ACM has named Mendel Rosenblum of Stanford University the first recipient of the ACM Charles P. "Chuck" Thacker Breakthrough in Computing Award. Rosenblum is recognized for reinventing the virtual machine for the modern era and thereby revolutionizing datacenters and enabling modern cloud computing. With his students at Stanford, he brought virtual machines back to life by using them to solve challenging technical problems in building system software for scalable multiprocessors.
ACM has named Yoshua Bengio of the University of Montreal, Geoffrey Hinton of Google, and Yann LeCun of New York University recipients of the 2018 ACM A.M. Turing Award for conceptual and engineering breakthroughs that have made deep neural networks a critical component of computing. Working independently and together, Hinton, LeCun and Bengio developed conceptual foundations for the field, identified surprising phenomena through experiments, and contributed engineering advances that demonstrated the practical advantages of deep neural networks.
ACM has named Shwetak N. Patel of the University of Washington and Google the recipient of the 2018 ACM Prize in Computing for contributions to creative and practical sensing systems for sustainability and health. Patel and his students found highly creative ways to leverage existing infrastructure to make affordable and accurate monitoring a practical reality. He quickly turned his team’s research contributions into real-world deployments, founding companies to commercialize their work.
ACM has named Elisa Bertino of Purdue University the 2019-2020 Athena Lecturer. Bertino was cited for pioneering and impactful contributions to data management and data security theory and systems, along with outstanding contributions to broadening participation in computing via professional leadership and mentoring. She is recognized as one of the top database security experts worldwide, and has made contributions to data security and privacy in many different contexts.
On 15 April members of the following SIGs were sent voting information from Election Services Corporation (ESC), a third party that is conducting the election: SIGDOC, SIGEVO, SIGHPC, SIGIR, SIGMETRICS.
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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.
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.
ACM SIGHPC and Intel are encouraging graduate students in data science and computational science to apply for an international program of graduate fellowships that aims to increase diversity in these fields. To qualify, you must be pursuing a graduate degree in computational or data science, be less than halfway through your planned program of study, and be woman and/or a member of a racial/ethnic group that is currently underrepresented in the computing field in the country where you will earn the degree. The deadline for applications is April 30.
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 applications is 1 May 2019.
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.
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.
Gloria Townsend is Professor and Chair of the Computer Science Department at DePauw University. In her 17 years with the ACM Women’s Council, she helped to grow ACM-W chapters and founded the ACM Celebrations program. “If each of our 100,000 ACM members devoted only 10 minutes a day to encouraging a woman or women to persist in computing, the combined effect of a million minutes of effort per day could move the needle toward parity.”
This year's ACM Conference on Human-Computer Interaction will include workshops on crowdsourcing creativity; HCI and aging; human-centered machine learning; social robots; and more. Keynoting will be Aleks Krotoski, host of The Guardian’s Tech Weekly podcast, and of the BBC’s Digital Human series; and Ivan Poupyrev, Director of Engineering in Google’s Advanced Technology and Projects division.
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.
Sriram Rajamani is Distinguished Scientist and Managing Director of Microsoft Research India. He is active with the Indian chapter of ACM SIGSOFT, where he co-founded the Innovations in Software Engineering Conference (ISEC) series. Rajamani serves on the editorial board of Communications of the ACM and is an ACM Fellow. “Research is a marathon exercise, and it often takes a researcher many years to make a mark—so it is important that you work on problems you like.”
Europe Region Special Section
With its population of over 740 million people and 24 official languages, Europe provides a unique environment for the development of a distinctive computing landscape. Europe has played an important role in the development of the computing discipline, from the pioneering work of Alan Turing and Konrad Zuse through the modern day. The Europe Region Special Section in the April 2019 issue of Communications of the ACM shows that it continues to be a vibrant, distinctive part of the global computing community. Practitioners and academics from across the Europe region, not only European Union members but also Switzerland and Israel, helped to inform topics for inclusion in this regional spotlight. The resulting collection of articles offers an excellent view of some of the most exciting activities in the region. Chris Hankin and Panagiota Fatourou discuss this collection in this video.
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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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.