ACM CEO and Executive Director Vicki L. Hanson has been elected as a member of the National Academy of Engineering. Also joining NAE's class of 2020 are ACM Fellows Joel Emer, James F. Kurose, Fei-Fei Li, Abigail Sellen and Peter W. Shor. Election to the National Academy of Engineering is among the highest professional distinctions accorded to an engineer. Academy membership honors those who have made outstanding contributions to engineering research, practice, or education.
ACM is celebrating Black History Month this year by posting responses from African American ACM Fellows, volunteers and members to questions about their careers in computing. We'll learn about what inspired them to pursue careers in computing, how does underrepresentation shape the experiences of African Americans in computing, and what can be done to combat racial bias in computing and technology. View a webpage featuring their responses.
Digital Government: Research and Practice (DGOV) is an interdisciplinary journal on the potential and impact of technology on governance innovations and its transformation of public institutions. It promotes applied and empirical research from academics, practitioners, designers, and technologists, using political, policy, social, computer, and data sciences methodologies. The inaugural issue is now available in the ACM Digital Library.
Mark Berman is Vice President of Technology Development at Raytheon BBN Technologies and Project Director for the US National Science Foundation’s Global Environment for Network Innovations (GENI) project, whose primary goal is to advance basic research in networking and distributed systems and the development of products and services that improve the internet. At BBN, Berman works to bring technical innovations into practical use. He is an ACM Distinguished Member.
More precise search. Alerts when new articles in your area of interest are published. Expanded article pages. More informative author profile pages. Integrated journal homepages and expanded content on ACM SIGs and conferences. These are just some of the features you'll find in the new ACM DL. Check out our series of emails about these and other soon-to-come enhancements, and explore the beta version of the new DL to discover more about the new DL experience.
In accordance with the Constitution and Bylaws of the ACM, the Nominating Committee has submitted a slate of nominees for ACM's officers. In addition to the officers of the ACM, five Members at Large will be elected.
ACM has named 58 members 2019 ACM Fellows for significant contributions in areas including artificial intelligence, cloud computing, combating cybercrime, quantum computing and wireless networking. ACM Fellows comprise an elite group that represents less than 1% of the Association’s global membership. "In highlighting the accomplishments of the ACM Fellows, we hope to give credit where it is due, while also educating the public about the extraordinary array of areas in which computing professionals work," said ACM President Cherri M. Pancake.
Panagiota Fatourou is an Associate Professor at the University of Crete and at the Foundation of Research and Technology-Hellas (FORTH ICS), Greece. She is the Chair of the ACM Europe Council, and is also Chair of the Greek ACM-W Chapter. Her research interests focus on theoretical aspects of computer science with emphasis on the theory of parallel and distributed computing. Fatourou is currently a Member-at-Large of the Steering Committee of the ACM Symposium on the Principles of Distributed Computing (PODC 2020).
This year's Design, Automation and Test in Europe conference will address memories for emerging applications, architectures for emerging technologies, hardware security, and more. Scheduled keynote speakers are Philippe Magarshack (ST Microelectronics), Luca Benini (ETH Zurich and University of Bologna), Catherine Schuman (Oak Ridge National Laboratory), Jim Tung (MathWorks) and Joachim Schultze (German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases).
Open Access Webinars
Last week ACM Publications Board Co-Chairs Jack Davidson and Joseph A. Konstan joined ACM Director of Publications Scott Delman to answer questions concerning ACM's policies and practices on Open Access, as well as the current state and future of ACM publishing. On-demand videos of the three recorded sessions are now available via the registration links below.
Toward ML-Centric Cloud Platforms
Cloud platforms, such as Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web Services (AWS), and Google Cloud Platform, are tremendously complex. For example, the Azure Compute fabric governs all the physical and virtualized resources running in Microsoft's datacenters. These platforms are extremely expensive to build and operate, so providers have a strong incentive to optimize their use. A nascent approach is to leverage machine learning (ML) in the platforms' resource management using supervised learning techniques, such as gradient-boosted trees and neural networks, or reinforcement learning. In this video, Ricardo Bianchini and Marcus Fontoura discuss "Toward ML-Centric Cloud Platforms," a Contributed Article in the February 2020 issue of Communications of the ACM.
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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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.