ACM has named John L. Hennessy, former President of Stanford University, and David A. Patterson, retired Professor of the University of California, Berkeley, recipients of the 2017 ACM A.M. Turing Award for pioneering a systematic, quantitative approach to the design and evaluation of computer architectures with enduring impact on the microprocessor industry.
ACM has named Dina Katabi of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (MIT CSAIL) the recipient of the 2017 ACM Prize in Computing for creative contributions to wireless systems. She and her team pioneered the use of wireless signals in applications that can sense humans behind walls, determine their movements and even surmise their emotional states. These trailblazing human-sensing technologies hold out promise for use in several applications of daily life.
ACM has named Andrea Goldsmith of Stanford University as the 2018-2019 Athena Lecturer. Goldsmith was cited for contributions to the theory and practice of adaptive wireless communications, and for the successful transfer of research to commercial technology. She introduced innovative approaches to the design, analysis and fundamental performance limits of wireless systems and networks, and helped develop technologies used in long-term evolution cellular devices, and Wi-Fi standards for wireless local area networks.
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Moscow State University, Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, Peking University and The University of Tokyo were the top medal winners in the 2018 ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest, held April 15-19 in Beijing, China.
Based on the belief that the benefits of emerging technologies should not come at the expense of personal privacy, the ACM US Public Policy Council (USACM) has issued a statement outlining principles and practices for building data privacy into modern technological systems. These include limiting and minimizing collection of personal data; the ability of individuals to control how their personal data are distributed and used; and ensuring quality and security of personal data. Read more in the news release.
The ACM Europe Council and Informatics Europe have collaborated on a report that builds on an earlier document, "Informatics Education in Europe: Are We All in the Same Boat?". The report, "Informatics for All: The Strategy," aims to establish Informatics as an essential discipline for all, a subject available at all levels throughout the educational system. The strategy is also summarized in a one-page document.
The white paper "When Computers Decide: European Recommendations on Machine-Learned Automated Decision Making" presents the views of the ACM Europe Policy Committee (EUACM) and Informatics Europe (IE) on the challenges posed by the increasing presence of Machine Learning and Automated Decision Making (ADM) systems in almost every aspect of modern human life. Read the ACM news release.
ACM is hosting a series of practitioner-oriented workshops and conferences on the intersection of Artificial Intelligence and Blockchain. The next event in the series will be the Yearly Summit in Toronto on May 22. A global summit, co-located with the AI for Good Global Summit, will take place May 15-17 in Geneva. Visit the website for information on upcoming ACM AiDecentralized events.
Bernhard Schölkopf is Director of the Department of Empirical Inference at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems and Chief Machine Learning Scientist at Amazon Retail. An ACM Fellow, he co-authored Elements of Causal Inference Foundations and Learning Algorithms with Jonas Peters and Dominik Janzing. “We first learned how to generate energy at scale using steam and water power, and then how to convert it into electrical energy and de-localize it. I think we are now seeing a similar revolution with information instead of energy.”
ACM US Public Policy Council's letter to US Senators and Representatives raised concerns about breaches of privacy and public trust resulting from Facebook’s and outside parties’ use and misuse of Facebook users’ data. It offered five key observations on the implications and possible causes of the data breaches, citing compromising business practices; systemic deficiencies; the need to adhere to ethical standards (such as ACM's Code of Ethics); large datasets and increased computational power; and synergies among technologies.
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.
After an extensive two-year process, a joint task force led by the ACM, IEEE Computer Society (IEEE-CS), Association for Information Systems Special Interest Group on Security (AIS SIGSEC), and the International Federation for Information Processing Technical Committee on Information Security Education (IFIP WG 11.8) has released a first-ever set of global curricular recommendations for post-secondary degree programs in cybersecurity education.
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.
Over the past few decades, the challenges faced by local governments, like urban growth and migration, have become increasingly complex and interrelated. In addition to traditional land-use regulation, urban maintenance, production and management of services, governments must meet new demands from different actors regarding water supply, natural-resources sustainability, education, safety, and transportation. To address these challenges, cities must innovate and become smart. In this video, Mila Gasco-Hernandez describes Barcelona as a model for "Building a Smart City: Lessons from Barcelona," a Contributed Article in the April 2018 Communications of the ACM.
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 of RfP, titled "Toward a Network of Connected Things," Deepak Vasisht presents research papers that look at the rapid evolution of the Internet of Things (IoT) from theory to reality, and attempts to accelerate and monetize this trend. The rapid growth of the IoT has been fueled by years of research tackling several challenges, ranging from low-power networking to new sensor designs to security and privacy. This installment of RfP presents research papers that aim to make IoT deployments more pervasive and to enable users to gain more utility from existing deployments.
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