Prateek Mittal Receives ACM Grace Murray Hopper Award

Prateek Mittal, Princeton University, is the recipient of the 2023 ACM Grace Murray Hopper Award for foundational contributions to safeguarding Internet privacy and security using a cross-layer approach. The unifying theme in Mittal’s research is to leverage foundational techniques from network science, comprising graph-theoretical mechanics, data mining, and inferential modeling for tackling privacy and security challenges. Taken together, his contributions are impacting the privacy and integrity of global commerce, financial services, online healthcare, and everyday communications.

2023 Grace Murray Hopper Award recipient Prateek Mittal

Software System Award Goes to Andrew S. Tanenbaum for MINIX

Andrew S. Tanenbaum receives the ACM Software System Award for MINIX, which influenced the teaching of Operating Systems principles to multiple generations of students and contributed to the design of widely used operating systems, including Linux. MINIX was a small microkernel-based UNIX operating system for the IBM PC, which was popular at the time. It was roughly 12,000 lines of code, and in addition to the microkernel, included a memory manager, file system and core UNIX utility programs. It became free open-source software in 2000.

2023 ACM Software System Award recipient Andrew S. Tanenbaum

Contributors to Algorithm Engineering Receive Kanellakis Award

Guy E. BlellochCarnegie Mellon University; Laxman Dhulipala, University of Maryland; and Julian Shun, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, receive the ACM Paris Kanellakis Theory and Practice Award for contributions to algorithm engineering, including the Ligra, GBBS, and Aspen frameworks which revolutionized large-scale graph processing on shared-memory machines. They have obtained many truly outstanding results in which their provably efficient algorithms running on an inexpensive multi-core shared-memory machine are faster than any prior algorithms, even those running on much bigger and more expensive machines. 

2023 ACM Paris Kanellakis Award recipients Guy E. Blelloch, Laxman Dhulipala, and Julian Shun

ACM, AAAI Recognize David Blei for Significant Contributions to Machine Learning

David Blei of Columbia University receives the ACM - AAAI Allen Newell Award. Blei is recognized for significant contributions to machine learning, information retrieval, and statistics. His signature accomplishment is in the machine learning area of “topic modeling", which he pioneered in the foundational paper “Latent Dirichlet Allocation” (LDA). The applications of topic modelling can be found throughout the social, physical, and biological sciences, in areas such as medicine, finance, political science, commerce, and the digital humanities.

2023 ACM-AAAI Allen Newell Award recipient David Blei

Doctoral Dissertation Award Recognizes Young Researchers

Nivedita Arora is the recipient of the ACM Doctoral Dissertation Award for demonstrating wireless and batteryless sensor nodes using novel materials and radio backscatter in her dissertation “Sustainable Interactive Wireless Stickers: From Materials to Devices to Applications.” Honorable Mentions for the ACM Doctoral Dissertation Award go to Gabriele Farina, whose PhD was earned at Carnegie Mellon University, for his dissertation “Game-Theoretic Decision Making in Imperfect-Information Games”; and William Kuszmaul, whose PhD was earned at MIT, for his dissertation “Randomized Data Structures: New Perspectives and Hidden Surprises.”

Nivedita Arora, Gabriele Farina, William Kuszmaul

Margaret Martonosi Receives 2023 ACM Fran Allen Award

ACM named Princeton University's Margaret Martonosi the recipient of the ACM Frances E. Allen Award for Outstanding Mentoring. Martonosi is recognized for outstanding and far-reaching mentoring at Princeton University, in computer architecture, and to the broader computer science community. Martonosi, the Hugh Trumbull Adams ’35 Professor of Computer Science at Princeton University, is a leader in the design, modeling, and verification of power efficient computer architecture. She also recently served as the National Science Foundation Assistant Director leading the Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering.

2023 ACM Fran Allen Award Recipient Margaret Martonosi

Karlstrom Educator Award Goes to Alicia Nicki Washington and Shaundra Daily

Alicia Nicki Washington, Professor, Duke University and Shaundra Daily, Professor, Duke University receive the Karl V. Karlstrom Outstanding Educator Award for their work towards changing the national computing education system to be more equitable and to combat unjust impacts of computing on society. Washington and Daily have had a critical, wide-reaching impact on educating the broader community through a novel course, a popular training program, and a national alliance.

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ACM Honors John M. Abowd with Policy Award

John M. Abowd, Professor Emeritus, Cornell University, and Chief Scientist, United States Census Bureau (retired), receives the ACM Policy Award for transformative work in modernizing the US Census Bureau’s processing and dissemination of census and survey data, which serves as a model for privacy-aware management of government collected data. Abowd’s work has transformed the government’s capacity to improve the accuracy and availability of vital statistical and data resources, while at the same time, enhancing citizens’ privacy.

John Abowd

ACM Recognizes Jack W. Davidson for Outstanding Contributions

Jack W. Davidson, Professor, University of Virginia, receives the Outstanding Contribution to ACM Award for leadership in and contributions to ACM’s Publications Program. Davidson served as Co-Chair of the ACM Publications Board from 2010 through 2021 and has been the founding chair of the ACM Digital Library Board since 2021. In those roles, he has led several key efforts of paramount importance to ACM, its membership, and the computing community.

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ACM Honors Aidong Zhang with Distinguished Service Award

Aidong Zhang, Thomas M. Linville Professor, University of Virginia, receives the ACM Distinguished Service Award for her impactful leadership and lasting service to the broad communities of bioinformatics, computational biology, and data mining. As an ACM member for 29 years, Zhang has devoted tremendous efforts to serving her research community. Beyond ACM, Zhang’s numerous contributions to the field have included being selected by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to be a Program Director managing federal investments in several computing-related areas from 2015-2018.

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ACM President Honors Anand Deshpande With 2023 Presidential Award

ACM President Yannis Ioannidis has recognized Anand Deshpande, Managing Director, Persistent Systems, with the ACM Presidential Award for long-standing contributions to the broader computing community and to ACM. Deshpande has been a major asset of the computing ecosystem of India, having a tangible, technological, economic, and intellectual impact in his country. He has made significant contributions to the local innovation and educational environments through think tanks and professional support foundations, but has also contributed to technology policy issues, advising the Indian government on critical topics.

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ACM President Honors M. Tamer Özsu With 2023 Presidential Award

ACM President Yannis Ioannidis has recognized M. Tamer Özsu, Professor, University of Waterloo with the ACM Presidential Award for long-standing contributions to the broader computing community and to ACM. Özsu is known for his research work on large-scale distributed data management and his emphasis on system building targeting grand societal challenges. In addition, Özsu has truly dedicated himself to the education of the younger generation, nurturing and inspiring young researchers and practitioners.

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Avi Wigderson Receives 2023 A.M. Turing Award

ACM has named Avi Wigderson as recipient of the 2023 ACM A.M. Turing Award for foundational contributions to the theory of computation, including reshaping our understanding of the role of randomness in computation, and for his decades of intellectual leadership in theoretical computer science. Wigderson will deliver his Turing Award Lecture “Alan Turing: A TCS Role Model,” on Thursday, June 27 at 6 pm PT (Friday, June 28 at 1 am UTC) at STOC 2024: ACM Symposium on Theory of Computing.

The lecture will be available for livestreaming above and on YouTube.

Amanda Randles Receives 2023 ACM Prize in Computing

ACM has named Amanda Randles, Alfred Winborne and Victoria Stover Mordecai Associate Professor of Biomedical Sciences at Duke University, the recipient of the 2023 ACM Prize in Computing for groundbreaking contributions to computational health through innovative algorithms, tools, and high-performance computing methods for diagnosing and treating a variety of human diseases. She is known for developing new computational tools to harness the world’s most powerful supercomputers to create highly precise simulations of biophysical processes.

2023 ACM Prize recipient Amanda Randles

ACM Names Maja Matarić 2024-2025 Athena Lecturer

ACM has named Maja Matarić, the Chan Soon-Shiong Chair and Distinguished Professor of Computer Science at the University of Southern California, as the 2024-2025 ACM Athena Lecturer. Matarić is recognized for pioneering the field of socially assistive robotics, including groundbreaking research, evaluation, and technology transfer, and foundational work in multi-robot coordination and human-robot interaction. Matarić is also the founding director of the USC Robotics and Autonomous Systems Center, and a Principal Scientist at Google DeepMind.

2023-2024 ACM Athena Lecturer Maja Matarić

ACM Names 2023 Fellows

ACM has named 68 members ACM Fellows for significant contributions in areas including algorithm design, computer graphics, cybersecurity, energy-efficient computing, mobile computing, software analytics, and web search, to name a few. The ACM Fellows program recognizes the top 1% of ACM Members for their outstanding accomplishments in computing and information technology and/or outstanding service to ACM and the larger computing community.

ACM Names 2023 Distinguished Members

ACM has named 52 Distinguished Members for outstanding contributions to the field. All 2023 inductees are longstanding ACM members and were selected by their peers for a range of accomplishments that advance computing as a science and a profession. The ACM Distinguished Member program recognizes up to 10 percent of ACM worldwide membership based on professional experience and significant achievements in computing.

ACM, CSTA Announce Cutler-Bell Prize Student Recipients

ACM and the Computer Science Teachers Association have announced the 2023-2024 recipients 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 recipients are Shobhit Agarwal, Reedy High School, Frisco, Texas; Franziska Borneff, Hidden Valley High School, Cave Spring, Virginia; Daniel Mathew, Poolesville High School, Poolesville, Maryland; and Kosha Upadhyay, Bellevue High School, Bellevue, Washington

2023-2024  Cutler Bell recipients  Shobhit Agarwal, Franziska Borneff, Daniel Mathew, Kosha Upadhyay,
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2024 ACM General Election Results

ACM's newly-elected officers:

For the term 1 July 2024 — 30 June 2026

President: Yannis Ioannidis
Vice President: Elisa Bertino
Secretary/Treasurer: Rashmi Mohan

For the term 1 July 2024 — 30 June 2028

Members-at-Large: Odest (Chad) Jenkins, John Kim, Tanara Lauschner, Alison Derbenwick Miller, and Alejandro Saucedo

AI Letters Journal: Call for Proposals

ACM is seeking editorial participation from community members in launching AI Letters, a proposed new journal for rapid publication of significant results in AI and machine learning. ACM community members who have the necessary expertise, energy, and enthusiasm to help develop this proposal and participate in the launch and editorial oversight of this important new journal should contact ACM at [email protected].

New Open Access Publishing Model for ICPS Coming in 2024

In a major step in its transition to fully Open Access (OA) publication of all content on the ACM Digital Library, ACM will transition the International Conference Proceedings Series (ICPS) to a fully OA publishing model from January 2024. In the new model, all ICPS papers will be made OA upon publication, and existing ICPS papers will be converted to OA. Some authors who are not at ACM Open institutions will be required to pay Article Processing Charges (APCs). The model will apply to all conferences for which the Call for Papers will be issued on or after January 1, 2024.

ACM Skills Bundle Add-On

ACM has created a new Skills Bundle add-on providing unlimited access to ACM's collection of thousands of online books, courses, and training videos from O'Reilly, Skillsoft Percipio, and Pluralsight. ACM’s collection includes more than 60,000 online books and video courses from O’Reilly, 9,700 online courses and 11,000 eBooks and audiobooks from Skillsoft, and 2,000 courses from Pluralsight.

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2023 Computer Science Curriculum Guidelines Revision

ACM has joined with the IEEE Computer Society and the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence to develop "Computer Science Curricula 2023” (CS2023). CS2023 provides a comprehensive guide outlining the knowledge and competencies students should attain for degrees in computer science and related disciplines at the undergraduate level. Establishing uniform curricular guidelines for computer science disciplines is essential to the ongoing vitality of the field and the future success of those who study it.

Inaugural Issues of ACM/IMS Journal of Data Science

ACM and IMS (Institute of Mathematical Statistics) have announced the publication of the first issues of the ACM/IMS Journal of Data Science (JDS), a new peer-reviewed publication. The scope of the journal is multi-disciplinary and broad, spanning statistics, machine learning, computer systems, and the societal implications of data science. JDS accepts original papers as well as novel surveys that summarize and organize critical subject areas. The ACM/IMS Journal of Data Science is a Gold Open Access publication, permanently and freely available online for anyone, anywhere to read.

Inaugural Issues of ACM/IMS Journal of Data Science

ACM Boasts Strong Impact Factors

The journals of ACM once again had an impressive showing in the latest Journal Citation Reports release from Clarivate, with notable performances across the entire portfolio and fifteen journals receiving their first impact factors—including four titles from the innovative Proceedings of the ACM (PACM) program. ACM's flagship magazine Communications of the ACM (CACM) continued its dominance by receiving an all-time high impact factor of 22.7, placing it first in all three of its categories, and ACM Computing Surveys (CSUR) which continued to ascend with an impact factor of 16.6, placing it third in the Computer Science, Theory & Methods category.

ACM Boasts Strong Impact Factors

Ceasing Print Publication of ACM Journals and Transactions

ACM has made the decision to cease print publication for ACM’s journals and transactions as of January 2024. There were several motivations for this change: ACM wants to be as environmentally friendly as possible; print journals lack the new features and functionality of the electronic versions in the ACM Digital Library; and print subscriptions, which have been declining for years, have now reached a level where the time was right to sunset print. Please contact [email protected] should you have any questions.

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CACM Relaunched as Open Access, Web-First Publication

ACM has relaunched Communications of the ACM (CACM) as a web-first publication, accessible to all without charge—including the entire backlog of CACM articles. First published in 1958, CACM is one of the most respected information technology magazines. The web-first model will allow ACM to publish articles more rapidly than before so that readers can keep abreast of the lightning-fast changes in the computing field. At the same time, researchers will be able to reference and cite valuable information and research from CACM articles more quickly. This marks another important milestone in ACM's ongoing transition to a fully open access publisher.

TechBrief on Automated Vehicles

ACM TechBriefs is a series of short technical bulletins by ACM’s Technology Policy Council that present scientifically-grounded perspectives on the impact of specific developments or applications of technology. Designed to complement ACM’s activities in the policy arena, the primary goal is to inform rather than advocate for specific policies. The new edition is focused on the problem that deficiencies in critical testing data and automated vehicle technology are impeding informed regulation and possible deployment of demonstrably safe automated vehicles—and that improved safety outcomes depend on appropriately regulating the safety engineering, testing, and ongoing performance of automated vehicles.

HotTopic Panel on Autonomous Weapons

Once considered science fiction, autonomous weapons systems long ago left the drawing board for the battlefield. Employed in conflicts today, such systems remain controversial and are ungoverned by any broad binding international agreement. The ACM US Technology Policy Committee hosted the HotTopics webinar: "Death by Algorithm: The Use, Control, and Legality of Lethal and Other Autonomous Weapons Systems" with Larry Medsker (Moderator), Ronald C. Arkin, Gary Corn, Jack Shanahan, and Jody Westby discussing this timely and critical subject.

TPC Releases Principles for Generative AI Technologies

In response to major advances in generative AI technologies—as well as the significant questions these technologies pose in areas including intellectual property, the future of work, and even human safety—ACM's global Technology Policy Council (TPC) has issued "Principles for the Development, Deployment, and Use of Generative AI Technologies." Drawing on the deep technical expertise of computer scientists in the United States and Europe, the TPC statement outlines eight principles intended to foster fair, accurate, and beneficial decision-making concerning generative and all other AI technologies.

How Tech Can Empower the LGBTQ+ Community

In celebration of Pride Month, ACM hosts a panel discussion centered around technological advances and its importance in connecting LGBTQ+ individuals worldwide. Queer users have utilized virtual reality and social media platforms to create a safe environment for community gathering and authentic self-expression. “Virtual Realities: How Tech Can Empower the LGBTQ+ Community,” features panelists Andreea Danielescu, Sharone Horowit-Hendler, and Michael Ann Devito with Guo Freeman as the moderator. Panelists will share their research on how LGBTQ+ identities and technology can intersect. 

Meet Xing Xie

Xing Xie is a Partner Research Manager at Microsoft Research Asia. His research interests include data mining, social computing, and responsible AI. He is a Fellow of the China Computing Federation and was recently named an ACM Fellow for contributions to spatial data mining and recommendation systems. In his interview, he discusses Microsoft Research's Societal AI initiative, how AI is transforming recommendation systems, and more.

ACM Opens First 50 Years Backfile

ACM has opened the articles published during the first 50 years of its publishing program, from 1951 through the end of 2000, These articles are now open and freely available to view and download via the ACM Digital Library. ACM’s first 50 years backfile contains more than 117,500 articles on a wide range of computing topics. In addition to articles published between 1951 and 2000, ACM has also opened related and supplemental materials including data sets, software, slides, audio recordings, and videos.

Meet Nesime Tatbul

Nesime Tatbul is a Senior Research Scientist at Intel’s Parallel Computing Lab (PCL) and MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL). Her research interests are broadly in large-scale data management systems and modern data-intensive applications, with a recent focus on learned data systems, time series analytics, and observability data management. In her interview, she discusses large-scale data management systems, stream processing, working in both industry and academia, and more.

Featured ACM ByteCast

ACM ByteCast is ACM's series of podcast interviews with researchers, practitioners, and innovators who are at the intersection of computing research and practice. In this episode of ACM ByteCast, Scott Hanselman welcomes ACM Fellow Juan Gilbert, the Andrew Banks Family Preeminence Endowed Professor and Chair of the Computer & Information Science & Engineering Department at the University of Florida. Here, he shares his surprise at being nominated for the National Medal of Technology and Innovation, his “barrier-free design" and voting machine technology, and much more.

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View On Demand - 2023 Heidelberg Laureate Forum

The 2023 Heidelberg Laureate Forum connected young researchers and other participants with scientific pioneers to learn how the laureates made it to the top of their fields, bringing together some of the brightest minds in mathematics and computer science for an unrestrained, interdisciplinary exchange. This year, 22 ACM A.M. Turing Award and ACM Prize in Computing recipients participated in numerous engaging panel discussions and spark sessions as well as delivering key lectures. You can now view them along with many others via the 2023 HLF YouTube channel.

Diversity Data Collection at ACM

ACM is deeply committed to fostering a scientific community that both supports and benefits from the talents of community members from a wide range of backgrounds. To this end, ACM has adopted new demographic questions developed by ACM’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council to understand current levels of participation and to gauge our success at advancing DEI. It is mandated that they be used throughout ACM for all activities, and responses will be required from all ACM authors, reviewers, conference attendees, volunteers, and members. Please take the time to fill out your questionnaire today.

DAC 2024, June 23 - 27

The Design Automation Conference is the premier destination for the entire ecosystem devoted to the design and design automation of electronic circuits and systems. DAC offers outstanding education, training, exhibits and networking opportunities for a worldwide community of chip and system designers, researchers, academics, executives, and electronic design tool vendors. Keynote speakers are Jim Keller (Tenstorrent), Gary Patton (Intel), Alan Lee (Analog Devices, Inc.), and Sarita V. Adve (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign). The conference will be held in San Francisco, California, USA.

STOC 2024, June 24 - 28

The ACM Symposium on the Theory of Computing is sponsored by the ACM Special Interest Group on Algorithms and Computation Theory. Special guest speaker 2024 ACM A.M Turing recipient Avi Wigderson will deliver his Turing Award Lecture, “Alan Turing: A TCS Role Model,” on Thursday, June 27 at 6 pm PT (Friday, June 28 at 1 am UTC). This year's workshops and sessions include "Algorithmic Opportunities in the Modern LLM Revolution," "The Power of Two-sided Recruitment in Two-sided Markets," "Length-Constrained Expanders," "Online Resource Allocation," and many more. Keynote speakers are Tim Roughgarden (Columbia University), Jakub Pachocki (OpenAI), and Michal Feldman (Tel Aviv University). The event will be held in Vancouver, Canada. 

PLDI 2024, June 24 - 28

The SIGPLAN Conference on Programming Language Design and Implementation is the premier forum in programming languages and programming systems research, covering design, implementation, theory, applications, and performance. Sessions and workshops include "Algorithms and Applications for Provable Repair of Deep Neural Networks," "Democratizing DSL development with the BuildIt Framework," "Concurrent Algorithms in Kotlin Coroutines," "Quick and dirty development of static analyses with LiSA," and more.  The event will be held in Copenhagen, Denmark.

2023 ACM A.M Turing Award, Avi Wigderson

In the June issue of Communications of the ACM, Neil Savage provides an overview of 2023 ACM A.M. Turing Award recipient Avi Wigderson's life, career, and work that led to him being recognized for fundamental contributions to the theory of computation, in particular by expanding our understanding of the role that randomness plays. Also in this issue, Leah Hoffmann offers a wide-ranging Q&A in which Wigderson expounds on zero-knowledge proofs, how his work is motivated by intellectual curiosity, his current endeavors, and more

Multiparty Computation: To Secure Privacy, Do the Math

MPC (multiparty computation) was introduced to the world in 1982—at about the same time the Commodore 64 was announced. Why are we still talking about MPC more than 40 years later? Well, it turns out MPC is based on some extremely complex math, which is like nectar to anyone in the field of cryptography. And, over the past decade, MPC has come to be exhumed from the archives and harnessed as one of the most powerful tools available for the protection of sensitive data. Here, in a discussion with Nigel Smart, Joshua W. Baron, Sanjay Saravanan, Jordan Brandt, and Atefeh Mashatan, we explore some of the implications of these advances.

Automatically Testing Database Systems

ACM Queue’s "Research for Practice" serves up expert-curated guides to the best of computing research, and relates these breakthroughs to the challenges that software engineers face every day. In this installment, "Automatically Testing Database Systems," Manuel Rigger (Assistant Professor in the School of Computing at the National University of Singapore) presents three papers. The first focuses on the problem of automatically synthesizing sophisticated test oracles that check whether the outputs of a database history are correct. The second co-designs input generation and test oracle in order to focus strictly on bugs in concurrency control. The last covers a diverse input space of SQL dialects while relying on the "built-in" test oracle of system crashes.

Send Email as Your "@acm.org" Address

ACM is excited to announce a new enhancement of to the widely used ACM email forwarding service. Through a partnership with MailRoute, SMTP Auth Relay is now available for member use. To start sending fully authenticated email as your @acm.org address, simply log in at https://myacm.acm.org and click the "SMTP Auth Relay" link.

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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.

On March 3, 2022, ACM’s Executive Committee decided not to hold any conferences in Russia while the conflict in the Ukraine and the humanitarian crisis in Europe continue. This decision applies to ACM sponsored conferences and workshops as well as in-cooperation events.