ACM MemberNet - December 17, 2015
Welcome to the December 2015 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.
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December 17, 2015
Check Out Our New Website!
ACM has launched a new website, with an increased emphasis on graphical and multimedia content, personal profiles, and responsive design that scales to mobile devices. The design is a result of months of user testing and feedback, and careful attention to preferences for display, content, and navigation. The more accessible layout will allow the site to be read and navigated more easily from desktop and mobile devices.
The goal of the redesign was to more clearly highlight ACM's conferences, publications, educational and public policy activities, benefits, and leaders and innovators. Some ACM members provided valuable input during this process, and we thank you!
The menus for each section appear as capsule page pop-ups pointing to detailed information about Publications, Awards, Chapters, etc. The new format displays a menu of sub-categories, a short summary of the section and highlights of current activities.
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ACM Fellows Named for Computing Innovations that Are Advancing Technology in the Digital Age
ACM has recognized 42 of its members for their significant contributions to the development and application of computing in areas from data management and spoken-language processing to robotics and cryptography. The achievements of the 2015 ACM Fellows are fueling advances in computing that are driving the growth of the global digital economy.
"Whether they work in leading universities, corporations, or research laboratories, these newly minted ACM Fellows are responsible for the breakthroughs and industrial innovations that are transforming society at every level," explains ACM President Alexander L. Wolf. "At times, the contributions of a Fellow may include enhancements to a device that immediately impacts our daily lives. At other times, new research discoveries lead to theoretical advances that, while perhaps not immediately perceptible, have substantial long-term impacts."
The 2015 ACM Fellows have been cited for contributions to key computing fields including software research, data mining, computer graphics, computer and mobile systems, system security, multiprocessor and memory architecture design, and research in sensor networks.
Read the ACM news release.
SIG 2016 Elections
In accordance with ACM Bylaw 6, the following ACM Special Interest Groups will hold elections in 2016: SIGAI, SIGCSE, SIGDOC, ACM SIGGRAPH, SIGHPC, SIGIR, SIGLOG, and SIGSIM.
Trailblazing Approach to Modeling Earth's Geological Processes Wins Gordon Bell Prize
A 10-member team led by Johann Rudi of the University of Texas at Austin has received the 2015 ACM Gordon Bell Prize. The award, presented at the SC15 supercomputing conference in November, recognized the team for their entry, "An Extreme-Scale Implicit Solver for Complex PDEs: Highly Heterogeneous Flow in Earth's Mantle." The team presented a solver which can process difficult partial differential equations (PDEs) at an extreme scale to predict activity in the earth's mantle and that scales up to half a million cores. By effectively modeling these processes, scientists can better understand the dynamics that produce earthquakes and related natural disasters. The winning team includes representatives from the University of Texas at Austin, IBM Corporation, California Institute of Technology and the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences at New York University. The ACM Gordon Bell Prize is awarded each year to recognize outstanding achievement in high performance computing.
Read the ACM news release.
Eckert-Mauchly Award Nominations Due March 30
The ACM/IEEE-CS Eckert-Mauchly Award honors recipients with a certificate and $5,000 given jointly by the ACM and the IEEE Computer Society for outstanding contributions to the field of computer and digital systems architecture, where the field of computer architecture is considered to encompass the combined hardware-software design and analysis of computing and digital systems. Nominations are due March 30, 2016.
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 March 3, 2016. Please read Advice to Those Seeking ACM Senior Members by former Senior Member Committee Chair Susan Rodger on how to submit a strong nomination package.
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:
- SIGSIM: Distinguished Contributions and Best Ph.D. Student Paper
CONFERENCES AND EVENTS
ACM Celebrates Bicentennial of Ada Lovelace
ACM is joining with the University of Oxford and the Computer History Museum to celebrate the 200th birthday of Ada Lovelace (1815–1852). The exhibit "Ada Lovelace: Computer Pioneer" is on view at Weston Library in Oxford, UK through December 23. The exhibit is based on collections held in the Bodleian Library and the Oxford Museum of the History of Science. Video of talks from the December 9-10 Ada Lovelace Symposium is now available.
Earlier this month, the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California opened its year-long exhibit, Thinking Big: Ada, Countess of Lovelace. A special ACM weekend (January 23-24, 2016) will offer ACM members, their families and guests free admission to the Museum. In addition, ACM members can receive a 50% discount on Museum membership.
POPL 2016, January 20-22, St. Petersburg, Florida
The Principles of Programming Languages Symposium addresses fundamental principles and important innovations in the design, definition, analysis, and implementation of programming languages, programming systems, and programming interfaces. Invited speakers are Microsoft Principal Researcher Kathryn S. McKinley; Princeton CS Professor David Walker; and Caltech Professor Richard M. Murray.
CSCW 2016, February 27 to March 2, San Francisco, California
The 19th ACM Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing is the premier venue for presenting research in the design and use of technologies that affect groups, organizations, communities, and networks. Bringing together top researchers and practitioners from academia and industry who are interested in the area of social computing, CSCW encompasses both the technical and social challenges encountered when supporting collaboration. Some aspects of CSCW that will be presented include the sharing economy; social computing systems; data science; digital learning environments; crowdsourcing; gaming; and health care. Sheduled keynote speakers are Instagram co-founder Mike Krieger and Simon Rogers, data editor at Google.
SIGCSE 2016, March 2 to 5, Memphis, Tennessee
The SIGCSE Technical Symposium addresses problems common among educators working to develop, implement and/or evaluate computing programs, curricula, and courses. SIGCSE provides a forum for sharing new ideas for syllabi, laboratories, and other elements of teaching and pedagogy, at all levels of instruction. Scheduled keynote speakers are John Sweller, Professor Emeritus in the School of Education at the University of New South Wales, and Karen Lee Ashcraft, University of Colorado Boulder. Sweller is an educational psychologist who is best known for formulating an influential theory of cognitive load. Ashcraft is a professor as well as the director of the Communication & Society Residential Program, a living-learning community for early college students broadly interested in communication, media, journalism and related themes.
SXSW 2016 Interactive, March 11 to 15, Austin, Texas
The SXSW Interactive Festival is a dynamic blend of cutting-edge technologies and digital creativity, featuring compelling presentations and panels from the brightest minds in emerging technology, networking events hosted by industry leaders, and the best new websites, video games and startup ideas the community has to offer. This year ACM makes its debut with three sessions that were selected in part by public voting:
- Paul Debevek—Lighting Hollywood's Real and Virtual Actors
- Patrick Baudisch—What if We Could 3D Print in One Second?
- Panel: Joe Konstan (moderator) with Jeff Hancock, Elizabeth Churchill, and Duncan J. Watts—Massive Online Experiments: Practical Advice
Early registration rates are available now.
L@S 2016, April 25 to 26, 2016, Edinburgh, UK
The third annual ACM Conference on Learning at Scale is at the intersection of computer science and the learning sciences, seeking to improve practice and theories of learning at scale. Strong submissions typically build on relevant research and frameworks beyond a single home discipline. Co-located with the 6th International Learning Analytics and Knowledge Conference (LAK 2016), this year's conference is seeking submissions reporting on rigorous research on methodologies, studies, analyses, tools, or technologies for learning at scale. Learning at Scale includes MOOCs, games (including massively multiplayer online games), citizen science communities, and other types of learning environments which provide learning experiences to large number of learners, and/or produce detailed, high-volume data about the learning process. See the Calls page for submission deadlines and details.
ACM Hails New "Every Student Succeeds" Law
ACM praised the enactment of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) into law as an important and historic step forward for K-12 education in the United States. The new law recognizes that computer science is a fundamental academic subject, along with reading and writing, vital to a "well-rounded" education in the 21st century. The increased emphasis on providing early and ongoing exposure to computer science and connecting it as part of learning in other curriculum areas will bring long-lasting benefits for our workforce, economy, and society.
The language of the new law references computer science within its STEM provisions, including its definition of STEM specialty schools. ESSA will also open up new avenues for the training and professional development of computer science education teachers.
ACM CEO Bobby Schnabel welcomed the bill as an important step toward mainstream acceptance of computer science as a core subject across US primary and secondary schools. ACM Education Policy Committee Chair Jeffrey Forbes added that the new law takes steps in the direction of fostering greater access to computer science education.
With bipartisan support, the bill passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 359 to 64 and the Senate by a vote of 85 to 12. President Obama signed the bill into law on December 10.
Read the ACM news release.
ACM Education Policy Committee Briefs Congress on STEM Pipeline
The ACM Education Policy Committee partnered with the Computing Research Association, the Council on Undergraduate Research, The American Society of Mechanical Engineers, and the American Chemical Society on a Congressional briefing on "Building a STEM Education Pipeline Aligned with Industry Needs: Perspectives from the Field," hosted by the Congressional STEM Education Caucus. The briefing focused on ways that community colleges, four-year colleges, and universities can creatively engage students in the STEM fields and inspire them to pursue careers in related fields. The panelists discussed initiatives aimed at strengthening and expanding postsecondary STEM education and research opportunities, including at the graduate and doctoral levels. Read the November 30 issue of Washington Update for the full story.
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. The 2015–2016 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. Please consider becoming an Ambassador for ACM.
Featured Member Benefit: Credible Student Loan Financing and Refinancing Marketplace
Credible offers ACM members and their families the easiest way to save thousands on their student debt. With Credible, you can fill out one simple form and receive personalized refinancing offers from multiple lenders. You can also visit the Credible website to learn more about student loan topics, including refinancing, consolidation, reduction, and forgiveness.
Register to Watch December 17 Talk on Apache Spark with Matei Zaharia
Register to watch the next free ACM webinar, Making Big Data Processing Simple with Spark, to be presented on Thursday, December 17 at 12 pm ET (11 am CT/10 am MT/9 am PT/5 pm GMT) by Matei Zaharia, Assistant Professor of Computer Science at MIT, cofounder and CTO of Databricks, and winner of the 2014 ACM Doctoral Dissertation Award. His fellow Databricks cofounder Reynold Xin, formerly of UC Berkeley's AMPLab, moderates the question and answer session.
ACM Learning Webinars are free with registration, available for streaming on all major mobile devices, and are recorded for on-demand viewing.
New Books from Morgan Kaufmann and Syngress
Recently, new titles have been added to the Morgan Kaufmann and Syngress Books collection, with coverage spanning Artificial Intelligence, Business Intelligence, Computer Human Interaction, Computing for Engineering, Computer Organization and Architecture, Data Management, Development Tools and Programming, Embedded Systems and Computer Engineering, Information Technology Networking, Professional and Career Development, Security, and Software. In total, 180 new Morgan Kaufman and Syngress titles have been added to the Learning Center catalog in 2015. Below are just some of the highlights from the recently added titles:
- Business Espionage
- Cloud Data Centers and Cost Modeling
- Communicate Science Papers, Presentations, and Posters Effectively
- Computer Animation Complete
- Corporate Security Management
- Digital Picture Processing
- Handbook of Constraint Programming
- Handbook of Knowledge Representation
- HCI Models, Theories, and Frameworks
- Heterogeneous Computing with OpenCL 2.0
- Mathematical Optimization in Computer Graphics and Vision
- Real-Time Systems Development
- Systems Programming
- Understanding Your Users
- Workplace Security Essentials
See the full collection of eBooks in the Learning Center.
New Skillsoft IT and Desktop Videos
Did you know that ACM members have access to thousands of IT and productivity videos from Skillsoft? Covering a variety of today's hottest topics, these videos offer "on-the-job" support and solutions for busy practitioners.
Recently, Skillsoft added significant video content in the following knowledge areas: Adobe Dreamweaver CC 2015, Android for .NET Developers, CLDFND, Creating Web Applications with Sinatra, Defensive Programming in Java, F# Fundamentals, Generic Design and Modeling Databases, Hadoop Operations, Juniper Networks Junos Essentials, Microsoft SQL Server 2016 First Look, Microsoft Windows 10 End User, NopCommerce, Oracle Database 12c, Ruby on Rails 4.2, and Windows 10. See Skillsoft Learning Collections page for more information.
Member Discount on EMC Courseware
ACM has partnered with EMC to bring members a 15% discount on practical training in some of today's most vital IT knowledge areas, such as Big Data, Cloud Computing, Information Storage and Management, Virtualization, and more. These EMC courses focus on technology, not products, to teach technology topics applicable to any vendor environment. Training is available in various modalities, including eLearning, instructor-led (ILT), online ILT, video ILT, and video ILT-stream. For the list of eligible courses and the discount code, visit the EMC courses page.
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 Job Board Matches Job Seekers, Employers
The Computer Science Teachers Association's CSTA Job Board is the career hub for K-12 Computer Science teachers. The 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!
Young Researchers: Apply Now for Next Heidelberg Laureate Forum, September 18 to 23, 2016
ACM encourages young computer scientists and mathematicians from all over the world to apply for one of the 200 coveted spots to participate in the Heidelberg Laureate Forum (HLF), an annual event. The HLF offers all accepted young researchers the great opportunity to personally meet the winners of the most prestigious prizes in their fields.
For one week, the recipients of the ACM A.M. Turing Award (Computer Science), the Abel Prize (Mathematics), the Fields Medal (Mathematics), and the Nevanlinna Prize (Mathematical Aspects of Information Science) will engage in a cross-generational scientific dialogue with young researchers in Heidelberg, Germany.
The fourth HLF will take place September 18 to 23, 2016. This high-profile event combines scientific, social and outreach activities in an informal atmosphere, and is fueled by comprehensive exchange and scientific inspiration.
Applications must be submitted online at application.heidelberg-laureate-forum.org by February 3, 2016. Read more about how to apply in the FAQ. You can also nominate a candidate (on the registration form, you will need to enter ACM's organization number; please email firstname.lastname@example.org to request this number). Successful candidates will be selected by an international committee of experts to ensure that only the most qualified candidates are invited. Those who are accepted will be notified in April.
US High School Students Encouraged to Apply for New ACM/CSTA Cutler-Bell Prize
The ACM/CSTA Cutler-Bell Prize in High School Computing recognizes talented high school students in computer science. The intent of the program is to promote and encourage the field of computer science, as well as to empower young and aspiring learners to pursue computing challenges outside of the traditional classroom environment.
The application process involves a Challenge that focuses on having the student develop an artifact that engages modern computing technology and computer science. Judges will be looking for submissions that demonstrate ingenuity, complexity, relevancy, originality, and a desire to further computer science as a discipline. The application period closes January 1, 2016.
Four winners will be selected annually and each will be awarded a $10,000 prize and cost of travel to the annual ACM/CSTA Cutler-Bell Prize in High School Computing Reception, where students will demonstrate their programs and discuss their work. The prizes will be funded by a $1 million endowment established by David Cutler and Gordon Bell. The inaugural awards will be announced in February 2016.
Upcoming ACM Student Research Competitions: Submission Deadlines
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 SC 2015.
The next conferences accepting submissions are:
- CHI 2016, May 7-12, deadline January 13
- Modularity 2016, May 14-17, deadline January 19
- SIGMIS CPR 2016, June 4-6, deadline January 23
- MOBILESoft 2016, May 16-17, deadline February 5
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) 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 2015-2016 scholarships are made possible by generous support from Google, Microsoft Research, and Oracle.
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: Masaaki Kurosu
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 Masaaki Kurosu. Masaaki is a professor at the Open University of Japan, and President of HCD-Net (Human Centered Design Network) in Japan. Based on his career as a usability and UX professional in industry and academia, he proposed concepts of user engineering, Artifact Development Analysis, and Experience Engineering. He has been involved in the SIGCHI conferences since 1989, as well as other HCI conferences.
For more information on Masaaki, please visit his DSP speaker information page.
Masaaki Kurosu'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.
Applications for Upsilon Pi Epsilon Student Chapter Scholarship Award Due January 15, 2016
In the search for excellence and professional commitment to the computing and information technology fields, ACM and the Executive Council of Upsilon Pi Epsilon (UPE), the Honor Society for Computing Sciences, announce the UPE ACM Student Chapter Scholarship Award. Up to 4 students will be chosen; each will receive $1,000 and a certificate of commendation.
All graduate and undergraduate students who are ACM members and members of the ACM Student Chapter at their academic institution are eligible. Applicants will be judged primarily on their academic records and recommendations from their professors or academic mentors.
Please submit these materials as a pdf file by January 15, 2016 to email@example.com.
- The Scholarship Award Application Form, as it appears on our website
- Two letters of recommendation (one letter indicating class rank from Department Chair or Advisor)
- A certified copy of at least the most recent two years (minimum) official academic transcripts
- A statement of your participation in the ACM Student Chapter at your academic institution
You also have the option to submit hard copies of the application materials to the UPE address:
Upsilon Pi Epsilon
158 Wetlands Edge Road
American Canyon, CA 94503
If you have any questions, please contact UPE at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 November 12 to December 7, 2015:
ACM Student Chapters:
- Curry College ACM-W Student Chapter, Milton, Massachusetts
- Manhattan College ACM Student Chapter, Riverdale, New York
- NMAMIT ACM-W Student Chapter, Nitte Mahalinga Adyanthaya Memorial Institute of Technology, Udupi District, India
- SAEC ACM-W Student Chapter, S.A. Engineering College, Chennai, India
- Southern Virginia University ACM Student Chapter, Vuena Vista
- UTAA ACM Student Chapter, University of the Turkish Aeronautical Association, Ankara
ACM Professional Chapter:
- CSOFT ACM Chapter, Beijing, China
Southeast Women in Computing Conference Builds Community in Southern US
The 2015 Southeast Women in Computing Conference, an ACM-W Celebration, took place at the Georgia Tech Hotel and Conference Center November 13-15. More than 250 women in computing, ranging from high school students to industry professionals, converged in Atlanta from across the southeast for two days of workshops, talks and community building.
The weekend began with a workshop hosted by Ashley Rose Edgar (Director of Professional Development, Georgia Tech College of Computing) and several Georgia Tech undergraduate students aimed at helping attendees find their competitive edge when looking for prospective internships and full-time opportunities. Throughout the weekend, attendees heard from several exceptional keynote speakers sharing their own personal journeys, research, lessons learned, and advice. This year's keynote speakers were Nancy Cox (Senior Vice President and CTO, Worldpay), Ewa Deelman (Research Associate Professor, University of Southern California), Ayanna Howard (Motorola Foundation Professor, Georgia Tech School of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Founder, Zyrobotics), and Suju Rajan (Director of Research, Personalization Science at Yahoo Labs). In addition to the keynote talks, conference attendees participated in workshops, panels, poster sessions, lightning talks and more to help them learn more about future opportunities in industry and academia. Two of the highlights of the weekend included an accessibility hackathon and a career fair featuring conference sponsors like State Farm, Virginia Tech, and more.
ACM-W Celebrations are local events that showcase female role models, encourage mentoring and networking, supply accurate information about computing careers, and create opportunities for women to present their research, often for the first time in their careers. Many of the ACM-W Celebration events include poster competitions for undergraduate and graduate students to present their research and project work. You can find information on starting new Celebrations and conference planning resources on the ACM-W Celebrations site. Please contact Wendy Powley for any additional assistance.
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: local celebrations, scholarships and awards, chapters, and more.
ACM Journal on Emerging Technologies in Computing Welcomes Yuan Xie as New Editor-in-Chief
The ACM Journal on Emerging Technologies in Computing (JETC) welcomes Yuan Xie as New Editor-in-Chief, effective January 1. Yuan is a professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of California at Santa Barbara.
acmqueue Presents: "Challenges of Memory Management on Modern NUMA System"
In their article for November/December acmqueue, Fabien Gaud and an international team of researchers explain how they optimized NUMA systems applications with their Carrefour algorithm. As NUMA systems grow and the number of cores issuing memory requests increases, NUMA effects will continue being a concern. Carrefour demonstrates a collection of techniques that effectively reduce these concerns. Developers can use the methods and insights gained from Carrefour, along with the tools described, to optimize their applications for NUMA systems.
ACM Transactions on Modeling and Performance Evaluation of Computing Systems and ACM Transactions on Cyber-Physical Systems Accepting Submissions
The new ACM journal ACM Transactions on Modeling and Performance Evaluation of Computing Systems (TOMPECS) is now accepting submissions. Visit the submissions site for more information.
The new ACM journal ACM Transactions on Cyber-Physical Systems (TCPS) is now accepting submissions. Visit the submissions site for more information.
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.
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ACM in the News
"Landmark Algorithm Breaks 30-Year Impasse"
Quanta Magazine, December 14, 2015
Developed by University of Chicago theoretical computer scientist Laszlo Babai, the new algorithm for the "graph isomorphism" problem is significantly more efficient than the previous best offering. Babai submitted a paper on his work to ACM's 48th Symposium on Theory of Computing (STOC 2016).
"Got Computer Science? You Should"
Black Enterprise, December 11, 2015
ACM Education Policy Committee Chair Jeffrey Forbes talks about how we can make quality computer science education available to a broader set of students.
"New Education Bill to Get More Coding in Classrooms"
Wall Street Journal, December 10, 2015
The Every Student Succeeds Act, signed into law by President Barack Obama on December 10, recognizes computer science as important an academic subject as math and English. "This week marks a watershed moment for computer science in US schools," says Code.org founder Hadi Partovi. ACM partners with Code.org to bring computing skills to elementary and high school students.
MIT News, December 7, 2015
Untraceable text-messaging system designed to foil even the most powerful adversaries was unveiled by Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers at ACM's Symposium on Operating Systems Principles (SOSP).
"The FTC is getting a new chief technologist: Carnegie Mellon's Lorrie Cranor"
The Washington Post, December 3, 2015
Carnegie Mellon University professor Lorrie Cranor named chief technologist of Federal Trade Commission. Cranor is an ACM Fellow and USACM member.
"Mass surveillance and a crisis of social responsibility"
University of Auckland, December 1, 2015
Phllip Rogaway, 2009 Paris Kanellakis Award winner, gives talk at University of Auckland on mass surveillance.
"Jack Dongarra Honored for Leadership in HPC"
HPC Wire, December 1, 2015
ACM Fellow Jack Dongarra honored for leadership in HPC.
"SC15 Breaks Exhibits and Attendance Records"
HPC Wire, November 20, 2015
ACM Supercomputing conference draws record-breaking 12,903+ registered attendees.
"Blue Sky Ideas Conference Track Held at ACM SIGSPATIAL 2015"
CCC Blog, November 19, 2015
The ACM SIGSPATIAL International Conference on Advances in Geographic Information Systems concentrated on advanced geospatial data research, and three papers won awards under the Computing Research Association's Computing Community Consortium's Blue Sky Ideas track.
"What Are Your Apps Hiding?"
MIT News, November 19, 2015
MIT researchers presented findings at the IEEE/ACM International Conference on Automated Software Engineering that much of the data transferred to and from the 500 most popular free applications for Google Android cellphones make little or no difference to the user's experience.
"Tech's Big Gender Diversity Push, One Year in"
Fast Company, November 19, 2015
Technology firms' efforts to address the issue of low numbers of women employees was underscored at the annual Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing conference.
"Powering the next billion devices with Wi-Fi"
EurekAlert, November 18, 2015
Vamsi Talla, Best Paper winner at SIGCOMM 2013, uses wi-fi router to power devices.
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