Karlstrom Educator Award Goes to Andrew McGettrick

Andrew McGettrick was named recipient of the Karl V. Karlstrom Outstanding Educator Award for his scholarship and tireless volunteer work and contributions, which have fundamentally improved rigorous computer science as a field of professional practice and as an academic pursuit. His work in curricula, standards and evaluation guidelines improved the quality and rigor of undergraduate, Master’s, and doctoral programs around the world.

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ACM Honors Jennifer Chayes with Distinguished Service Award

Jennifer Chayes was named recipient of the ACM Distinguished Service Award for her effective leadership, mentorship, and dedication to diversity during her distinguished career of computer science research, teaching, and institution building. Her contributions include leadership at Microsoft Research and the University of California, Berkeley; service to computing organizations; mentorship of women, underrepresented racial minorities and other disadvantaged groups; and important research.

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ACM Recognizes Chris Hankin for Outstanding Contributions

Chris Hankin was named recipient of the Outstanding Contribution to ACM Award for fundamental contributions to ACM Europe and for bringing a European perspective to critically important ACM committees and activities. As Chair of the ACM Europe Council from 2017 to 2019, Hankin made it a priority to strengthen the visibility of ACM among younger generations in Europe. As a member of its policy committee, he co-authored two white papers: one on cybersecurity and one on automated decision making.

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Richard Anderson Receives 2020 ACM Eugene L. Lawler Award

Richard Anderson received the 2020 ACM Eugene L. Lawler Award for Humanitarian Contributions within Computer Science and Informatics for contributions bridging the fields of computer science, education, and global health. With his students and collaborators, Anderson developed a range of innovative applications in health, education, the internet, and financial services, benefiting underserved communities around the globe.

2020 ACM Eugene L. Lawler Award recipient Richard Anderson

ACM Honors Marc Rotenberg with Policy Award

Marc Rotenberg receives the 2020 ACM Policy Award for long-standing, high-impact leadership on privacy and technology policy. A leading advocate for privacy and data protection, Rotenberg has testified before the US Congress and European Parliament, and is active in several international policy organizations. Rotenberg has mentored two generations of public interest attorneys through internships at EPIC, as an adjunct professor at Georgetown Law, and as the author of many textbooks and articles.

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Margaret Martonosi Receives 2021 Eckert-Mauchly Award

Margaret Martonosi, the Hugh Trumbull Adams '35 Professor of Computer Science at Princeton University, was named the recipient of the 2021 ACM - IEEE CS Eckert-Mauchly Award for contributions to the design, modeling, and verification of power-efficient computer architecture. Martonosi has made significant contributions in computer architecture and microarchitecture, and her work has led to new fields of research.

2021 Eckert-Mauchly Award recipient Margaret Martonosi

Meet Scott Aaronson

Scott Aaronson is a Professor at the University of Texas at Austin. Besides showing how results from computational complexity theory can provide new insights into the laws of quantum physics, and bringing clarity to what quantum computers will, and will not, be able to do, he is also recognized as an effective spokesperson and educator on quantum computing. His publications include the respected textbook, Quantum Computing Since Democritus. Aaronson was named the recipient of the 2020 ACM Prize in Computing for groundbreaking contributions to the field of quantum computing.

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HotTopic on Politics and Policy of Necessity: Mega-Hacks and the Future of US Cybersecurity

ACM's US Technology Policy Committee (USTPC) hosted a HotTopics webinar session on Politics and Policy of Necessity: Mega-Hacks and the Future of US Cybersecurity on June 9. Former USTPC Chair and renowned cybersecurity expert Gene Spafford moderated a panel that discussed cyberthreats and how multiple arms of the US government can respond. Panelists included Steven Bellovin, Edward Felten, Rebecca Herold and Mark Rasch.

Meet Alison Clear

Alison Clear is an Associate Professor at Eastern Institute of Technology in Auckland, New Zealand. She was recently recognized with the ACM SIGCSE Lifetime Service to the Computer Science Education Community Award. Clear is Co-chair (along with Allen Parrish of the University of Alabama) of the CC2020 Task Force, which recently published the ACM/IEEE-CS report Computing Curricula 2020: Paradigms for Future Computing Curricula (CC2020). The report is the first comprehensive update of the ACM/IEEE-CS curricula guidelines for baccalaureate degrees in 15 years.

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Listen to ACM ByteCast!

ACM's Practitioner Board has created ACM ByteCast, a new podcast series in which hosts Rashmi Mohan, Jessica Bell, and Scott Hanselman interview researchers, practitioners, and innovators who are at the intersection of computing research and practice. In each monthly episode, guests will share their experiences, the lessons they’ve learned, and their own visions for the future of computing.

Listen to the latest episode featuring 2013 ACM A.M. Turing Award laureate Leslie Lamport of Microsoft Research, best known for his seminal work in distributed and concurrent systems, and subscribe to the series wherever you get your podcasts.

ACM/IEEE Presidential Panel on the Future of Computing

View a May 6 panel convened by ACM and IEEE to discuss the computing profession's state in the world today and its future outlook. The panel focused on the many challenges of computational science, computer science education, and how information technology affects society, industry, and academia. Panelists included ACM President Gabriele Kotsis; IEEE-CS President Forrest Shull; ACM Turing Award Laureate Barbara Liskov; and ACM Fellows Nuria Oliver, Ricardo Baeza-Yates and Moshe Vardi.

Applications now open for ACM Europe Summer School on HPC

The 2021 ACM Europe Summer School on “HPC Computer Architectures for AI and Dedicated Applications” will take place 30 August - 3 September, and it is hosted by the Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC-CNS) and the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC). This edition of the school will be fully remote. The summer school addresses young computer science researchers and engineers, and it is open to outstanding MSc students and senior undergraduate students. Applications are due 15 July.

Meet Michelle Zhou

Michelle Zhou is Co-founder and CEO of Juji, Inc., which develops cognitive artificial intelligence assistants in the form of chatbots. She has authored more than 100 scientific publications on subjects including conversational AI, personality analytics, and interactive visual analytics of big data. An ACM Distinguished Member, Zhou serves as Editor-in-Chief of ACM Transactions on Interactive Intelligent Systems.

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ACM Breakthrough in Computing Award Goes to Michael Franz

ACM has named Michael Franz of the University of California, Irvine the recipient of the ACM Charles P. "Chuck" Thacker Breakthrough in Computing Award. Franz is recognized for the development of just-in-time compilation techniques that enable fast and feature-rich web services on the internet. Every day, millions of people around the world use online applications such as Gmail and Facebook. These web applications would not have been possible without the groundbreaking compilation technique Franz developed in the mid 1990s.

2020 ACM Thacker Breakthrough in Computing Award recipient Michael Franz

Scott Aaronson Honored with ACM Prize in Computing

ACM has named Scott Aaronson of the University of Texas at Austin the recipient of the 2020 ACM Prize in Computing for groundbreaking contributions to quantum computing. Aaronson showed how results from computational complexity theory can provide new insights into the laws of quantum physics, and brought clarity to what quantum computers will, and will not, be able to do. His quantum supremacy experiments allow scientists to give convincing evidence that quantum computers provide exponential speedups without having to first build a full fault-tolerant quantum computer.

2020 ACM Prize recipient Scott Aaronson

ACM Announces 2020 Turing Award Recipients

ACM has named Alfred Aho, Lawrence Gussman Professor Emeritus at Columbia University, and Jeffrey Ullman, Stanford W. Ascherman Professor Emeritus at Stanford University and CEO of Gradiance Corporation, recipients of the 2020 ACM A.M. Turing Award for fundamental algorithms and theory underlying programming language implementation, and for synthesizing these results and those of others in their highly influential books, which educated generations of computer scientists.

2020 ACM A.M. Turing Award recipients Alfred Aho and Jeffrey Ullman

Shyamnath Gollakota Receives ACM Grace Murray Hopper Award

ACM has named Shyamnath Gollakota of the University of Washington the recipient of the 2020 ACM Grace Murray Hopper Award for contributions to the use of wireless signals in creating novel applications, including battery-free communications, health monitoring, gesture recognition, and bio-based wireless sensing. His work has revolutionized and reimagined what can be done using wireless systems.

2020 Grace Murray Hopper Award recipient Shyamnath Gollakota

Software System Award Goes to Three for Pioneering Open Source Initiatives

ACM named Margo Seltzer, Michael Olson and Keith Bostic recipients of the 2020 ACM Software System Award for Berkeley DB, which was an early exemplar of the NoSQL movement and pioneered the “dual-license” approach to software licensing. Seltzer and Bostic founded Sleepycat Software to continue development of Berkeley DB and provide commercial support. Olson joined in 1997, and for 10 years, Berkeley DB was the de facto data store for major web infrastructure.

2020 ACM Software System Award recipients Margo Seltzer, Michael Olson and Keith Bostic

Creators of Balanced Allocations Paradigm Receive Kanellakis Award

Yossi Azar, Andrei Broder, Anna Karlin, Michael Mitzenmacher, and Eli Upfal have been named 2020 ACM Paris Kanellakis Theory and Practice Award recipients for the discovery and analysis of balanced allocations, known as the power of two choices, and their extensive applications to practice. The Balanced Allocations paper and the follow-up work on the power of two choices are elegant theoretical results, and their content will continue to have a demonstrable effect on the practice of computing.

2020 ACM Paris Kanellakis Award recipients Yossi Azar, Andrei Broder, Anna Karlin, Michael Mitzenmacher, and Eli Upfal

ACM, AAAI Recognize Levesque and Vardi for Theoretical and Logic Contributions

The 2020 ACM – AAAI Allen Newell Award honors Hector Levesque and Moshe Vardi. Levesque is recognized for fundamental contributions to knowledge representation and reasoning, and their broader influence within theoretical computer science, databases, robotics, and the study of Boolean satisfiability. Vardi is cited for contributions to the development of logic as a unifying foundational framework and a tool for modeling computational systems.

2020 ACM-AAAI Allen Newell Award recipients Hector Levesque and Moshe Vardi

ACM Names Ayanna Howard 2021-2022 Athena Lecturer

ACM has named Ayanna Howard of The Ohio State University as the 2021-2022 Athena Lecturer. Howard is recognized for fundamental contributions to the development of accessible human-robotic systems and artificial intelligence, along with forging new paths to broaden participation in computing through entrepreneurial and mentoring efforts. Her contributions span theoretical foundations, experimental evaluation, and practical applications.

2021-2022 ACM Athena Lecturer Ayanna Howard

ACM Presents Special Awards to Regeneron Science Fair Finalists

ACM presented Special Awards to finalists in the 2021 Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF), the world's largest high school science research competition, held virtually May 16-21, 2021. Nearly 2,000 high school students competed to reach the finals. Each year, organizations representing government, industry and education serve as Special Award Sponsors, providing awards, scholarships, internships and other prizes to student finalists. In addition to monetary prizes, ACM also provides complimentary ACM Student Lite Memberships for the duration of the award recipients' undergraduate education.

Discover the Latest "Selects," Shortlists of Learning Resources Curated by Experts

ACM Selects are themed shortlists curated by subject matter experts for both serious and emerging computing professionals, with the goal of providing new ways to discover relevant resources, either through ACM or authenticated by ACM-affiliated specialists. The latest Selects cover Getting Started with HPC, Getting Started with Networks, Getting Started with Data Science #2, and People in Computing #7: Women in Hardware and Programming Languages.

ACM-W's Webinar Series Celebrates Women in Computing

By highlighting successful technical women who are leading diverse careers in the technology industry, ACM-W’s webinar series, “Celebrating Technology Leaders,” aims to inform students and early-career professionals about the multitude of career options open to them. The latest episode features Women in Cybersecurity on June 9; register here. Previous webinars featured tech entrepreneurship; UI/UX; data; and robotics. Visit the YouTube playlist to watch the webinars.

Introducing ACM Focus

ACM Focus is a new way to explore the breadth and variety of ACM content, and to stay current with the latest trends in your technical community. ACM Focus consists of a set of AI-curated custom feeds by subject, each serving up a focused set of the latest relevant ACM content that provides overall awareness of relevant ACM activities, people, talks and a variety of published works. Examples of topic categories include AI, Web, Applied Computing, Society, Graphics, and more. The feeds are built in an automated fashion and are refined as you interact with them. Explore ACM Focus today!

ISCA 2021, June 14 to 19 (online)

The International Symposium on Computer Architecture is the premier forum for new ideas and research results in computer architecture. Workshops will cover such topics as DRAM security, environmental responsibility, and real-world applications. Hillery Hunter (IBM), Monica Lam (Stanford University) and Pradeep Dubey (State University of New York, Stony Brook) will keynote.

SIGMOD/PODS 2021, June 20 to 25 (online)

The International Conference on Management of Data is a leading international forum for database researchers, practitioners, developers, and users to explore cutting-edge ideas and results, and to exchange techniques, tools, and experiences. Workshops will cover Big Data in Emergent Distributed Environments; Exploiting AI for Data Management; Data Management for End-to-End Machine Learning; Data Management on New Hardware; and Graph Data Management and Systems and Network Data Analytics.

PLDI 2021, June 20 to 26 (online)

PLDI is the premier forum in programming languages and programming systems research, covering design, implementation, theory, applications, and performance. Co-located conferences will cover history of programming languages, memory management, and languages, compilers, tools and theory of embedded systems. Workshops will address array-oriented programming; programming languages for quantum computing; state of the art in program analysis; and more.

ACM SIG Elections - Voting

Voting for the following elections closed on 1 June 2021 (16:00 UTC):

Results will be announced soon.

Voting for the following elections closed on 14 May 2021 (16:00 UTC):

The election results have been published. Please see https://www.acm.org/elections/sigs/election-results

Getting Down to Basics

Read about the 2020 ACM A.M. Turing Award recipients, Alfred V. Aho and Jeffrey D. Ullman in "Getting Down to Basics" from the June 2021 issue of Communications of the ACM.

Differential Privacy: The Pursuit of Protections by Default

As privacy violations have become rampant and calls for better measures to protect sensitive, personally identifiable information have primarily resulted in bureaucratic policies satisfying almost no one, differential privacy is emerging as a potential solution. In “Differential Privacy: The Pursuit of Protections by Default,” a Case Study in ACM Queue, Google’s Damien Desfontaines and Miguel Guevara reflect with Jim Waldo and Terry Coatta on the engineering challenges that lie ahead for differential privacy, as well as what remains to be done to achieve their ultimate goal of providing privacy protection by default.

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

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ACM offers lifelong learning resources including online books from O'Reilly, online courses from Skillsoft, TechTalks on the hottest topics in computing and IT, and more.


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.