ACM Announces 2018 Turing Award Recipients

ACM has named Yoshua Bengio of the University of Montreal, Geoffrey Hinton of Google, and Yann LeCun of New York University recipients of the 2018 ACM A.M. Turing Award for conceptual and engineering breakthroughs that have made deep neural networks a critical component of computing. Working independently and together, Hinton, LeCun and Bengio developed conceptual foundations for the field, identified surprising phenomena through experiments, and contributed engineering advances that demonstrated the practical advantages of deep neural networks.

2018 ACM A.M. Turing Award recipients Yoshua Bengio, Geoffrey Hinton and Yann LeCun

ACM Honors Shwetak Patel with ACM Prize in Computing

ACM has named Shwetak N. Patel of the University of Washington and Google the recipient of the 2018 ACM Prize in Computing for contributions to creative and practical sensing systems for sustainability and health. Patel and his students found highly creative ways to leverage existing infrastructure to make affordable and accurate monitoring a practical reality. He quickly turned his team’s research contributions into real-world deployments, founding companies to commercialize their work.

2018 ACM Prize recipient Shwetak N. Patel

Inaugural ACM Breakthrough in Computing Award Goes to Rosenblum

ACM has named Mendel Rosenblum of Stanford University the first recipient of the ACM Charles P. "Chuck" Thacker Breakthrough in Computing Award. Rosenblum is recognized for reinventing the virtual machine for the modern era and thereby revolutionizing datacenters and enabling modern cloud computing. With his students at Stanford, he brought virtual machines back to life by using them to solve challenging technical problems in building system software for scalable multiprocessors.

2018 ACM Thacker Breakthrough in Computing Award recipient Mendel Rosenblum

Doctoral Dissertation Award Recognizes Young Researchers

Chelsea Finn of University of California, Berkeley has received ACM's 2018 Doctoral Dissertation Award for introducing algorithms for meta-learning that enable deep networks to solve new tasks from small datasets. Honorable Mentions went to Ryan Beckett and Tengyu Ma, who both received PhDs from Princeton University. Beckett developed new, general and efficient algorithms for creating and validating network control plane configurations, and Ma developed theory to support new trends in machine learning.

Chelsea Finn, Ryan Beckett and Tengyu Ma

Combs Honored for Creating Wireshark Network Protocol Analyzer

ACM named Gerald C. Combs recipient of the 2018 ACM Software System Award for creating the Wireshark network protocol analyzer, an essential tool for nearly anyone who designs, deploys, analyzes and troubleshoots the wide range of network protocols that tie the internet together, and for continued leadership of the international Wireshark developer community. Wireshark became the most commonly used system for visually analyzing network protocol traffic.

ACM Names Elisa Bertino 2019-2020 Athena Lecturer

ACM has named Elisa Bertino of Purdue University the 2019-2020 Athena Lecturer. Bertino was cited for pioneering and impactful contributions to data management and data security theory and systems, along with outstanding contributions to broadening participation in computing via professional leadership and mentoring. She is recognized as one of the top database security experts worldwide, and has made contributions to data security and privacy in many different contexts.

2019-2020 ACM Athena Lecturer Elisa Bertino

ACM Recognizes Chris Stephenson for Outstanding Contributions

Chris Stephenson was named recipient of the Outstanding Contribution to ACM Award for advancing CS education by architecting and nurturing the Computer Science Teachers Association to incorporate more than 22,000 K-12 CS educators and partners into the ACM community. Her scholarly research contributions have been disseminated in several influential reports.

2018 Outstanding Contribution to ACM Award recipient Chris Stephenson

Hopper Award Goes to MIT and Princeton Professors

Constantinos Daskalakis and Michael J. Freedman are honored with the 2018 Grace Murray Hopper Award. Daskalakis, a professor at MIT, is recognized for his seminal contributions to the theory of computation and economics, particularly the complexity of Nash Equilibrium. Princeton's Freedman is cited for the design and deployment of self-organizing geo-distributed systems.

2018 ACM Grace Murray Hopper recipients Constantinos Daskalakis and Michael J. Freedman

Kanellakis Award Honors Pioneer in Algorithm Design

Pavel Pevzner has been named the 2018 ACM Paris Kanellakis Theory and Practice Award recipient for pioneering contributions to the theory, design and implementation of algorithms for string reconstruction and to their applications in the assembly of genomes. He made fundamental contributions to the theoretical study of string algorithms and to their application to scalable reconstruction of genomes and other biological sequences such as antibodies and antibiotics.

2018 ACM Paris Kanellakis Theory and Practice Award recipient Pavel Pevzner

ACM and AAAI Recognize Henry Kautz for Contributions to Artificial Intelligence

Henry Kautz is the recipient of the 2018 ACM – AAAI Allen Newell Award for contributions to artificial intelligence and computational social science, including fundamental results on the complexity of inference, planning and media analytics for public health. He studied how computers can infer the goals and plans of people by studying their behavior, and was a co-developer of the first randomized local search algorithms for Boolean satisfiability testing.

2018 ACM – AAAI Allen Newell Award recipient Henry Kautz

Karlstrom Educator Award Goes to Robert Sedgewick

Robert Sedgewick was named recipient of the Karl V. Karlstrom Outstanding Educator Award for developing classic textbooks and online materials for the study of algorithms, analytic combinatorics, and introductory computer science that have educated generations of students worldwide. Sedgewick is best known for his series of Algorithms textbooks, which have been bestsellers for four decades (12 books in four editions covering five programming languages).

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ACM Honors Victor Bahl with Distinguished Service Award

Victor Bahl was named recipient of the ACM Distinguished Service Awardfor significant and lasting service to the broad community of mobile computing and wireless networking, and for building strong linkages between academia, industry, and government agencies. His efforts have led to the creation of a prolific global community with a strong foundation that has created leaders and fostered and supported tens of thousands of researchers and engineers worldwide working in these areas.

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Balakrishnan Receives Humanitarian Award for Mobile Technology

Meenakshi Balakrishnan received the 2018 ACM Eugene L. Lawler Award for Humanitarian Contributions within Computer Science and Informatics for his research, development, and deployment of cost-effective embedded-system and software solutions addressing mobility and education challenges of the visually impaired in the developing world. These technologies are especially valuable in the developing world, where there are fewer resources for the visually impaired.

2018 ACM Eugene L. Lawler Award recipient Meenakshi Balakrishnan

FCRC 2019, June 22 to 28, Phoenix, Arizona

ACM's Federated Computing Research Conference assembles a spectrum of affiliated research conferences and workshops into a week-long co-located meeting. These events cover topics including learning theory; energy; quality of service, programming language design and implementation; high performance parallel and distributed computing; computing theory; measurement and modeling of computer systems; and more. Each morning will feature a joint plenary talk, and two 2018 ACM A.M. Turing Award recipients will deliver the Turing Lecture. Early bird registration is available through May 24.

ACM, CSTA Announce Cutler-Bell Prize Student Winners

ACM and the Computer Science Teachers Association have announced the 2018-2019 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 2018 winners are Naveen Durvasula (Montgomery Blair High School, Silver Spring, Maryland), Isha Puri (Horace Greeley High School, Chappaqua, New York), Eshika Saxena (Interlake High School, Bellevue, Washington) and Varun Shenoy (Cupertino High School, Cupertino, California).

ACM SIG Elections

On 15 April members of the following SIGs were sent voting information from Election Services Corporation (ESC), a third party that is conducting the election: SIGDOC, SIGEVO, SIGHPC, SIGIR, SIGMETRICS.

On 2 April, members of the following SIGs were sent voting information from Election Services Corporation (ESC), a third party that is conducting the election: SIGAI, SIGAPP, SIGCSE, SIGLOG, SIGWEB.

Please contact ESC if you have not received an email. If ACM does not have an email address on file, members will receive the voting information via postal mail. Ballots are due by 14 June at 16:00 UTCYou can view the candidate slate here.

ACM-W Creates Rising Star Award

The ACM Women's Council (ACM-W) has created the ACM-W Rising Star Award, recognizing a woman whose early-career research has had significant impact on the computing discipline. 2018 ACM Athena Lecturer Andrea Goldsmith wanted to "give back" to women in the computing community after receiving that honor, and was instrumental in creating this award. The winner will be recognized at a conference of her choosing, and will receive a framed certificate and $1000 stipend. Read more in the ACM-W Connections newsletter.

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-IMS Data Science Summit, June 15, 2019

ACM and the Institute of Mathematical Statistics announce the ACM-IMS Interdisciplinary Summit on the Foundations of Data Science, to be held June 15, 2019 in San Francisco. This full-day event will bring together distinguished speakers and panelists addressing topics such as deep learning, reinforcement learning, fairness, and ethics, in addition to discussions about the future of data science and the role of ACM and IMS. Keynote speakers are ACM award recipients Jeff Dean and Daphne Koller. Register here.

ACM-IMS Data Science Summit

WiSec 2019, May 15 to 17, Miami, Florida

The ACM Conference on Security and Privacy in Wireless and Mobile Networks is the leading ACM and SIGSAC conference dedicated to all aspects of security and privacy in Internet of Things, wireless and mobile networks, mobile software platforms, usable security and privacy, biometrics, and cyber-physical systems. Keynotes include René Mayrhofer (Google), Patrick McDaniel (Pennsylvania State University), and Guevara Noubir (Northeastern University).

ACM's FY 2018 Annual Report

ACM's past fiscal year included several initiatives focused on the health of the field. New curricula were introduced to prepare next generations of computing professionals for employment in the global workplace of the future. ACM also released a revitalized Code of Ethics that fortifies our leading role in articulating what it means to be a computing professional. ACM has also formed several key partnerships that will foster new collaborations and allow us to share our rich and extensive resources. Learn more about ACM's activities, including those of the Europe, India and China Councils, in the Annual Report.

Meet Elisa Bertino

Elisa Bertino is a Professor of Computer Science at Purdue University, where she also heads the Cyber Space Security Lab. She is a Fellow of ACM, IEEE and AAAS, was named the 2019-2020 ACM Athena Lecturer, and received the IEEE Computer Society Technical Achievement Award, the Tsutomu Kanai Award, and the ACM SIGSAC Outstanding Contributions Award. “I think that sometimes cybersecurity has the connotation of ‘hacking systems,’ and this may not resonate well with women. However, this is far from reality.”

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MMSys 2019, June 18 to 21, Amherst, Massachusetts

The ACM Multimedia Systems Conference provides a forum for researchers to present and share their latest research findings in multimedia systems, including networking, operating systems, real-time systems, databases, mobile computing, distributed systems, and middleware domains. Keynotes will be delivered by Jordi Cenzano, Director of Engineering for Advanced Technologies at Brightcove; Weidong Mao Senior Fellow at Comcast Cable; and Nimesha Ranasinghe, Assistant Professor and Director of the Multisensory Interactive Media Lab at University of Maine.

AI for Good Global Summit 2019, May 28 to 31, Geneva, Switzerland

The goals of the AI for Good Global Summit are to connect AI innovators with problem owners, to identify practical applications of AI to accelerate progress toward the UN Sustainable Development Goals, and to ensure trusted, safe and inclusive development of AI technologies and equitable access to their benefits. The summit is the leading United Nations platform for dialogue on AI. ACM CEO Vicki Hanson is among the international roster of speackers.

Meet Yunhao Liu

Yunhao Liu is the MSU Foundation Professor and Chair of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at Michigan State University. He also holds the Chang Jiang Chair Professorship and served as the Dean of the School of Software at Tsinghua University. Liu is an ACM Fellow and received the ACM Presidential Award, among other honors. He is the Editor-in-Chief of ACM Transactions on Sensor Networks and is the Honorary Chair of the ACM China Council.

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Countering the Negative Image of Women in Computing

Despite increased knowledge about gender (in) equality, women in STEM disciplines are still portrayed in stereotypical ways in the popular media. A review of academic research, along with mainstream media quotes and images for depictions of women in STEM and women in computing/IT shows that their personality and identity formation continues to be influenced by the personas and stereotypes associated with role images seen in the media. This, in turn, can affect women's underrepresentation and career participation, as well as prospects for advancement in computing fields. That is the subject of “Countering the Negative Image of Women in Computing," a Contributed Article in the May 2019 Communications of the ACM. In this video, Fay Cobb Payton, one of the article’s authors, discusses these issues.

Edge Computing

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. RfP consistently serves up expert-curated guides to the best of CS research, and relates these breakthroughs to the challenges that software engineers face every day. In this installment of RfP is by Nitesh Mor, a PhD candidate at UC Berkeley working on the next generation of globally distributed computer systems with a special focus on data security and privacy. Titled “Edge Computing,” this RfP gives an overview of some of the most exciting work being done in the area of computing infrastructures and applications. It provides an academic view of edge computing through samples of existing research whose applications will be highly relevant in the coming years.

ACM Case Study: CodeFlow: Improving the Code Review Process at Microsoft

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.

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