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.

 

ACM Celebrates Ada Lovelace Day

ACM is celebrating the legacy of pioneering programmer Ada Lovelace with a month-long series featuring women who have contributed groundbreaking innovations and dedicated service to the computing profession.

To mark Ada's birthday, which this year is being observed on October 9, ACM recognizes the women who have made historic advances in the field and who are mentoring tomorrow's computing pioneers.

Visit the Ada Day page to learn more about women whom ACM has honored with our series of prestigious awards. 

ACM Launches New Award to Recognize Breakthrough Achievements

The ACM Charles P. "Chuck" Thacker Breakthrough in Computing Award celebrates the late pioneer's contributions in computing and his inspirational mentorship of generations of computer scientists, by recognizing individuals with the same out-of-the-box thinking and “can-do” approach to solving the unsolved that Thacker exhibited. Financial support for the $100,000 prize is provided by Microsoft. Nominations are now open and will be accepted through January 15, 2019.

Deborah Estrin Named 2018 MacArthur Fellow

ACM Fellow and Athena Lecturer Deborah Estrin has been named a 2018 MacArthur Fellow. She was cited for designing open-source platforms that leverage mobile devices and data to address socio-technological challenges such as personal health management. Estrin is an Associate Dean and professor in Cornell Tech's Computer Science department, and is founder of the Health Tech Hub at the Jacobs Technion-Cornell Institute and co-founder of the nonprofit startup Open mHealth.

Report Aims to Smooth Transition between Community College and Computing Career

A report by the ACM Education Policy Committee analyzes various initiatives being implemented throughout the US that aim to increase the pipeline of students pursuing computing degrees; identify programs that have had the most success; and describe aspects of these programs that could be emulated elsewhere.

Read the ACM news release.

ACM Education Policy Committee Report on Transition from Community College to Computing Careers

ACM USTPC Expresses Concerns about Online Voting

ACM's US Technology Policy Committee (USTPC) is joining with organzations including the National Election Defense Coalition, R Street Institute, and Common Cause to release a report citing concerns on the security of internet and email voting. The report cites the increasing impact of cyberattacks on ballots in transit; malware on the voter’s computer/device; voter authentication; server attacks; and more. Recommendations include a return to paper ballots and other "low-tech" measures.

Meet Bushra Anjum

Bushra Anjum is a Technical Lead and Software Development Engineer at Amazon. Her team has been responsible for global expansion of Amazon Prime, among other high-impact projects. Anjum is a mentor at ReigningIt, Rewriting the Code, GlobalTechWomen, and others to help promote diversity in STEM. She is a member of the ACM Future of Computing Academy and is a senior editor for ACM’s web-based magazine Ubiquity.

Image of Bushra Anjum

ASSETS 2018, October 22 to 24, Galway, Ireland

The 20th International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility will explore the design, evaluation, and use of computing and information technologies to benefit people with disabilities and older adults. The scheduled keynote speaker is Judy Brewer, the Director of the Web Accessibility Initiative at the World Wide Web Consortium.

ACMMM 2018, October 22 to 26, Seoul, Korea

The ACM Multimedia Conference is the premier conference for multimedia experts and practitioners across academia and industry. In addition to workshops including Audio-Visual Scene Understanding, Alternate Realities, Accessible Human-Computer Interfaces, and Health Care, there will be an interactive art program and Grand Challenge and Open Source Software competitions.

CIKM 2018, October 22 to 26, Turin, Italy

The ACM International Conference on Information and Knowledge Management covers information retrieval, data management, and knowledge management. This year CIKM's theme is “From Big Data and Big Information to Big Knowledge”. Keynote speakers are Amazon Research Scientist and ACM Fellow Yoelle Maarek; DeepMind Research Scientist Edward Grefenstette; and University of Amsterdam professor Maarten de Rijke.

Proceedings of the ACM Series

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.

Participate in a Global Survey of Scientists

The 2018 Global Survey of Mathematical, Computing, and Natural Scientists needs people in mathematical, computing and natural sciences, including students, to share their career and educational experiences. The data being collected (through October 31) will include focused information about women in these fields. The survey is being conducted by The Gender Gap in Science project, funded by the International Council for Science, a collaboration of several organizations including ACM.

UC Berkeley to Host ACM A.M. Turing Laureate Colloquium

On Wednesday afternoons this fall, awardees of the ACM A.M. Turing Award will reflect on their time at the University of California, Berkeley between 1970 and 1990, while looking toward the future of research and technological development in their fields. The participants are Richard Karp, William Kahan, Manuel Blum, Andrew Chi-Chih Yao, Silvio Micali, Shafi Goldwasser, Michael Stonebraker, and David Patterson. Lectures are open to the public and will be livestreamed.

Image of speakers at Berkeley’s Turing Colloquium

CACM Oct. 2018 - Human-Level Intelligence or Animal-Like Abilities?

The recent successes of neural networks in applications like speech recognition, vision, and autonomous navigation has led to great excitement by members of the artificial intelligence (AI) community, as well as by the general public. Over a relatively short time, by the science clock, we managed to automate some tasks that have defied us for decades, using one of the more classical techniques due to AI research. The triumph of these achievements has led some to describe the automation of these tasks as having reached human-level intelligence. In this video, Adnan Darwiche discusses "Human-Level Intelligence or Animal-Like Abilities?", a Contributed Article in the October 2018 issue of Communications of the ACM.

Prediction-Serving Systems

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. In this installment, Dan Crankshaw and Joey Gonzalez provide an overview of machine learning server systems. What happens when we wish to actually deploy a machine learning model to production, and how do we serve predictions with high accuracy and high computational efficiency? Dan and Joey’s curated research selection presents cutting-edge techniques spanning database-level integration, video processing, and prediction middleware. Given the explosion of interest in machine learning and its increasing impact on seemingly every application vertical, it's possible that systems such as these will become as commonplace as relational databases are today. 

Become an Ambassador for ACM

Encourage your colleagues to join ACM, share the benefits of ACM and receive free gifts for participating. Your support of ACM is critical to our continuing efforts to advance computing as a science and a profession. 

Ambassador for ACM Program

Bringing You the World’s Computing Literature

The most comprehensive collection of full-text articles and bibliographic records covering computing and information technology includes the complete collection of ACM's publications. 

ACM Digital Library

Lifelong Learning

ACM offers lifelong learning resources including online books from Safari, online courses from Skillsoft, webinars on the hottest topics in computing and IT, and more.

techpacks

ACM Expresses Concern About New Executive Order Suspending Visas

The Association for Computing Machinery, a global scientific and educational organization representing the computing community, expresses concern over US President Donald J. Trump’s Executive Order imposing suspension of visas to nationals of six countries.

The open exchange of ideas and the freedom of thought and expression are central to the aims and goals of ACM. ACM supports the statute of International Council for Science in that the free and responsible practice of science is fundamental to scientific advancement and human and environmental well-being. Such practice, in all its aspects, requires freedom of movement, association, expression and communication for scientists. All individuals are entitled to participate in any ACM activity.