ACM MemberNet - January 28, 2016

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January 28, 2016


ACM President Alexander Wolf Named Dean of UCSC Engineering School

The University of California Santa Cruz has appointed Alexander L. Wolf dean of the Baskin School of Engineering, effective July 1. Wolf was attracted to the School's 21st-century view of engineering: "The technologies that enable our digital society are all represented in the departments…. I am excited to be joining this unique academic and industrial setting."

2016 SIG Elections Candidate Slate

In accordance with ACM Bylaw 6, the following SIGs will hold elections in 2016: SIGAI, SIGCSE, SIGDOC, ACM SIGGRAPH, SIGHPC, SIGIR, SIGLOG, and SIGSIM.

ACM Policy and Procedures require that those SIGs holding elections notify their membership of candidates for elected offices. To see the slate of candidates, please visit the 2016 ACM SIG Election site.

In accordance with the SIG Bylaws, additional candidates may be placed on the ballot by petition. All candidates must be Professional Members of ACM, as well as members of the SIG. Anyone interested in petitioning must inform ACM Headquarters (Pat Ryan, ACM, 2 Penn Plaza, Suite 701, NY, NY 10121; [email protected]) and the SIG Viability Advisor (Will Tracz, [email protected]) of their intent to petition by 15 March 2016. Petitions must be submitted to ACM Headquarters for verification by 31 March 2016.

Additional information will appear in the February issue of ACM MemberNet and on the 2016 ACM SIG Elections site.

ACM 2015 Annual Report

The past year saw many "firsts" for ACM, including a new CEO, a $1 million Turing Award, and a new conference devoted to practitioners. Read the annual report, with an introduction by ACM President Alexander L. Wolf, to learn about more "firsts," initiatives and services, as well as issues driving future programs.

In Memoriam: Peter Naur

Peter Naur, a Danish computer scientist and 2005 recipient of the ACM A.M. Turing Award for fundamental contributions to programming language design and the definition of Algol 60, to compiler design, and to the art and practice of computer programming, died on January 3 after a brief illness. "The field of computer science benefited greatly from Peter's contributions and his enthusiasm for the field," said former ACM President Vint Cerf. Read an obituary on CACM's website.

In Memoriam: Marvin Minsky

Marvin Minsky, a pioneering computer scientist whose visionary work helped inspire the personal computer and the Internet, died on January 24 at age 88. Minsky received the ACM A.M. Turing Award in 1969 for creating, shaping, promoting, and advancing the field of artificial intelligence. ACM president Alexander L. Wolf said, "The many paths he blazed were important, not only because they were first but because they led us to a better place."
Read the CACM obituary.

ACM Leaders and Members Address Timely Topics in New Computing and Society Blog

The Huffington post has invited ACM to contribute a monthly blog on current issues in technology and society, which launched in October. In their posts, ACM leaders and members draw on their deep expertise in computing to inform readers of significant developments in a broad range of technology topics with important societal implications, and comment on issues that are in the current or recent news.

The first four articles demonstrate this range. Steven Myers, an Associate Professor at Indiana University's Department of Computer Science, examines the promises and limits of EMV chips and other efforts to reduce credit card fraud. Simply Secure co-founders Meredith Whittaker and Ben Laurie sound off about recent calls to ban strong encryption and force tech companies to offer law enforcement the means to decrypt all content and communications. ACM Past President Vint Cerf ponders the future of artificial intelligence and the Internet. And former ACM President Dave Patterson will explore software applications for genetic research to aid in cancer treatments.

Computer History Museum Captures Videos from 1986 ACM Conference on Personal Workstations

With the support of ACM, the Computer History Museum has digitized almost all of the video from the 1986 ACM Conference on the History of Personal Workstations and made it available. Chaired by Alan Perlis of Yale University and organized by former ACM CEO John White, the event took place at the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) on January 9 and 10, 1986. Speakers included ACM A.M. Turing Award recipients, as well as leaders in the field who had ACM awards named after them: Allen Newell, Gordon Bell, JCR Licklider, Larry Roberts, Doug Engelbart, Alan Kay, Chuck Thacker, Butler Lampson, Wes Clark, and others. The presentations were special in that each speaker was introduced by an individual that was a part of the history being reported, and the introducer then led a discussion after the talk.

Eleven of the 13 hour-long presentations, compiled on CHM's site, include such gems as Gordon Bell's keynote, "Toward a History of Personal Workstations," Chuck Thacker on "Personal Distributed Computing: The Alto and Ethernet Hardware," and Larry Roberts on "The ARPANET and Computer Networks." Visit the site to get a rare view of these pioneers as they provide their own very personal takes on the dawn of personal computing.


Award Nomination Deadlines: Eckert-Mauchly, Gordon Bell, and George Michael

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.

The ACM Gordon Bell Prize is awarded each year to recognize outstanding achievement in high performance computing. Finalists present their work each November at the annual SC Conference, and the award is presented at the SC Awards Ceremony accompanied by a prize of $10,000. Nominations are due April 15.

The ACM-IEEE-CS George Michael Memorial HPC Fellowship honors exceptional PhD students throughout the world whose research focus is on high-performance computing applications, networking, storage, or large-scale data analysis using the most powerful computers that are currently available. The awards are presented each November at the annual SC Conference. Each fellowship is accompanied by an honorarium of $5,000 plus travel expenses to attend SC. Nominations are due May 1.


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. 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.


HotMobile 2016, February 23 to 24, St. Augustine, Florida

The 17th Workshop on Mobile Computing Systems and Applications continues the series of highly selective, interactive workshops focused on mobile applications, systems, and environments, as well as their underlying state-of-the-art technologies. HotMobile's small workshop format makes it ideal for processing and discussing new directions or controversial approaches. Gregory D. Abowd (Georgia Tech School of Computing) will deliver the keynote, "Hot or Not? Moving Forward from Weiser's Vision of Ubiquitous Computing."

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. SIGCSE award recipients who will be giving talks are Barbara Boucher Owens, ACM Distinguished Educator and past SIGCSE Chair, and Jan Cuny, Program Director for Computing Education at NSF's Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE).

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 Debevec, Chief Visual Officer, USC Institute for Creative Technologies, former ACM SIGGRAPH VP and Academy Award recipient—Lighting Hollywood's Real and Virtual Actors
  • Patrick Baudisch, Computer Science Professor, Hasso Plattner Institute—What if We Could 3D Print in One Second?
  • Panel: Joe Konstan, Professor, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, University of Minnesota, former ACM SIGCHI President (moderator) with Jeff Hancock, Professor, Department of Communication, Stanford University; Elizabeth Churchill, Director of UX, Google; and Duncan J. Watts, Principal Researcher, Microsoft Research—Massive Online Experiments: Practical Advice

Early registration rates are available now.

DATE 2016, March 14 to 18, Dresden, Germany

Design, Automation and Test in Europe is the European event for electronic system design and test. This year's event is highlighting automotive and secure systems. Scheduled keynotes include Luc Van den Hove, President and CEO, imec; Antun Domic, Executive Vice President and General Manager, Design Group, Synopsys; Patrick Leteinturier, Fellow Automotive Systems, Infineon Technologies; and Walden (Wally) C. Rhines, Chief Executive Officer and Chair, Mentor Graphics Corp.


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.

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Register to Watch February 3 Talk on Computational Thinking with ACM Fellow and IBM Chief Scientist Grady Booch

Register to watch the next free ACM webinar, Computational Thinking, to be presented on Wednesday, February 3 at 12 pm ET (11 am CT/10 am MT/9 am PT/5 pm GMT) by Grady Booch, ACM Fellow and Chief Scientist for Software Engineering at IBM Research. Will Tracz, Lockheed Martin Fellow Emeritus and Past Chair of ACM SIGSOFT, moderates.

ACM Learning Webinars are free with registration, available for streaming on all major mobile devices, and are recorded for on-demand viewing.

Watch January 11 Talk, "Measuring Software Productivity," with Steve McConnell

Register to watch the January 11 ACM webinar, Measuring Software Productivity, on demand. Steve McConnell, CEO and Chief Software Engineer of Construx Software, summarizes the results of more than 20 years of research, discussion, and application in this critical yet obstacle-filled area.

ACM Learning Webinars are free with registration, available for streaming on all major mobile devices, and are recorded for on-demand viewing.

New Skillsoft Books and Videos

New books covering the latest IT skills and technologies are always being added to the ACM Skillsoft Learning Collections. Check out new titles added this month, covering C#, Agile Product Development, DB2 SQL, software testing, web design and development, and more.

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 knowledge areas including A+, Adobe, Advanced PowerShell, Android, Apache, Microsoft Azure, Axure, Chef, Docker, Exchange Server 2016, Express 4.x, Java EE7, LAMP, Microsoft Cloud Fundamentals, Microsoft Outlook and Excel 2016, Puppet, Windows 10, and VMware NSX.

See the Skillsoft Learning Collections page for more information on books and videos.

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.


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.


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!


ACM,, and CSTA Announce New Framework for K-12 CS Education

ACM, the Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA) and are joining forces with more than 100 advisors within the computing community to develop a framework that will identify key K-12 computer science concepts and practices educators should expect students exiting grades 2, 5, 8, and 12 to know. Read more in the CACM blog by ACM Education Board Chair Mehran Sahami.


Reminder to Apply for Next Heidelberg Laureate Forum, September 18 to 23, 2016: Applications Due February 3

There's still time for young computer scientists and mathematicians 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 by February 3. 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 [email protected] 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.

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:

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.


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.


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 December 8, 2015 to January 11, 2016:

ACM Student Chapters:

  • ABES ACM-W Student Chapter, ABES Engineering College, Ghaziabad, India
  • AUCA ACM Student Chapter, American University of Central Asia, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
  • Chongqing Normal University ACM Student Chapter, Chongqing, China
  • Chongqing University of Science and Technology ACM Student Chapter, Chongqing, China
  • COMSATS IIT Wah Cantt ACM Student Chapter, COMSATS Institute of Information Technology, Wah Cantt, Pakistan
  • Fairleigh Dickinson University ACM Student Chapter, Teaneck, New Jersey
  • Hampton University ACM Student Chapter, Hampton, Virginia
  • Keiser University Lakeland ACM Student Chapter, Lakeland, Florida
  • Manipal University Jaipur ACM Student Chapter, Jaipur, India
  • NYIT ACM Student Chapter, New York Institute of Technology, New York
  • Queen's University ACM-W Student Chapter, Kingston, Ontario, Canada
  • SSGMCE ACM Student Chapter, Shri Sant Gajanan Maharaj College of Engineering, Shegaon, India
  • UNAP ACM Student Chapter, National University of Altiplano Puno, Peru
  • University of Lahore ACM Student Chapter, Lahore, Pakistan

ACM Professional Chapters:

  • Chennai ACM-W Chapter, India
  • CKDD ACM SIGKDD Chapter, Beijing, China
  • ERDC ACM Chapter, Engineer Research and Development Center (US Army Corps of Engineers), Vicksburg, Mississippi
  • Rabat ACM Chapter, Morocco
  • Shanghai IOT ACM Chapter, China
  • Taipei ACM SIGCHI Chapter, Taiwan
  • Wroclaw ACM SIGGRAPH Chapter, Poland


News from ACM-W Celebrations

By Wendy Powley, Celebrations Committee Chair

The new year is a great time to reflect on the past and look toward the year ahead. In the fall, six ACM-W Celebrations took place: two in Europe—womENcourage (Uppsala, Sweden) and Inspire 2015 (London, UK); two in India—AIWiC (Ahmedabad, Gujarat) and NICwiC (northern India); and two events in the US—MinkWiC (Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas) and SEWiC (Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, Tennessee). Many thanks to all the organizers of these events!

This spring, we have nine confirmed events. In January, the inaugural all-Canada event (CAN-CWiC) will take place in Ottawa. In February and March, we have four events planned, including CWiC (Carolinas), TRiWiC (Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio), CAPWiC (Virginia, Maryland, Washington DC) and PHIWiC (Philippines). April will be a busy month, with four confirmed events: NYC-CWiC (New York City), CCWiC (Puerto Rico), NYCWiC (upstate New York), and SoCalWiC (Southern California).

It is encouraging to see many inquiries from people all over the world who are interested in organizing a Celebration event! If you are thinking about organizing an event for the upcoming year (September 2016 to June 2017), it is time to contact me at [email protected]. Even if you just want more information, please contact me. I'd be happy to chat with you!

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 these events include poster competitions for undergraduate and graduate students to present their research and project work.

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:

Also read the ACM-W Connections newsletter for updates on ACM-W programs: local celebrations, scholarships and awards, chapters, and more.


Publications Policy Update: ACM Increases Free Access Pathways to Content

There are now new options in place for authors and conferences to post their content:

  • Creative Commons License accepted on OA papers. Authors paying OA fees may now explicitly choose to display a CC-BY 4.0 or CC0 license on their articles in the ACM Digital Library.
  • ACM Author Retained Rights are expanded. Authors may now post their accepted peer-reviewed ACM works on any non-commercial repository or aggregation (such as CoRR/arXiv) that does not duplicate ACM tables of contents, i.e., whose patterns of links do not substantially duplicate an ACM-copyrighted volume or issue.
  • Free Author-Ized downloads of sponsored proceedings. ACM SIGs may now opt to keep permanent and cumulative Tables of Contents of their sponsored conference on their conference or SIG sites with Author-Ized links enabling free full-text downloads from the ACM Digital Library. The free download traffic is tracked separately from subscribed downloads but both are counted in the ACM Digital Library download statistics.
  • Lower OA Bulk Fees for SIG Sponsored Proceedings. An ACM SIG may choose to pay the Open Access fee for all full papers in a volume of its sponsored events' conferences and workshop proceedings at a discounted rate of $400 per paper. Downloads of these sponsored OA articles will not be counted towards DL SIG revenue allocation. Authors of the papers in the sponsored volume determine how they wish to manage their rights.
  • Proceedings of the ACM on X. ACM is launching a new journal series with the first issues planned for 2017. The series is suitable for those ACM SIG-sponsored conferences that adapt their review processes to be comparable to those of journals. The series is being launched in recognition of the fact that conference-centric publishing disadvantages the CS community with respect to other scientific disciplines when competing with researchers from other disciplines for top science awards and career progression, and the fact that top ACM conferences have demonstrated high quality and high impact on the field.

ACM Transactions on Interactive Intelligent Systems Welcomes Michelle Zhou as New Editor-in-Chief

ACM Transactions on Interactive Intelligent Systems (TIIS) welcomes Michelle Zhou as its New Editor-in-Chief, effective February 1. Michelle is a co-founder and CEO of Juji, Inc., an online people analytics and engagement service.

ACM Transactions on Economics and Computation Seeking New Co-Editors-in-Chief

ACM Transactions on Economics and Computation (TEAC) is seeking new Co-Editors-in-Chief. Nominations are due March 1.

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.

Watch Video Reports from CES 2016 by eLearn Magazine's Alison Carr-Chellman

The 2016 Consumer Electronics Show, which took place January 6 to 9, showcased the latest innovations in technology for industry insiders to preview. Among this privileged group was eLearn Magazine Editor-in-Chief Alison Carr-Chellman. Read her report and watch her daily video dispatches for a unique account of the CES experience.

acmqueue Presents: "Time Is an Illusion"

George Neville-Neil explains how "one of the more surprising things about digital systems is how poorly they keep time." This has become a problem as software has begun depending more upon distributed systems. The two key concepts needed to understand the issue are Synchronization (how close two different clocks are to each other at any particular instant) and Syntonization (the quality of the timekeeping of an individual clock). The financial sector has been the first to implement Precision Time Protocol (PTP) as an improvement upon Network Time Protocol (NTP) but many other applications are now realizing the need as well.

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