Read more in the ACM-W Connections newsletter.
The Symposium on 50 Years of Complexity Theory: A Celebration of the Work of Stephen Cook will be held at the Fields Institute in Toronto. This symposium celebrates 50 years of NP-completeness and the contributions of ACM A.M. Turing laureate Stephen Cook and his influence on the field of computing. Four other Turing laureates will be attending: Manuel Blum, Shafi Goldwasser, Richard Karp, and Leslie Valiant. Talks will be broadcast live online whenever possible.
Gail C. Murphy is a Professor of Computer Science and Vice President, Research and Innovation at the University of British Columbia. She is also a Co-Founder and Director at Tasktop Technologies, a software development and delivery company, and member of the Communications of the ACM (CACM) editorial board. She was named an ACM Fellow for contributions to recommenders for software engineering and to program comprehension.
ACM and the Computer Science Teachers Association have announced the 2018-2019 winners of the ACM/CSTA Cutler-Bell Prize in High School Computing. The award recognizes computer science talent in high school students and comes with a $10,000 prize, which they will receive at CSTA's annual conference in July. The 2018 winners are Naveen Durvasula (Montgomery Blair High School, Silver Spring, Maryland), Isha Puri (Horace Greeley High School, Chappaqua, New York), Eshika Saxena (Interlake High School, Bellevue, Washington) and Varun Shenoy (Cupertino High School, Cupertino, California).
ACM's past fiscal year included several initiatives focused on the health of the field. New curricula were introduced to prepare next generations of computing professionals for employment in the global workplace of the future. ACM also released a revitalized Code of Ethics that fortifies our leading role in articulating what it means to be a computing professional. ACM has also formed several key partnerships that will foster new collaborations and allow us to share our rich and extensive resources. Learn more about ACM's activities, including those of the Europe, India and China Councils, in the Annual Report.
Proceedings of the ACM (PACM) is a journal series that launched in 2017. The series was created 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. See PACMs on Programming Languages, Interactive, Mobile, Wearable and Ubiquitous Technologies, Measurement and Analysis of Computing Systems, and HCI.
The Seven Tools of Causal Inference
The dramatic success in machine learning has led to an explosion of artificial intelligence (AI) applications and increasing expectations for autonomous systems that exhibit human-level intelligence. These expectations have, however, met with fundamental obstacles that cut across many application areas. One such obstacle is adaptability, or robustness. Machine learning researchers have noted current systems lack the ability to recognize or react to new circumstances they have not been specifically programmed or trained for. Intensive theoretical and experimental efforts toward "transfer learning," "domain adaptation," and "lifelong learning" are reflective of this obstacle. In this video, Judea Pearl discusses "The Seven Tools of Causal Inference with Reflections on Machine Learning," a Contributed Article in the March 2019 Communications of the ACM.
ACM Queue’s “Research for Practice” is your number one resource for keeping up with emerging developments in the world of theory and applying them to the challenges you face on a daily basis. RfP consistently serves up expert-curated guides to the best of CS research, and relates these breakthroughs to the challenges that software engineers face every day. In this installment of RfP is by Nitesh Mor, a PhD candidate at UC Berkeley working on the next generation of globally distributed computer systems with a special focus on data security and privacy. Titled “Edge Computing,” this RfP gives an overview of some of the most exciting work being done in the area of computing infrastructures and applications. It provides an academic view of edge computing through samples of existing research whose applications will be highly relevant in the coming years.
Written by renowned software engineers at some of the world’s most innovative companies, ACM Case Studies provide an in-depth look at how software teams overcome specific challenges by implementing new technologies, adopting new practices, or a combination of both. This installment examines code reviews -- a pervasive process which, in the case of a company the size of Microsoft, can constitute both an extensive and expensive time commitment. Here, Jacek Czerwonka, Michaela Greiler, Christian Bird, Lucas Panjer, and Terry Coatta discuss recent efforts at Microsoft to review their internal code review processes, and the effort to make this practice more beneficial for everyone involved.
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