ACM MemberNet - December 28, 2017
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December 28, 2017
CONFERENCES AND EVENTS
- GROUP 2018, January 7 to 10, Sanibel Island, Florida
- POPL 2018, January 7 to 13, Los Angeles, California
- AIES 2018, February 2 to 3, New Orleans, Louisiana
- SIGCSE 2018, February 21 to 24, Baltimore, Maryland
- Learning@Scale 2018, June 26 to 28, London, UK (Call for Papers)
- DocEng 2018, August 28 to 31, Halifax, Canada (Call for Papers)
- ACM Academic Department Membership
- Become an Ambassador for ACM—You Could Be a Grand Prize Winner!
- Featured Member Benefit: Discounts on HP Products
- ACM and SocialCoder Team Up for Positive Impact through Computing
- Watch January 9 Talk on Quantum Computation with Jay Gambetta
- Watch January 18 Talk on Hierarchical Adversarially Learned Inference with Negar Rostamzadeh
- ACM Learning Webinar Series on Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning
- ACM Members Save 25% on Popular O'Reilly Conferences
ACM CAREER & JOB CENTER
- Infosys Foundation USA to Host Free Computer Science Training for Teachers
- Nominations Open for 2018 Excellence in CS Teaching Awards
- Applications for HLF 2018 Due February 9, 2018
- Apply for 2017 Cutler-Bell Prize for Excellence in High School Computing
- Volunteer with XRDS Magazine
- 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: Jean-Daniel Fekete
- ACM, IEEE Computer Society Share Distinguished Speakers Programs
- XRDS Welcomes New Editors-in-Chief
- ACM Transactions on Applied Perception Welcomes New Co-Editor-in-Chief
- Ubiquity Magazine Has Been Upgraded!
- ACM Transactions on Social Computing and ACM Transactions on Human-Robot Interaction Accepting Submissions
- ACM Queue Presents: "Bitcoin's Underlying Incentives"
- Subscribe to Communications of the ACM
ACM has named 54 of its members as ACM Fellows for major contributions in areas including database theory, design automation, information retrieval, multimedia computing and network security. The accomplishments of the 2017 ACM Fellows lead to transformations in science and society. Their achievements play a crucial role in the global economy, as well as how we live and work every day. “To be selected as a Fellow is to join our most renowned member grade and an elite group that represents less than 1 percent of ACM’s overall membership,” says ACM President Vicki L. Hanson.
ACM will formally recognize its 2017 Fellows at the annual Awards Banquet, to be held in San Francisco on June 23, 2018. Additional information about the 2017 ACM Fellows and the awards event, as well as previous ACM Fellows and award winners, is available on the ACM Awards site.
Read the ACM news release.
ACM has assembled its slate of candidates for President, Vice President, and Secretary/Treasurer (for the 1 July 2018 — 30 June 2020 term), and Members at Large (for the 1 July 2018 — 30 June 2022 term). Statements and biographical sketches of all candidates will appear in the May 2018 issue of Communications of the ACM. Visit the ACM Elections page for more information and to view the slate.
One of the Islamic world’s most prestigious science and technology awards, the Mustafa Prize, was presented on December 3 to Erol Gelenbe, a professor in the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at Imperial College London and an ACM Fellow. He is the inventor of the eponymous G-networks or Gelenbe Networks that are the underpinning science used to evaluate the performance of computer networks.
Read the news release.
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 is January 15, 2018, with the exceptions of the ACM-IEEE CS Eckert-Mauchly Award (March 30, 2018), ACM-IEEE CS George Michael Memorial Fellowship (May 1, 2018) ACM–IEEE-CS Ken Kennedy Award (July 1, 2018), SIAM/ACM Prize in Computational Science and Engineering (July 31, 2018), and Doctoral Dissertation Award (October 31, 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.
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 March 3, 2018.
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:
CONFERENCES AND EVENTS
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.
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.
The ACM Special Interest Group on Artificial Intelligence (SIGAI) and AAAI are launching the AAAI/ACM Conference on AI, Ethics, and Society, a new conference to be co-located with AAAI-18. As AI becomes more pervasive in everyday life, its impact on society is raising concerns about issues such as value alignment, data handling and bias, regulations, and workforce displacement. AIES will tap experts from various disciplines, such as ethics, philosophy, economics, sociology, psychology, law, history, and politics, to address these issues.
The SIGCSE Technical Symposium is the largest computing education conference worldwide organized by ACM SIGCSE, attracting researchers, educators, and others interested in improving computing education in K-12 and higher education. The theme of the 2018 conference is "CS for All," with workshops, forums, panels and more focusing on diversity and creating a welcoming environment for learning. Anita Borg President and CEO Brenda Wilkerson will deliver the opening keynote, and Ruthe Farmer, Chief Evangelist, CSforAll Consortium will deliver the closing keynote.
The Fifth Annual ACM Conference on Learning at Scale is seeking paper submissions reporting on rigorous research on methodologies, studies, analyses, tools, or technologies for learning at scale. Full research papers and context/synthesis papers are due January 21. Work-in-progress and demo papers are due March 24.
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.
The ACM Academic Department Membership option allows universities and colleges to provide ACM Professional Membership to their faculty at a greatly reduced collective cost. ACM offers a membership for academic department faculty at the cost of $49 per person, more than half off the standard ACM professional membership fee of $99 per year. Through this program, each faculty member will receive all the benefits of individual professional ACM membership, including Communications of the ACM, member rates to ACM Special Interest Group conferences, member subscription rates to ACM journals, and much more. To learn more, visit the ACM Academic Department Membership page or contact Cindy Ryan.
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.
The HP Employee Purchase Program (EPP) offers HP consumer and commercial-grade products at discounts typically up to 10% off starting prices. You can also take advantage of instant rebates, coupons, and HP Home & Home Office sales promotions that combine with your EPP discount, for a typical savings of 20-30% off. HP offers ACM members exclusive savings on the most innovative PCs, printers, and more. We are delighted to offer you personalized assistance in choosing the perfect electronics for all of your personal or business needs. Visit the HP Direct Employee Purchase Program page for more information.
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.
Register now for the free ACM Learning Webinar, QISKit: A Swiss Army Knife for Quantum Computation, to be presented on Tuesday, January 9 at 12 PM EST Jay Gambetta, Manager, Theory of Quantum Computing and Information, IBM and Panelist, 50 Years of ACM A.M. Turing Award Celebration. There will be a moderated question and answer 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.
Register now for the free ACM Learning Webinar, Hierarchical Adversarially Learned Inference, to be presented on Thursday, January 18 at 12 PM EST by Negar Rostamzadeh, Research Scientist at Element AI. There will be a moderated question and answer 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.
Check out our ACM AI/ML Webinar Series with three distinguished AI/ML researchers. Fei-Fei Li, Director of the Stanford Artificial Intelligence Lab (SAIL) and Chief Scientist of AI/ML at Google Cloud, presents the key ideas and cutting edge advances in the quest for visual intelligence in computers, focusing on work done to develop ImageNet over the years. Tom Mitchell, E. Fredkin University Professor and former Chair of the Machine Learning Department at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), discusses his machine learning approach to studying how the human brain uses neural activity to create and represent meanings of words, phrases, sentences, and stories. And ACM Fellow Eric Horvitz, Technical Fellow and Director of Microsoft Research Labs, shares reflections on promising directions with fielding AI solutions in the open world, where systems need to grapple with uncertainty and incompleteness and to work effectively with people.
ACM members are eligible for 25% off registration to popular O'Reilly conferences. This special member discount is available through your Safari member benefit, and is currently offered on the following conferences:
- Artificial Intelligence Conference: April 10-11, 2018 (Beijing, China) and April 30-May 2 (New York, New York)
- O'Reilly Fluent Conference (Web Programming and Performance): June 12-14, 2018 (San Jose, California)
- O'Reilly Open Source Convention (OSCON): July 16-19, 2018 (Portland, Oregon)
- O'Reilly Software Architecture Conference: February 26-28, 2018 (New York, New York)
- O'Reilly Velocity Conference (System Engineering, DevOps, WebOps): June 12-14, 2018 (San Jose, California)
- Strata Data Conference (including Apache Hadoop): March 6-8, 2018 (San Jose, California) and May 21-22, 2018 (London, UK)
To take advantage of this special member discount, log into Safari Learning Platform from the ACM Learning Center, click Offers & Deals from the left navigation, and select Conferences.
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.
Infosys Foundation USA will host Pathfinders Summer Institute 2018, an intensive week of professional development for K-12 public school teachers to learn about Computer Science and Maker technologies, at Indiana University Bloomington, July 15 to 20, 2018. The application process will open in January 2018. All K-12 teachers and counselors are encouraged to apply; visit the website to receive updates. ACM and CSTA are supporters of this program.
ACM, the Computer Science Teachers Association, and Infosys Foundation USA announce the 2018 Awards for Teaching Excellence in Computer Science. Five recipients will each receive an award of $5,000, to be presented at a luncheon in conjunction with CSTA’s Annual Conference, July 7 to 10, 2018. The deadline for applications for nominations is January 22, 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.
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.
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 http://xrds.acm.org/volunteer.cfm.
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:
- ICSE 2018, May 27-June 3, deadline January 8, 2018
- CHI 2018, April 21-26, deadline January 15, 2018
- Programming 2018, April 9-12, deadline January 22, 2018
- MOBILESoft, May 27-28, deadline February 19, 2018
- PLDI 2018, June 18-22, deadline April 6, 2018
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.
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
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.
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.
The Hour of Code, an annual global event, took place during Computer Science Education Week, December 4-10. ACM (which helped launch Computer Science Education Week in 2009) thanks these volunteers from our local Student Chapters who organized games, tutorials, and other events to generate excitement in young people about programming and technology:
- Sheridan CSS
- UPV and UPV ACM-W
- IU Computer Society
- Holy Family University
- ADA University
- NYIT Old Westbury
- Valparaiso University
- VIT University
- Bowling Green State University
- NIT Surat
- St. Mary's College of Maryland ACM-W
- Portland State University
- Treston International College
- UCSC ACM-W
- Universidad Mayor de San Andres
- VVIT Guntur
- University of Hertfordshire
- The College of New Jersey
- High Point University
- William Mason High School
- Trinity College
- Institución Universitaria Politécnico Grancolombiano
- Bharati Vidyapeeth's College of Engineering
- Southern Utah University ACM-W
- Koc University
- Kansas State University
- University of North Dakota
- Penn State Behrend
- Kuwait University
- University of Louisiana/Monroe
- UPES and UPES ACM-W
- Nazarbayev University
- NWMSU ACM SIGCSE
- Vidyalankar Institute of Technology
- Majmaah University
- Union University
- Rowan University
- Rajiv Gandhi Technical University ACM-W
- Oregon State University ACM-W
- ACM MPSTME
- IIT (ISM) Dhanbad
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 November 15 to December 13, 2017:
ACM Student Chapters:
- Amity University Jaipur ACM Student Chapter, Jaipur, India
- Kuwait Technical College ACM Student Chapter, Abu Hulaifa, Kuwait
- Luther College ACM Student Chapter, Decorah, Iowa
- MSU Denver ACM Student Chapter, Metropolitan State University of Denver, Colorado
- New College of Florida ACM Student Chapter, Sarasota
- NJIT ACM SIGGRAPH Student Chapter, New Jersey Institute of Technology, Newark
- Renton Technical College ACM Student Chapter, Renton, Washington
- UC Riverside ACM-W Student Chapter, University of California, Riverside
- Vanderbilt University ACM Student Chapter, Nashville, Tennessee
- VCU ACM-W Student Chapter, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond
- Washington State University Everett ACM Student Chapter, Everett
- Yeshiva University ACM Student Chapter, New York, New York
The Uppsala ACM-W student chapter hosted the Ada Lovelace Celebration, an ACM Celebration event, from November 17 to 18. The first day consisted of a lineup of talks covering inspirational, technical and gender-equality related topics. The speakers were all powerful women from industry and research, including ACM Distinguished Speaker Panagiota Fatourou. Others speakers gave job and career advice, talked about latest practices in research and industry multicore programming or smart cities, and gave advice on how to be bold, and to believe in oneself. During dinner attendees mingled with the speakers. Attendees totaled around 70 (50% women, 50% men) from universities and companies located in Stockholm and Uppsala.
The second day of the celebration was a programming workshop led by developers in industry (mostly females). Together with a mentor from industry, attendees codeda project of their choice for the whole day. The event allowed attendees to learn new frameworks, to network with the developer and their peers, and to have fun. As a result, projects such as jump and run games, client/server games, chatbots, and many more were created.
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.
XRDS Crossroads: The ACM Magazine for Students welcomes Gierard Laput and Diane Golay as new Co-Editors-in-Chief. The appointment is from December 4, 2017 to December 4, 2020. Gierard is a PhD student in the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University. Diane is a doctoral student in the Department of Information Technology, Division of Visual Information and Interaction at Uppsala University.
ACM Transactions on Applied Perception (TAP) welcomes Martin A. Giese as new Co-Editor-in-Chief, to serve with Co-EIC Victoria Interrante for the term of January 1, 2018 to December 31, 2020. Martin is a Professor in the Department of Cognitive Neurology at the University of Tübingen.
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.
In Bitcoin's Underlying Incentives, Yonatan Sompolinsky and Aviv Zohar, of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, describe the unseen economic forces that govern the Bitcoin protocol. Beyond its role as a protocol for managing and transferring money, the Bitcoin protocol creates a complex system of economic incentives that govern its inner workings. These incentives strongly impact the protocol's capabilities and security guarantees, and the path of its future development. This article explores these economic undercurrents, their strengths and flaws, and how they influence the protocol.
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