ACM MemberNet - May 31, 2018
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May 31, 2018
- ACM Elects Cherri Pancake as President
- ACM Honors Innovators Who Have Shaped the Digital Revolution
- ACM Recognizes Outstanding Service to the Field of Computing
- ACM Announces Doctoral Dissertation Award Recipient
- ACM President Honors Gotterbarn, McGettrick and Gagliardi with 2018 Presidential Award
- ACM 2018 SIG Elections Candidate Slate
- ACM 2018 SIGGRAPH Election Candidate Slate
- Participate in a Global Survey of Scientists
CONFERENCES AND EVENTS
- Livestream of Turing Lecture at ISCA 2018, June 2 to 6, Los Angeles, California
- MobiSys 2018, June 10 to 15, Munich, Germany
- SIGMOD/PODS 2018, June 10 to 15, Houston, Texas
- PLDI 2018, June 18 to 22, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
- DAC 2018, June 24 to 28, San Francisco, California
- STOC 2018, June 25 to 29, Los Angeles, California
- Learning@Scale 2018, June 26 to 28, London, UK
- SIGGRAPH Asia 2018, December 4 to 7, Tokyo, Japan (CFP)
- ACM Academic Department Membership
- Become an Ambassador for ACM—You Could Be a Grand Prize Winner!
- Featured Member Benefit: Discounts and Special Offers
- ACM and SocialCoder Team Up for Positive Impact through Computing
- Watch June 7 Talk, "Intro to Angular" with Stephen Fluin
- Watch June 14 Talk, "Journey to a Real-Time Enterprise" with Neha Narkhede
- ACM Learning Webinar Series on Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning
- ACM Members Save 25% on Popular O'Reilly Conferences
ACM CAREER & JOB CENTER
- ACM Student Research Competition Grand Finals Winners
- ACM Presents Special Awards to 2018 Intel Science Fair Finalists
- 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: Elizabeth Churchill
- ACM, IEEE Computer Society Share Distinguished Speakers Programs
- ACM Congratulates Student Chapter Excellence Award Winners
- Notice to Chapters: Submit Your Annual Reports
- Welcome New ACM Chapters
- ACM Transactions on Human-Robot Interaction Publishes First Issue
- ACM Journal on Computing and Cultural Heritage and ACM Transactions on ACM Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction Seeking New Editors-in-Chief
- New Journals ACM Digital Threats: Research and Practice and ACM Transactions on Data Science Accepting Submissions
- ACM Queue Presents: "C Is Not a Low-level Language"
- Subscribe to Communications of the ACM
ACM Elects Cherri Pancake as President
ACM has elected Cherri M. Pancake as President for a two-year term beginning July 1. Pancake is Professor Emeritus and Intel Faculty Fellow of the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Oregon State University and Director of the Northwest Alliance for Computational Science and Engineering (NACSE). Her vision as President is to proactively engage researchers, educators and practitioners in emerging areas of computing through providing conference and publication opportunities that will help drive advances in their fields.
Also elected to two-year terms were Vice President Elizabeth Churchill, Director of User Experience at Google in Mountain View, California; and Secretary/Treasurer Yannis Ioannidis, President and General Director of the "Athena" Research and Innovation Center in Athens, Greece and Professor of Informatics and Telecom at the University of Athens.
President, Vice President and Secretary/Treasurer serve two-year terms from July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2020.
In addition, Members-at-Large elected to four-year terms are Claudia Bauzer Medeiros, Professor of Computer Science at the University of Campinas, Brazil; and Theo Schlossnagle, Founder and CEO of Circonus, Fulton, Maryland. They will serve four-year terms from July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2022.
The new officers elected by ACM professional members represent the nearly 100,000 computing professionals and students who comprise ACM's international membership.
ACM Honors Innovators Who Have Shaped the Digital Revolution
ACM has announced the recipients of four prestigious technical awards. These leaders were selected by their peers for making significant contributions that have had far-reaching impact on the ascendance of computing as an integral part of how we live and work today, opening promising new avenues for research exploration and commercial application. They will be formally honored at the ACM Awards Banquet on June 23 in San Francisco.
The ACM Software System Award goes to members of the Project Jupyter Steering Council; the ACM Grace Murray Hopper Award to Amanda Randles; the ACM Paris Kanellakis Theory and Practice Award to Scott Shenker; and the ACM - AAAI Allen Newell Award to Margaret A. Boden.
Read more about the ACM Technical Awards.
ACM Recognizes Outstanding Service to the Field of Computing
ACM has recognized four individuals with awards for their exemplary service to the computing field. Working in diverse areas, the 2017 award recipients were selected by their peers for longstanding efforts that have significantly shaped the role of computing in society. They will be formally honored at the ACM Awards Banquet on June 23 in San Francisco.
The award recipients are: Judith Gal-Ezer, Karl V. Karlstrom Outstanding Educator Award; Jan Cuny, ACM Distinguished Service Award; William Wulf, ACM Policy Award; and Steve Bourne, Outstanding Contribution to ACM Award.
Read more about the ACM Service Awards.
ACM Announces Doctoral Dissertation Award Recipient
Aviad Rubinstein of the University of California, Berkeley is the recipient of the ACM 2017 Doctoral Dissertation Award for his dissertation Hardness of Approximation Between P and NP. Honorable Mentions went to Mohsen Ghaffari of MIT for Improved Distributed Algorithms for Fundamental Graph Problems and to Stefanie Mueller of the Hasso Plattner Institute for Interacting with Personal Fabrication Devices.
Read more about the ACM Doctoral Dissertation Award.
ACM President Honors Gotterbarn, McGettrick and Gagliardi with 2018 Presidential Award
ACM President Vicki L. Hanson has recognized three individuals for their time and talents in service to ACM with the ACM Presidential Award: Donald Gotterbarn for his role as chief architect of ACM’s Code of Professional Ethics; Andrew McGettrick for his commitment to computer science education; and Fabrizio Gagliardi for ensuring the organization’s activities, services, and influence extend throughout Europe.
Read more about the ACM Presidential Awards.
ACM 2018 SIG Elections Candidate Slate
The 2018 ACM SIG Elections are being conducted by Election Services Corporation (ESC), a third party that is conducting the election.
On 2 April 2018, members of the following SIGs were sent voting information from ESC: SIGACCESS, SIGACT, SIGDA, and SIGITE.
On 30 April 2018, members of the following SIGs were sent voting information from ESC: SIGCHI, SIGPLAN, SIGSIM, and SIGSOFT.
If you are a member in good standing as of 16 March 2018 and have not received a voting notification email from ESC, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. If ACM does not have an email address on file, members will receive the voting information via post mail. Ballots are due by 8 June at 16:00 UTC. You can view the candidate slate here.
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.
Mashhuda Glencross, Switch That Technologies Ltd.
Evan Hirsch, Engine Co. 4
Terrence Masson, School of Visual Arts
Paul Strauss, Software Engineer
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
Participate in a Global Survey of Scientists
The 2018 Global Survey of Mathematical, Computing, and Natural Scientists needs people in mathematical, computing and natural sciences, including students, to share their career and educational experiences. The data being collected will include focused information about women in these fields. The survey is being conducted by The Gender Gap in Science project, funded by the International Council for Science, a collaboration of several organizations including ACM.
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 remaining award nominations deadlines for 2018 are: 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 and Distinguished Member Nominations
The Senior Member advanced grade of membership recognizes ACM members with at least 10 years of professional experience and 5 years of continuous ACM Professional membership. Nominations are accepted on a quarterly basis. The deadline for nominations is June 3.
The Distinguished Member designation recognizes ACM members with at least 15 years of professional experience and 5 years of continuous ACM Professional membership who have demonstrated significant accomplishments or made a significant impact on the computing field. The deadline for nominations is August 1.
ACM SIG Awards Recognize Achievements in Diverse Fields
ACM's Special Interest Groups (SIGs) regularly cite outstanding individuals for their contributions in more than 35 distinct technological fields. Some awards presented (or to be presented) at recent conferences:
- SIGACT/SIGOPS: Edsger W. Dijkstra Prize in Distributed Computing
- SIGAPP: Distinguished Service Award
- SIGDOC: Rigo Award
- SIGSIM: Distinguished Contributions Award and Best PhD Student Paper Award
CONFERENCES AND EVENTS
Livestream of Turing Lecture at ISCA 2018, June 2 to 6, Los Angeles, California
2017 ACM A.M. Turing Award recipients John Hennessy and David Patterson will deliver the Turing Lecture on June 4 at ISCA 2018 in Los Angeles. The lecture will take place from 5 to 6 p.m. PST and will be open to the public. It will also be livestreamed.
The 45th International Symposium on Computer Architecture is the premier forum for new ideas and research results in computer architecture. Mirocoft Distinguished Engineer Doug Burger, Facebook Senior Engineering Manager Kim Hazelwood, and Stanford Electrical Engineering and Computer Science professor Kunle Olukotun will keynote.
MobiSys 2018, June 10 to 15, Munich, Germany
The 16th ACM International Conference on Mobile Systems, Applications, and Services presents innovative and significant research on the design, implementation, usage, and evaluation of mobile computing and wireless systems, applications, and services. An IoT Day will examine the future evolution of the Internet of Things, and a panel will discuss how a systems engineering approach is accelerating wireless research.
SIGMOD/PODS 2018, June 10 to 15, Houston, Texas
SIGMOD/PODS is a leading international forum unites database researchers, practitioners, developers, and users to explore cutting-edge ideas and results, and to exchange techniques, tools, and experiences. The SIGMOD keynote speakers are Eric Brewer (Google, UC Berkeley), who received the 2009 ACM Prize in Computing, and Pedro Domingos (University of Washington), an ACM SIGKDD Innovation Award recipient. The PODS keynote speaker is Michael Benedikt (Oxford University).
PLDI 2018, June 18 to 22, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
PLDI is the premier forum in programming languages and programming systems research, covering design, implementation, theory, applications, and performance. Co-located workshops will cover Libraries, Languages and Compilers; Deep Specifications; Formal Methods and Security; and Machine Learning. Invited speakers are Ranjit Jhala (UC San Diego); Erik Meijer (Facebook); and Margaret Martonosi (Princeton University).
DAC 2018, June 24 to 28, San Francisco, California
The Design Automation Conference offers tracks in Design, EDA, Embedded Systems and Software, Internet of Things, IP, Machine Learning/AI, and Security. Keynoters include 2017 ACM A.M. Turing Award recipient David Patterson (Google, Inc, and University of California, Berkeley); Sarah Cooper (Amazon Web Services); Dario Gil (IBM Research); Andreas Olofsson (DARPA); and Maja Matarić (UCLA).
STOC 2018, June 25 to 29, Los Angeles, California
The 50th ACM Symposium on the Theory of Computing will be part of a five-day Theory Fest with an expanded program of STOC papers, poster sessions, and a broad cross-section of invited talks, workshops and tutorials. A special celebration will mark the founding of SIGACT and STOC. Keynote speakers are Emmanuel Candès (Stanford University), Cynthia Dwork (Harvard University) and Bruno Olshausen (UC Berkeley).
Learning@Scale 2018, June 26 to 28, London, UK
Learning at Scale: Innovations in Scaling and Enhancing Learning will be part of a weeklong London Festival of Learning including the International Conference of the Learning Sciences and the Artificial Intelligence in Education Conference. Nichole Pinkard Associate Professor at Northwestern University’s School of Education and Social Policy and founder of Digital Youth Network, will keynote.
SIGGRAPH Asia 2018, December 4 to 7, Tokyo, Japan (CFP)
The 11th ACM SIGGRAPH Asia Conference and Exhibition on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques will showcase some of the world’s top professionals, academics and creative minds who are at the forefront of digital imaging, research, science, art, animation, gaming, interactivity, education and emerging technologies. Learn more about submitting your creative ideas and innovations to this cutting-edge international forum.
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: Discounts and Special Offers
ACM's Discounts and Special Offers Program is our way of saying "Thanks!" to our members by providing you with discounts on the goods and services you need, want and use. Save on insurance, software/hardware, careers and conferences, magazines, books and journals, travel, financial products, and general consumer products.
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 June 7 Talk, "Intro to Angular" with Stephen Fluin
Register now for the next free ACM Learning Webinar, Intro to Angular, to be presented on Thursday, June 7 at 12 PM ET by Stephen Fluin, Developer Advocate on the Angular Team at Google. Dominic Holt, Founder and CEO of Solute, Inc., and member of the ACM Professional Development Committee, will moderate the Q&A following the talk. Visit the Discourse page to post questions and check out further resources.
ACM Learning Webinars are free with registration, available for streaming on all major mobile devices, and are recorded for on-demand viewing.
Watch June 14 Talk, "Journey to a Real-Time Enterprise" with Neha Narkhede
Register now for the free ACM Learning Webinar, Journey to a Real-Time Enterprise, to be presented on Thursday, June 14 at 12 PM ET by Neha Narkhede, Co-founder and CTO, Confluent. You will learn how KSQL, Connect, and the Streams API with Apache Kafka capture the entire scope of what it means to put real-time into practice. Visit the Discourse page to post questions and check out further resources on Apache Kafka and Big Data management.
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 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.
ACM Student Research Competition Grand Finals Winners
The ACM Student Research Competition (SRC), sponsored by Microsoft, has announced its Grand Finals winners. There are two rounds of competition at each conference hosting an SRC, which culminates in a Grand Finals competition. All undergraduate and graduate student winners from the SRCs held during the year advance to the SRC Grand Finals, where they are evaluated by a different panel of judges via the Web. This year's SRC Grand Finals winners are:
- First Place: Meng Li, University of Texas at Austin: "A Synergistic Framework for Hardware IP Privacy and Integrity Protection" (ICCAD 2017)
- Second Place: Jon Gjengset, MIT: "Xylem: Dynamic, Partially-Stateful Data-flow for High-Performance Web Applications" (SOSP 2017)
- Third Place: Daniel George, University of Illinois: "Deep Learning for Time-series Signal Processing for Real-time Gravitational Wave Detection and Parameter Estimation: Results with Real LIGO Data" (SC17)
- First Place: Tiancheng Sun, University of California, San Diego: "Attribute-Preserving Gamut Mapping of Measured BRDF" (SIGGRAPH 2017)
- Second Place: Patrick Thier, Institut fur Computersprachen Technische Universitat Wien: "Fast and Flexible Instruction Selection with Constraints" (CGO 2018)
- Third Place: Ayush Kohli, Southern Illinois University: "DecisionDroid: A Supervised Learning-Based System to Identify Cloned Android Applications" (FSE 2017)
The winners are invited, along with their advisors, to attend the annual ACM Awards Banquet in San Francisco, California on June 23, where they will receive formal recognition.
ACM Presents Special Awards to 2018 Intel Science Fair Finalists
ACM presented Special Awards to finalists in the 2018 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF), the world's largest high school science research competition, held May 17-18 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Nearly 1,800 high school students from more than 75 countries, regions, and territories competed to reach the finals.
All winners receive complimentary ACM student memberships for the duration of their undergraduate education. Here are ACM's ISEF Special Award winners and their breakthrough research topics:
First Award of $4,000:
"Vehicle Action Prediction with Artificial Intelligence: An Innovative Way to Transform Advanced Driver Assistance Systems from Reactive to Proactive"
Kevin Meng, Jasper High School, Plano, Texas
Second Award of $3,000:
"Conclusive, Unbiased Medical Diagnosis System Using a p2p Consensus Mechanism"
Parth Raghav, K.R. Mangalam World School, New Delhi, India
Third Award of $1,500:
"accAAD: An Efficient Append-Only Authenticated Dictionary for Transparent Public Logs"
Vivek Bhupatiraju, Lexington High School, Lexington, Massachusetts
Fourth Award of $500:
"Dense Face Detection and Improving Temporal Convolutional Networks for Automatic Image Captioning"
Nikita Zozoulenko, Katedralskolan in Linkoping, Linkoping, Sweden
"Seeing Clearly and Farther: Augmented Perception for Safe Driving in Adverse Weather and Reduced Visibility Conditions"
Ruihua Chou, The High School Affiliated to Renmin University of China, Beijing, China
"A New Method for the Exploitation of Speech Recognition Systems"
Suha Hussain, Queens High School for the Sciences at York College, Ozone Park, New York
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 SAC 2018. The next conferences accepting submissions are:
- SIGSPATIAL 2018, November 6-9, deadline June 5
- ESEC/FSE, November 4-9, deadline June 15
- ASSETS 2018, October 22-24, deadline June 18
- PACT 2018, October 27-31, deadline June 22
- ICFP 2018, September 23-29, deadline July 16
- MobiCom 2018, October 29-November 2, deadline July 20
- SPLASH 2018, November 4-9, deadline July 27
- SC18, November 11-16, deadline July 31
- MODELS 2018, October 14-19, deadline August 5
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: Elizabeth Churchill
This month's featured speaker is Elizabeth Churchill. Currently a Director of User Experience at Google, Elizabeth is an applied social scientist working in the area of human computer interaction, computer mediated communication, mobile/ubiquitous computing and social media. Her current research focuses on the emerging Internet of Things, which she re-characterizes as the continuously evolving internet of sociotechnical protocols and relationships. She was recently elected ACM Vice President for the term July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2020.
For more information on Elizabeth, please visit her DSP speaker information page.
Elizabeth Churchill's Digital Library author page.
ACM, IEEE Computer Society Share Distinguished Speakers Programs
IEEE-CS and ACM are sharing their invited speaker programs, to further the dissemination of technical knowledge of computing fields that greatly benefit both memberships. IEEE-CS chapter volunteers can host a speaker from ACM's Distinguished Speakers Program (DSP), with access to top technology leaders and innovators from nearly every sector of the computing industry, by following the instructions on the DSP site. Make sure you identify yourself as an IEEE Computer Society Chapter.
IEEE-CS provides a popular offering of first-quality speakers serving its professional and student chapters. The Distinguished Visitors Program (DVP) owes its success to the many volunteers and staff members of the Computer Society who generously contribute their time and talent. Organizers of an ACM chapter, conference, or event can host a speaker from IEEE-CS's DVP by following the instructions on the DVP site. Make sure you identify yourself as an ACM chapter or event.
ACM Congratulates Student Chapter Excellence Award Winners
Congratulations to the winners of the 2017-2018 Student Chapter Excellence Awards! This program recognizes ACM student chapters worldwide that display considerable initiative during the academic year. Chapters submit applications in five areas: Outstanding Chapter Activity, Outstanding Website, Outstanding Recruitment Program, Outstanding Community Service, and Outstanding School Service. Winning chapters in each of these five areas receive $500 and a "best of" icon to proudly display on their chapter's web page. The winners for 2017-2018 are:
- Outstanding Chapter Activities: Florida International University ACM Student Chapter
- Outstanding Community Service: College of William & Mary ACM-W Student Chapter
- Outstanding Website: University of Wisconsin-Madison ACM-W Student Chapter
- Outstanding Recruitment Program: BITS Pilani-Rajasthan ACM Student Chapter
- Outstanding School Service: UCLA ACM Student Chapter
Learn more about what's happening at these schools by reading their winning submissions, and how you can enter your school's chapter in next year's competition, on the Student Chapter Excellence Awards website.
Notice to Chapters: Submit Your Annual Reports
ACM's fiscal year is coming to a close, which means it is time to submit your ACM Annual Report. The report is for the fiscal year 2018 (July 1, 2017 - June 30, 2018) and is due by August 31, 2018.
To complete the report online, you must log in with your unique chapter web account at http://www.acm.org/chapters/chapters/interface. Please note, your chapter web account is entirely separate from your personal web account and should be accessible to all officers. If you are unsure of your chapter web account or need to reset the password, please follow this link: https://accounts.acm.org/signin.cfm.
Please also take this time to update your chapter's contact information, including your membership list (under the Chapter Members tab) and officers (under the Chapter Officers tab.) You can utilize our edit features to extend memberships, update email addresses, or cancel past members who are no longer part of your chapter. Keeping your membership list current and up to date is important. It ensures that all members receive the maximum benefits they are entitled to and are kept aware of all the latest ACM happenings and resources.
Welcome New ACM Chapters
Chapters are the "local neighborhoods" of ACM. The regional ACM Professional, Student, ACM-W, and Special Interest Group (SIG) chapters around the globe involve members locally in competitions, seminars, lectures, workshops, and networking opportunities. ACM welcomes new chapters that were chartered April 10 to May 15, 2018:
ACM Student Chapters:
- Boston University ACM Student Chapter, Boston, Massachusetts
- Bowling Green State University ACM-W Student Chapter, Bowling Green, Ohio
- GEU ACM Student Chapter, Graphic Era University, Dehradun, India
- IUPUI ACM Student Chapter, Indiana University—Purdue University Indianapolis
- JEC ACM Student Chapter, Jabalpur Engineering College, Jabalpur, India
- K. N. Toosi University of Technology ACM Student Chapter, Tehran, Iran
- Knox College ACM-W Student Chapter, Galesburg, Illinois
- Manipal IT ACM-W Student Chapter, Udupi, India
- Stanford University ACM SIGGRAPH Student Chapter, Stanford, California
- Universidad Continental ACM Student Chapter, Junin, Peru
- University of Dayton ACM Student Chapter, Dayton, Ohio
- University of Maryland Eastern Shore ACM Student Chapter, Princess Ann
- UTEC ACM Student Chapter, Universidad de Ingeniería y Tecnología, Lima, Peru
ACM Professional Chapters:
- Chengdu ACM SIGGRAPH Chapter, China
- Edmond ACM Chapter, Edmond, Oklahoma
- OCWiC ACM-W Chapter, Ohio Community of Women in Computing, Columbus
- Pune ACM-W Chapter, Pune, India
ACM Philippine Celebration of Women in Computing
The computing society of the Philippines Special Interest Group on Women in Computing (CSP-SIG-WiC) co-organized by ACM-W, the Capitol University and the National University-Philippines, held a Women in Computing-Philippines 2018 Celebration (WiC-Ph) on March 17. It was a post-conference of the Philippine Computing Science Congress 2018 at the Capitol University at Cagayan de Oro City, Philippines. The event was attended by both faculty members and students in information technology from different schools and universities. Reputable speakers Susan P. Festin of UPDiliman, Mercedes "Didith" T. Rodrigo of Ateneo de Manila University, Evamay de la Rosa of the Philippine Department of Information and Communications Technology, Stephanie Caragos of Syntactics Inc., and Rachel Edita Roxas of National University and President of the Computing Society of the Philippines, shared their experiences, knowledge and expertise in computing. The event was a great success.
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 Human-Robot Interaction Publishes First Issue
ACM Transactions on Human-Robot Interaction (THRI) (formerly known as the Journal of Human-Robot Interaction (JHRI)) has published its first issue focusing on "New Frontiers for Human-Robot Interaction." THRI welcomes submissions on robotics, computer science, engineering, design, and the behavioral and social sciences.
ACM Journal on Computing and Cultural Heritage and ACM Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction Seeking New Editors-in-Chief
ACM Journal on Computing and Cultural Heritage (JOCCH): Nominations due June 3. For more information please visit the JOCCH nominations page.
ACM Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction (TOCHI): Nominations due July 1. For more information please visit the TOCHI nominations page.
New Journals ACM Digital Threats: Research and Practice and ACM Transactions on Data Science Accepting Submissions
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 Transactions on Data Science (TDS) includes cross-disciplinary innovative research ideas, algorithms, systems, theory and applications on data science, including data cleaning, transformation, representation, integration, indexing, modeling, analysis, visualization, and interpretation while retaining privacy, fairness, provenance, transparency, and provision of social benefit, within the context of big data.
ACM Queue Presents: "C Is Not a Low-level Language"
In this ACM Queue article, University of Cambridge researcher David Chisnall argues how the C language is not a low-level language despite many programmers believing otherwise. Computer science pioneer Alan Perlis defined low-level languages this way: "A programming language is low level when its programs require attention to the irrelevant." While this definition does apply to C, it does not capture what people desire in a low-level language. Compiler writers let C programmers pretend that they are writing code that is "close to the metal" but must then generate machine code that has very different behavior if they want C programmers to keep believing that they are using a fast language.
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