During the next several months, ACM will celebrate 50 years of the Turing Award and the visionaries who have received it. Our aim is to highlight the significant impact of the contributions of the Turing Laureates on computing and society, to look ahead to the future of technology and innovation, and to help inspire the next generation of computer scientists to invent and dream.
The 4th Heidelberg Laureate Forum, September 18 - 23, brings recipients of the most prestigious awards in mathematics and computer science to Heidelberg, Germany to participate in panel discussions, give lectures, and interact with promising young researchers. View livestream laureate lectures on HLF's website.
Stanford University's Mehran Sahami maintains that exposing students to computing early in their education is essential to their understanding of not just "programming" but of the world at large: "Learning CS helps students develop systemic thinking skills for problem solving, practice logical deduction, and learn to express themselves with greater precision and clarity."
Tei-Wei Kuo is a Distinguished Professor in the Computer Science and Information Engineering Department at National Taiwan University, and its Executive Vice President. He is Vice Chair of SIGAPP and Editor-in-Chief of ACM Transactions on Cyber-Physical Systems (TCPS). “With non-volatile memory, we might have wearables with much longer battery life or data servers with much less energy consumption… and not have computing restricted by slow storage anymore. These are potentially great advances!”
ACM and the Computer Science Teachers Association praised the White House announcement of the launch of the CSforAll Consortium on September 14. The Consortium, with a membership of more than 180 organizations, will connect states, districts, and schools with computer science education curriculum and implementation partners, funders, and researchers.
Subhash Khot, a theoretical computer scientist who has made significant contributions to computational complexity research, and Bill Thies, a computer scientist who has created communication and digital technologies to aid low-income communities, have been selected as 2016 MacArthur Fellows.
Lynda Hardman is president of Informatics Europe, and a member of the management team at the Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica in Amsterdam. She also serves on the Advisory Committee of ACM-W Europe. “We have a Catch-22 situation, where there are very few female role models for girls to identify with, so that they tend not to go into computing.”
The new journal ACM Transactions on Social Computing (TSC) will cover theoretical, empirical, systems, and design research aspects of social computing. TSC particularly solicits research that designs, implements or studies systems that mediate social interactions among users, or that develops or studies theory or techniques for application in those systems.
Turing Award Is Question on Jeopardy!
"Computer Science's equivalent to the Nobel Prize is named for this 20th century British mathematician" was a Daily Double question in the Jeopardy! College Championship. University of California, Berkeley sophomore Niki Peters provided the correct answer, "Who is [Alan] Turing?", adding $1,000 to her score. She won second place and $50,000 in the final round.
As modern medical devices evolve, so do the threats to their security and reliability. While the necessity to defend against these threats is real, hyperbole and/or mischaracterizations around them may lead to panic, desensitization, or perhaps worse, exploitation. In this video, M. Eric Johnson discusses "A Brief Chronology of Medical Device Security,” a Review Article in the October 2016 Communications of the ACM.
“Research for Practice,” a regular feature in acmqueue, bridges the gap between theory and practice by applying learnings from recent cutting-edge research to the challenges practitioners face on a daily basis. In the latest issue, Camille Fournier presents three papers on distributed consensus systems on implementing Paxos and the easier-to-understand Raft. Joy Arulraj and Andrew Pavlo present three papers on the future impact of nonvolatile memory on DBMS architectures. Together, these papers illuminate how lessons from critical areas in storage and largescale services can be applied to building better software.
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