ACM MemberNet - November 30, 2017

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November 30, 2017

















ACM Names 2017 Distinguished Members

ACM has named 43 Distinguished Members for outstanding contributions to the field. As a group, the 2017 Distinguished Members are responsible for an extraordinary array of achievements, reflecting the many distinct areas of research and practice in the computing and information technology fields. The 2017 ACM Distinguished Members work at leading universities, corporations and research institutions around the world, including Australia, Belgium, Canada, France, Hong Kong, Italy, The Netherlands, Portugal, Qatar, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, and the United States. These innovators have made contributions in a wide range of technical areas including accessibility, computational geometry, cryptography, computer security, computer science education, data structures, healthcare technologies, human-computer interaction, nanoscale computing, robotics, and software engineering, and more.

The ACM Distinguished Member program recognizes up to 10 percent of ACM worldwide membership based on professional experience as well as significant achievements in the computing field.
Read the ACM news release.

Organize an Hour of Code in Your Community During Computer Science Education Week, December 4-10

For one week in December, millions of students around the world are introduced to the magic of computer science through games, coding puzzles, tutorials, and many other fun activities. Events are organized by local volunteers from schools, research institutions, and other groups. ACM helped launch Computer Science Education Week in 2009, and invites you host an Hour of Code in your community.

Anyone, anywhere can organize an Hour of Code event, and anyone from ages 4 to 104 can try the one-hour tutorials, which are available in more than 45 languages. Learn more about how to teach an Hour of Code. Visit the Get Involved page for additional ideas for promoting your event.

ACM Student Chapters: there's a special opportunity just for you! See separate announcement in this issue under "Chapters."


2017 ACM Gordon Bell Prize Awarded to Chinese Team for Earthquake Simulation

ACM has named a 12-member Chinese team the recipients of the 2017 ACM Gordon Bell Prize for their research project, “18.9-Pflops Nonlinear Earthquake Simulation on Sunway TaihuLight: Enabling Depiction of 18-Hz and 8-Meter Scenarios.” Using the Sunway TaihuLight, which is ranked as the world’s fastest supercomputer, the team developed software that was able to efficiently process 18.9 Pflops (or 18.9 quadrillion calculations per second) of data and create 3D visualizations relating to a devastating earthquake that occurred in Tangshan, China in 1976. The team’s software included innovations that achieved greater efficiency than had been previously attained running similar programs on the Titan and TaihuLight supercomputers.

The ACM Gordon Bell Prize tracks the progress of parallel computing and rewards innovation in applying high performance computing to challenges in science, engineering, and large- scale data analytics. The award was presented today by ACM President Vicki Hanson and Subhash Saini, Chair of the 2017 Gordon Bell Prize Award Committee, during the International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis (SC 17) earlier this month.
Read the ACM news release.

ACM Award Nomination Submission Procedures

Each year, ACM recognizes technical and professional achievements within the computing and information technology community through its celebrated Awards Program. ACM welcomes nominations for candidates whose work exemplifies the best and most influential contributions to our community, and society at large. ACM's award committees evaluate the contributions of candidates for various awards that span a spectrum of professional and technological accomplishments. For awards presented at the annual June banquet, the deadline for nominations has been changed from November 30, 2017 to January 15, 2018, with the exceptions of the Doctoral Dissertation Award nominations, which are due October 31, 2018 and the ACM - IEEE CS George Michael Memorial Fellowship nominations, which are due May 1, 2018.

Please take a moment to consider those individuals in your community who may be suitable for nomination. Refer to the award nominations page for nomination guidelines and the complete listing of Award Subcommittee Chairs and Members.


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. Nominations are accepted on a quarterly basis. The deadline for nominations is December 3.


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:


Middleware 2017, December 11 to 15, Las Vegas, Nevada

The ACM/IFIP/USENIX Middleware conference is a major forum for the discussion of innovations and recent scientific advances of middleware systems. Highlights include a single-track technical program, an industrial track, panel discussions, poster and demonstration presentations, a doctoral symposium, and tutorials and workshops. Invited speakers are Magdalena Balazinska (University of Washington) and Ricardo Bianchini (Microsoft).

GROUP 2018, January 7 to 10, Sanibel Island, Florida

The ACM International Conference on Supporting Group Work is a premier venue for research on Computer Supported Cooperative Work, Human Computer Interaction, Computer Supported Collaborative Learning and Socio-Technical Studies. The conference integrates work in social science, computer science, engineering, design, values, and other diverse topics related to group work. Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales will keynote.

POPL 2018, January 7 to 13, Los Angeles, California

The ACM SIGPLAN Symposium on Principles of Programming Languages is a forum for the discussion of all aspects of programming languages and programming systems. Invited speakers are Derek Dreyer, Max Planck Institute for Software Systems; Gordon Plotkin, University of Edinburgh; and Sarah Lawsky, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law. Tutorials will cover Message-Passing Concurrency and Substructural Logics; Computational Higher Type Theory; and Relational Interpreters for Program Synthesis.

DocEng 2018, August 28 to 31, Halifax, Canada (Call for Papers)

The 18th ACM Symposium on Document Engineering seeks original research papers that focus on the design, implementation, development, management, use and evaluation of advanced systems where document and document collections play a key role. In particular, DocEng 2018 seeks works involving large-scale document engineering applications of industrial relevance. Full paper abstracts are due February 1; short papers are due March 22.

Report from COMPUTE 2017, November 16 to 17, Bhopal, India
by Program Chairs Lipika Dey and Shourya Roy

COMPUTE 2017 is the flagship conference of the ACM India Council. The theme of the conference was "Artificial Intelligence: Current Trends and Future Impact." Keynote speaker Y. Narahari, Chairman, Division of Electrical Sciences, IISc Bangalore, gave an excellent introduction to Game Theory and Mechanism Design leading to some interesting examples of the same with artificial intelligence. The talk was very insightful and engaging with strong participation from the audience.

Two excellent tutorials were organized on two contemporary topics: one on "Blockchain" by Rahul Ghosh of American Express Big Data Labs, and another on "Deep Learning" by Vinay P. Namboodiri of IIT Kanpur. Both tutorials had high degrees of participation from undergraduate students of Bhopal, conference registrants and faculty of Sagar Institute of Research and Technology (SIRT).

The workshops were a highlight of COMPUTE 2017. Two workshops were organized under the able chairmanship of Animesh Mukherjee of IIT Kharagpur. In "AI and Legal Aspects," the first presentation was by Prabuddhha Ganguli, Tezpur University, who enthralled the audience with his deep insights about various issues under the aegis of this crucial topic. Rahul Matthan could not make it due to ill health and had recorded a presentation for the audience. K. Ghosh of IIT Kanpur made a short presentation on AI research problems in the area of Legal Document retrieval. The second workshop, "AI and Education," saw an excellent presentation by Bikram Sengupta of IBM Research, who talked about the various initiatives taken by them to encourage interactive learning. Andrew Thangaraj of IIT Madras gave a comprehensive overview of how the National Programme on Technology Enhanced Learning (NPTEL) platform is used by students, faculty and practitioners all across India to empower themselves on various contemporary and classical topics. A. Chattopadhyay and Prateek Gohil (of sister concerns iMerit and Anudip respectively) described how they are working toward skilling and reskilling of citizens using predictive technologies and also generating job opportunities for the marginalized sector by training them to annotate training data that is crucial for developing artificially intelligent systems.

The faculty, students and authorities of SIRT and Rajiv Gandhi Proudyogiki Vishwavidyalaya (RGPV) provided wonderful support to the conference participants, guests and organizers. Thanks also to Steering Committee Chair Mangala Gowri Nanda, who helped us carefully scrutinize the submitted papers and guided their preparation for inclusion in the digital proceedings.


ACM Joins Five Computing Organizations Opposing Tax Cut and Jobs Act

ACM has joined AAAI, CRA, IEEE, SIAM, and USENIX in opposing provisions contained in H.R. 1, the Tax Cut and Jobs Act, which would discourage graduate careers in computing research and reduce available research funding. They state that eliminating current IRS code that allows tuition waivers for students working as teaching and research assistants to be exempt from taxable income would dramatically increase the cost of graduate student education in computing, and likely discourage students from pursuing graduate degrees, while reducing funding available for research.

USACM Comments on Cell Phone Privacy Case

USACM, ACM's US Public Policy Council, has commented on a Supreme Court hearing addressing a cutting-edge case that is at the intersection of information technology and civil liberties. In Carpenter v. United States, the Court will decide whether the Constitution requires that the government obtain a warrant in order to seize records revealing historical locations and movements of cell phone users. At issue is the legality of potentially indiscriminate government surveillance.
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.

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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 December 14 Talk on Hierarchical Adversarially Learned Inference with Negar Rostamzadeh

Register now for the next free ACM Learning Webinar, Hierarchical Adversarially Learned Inference, to be presented on Thursday, December 14 at 12 PM EST by Negar Rostamzadeh, Research Scientist at Element AI. There will be a moderated questions and answers session following the talk. Leave your comments and questions with our speaker now and any time before the live event on ACM's Discourse Page. And check out the page after the webcast for extended discussion with your peers in the computing community, as well as further resources on Learned Inference. ACM Learning Webinars are free with registration, available for streaming on all major mobile devices, and are recorded for on-demand viewing.


ACM Career & Job Center Connects You with Career Opportunities

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, 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.


Applications for HLF 2018 Due February 9, 2018

Young researchers in computer science and mathematics from all over the world can apply for one of 200 coveted spots to participate in the Heidelberg Laureate Forum (HLF), an annual networking event. The HLF offers all accepted young researchers the great opportunity to personally interact with the laureates of the most prestigious prizes in the fields of mathematics and computer science. For one week, the recipients of the Abel Prize, the ACM A.M. Turing Award, the ACM Prize for Computing, the Fields Medal, and the Nevanlinna Prize engage in a cross-generational scientific dialogue with young researchers in Heidelberg, Germany.

The 6th HLF will take place from September 23 to 28, 2018. The application period runs until February 9, 2018. Young researchers at all phases of their careers (undergraduate, graduate PhD or postdoc) are encouraged to complete and submit their applications by February 9.

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 January 5, 2018. 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.

Volunteer with XRDS Magazine

Student volunteers are needed for XRDS, ACM’s quarterly student publication that examines cutting-edge research in computer science and presents viewpoints on technology’s impact in the world today. You can apply for Web Editor; Digital Content Editor; Department Editor—Hello World; Department Editor—Careers; and Department Editor—Labz. For detailed information on how to apply and job description and eligibility requirements for each position please visit

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 ICCAD 2017. The next conferences accepting submissions are:

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.


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.

This month's featured speaker is Jean-Daniel Fekete. Jean-Daniel is Senior Research Scientist (DR1, equivalent to Full Professor) at INRIA, France. His main Research areas are Visual Analytics, Information Visualization and Human Computer Interaction. He was a member of the ACM SIGCHI Conference Management Committee, in charge of Data Analysis from 2010-2011. An ACM member, his main publication venues are the ACM SIGCHI and IEEE VIS conferences.

For more information on Jean-Daniel, please visit his DSP speaker information page.
Jean-Daniel Fekete'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.


Student Chapters: Here's Your Opportunity to Participate in Hour of Code!

Over the past three years, the Hour of Code has introduced over 100 million students in 180 countries to computer science. This year, with your chapter's participation, we can make it bigger and better than ever! The Hour of Code is a global movement designed to generate excitement in young people about programming and technology. Games, tutorials, and other events are organized by local volunteers from schools, research institutions, and other groups during Computer Science Education Week, December 4-10.

Anyone, anywhere can organize an Hour of Code event, and anyone from ages 4 to 104 can try the one-hour tutorials, which are available in more than 45 languages. Learn more about how to teach an Hour of Code. Visit the Get Involved page for additional ideas for promoting your event.

To mark your contribution to Hour of Code, ACM will reward each Student Chapter that participates with a pizza party up to $150! We'll also provide official recognition to your chapter in a special ACM Bulletin to all ACM members and in an upcoming Communications of the ACM issue. Send us a brief description of your plans at [email protected] and we'll follow up with guidelines for your celebration.

ACM Chapter De-charter Notice

ACM has de-chartered chapters on probation who have not completed their 2017 annual reports. The list of de-chartered chapters can be found at: Members interested in activating their chapters should complete their 2017 Annual Report. If you have any questions, contact the ACM Local Activities Department at [email protected].

ACM Chapter Probation Notice

ACM has placed active chapters who did not complete their 2017 annual report on probation. This list of chapters can be found at: Members interested in activating their chapters should complete their 2017 Annual Report. If you have any questions, contact the ACM Local Activities Department at [email protected].

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 October 14 to November 14, 2017:

ACM Student Chapters:

  • BZU ACM Student Chapter, Birzeit University, Ramallah, Jordan
  • BZU ACM-W Student Chapter, Birzeit University, Ramallah, Jordan
  • Cuyahoga Community College ACM-W Student Chapter, Parma, Ohio
  • LNMIIT ACM Student Chapter, LNM Institute of Information Technology, Jaipur, India
  • Minerva Schools at KGI ACM Student Chapter, San Francisco, California
  • Mississippi State University ACM-W Student Chapter, Mississippi State, Mississippi
  • Montana Tech ACM Student Chapter, Butte
  • SUNY New Paltz ACM Student Chapter, State University of New York, New Paltz
  • SVVV ACM Student Chapter, Shri Vaishnav Vidyapeeth Vishwavidyalaya, Indore, India
  • UCSC ACM-W Student Chapter, University of California Santa Cruz
  • VVIT Guntur ACM Student Chapter, Vasireddy Venkatadri Institute of Technology, Guntur, India
  • VVIT Guntur ACM-W Student Chapter, Vasireddy Venkatadri Institute of Technology, Guntur, India
  • Wellesley College ACM-W Student Chapter, Wellesley, Massachusetts

ACM Professional Chapters:

  • Belgrade ACM SIGGRAPH Chapter, Belgrade, Serbia


ACM Indiana Celebration Inspires Women with Shared Career Experiences

The theme of the Indiana Celebration of Women in Computing (INWiC 2017) held on October 27 and 28 in Indianapolis, Indiana was "Looking Forward." The conference, which attracted more than 85 attendees including undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, researchers, and professionals in computing, sought to empower women in computing through learning and community. The event was organized by students, faculty, and staff in the School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering at Indiana University, Bloomington.

The conference was designed to provide professional development for women at all stages in the field of computing. Distinguished speakers included Leah Buechley, LilyPad Arduino toolkit designer, engineer and educator; and Yolanda A. Rankin, an Assistant Professor in the College of Communication and Information at Florida State University. Buechley opened the conference and inspired the participants with her remarkable story presentation about how she came to be a computer scientist and the fascinating projects she has completed. After the opening dinner talk, students presented their research and received feedback from judges during a research poster symposium. The first night of the conference concluded with a late-night activity workshop about IoT devices and cybersecurity.

The second day of the celebration included sessions on various topics, a small career exhibit, and a closing keynote presentation by Rankin which provided insights about her research in second-language acquisition and virtual learning (self-paced tutorials versus commercial videogames versus immersive learning environments). Conference participants enjoyed networking, participating in sessions, and listening to the featured speakers. Ultimately, each conference participant was inspired to continue their journey in the field of computing.

If you would like more information on Celebrations or would like to organize an event in your area, please contact Wendy Powley, Chair of the Celebrations Committee. We can help you get started!

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.


ACM Transactions on Sensor Networks Welcomes New Editor-in-Chief

ACM Transactions on Sensor Networks (TOSN) welcomes Yunhao Liu as its new Editor-in-Chief. The appointment is from December 1, 2017 to November 30, 2020. Yunhao is the Chang Jiang Professor and Dean of School of Software at Tsinghua University.

Ubiquity Magazine Has Been Upgraded!

Ubiquity, ACM's online magazine of critical analysis and in-depth commentary, now covers 12 new and exciting topic areas relevant to the future of computing, from autonomous driving to digital surveillance. Readers can also directly pitch Ubiquity editors article ideas and high-quality video content.

ACM Transactions on Social Computing and ACM Transactions on Human-Robot Interaction 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.

ACM Transactions on Human-Robot Interaction (THRI) (previously the Journal of Human-Robot Interaction) is accepting submissions on human-robot interaction, including robotics, computer science, engineering, design, and the behavioral and social sciences. THRI is also accepting submissions for the inaugural special issue.

ACM Queue Presents: "Titus: Introducing Containers to the Netflix Cloud"

In Titus: Introducing Containers to the Netflix Cloud, Andrew Leung, Andrew Spyker, and Tim Bozarth describe how they have implemented containers at Netflix using Titus, a container-management system that works within Netflix's cloud infrastructure. Over the years, Netflix has helped craft many cloud-native patterns, such as loosely-coupled microservices and immutable infrastructure, that have become industry best practices. The all-in migration to the cloud has been hugely successful for Netflix. But despite already having a successful cloud-native architecture, Netflix is now investing in container technology.

Subscribe to Communications of the ACM

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Where can I find out about ACM’s history?

ACM's history is a rich tapestry of technological advances. Find out more in the new ACM Books Series title, Communities of Computing: Computer Science and Society in the ACM. This is the first book-length history of the Association for Computing Machinery, profiling ACM's notable Special Interest Groups, active chapters, and individual members, and setting ACM's and the field's development into a rich social and political context. The author, Thomas Misa, directs the Charles Babbage Institute at the University of Minnesota.

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