The AI for Good Global Summit will identify practical applications of AI and supporting strategies to improve the quality and sustainability of life on our planet. The summit, the leading United Nations platform for dialogue on AI, will continue to formulate strategies to ensure trusted, safe and inclusive development of AI technologies and equitable access to their benefits. Among the speakers are ACM President Vicki Hanson and 2012 ACM A.M. Turing Award co-recipient Silvio Micali.
Bran Knowles is a Lecturer in Data Science at Lancaster University in Lancaster, UK. Her mother, Vicki L. Hanson, is President of ACM and is a Distinguished Professor at the Rochester Institute of Technology, as well as a Visiting Professor at Lancaster University. Hanson was named an ACM Fellow for contributions to computing technologies for people with disabilities. They co-authored The Wisdom of Older Technology (Non)Users, which was published in Communications of the ACM.
After an extensive two-year process, a joint task force led by the ACM, IEEE Computer Society (IEEE-CS), Association for Information Systems Special Interest Group on Security (AIS SIGSEC), and the International Federation for Information Processing Technical Committee on Information Security Education (IFIP WG 11.8) has released a first-ever set of global curricular recommendations for post-secondary degree programs in cybersecurity education.
ACM and the Computer Science Teachers Association have announced the 2017-2018 winners 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 white paper "When Computers Decide: European Recommendations on Machine-Learned Automated Decision Making" presents the views of the ACM Europe Policy Committee (EUACM) and Informatics Europe (IE) on the challenges posed by the increasing presence of Machine Learning and Automated Decision Making (ADM) systems in almost every aspect of modern human life.
ACM is hosting a series of practitioner-oriented workshops and conferences on the intersection of Artificial Intelligence and Blockchain. The next event in the series will be the Yearly Summit in Toronto on May 22. A global summit, co-located with the AI for Good Summit, will take place May 15-17 in Geneva. Visit the website for information on upcoming ACM AiDecentralized events.
Based on the belief that the benefits of emerging technologies should not come at the expense of personal privacy, the ACM US Public Policy Council (USACM) has issued a statement outlining principles and practices for building data privacy into modern technological systems. These include limiting and minimizing collection of personal data; the ability of individuals to control how their personal data are distributed and used; and ensuring quality and security of personal data. Read more in the news release.
The ACM Europe Council and Informatics Europe have collaborated on a report that builds on an earlier document, "Informatics Education in Europe: Are We All in the Same Boat?". The report, "Informatics for All: The Strategy," aims to establish Informatics as an essential discipline for all, a subject available at all levels throughout the educational system. The strategy is also summarized in a one-page document.
Yong Rui is the Chief Technology Officer and Senior Vice President of Lenovo Group, a Chinese multinational technology company. He also leads Lenovo Research, which is focused on research such as intelligent devices, artificial intelligence, cloud computing, 5G and smart lifestyle technologies. An ACM Fellow, Rui holds 65 US and international patents. “AR will have huge potential if it’s integrated with vertical markets, such as education, training, and industrial maintenance.”
Yvonne Rogers is Professor of Interaction Design and Director of the Interaction Centre at University College London. She has authored or co-authored more than 300 publications, including journal articles, conference papers, and books. She was named a 2017 ACM Fellow for contributions to human-computer interaction and design of human-centered technology. “We have built a diversity of technologies and apps that are intended to facilitate—and sometimes force—people to collaborate.”
ACM is inviting applications for the position of Chief Executive Officer to serve as a leading figure in the computing field representing an elite organization that can speak on behalf of nearly 100,000 members worldwide. The CEO serves as the primary executive responsible for the formulation and implementation of ACM strategic direction, for representing ACM in the worldwide computing community, and for overall management of the affairs of the association. To apply, visit the ACM CEO Search page.
The ACM Future of Computing Academy is a new initiative created by ACM to support and foster the next generation of computing professionals. The Academy is a platform that enables the next generation of researchers, practitioners, educators and entrepreneurs to develop a coherent and influential voice that addresses challenging issues facing the field and society in general. Meet the men and women who make up the inaugural class of the ACM-FCA.
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 past fiscal year included many forward-looking initiatives for ACM. The Future of Computing Academy was launched, providing a platform for the next generation of computing professionals to address pressing challenges faced by the industry. The Professional Ethics Committee began a two-year project to update its landmark Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct. And ACM celebrated the 50th anniversary of the A.M. Turing Award with many inspiring international events. Learn about ACM's publications, conferences, public policy efforts, education initiatives, and more in the Annual Report.
USACM has reaffirmed its long-standing commitment to accessibility by releasing a statement and set of principles on accessibility, usability, and digital inclusiveness. Promoting digital inclusiveness for people with disabilities, as well as policies, regulations, and guidelines that ensure fair access to the opportunities that arise from digital innovations, has been an ongoing priority for USACM. Read the news release.
In the ideal world, software developers would analyze each problem in the language of its domain and then articulate solutions in matching terms. In the real world, however, programmers use a mainstream programming language someone else picked for them. The Racket project, which dates back to 1995 when we started it as an experimental language intended to explore pedagogic programming, seeks to address this problem by building a programming language that enables language-oriented software design. In this video, Matthias Felleisen discusses "A Programmable Programming Language," a Contributed Article in the March 2018 issue of Communications of the ACM.
ACM Queue’s “Research for Practice” is a must-read for practitioners who want to stay current with the latest advances in computing research. In this installment of RfP, titled "Toward a Network of Connected Things," Deepak Vasisht presents research papers that look at the rapid evolution of the Internet of Things (IoT) from theory to reality, and attempts to accelerate and monetize this trend. The rapid growth of the IoT has been fueled by years of research tackling several challenges, ranging from low-power networking to new sensor designs to security and privacy. This installment of RfP presents research papers that aim to make IoT deployments more pervasive and to enable users to gain more utility from existing deployments.
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