ACM MemberNet - March 28, 2013

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March 28, 2013


Shafi Goldwasser, Silvio Micali to Receive 2012 ACM Turing Award for Advances in Cryptography

ACM has named Shafi Goldwasser of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the Weizmann Institute of Science and Silvio Micali of MIT as the recipients of the 2012 ACM A.M. Turing Award. Working together, they pioneered the field of provable security, which laid the mathematical foundations that made modern cryptography possible. By formalizing the concept that cryptographic security had to be computational rather than absolute, they created mathematical structures that turned cryptography from an art into a science. Their work addresses important practical problems such as the protection of data from being viewed or modified, providing a secure means of communications and transactions over the Internet. Their advances led to the notion of interactive and probabilistic proofs and had a profound impact on computational complexity, an area that focuses on classifying computational problems according to their inherent difficulty.

The ACM Turing Award, widely considered the "Nobel Prize in Computing," carries a $250,000 prize, with financial support provided by Intel Corporation and Google Inc.
Read the ACM press release.

ACM, Infosys Foundation Honor Google Developers for Innovations that Boost Online Search Capabilities

ACM and the Infosys Foundation have named Jeffrey Dean and Sanjay Ghemawat the recipients of the 2012 ACM-Infosys Foundation Award in the Computing Sciences. They led the conception, design, and implementation of much of Google's revolutionary software infrastructure, which underlies the company's web search and indexing, as well as numerous applications across the industry. This technology has been emulated by virtually every major Internet company in the world. Dean and Ghemawat's research describing the scalable infrastructure they created was pivotal to the burgeoning field of cloud computing, which delivers resources over the Internet.

The ACM-Infosys Foundation Award recognizes personal contributions by young scientists and system developers to a contemporary innovation that exemplifies the greatest recent achievements in the computing field. An endowment from the Infosys foundation provides financial support for the $175,000 annual award. ACM will present the ACM-Infosys Foundation Award at its annual awards banquet on June 15 in San Francisco.
Read the ACM press release.

ACM Council on Women Honors World Leader in High Performance Computing

ACM's Council on Women in Computing (ACM-W) has named Katherine Yelick of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory as the 2013-2014 Athena Lecturer. Yelick, also a professor at the University of California, Berkeley, has improved fundamental understanding and practice of parallel programming, which uses multiple processing elements simultaneously to solve a problem. She developed novel performance tuning, compilation and runtime systems, which implement the core behavior of computer languages. The Athena Lecturer award celebrates women researchers who have made fundamental contributions to computer science. It includes a $10,000 honorarium provided by Google Inc.
Read the ACM press release.


Vint Cerf, Bob Kahn to Receive Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering

The 2004 ACM A.M. Turing Award recipients Vint Cerf and Bob Kahn are among five honorees of the first Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering. This global award recognizes outstanding advances in engineering that have changed the world. Cerf, ACM's president and Google Chief Internet Evangelist, and Kahn, who heads the Corporation for National Research Initiatives (CNRI), join Tim Berners-Lee, Director of the World Wide Web Consortium; Louis Pozin, designer of an early packet communications network; and Marc Andreessen, co-author of Mosaic, the first widely used Web browser, in this elite group. The honorees were cited for groundbreaking work that led to the formation of the Internet and World Wide Web. The prize carries an honorarium of £1 million ($1,515,922.56), and will be presented by the Queen this summer.

Peter Neumann Receives Computing Research Association 2013 Distinguished Service Award

Peter Neumann has been named as the 2013 recipient of the Computing Research Association's Distinguished Service Award. CRA gives this award to a person who has made an outstanding service contribution to the computing research community. This award recognizes service in the areas of government affairs, professional societies, publications or conferences, and leadership that has a major impact on computing research. Neumann, Principal Scientist at SRI's Computer Science Lab, moderates the ACM Risks Forum, created Communications of the ACM's Inside Risks column, and chairs both the ACM Committee on Computers and Public Policy and the National Committee for Voting Integrity.

Ivan Sutherland Awarded Kyoto Prize for Computer Graphics

The "father of computer graphics" Ivan Sutherland was awarded the Kyoto Prize in Advanced Technology at the Kyoto Symposium in San Diego, California, for his "pioneering achievements in the development of computer graphics and interactive interfaces." Sutherland's Sketchpad was software, running on MIT's Lincoln TX-2 computer, that constrained hand-drawn line segments and arcs so that they could be easily combined into figures and shapes, for which he received the Turing Award from ACM in 1988.
Read the EE Times press release.

Nominations for Gordon Bell Prize Due April 26

The Gordon Bell Prize is awarded each year to recognize outstanding achievement in high-performance computing. The purpose of the award is to track the progress over time of parallel computing, with particular emphasis on rewarding innovation in applying high-performance computing to applications in science, engineering, and large-scale data analytics. Prizes may be awarded for peak performance or special achievements in scalability and time-to-solution on important science and engineering problems. Financial support of the $10,000 award is provided by Gordon Bell, a pioneer in high-performance and parallel computing. Nominations are due April 26.


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 June 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 35 distinct technological fields. Some awards presented (or to be presented) at recent conferences:


ECRC: First ACM European Computing Research Congress, May 2 to 4, Paris, France

ECRC 2013 will be held May 2 to 4 in Paris, in collaboration with the CHI'13 Changing Perspectives conference. CHI'13 begins April 27 and runs through May 2. Organized by ACM Europe, this event is co-locating multiple research conferences, workshops and meetings for the first time to create a significant gathering of European computing researchers. Early registration deadline is April 3.
ACM President Vint Cerf will deliver a joint CHI/ECRC keynote address May 2.

The co-located conferences are:

In addition, INRIA CEO Michel Cosnard will lead a panel on "Computing Research 2020 and Beyond."

ICSE 2013, May 18 to 26, San Francisco, California

The International Conference on Software Engineering provides programs where researchers, practitioners, and educators present, discuss, and debate the most recent innovations, trends, experiences, and challenges in the field of software engineering. Opportunities for professional engagement include workshops, tutorials, demonstrations, posters, exhibits, paper tracks on research, education and software engineering in practice, as well as a set of co-located events. Scheduled keynote speakers are Pamela Samuelson (University of California, Berkeley) on "Are Software Patents Bad?"; Tony DeRose (Pixar Research Group) on "The Connection between Movie Making and Software Development"; and Linda Northrop (Software Engineering Institute at Carnegie Mellon University) on "Does Scale Really Matter? Ultra-Large-Scale Systems Seven Years after the Study."

CFP 2013, June 25 to 26, Washington, DC

The Computers, Freedom, and Privacy Conference draws advocates, academics, technologists, policymakers, and others to discuss and debate the issues impacting technology, freedom, and privacy in the digital world. The theme of the conference is "Our Computers, Our Freedom: Can You Trust Anyone in the Digital Age?" Scheduled keynote speakers are Jan Philipp Albrecht, a member of the European Union Parliament; Matt Blaze, director of the Distributed Systems Lab at the University of Pennsylvania; Julie Brill, Commissioner of the US Federal Trade Commission; and Cory Doctorow, a science fiction author, activist, journalist and blogger. The venue for CFP will be the Newseum, adding to the the fun and intellectual excitement CFP always generates.

SPLASH 2013, October 26 to 31, Indianapolis, Indiana

SPLASH, the ACM conference on Systems, Programming, Languages and Applications: Software for Humanity, embraces all aspects of software construction and delivery. This is the premier conference at the intersection of programming languages, programming, and software engineering. Co-located events are the Dynamic Languages Symposium, the International Conference on Generative Programming and Component Engineering (GPCE), and Software Language Engineering conference. There are several submission deadlines this spring; please visit the Call for Papers page for more information.


Become an Ambassador for ACM—You Could Be a Grand Prize Winner!

The Ambassadors for ACM program rewards ACM members like you for encouraging new members to join. Your first-hand experience with ACM's valuable career development and continuous learning programs makes you a perfect envoy to share your ACM experiences with prospective members. Please consider becoming an Ambassador for ACM. The top ACM Ambassador for February was Adil Aliyev. The 2012–2013 Ambassadors for ACM program offers opportunities for you to earn new prizes, rewards and bonus gifts with each referral.

Submit the ACM Referral Form, and your referrals can join ACM at a special discount rate. Our members are our greatest asset. Your support of ACM is critical to our continuing efforts to advance computing as a science and a profession.

MentorNet Matches ACM Students, Professionals for One-on-One Mentoring

ACM partners with MentorNet to promote e-mentoring relationships between students (protégés) and professionals (mentors). MentorNet, founded in 1997, now boasts 30,000 mentor/protégé relationships that encourage and inspire students considering careers in science, technology, engineering and math. Professionals also benefit from the program, practicing skills and gaining insights into their own careers. Above all, they gain satisfaction from knowing that they're helping to diversify the global workforce in these fields. ACM members can participate in this program as protégés if they are undergraduates, graduates, post-doctoral students, or untenured faculty. ACM Professional Members with a college degree and at least two years of professional work experience in engineering, science, technology, mathematics, medicine or related disciplines can qualify as mentors. To learn more, visit MentorNet's newly redesigned site and the introductory ACM MentorNet page. Also check out the short videos for protégés and mentors that will walk you through the steps of creating a profile and connecting with others in the MentorNet community.

Insurance Programs for ACM Members

ACM members are able to take advantage of a variety of comprehensive and affordable insurance programs including Accidental Death & Dismemberment Insurance, Group Dental Insurance, Group Disability Insurance, Health Insurance, Group Term Life Insurance and Long-Term Care Insurance. Through a partnership between ACM and Marsh U.S. Consumer, a service of Seabury & Smith, Inc., these programs are offered exclusively to ACM members at competitive, group-negotiated rates. To learn more about these and other ACM-sponsored insurance plans, visit the website or call 1-800-503-9230 for more information.

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 as 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!


ACM Webcast with Vint Cerf and Stuart Feldman, April 23—Register Now!

The next free webcast in ACM's Learning Webinar series, "Internet's Future Social Implications: Upheaval or 'Trek's' Promise?," will be presented on April 23 at 1 PM EDT (12 noon CDT/11 AM MDT/10 AM PDT/5 PM UTC). Join Google Vice President and Chief Internet Evangelist (and current ACM President) Vint Cerf in a very special virtual event moderated by Google's Vice President of Engineering Stuart Feldman (former President of ACM). The talk will be followed by a live question and answer session. Register now. If you'd like to attend but can't make it to the virtual event, you may register to receive a recording of the webinar when it becomes available. ACM Learning Webinars are free with registration, available for streaming on all major mobile devices, and are recorded for on-demand viewing.


Import Your LinkedIn Profile in ACM's Career & Job Center

Be sure to visit ACM's Career & Job Center to update your résumé or create a new one in the Résumé Bank. ACM members' résumés include an ACM logo on their entry, highlighting their ACM membership to employers.

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 résumé created and saved in our system, you can publish it to the Résumé Bank so that employers find you! Or keep it private and use it when applying online for jobs. Log in to ACM's Job Board and post your résumé today. You can also upgrade to a Preferred Résumé to keep it at the top of the Résumé Bank, highlighted with a star next to it for increased visibility ($25 for 90 days).

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.


Participate in ACM-NDC Study of Non-Doctoral Programs, Win a $2,500 Grant

The first-ever ACM-sponsored national survey of non-Ph.D.-granting four-year institutions in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Information Systems, Information Technology, and Software Engineering is now underway. Adapted from annual Taulbee Survey of Ph.D.-granting institutions conducted by the Computing Research Association (CRA) and SIGCSE-sponsored TauRUs surveys, ACM-NDC will generate timely data on enrollment, degree production, student body composition, and faculty salaries/demographics. Participating programs will not only be represented in this important view of the non-doctoral landscape in computing, but also be entered to win one of five unrestricted $2,500 grants for their department's discretionary fund. If you are a not-for-profit, US-based academic institution and your department or program offers a bachelor and/or master-level degree (but not Ph.D.s/doctoral degrees in this area of computing; i.e., your program is not getting captured in Taulbee data), you should take part in our survey. Unique logins have already been mailed to a list of identified departments. If your program/department has not received a unique login URL, please email [email protected] with "ACM-NDC Study" in the subject line and include your name, email, institution, department and position in the message. Please complete the survey by April 14.

CSTA Documents Demonstrate Alignment of K-12 Standards

The Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA) has just released a series of documents that show the alignment between the CSTA K-12 Computer Science Standards and other existing national standards: the Common Core State Standards, the STEM Cluster Topics, and the Partnership for 21st Century Essential Skills. The CSTA created these documents to demonstrate the extent to which computer science courses and content align with a wide variety of national standards. They can help K-12 educators using CSTA standards demonstrate how their computer science courses, resources, or grant proposals contribute to the teaching of other national standards.

According to CSTA Curriculum Committee Chair Deborah Seehorn, "It is no secret that K-12 education is now completely standards-focused, and our efforts to improve and expand computer science education in K-12 require us to show that we not only have rigorous standards, but that our standards intersect well with the key national standards from other organizations." The downloadable documents are available on the Curriculum web page of the CSTA website.


George Michael Fellowship for Doctoral Students in High Performance Computing - Apply by May 1

Are you a PhD student in high performance computing? Or a faculty member who is mentoring one of these students? Then consider applying for (or recommending a student for) an ACM/IEEE-CS George Michael Memorial HPC Fellowship. These fellowships honor exceptional PhD students throughout the world whose research focus areas are in high performance computing, networking, storage, and large-scale data analysis. ACM, the IEEE Computer Society, and the SC International Conference support this award, which was endowed in memory of George Michael, one of the founders of the SC Conference series.

Fellowship winners are selected each year based on overall potential for research excellence, the degree to which technical interests align with those of the HPC community, academic progress to date, recommendations by their advisor and others, and a demonstration of current and anticipated use of HPC resources. The Fellowship includes a $5,000 honorarium, plus travel and registration to receive the award at the annual SC conference. Visit the George Michael Memorial HPC Fellowship page for application criteria and instructions. Submissions for this year's award close on May 1.

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 SAC 2013. The next conferences accepting submissions are:

Learn about more competitions on the SRC submissions page.

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. Twenty ACM-W/Wipro scholarships are 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 (SIG) conferences (SIGACCESS, SIGACT, SIGARCH, SIGCOMM, SIGCHI, SIGCSE, SIGDA, SIGECOM, SIGEVO, SIGGRAPH, SIGIR, SIGITE, SIGMM, SIGMOBILE, SIGOPS, SIGPLAN, and SIGSOFT), 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.

Additional scholarship awards for women students to attend research conferences have been made possible by Microsoft Research. Microsoft has given ACM-W $20,000 to support scholarships for women of European citizenship. Under the agreement with Microsoft, these awards will cover conference registration fees and provide an additional $600 if the conference is intracontinental, or $1200 if it is involves intercontinental travel. The student does not have to be attending a European school in order to be eligible, and the amount of the award is based on where she attends school relative to where the conference is. We are delighted to have this additional support for the scholarships, in addition to the funds we already have from Wipro Ltd. In addition, 16 SIGs have thus far signed on to support the scholarships by providing complimentary conference registration to scholarship recipients.

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.


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 Albert Wong. Albert is an IT Architect with IBM Retail On Demand Emerging Business Opportunities (EBO), the IBM skunkworks organization missioned to increase IBM business and technical solutions within the retail industry. He was formerly with the IBM Global Services Linux and Grid EBO, building IBM's initial entry into the Linux and Grid Computing market, IBM Global Services Application Services and IBM Sales and Distribution Technical Sales Support. Due to the dynamic nature of EBOs, his skills span the whole spectrum of IT business and technical development, from technical pre-sales, solution design and implementation, offering development to ecosystem enablement. As a result of his thought leadership and business and technical knowledge in the Open Source and Linux space, he was the co-leader of the IGS Open Source Community of Practice, an IBM internal grassroots knowledge network, where he co-leads community, communication and knowledge sharing activities for 7,100+ IBMers.

In his spare time, Albert is very active in Asian American Civil Rights and is an officer for the Organization of Chinese Americans. He is a former president of the University of California Irvine Alumni Association Information and Computer Science chapter. He enjoys world travel and donating time to worthy causes and helping his family's business. He holds a BS in Information and Computer Science from the University of California, Irvine.
For more information on Albert, please visit his DSP speaker information page.

ACM, IEEE Computer Society Join to Share Distinguished Speakers Programs

IEEE-CS and ACM have joined to share their invited speaker programs, to further the dissemination of technical knowledge of computing fields that greatly benefit both memberships. IEEE-CS chapter volunteers can host a speaker from ACM's Distinguished Speakers Program (DSP), with access to top technology leaders and innovators from nearly every sector of the computing industry, by following the instructions on the DSP site. Make sure you identify yourself as an IEEE Computer Society Chapter.

IEEE-CS provides a popular offering of first-quality speakers serving its professional and student chapters. The Distinguished Visitors Program (DVP) owes its success to the many volunteers and staff members of the Computer Society who generously contribute their time and talent. Organizers of an ACM chapter, conference, or event can host a speaker from IEEE-CS's DVP by following the instructions instructions on the DVP site. Make sure you identify yourself as an ACM chapter or event.


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 February 21 to March 22, 2013:

ACM Student Chapters:

  • Amrita School of Engineering/Bangalore ACM Student Chapter, Bangalore, India
  • Brooklyn College ACM-W Student Chapter, Brooklyn, New York
  • Dr. Paul Raj Engg. College ACM Student Chapter, Bhadrachalam, India
  • Indiana University - Bloomington ACM Student Chapter
  • Purdue University ACM-W Student Chapter, West Lafayette, Indiana
  • Talladega College ACM Student Chapter, Talladega, Alabama
  • College of New Jersey ACM SIGGRAPH Student Chapter, Ewing, New Jersey
  • TOBB University of Economics and Technology ACM Student Chapter, Ankara, Turkey
  • University of California, Irvine ACM-W Student Chapter
  • University of Colorado, Denver ACM Student Chapter
  • University of Hartford ACM Student Chapter, West Hartford, Connecticut
  • University of Texas Pan American ACM-W Student Chapter, Edinburg, Texas


ChiWIC Celebration Supports Chicago Area Women in Computing

by Florence Appel, conference chair The Chicago Area Celebration of Women in Computing (ChiWIC), organized by chair Florence Appel and a committee of faculty representatives from 10 Chicago-area institutions, took place at Saint Xavier University in Chicago October 26 to 27, 2012. Attendees totaled 150, with 65% undergraduates, 10% graduate students, 20% faculty and industry participants, and 5% high school students. Attendees represented nearly 30 different institutions in Chicago, including high schools, community colleges and four-year institutions. Sponsors included Microsoft Research, National Science Foundation, Anita Borg Institute, Raytheon, ThoughtWorks, and the the Center for Systems Security and Information Assurance (CSSIA) at Moraine Valley Community College.

Highlights of the conference included:

  • Two inspirational keynotes: "Computational Insights into the Social Life of Zebras (and other animals)," by Tanya Berger-Wolf (Associate Professor, University of Illinois at Chicago) and "A Path Between: How mentors, role models, and YOU can grow the next generation of computing professionals and have fun while doing good," by Mary Fernandez (Assistant Vice President of Software and Information Systems Research at AT&T Labs and Chair of MentorNet).
  • A very lively, interactive panel discussion on graduate school and career options including the two keynote speakers and Molly Bowen (ThoughtWorks) and Jillian Aurisano (University of Illinois at Chicago graduate student).
  • Student presentations: 10 posters and 15 lightning talks.
  • An innovative career fair titled "Charting Your Future." Fifteen female alumnae from universities represented on our conference committee participated in informal roundtable discussions with interested participants during a buffet lunch. These alumnae are all employed by companies in the Chicago area and represented themselves, their companies and their alma maters at the conference. Prior to the conference, each of them had submitted answers to questions about their schooling, their current positions and their professional and personal lives, and these responses were posted online so student attendees could prepare questions for them at the fair. This event was extremely successful, resulting in important connections being made.
  • A faculty workshop on recruiting and retaining women in CS, led by Joanne Cohoon from NCWIT.
  • An Imposter Syndrome workshop led by Carol Rudisill from the Anita Borg Institute.

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 learn more about these events.

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: 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 Modeling and Computer Simulation Seeks New Editor-in-Chief

ACM Transactions on Modeling and Computer Simulation (TOMACS), the publication of high-quality research and developmental results in computer simulation, is seeking a new Editor-in-Chief. Nominations are due April 1.

ACM Transactions on Accessible Computing Seeks New Editor-in-Chief

ACM Transactions on Accessible Computing (TACCESS) is seeking a new Editor-in-Chief. Nominations are due April 15.

ACM International Conference Proceedings Series Seeks New Editor-in-Chief

The ACM International Conference Proceedings Series (ICPS) is seeking a new Editor-in-Chief. Nominations are due April 15.

Hot Topics Editor Needed for Computing Reviews

Computing Reviews, the post-publication review and comment journal of ACM, is seeking volunteers interested in serving as a category editor for Hot Topics.

CACM Reports: Mobilizing Robot Teams for Urban Search Missions, and Analyzing Opinion on Social Networks in Real Time

In the March cover story of Communications of the ACM, a team of researchers from the University of Michigan recount their success in winning a Grand Challenge robot competition by addressing the specific obstacles facing urban search and rescue missions. Using an autonomous team of robots to explore and map a complex area, they overcame the critical map-building and object perception issues using a standard probabilistic formulation. They also discovered that human operators can help a robot team be more efficient and recover from errors. Also in this issue, Editor-in-Chief Moshe Y. Vardi reviews the moral and practical consequences of boycotting scholarly publishers over the issue of Open Access. Citing his belief that science should be separate from politics, he argues instead for out-publishing the for-profit publishers by attracting the bulk of computing articles and pressuring them to reform their business practices. In his column, ACM President Vint Cerf recounts his recent travels in India to attend several ACM-sponsored events and meet colleagues as well as rising political leaders and Internet users. He detects a tide in Indian affairs drawing the research, academic, private, public and community sectors toward a decidedly digital future, in which ACM has a serious role to play.
Read the press release.

One of the hottest research areas in computer science is analyzing opinions formed by thought leaders as well as ordinary people, reports Ronen Feldman in the April cover story of Communications of the ACM. Feldman, of the Hebrew University in Israel, writes that the huge explosion of this technology, known as sentiment analysis, offers organizations the ability to monitor different social media sites in real time and act accordingly. He reviews research problems in the field as well as algorithms for solving them. He also examines major application areas, including marketing, public relations, political campaigns, online shopping, and equity investing, and provides some open research challenges. Also in this issue, ACM President Vint Cerf cites the significant costs for the complex technology that enables the creation, distribution, and archiving of digital content. As the research community moves toward digital publication, he foresees the need for a new business model to assure the longevity, utility, and comprehensive nature of archival information, and adds that ACM's recent steps in this direction are not the end of the story.
Read the press release.

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 in print, web and digital format.

ACM Queue Presents: How Fast Is Your Web Site?

Patrick Meenan created the popular open-source WebPagetest Web performance measurement tool and currently works at Google, focusing on Web performance. In his article for ACM Queue, he states, "If you run a Web site, make sure you are regularly looking at its performance. The data has never been more readily available, and it is often quite surprising. We will discuss active testing techniques that have traditionally been used, then explain newer technologies that permit the browser to report accurate timing data to the server."

New from eLearn Magazine: Is the Experience API All Hype and No Substance?

The Tin Can API is an extremely hot topic in the elearning industry. But what exactly is it, and what does it mean to today's instructional designer? In this article, David Kelly and Kevin Thorn explain what the Tin Can API is, and explore just how much it may impact the world of instructional design.

Ubiquity's Peter Denning Interviews Leonard Ornstein

Cell biologist Leonard Ornstein sits down with Peter Denning to discuss his views on science, discovery, information, and meaning. Here is an excerpt of what Ornstein had to say: "Many scientists make claims that appear to them to be true because they are deductively logical, but they do not understand that their own beliefs (and everyone's beliefs of all kinds), on which the logic is based, must depend on unprovable arbitrary axiomatic agreement on rules, definitions, names, labels, and codes. Most teachers in schools do not understand this basic aspect of truth, and their students show it. I would like to help people understand these basics of logic and science so that they may conduct themselves 'better,' and with understanding of beliefs in general, but especially in public and private debates."

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"How to Find the Right Twitter User in a Crisis"

New Scientist, March 20, 2013
In a paper due to be presented at the ACM Conference on Hypertext and Social Media in Paris in May, lead researcher Shamanth Kumar writes that the most useful tweeters are not expected to have a large number of followers, or be influential on Twitter outside of the crisis.

"The Age of the Sentient Machine Is Upon Us"

InfoWorld, March 14, 2013
Man-made intelligent devices will eventually become sentient, according to IBM and ACM Fellow Grady Booch.

"Fostering Gender Diversity in Computing"

IEEE-USA Today's Engineer, March 2013
In "More than Gender: Taking a Systemic Approach to Improving K-12 Computer Science Education," Chris Stephenson of the Computer Science Teachers Association and Rebecca Dovi, who teaches at Patrick Henry High School, Richmond, Virginia, explore the necessity of making access to computer science education equitable across both gender and ethnicities.

"Vint Cerf Sees an 'Interspecies Internet' to Talk with Animals"

CNet, February 28, 2013
Google chief Internet evangelist and ACM president Vint Cerf, along with musician Peter Gabriel, Massachusetts Institute of Technology physicist Neil Gershenfeld, and cognitive psychologist Diana Reiss have proposed a new inter-species Internet that would facilitate communication between humans and animals.

"Supercomputing Challenges and Predictions"

HPC Wire, February 27, 2013
Predictions made at the popular SC12 supercomputing conference in Salt Lake City last November are summarized.

"Google's Vint Cerf Talks Identifiers vs. Pseudonyms Online"

ZDNet, February 27, 2013
Google chief Internet evangelist and ACM president Vint Cerf, speaking at the 2013 RSA Conference, discussed axiomatic authentication, or pseudonyms versus precise identification, touching on the debate concerning digital signatures and just how authoritative the technology is.

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