ACM MemberNet - May 30, 2017
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May 30, 2017
- ACM Honors Eminent Researchers for Technical Innovations
- ACM Recognizes Visionaries Who Changed the World through Technology
- ACM Doctoral Dissertation Award Recognizes Young Researchers
- Russian Team Takes World Champion Title in ACM ICPC Programming Contest
- 50 Years of the ACM Turing Award Celebration to Be Live Streamed
- The ACM Code of Ethics, Draft 2: Deadline for Input Is June 5
- In Memoriam: Jean E. Sammet
CONFERENCES AND EVENTS
- DAC 2017, June 18 to 22, Austin, Texas
- STOC 2017, June 24 to 28, Montreal, Canada
- MobiSys 2017, June 19 to 23, Niagara Falls, New York
- SACMAT 2017, June 21 to 23, Indianapolis, Indiana
- ISCA 2017, June 24 to 28, Toronto, Canada
- ACM Europe Conference 2017, September 7 to 8, Barcelona, Spain
- SIGGRAPH Asia 2017, November 27 to 30, Bangkok, Thailand (Call for Papers)
- USACM Announces Nine Principles to Secure Computing and Network Systems
- ACM Europe Policy Committee Joins USACM in Endorsing Steps to Prevent Algorithmic Bias
- Become an Ambassador for ACM—You Could Be a Grand Prize Winner!
- Featured Member Benefit: Group Term Life Insurance
- ACM and SocialCoder Team Up for Positive Impact through Computing
- Watch May 31 Webcast on Application Management with Kubernetes with Kelsey Hightower
- New Skillsoft Books
ACM CAREER & JOB CENTER
- ACM Student Research Competition Grand Finals Winners
- ACM Presents Special Awards to 2017 Intel Science Fair Finalists
- Apply for 2017 Cutler-Bell Prize for Excellence in High School Computing
- Upcoming ACM Student Research Competitions: Submission Deadlines
- ACM Scholarships for Women Computing Students to Attend Research Conferences
- Graduating Students Eligible for Special Transition Rate
DISTINGUISHED SPEAKERS PROGRAM
- About the ACM Distinguished Speakers Program
- Featured ACM Distinguished Speaker: Sanjay Kumar Madria
- ACM, IEEE Computer Society Share Distinguished Speakers Programs
- ACM Congratulates Student Chapter Excellence Award Winners
- Notice to Chapters: Submit Your Annual Reports
- Welcome New ACM Chapters
- ACM Journal of Data and Information Quality Welcomes New Editor-in-Chief
- Overleaf, New Collaborative Authoring Tool
- ACM Transactions on Social Computing Accepting Submissions
- acmqueue Presents: "The IDAR Graph"
- Subscribe to Communications of the ACM
ACM IN THE NEWS
ACM Honors Eminent Researchers for Technical Innovations
ACM has named the recipients of four prestigious technical awards. These leaders were selected by their peers for making significant contributions that have had far-reaching impact on how we live and work. The awards reflect achievements in file sharing, broadcast encryption, information visualization and computer vision. The 2016 recipients will be formally honored at the ACM Awards Banquet on June 24 in San Francisco.
- To Mahadev Satyanarayanan, Michael L. Kazar, Robert N. Sidebotham, David A. Nichols, Michael J. West, John H. Howard, Alfred Z. Spector and Sherri M. Nichols, the ACM Software System Award for developing the Andrew File System (AFS)
- To Jeffrey Heer, the ACM Grace Murray Hopper Award for developing visualization languages (including Prefuse, Protovis, D3.js, and Vega)
- To Amos Fiat and Moni Naor, the ACM Paris Kanellakis Theory and Practice Award for the development of broadcast encryption and traitor tracing systems
- To Jitendra Malik, the ACM - AAAI Allen Newell Award for seminal contributions to computer vision
ACM Recognizes Visionaries Who Changed the World through Technology
ACM has recognized the dedication, talent and achievements of four luminaries of the international computing community for their contributions to computer science education, technology in the developing world, preserving and sharing computing history, and supporting women in the computing field. They will be formally honored at the ACM Awards Banquet on June 24 in San Francisco.
- To Leonard Jay Shustek, the ACM Distinguished Service Award for the establishment and success of the Computer History Museum
- To Owen Astrachan, the Karl V. Karlstrom Outstanding Educator Award for three decades of innovative computer science pedagogy and inspirational community leadership
- To Valerie Barr, the Outstanding Contribution to ACM Award for reinventing ACM-W, increasing its effectiveness in supporting women in computing worldwide
- To Ken Banks, the Eugene L. Lawler Award for developing FrontlineSMS, using mobile technology and text messaging to empower people.
ACM Doctoral Dissertation Award Recognizes Young Researchers
Haitham Hassanieh has received the ACM 2016 Doctoral Dissertation Award. In his dissertation The Sparse Fourier Transform: Theory and Practice, he presented a new way to decrease the amount of computation needed to process data, thus increasing the efficiency of programs in several areas of computing. Hassanieh received his MS and PhD in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and is an Assistant Professor at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Peter Bailis of Stanford University and Veselin Raychev of ETH Zurich received honorable mentions. In Bailis’s dissertation, Coordination Avoidance in Distributed Databases, he addresses a perennial problem in a network of multiple computers working together to achieve a common goal. Raychev’s dissertation, Learning from Large Codebases, introduces new methods for creating programming tools based on probabilistic models of code that can solve tasks beyond the reach of current methods. Hassanieh, Bailis and Raychev will be formally recognized at the annual ACM Awards Banquet on June 24 in San Francisco.
Russian Team Takes World Champion Title in ACM ICPC Programming Contest
Three students from St. Petersburg University of IT, Mechanics and Optics (ITMO) earned the title of 2017 World Champions in the ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC). Teams from University of Warsaw, Seoul National University and St. Petersburg State University finished the competition in second, third and fourth places and were recognized with gold medals in the prestigious competition, which ended today in Rapid City, South Dakota.
ACM-ICPC is the premier global programming competition conducted by and for the world’s universities. It is conceived, operated and shepherded by ACM, sponsored by IBM, and headquartered at Baylor University. For more than four decades, the competition has raised the aspirations and performance of generations of the world’s problem solvers in computing sciences and engineering.
At ICPC, teams of three students tackle eight or more complex, real-world problems. The students are given a problem statement, and must create a solution within a looming five-hour time limit. The team that solves the most problems in the fewest attempts in the least cumulative time is declared the winner, with the top 12 teams receiving medals. ICPC Regional participation included 46,381 students and faculty in computing disciplines from 2,948 universities in 103 countries on six continents. A record 50,145 students and 5,073 coaches competed in ICPC and ICPC-assisted competitions this year.
Full results of the competition are available here.
50 Years of the ACM Turing Award Celebration to Be Live Streamed
For the 50 Years of the ACM Turing Award Celebration, June 23 to 24, 2017, ACM has planned lively moderated discussions exploring how computing has evolved and where the field is headed. Panel sessions that include Turing Award laureates and other ACM award recipients and experts will cover a range of topics, from Moore's Law to quantum computing. We hope you can join us via the web—we will be live streaming the sessions in real time. More information is available on the Turing Award 50 program website.
The ACM Code of Ethics, Draft 2: Deadline for Input Is June 5
The deadline for comments on the second draft of the ACM Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct is June 5. You can view, comment on and discuss Draft 2 on the ACM Code 2018 discussion website. Last year, a task force of the ACM Committee on Professional Ethics (COPE) began revising the ACM Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct to reflect the shifts in technology and society since its adoption in 1992. The group has now completed two drafts of suggested updates to The Code, and is inviting your input as they begin to work on the third and final draft.
You can help define what it means to be a good computing professional by providing your feedback. Please review the drafts and join these online discussions..
In Memoriam: Jean E. Sammet
Jean E. Sammet, an American computer scientist who developed the FORMAC programming language and who served as the first female president of ACM, passed away on May 21 at the age of 89. Her career included stints at technology companies Sperry, Sylvania, and IBM, as well as in academia and the military. She taught one of the earliest graduate-level courses in computer programming, and helped develop computer languages. She was named chair of ACM SICSAM (later SIGSAM) in 1967, chair of SIGPLAN in 1971, and ACM president in 1974.
ACM–IEEE-CS Ken Kennedy Award Nominations Due July 1
The ACM–IEEE-CS Ken Kennedy Award was 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. It recognizes outstanding contributions to programmability or productivity in high-performance computing, together with significant community service or mentoring contributions. The award is presented annually at a conference of the awardee's choice and is accompanied by a prize of $5,000. Nominations are due July 1.
Call for ACM Senior and Distinguished Member Nominations
The Senior Member advanced grade of membership recognizes ACM members with at least 10 years of professional experience and 5 years of continuous ACM Professional membership who have demonstrated performance and accomplishment that set them apart from their peers. Nominations are accepted on a quarterly basis. The deadline for nominations is June 3.
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.
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:
- SIGCSE: Outstanding Contribution to Computer Science Education and Lifetime Service to Computer Science Education
CONFERENCES AND EVENTS
DAC 2017, June 18 to 22, Austin, Texas
The Design Automation Conference offers tracks in Design, EDA, Embedded Systems and Software, Internet of Things, IP, and Security. Keynotes will be delivered by Joe Costello (Enlighted, Inc.), Chuck Grindstaff (Siemens PLM Software Inc.), Tyson Tuttle (Silicon Labs), and Rosalind Picard (Massachusetts Institute of Technology).
STOC 2017, June 24 to 28, Montreal, Canada
The 49th ACM Symposium on the Theory of Computing will be part of a five-day Theory Fest with an expanded program of STOC papers, poster sessions, and a broad cross-section of invited talks, workshops and tutorials. Keynote speakers are Avi Wigderson (Princeton University) and Orna Kupferman (The Hebrew University). The Knuth Prize Lecture will also be delivered.
MobiSys 2017, June 19 to 23, Niagara Falls, New York
The 15th ACM International Conference on Mobile Systems, Applications, and Services presents innovative and significant research on the design, implementation, usage, and evaluation of mobile computing and wireless systems, applications, and services. Keynote speakers are Pattie Maes (MIT Media Lab) and Norman Abramson (University of Hawaii).
SACMAT 2017, June 21 to 23, Indianapolis, Indiana
The ACM Symposium on Access Control Models and Technologies is the premier forum for the presentation of research results and experience reports on leading-edge issues of access control, including models, systems, applications, and theory. Keynote speakers are Seraphin Calo, Principal Research Staff Member at IBM Research, and Marten van Dijk, an Associate Professor at the University of Connecticut.
ISCA 2017, June 24 to 28, Toronto, Canada
The 44th International Symposium on Computer Architecture is the premier forum for new ideas and research results in computer architecture. Workshops on graph processing, Big Data, education, machine learning, IoT, and more will be included. Tutorials will cover hardware architectures for deep neural networks, modeling and simulating with SST and OCCAM, and more.
ACM Europe Conference 2017, September 7 to 8, Barcelona, Spain
The inaugural ACM Europe Conference will be a truly international event, bringing together computer scientists and practitioners from around the world. A celebration of the ACM European Fellows and a talk by 2012 Turing Award laureate Silvio Micali are also planned. The two main themes of the conference are High Performance Computing and Cybersecurity. In addition, co-located meetings will include:
- ACM Europe Celebration of Women in Computing: WomENcourage 2017 (Requires registration fee)
- European Network on High Performance and Embedded Architecture and Compilation (HiPEAC)
- European Extreme Data & Computing Initiative (EXCDI)
For more information and to register for this free event, please visit the ACM Europe Conference website.
SIGGRAPH Asia 2017, November 27 to 30, Bangkok, Thailand (Call for Papers)
The 10th ACM SIGGRAPH Conference and Exhibition on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques in Asia invites professionals in research, animation, art, hardware, software, visualization, games, visual effects, virtual reality, augmented reality, high performance computing, computer graphics and interactive techniques to submit papers, posters, art, animation, courses, workshops and other creative works. Visit the submitters page for more information and a complete list of deadlines.
USACM Announces Nine Principles to Secure Computing and Network Systems
In its Statement on Computing and Network Security, the ACM US Public Policy Council (USACM) identified nine principles that entities should follow to protect their systems from threats. The group highlights the need for robust protections to secure computing and network systems and proposes that these recommendations be adopted going forward.
Read the ACM news release.
ACM Europe Policy Committee Joins USACM in Endorsing Steps to Prevent Algorithmic Bias
Recognizing the ubiquity of algorithms in our daily lives, as well as their far-reaching impact, the ACM US Public Policy Council and the ACM Europe Policy Committee have issued a statement and a list of seven principles designed to address potential harmful bias. USACM approved the principles earlier this year, and EUACM approved them on May 25.
Read the ACM news release.
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 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: Group Term Life Insurance
The ACM Group 10-year Level Term Life Plan, administered by Mercer Health & Benefits Administration LLC is a valuable member benefit available to ACM members and their families at economical group-negotiated rates. ACM members and their spouses, under age 65, are eligible to apply for benefit amounts ranging from $100,000 to $1,000,000. This plan also offers an Accelerated Life Benefit, which pays up to 60% of the benefit amount before death if the insured is diagnosed as terminally ill. Click here to learn more about ACM Group Level Term Life Insurance Plan today, or call 1-800-503-9230.
ACM and SocialCoder Team Up for Positive Impact through Computing
You can use your technical skills for social good and offer volunteer support on software development projects to organizations who could not otherwise afford it. SocialCoder connects volunteer programmers/software developers with registered charities and helps match them to suitable projects based on their skills, experience, and the causes they care about. Learn more about ACM's partnership with SocialCoder, and how you can get involved.
Watch May 31 Webcast on Application Management with Kubernetes with Kelsey Hightower
Register to watch the next free ACM webinar, Application Management with Kubernetes, to be presented by Kelsey Hightower, Staff Developer Advocate, Google Cloud Platform, on May 31 at 2 p.m. ET. Eve Andersson, Senior Manager for Accessibility Engineering at Google and Chair of the ACM Professional Development Committee, will lead the Q&A session following the talk. 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
New books covering the latest IT skills and technologies are always being added to the ACM Skillsoft Learning Collections. New titles recently added to our library cover Agile Swift; AutoCAD 2017; Data Science for Dummies; Sensors; Web of Things; and much more.
Visit the Skillsoft Learning Collections page for more information on books and videos. Visit the Skillsoft videos page for a more comprehensive list of recently added book and video titles (see sidebar).
ACM CAREER & JOB CENTER
Introducing the New ACM Career & Job Center
Connecting with the right employers in computing can be a daunting task. Thankfully, the world's leading companies, colleges and universities come to the ACM Career & Job Center to find the best candidates. The new ACM Career and Job Center makes it easier than ever to find the right opportunities for you. New features include:
- Access to the best companies, colleges and universities through our cutting-edge recruitment technologies, including automated job matching
- Easy job alerts that notify you via email when your perfect job is posted
- A new, quicker and more user-friendly candidate application process
Please note: all existing job board profiles, resumés and cover letters have been transferred to the new job site. We do require you to reset your password in order to access your account. Simply click on http://jobs.acm.org/jobs/user/forgotPassword, enter your email address and you will be provided with a link to reset your password and log in to your account. For any assistance, please contact ACM's Advertising Sales Manager, Ilia Rodriguez.
ACM Student Research Competition Grand Finals Winners
The ACM Student Research Competition (SRC), sponsored by Microsoft, has announced its Grand Finals winners. There are two rounds of competition at each conference hosting an SRC, which culminates in a Grand Finals competition. All undergraduate and graduate student winners from the SRCs held during the year advance to the SRC Grand Finals, where they are evaluated by a different panel of judges via the Web. This year's SRC Grand Finals winners are:
- First Place: Kazem Cheshmi, Rutgers University, "Decoupling Symbolic from Numeric in Sparse Matrix Computations" (CGO 2017)
- Second Place: Omid Abari, MIT, "Cutting the Cord in Virtual Reality" (Mobicom 2016)
- Third Place: Calvin Loncaric, University of Washington, "Cozy: Synthesizing Collection Data Structures" (FSE 2016)
- First Place: Victor Lanvin, ENS Paris Saclay, "Gradual Set-Theoretic Types" (POPL 2017)
- Second Place: Jennifer Vaccaro, Olin College of Engineering, "Applying Computer Modeling to Post-Silicon Electrical Validation" (ICCAD 2016)
- Third Place: Martin Kellogg, University of Washington, "Combining Bug Detection and Test Case Generation" (FSE 2016)
The winners are invited, along with their advisors, to attend the annual ACM Awards Banquet in San Francisco, California on June 24, where they will receive formal recognition.
ACM Presents Special Awards to 2017 Intel Science Fair Finalists
ACM presented six Special Awards to finalists in the 2017 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF), the world's largest high school science research competition, held May 14-19 in in Los Angeles, California. Nearly 2,000 high school students from 78 countries, regions, and territories competed to reach the finals.
All winners receive complimentary ACM student memberships for the duration of their undergraduate education. Here are ACM's ISEF Special Award winners and their breakthrough research topics:
- First Award of $1,000:
"Adding Data-Aware Sort Optimizations to the Python Interpreter" by Elliot Gorokhovsky, Fairview High School, Colorado
- Second Award of $500:
"Improving Convolutional Object Tracking with Feed Separated Learning" by Michael Lee, Manhasset High School, New York
- Third Award of $300:
"Applying Machine Learning to WiFi Channel State Information for Smart, Safe, Energy Saving Buildings" by Emily Wang, William G. Enloe High School, North Carolina
- Fourth Award of $200:
"Design and Construction of Smart DNS System Based on Distributed Smart Router and Cloud" by He Huang, YK Pao School, China
"Unlocking History: An Algorithm to Virtually Unfold 3D Computed Tomography Scans of Unopened Historical Documents" by Holly Jackson, Notre Dame High School, San Jose, California
"Variable Density Cubic Infill for Fused Filament Fabrication" by Martin Boerwinkle, Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences, and the Arts
Apply for 2017 Cutler-Bell Prize for Excellence in High School Computing
Every year, 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 November 1, 2017. If you need inspiration, check out last year's winners and their projects!
Up to four winners will be selected and each will be awarded a $10,000 prize and a trip to the annual ACM/CSTA Cutler-Bell Prize in High School Computing Reception. The prizes are funded by a $1 million endowment established by David Cutler and Gordon Bell.
Detailed information, including the link to the online application, is available on the ACM/CSTA Cutler-Bell Prize in High School Computing website. Winners of the 2017-2018 Cutler-Bell Prize will be notified via email in February 2018.
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 CHI 2017. The next conferences accepting submissions are:
- ESEC/FSE 2017, September 4-8, deadline June 9
- ASSETS 2017, October 29-November 1, deadline June 30
- MODELS 2017, September 17-22, deadline July 1
- ICFP 2017, September 3-9, deadline July 10
- SPLASH 2017, October 22-27, deadline July 17
- MobiCom 2017, October 16-20, deadline July 21
- SC17, November 12-17, deadline July 31
Learn more about competitions on the SRC submissions page and SRC guidelines for students.
ACM Scholarships for Women Computing Students to Attend 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). 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
About the ACM Distinguished Speakers Program
Book the speaker for your next event through the ACM Distinguished Speakers Program (DSP) and deliver compelling and insightful content to your audience. ACM will cover the cost of transportation for the speaker to travel to your event. Our program features renowned thought leaders in academia, industry and government speaking about the most important topics in the computing and IT world today. Our booking process is simple and convenient.
Featured ACM Distinguished Speaker: Sanjay Kumar Madria
This month's featured speaker is Sanjay Kumar Madria. Sanjay is a Professor at the Missouri University of Science and Technology Department of Computer Science. He is also a site director at the NSF Industry/University Research Center. He has published more than 185 Journal and conference papers in mobile computing, sensor networks, security, cloud computing, XML, and databases. He co-authored Web Data Management: A Warehouse Approach with Sourav S. Bhowmick and Wee K. Ng. He was founding Program Chair for the EC&WEB series of conferences and founding workshop chair of the IEEE International Workshop on P2P Data Management, Security and Trust. He served as general co-chair of the Mobile Data Management (MDM) conference held in 2010. He is serving as program committee member of various database conferences such as VLDB, ICDE, and MDM, and as reviewer for many reputed database journals. He is regular invited panelist in NSF, NSERC (Canada), Hong Kong Research Council and Sweden Council of Research. His research is supported by grants from NSF, DOE, US Army, AFRL, UM research board, and from industries such as Boeing. He is IEEE Senior Member and a speaker in the ACM/IEEE Distinguished Visitor program.
For more information on Sanjay, please visit his DSP speaker information page.
Sanjay Kumar Madria's Digital Library author page.
ACM, IEEE Computer Society Share Distinguished Speakers Programs
IEEE-CS and ACM are sharing 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.
ACM Congratulates Student Chapter Excellence Award Winners
Congratulations to the winners of the 2016-2017 Student Chapter Excellence Awards! This program recognizes ACM student chapters worldwide that display considerable initiative during the academic year. Chapters submit applications in five areas: Outstanding Chapter Activity, Outstanding Website, Outstanding Recruitment Program, Outstanding Community Service, and Outstanding School Service. Winning chapters in each of these five areas receive $500 and a "best of" icon to proudly display on their chapter's web page. The winners for 2016-2017 are:
- Outstanding Chapter Activities: UCLA ACM Student Chapter
- Outstanding Community Service: Snow College ACM-W Student Chapter
- Outstanding Website: UPES ACM Student Chapter
- Outstanding Recruitment Program: Ohio State University ACM-W Student Chapter
- Outstanding School Service: NUST ACM Student Chapter
Learn more about what's happening at these schools by reading their winning submissions, and how you can enter your school's chapter in next year's competition, on the Student Chapter Excellence Awards website.
Notice to Chapters: Submit Your Annual Reports
ACM's fiscal year is coming to a close, which means it is time to submit your ACM Annual Report. The report is for the fiscal year 2017 (July 1, 2016 - June 30, 2017) and is due by August 31, 2017.
To complete the report online, you must log in with your unique chapter web account at https://www.acm.org/chapters/chapter-administrative-interface. Please note, your chapter web account is entirely separate from your personal web account and should be accessible to all officers. If you are unsure of your chapter web account or need to reset the password, please follow this link: https://accounts.acm.org/signin.cfm.
Please also take this time to update your chapter's contact information, including your membership list (under the Chapter Members tab) and officers (under the Chapter Officers tab.) You can utilize our edit features to extend memberships, update email addresses, or cancel past members who are no longer part of your chapter. Keeping your membership list current and up to date is important. It ensures that all members receive the maximum benefits they are entitled to and are kept aware of all the latest ACM happenings and resources.
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 new chapters that were chartered April 11 to May 18, 2017:
ACM Student Chapters:
- Belhaven University ACM Student Chapter, Jackson, Mississippi
- Cankaya University ACM Student Chapter, Ankara, Turkey
- Colby College ACM-W Student Chapter, Waterville, Maine
- GD Goenka University ACM Student Chapter, Sohna, India
- Indiana University South Bend ACM Student Chapter
- METU NCC ACM Student Chapter, Middle East Technical University Northern Cyprus Campus, Mersin, Turkey
- PDPU ACM Student Chapter, Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University, Gandhinagar, India
- PIEMR ACM Student Chapter, Prestige Institute of Engineering Management & Research, Indore, India
- PIEMR ACM-W Student Chapter, Prestige Institute of Engineering Management & Research, Indore, India
- Rajiv Gandhi Technical University ACM-W Student Chapter, Bhopal, India
- SCSU ACM-W Student Chapter, Southern Connecticut State University, New Haven
- Seattle University ACM Student Chapter, Seattle, Washington
ACM Professional Chapters:
- Computer Engineering and Embedded Systems ACM Chapter, Basrah, Iraq
- KACST ACM SIGCHI Chapter, King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
- Riyadh ACM SIGCHI Chapter, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
New York Celebration Features Founder and CEO of Girls Who Code
On March 31, more than 130 undergraduate women studying computer science convened at Google headquarters in New York for the Second Annual NYC ACM Celebration of Women in Computing (NYCWiC). The one-day conference was produced by the NY Tech Alliance in partnership with ACM, and this year was sponsored by Google and Verizon. The event featured panel discussions that addressed corporate culture and being a software engineer, as well as hands-on workshops about code quality, data science, framework testing, IBM Watson, and technical interviews. The programs were led by speakers and engineers from Google, The Muse, Code Climate, Knewton, Annalect, IBM, Conde Nast Entertainment, Greenhouse Software, Obsess, and DevPost. Our 2018 event is tentatively scheduled for the same time next year and if you would like to get involved, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Photos and videos will be posted shortly to our Facebook and Youtube sites.
If you are considering organizing an event or you would like to know more about ACM Celebrations, please feel free to contact Wendy Powley, Chair of the Celebrations Committee.
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 of Data and Information Quality Welcomes New Editor-in-Chief
ACM Journal of Data and Information Quality (JDIQ) welcomes Tiziana Catarci as its Editor-in-Chief. The appointment is from June 1, 2017 to May 31, 2020. Tiziana is Professor of Information Processing Systems in the Department of Computer Engineering, Automation and Management at University of Rome "La Sapienza."
Overleaf, New Collaborative Authoring Tool
ACM has partnered with Overleaf, a free, cloud-based, collaborative authoring tool, to provide an ACM LaTeX authoring template. Authors can write using Rich Text mode or regular Source mode. This is useful for cross-disciplinary collaboration in the cases where some authors prefer to write in LaTeX while others might prefer a word-processing format. The platform automatically compiles the document while an author writes, so the author can see what the finished file will look like in real time. The template allows authors to submit manuscripts easily to ACM from within the Overleaf platform.
ACM Transactions on Social Computing Accepting Submissions
The new ACM journal ACM Transactions on Social Computing (TSC) is accepting submissions on work that covers the full spectrum of social computing including theoretical, empirical, systems, and design research contributions.
acmqueue Presents: "The IDAR Graph"
Mark A. Overton at Northrop Grumman Company describes the IDAR (Identify. Down. Aid. Role) graph as an improvement over UML. "UML is the de facto standard for representing object-oriented designs. It does a fine job of recording designs, but it has a severe problem: its diagrams don't convey what humans need to know, making them hard to understand. This is why most software developers use UML only when forced to. To be useful, a graph that portrays software design must communicate in a way that humans understand. An organization of objects in software is analogous to a human organization, and almost without exception, an organization of people is portrayed as a control hierarchy, with the topmost person having the broadest span of control."
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