ACM MemberNet - February 22, 2018

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February 22, 2018
















ACM 2018 General Election Candidate Slate

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.

ACM 2018 SIG Elections Candidate Slate

In accordance with ACM Bylaw 6, the following SIGs will hold elections in 2018: SIGACCESS, SIGACT, SIGCHI, SIGDA, ACM SIGGRAPH*, SIGITE, SIGPLAN, SIGSIM, and SIGSOFT.

ACM Policy and Procedures require that those SIGs holding elections notify their membership of candidates for elected offices. To see the slate of candidates, please visit the 2018 ACM SIG Elections site.

In accordance with the ACM SIG Bylaws, additional candidates may be placed on the ballot by petition. All candidates must be ACM Professional Members, as well as members of the SIG. Anyone interested in petitioning must inform ACM Headquarters, Pat Ryan and the Secretary of the SIG of their intent to petition by 15 March 2018. Petitions must be submitted to ACM Headquarters for verification by 31 March 2018.

* ACM SIGGRAPH’s election will commence on 15 August 2018.


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. The nominations deadline for general ACM awards has passed. The remaining award nominations deadlines are: the ACM-IEEE CS Eckert-Mauchly Award (March 30), ACM-IEEE CS George Michael Memorial Fellowship (May 1) ACM–IEEE-CS Ken Kennedy Award (July 1), SIAM/ACM Prize in Computational Science and Engineering (July 31), and Doctoral Dissertation Award (October 31).

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 March 3.


IUI 2018, March 7 to 11, Tokyo, Japan

The The 23rd annual meeting of the intelligent interfaces community is a premier international forum for reporting outstanding research and development on intelligent user interfaces and bringing together the HCI and AI communities. Keynote speakers are James A. Landay (Stanford University), Masataka Goto (National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, Japan), and Jennifer Golbeck (University of Maryland).

CHIIR 2018, March 11 to 15, New Brunswick, New Jersey

The ACM SIGIR Conference on Human Information Interaction and Retrieval provides a forum for the dissemination and discussion of research on the user-centered aspects of information interaction and information retrieval, focusing on elements such as human involvement in search activities, and information-seeking and use in context. Keynote speakers are Microsoft Research Lab's Susan Dumais (an ACM Athena Lecturer) and University of Tampere's Pertti Vakkari.

DATE 2018, March 19-23, Dresden, Germany

The Design, Automation and Test in Europe conference is an international venue for system-level hardware and software implementation down to integrated circuit design. Topics covered will include Emerging Technologies for Computing, Industrial IoT, Computer Vision for Automated Driving in MATLAB, and much more. Scheduled keynote speakers are Amnon Shashua, CEO/CTO of Mobileye; and Christopher Voigt, Professor of Biological Engineering at MIT.

CHI 2018, April 21 to 26, Montreal, Canada

Highlights of this year's ACM CHI Conference on Human-Computer Interaction will include a celebration of the 50th anniversary of The Mother of all Demos; GameJam, engaging with games by designing and implementing them; and ScienceJam, engaging with science by designing and running an experiment. Keynoting will be OKCupid founder Christian Rudder, and Sue Gardner, who advises organizations on public policy issues.

Learning@Scale 2018, June 26 to 28, London, UK (Call for Papers)

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. Work-in-progress and demo papers are due March 24.

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. Short papers are due March 22.


ACM Academic Department Membership

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.

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.

ACM is pleased to offer an exclusive worldwide travel discount service to our members through Local Hospitality. Savings average 10-20% below market on all hotels and car rental suppliers around the world. Save time and money by visiting

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 March 9 Talk with Hadi Hariri: "What Can Kotlin Do for Me?"

Register now for the free ACM Learning Webinar, What Can Kotlin Do for Me?, to be presented on Friday, March 9 at 12 PM ET by Hadi Hariri, VP of Developer Advocacy at JetBrains. Erik Meijer, Director of Engineering at Facebook, Founder and CEO of Applied Duality, and ACM Queue Editorial Board member, will moderate 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.

ACM Learning Webinar Series on Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning

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:

  • O'Reilly Software Architecture Conference: February 26-28 (New York, New York)
  • Strata Data Conference (including Apache Hadoop): March 6-8 (San Jose, California) and May 21-22 (London, UK)
  • Artificial Intelligence Conference: April 10-11 (Beijing, China) and April 30-May 2 (New York, New York)
  • O'Reilly Fluent Conference (Web Programming and Performance): June 12-14 (San Jose, California)
  • O'Reilly Velocity Conference (System Engineering, DevOps, WebOps): June 12-14 (San Jose, California)
  • O'Reilly Open Source Convention (OSCON): July 16-19 (Portland, Oregon)

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 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.


ACM and IEEE-CS Release First-Ever Global Cybersecurity Curricula Recommendations

After an extensive two-year process, a joint task force led by ACM and the IEEE Computer Society (IEEE-CS) has released a first-ever set of global curricular recommendations in cybersecurity education. This new set of guidelines, Cybersecurity Education Curriculum (CSEC2017), is designed to be the leading resource for comprehensive cybersecurity curricular content at the post-secondary level. More than 320 advisors drawn from 35 different countries contributed to CSEC2017. The task force also included the Association for Information Systems Special Interest Group on Security (AIS SIGSEC) and the International Federation for Information Processing Technical Committee on Information Security Education (IFIP WG 11.8).
Read the ACM news release.

Infosys Foundation USA to Host Free Computer Science Training for Teachers

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. All K-12 teachers and counselors are encouraged to apply; visit the website to receive updates. ACM and CSTA are supporters of this program.


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 Seiji Isotani. Seiji is an Associate Professor in Computer Science and Vice President of the International Relations Office at the Institute of Mathematics and Computer Science of the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil. His research career has been devoted to imagining, designing, developing, testing and deploying intelligent and collaborative educational systems using ontologies and other semantic technologies. He has been an ACM Senior Member since 2015.

For more information on Seiji, please visit his DSP speaker information page.
Seiji Isotani'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.


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 January 13 to February 6, 2018:

ACM Student Chapters:

  • B V Raju Institute of Technology ACM Student Chapter, Narsapur, India
  • BEU ACM Student Chapter, Baku Engineering University, Khirdalan, Azerbaijan
  • GCOE Nagpur ACM Student Chapter, Government College of Engineering, Nagpur, India
  • IIIT-Allahabad ACM Student Chapter, Indian Institute of Engineering Technology, Allahabad, India
  • ISB&M ACM Student Chapter, International School of Business and Media, Pune, India
  • Oklahoma State University ACM-W Student Chapter, Stillwater, Oklahoma
  • Texas A&M-San Antonio ACM Student Chapter, San Antonio, Texas
  • University of Tennessee at Chattanooga ACM Student Chapter

ACM Professional Chapters:

  • Inhambane ACM-W Chapter, Morrumbene, Mozambique
  • Jataí ACM SIGCSE Chapter, Jataí Brazil
  • Riyadh ACM SIGACCESS Chapter, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
  • Tallinn ACM-W Chapter, Tallinn, Estonia


MINK WIC Celebration Unites Midwest Women in Computing

The Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas Women in Computing Celebration (MINK WIC 2017) held November 3-4 in Lexana, Kansas, had 229 attendees, including 22 industry speakers, 161 undergraduate and graduate students and 46 faculty from 31 colleges and universities in the region. The conference theme was "Diversity, Equity and Inclusivity."

Conference highlights included two keynote addresses sponsored by the Computing Research Association's Committee on the Status of Women in Computing Research (CRA-W). The Friday keynote address, "Supporting Computational Algorithmic Thinking: Exploring Social Change and Complex Cognitive Capability Development in the Double Bind," was delivered by Jakita Thomas, an Associate Professor of Computer Science and Software Engineering at Auburn University. Jeanne Johnson, a Director of Business Development in the worldwide Strategy and Planning team of the One Commercial Partner organization at Microsoft, presented Saturday's keynote address, "'Always on.' Stories and advice from a lifetime as a minority in technology."

Seven tech talks addressed the topics: "On Direct Communication Methods: from Smart City IoT Applications to Space Missions"; "The Genetic Link between Finger Length and Brain Function: How Hands Indicate Capabilities"; "What Is Data Science?"; "Beyond Diversity: The Keys to Successful Recruitment, Retention and Ascension of Quality Women and Minorities in Computer Science"; "Swift: from Algorithm to App in Record Time"; "An Introduction to Cross-Platform Apps Using Microsoft Xamarin"; and "Pursuing a Passion Project: Struggles and Successes."

Two workshops covered resumes and coding collaboration with Git. Four panels addressed "Exploring Careers," "The Imposter Syndrome," "Diversity," and "Is Graduate School Right for Me?"

The conference also provided opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students to share their technical experiences through eight lightning talks, three graduate research presentations and 16 undergraduate and graduate posters. A career fair was attended by 11 national and regional companies: American Century, Cerner Corporation, Commerce Bank, DST, Firemon, Hallmark, Microsoft, NetApp, Target, Technology Services Group and Veracity Consulting. Supporting MINK WIC were 14 generous industry sponsors.

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. International Celebrations are encouraged and welcomed!

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 Spatial Algorithms and Systems Seeking New Editor-in-Chief

ACM Transactions on Spatial Algorithms and Systems (TSAS) is seeking a new Editor-in-Chief. Nominations are due March 15. For more information please visit the TSAS nominations page.

ACM Transactions on Graphics Seeking New Editor-in-Chief

ACM Transactions on Graphics (TOG) is seeking a new Editor-in-Chief. Nominations are due April 9. For more information please visit the TOG nominations page.

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.

ACM Queue Presents: "Containers Will Not Fix Your Broken Culture (and Other Hard Truths)"

In this ACM Queue article, Bridget Kromhout of Microsoft explains why complex socio-technical systems are hard. "We focus so often on technical anti-patterns, neglecting similar problems inside our social structures. Spoiler alert: the solutions to many difficulties that seem technical can be found by examining our interactions with others."

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