First ACM Computer Science & Law Symposium at New York Law School

The ACM Symposium on Computer Science and Law will be held at the New York Law School in New York City on October 28. This inaugural symposium will include keynote talks by ACM Turing Award co-recipient Shafi Goldwasser, ACM Fellow Ed Felten, and Yale Law School's Jack M. Balkin. The conference will include panels on research, education, and practice in the interplay of computer science and law. The day will conclude with a reception featuring student posters about work in computing and law, on topics ranging from cybersecurity to legal informatics.

Call for ACM-W Rising Star Award Nominations

The ACM-W Rising Star Award recognizes a woman whose early-career research has had a significant impact on the computing discipline, as measured by factors such as frequent citation of their work, creation of a new research area, a high degree of technology transfer and/or other positive influences and societal impact. The award will be given annually, and was established based on a donation from Andrea Goldsmith, who was named the 2018-2019 ACM Athena Lecturer. Nominations close on November 15, 2019.

Students: Apply for 2019-2020 ACM/CSTA Cutler-Bell Prize

The ACM/CSTA Cutler-Bell Prize in High School Computing recognizes talented high school students in computer science. Judges will be looking for submissions that demonstrate ingenuity, complexity, relevancy, originality, and a desire to further computer science as a discipline. The application process involves a Challenge that focuses on having the student develop an artifact that engages modern computing technology and computer science. The application period closes January 12, 2020.

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Meet Martha Larson

Martha Larson is Professor of Multimedia Information Technology at Radboud University in Nijmegen, the Netherlands. She is also a member of the Multimedia Computing Group at Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands. She serves as a General Co-chair of the 2019 ACM International Conference on Multimedia (ACMMM). “Critical thinking skills are critical, but there is no single right way to develop them. What is important is that you ‘learn how to learn.’”

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ACMMM 2019, October 21 to 25, Nice, France

Since 1993, ACM Multimedia has been bringing together researchers and practitioners from academia and industry to present innovative research results and discuss recent advancements. A special part of the conference is the art program, which explores the boundaries of computer science and art. Keynote speakers are Jean Carrive (INA, France), Mireille Hildebrandt (Vrije Universiteit Brussel), Maria Menendez-Blanco and Pernille Bjørn (University of Copenhagen).

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.

Bengio Delivers Turing Award Lecture

2018 ACM A.M. Turing Award Laureate Yoshua Bengio delivered his Turing Lecture at the Heidelberg Laureate Forum (HLF) on Monday, September 23. Bengio received the 2018 A.M. Turing Award with Geoffrey Hinton and Yann LeCun for conceptual and engineering breakthroughs that have made deep neural networks a critical component of computing. The video of his lecture is now available to watch on the official HLF YouTube channel. 

Meet Pavel Pevzner

Pavel Pevzner is the Ronald R. Taylor Chair and Distinguished Professor of Computer Science at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). He co-developed two popular online specializations on Coursera in Bioinformatics and Data Structures and Algorithms and an online MicroMaster Program on Algorithms and Data Structures at edX, and has written several textbooks on bioinformatics and computational biology. An ACM Fellow, Pevzner was awarded the 2018 ACM Paris Kanellakis Theory and Practice Award.

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Final Protein Design by Provable Algorithms

For billions of years, the process of evolution has optimized the sequence of amino acids that make up naturally occurring proteins to suit the needs of the organisms that make them. So we ask: Can we use computation to design non-naturally occurring proteins that suit our biomedical and industrial needs? This question is a combinatorial optimization problem, because the output of a protein design computation is a sequence of amino acids. "Protein Design by Provable Algorithms," a Review Article in the October 2019 issue of Communications of the ACM, focuses on protein design algorithms that perform this optimization using detailed modeling of the 3D structure of the protein. In this video, Mark A. Hallen and Bruce R. Donald discuss this groundbreaking work.

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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