ACM MemberNet - November 22, 2011
Welcome to the November edition of ACM MemberNet, bringing you the world of ACM and beyond. Explore the many facets of ACM with our newsletter of member activities and events. Read current and past issues of MemberNet online at http://membernet.acm.org. Is there a person, event, or issue you'd like to see covered? Please email mn-editor at acm.org.
- Participate in Computer Science Education Week in December!
- New ACM Special Interest Group on High Performance Computing Debuts at SC11
- Call for ACM Award Nominations
- Call for 2012–2013 ACM-W Athena Lecturer Award Nominations
- USACM Member Juan Gilbert to Receive Presidential Award for Science Mentoring (see story under Public Policy)
- SIGGRAPH Asia Features New Apps Symposium
- HiPC High Performance Computing Conference to Highlight Activities in Asia
- IHI 2012, ACM SIGHIT International Health Informatics Symposium
- USACM Encourages Deficit Reduction Committee to Remember the Value of Computing
- USACM Member Juan Gilbert to Receive Presidential Award for Science Mentoring
- ACM Member Referral Program Revamped as "Ambassadors for ACM"
- Live Chat Feature Now Available to Members
- Auto and Home Insurance Benefit Available from Liberty Mutual
- ACM Member Benefit: The Association for Computing Machinery Platinum Plus MasterCard Credit Card
- Attention Faculty: Order Complimentary Materials for Your Students
- Request for Proposals: Academic Grants to Support Teaching Parallelism
- CS2013 Steering Committee Conducting "Characteristics of Graduates" Survey
- Upcoming ACM Student Research Competitions
- CRA's URO Zone Connects Students with Opportunities for Undergraduate Research
- ACM-W Student Scholarships for Attendance at Research Conferences
- Graduating Students Eligible for Special Transition Rate
- Featured Distinguished Speaker: Judson Rosebush
- ACM's Distinguished Speakers Program Expands to Colleges, Universities, Corporations
- ACM-W Athena Lecturer Award Call for Nominations (see story under "Awards")
- TNWIC Regional Celebration Offers Winning Blend of Tech Talks, Encouragement and Fun
- Join ACM-W's Membership Email List
- ACM Transactions on Interactive Intelligent Systems Debuts
- Call for Nominations: ACM Transactions on Graphics
- CACM Reports: Nanonetworks Offer New Frontier in Communications
- acmqueue Presents: Coding Guidelines: Finding the Art in the Science
- Free Sample Issue of Communications of the ACM for Non-members!
- "Exascale Computing Seen in this Decade"
- "Making High Performance Computing Special—the ACM Way"
- "Feds Detail Supercomputing's Future"
- "Smartphone Espionage"
- "Former ICANN Chairs Voice Concern With Domain Name Plan"
- "iPhone 4 Accelerometer Enables Device to be Used for Spying"
Participate in Computer Science Education Week in December!
Computer Science Education Week, December 4 to 10, is fast approaching. Learn how you can find or host an event in your region in this week-long, nationwide celebration of computing's impact on our daily lives. CSEdWeek was established to address the crisis in computer science education and to prepare students with the fundamental computer science knowledge and skills they need for growing opportunities in 21st century careers. CSEdWeek is an activity of ACM and the Computing in the Core Coalition and is supported by many academic and industry organizations, including the National Center for Women and Information Technology (NCWIT) and the Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA). Visit the CSEdWeek website to:
- obtain customized resources for students, teachers, parents and community, administrators and counselors, colleges and universities, and corporations
- find inspiration in descriptions of past and upcoming events
- make a pledge to take on an activity on behalf of computer science education
New ACM Special Interest Group on High Performance Computing Debuts at SC11
A new ACM Special Interest Group debuted this week at SC11, the international supercomputing conference. The Special Interest Group on High Performance Computing (SIGHPC) is the first international group within a major professional society that is devoted exclusively to the needs of students, faculty, and practitioners in high performance computing. SIGHPC's mission is to help spread the use of HPC, raise the standards of the profession, and ensure a rich and rewarding career for people involved in the field. "Part of the excitement of high-performance computing as a career is that it is very multi-disciplinary in nature," said Cherri Pancake, professor at Oregon State University and the first Chair of SIGHPC. "HPC brings together computational techniques, algorithms, system software, computer architecture, parallel programming, and system administration." SIGHPC members will receive discounted member rates at sponsored and cooperating conferences as well as access to SIGHPC material in the ACM Digital Library.
Read the press release from SIGHPC.
Call for ACM Award Nominations
Each year, ACM recognizes technical and professional achievements within the computing and information technology community through its celebrated Awards Program. And annually, ACM's award committees evaluate the contributions of candidates for various awards that span a spectrum of professional and technological accomplishments. You and your colleagues are invited to nominate candidates for ACM awards, including:
Awards with November 30, 2011 nomination deadlines:
- A.M. Turing Award
- ACM-Infosys Foundation Award in the Computing Sciences
- ACM-AAAI Allen Newell Award
- Software System Award
- Grace Murray Hopper Award
- Paris Kanellakis Theory and Practice Award
- Eugene L. Lawler Award for Humanitarian Contributions within Computer Science and Informatics
- Karl V. Karlstrom Outstanding Educator Award
- Distinguished Service Award
- Outstanding Contribution to ACM Award
- ACM-IEEE CS Eckert-Mauchly Award: March 1, 2012
Call for 2012–2013 ACM-W Athena Lecturer Award Nominations
The ACM-W Athena Lecturer Award celebrates outstanding women researchers who have made fundamental contributions to computer science. Candidates are nominated by Special Interest Group (SIG) officers; the Athena Lecturer gives a keynote at a SIG meeting of her and the SIG's choice, and receives a $10,000 honorarium, funded by Google. More information can be found on the Athena announcement page, which includes links to the nomination form and talks by previous winners. Nominations are due February 1, 2012.
USACM Member Juan Gilbert to Receive Presidential Award for Science Mentoring (see story under Public Policy)
Call for ACM Senior Member Nominations
The Senior Member advanced grade of membership recognizes ACM members with at least 10 years of professional experience and 5 years of continuous ACM Professional membership who have demonstrated performance and accomplishment that set them apart from their peers. Nominations are accepted on a quarterly basis. The deadline for nominations is December 1.
ACM SIG Awards Recognize Achievements in Diverse Fields
ACM's Special Interest Groups (SIGs) regularly cite outstanding individuals for their contributions in more than 30 distinct technological fields. Some awards presented (or to be presented) at recent conferences:
- SIGACCESS Best Paper and Best Student Paper from ASSETS Conference
- SIGAda Outstanding Ada Community Contribution and Distinguished Service Awards
- SIGMM Award for Outstanding Technical Contributions to Multimedia Computing, Communications and Applications
[ACM press release]
- SIGOPS Mark Weiser Award and Hall of Fame
- SIGPLAN John Vlissides Award and Most Influential OOPSLA Paper Award
Conferences and Events
SIGGRAPH Asia Features New Apps Symposium
The fourth SIGGRAPH Asia conference will once again provide an opportunity for the international computer graphics community to meet in Asia and learn from leaders in research, animation, art, software, visualization, hardware, games, visual effects, and education. The Art Gallery and the Emerging Technologies programs will return, as will the Computer Animation Festival, courses, technical papers, sketches and posters programs, and a Trade Exhibition. Jennifer Yuh Nelson and Raymond Zibach, director and production designer of DreamWorks Animation's "Kung Fu Panda" films, will will take attendees through their research process and trip to China to uncover important cultural elements portrayed in the movies, and the complex animation used to achieve realistic moves. Other scheduled keynote speakers are New York University computer science professor Ken Perlin, known for his Academy Award-winning noise and turbulence procedural texturing techniques, and Bill Buxton, Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research and recipient of the 2008 ACM SIGCHI Lifetime Achievement Award. Perlin will share his insights and expertise in the field of computer graphics and its future. Buxton will speak about the history and future of interaction and computer graphics, and the importance of balancing the two. A new Symposium on Apps will present the opportunities and challenges that mobile applications development poses to the global graphics community. SIGGRAPH Asia takes place December 12 to 15 in Hong Kong. Online registration closes December 4.
HiPC High Performance Computing Conference to Highlight Activities in Asia
The IEEE International Conference on High Performance Computing (HiPC) is an international conference on all aspects of high performance computing. Held in cooperation with ACM SIGARCH, the event will take place in Bangalore, India December 18 to 21. The program will include contributed papers, a student research symposium, workshops (on Next Generation Wireless Networks, Hybrid Multicore Computing, Parallel Algorithms and Software for Analysis of Massive Graphs, and Computational and Data-Enabled Science and Engineering), and an Industry, Research and Users Symposium. Paper topics will include performance consistency; virtualization, fault tolerance and power management for large scale HPC and Cloud infrastructures, routing, and programming support; and shared memory abstractions and applications for multicore and GPU systems.
IHI 2012, ACM SIGHIT International Health Informatics Symposium
IHI 2012 is ACM's premier community forum concerned with the application of computer science principles, information science principles, information technology, and communication technology to address problems in healthcare, public health, and everyday wellness. The conference highlights the most novel technical contributions in computing-oriented health informatics and the related social and ethical implications. IHI 2012 will feature keynotes, a multi-track technical program including papers, demonstrations, and panels. Scheduled keynote speakers are Sophia Ananiadou, Director of the UK National Centre for Text Mining (NaCTeM) and Professor of Computer Science at University of Manchester; and Jonathan R. Wolpaw, Chief, Laboratory of Neural Injury and Repair, Wadsworth Center, New York State Department of Health and State University of New York. New additions to the IHI 2012 program include tutorials and a doctoral consortium. The conference will be held in Miami, Florida, January 28 to 30, 2012. View the preliminary program.
USACM Encourages Deficit Reduction Committee to Remember the Value of Computing
On November 14, USACM, the US Public Policy Council of ACM, sent a letter to the supercommittee charged with recommending at least $1.2 trillion in deficit reduction over the next 10 years. The letter notes the value of computing to the nation, a value that needs consistent investment in order to contribute to the nation's recovery. The letter notes how information technology and computing have contributed to US economic prosperity over the last few decades.
Read the USACM blog post and letter.
USACM Member Juan Gilbert to Receive Presidential Award for Science Mentoring
USACM member Juan E. Gilbert was among the nine individuals and eight organizations named as recipients of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring. Administered by the National Science Foundation, the award is given by the White House to individuals and organizations in recognition of the crucial role that mentoring plays in the academic and personal development of students studying science and engineering—particularly those who belong to groups that are underrepresented in these fields. Gilbert is Gilbert is chairman of the College of Engineering and Science's Human-Centered Computing Division at Clemson University, an ACM Distinguished Scientist, a fellow of American Association for the Advancement of Science, a national associate of the National Research Council of the National Academies, and a senior member of the IEEE Computer Society. The mentors will receive their awards at a White House ceremony later this year.
Read the NSF press release.
Read article in South Carolina business magazine.
ACM Member Referral Program Revamped as "Ambassadors for ACM"
ACM members like you are our greatest source of new members. Your first-hand experience with ACM's valuable career development and continuous learning programs makes you a perfect envoy to share your ACM experiences. That's why we're now calling this program Ambassadors for ACM. Along with a new name, we've refreshed the referral process as well as recruitment tips and opportunities for prizes, rewards and bonus gifts. Grand prizes for the 2011–2012 year now include an Android tablet and a Nook eBook reader. The top ACM Ambassadors so far (since the re-launch of the program in July) are Amarendra Kothalanka, with 27 referrals, and Rajendran Swaminathan, with 14 referrals. Learn more about new rules, recruitment tips and tools, as well as rewards and prizes by visiting the Ambassadors for ACM site.
Live Chat Feature Now Available to Members
ACM's new interactive Live Chat feature provides members with an opportunity for real-time customer service from our Member Service Representatives. To start your chat, simply log in to myACM with your ACM web account username and password and click on the Live Chat icon. Live chat is available Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET. Any chats attempted after hours will automatically generate an email to ACM to be answered during regular business hours.
Auto and Home Insurance Benefit Available from Liberty Mutual
As an ACM member you could receive exclusive savings on your auto and home insurance. Plus, with Liberty Mutual, you get service and support when and where you need it. To learn more about Liberty Mutual insurance or to get a free, no-obligation quote, please visit http://www.libertymutual.com/acm or call 1-800-524-9400 and refer to group #8559.
ACM Member Benefit: The Association for Computing Machinery Platinum Plus MasterCard Credit Card
With the Association for Computing Machinery Platinum Plus MasterCard credit card with WorldPoints rewards, you'll earn points on purchases to redeem for cash, travel, merchandise, even unique adventures. Using this card benefits Association for Computing Machinery—at no additional expense to you. You can make an even bigger difference by redeeming your points to make a charitable donation. In addition, you'll get our Clarity Commitment summary—a simple explanation of key account terms written in plain language, so you understand what you're getting. And with Bank of America's $0 Liability Guarantee, you'll have fewer disruptions if you experience fraudulent charges.
Learn more about this and other ACM member programs by visiting the discounts and special offers page.
Attention Faculty: Order Complimentary Materials for Your Students
ACM offers the opportunity for faculty members to order complimentary materials for distribution to their students who are interested in the field of computing. Available items include ACM student membership brochures and posters, as well flyers featuring ACM's Digital Library, Code of Ethics, and student chapters, among others. Place your order using our easy online form and your request will be fulfilled promptly!
Webinar on Cloud Computing and Smart Devices Coming in January!
Mark your calendars for January 26 at 2 p.m. EST, when ACM will present its first free webinar on "The Cloud in Your Hands—Marriage of Cloud Computing with Smart Devices." Designed for IT managers and developers, this session will provide an introduction to the exciting new world of cloud-enabled mobile computing. Speakers Arjmand Samuel, Senior Research Program Manager, and Danny Dalal, Senior Development Lead (both at Microsoft Research) will lead the session moderated by David Johnson, Rice University professor and Past President of ACM SIGMOBILE. Innovations in wireless networking technology are driving our increasingly connected world, with mobile devices gaining acceptance for both professional and private use. The future promises a vast majority of devices relying on cloud services to enhance end user experiences. Registration is required for this event, as space is limited. Look for the registration link in an upcoming bulletin, and visit ACM's Learning Center in January for more information.
Career & Job Center
Import your LinkedIn Profile in ACM's Career & Job Center!
Now available when posting a résumé in the Résumé Bank: import your LinkedIn profile. You will be required to sign in to your LinkedIn account. Please note that LinkedIn does not have exactly the same fields as ACM so you will have to review the imported information and update where necessary. Once you have a résumés created and saved in our system, you can publish it to the Résumé Bank so employers find you! Or keep it private and use it when applying online for jobs. So log in to ACM's Job Board and post your résumé today!
In addition, ACM offers CareerNews, which provides summaries of articles on career-related topics of interest to students and professionals in the computing field, in a bi-weekly email alert to ACM members. ACM members can subscribe to the CareerNews email alert service.
For more information about the Career & Job Center please contact Jennifer Ruzicka.
Request for Proposals: Academic Grants to Support Teaching Parallelism
Are you teaching your students about parallelism? Working closely with ACM and others, Intel is providing resources to help faculty integrate parallelism into their undergraduate curricula. New Intel Microgrants of up to $5,000 are currently available to support the creation and sharing of innovative teaching methods and materials. Descriptions for current or planned course material which demonstrates how students can learn about parallel code in Data Structures, Algorithms, and Patterns will be accepted during published periods. Please see the Parallelism Content Awards site for details.
CS2013 Steering Committee Conducting "Characteristics of Graduates" Survey
The CS2013 Steering Committee, a joint ACM/IEEE Computer Society task force charged with producing revised computer science curricular guidelines, is conducting an important survey of the characteristics of CS graduates. The survey is based on the expected characteristics of computer science graduates from the CS2008 guidelines. Please take a moment to fill out the survey. Your feedback is crucial to the success of CS2013.
Upcoming ACM Student Research Competitions
ACM Student Research Competitions (SRCs), sponsored by Microsoft Research, offer a unique forum for undergraduate and graduate students to present their original research at well-known ACM sponsored and co-sponsored conferences before a panel of judges and attendees. The most recent SRC winners presented at GHC 2011. The next conferences accepting submissions are:
- CGO 2012, March 31–April 4, 2012, deadline November 25
- ICSE 2012, June 2–9, 2012, deadline December 1
- CHI 2012, May 5–10, 2012, deadline January 9, 2012
CRA's URO Zone Connects Students with Opportunities for Undergraduate Research
The Computing Research Association (CRA) has launched a new website to help undergraduate students identify computing research opportunities. The site—URO Zone, for Undergraduate Research Opportunities—provides links to a range of summer undergraduate research resources. It also posts profiles of undergraduates and details their recent computing research projects. URO Zone offers guidelines to help discover research opportunities in a variety of areas, from applied to theoretical computer science. It also defines specific research fields, describes CRA and ACM undergraduate awards programs, and lists links for finding computing research opportunities.
ACM-W Student Scholarships for Attendance at Research Conferences
The ACM Women's Council (ACM-W), with funding from Wipro Technologies, provides support for women undergraduate or graduate students in computer science and related programs who wish to attend research conferences. The student does not have to present a paper at the conference she attends. High school students will also be considered for conference support. As of 2011, 20 ACM-W/Wipro scholarships will be funded annually: 10 scholarships of up to $600 will be awarded for intra-continental conference travel, and 10 scholarships of up to $1,200 will be awarded for intercontinental conference travel. ACM-W encourages the student's home department to match the scholarship award and recognize the student's achievement locally within her department. In addition, if the award is for attendance at one of several ACM special interest group conferences (SIGACCESS, SIGACT, SIGARCH, SIGCOMM, SIGCSE, SIGDA, SIGECOM, SIGSOFT, SIGGRAPH, SIGITE, SIGOPS, and SIGPLAN), the SIG will provide complementary conference registration and a mentor during the conference. Applications are evaluated in six groups each year, in order to distribute awards across a range of conferences. For application form, notification dates and more information, please visit the scholarships page.
Graduating Students Eligible for Special Transition Rate
ACM offers a special ACM Professional Membership for $49 USD (regularly $99) to help graduating students make the transition to professional careers, and take advantage of continuous learning opportunities, including free online books and courses and access to ACM's Career & Job Center. This one-year-only transition rate includes all the benefits of Professional Membership plus the option of purchasing a Digital Library subscription for $50. Recent graduates can access this special transition offer through ACM's convenient online renewal form, or by following the instructions on the paper renewal form. For more information, visit the Reasons to Transition to Professional Membership page.
Distinguished Speakers Program
Featured Distinguished Speaker: Judson Rosebush
The Distinguished Speakers Program (DSP) is one of ACM's most valued outreach programs, providing universities, corporations, event and conference planners, and local ACM chapters with direct access to top technology leaders and innovators from nearly every sector of the computing industry.
This month's featured speaker is Judson Rosebush. Judson is a producer and director of computer animation, an author, and a media theorist. He is a graduate of the College of Wooster in art and has a Ph.D. from Syracuse University in Public Communications. He has worked in radio and television broadcasting, sound and video production, print, and hypermedia. His specialty is computer animation and the Internet.
For more information on Judson, please visit his DSP speaker information page.
ACM's Distinguished Speakers Program Expands to Colleges, Universities, Corporations
ACM's Distinguished Speakers Program (DSP) is expanding its venues for delivering compelling content on computing and IT to colleges, universities, and corporations. Previously available only to ACM Local Chapters, the DSP technology leaders and innovators offer more than 250 presentations on topics covering software engineering, high performance computing, human-computer interaction, artificial intelligence, gaming, mobile computing, and dozens more. Nearly 100 speakers can be booked through the ACM DSP to educate technical staff, ramp up the knowledge of teams, provide opportunities for direct speaker interaction, and boost attendance at meetings and events. ACM's Distinguished Speakers represent prominent companies, colleges and universities from around the world. These renowned thought leaders have proven abilities to address current issues, including Electronic Voting in the 21st Century; Software Engineering Best Practices; Software Under Siege: Viruses and Worms; Spatial Databases and Geographic Information Systems; and Careers in Computing—How to Prepare and What to Expect.
Read more about the ACM Distinguished Speakers Program and how to search for and select speakers on the DSP home page.
Welcome New ACM Chapters
Chapters are the "local neighborhoods" of ACM. The regional ACM Professional, Student, ACM-W, and Special Interest Group (SIG) chapters around the globe involve members locally in competitions, seminars, lectures, workshops, and networking opportunities. ACM welcomes these new chapters that were chartered October 21 to November 9:
ACM Student Chapters:
- Norfolk State University ACM SIGSAC Student Chapter, Norfolk, Virginia
- Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) ACM Student Chapter, Rochester, New York
- SeTI ACM Student Chapter, Severodonetsk, Ukraine
- Shahid Beheshti University ACM Student Chapter, Tehran, Iran
- UNAM ACM Student Chapter, Mexico City, Mexico
- Çukurova University ACM Student Chapter, Adana, Turkey
- Northeast Ohio ACM Chapter, Youngstown
ACM is considering the de-charter of the following chapters due to inactivity. Members interested in revitalizing their chapters should contact Samantha Goldberg, Local Activities Coordinator, at email@example.com. ACM will terminate the chapters listed below after 90 days (January 25, 2012) unless interested volunteers express a desire to reactivate their chapter by preparing acceptable revitalization plans.
ACM Student Chapters:
Bahria University ACM Student Chapter; Boston College; Bryant & Stratton College - Milwaukee; Case Western Reserve University; Colby College ACM Student Chapter; Colorado State University/Pueblo; Computer Technology Club, Bowie State University; COMSATS Institute of Technology ACM Student Chapter; East Central University; Fatih University; Francis Marion University ACM Student Chapter; Gonzaga University; Guru Nanak Dev Engineering College, Bidar Student Chapter of ACM; Illinois Institute of Tech; Immaculata University; Instituto Tecnologico de Saltillo ACM Student Chapter; Instituto Tecnologico Superior de Irapuato; Lafayette College; Lakehead University ACM Student Chapter; Louisiana Technical University; Macalester College; Maine School of Science and Mathematics; MenTe ACM-W Student Chapter; Middle Tennessee State University; MUST ACM Student Chapter; Nassau Community College ACM Student Chapter; NUCES-FAST Peshawar ACM Student Chapter; Ohio University ACM Student SIGGRAPH; Saint Xavier University ACM Student Chapter; Samford University; Seattle University ACM Student Chapter; Shorter College ACM Student Chapter; Siena College; Sinhgad College of Engineering, Pune ACM Student Chapter; State University of NY at Potsdam; Tuskegee University; UAE University CIT ACM Student Chapter; Univ of Bristol Student ACM SIGGRAPH; University of Akron Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences; University of Cape Town Student Computing Association; University of Central Florida ACM Student SIGGRAPH; University of Colorado Denver; University of Colorado Denver ACM Computer Science Club; University of Karachi; University of Maine; University of Massachusetts/Lowell; University of New South Wales; University of Southern California ACM Student Chapter; University of Waikato; Utah State University SIGECOM ACM Student Chapter; Utah Valley State College; Valdosta State University ACM Student Chapter; Vanderbilt University Chapter; Vardhaman College of Engineering ACM Student Chapter; Wayne State College; Wilkes University Math/CS Club
ACM Professional Chapters:
Central Russia ACM SIGCHI; Metro Manila ACM SIGGRAPH; Mumbai ACM SIGCHI; South India ACM SIGCHI
ACM-W Athena Lecturer Award Call for Nominations (see story under Awards)
TNWIC Regional Celebration Offers Winning Blend of Tech Talks, Encouragement and Fun
by TNWIC Co-chairs Martha Kosa and Ambareen Siraj, Tennessee Technological University
Fall Creek Falls State Park was the beautiful setting for the first Tennessee Celebration of Women in Computing (TNWiC) on October 14 and 15. Our goal was to mix Southern hospitality with inspirational speakers and 195 registered participants to spark the computing flame in the mid-South. 160 attendees showed up to light the fire, including Gloria Townsend, Grace Hopper Regional Consortium founder. First, a poster session showcased creative interdisciplinary presentations, such as "The Cozy Coat: Bringing Computing to Fashion." IEEE Fellow and TTU graduate Lynne Parker's keynote highlighted nature lessons for robotics, going from birds and bees to multi-robot teams. Entrepreneur Pooja Sankar shared her life and career journey with an eager audience, and NCWIT's Ruthe Farmer highlighted the power of encouragement. BoF sessions (on interdisciplinary research, K-12 IT, Green CS) and panels (on graduate school, recruiting and retention, thriving in a man's world) continued the whirlwind program. Participants made earrings and necklaces with recycled hardware. Friday ended with programmable dancing around a blazing bonfire, with roasted marshmallows. Saturday morning started early, with Valentina Salapura (IBM) presenting the Smarter Planet initiative. Lightning talks, such as "The Real World: Four Things that They Didn't Tell You," followed. Next, attendees chose among tracks on mobile computing, creativity, and networking (human), and then heard technical presentations on gender differences in job responsibilities and encouraging women in their studies. Vidya Setlur (Nokia) concluded TNWiC by illuminating her team's research in visualization. This is just a flavor of the first jam-packed TNWiC!
The Grace Hopper Regional Consortium, a project of ACM-W, provides programming that showcases female role models, encourages mentoring and networking, supplies accurate information about computing careers and creates opportunities for women to participate in the program—often for the first time in their careers. Visit the Grace Hopper Regional Consortium site to find out more about future conferences planned for spring 2012.
Join ACM-W's Membership Email List
Did you know that ACM-W offers a general email distribution list for its members? This ACMW-public list is a communication channel for disseminating general information about ACM-W, bulletins and upcoming events. To join the list: http://signup.acm.org/listserv_index.cfm?ln=ACM-W-PUBLIC.
And to keep more informed about the activities of ACM-W and its members, you can sign up for our quarterly CIS Newsletter notification. Be sure to read the current issue for the latest news on ACM-W activities and events on the ACM-W CIS Newsletter issues page.
ACM Transactions on Interactive Intelligent Systems Debuts
The first issue of ACM Transactions on Interactive Intelligent Systems (TiiS) debuted in ACM's Digital Library on November 1, making it the 34th title to appear in ACM's Transactions series of well-regarded publications. TiiS publishes research on the design, realization, or evaluation of interactive systems that incorporate some form of machine intelligence. Applications include user interface technologies; recommender systems and information retrieval; automated usability testing; human-robot interaction; semantic technologies; gaming; and mobile and ubiquitous computing. The journal explores ways that artificial and human intelligence work together; challenges to usability and acceptability raised by incorporation of intelligence in interactive systems; strategies that effectively meet these challenges; and methodologies for research, design, and evaluation of interactive intelligent systems. Planned special issues will address Interaction with Smart Objects; Human Decision Making and Recommender Systems; and Interactive Computational Visual Analytics. The Editors-in-Chief are Anthony Jameson, German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI), and John Riedl, University of Minnesota.
See the first issue's table of contents in the Digital Library.
Call for Nominations: ACM Transactions on Graphics
The term of the current Editor-in-Chief of the Transactions on Graphics (TOG) is coming to an end, and the ACM Publications Board has set up a nominating committee to assist the Board in selecting the next EiC. Nominations, including self nominations, are invited for a three-year term as TOG EiC, beginning on January 1, 2012. The deadline for nominations is November 30. Please visit the EIC search page for more information.
CACM Reports: Nanonetworks Offer New Frontier in Communications
Nanonetworks will have a great impact in almost every field of our society, ranging from health care to homeland security and environmental protection, according to researchers from Georgia Institute of Technology. Their assessment is based on technology that is able to create devices the size of a human cell. Enabling the necessary communication among cell-sized nanomachines, however, requires new protocols based on the nature of the nanoscale. In the November Communications of the ACM cover story, the authors argue for hardware-oriented research and communication-focused investigations conducted in parallel from an early stage. Also in this issue, Editor-in-Chief Moshe Y. Vardi considers the exponential growth in computing predicted by Moore's Law and ponders the implications of limits to this growth for the computer industry. He predicts that new physical phenomena will replace today's dominant CMOS technology, unleashing a new age of computer-performance improvements.
Communications, the flagship publication of ACM, offers readers access to this generation's most significant leaders and innovators in computing and information technology, and is available online in digital format.
Read the press release.
acmqueue Presents: Coding Guidelines: Finding the Art in the Science
What separates good code from great code? In Coding Guidelines: Finding the Art in the Science, Robert Green and Henry Ledgard at the University of Toledo make the argument that it is "a combination of artistic flair, nuanced style, and technical prowess." They encourage programmers to rely on simple English, context, and white space to make their code clear, maintainable, and understandable.
Free Sample Issue of Communications of the ACM for Non-members!
New offer for ACM non-members! Fill out the online form and receive a free trial issue of Communications of the ACM. Read about the latest developments in the computing field, covered by today's leading experts.
ACM in the News
"Exascale Computing Seen in this Decade"
Computerworld, November 16, 2011
A major focus at the SC11 supercomputing conference is developing an exascale computing system, which would be about 1,000 times more powerful than any existing system.
"Making High Performance Computing Special—the ACM Way"
HPCwire, November 15, 2011
HPCwire caught up with Cherri Pancake, professor at Oregon State University and the first Chair of ACM's newest Special Interest Group SIGHPC, to get her take on what the group is today, and the role she sees for it in the future of the high performance computing community.
"Feds Detail Supercomputing's Future"
InformationWeek, November 14, 2011
The annual SC11 supercomputing conference's agenda was partly guided by federal agencies and US national labs focusing on cloud computing, exascale computing, power management, and networking.
Daily Kos, November 4, 2011
Researchers from UNC Chapel Hill have used iSpy as proof that keying a private email message or text message in public, whether on a near-empty train or at the far end of a park bench away from everyone else, is still risky business. The direction of topics and discussions at ACM's Conference on Computer and Communications Security (CCS 2011) is squarely on the side of examining privacy in response to emerging technologies.
"Former ICANN Chairs Voice Concern With Domain Name Plan"
National Journal, November 3, 2011
2004 ACM Turing Award winner Vint Cerf's concerns about the new generic top-level domain (gTLD) program include the potential to create confusion among Internet users and new hassles for trademark owners as well as the logistical obstacles that are triggered by any new domain registrar that becomes insolvent.
"iPhone 4 Accelerometer Enables Device to be Used for Spying"
Huffington Post, October 27, 2011
Post references Scientific American article in which a team of researchers using an iPhone to track typing on a nearby computer keyboard with up to 80 percent accuracy presented their research at ACM's Conference on Computer and Communications Security (CCS 2011).
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