ACM MemberNet - March 29, 2018
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March 29, 2018
- Pioneers of Modern Computer Architecture Hennessy and Patterson Receive 2017 ACM A.M. Turing Award
- ACM 2018 General Election Candidate Slate
- ACM 2018 SIG Elections Candidate Slate
- ACM FCA Launches Podcast Series: Computing Across Disciplines
- ACM and CSTA Announce 2017-2018 Cutler-Bell Prize Student Winners
- USACM Member Juan E. Gilbert Named Co-recipient of CRA's 2018 A. Nico Habermann Award
- ACM Award Nomination Submission Procedures
CONFERENCES AND EVENTS
- ACM A.M. Turing Award Co-recipient Silvio Micali Talk on Algrorand, April 5, Boston
- CPS Week, April 10 to 13, Porto, Portugal
- CHI 2018, April 21 to 26, Montreal, Canada
- AI for Good 2018 Global Summit, May 15 to 17, Geneva, Switzerland
- WebSci'18, May 27 to 30, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
- Future of Computing & Food, May 31, Grosseto, Italy
- USACM Issues Statement on Preserving Personal Privacy
- EUACM and Informatics Europe Issue Recommendations on Automated Decision Making
- ACM Academic Department Membership
- Become an Ambassador for ACM—You Could Be a Grand Prize Winner!
- Featured Member Benefit: Credible Student Loan Refinancing
- ACM and SocialCoder Team Up for Positive Impact through Computing
- Watch March 28 Talk with Toufi Saliba: "Is the Blockchain a Branch of AI?"
- ACM Learning Webinar Series on Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning
- ACM Members Save 25% on Popular O'Reilly Conferences
ACM CAREER & JOB CENTER
- Apply Now for Computational and Data Science Fellowships and George Michael Memorial Fellowships
- 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: Seiji Isotani
- ACM, IEEE Computer Society Share Distinguished Speakers Programs
- Tech Intersections Celebration Welcomes Attendees from Diverse Backgrounds
- Join ACM-W's Membership Email List
- ACM Transactions on Social Computing Launches
- ACM Transactions on Graphics, ACM Journal on Computing and Cultural Heritage and ACM Transactions on Mathematical Software Seeking New Editors-in-Chief
- ACM Transactions on Human-Robot Interaction and ACM Digital Threats: Research and Practice Accepting Submissions
- ACM Queue Presents: "Canary Analysis Service"
- Subscribe to Communications of the ACM
Pioneers of Modern Computer Architecture Hennessy and Patterson Receive 2017 ACM A.M. Turing Award
ACM has named John L. Hennessy, former President of Stanford University, and David A. Patterson, retired Professor of the University of California, Berkeley, recipients of the 2017 ACM A.M. Turing Award for pioneering a systematic, quantitative approach to the design and evaluation of computer architectures with enduring impact on the microprocessor industry.
The ACM A.M. Turing Award, often referred to as the “Nobel Prize of Computing,” carries a $1 million prize, with financial support provided by Google, Inc. It is named for Alan M. Turing, the British mathematician who articulated the mathematical foundation and limits of computing. Hennessy and Patterson will formally receive the 2017 ACM A.M. Turing Award at the ACM’s annual awards banquet on June 23 in San Francisco, California. They will deliver their Turing Lecture at the ISCA 2018 conference on June 4 in Los Angeles.
Read the ACM news release.
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 SIGGRAPH Election Candidate Slate
The ACM SIGGRAPH Nominating Committee has proposed the following candidates for the 2018 ACM SIGGRAPH election which will commence on 15 June 2018:
Brad Lawrence, Kennedy Space Center
David Spoelstra, Algaeon, Inc.
BMashhuda Glencross, Switch That Technologies Ltd.
Evan Hirsch, Engine Co. 4
Terrence Masson, School of Visual Arts
Jerome Solomon, Cogswell College
Paul Strauss, Software Engineer
In accordance with the ACM SIGGRAPH Bylaws, additional candidates may be placed on the ballot by petition. All candidates must be ACM Professional Members as well as members of ACM SIGGRAPH. Anyone interested in petitioning must inform ACM Headquarters, Pat Ryan (email@example.com; ACM, 2 Penn Plaza, Suite 701, NY, NY 10121) and the ACM SIGGRAPH President, Jessica Hodgins (firstname.lastname@example.org) of their intent to petition by 31 March 2018. Petitions must be submitted to ACM Headquarters for verification by 16 April 2018.
The Nominating Committee:
Scott Owen, Chair, Georgia State University
AJ Christensen, University of Illinois
Miho Aoki, University of Alaska
Mark Elendt, Side Effects Software
Ladislav Kavan, University of Utah
KangKang Yin, Simon Fraser University
ACM FCA Launches Podcast Series: Computing Across Disciplines
ACM’s Future of Computing Academy is launching a new podcast series, Computing Across Disciplines. In a series of interviews, researchers and thinkers who are pushing the boundaries of what it means to do computing research share their experiences, the lessons they’ve learned, and their own vision for the future of computing. FCA member and interdisciplinary working group co-chair Andrew Miller hosts a different guest each month.
ACM and CSTA Announce 2017-2018 Cutler-Bell Prize Student Winners
ACM and the Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA) have announced the winners of the 2017-2018 Cutler-Bell Prize in High School Computing. Five high school students were selected from among a pool of graduating high school seniors throughout the US who applied for the award by submitting a project or artifact that engages modern technology and computer science. A panel of judges selected the recipients based on the ingenuity, complexity, relevancy and originality of their projects.
The winners are Sreya Guha, Castilleja School, Palo Alto, California; Amir Helmy, Eastside High School, Gainesville, Florida; Amy Jin, The Harker School, San Jose, California; and Benjamin Spector and Michael Truell, Horace Mann School, Bronx, New York. The winning projects illustrate the diverse applications being developed by the next generation of computer scientists.
Read the ACM news release.
USACM Member Juan E. Gilbert Named Co-recipient of CRA's 2018 A. Nico Habermann Award
Juan E. Gilbert, Chair of the Computer and Information Science and Engineering Department at the University of Florida and a member of ACM's US Public Policy Council (USACM) has been named a co-recipient of the Ccomputing Research Association's 2018 A. Nico Habermann Award, along with Manuel A. Pérez Quiñones, Associate Dean of the College of Computing and Informatics at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Gilbert was honored for his impact on diversifying the field of computer science, especially on increasing the number of African-American PhD recipients and faculty members in the institutions in which he has worked.
Read the CRA 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. 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 June 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:
- SIGKDD: Impact Awards
- SIGSAM: Richard D. Jenks Memorial Prize
CONFERENCES AND EVENTS
ACM A.M. Turing Award Co-recipient Silvio Micali Talk on Algrorand, April 5, Boston
Attend a cutting-edge talk by 2012 ACM A.M. Turing Award co-recipient Silvio Micali on Algorand: A Truly Distributed Ledger. Micali will illustrate how distributed ledgers stand to revolutionize the way a democratic society operates, with special focus on Algorand, an alternative, democratic, and efficient distributed ledger. This is a joint meeting of the ACM Greater Boston Chapter and the Boston Chapter of the IEEE Computer Society. Live streaming of the event will be available.
CPS Week, April 10 to 13, Porto, Portugal
Cyber-Physical Systems Week brings together four top conferences: Hybrid Systems, Cyber-Physical Systems (with IEEE), Information Processing in Sensor Networks, and Real-Time and Embedded Technology and Applications (with IEEE). In addition, there will be 12 workshops covering cyber-physical systems research and competitions and forums from both industry and academia.
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.
AI for Good 2018 Global Summit, May 15 to 17, Geneva, Switzerland
The AI for Good Global Summit will identify practical applications of AI and supporting strategies to improve the quality and sustainability of life on our planet. The summit, the leading United Nations platform for dialogue on AI, will continue to formulate strategies to ensure trusted, safe and inclusive development of AI technologies and equitable access to their benefits. Among the speakers are ACM President Vicki Hanson and 2012 ACM A.M. Turing Award co-recipient Silvio Micali.
WebSci'18, May 27 to 30, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
The 10th ACM Conference on Web Science brings together researchers from multiple disciplines to develop our knowledge and understanding of the Web. 2016 Turing Award recipient Sir Tim Berners-Lee will deliver the Turing Lecture. Keynote speakers are José van Dijck, Distinguished Professor of Media Studies, Utrecht University, and John Domingue, Director, Knowledge Media Institute, The Open University.
Future of Computing & Food, May 31, Grosseto, Italy
Future of Computing & Food is a one-day satellite event co-located with the International Conference on Advanced Visual Interfaces (AVI) 2018. Organized by the ACM Future of Computing Academy Co-creation Group, this event seeks to envisage the future of food with the emergence of computing technology that is changing the way we cook, eat, drink and experience food. Keynote speakers are Chef Jozef Youssef, Kitchen Theory Founder and Chef Patron; and Kirill Veselkov, Waters Lecturer in Data Analytics and Computational Medicine, Department of Surgery and Cancer, Imperial College London, and Member of the WEF Global Agenda Council on the Future of Computing.
USACM Issues Statement on Preserving Personal Privacy
Based on the belief that the benefits of emerging technologies should not come at the expense of personal privacy, the ACM US Public Policy Council (USACM) issued a statement outlining principles and practices for building data privacy into modern technological systems. These include limiting and minimizing collection of personal data; the ability of individuals to control how their personal data are distributed and used; and ensuring quality and security of personal data. Read the ACM news release.
EUACM and Informatics Europe Issue Recommendations on Automated Decision Making
The white paper When Computers Decide: European Recommendations on Machine-Learned Automated Decision Making presents the views of the ACM Europe Policy Committee (EUACM) and Informatics Europe (IE) on the challenges posed by the increasing presence of machine learning and automated decision making systems in almost every aspect of modern human life. Read the ACM news release.
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.
Featured Member Benefit: Credible Student Loan Refinancing
Did you know that the average ACM member could save $18,668 by refinancing their student loans? ACM has partnered with Credible to help you find out if you are overpaying and could save thousands by refinancing. As a multi-lender marketplace that allows borrowers to receive competitive loan offers from its vetted lenders, Credible empowers consumers to take control of their student loans. Borrowers can fill out one form, then receive and compare personalized offers from numerous lenders and choose the best offer. Reduce your rate, lower your payments, repay faster. To learn more visit Credible.com.
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 28 Talk with Toufi Saliba: "Is the Blockchain a Branch of AI?"
Register now for the free ACM Learning Webinar, Is the Blockchain a Branch of AI?, presented on March 28 by Toufi Saliba, CEO at PrivacyShell and TodaCorp, and Chair of the ACM Practitioners Board Conference Committee.
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 Save 25% on Popular O'Reilly Conferences
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
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. By creating an account on the ACM Career and Job Center, you'll gain access to a wide range of tools to help you find the perfect job:
- Finding a Job - Use the job search tools to find a job that matches your search criteria.
- Create and Manage Email Alerts - Stay on top of the latest job openings. Receive an email when new jobs match your search criteria.
- Create/Post Resumes - Get noticed by employers. Create or upload a resume with our easy-to-use tools so employer can get in touch with you.
- View Saved Jobs - Save jobs that interest you, add notes, share with friends, and track your applies to keep on top of your job search.
For any assistance with the ACM Career and Job Center, please contact ACM's Advertising Sales Manager, Ilia Rodriguez.
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.
Apply Now for Computational and Data Science Fellowships and George Michael Memorial Fellowships
ACM SIGHPC/Intel Computational and Data Science Fellowships: deadline April 30
If you are a graduate student in data science and computational science, you are encouraged to apply for the ACM SIGHPC/Intel Computational and Data Science Fellowships, an international program of graduate fellowships created by SIGHPC, ACM's Special Interest Group on High Performance Computing, and Intel. The ACM Fellowships aim to increase diversity in these fields. To qualify, you must be either currently enrolled in a graduate program or accepted to begin in one no later than October 15 of this year; pursuing a graduate degree (Master's, PhD, or equivalent) in computational or data science; be less than halfway through her/his planned program of study; and a be woman and/or a member of a racial/ethnic group that is currently underrepresented in the computing field in the country where you will earn the degree. See nomination information here.
ACM-IEEE CS George Michael Memorial HPC Fellowships: deadline May 1
The ACM-IEEE CS George Michael Memorial HPC Fellowships honor exceptional PhD students throughout the world whose research focus is on high performance computing applications, networking, storage, or large-scale data analysis using the most powerful computers that are currently available. The awards are presented each November at the annual SC Conference, where the recipients are recognized at the SC Awards Ceremony. Each fellowship is accompanied by an honorarium of $5,000 plus travel expenses to attend the conference. Candidates must be enrolled in a full-time PhD program at an accredited college or university and must meet the minimum scholastic requirements at their institution. They are expected to have completed at least one year of study, and have at least one year remaining between the application deadline and their expected graduation. See nomination information here.
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:
- PLDI 2018, June 18-22, deadline April 6
- SIGGRAPH 2018, August 12-16, deadline May 10
- ASSETS 2018, October 22-24, deadline June 18
- PACT 2018, October 27-31, deadline June 22
- SPLASH 2018, November 4-9, deadline July 27
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.
See ACM Distinguished Speakers in action on our flickr page.
Featured ACM Distinguished Speaker: Seiji Isotani
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 February 7 to March 12, 2018:
ACM Student Chapters:
- Adelphi University ACM Student Chapter, Garden City, New York
- BIT Meerut ACM Student Chapter, Bharat Institute of Technology, Meerut, India
- Fairfield University ACM Student Chapter, Fairfield, Connecticut
- G.L. Bajaj ACM Student Chapter, Greater Noida, India
- Harvey Mudd College ACM-W Student Chapter, Claremont, California
- IU North Campus ACM Student Chapter, Iqra University, Karachi, Pakistan
- Johnson & Wales University ACM Student Chapter, Providence, Rhode Island
- Kettering University ACM-W Student Chapter, Flint, Michigan
- MGCUB ACM Student Chapter, Mahatma Gandhi Central University, Motihari, India
- Nazarbayev University ACM-W Student Chapter, Astana, Kazakhstan
- Northeast State CC ACM Student Chapter, Blountville, Tennessee
- OIST ACM Student Chapter, Oriental Institute of Science and Technology, Bhopal, India
- SCSVMV ACM Student Chapter, Sri Chandrasekarendra Saraswathi Viswa Maha Vidyalaya, Kanchipuram, India
- SRMIST ACM SIGCHI Student Chapter, Sri Ramaswamy Memorial Institute of Science and Technology, Chennai, India
- Trevecca Nazarene University ACM Student Chapter, Nashville, Tennessee
- UDC ACM Student Chapter, University of the District of Columbia, Washington, DC
- University of Guanajuato ACM Student Chapter, Salamanca, Mexico
- University of West Georgia ACM-W Student Chapter, Carrollton
- Vellore Institute of Technology ACM-W Student Chapter, Vellore, India
- Willamette University ACM-W Student Chapter, Salem, Oregon
- Winona State University ACM-W Student Chapter, Winona, Minnesota
ACM Professional Chapters:
- Cairo ACM SIGCHI Chapter, New Cairo City, Egypt
- CGItrainer/Synthesis ACM Chapter, Roisin, Belgium
- UK and Ireland ACM SIGCSE Chapter, Durham, UK
Tech Intersections Celebration Welcomes Attendees from Diverse Backgrounds
Mills College in Oakland, California hosted Tech Intersections: Women of Color in Computing, an ACM Celebration on January 27. The first conference of its kind, it was geared exclusively toward women and nonbinary people of color from ethnicities underrepresented in technology fields.
The first session opened with a musical performance by Honey Gold Jasmine and included a well-received keynote address, "Lies of Silicon Valley," by Erica Baker, Senior Engineering Manager at Patreon and renowned advocate for diversity and inclusion in tech. Participants then attended breakout sessions of presentations, panels, and workshops on Breaking into Tech, Business Skills, Community, Data Analysis, Developer Skills, Impact of Technology, Self-Care, and User Experience. Some of the most popular sessions were Negotiation; Decolonizing Self-Care: Tools for Empowerment and Healing for WOC in Tech; Management and Leadership: Tactics and Strategies for Climbing the Ladder; and Recognizing Cultural Bias in AI.
The hashtag #TechIntersections trended for the city of Oakland, with attendees sharing speakers' words and photos and expressing their excitement at being around so many amazing women of color. As Founder Gym tweeted: "Wow! This is history: 5 Black and Latinx women venture capitalists on one panel sharing 'The Unspoken Rules of VC.'"
The conference closed with a keynote by Leah McGowen-Hare, a Director at Salesforce, who described the source of her power as the four Cs: Connection, Collaboration, Conviction, and Celebration. Her advice: "They may be of your color but they may not be of your kind. They may be of your kind but they may not be your color. Build up allies of all kinds."
In addition to the main conference, we held an allies workshop, which sold out at 40 tickets. It featured a two-hour interactive ally skills training led by Y-Vonne Hutchinson, founder of Ready Set (a diversity solutions firm based in Oakland) and co-founder and advisor to Project Include. It was followed by a presentation on fighting hate speech in the workspace, given by Valerie Aurora, a kernel developer turned diversity consultant.
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: 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 Transactions on Social Computing Launches
The new ACM journal ACM Transactions on Social Computing (TSC) has published its first issue covering the burgeoning field of social computing. TSC welcomes research employing a wide range of methods to advance the tools, techniques, understanding, and practice of social computing, including theoretical, algorithmic, empirical, experimental, qualitative, quantitative, ethnographic, design, and engineering research.
ACM Transactions on Graphics, ACM Journal on Computing and Cultural Heritage and ACM Transactions on Mathematical Software Seeking New Editors-in-Chief
ACM Transactions on Graphics (TOG): Nominations due April 9. For more information please visit the TOG nominations page.
ACM Journal on Computing and Cultural Heritage (JOCCH): Nominations due April 15. For more information please visit the JOCCH nominations page.
ACM Transactions on Mathematical Software (TOMS): Nominations due May 18. For more information please visit the TOMS nominations page.
ACM Transactions on Human-Robot Interaction and ACM Digital Threats: Research and Practice Accepting Submissions
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.
The new journal ACM Digital Threats: Research and Practice (DTRAP) targets the prevention, identification, mitigation, and elimination of digital threats, aiming to bridge the gap between academic research and industry practice. It is accepting submissions on extant digital threats, rather than laboratory models of potential threats.
ACM Queue Presents: "Canary Analysis Service"
In this ACM Queue article by Štěpán Davidovič and Betsy Beyer, "canarying" refers to a partial and time-limited deployment of a change in a service, followed by an evaluation of whether the service change is safe. Automated canarying quickens development, improves production safety, and helps prevent outages. Google has deployed a shared centralized service called "Canary Analysis Service" that offers automatic (and often autoconfigured) analysis of key metrics during a production change. CAS is used to analyze new versions of binaries, configuration changes, dataset changes, and other production changes, and it evaluates hundreds of thousands of production changes every day at Google.
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What is ICPC?
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