ACM MemberNet - June 28, 2018

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June 28, 2018
















ACM Names Vicki L. Hanson CEO/Executive Director

ACM has named ACM President Vicki L. Hanson to the position of Executive Director and CEO effective July 1, 2018. As ACM's most senior staff member, Hanson will work with ACM's volunteer community to provide strategic vision and to develop sustainable business models to ensure ACM's continued worldwide membership, publications and revenue growth. Hanson is an ACM Fellow, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, and a Fellow Chartered Information Technology Professional of the British Computer Society. She has received the ACM SIGCHI Social Impact Award, the ACM SIGACCESS Award for Outstanding Contributions to Computing and Accessibility, the Women of Vision ABIE Award for Social Impact, and the Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award. She has also served on the ACM-W Europe Executive Committee. Hanson is currently Distinguished Professor at the Rochester Institute of Technology and Visiting Professor at the University of Dundee and Lancaster University.
Read the ACM news release.

Susan Eggers First Woman to Receive Eckert-Mauchly Award

ACM and the IEEE Computer Society have named Susan Eggers the recipient of the 2018 ACM-IEEE CS Eckert-Mauchly Award. Eggers, professor emerita at the University of Washington’s Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering, was cited for outstanding contributions to simultaneous multithreaded processor architectures and multiprocessor sharing and coherency. Widely recognized as one of the leading computer architects in the field, Eggers was the first woman to receive the Eckert-Mauchly Award in its 39-year history. She was formally presented with the award at the ACM/IEEE International Symposium on Computer Architecture (ISCA) held earlier this month.
Read the ACM news release.

ACM Celebrates Computing's Best and Brightest at Annual Banquet

The ACM Awards Banquet is an annual event recognizing technical excellence and outstanding service to the computing field. This year's banquet honoring the 2017 award recipients and newly inducted ACM Fellows was held in San Francisco on June 23. They were honored for innovations in technology as well as service in advancing the computing profession.

ACM Special Interest Groups Elect New Officers

Each year a number of ACM's Special Interest Groups conduct elections. The 2018 elections for SIG officers for SIGACCESS, SIGACT, SIGCHI, SIGDA, SIGITE, SIGPLAN, SIGSIM, and SIGSOFT are now completed. View the election results and contact information for the newly elected officers and board members.

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 and Fellows 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 September 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.

Fellow is ACM's most prestigious member grade recognizing the top 1% of ACM members for their outstanding accomplishments in computing and information technology and/or outstanding service to ACM and the larger computing community. The deadline for nominations is September 7.


ITiCSE 2018, July 2 to 4, Larnaca, Cyprus

The Conference on Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education will cover all aspects of educating the next generation of computer scientists. Judy Robertson (Professor of Digital Learning at University of Edinburgh) and Maria Virvou (Professor, Department of Informatics, University of Piraeus) will keynote, and a panel will explore 50 Years of Software Engineering: Challenges, Results and Opportunities in Education.

SIGIR 2018, July 8 to 12, Ann Arbor Michigan

The 41st International ACM SIGIR Conference on Research and Development in Information Retrieval will feature keynotes by Rayid Ghani (University of Chicago) and the Gerard Salton Award recipient (TBA), as well as four speakers in the Industry track: Charu Argawal (IBM Research), Xiansheng Hua (Alibaba), Jieping Ye (Didi), and Rajeev Rastogi (Amazon).

GECCO 2018, July 15 to 19, Kyoto, Japan

The Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference's tracks include Ant Colony Optimization and Swarm Intelligence; Digital Entertainment Technologies and Arts; Search-Based Software Engineering; Real-World Applications; and more. Scheduled keynoters are Kazuo Yano (Hitachi); Naoko Yamazaki (University of Tokyo); and Tatsuya Okabe (DENSO).

SIGGRAPH 2018, August 12 to 16, Vancouver, Canada

With the theme "Generation New," the 45th International Conference and Exhibition on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques will be a five-day immersion into the latest innovations in computer graphics, animation, virtual reality, games, digital art, mixed reality and emerging technologies. A Doctoral Consortium is being added this year. Rob Bredow, Senior Vice President, Executive Creative Director, and Head of Industrial Light & Magic, will keynote.

KDD 2018, August 19 to 23, London, UK

The SIGKDD Conference on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining brings together researchers and practitioners from data science, data mining, knowledge discovery, large-scale data analytics, and Big Data. The event includes 27 workshops, 37 tutorials, and keynotes by ACM fellow Jeannette Wing (Columbia University), David Hand (Imperial College), Alvin E. Roth (Stanford University), and Yee Whye Teh (University of Oxford/Deepmind).

SIGCOMM 2018, August 20 to 25, Budapest, Hungary

The flagship annual conference of the ACM Special Interest Group on Data Communication focuses on the applications, technologies, architectures, and protocols in the computer communication field. Workshops will cover IoT, Big Data analytics, mobile edge communications, and more. Jennifer Rexford (Princeton University), 2016 Athena Lecturer and 2004 Hopper Award recipient, will keynote.

DocEng 2018, August 28 to 31, Halifax, Canada

The 18th ACM Symposium on Document Engineering will include workshops on modeling, detection, storage and visualization of documents; the future of scholarly publishing; and more. Scheduled keynote speakers are Gerald Penn (University of Toronto), Gordon V. Cormack (University of Waterloo), and Maura R. Grossman (University of Waterloo, York University Osgoode Hall Law School and Georgetown University Law Center).

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. Deadlines are in July and August, with some TBA.


ACM Academic and Corporate Membership Options

The ACM Academic Department Membership option allows universities and colleges to provide ACM Professional Membership to their faculty at a greatly reduced collective cost. ACM offers a membership for academic department faculty at the cost of $49 per person, more than half off the standard ACM professional membership fee of $99 per year. Through this program, each faculty member will receive all the benefits of individual professional ACM membership, including Communications of the ACM, member rates to ACM Special Interest Group conferences, member subscription rates to ACM journals, and much more. To learn more, visit the ACM Academic Department Membership page or contact Cindy Ryan.

The ACM Preferred Employer Program allows small and startup companies to provide ACM Professional Membership and ACM Digital Library access to technical staff as an employee benefit. To learn more, visit the ACM Preferred Employer Program page or contact Cindy Ryan.

ACM's Corporate Membership Program allows companies of any size to provide ACM Professional Membership to their technical staff at a greatly reduced collective cost. To learn more, visit the ACM Corporate Membership Program 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.

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. You choose. To learn more visit

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ACM and SocialCoder Team Up for Positive Impact through Computing

You can use your technical skills for social good and offer volunteer support on software development projects to organizations who could not otherwise afford it. SocialCoder connects volunteer programmers/software developers with registered charities and helps match them to suitable projects based on their skills, experience, and the causes they care about. Learn more about ACM's partnership with SocialCoder, and how you can get involved.


Watch June 27 Talk by Heather Miller on Building Distributed Systems and Web Applications with Scala

Watch the free ACM Learning Webinar, Scala Is for... Distributed Systems? Web Apps? Front-end Development?, presented on June 27 by Heather Miller, Executive Director and co-founder of the Scala Center at EPFL. Visit the Discourse page to 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.

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 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. 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 on July 15 to 20. 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 ICSE 2018. 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.
See ACM Distinguished Speakers in action on our flickr page.

This month's featured speaker is Steve D. Benford. Steve is Professor of Collaborative Computing at the Mixed Reality Laboratory at the University of Nottingham. A member of the CHI Academy, he researches creative and cultural applications of computing, from interactive art to mainstream entertainment, with a particular focus on new interaction techniques. He has published conference papers in ACM CHI, SIGGRAPH, Multimedia, CSCW, Ubicomp and DIS, as well as papers in leading distributed computing venues.

For more information on Steve, please visit his DSP speaker information page.
Steve Benford'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.


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 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:

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 May 16 to June 12, 2018:

ACM Student Chapters:

  • AITR ACM Student Chapter, Acropolis Institute of Technology & Research
  • NVCC ACM-W Student Chapter, Northern Virginia Community College, Annandale
  • VVCE ACM Student Chapter, Vidyavardhaka College of Engineering, Mysore, India

ACM Professional Chapters:

  • Weston ACM-W Chapter, Weston, Florida
  • Santiago ACM SIGCHI Chapter, Macul, Chile
  • Toledo ACM-W Chapter, Toledo, Ohio


Southern California Celebration Provides Mentoring to Early-Career Women in Computing

The Celebration of Women in Computing in Southern California 2018 (CWIC SoCal 2018) took place at the University of California, Irvine on April 15. This biennial celebration aims to bring together women from southern California who are interested in computer science and information technology to network, learn, and have fun. This year, there were about 200 total attendees, including women at all stages of their education and careers, from high school and college students to industry professionals. Attendees in the early stages of their education had the opportunity to find mentors and to learn about careers and advanced education in computing. Those further along in their education and careers had the opportunity to share their work, to mentor those just getting started, and to meet new friends and colleagues.

The day of panels, workshops and lightning talks kicked off with "A Conversation about Technology and Public Policy" with inspiring keynote speaker Vivian Graubard, Director of Strategy for Public Interest Technology at New America. Then came a panel hosted by Amazon's Bushra Anjum about the impostor syndrome, a series of student talks, and faculty/research lightning talks. The breakout sessions consisted of panels and talks about job and internship search, networking, video games, research, preparing conference talks, and how to launch a career as a software engineer. To conclude the event, an additional series of student talks took place, followed by a panel about "Mixing Worlds: Bringing Interdisciplinary Knowledge into Tech." The day ended with a career fair/expo, where company sponsors hosted booths, posters were presented, and a photo booth took headshots.

We would like to thank our sponsors for making CWIC SoCal a huge success this year! Our gold corporate sponsors were Facebook, Microsoft Research, and Intuit. Silver sponsors consisted of MINDBODY and Oath, and our bronze sponsors were Amazon, Microsoft, and Pariveda Solutions. We would like to mention our academic sponsors: Cal Poly Computer Science (gold), UCI Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences (silver), and Harvey Mudd College (bronze). Special thanks to the group of people who put countless hour into this conference: Katie Yeh (Co-Director, Treasurer/Secretary), Ericca Go (Co-Director), Kat Lo (General Co-Chair), Sara Bahrami (General Co-Chair), Tzu-Yi Chen (Program Chair), Shannon Hoang (Graphic Designer), the CWIC SoCal 2018 Planning Committee, and the CWIC SoCal 2018 volunteers from UC Irvine.

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 Architecture and Code Optimization to Become Gold OA Journal

ACM Transactions on Architecture and Code Optimization (TACO) will be published as a Gold Open Access journal and will be free to read and share via the ACM Digital Library as of July 1. The goal of this four-year experiment is to determine if transitioning the journal to a Gold OA publication model will have an impact on the journal's downloads, citations, and impact factor. TACO focuses on hardware, software, and system research spanning the fields of computer architecture and code optimization. Read the announcement for more information.

ACM Transactions on Graphics and ACM Transactions on Spatial Algorithms and Systems Welcome New Editors-in-Chief

ACM Transactions on Graphics (TOG) welcomes Marc Alexa as its Editor-in-Chief, for the term July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2021. Marc is a professor in the Computer Graphics department at Technische Universität Berlin.

ACM Transactions on Spatial Algorithms and Systems (TSAS) welcomes Walid Aref as Editor-in-Chief, for the term July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2021. Walid is a professor of computer science at Purdue University.

ACM Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction Seeking New Editor-in-Chief

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, ACM Transactions on Data Science and ACM Transactions on Internet of Things 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 Transactions on Internet of Things (TIOT) publishes novel research contributions and experience reports in several research domains whose synergy and interrelations enable the IoT vision. TIOT focuses on system designs, end-to-end architectures, and enabling technologies, and on publishing results and insights corroborated by a strong experimental component.

ACM Queue Presents: "Algorithms behind Modern Storage Systems"

In his article for ACM Queue, Alex Petrov looks at the use cases and tradeoffs of two storage system design approaches that are used in a majority of modern databases: read-optimized B-trees and write-optimized LSM-trees. The amounts of data processed by applications are constantly growing. With this growth, scaling storage becomes more challenging. Every database system has its own tradeoffs. Understanding them is crucial, as it helps in selecting the right one from so many available choices.

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