What's Up Lately at ACM India - Winter 2022 Edition

December 31, 2022

Hello all India members of ACM:

On behalf of the ACM India Council, I wish you a very happy and safe 2023! As we celebrate the arrival of the new year, here is a recap of some recent and upcoming occasions of celebration on the ACM India front.

Let me start by mentioning the recent recognitions of contribution from India at ACM global level.

The ACM India Early Career Researcher (ECR) Award for 2022 went to Partha Pratim Talukdar of Google Research India and IISc Bangalore. This year’s recipient of the Outstanding Contribution to Computing Education (OCCE) Award is Smruti Ranjan Sarangi of IIT Delhi. Shweta Agrawal of IIT Madras was selected as the winner of Outstanding Contributions in Computing by a Woman (OCCW) award for 2022. The winners of Doctoral Dissertation Award (DDA) and Student Chapter awards will be announced soon.

OCCE Award recipient Smruti Ranjan Sarangi delivered a keynote talk at Compute 2022, our education-themed conference which took place at Manipal University Jaipur from November 9–11, 2022. We will have a keynote by ECR winner Partha Talukdar at the ARCS Symposium (February 9–10, 2023) and by OCCW winner Shweta Agrawal at ACM-W India’s 10th Anniversary Celebration event (February 10, 2023). ARCS will feature a talk by the DDA recipient as well.

Both these events are co-located with the ACM India Annual Event (February 11, 2023) at the Oriental Institute of Science and Technology, Bhopal. All award recipients will be felicitated at the Awards Ceremony during the Annual Event.

The above events celebrate the contributions and achievements in Computing from India. I would like to take this opportunity to invite you to join us on February 9–11, 2023 in Bhopal. Registration is free but required, and will open soon. You can find more details at https://event.india.acm.org/annualevent/.

Speaking of contributions from India, the second India Region Special Section was featured in the Communications of the ACM (CACM) November 2022 issue. It has a collection of articles on the area’s substantial presence in the computing field, from theoretical computer science to hardware and computer architecture, data science and cybersecurity, and more, all by authors from the subcontinent.

With these achievements, ACM India ends the year on a high note, and we hope the new year brings in more pleasant tidings!

Hemant Pande, PhD
Executive Director, ACM India