ACM MemberNet - August 30, 2018

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ACM Updates Code of Ethics

ACM has updated its Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct. The revised Code of Ethics addresses the significant advances in computing technology and the growing pervasiveness of computing in all aspects of society since it was last updated in 1992. ACM's Code of Ethics is considered the standard for the computing profession, and has been adopted by computing professionals, organizations and technology companies around the world.
Read the ACM news release.

2018 ACM SIGGRAPH Election Results

The ACM Special Interest Group on Computer Graphics (SIGGRAPH) has elected Brad A. Lawrence as its Treasurer and Mashhuda Glencross and Paul S. Strauss as its Directors-at-Large for the term September 1, 2018 to August 31, 2021. Visit the election results page for more information.

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 Announces 2018 ACM-IEEE CS George Michael Memorial HPC Fellowships Recipients

Linda Gesenhues of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro and Markus Höhnerbach of RWTH Aachen University have been named recipients of the 2018 ACM-IEEE CS George Michael Memorial HPC Fellowships. The Fellowships will be formally presented at SC18 in November.

Endowed in memory of George Michael, one of the founding fathers of the SC Conference series, the ACM IEEE-CS George Michael Memorial Fellowships honor exceptional PhD students throughout the world whose research focus areas are in high performance computing, networking, storage, and large-scale data analysis. ACM, the IEEE Computer Society, and the SC Conference support this award.
Read the ACM 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. For awards presented at the annual June banquet, the deadline for award nominations is January 15, 2019, with the exception of the deadline for the Doctoral Dissertation Award nominations which is October 31, 2018.

Please take a moment to consider those individuals in your community who may be suitable for nomination. Refer to the award nominations page for nomination guidelines and the complete listing of Award Subcommittee Chairs and Members.


Call for ACM Senior 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.

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.


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:


Tapia 2018, September 19 to 22, Orlando, Florida

The ACM Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing is a premier venue to acknowledge, promote and celebrate diversity. Keynote speakers include Shiri Azenkot, Director of the Enhancing Ability Lab at Cornell; Shirley Malcom head of Education and Human Resources Programs at AAAS; Ron Perez, Intel Fellow and technical lead for security architecture pathfinding in the Data Center Group (DCG) at Intel Corp.; and Moshe Y. Vardi, the George Distinguished Service Professor in Computational Engineering and Director of the Ken Kennedy Institute at Rice University.

ICFP 2018, September 23 to 29, St. Louis, Missouri

The ACM SIGPLAN International Conference on Functional Programming provides a forum for researchers and developers to learn about the latest work on the design, implementations, principles, and uses of functional programming. Keynote talks will be delivered by Ronald Garcia of the University of British Columbia; Pat Hanrahan of Stanford University; and Eugenia Cheng, Scientist In Residence at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

GHC 2018, September 26 to 28, Houston, Texas

The Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing is the world's largest gathering of women technologists. Scheduled keynote speakers are Justine Cassell, Associate Dean of Technology Strategy and Impact, School of Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University; Jessica O. Matthews, Founder and CEO, Uncharted Power; and Padmasree Warrior, CEO and Chief Development Officer, NIO US.

Ubicomp 2018, October 8 to 12, Singapore

The 2018 ACM International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing will feature workshops on mobile human interactivity and more. The keynote talk will be delivered by Kentaro Toyama, W. K. Kellogg Professor of Community Information at the University of Michigan School of Information and a fellow of the Dalai Lama Center for Ethics and Transformative Values at MIT.

UIST 2018, October 14 to 17, Berlin, Germany

The ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology is the premier forum for innovations in human-computer interfaces. Scheduled keynote speakers are Jaime Teevan, Technical Advisor to Microsoft's CEO, and Selma Sabanovic, an Associate Professor of Informatics and Cognitive Science at Indiana University, Bloomington.

ASSETS 2018, October 22 to 24, Galway, Ireland

The 20th International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility will explore the design, evaluation, and use of computing and information technologies to benefit people with disabilities and older adults. The scheduled keynote speaker is Judy Brewer, the Director of the Web Accessibility Initiative at the World Wide Web Consortium.

IUI 2019, March 17 to 20, Los Angeles, California (CFP)

The 24th ACM Intelligent User Interfaces Conference is where the Human-Computer Interaction community meets the Artificial Intelligence community, with contributions from related fields such as psychology, behavioral science, cognitive science, computer graphics, design, the arts, and more. Please see the Call for Papers page for submission deadlines.


ACM Names New Tech Policy Committee Chairs for US and Europe

Jim Hendler has been named Chair of the ACM US Technology Policy Committee, succeeding Stuart Shapiro. Hendler is Professor of Computer, Web and Cognitive Sciences; Director, Rensselaer Institute for Data Exploration and Applications; and Director, RPI-IBM Center on Health Empowerment by Analytics, Learning and Semantics at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Oliver Grau has been named Chair of the ACM Europe Technology Policy Committee. He is Associate Director of Operations of at Intel's Visual Computing Institute in Germany. Grau is also a member of the ACM Europe Council.

The ACM US Technology Policy Committee (USTPC, previously known as USACM) serves as the focal point for ACM's interaction with US government organizations, the computing community, and the US public in all matters of US public policy related to information technology. The Committee addresses issues in innovation, privacy, security, digital governance, intellectual property, accessibility, and e-voting.

The ACM Europe Technology Policy Committee (previously known as EUACM) promotes dialogue and the exchange of ideas on technology and computing policy issues with the European Commission, member states' governmental bodies, and the informatics and computing communities.

These groups are under the umbrella of ACM's new Technology Policy Council, an entity established to address technology issues on a global scale. The TPC is headed by Adam Eisgrau, Director of Global Policy and Public Affairs.


ACM Congratulates Our Grand Prize Winner and Top Ambassadors

ACM congratulates Jitendra Agrawal, a professor in the School of Information Technology at Rajiv Gandhi Proudyogiki Vishwavidyalaya in Bhopal, India, who won the 2017-2018 Ambassadors for ACM Grand Prize, an Apple Homepod. Winning the 2nd Grand Prize (a Fitbit Surge) was Esmeralda Jimenez Morales, a student at Universidad Autónoma de Tamaulipas, Mexico.

ACM also recognizes our top Ambassadors for the months of April, May, and June:

  • April: Sagar K Roy
  • May: Abduladhem Abdulkareem Ali
  • June: Vandana Bhatia

These members received gifts from ACM acknowledging their initiative in sharing the importance of ACM's valuable programs, such as career development and continuous learning, with others.

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 program offers opportunities for you to earn prizes, rewards and bonus gifts with each referral.

With access to Communications of the ACM, eBooks and videos, an online courses program featuring in-demand skills and certifications, and the Digital Library, ACM offers more tools than ever to empower our members to succeed in the computing field.

Our members are our greatest asset. Your support of ACM is critical to our continuing efforts to advance computing as a science and a profession. Please consider becoming an Ambassador for ACM.

ACM Academic Membership Option

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.

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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 September 7 Talk on Project Jupyter and Large Scale Data Science with Brian Granger

Watch the free ACM Learning Webinar, Project Jupyter: From Computational Notebooks to Large Scale Data Science with Sensitive Data, to be presented on Friday, September 7 at 12 PM ET by Brian Granger, Associate Professor of Physics and Data Science at Cal Poly State University and co-creator of Project Jupyter. Leave your comments and questions with our speaker now and any time before the live event on the ACM Discourse page, and check out the page after the webcast for extended discussion with your peers, as well as further resources on Jupyter.

ACM Learning Webinars are free with registration, available for streaming on all major mobile devices, and are recorded for on-demand viewing.


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.


Encourage US High School Students to Apply for 2018-2019 ACM/CSTA Cutler-Bell Prize

Every year, the ACM/CSTA Cutler-Bell Prize in High School Computing recognizes talented high school students in computer science. The intent of the program is to promote and encourage the field of computer science, as well as to empower young and aspiring learners to pursue computing challenges outside of the traditional classroom environment.

The application process involves a Challenge that focuses on having the student develop an artifact that engages modern computing technology and computer science. Judges will be looking for submissions that demonstrate ingenuity, complexity, relevancy, originality, and a desire to further computer science as a discipline. The application period closes January 5, 2019.

Up to four winners will be selected and each will be awarded a $10,000 prize, which will be administered through the financial aid department at the university the student will attend. The prizes are funded by a $1 million endowment established by David Cutler and Gordon Bell.

Detailed information, including the link to the online application, is available on the ACM/CSTA Cutler-Bell Prize in High School Computing website. Winners of the 2018-2019 Cutler-Bell Prize will be notified via email in February 2019.

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 SIGCOMM 2018. The next conferences accepting submissions are:

  • SAC 2019, April 8–12, deadline September 24
  • SIGCSE 2019, February 27-March 2, deadline October 19
  • ASPLOS 2019, April 13-17, deadline December 7
  • ICSE 2019, May 25-31, deadline January 7, 2019
  • CHI 2019, May 4-9, deadline January 7, 2019

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.


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 Gargi Banerjee Dasgupta. Gargi is a Senior Research Manager at IBM Research, India. In her current role, Gargi is responsible for leading and contributing to innovations in the area of IT operational analytics, with an emphasis on cognitive solutions for optimization of IT infrastructure. Her work is aligned to IBM’s services business for ensuring high quality of work and productivity while being operationally efficient, as well as with IBM Middleware and Cloud. Her work has led to numerous patent disclosures and publications in premier journals and conferences, while influencing key IBM products and services. Gargi joined IBM in August 2004 after receiving her PhD in Computer Science from the University of Maryland Baltimore County. Her broader technical interests cover distributed systems, and Quality-of-Service aspects in large-scale distributed systems. As a researcher, Gargi continues to collaborate with leading academic institutions as well as the IBM worldwide labs. She is also serving as the IRL co-chair for Service Science and is the Diversity leader at IBM Research India dedicated to promoting women in STEM.

For more information on Gargi, please visit her DSP speaker information page.
Gargi Banerjee Dasgupta'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 June 13 to August 8, 2018:

ACM Student Chapters:

  • Chandigarh University ACM Student Chapter, Mohali, India
  • Everett Community College ACM Student Chapter, Everett, Washington
  • IET DAVV ACM Student Chapter, Institute of Engineering and Technology, Devi Ahilya Vishwavidyalaya, Indore, India
  • IIIT Bangalore ACM Student Chapter, International Institute of Information Technology, Bangalore, India
  • INSAT ACM Student Chapter, National Institute of Applied Sciences and Technology, Tunis, Tunisia
  • ISTT ACM Student Chapter, Institute of Science, Trade and Technology, Dhaka, Bangladesh
  • KCCITM ACM Student Chapter, KCC Institute of Technology & Management, Greater Noida, India
  • Lewis & Clark College ACM Student Chapter, Portland, Oregon
  • Malayan Colleges Laguna ACM Student Chapter, Cabuyao City, Philippines
  • MITS ACM Student Chapter, Madhav Institute of Technology and Science, Gwalior, India
  • PUA ACM Student Chapter, Pharos University in Alexandria, Egypt
  • SRM University AP ACM Student Chapter, Sri Ramaswamy Memorial Institute of Science and Technology, Mangalagiri, India
  • Techno International Batanagar ACM Student Chapter, Kolkata, India
  • Vignan's IIT ACM Student Chapter, Vignan's Institute of Information Technology, Visakhapatnam, India
  • VNRVJIET ACM Student Chapter, VNR Vignana Jyothi Institute of Engineering and Technology, Hyderabad, India

ACM Professional Chapters:

  • Beijing ACM SIGIR Chapter, China
  • Greek ACM-W Chapter, Heraklion, Greece
  • Minneapolis ACM Chapter, Blaine, Minnesota
  • Protea ACM SIGCHI Chapter, Cape Town, South Africa


Ankara Celebration of Women in Computing

The Ankara Celebration of Women in Computing (ACWiC 2018) was held at Bilkent University in Ankara, Turkey on March 10, bringing together successful leaders in the region. Close to 500 students and other participants from several universities were in attendance.

The first ACWIC was organized in 2017 by the Bilkent ACM-W Student Chapter. With support from the ACM Hacettepe Student Chapter, their goal was to take a leading role in developing ACM-W in Turkey. At the 2018 event, participants were treated to seven valuable speakers including Oracle Turkey Strategic Alliances Manager Sena Aydogan, Fongogo Founding Partner Ebru Elmas Gürses, Adidas EMR North IT Manager Özlem M. Tutkan, Mechanical Engineer and Bilkent CS Lecturer Asli Üstüner, Internet Society European Development Manager Ceren Ünal, Kuixo Founder and CEO Burcu Coskun and BiSoft Director of Business Development and Projects Korhan Konuklar.

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 Mathematical Software Welcomes New Co-Editors-in-Chief; ACM Journal on Computing and Cultural Heritage Welcomes New EIC

ACM Transactions on Mathematical Software (TOMS) welcomes Zhaojun Bai and Wolfgang Bangerth as Co-Editors-in-Chief. The appointment is from September 1, 2018 to August 31, 2021. Zhaojun is Professor of Computer Science and Mathematics at University of California, Davis. Wolfgang is a Mathematics Professor at Colorado State University.

ACM Journal on Computing and Cultural Heritage (JOCCH) welcomes Franco Niccolucci as Editor-in-Chief. The appointment is from September 1, 2018 to August 31, 2021. Franco is a professor in the Faculty of Architecture at the University of Florence.

Four ACM Publications Seeking New Editors-in-Chief

ACM Transactions on Software Engineering and Methodology: Nominations due September 9. For more information please visit the TOSEM nominations page.

ACM Transactions on Computer Systems: Nominations due September 15. For more information please visit the TOCS nominations page.

ACM Transactions on Reconfigurable Technology and Systems: Nominations due October 15. For more information please visit the TRETS nominations page.

ACM Inroads: Nominations due October 15. For more information please visit the Inroads 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: "GitOps: A Path to More Self-service IT"

In his Everything Sysadmin column, Thomas A. Limoncelli describes GitOps as IaC (infrastructure as code) + PR (pull requests). GitOps lowers the cost of creating self-service IT systems and improves the ability to operate the system safely. Safety improves as more tests are added, and security audits become easier as every change is tracked. GitOps isn't perfect. Not every IT system or service can be configured this way, and it requires a commitment to writing user-facing documentation that may take some getting used to. It also requires higher security controls around your VCS. When GitOps becomes embedded in the technical culture of the company, however, we move one step closer to a world where operations are collaborative, shared, and safe.

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