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 has named 56 members ACM Fellows for significant contributions in areas including computer architecture, mobile networks, robotics, and systems security. The accomplishments of the 2018 ACM Fellows underpin the technologies that define the digital age and greatly impact our professional and personal lives. ACM Fellows are composed of an elite group that represents less than 1% of the Association’s global membership. "We are honored to add a new class of Fellows to ACM’s ranks and we look forward to the guidance and counsel they will provide to our organization," said ACM President Cherri M. Pancake. (Pictured are the 2017 ACM Fellows.)
The ACM Education Board's Retention Committee has released "Retention in Computer Science Undergraduate Programs in the U.S.: Data Challenges and Promising Interventions." The report calls for additional research to provide a more nuanced understanding of the dynamics of attrition and retention, and encourages higher education institutions to provide proactive counseling to undergraduate students about career opportunities in CS.
Sarita Adve of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has been named the recipient of the 2018 ACM-IEEE CS Ken Kennedy Award. Adve is recognized for her research contributions and leadership in the development of memory consistency models for C++ and Java; for service to numerous computer science organizations; and for exceptional mentoring. The award was presented at SC 18: The International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis.
Two research teams share the 2018 ACM Gordon Bell Prize: the Oak Ridge National Laboratory team for their work in combating opioid addiction, and a team affiliated with the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory for their work in applying AI to understanding climate change. The award was bestowed during the SC18 supercomputing conference.
The ACM/IFIP Middleware Conference is a major forum for the discussion of innovations and recent scientific advances of middleware systems. Keynote speakers are Anne-Marie Kermarrec, Senior Researcher at Inria and an ACM Fellow; and Emin Gün Sirer, an associate professor at Cornell University, a co-director of the Initiative for Cryptocurrencies and Smart Contracts, and the founder and chief scientist of bloXroute Labs.
ACM has named 49 Distinguished Members for outstanding contributions to the field. The 2018 ACM Distinguished Members are exemplars for their peers, and represent ACM’s worldwide geographic reach, as well as the exciting range of subdisciplines that constitute today’s technology landscape. The ACM Distinguished Member program recognizes up to 10 percent of ACM worldwide membership based on professional experience and significant achievements in computing.
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 will be accepted through January 15, 2019.
Falko Dressler is a Professor of Computer Science and Chair for Distributed Embedded Systems at Paderborn University in Germany. He has authored more than 300 publications, including the textbooks Self Organization in Sensor and Actor Networks and Vehicular Networks. He serves on the Executive Committee of ACM’s Special Interest Group on Mobility of Systems, Users, Data and Computing (SIGMOBILE) and has chaired ACM conferences including MobiSys and MobiHoc. Dressler is an ACM Distinguished Speaker and Distinguished Member, and an IEEE Fellow.
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.
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.
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 December 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.
Researchers and practitioners at all phases of their careers (undergrad, PhD or postdoc) are encouraged to apply for the next Heidelberg Laureate Forum (September 22 to 27, 2019), for a chance to personally interact with laureates of the most prestigious prizes in mathematics and computer science, including the ACM A.M. Turing Award and the ACM Prize in Computing. Applications are due February 15, 2019.
Point/Counterpoint: Should AI Be Regulated?
In today’s rapidly advancing world of artificial intelligence, regulation has become a key topic of debate both inside and out of technological communities. But is regulation within AI necessary? If so, how much regulation is ideal, and who should do the regulating? One of the most difficult facets of the discussion around regulation of AI is that it’s hard to come to an actual definition of what AI actually is. In the December 2018 of Communications of the ACM, artificial intelligence experts Oren Etzioni, author of "Should AI Technology Be Regulated? Yes, and Here's How," and Adam Thierer, co-author of "Regulators Should Allow the Greatest Space for AI Innovation," present opposing views of AI regulation.
Written by renowned software engineers at some of the world’s most innovative companies, ACM Case Studies provide an in-depth look at how software teams overcome specific challenges by implementing new technologies, adopting new practices, or a combination of both. This installment examines code reviews -- a pervasive process which, in the case of a company the size of Microsoft, can constitute both an extensive and expensive time commitment. Here, Jacek Czerwonka, Michaela Greiler, Christian Bird, Lucas Panjer, and Terry Coatta discuss recent efforts at Microsoft to review their internal code review processes, and the effort to make this practice more beneficial for everyone involved.
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.
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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.
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