ACM MemberNet - June 26, 2014
Welcome to the June 2014 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.
June 26, 2014
ACM Special Interest Group Election Results
The following SIGs have elected new officers for terms beginning July 1, 2014 and ending June 30, 2017:
- SIGCAS: Chair, Michael Goldweber; Vice Chair, Karla Carter; Member-at-Large, Netiva Caftori
- ACM SIGGRAPH: President, Jeff Jortner; Vice President, Brian Wyvill; Director-at-Large, Evan M. Hirsch
- SIGSPATIAL: Chair, Mohamed F. Mokbel; Vice Chair, Shawn Newsam; Secretary, Roger Zimmermann; Treasurer, Egeman Tanin
- SIGUCCS: Chair, Mathew Felthousen; Vice Chair, Melissa Bauer; Secretary, Beth Rugg; Treasurer, Allan Chen; Information Director, Laurie J. Fox
ACM India Elects New Officers
The results of the ACM India Council election are as follows:
- Two-year term (1 July 2014 - 30 June 2016):
- President - Srinivas Padmanabhuni (Infosys, Bangalore)
- Vice President - Madhavan Mukund (Chennai Mathematical Institute)
- Secretary - Mangala Gowri Nanda (IBM India Research Lab, Delhi)
- Treasurer - Mukesh Mohania (IBM India Research Lab, New Delhi)
- Members-at-Large (Four-year term, 1 July 2014 - 30 June 2018):
- Hemangee Kapoor (IIT Guwahati)
- Rashmi Mohan (Yahoo! India, Bangalore)
- Sukumar Nandi (IIT Guwahati)
- V. Krishna Nandivada (IIT Madras)
- Gautam Shroff (TCS, Delhi)
Four Russian Universities among Top 10 Spots in ACM ICPC Programming Contest
At the finals of the 2014 ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest (ACM-ICPC), St. Petersburg State took first place, solving seven problems to win the contest on home soil in Ekaterinburg, Russia. The squad defeated Moscow State University, which also solved seven problems but took more time to reach solutions. In addition, St. Petersburg National Research University of IT, Mechanics and Optics, and National Research University Higher School of Economics, finished ninth and 10th respectively. The medal winners also included Peking University at third place and National Taiwan University in fourth place. The competition pits teams of three university students against nine complex, real-world problems and a demanding five-hour deadline. It showcases the analytical and coding skills of the contenders from 122 teams competing in the final round.
"The ACM-ICPC competition enables the next generation of computer scientists to demonstrate critical skills for solving complex, real-world problems brought about by the latest technology trends," said ACM President-elect Alexander Wolf. "ACM supports this contest as part of our role in shaping the future of computing and helping computing students and professionals all over the world to be their most creative. We celebrate the achievements of all the participants in this year's event."
This international competition is organized by ACM, whose membership includes more than 100,000 computing educators, researchers, professionals, and students worldwide. Financial and systems support for ACM-ICPC is provided by IBM.
Full results are available here.
Read the ACM news release.
ACM-IEEE CS 2013 George Michael Memorial Fellowship Recipients
Endowed in memory of George Michael, one of the founding fathers of the SC Conference series, the ACM IEEE-CS George Michael Memorial 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 Conference support this award.
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. The recipients for 2013 are:
- Jonathan Lifflander (University of Illinois), for "Scalable Algorithms for Dynamic Large-Scale Systems"
- Edgar Solomonik (University of California, Berkeley), for "Communication-Optimal Parallel Algorithms for Solving Physical Equations"
Ken Kennedy Award Nominations Due July 1
Established in memory of Ken Kennedy, the founder of Rice University's nationally ranked computer science program and one of the world's foremost experts on high-performance computing, this award, consisting of a certificate and $5,000 honorarium, is awarded jointly by the ACM and the IEEE Computer Society for outstanding contributions to programmability or productivity in high-performance computing together with significant community service or mentoring contributions. Nominations are due July 1.
Call for ACM Senior and Distinguished Member and Fellows 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 September 3. Please read Advice to Those Seeking ACM Senior Members by Senior Member Committee Chair Susan Rodger on how to submit a strong nomination package.
The Distinguished Member designation recognizes ACM members with at least 15 years of professional experience and 5 years of continuous ACM Professional membership who have demonstrated significant accomplishments or made a significant impact on the computing field. The deadline for nominations is August 1. Please read Advice to Members Seeking ACM Distinction, by past Committee Co-chairs Marc Snir and Telle Whitney.
Fellow is ACM's most prestigious member grade recognizing the top 1% of ACM members for their outstanding accomplishments in computing and information technology and/or outstanding service to ACM and the larger computing community. The deadline for nominations is September 5. Please read the late James Horning's article, Making the case for an ACM Fellow. (Jim served for over 10 years as Co-Chair of the Awards Committee.)
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:
- SIGDA Awards: Outstanding PhD Dissertation, Outstanding New Faculty, and Distinguished Service
- SIGecom Awards: Doctoral Dissertation, Best Paper, Best Student Paper
- SIGMETRICS Awards: Achievement, Rising Star Researcher, Test of Time, and Best Paper and Ken Sevcik Outstanding Student Paper
- SIGMIS Award: Magid Igbaria Outstanding Conference Paper of the Year
- SIGPLAN Awards: Programming Languages Achievement, Distinguished Service, Programming Language Software, Robin Milner Young Researcher, John C. Reynolds Doctoral Dissertation, and PLDI Most Influential Paper
- SIGSOFT Awards: Distinguished Service, Outstanding Research, Influential Educator, Impact Paper, and ICSE Most Influential Paper
CONFERENCES AND EVENTS
SIGGRAPH 2014, August 10-14, Vancouver, Canada
The SIGGRAPH 2014 conference and exhibition is a five-day interdisciplinary educational experience including a commercial exhibition that attracts hundreds of exhibitors from around the world. In addition to SIGGRAPH's leading-edge technical program with courses, talks, panels, paper presentations, and more, the conference's installations provide close-up views of the latest in digital art and emerging technologies, as well as hands-on opportunities for creative collaboration. The Computer Animation Festival showcases works from the world's most innovative and accomplished digital film and video creators. The scheduled keynote speaker is Elliot Kotek, co-founder of Not Impossible Labs.
SIGCOMM 2014, August 17-22, Chicago, Illinois
SIGCOMM 2014 is the annual conference of the ACM Special Interest Group on Data Communication on the applications, technologies, architectures, and protocols for computer communication. New this year, SIGCOMM will host an industrial demo session with demos from industry in the area of networking, networked systems, and networked applications. Technical papers will cover a range of topics including network neutrality, data centers, and wireless and cloud environments. Workshops will cover All Things Cellular; Capacity Sharing; Distributed Cloud Computing; Software Defined Networking; Networking Women: Broadening Participation; and Software Radio Implementation. Tutorials will cover Managing Smartphone Performance; Teaching Computer Networking with Mininet; The Intersection of Theory and Engineering; GENI; FIT IoT-LAB; and Virtualization.
KDD 2014, August 24-27, New York, New York
KDD 2014, the 20th ACM SIGKDD Conference on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining, brings together researchers and practitioners from data science, data mining, knowledge discovery, large-scale data analytics, and big data. KDD 2014 features keynote speakers, Research Track papers, Industry and Government Track papers, invited talks, tutorials, and workshops, plus the KDD Cup challenge, a special Bloomberg event, Unleash Data: Accelerate Impact (submissions for both events due July 15), the Broadening Participation in Data Mining program, and more. Scheduled keynote speakers are Oren Etzioni, CEO, Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence; Eric Horvitz, Director, Microsoft Research; Eric Schadt, Director, Icahn Institute for Genomics and Multiscale Biology; and Sendhil Mullainathan, Professor of Economics, Harvard University.
BAC 2014, October 8 to 9, Houston, Texas
BAC 2014, the first ACM-sponsored conference to focus on Business Analytics, will address key issues relating to organizing and managing massive volumes of data effectively, the evolution of analytics techniques and software tools to support complex analytical processes, and how business analytics impacts and changes business organizations and their competitive situations. Papers on theoretical foundations, economic impacts, Big Data, and more are invited for this inaugural event. The paper submissions deadline has been extended to July 15.
GHC 2014, October 8 to 11, Phoenix, Arizona
GHC 2014, the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing, is the world's largest gathering of women technologists and is a great opportunity to gain professional visibility as a subject matter expert, expand your network and inspire other women in computing. This year's theme, "Everyone. Everywhere." will focus on the ubiquity of computing in society today, and the need to include diverse groups in the innovation process. Scheduled keynote speakers include Shafi Goldwasser, 2012 ACM A.M. Turing Award co-recipient and RSA Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT; Maria Klawe, President at Harvey Mudd College and a former ACM President; Satya Nadella, Chief Executive Officer at Microsoft; and Arati Prabhakar, Director, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). Technical sessions will feature technology leaders including Elizabeth Churchill, Director of Human Computer Interaction at eBay Research Labs; Lorrie Faith Cranor, Director of the Carnegie Mellon Usable Privacy and Security Laboratory at Carnegie Mellon University, and a board member of the Electronic Frontier Foundation; Rayid Ghani, Research Director and Senior Fellow at the Computation Institute and the Harris School for Public Policy at the University of Chicago; Yoky Matsuoka, VP of Technology at Nest Labs; and Linda Northrop, Chief Scientist of the Software Solutions Division of the Carnegie Mellon Software Engineering Institute.
SC 2014, November 16 to 21, New Orleans, Louisiana
SC14 will bring together the high performance computing community of scientists, engineers, researchers, educators, students, programmers, system administrators, and developers to engage in important conversations of how HPC technologies can be used to better the world. SC14 will also be launching new initiatives focused on big-data and analytics as well as innovative new technologies in HPC. Submissions for birds-of-a-feather sesssions, posters, the Student Research Competition, Doctoral Showcase, Emerging Technologies, and most other technical programs, are open until July 31.
SIGGRAPH Asia 2014, December 3 to 6, Shenzhen, China
Submissions are invited for the 7th ACM SIGGRAPH Conference and Exhibition on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques in Asia. The largest conference on computer graphics in Asia is seeking submissions for workshops, technical papers, the Computer Animation Festival, Emerging Technologies, Mobile Graphics Symposium, courses, and more. Visit the submissions page for more information and a complete list of deadlines, and workshops page for workshop submission info.
ACM Ambassadors Program Ends June 30: Invite Your Colleagues Now to Join!
The 2013-2014 Ambassadors for ACM program ends June 30, so you have just a little more than one month to take advantage of eligibility to earn prizes, rewards and bonus gifts with each referral. The 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. The top ACM Ambassador for May was Angela Ifeyinwa.
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. Please consider becoming an Ambassador for ACM.
New Member Benefit: Cloud Accounting for the Non-Accountant
ACM members: check out our latest partnership with FreshBooks, an easy-to-use cloud accounting solution built for IT pros. Designed with a non-accountant in mind, FreshBooks allows you to easily create and send invoices, track your time, automatically import expenses, and accept payments online, all from your phone or the web. FreshBooks makes managing small business finances simple and straightforward. Click here to learn more about the 10% discount and 30-day free trial avaliable to ACM members.
Watch June Webcasts on "Big Data" and "Cybersecurity"!
There are two free ACM webcasts available in June for viewing, covering hot topics "Big Data" and "Cybersecurity":
- The Marriage of BI and Big Data—Business unIntelligence, presented on June 17 by Barry Devlin. Devlin, Founder and Principal of 9sight Consulting and co-editor of the ACM Tech Pack on Business Intelligence and Data Management, covers business drivers and results of the emerging biz-tech ecosystem; modern conceptual and logical architectures for information; and process and people positioning of all forms of business analytics and big data. Peter Aiken of ACM SIGMIS, Founding Director of Data Blueprint and Associate Professor of Information Systems at Virginia Commonwealth University, moderates.
- Navigating Cybersecurity and Public Policy: Six Key Issues, presented on June 25 by Herbert Lin, Chief Scientist, Computer Science and Telecommunications Board, National Research Council, National Academies. Lin discusses the findings of a recent National Research Council report on cybersecurity and the six key things to know about cybersecurity as it intersects with public policy.
ACM Learning Webinars are free with registration, available for streaming on all major mobile devices, and are recorded for on-demand viewing.
ACM Student Member Access to Safari Books Extended
Good news: ACM has extended Student Member access to the entire custom collection of 700 Safari book and video titles, including award-winning, best-selling technical books and videos from leading publishers such as Addison-Wesley, Cisco Press, McGraw-Hill, Microsoft Press, O'Reilly, Peachpit Press, Pearson Education, Que, Wiley, and more. This extensive electronic reference library contains books on the latest software and technologies, certification study guides, video tutorials, and recordings from O'Reilly conferences. In addition to being able to download books and print custom summary documents, ACM Student Members can build their own custom libraries with favorite folders, saved searches, and smart folders, and access their books offline with Safari's mobile app. For more information on Safari Books Online, please visit the Learning Center books page. To access Safari Books Online, log in with your ACM Student Member credentials through the ACM Learning Center or through myACM. And check out the Safari Books Online FAQ, which may answer many of your questions.
Complimentary Resources for ACM Student Members from Teradata University Network
Through ACM's new partnership with the Teradata University Network (TUN), ACM Student Members can now access complimentary software from Teradata, MicroStrategy, SAS, Tableau, and other software tools, as well as datasets, case studies, free certification training, and other content. TUN offers a unique learning and teaching experience that is supported by distinguished academics around the world. TUN provides hands-on training in combination with technical expertise, challenging students to become innovative thinkers who know how to use data warehousing to create and enhance business value. TUN prepares students for a competitive marketplace through offering corporate reality experience using Teradata data warehousing technology, and providing access to resources that would otherwise be overwhelmingly expensive for universities to develop and maintain. TUN is a free web-based portal for both faculty and the students, and supports students at undergraduate and graduate levels.
Skillsoft Course Exchange July 1
The next ACM Course Exchange will take place the week of July 1. Check out the list of courses and course series that will be added to and removed from our collection. Old courses will be removed on July 1 and new courses will be added to our Skillsoft library by July 2. If you are currently accessing any of the courses marked for removal or planning to start one, be sure to finish your training by June 30.
This Course Exchange refreshes our collection based on usage analysis and feedback from ACM members like you. In some cases, courses are being removed due to low usage; in others, older versions are being removed to make room for an update, or the content is being retired by Skillsoft. If you have a comment or suggestion, leave it in the Learning Center Suggestion Box.
IMPORTANT: If you have started any of the courses marked for removal, make sure to complete them and log in to the Skillport website by June 30 to sync your progress and print the completion records. Transcripts will not be available after the courses have been removed. If you have downloaded or plan to download any of the affected courses into the Skillsoft Course Manager (SCM) for offline use, your progress will not be synced with Skillport after the course exchange.
CAREER & JOB CENTER
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.
CSTA JOB BOARD
Computer Science Teachers Association Launches Job Board
The Computer Science Teachers Association has launched its new CSTA Job Board, the career hub for K-12 Computer Science teachers. The new career center provides access to 100% computer science K-12 teaching-related job postings.
The CSTA Job Board will allow you to manage your career:
- Search and apply to K-12 computer science related jobs
- Upload your anonymous résumé and allow employers to contact you
- Set up job alerts specifying your skills, interests, and location to receive email notifications when a job is posted that matches your criteria
or recruit for open positions:
- put job openings in front of the most qualified group of K-12 computer science-focused professionals
- Simply create an employer account on the CSTA Job Board and choose from three levels of online job postings options: Basic 30-Day Online Job Posting ($190); Enhanced 30-Day Online Posting ($250); or Premium 30-Day Online Posting ($310).
CSTA Members: be sure to visit the CSTA Job Board directly (or click the Job Board link from the CSTA homepage) to create and upload your résumé to the Résumé Bank so that employers find you, or keep it private and use it when applying online for jobs. Log in and post your résumé today!
Microsoft Research Faculty Summit to Be Streamed Live July 14
Join us for a broadcast of the Microsoft Research Faculty Summit streamed live from Redmond, Washington on Monday, July 14, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. PDT (12:00 to 8:30 p.m. EDT). This free online event offers keynotes and demo presentations from the Faculty Summit as well as lively discussions with leading scientific and academic researchers about their investigations into future trends in computer science research. The event will feature such luminaries as:
- Leslie Lamport, 2013 ACM A.M. Turing Award recipient and principal researcher at Microsoft
- Harry Shum, executive vice president of Microsoft's Technology and Research Group
- Mary Gray, senior researcher at Microsoft
- Chris Harrison, assistant professor, Carnegie Mellon University
- Jeannette M. Wing, corporate vice president, Microsoft Research and ACM Fellow
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 PLDI 2014. The next conferences accepting submissions are:
- ASSETS 2014, October 20-22, deadline June 27
- ICFP 2014, September 1-3, deadline June 29
- FSE 2014, November 16-22, deadline June 30
- MODELS 2014, September 28-October 3, deadline July 11
- SC 2014, November 16-20, deadline July 31
- SAC 2015, April 13-17, 2015, deadline September 12
- ICSE 2015, May 16-24, 2015, deadline November 21
Learn about more competitions on the SRC submissions page.
Apply for N2Women Fellowship to Attend Conferences
Networking Networking Women (N2 Women) is a discipline-specific community for researchers in the communications and networking research fields, fostering connections among under-represented women in computer networking and related research fields. The group offers fellowships covering travel costs for female graduate students planning to attend premier technical conferences in networking and communications. In exchange, the students help organize the N2 Women meeting at the conferences. Funding is provided by ACM SIGMOBILE, HP Labs, and Microsoft Research, and will partially cover a student's travel cost (up to $500) to an event where an N2 Women meeting is held. Please click on the Fellowships link of the website for a complete listing of opportunities and deadlines.
ACM-W Student Scholarships for Attendance at Research Conferences
The ACM Women's Council (ACM-W) provides support for women undergraduate or graduate students in computer science and related programs who wish to attend research conferences. This exposure to the computer science research world can encourage a student to continue on to the next level (Undergraduate to Graduate, Masters to Ph.D., Ph.D. to an industry or academic position). The student does not have to present a paper at the conference she attends. Students can apply an unlimited number of times; however, once a student receives an award, she is no longer eligible for future ACM-W scholarships.
The ACM-W scholarships are divided between scholarships of up to $600 for intra-continental conference travel, and scholarships of up to $1200 for intercontinental conference travel. Scholarship applications are evaluated in six groups each year, in order to distribute awards across a range of conferences.
ACM-W encourages the student's home department to match the scholarship award and recognize the student's achievement locally within their department. In addition, if the award is for attendance at one of several ACM Special Interest Group conferences (SIGACCESS, SIGACT, SIGARCH, SIGCOMM, SIGCHI, SIGCSE, SIGDA, SIGECOM, SIGEVO, SIGGRAPH, SIGHPC, SIGIR, SIGITE, SIGMM, SIGMOBILE, SIGOPS, SIGPLAN, and SIGSOFT), the SIG will provide complimentary conference registration and a mentor during the conference. The number of free registrations available varies from SIG to SIG. The 2013-2014 scholarships are made possible by generous support from Google.
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 ACM Distinguished Speaker: Vicki Hanson
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 Vicki Hanson. Vicki Hanson is Professor and Chair of Inclusive Technologies, School of Computing, University of Dundee, UK; Distinguished Professor of Computing at Rochester Institute of Technology, New York; and an IBM Research Staff Member Emeritus. Her research in human-computer interaction seeks to improve the accessibility of technology for people with disabilities and the aging population. Efforts she led at IBM include a bilingual educational application for deaf children and accessibilityWorks, a system allowing disabled users to adapt Web content to fit their needs. At Dundee, her work has examined ways in which mainstream technology can be changed to ensure all people can participate in the emerging digital economy. This work is expanding to include considerations of care home design and technology support to improve the quality of life for care home residents.
Vicki is Vice President-elect of ACM (starting July 1, 2014) and serves on the ACM-W Europe Executive Committee. She is a Past Chair of the ACM SIG Governing Board and Past Chair of SIGACCESS. She co-founded ACM Transactions on Accessible Computing and has served on numerous conference program and organizing committees including ASSETS, CHI, CUU, Hypertext, and OOPSLA, as well as the ACM Awards and Fellows committees. She is a Fellow of both ACM and the Royal Society of Edinburgh, a Chartered Fellow of the British Computer Society, recipient of the Anita Borg Institute Woman of Vision Award for Social Impact, and recipient of the ACM SIGCHI Social Impact Award. She has received an IBM Corporate Award for Contributions to Accessibility, multiple IBM Outstanding Contribution Awards for her work in accessibility and education, the University of Oregon Arts and Sciences Alumni Fellows Award, and a Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award.
For more information on Vicki, please visit her DSP speaker information page.
Vicki Hanson's Digital Library author 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 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 May 21 to June 20:
ACM Student Chapters:
- ABES ACM Student Chapter, Academy of Business & Engineering Science College, Ghaziabad, India
- Andrews University ACM Student Chapter, Berrien Springs, Michigan
- Fatih University ACM-W Student Chapter, Istanbul, Turkey
- Indiana State University ACM Student Chapter, Terre Haute
- ITT Technical Institute Henderson NV ACM Student Chapter, Henderson, Nevada
- JIS ACM Student Chapter, JIS College of Engineering, Kalyani, India
- JRE ACM Student Chapter, Greater Noida, India
- Leeward Community College ACM-W Student Chapter, Pearl City, Hawaii
- Pacific University ACM-W Student Chapter, Forest Grove, Oregon
- PSUT ACM Student Chapter, Princess Sumaya University for Technology, Amman, Jordan
- Regis University ACM Student Chapter, Colorado Springs, Colorado
ACM Professional Chapters:
- Tianjin ACM Chapter, Tianjin, China
- Yesilkoy ACM Chapter, Yesilkoy, Turkey
- Guadalajara ACM SIGGRAPH Chapter, Guadalajara, Mexico
- London ACM SIGGRAPH Chapter, London, UK
Indiana Celebration of Women in Computing Encourages Women to Stay in Field
By Alka R. Harriger, InWIC 2014 Conference Co-Chair
The 2014 Indiana Celebration of Women in Computing (InWIC 2014) was again held at the Canyon Inn in McCormick's Creek State Park in Spencer, Indiana February 7-8. Despite a direct conflict with the Tapia Celebration, InWIC still had over 100 attendees, including 10 students/faculty from Missouri. This year's event had four levels of sponsorship, which resulted in raising $25,000 from 13 organizations. Undergraduate and graduate student proposals for 26 lightning talks and 23 posters gave everyone an opportunity to see the impressive work of our female students across Indiana. The presentations were so impressive that our judges had difficulty choosing one winner in each category, so two students shared the award for top poster and two shared the award for top lightning talk. These awardees will receive financial support to attend the Grace Hopper Celebration this fall.
Based on the feedback received from half of the attendees, 98% plan to pursue a computing degree; 93% felt their attendance increased their commitment to completing their degree; 94% said that INWIC positively impacted their professional development; 94% felt that it made them feel part of a women in computing community; 91% said that it fed their interest in a computing career; 96% would recommend INWIC; and 96% plan to attend another celebration event. One of our platinum sponsors was so pleased with the event that they will help us find a way to make InWIC an annual event, a sentiment that many attendees felt would increase future attendance and interest.
ACM-W Celebrations showcase female role models, encourage mentoring and networking, supply accurate information about computing careers, and create opportunities for women to to present their research, often for the first time in their careers. The small conferences are run with almost 100% volunteer effort and involve considerable fundraising. If you are interested in working on or supporting any of the celebrations, please contact Valerie Barr or Jodi Tims. We'd love to have you join our conference committees or become a sponsor of this important effort to encourage and increase the participation of women in computing.
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.
Also read the ACM-W Connections newsletter for updates on ACM-W programs (celebrations, scholarships and awards, and chapters); Judy Olson's Ask Judy column (Judy is the 2011 ACM-W Athena Lecturer); and contributed articles and announcements of upcoming events.
ACM Transactions on Management Information Systems Welcomes New Editor-in-Chief
ACM Transactions on Management Information Systems (TMIS) is seeking a new Editor-in-Chief. Nominations are due July 15.
Information Systems Category Editor Needed for Computing Reviews
Computing Reviews, the post-publication review and comment journal of ACM, is seeking a volunteer interested in serving as a category editor for a segment of the information systems area. Please see the Information Systems Category Editor search page for more information.
CACM Reports: Your Phone as a Quake Detector
Proliferating smart phones and other powerful sensor-equipped consumer devices now allow scientists to detect natural disasters afflicting the physical world, according to a group of computer scientists at Caltech and their partner at ETH Zurich. In the cover story of the July issue of Communications of the ACM, they outline algorithmic and systems principles that facilitate detection of complex spatial signals using large numbers of low-cost community sensors. This approach relies on efficient sensor-level and cloud-level resources. It is applicable to a range of events, including fires, floods, radiation, epidemics, and traffic accidents as well as noise and pollution in urban environment.
Read the ACM news release.
ACM Queue Presents: Who Must You Trust?
In his article for ACM Queue, Thomas Wadlow argues that "whom you trust, what you trust them with, and how much you trust them are at the center of the Internet today." He gives a checklist of what to look for when evaluating any system for trustworthiness, chock full of fascinating historical examples. These include NASA opting for a simpler, but more reliable chip; the Terry Childs case; and even an 18th-century "semaphore telegraph" that was a very early example of steganographic cryptography.
ACM Transactions on Parallel Computing and ACM Transactions on Spatial Algorithms Accepting Submissions
ACM Transactions on Parallel Computing (TOPC) is now accepting submissions. TOPC is a forum for novel and innovative work on all aspects of parallel computing, including foundational and theoretical aspects, systems, languages, architectures, tools, and applications. Visit the submissions site for more information.
ACM Transactions on Spatial Algorithms and Systems (TSAS) is now accepting submissions. TSAS is a new scholarly journal that publishes the highest quality papers on all aspects of spatial algorithms and systems and closely related disciplines. Visit the submissions site for more information.
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ACM IN THE NEWS
The Chronicle of Higher Education, June 24, 2014
"We believe this research will make online courses much more engaging and benefit both students and educators around the world," says Google vice president for research and special initiatives (and ACM Fellow) Alfred Spector.
Saarland University, June 23, 2014
In 2004, Saarbrucken University professor and ACM Fellow Andreas Zeller developed a technique that automatically issues suggestions on how to manage changes in software, based on the program's version history. The work led to further research into automated version history analysis, a field currently involving about 150 researchers from all over the world.
UC Berkeley NewsCenter, June 16, 2014
"If we use a gambling analogy, genes don't want to go all-in," says Berkeley professor and ACM Fellow Christos Papadimitriou. "They want to hedge their bets. Even if there is an extremely successful genetic trait, evolution doesn't want to let the genes for the other traits go extinct in case they're needed later."
Mother Jones, June 16, 2014
Microsoft's Jeannette Wing (an ACM Fellow) popularized the term computational thinking, which she says is not limited to programmers and encompasses "solving problems, designing systems, and understanding human behavior." "Our kids are competing with kids from countries that have made computer science education a number 1 priority," says former CSTA head Chris Stephenson.
The New York Times, June 11, 2014
Google research fellow and 2012 ACM-Infosys Foundation Award recipient Jeff Dean is using the company's massive cloud data centers to mobilize the computational power necessary to apply artificial intelligence to computer vision and understanding language.
Virginia Tech News, June 4, 2014
Virginia Institute of Technology researchers say they have found the causal relations among computer network events, a breakthrough that effectively isolates infected computer hosts and detects in advance malicious software. The research was presented at the ACM Symposium on Information, Computer and Communications Security earlier this month.
BBC News, June 3, 2014
Pixar plans to make a non-commercial version of RenderMan freely available to students, institutions, researchers, developers, and for personal use. It is expected to release the new version of the software ahead of the ACM SIGGRAPH conference in August.
MIT News, May 29, 2014
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) researchers have developed an algorithm that could enable users to transfer professional photographers' distinctive styles to their own cell phone photos. The researchers will present their findings at the ACM SIGGRAPH conference in August.
eWeek, May 24, 2014
In an interview, Google chief Internet evangelist and ACM president Vint Cerf says a look back to the early days of the Internet could help address data security issues for the Web's future.
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