ACM MemberNet - September 27, 2018

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September 27, 2018















UC Berkeley to Host ACM A.M. Turing Laureate Colloquium

On Wednesday afternoons this fall, awardees of the ACM A.M. Turing Award will reflect on their time at the University of California, Berkeley between 1970 and 1990, while looking toward the future of research and technological development in their fields. The participants are Richard Karp, William Kahan, Manuel Blum, Andrew Chi-Chih Yao, Silvio Micali, Shafi Goldwasser, Michael Stonebraker, and David Patterson. Lectures are open to the public and will be livestreamed.

Livestream Sessions from 6th Heidelberg Laureate Forum, September 23-28

The sixth Heidelberg Laureate Forum (HLF 2018), held September 23-28, provided an informal venue for 200 selected young researchers to exchange ideas with renowned laureates in mathematics and computer science. The week saw participation by 19 ACM A.M. Turing Award Laureates, as well as ACM Prize in Computing recipients Sanjeev Arora and Jeffrey Dean. Be sure to visit the HLF site to watch live streaming and recorded videos of lectures and other events.

2019 SIGs Extending Terms

In accordance with ACM Bylaw 6, the following SIGs will hold elections in 2019: SIGAI, SIGAPP, SIGARCH, SIGBED, SIGCSE, SIGDOC, SIGecom, SIGEVO, ACM SIGGRAPH, SIGHPC, SIGIR, SIGLOG, SIGMETRICS, SIGOPS, and SIGWEB.

SIG elections are generally scheduled to take place in odd numbered years, with the elected officers holding office for a set number of years as set forth in the SIG's bylaws. There is a provision for the SIG's Executive Committee to make a one-time request to extend its term of office. This provision was introduced so that SIGs did not have to hold an expensive election when officers would be rerunning for office, since incumbents were usually reelected. In accordance with ACM's Constitution and Bylaws, the following SIGs have requested, and the SIG Governing Board has granted, an extension of terms:

  • SIGAda - Special Interest Group on Ada Programming Language
  • SIGCOMM - Special Interest Group on Data Communication
  • SIGKDD - Special Interest Group on Knowledge Discovery in Data
  • SIGMIS - Special Interest Group on Management Information Systems
  • SIGMM - Special Interest Group on Multimedia Systems
  • SIGSAC - Special Interest Group on Security, Audit and Control
  • SIGSAM - Special Interest Group on Symbolic and Algebraic Manipulation

The following SIG has requested an extension of terms and pending the approval of the SGB-EC will not be holding an election:

  • SIGMOBILE - Special Interest Group on Mobility of Systems, Users, Data, and Computing

As a voting member, you may petition the ACM to request an election. A petition with the names/signatures of at least 1% of the SIG's members must be submitted to ACM HQs by 29 October 2018. To initiate the petition process, please contact Pat Ryan, ACM's Chief Operating Officer ([email protected]). If the petition is successful, the SIG will be asked to form a nominating committee and begin the electoral process.

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 Launches New Award to Recognize Breakthrough Achievements

The ACM Charles P. "Chuck" Thacker Breakthrough in Computing Award celebrates the late pioneer's contributions in computing and his long-term inspirational mentorship of generations of computer scientists, by recognizing individuals with the same out-of-the-box thinking and “can-do” approach to solving the unsolved that Thacker (who received multiple awards from ACM, including Turing) exhibited. Recipients of the biennial award will deliver an "ACM Breakthrough Lecture" at a major ACM conference of their choice during the year following the announcement. Financial support for the $100,000 prize is provided by Microsoft. Nominations are now open and will be accepted through January 15, 2019.
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 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 December 3.


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.

CCS 2018, October 15 to 19, Toronto, Canada

The ACM Conference on Computer and Communications Security brings together information security researchers, practitioners, developers, and users from all over the world to explore cutting-edge ideas and results. The program will cover privacy, blockchain, cyberphysical systems, IoT security, encrypted search and computation, and other topics, and will include several co-located workshops.

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.

CIKM 2018, October 22 to 26, Turin, Italy

The ACM International Conference on Information and Knowledge Management covers information retrieval, data management, and knowledge management. This year CIKM's theme is "From Big Data and Big Information to Big Knowledge.” Keynote speakers are Amazon Research Scientist and ACM Fellow Yoelle Maarek; DeepMind Research Scientist Edward Grefenstette; and University of Amsterdam professor Maarten de Rijke.

ACMMM 2018, October 22 to 26, Seoul, Korea

The ACM Multimedia Conference is the premier conference for multimedia experts and practitioners across academia and industry. In addition to workshops including Audio-Visual Scene Understanding, Alternate Realities, Accessible Human-Computer Interfaces, and Health Care, there will be an interactive art program and Grand Challenge and Open Source Software competitions.

MobiCom 2018, October 29 to November 2, New Delhi, India

The International Conference on Mobile Computing and Networking is dedicated to addressing challenges in mobile computing and wireless and mobile networking. Keynotes will include Mukesh Ambani (Reliance Industries Ltd.), Monica Lam (Stanford University), Kathleen M. Carley (Carnegie Mellon University), and Peter T. Kirstein (University College London). 2018-2019 ACM Athena Lecturer Andrea Goldsmith will deliver the Athena Lecture.

CSCW 2018, November 3 to 7, Jersey City, New Jersey

The The 21st ACM Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing is the premier venue for research in the design and use of technologies that affect groups, organizations, communities, and networks. The opening keynote will be a discussion on media, platforms, and bias led by Emily Bell (Columbia University). Natasha Dow Schüll (New York University) will deliver the closing keynote.

SPLASH 2018, November 4 to 9, Boston, Massachusetts

The ACM SIGPLAN Conference on Systems, Programming, Languages and Applications: Software for Humanity embraces all aspects of software construction and delivery to make it the premier conference at the intersection of programming, languages, and software engineering. ACM A.M. Turing Award recipient Barbara Liskov (MIT); Oracle's Guy L. Steele Jr.; and MIT's Daniel Jackson are among the scheduled keynote speakers.

SC18, November 11 to 16, Dallas, Texas

The International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis will celebrate its 30th anniversary this year, with special events including a video featuring highlights of past conferences, an exhibit of physical and digital artifacts, and a panel of previous chairs discussing the past and future of the SC conference, supercomputing, and HPC research. The scheduled keynote speaker is MIT's Erik Brynjolfsson, and 12 Invited Talks will also take place.

SIGGRAPH Asia 2018, December 4 to 7, Tokyo, Japan

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. Keynote speakers are David Oh, Project Systems Engineer, NASA Jet Propulsion Lab; Erik Demaine, Professor of Computer Science, MIT; Kaname Hayashi, Founder and CEO, GROOVE X.

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.


Become an Ambassador for ACM—You Could Be a Grand Prize Winner!

The Ambassadors for ACM program rewards ACM members like you for encouraging new members to join. Your first-hand experience with ACM's valuable career development and continuous learning programs makes you a perfect envoy to share your ACM experiences with prospective members. The Ambassadors for ACM program offers opportunities for you to earn new prizes, rewards and bonus gifts with each referral. Submit the ACM Referral Form, and your referrals can join ACM at a special discount rate. Our members are our greatest asset. Your support of ACM is critical to our continuing efforts to advance computing as a science and a profession. Please consider becoming an Ambassador for ACM.

ACM 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.

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 September 26 Talk on Explainable Machine Learning Models for Healthcare AI

Watch the free ACM Learning Webinar, Explainable Machine Learning Models for Healthcare AI, presented on September 26 by Ankur Teredesai, Carly Eckert, Muhammad Aurangzeb Ahmad, and Vikas Kumar. Discover additional resources on the ACM Discourse page.

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

Watch July 24 Talk on Adversarial Machine Learning with Ian Goodfellow

Watch the free ACM Learning Webinar, Adversarial Machine Learning, presented on July 24 by Ian Goodfellow, Staff Research Scientist at Google Brain. Negar Rostamzadeh, Research Scientist at Element AI, moderated the Q&A following the talk. Discover additional resources on the ACM Discourse page.


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:

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 Luca Chittaro. Luca is full professor of Human Computer Interaction in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at the University of Udine, Italy, where he heads the HCI Lab. He has led research projects in different areas, particularly in Virtual Reality, Serious Games, Persuasive Technology, Mobile HCI, and their applications to Health and Safety. He has over 190 international publications. He is a co-founder of AVIETRA, a company that creates virtual reality applications for the domain of safety, with a special focus on airlines and aviation.

He has helped organize several ACM conferences, including Web3D, MobileHCI, and EICS. He has been Chair of the Italian Chapter of ACM SIGCHI, and is a strong advocate of the societal impact of HCI.

For more information on Luca, please visit his DSP speaker information page.
Luca Chittaro's Digital Library author page

ACM, IEEE Computer Society Share Distinguished Speakers Programs

IEEE-CS and ACM are sharing their invited speaker programs, to further the dissemination of technical knowledge of computing fields that greatly benefit both memberships. IEEE-CS chapter volunteers can host a speaker from ACM's Distinguished Speakers Program (DSP), with access to top technology leaders and innovators from nearly every sector of the computing industry, by following the instructions on the DSP site. Make sure you identify yourself as an IEEE Computer Society Chapter.

IEEE-CS provides a popular offering of first-quality speakers serving its professional and student chapters. The Distinguished Visitors Program (DVP) owes its success to the many volunteers and staff members of the Computer Society who generously contribute their time and talent. Organizers of an ACM chapter, conference, or event can host a speaker from IEEE-CS's DVP by following the instructions on the DVP site. Make sure you identify yourself as an ACM chapter or event.


Welcome New ACM Chapters

Chapters are the "local neighborhoods" of ACM. The regional ACM Professional, Student, ACM-W, and Special Interest Group (SIG) chapters around the globe involve members locally in competitions, seminars, lectures, workshops, and networking opportunities. ACM welcomes new chapters that were chartered August 9 to September 11, 2018:

ACM Student Chapters:

  • Drexel University ACM SIGCHI Student Chapter, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • DSCE ACM Student Chapter, Dayananda Sagar College of Engineering, Bangalore, India
  • KITS ACM Student Chapter, KKR & KSR Institute of Technology & Sciences, Guntur, India
  • Lehman College ACM-W Student Chapter, Bronx, New York
  • PESU ACM-W Student Chapter, PES University, Bangalore, India
  • SBPCOE Indapur ACM-W Student Chapter, SB Patil College of Engineering, Indapur, India
  • SCSVMV ACM-W Student Chapter, Sri Chandrasekarendra Saraswathi Viswa Maha Vidyalaya, Kanchipuram, India
  • SITE ACM Student Chapter, Sasi Institute of Technology & Engineering, Tadepalligudem, India
  • Srishti Institute ACM SIGCHI Student Chapter, Bangalore, India
  • Sycamore ACM Student Chapter, Sycamore High School, Cincinnati, Ohio
  • TIP ACM Student Chapter, Technological Institute of The Philippines, Quezon City
  • University of Kansas ACM-W Student Chapter, Lawrence

ACM Professional Chapter:

  • Villavicencio ACM Chapter, Villavicencio, Colombia


Upcoming ACM Celebrations of Women in Computing

After a break for the summer, Celebration season is upon us once again! Celebration organizers around the world are busy planning local ACM gatherings that celebrate and advocate for diversity in technology.

An ACM Celebration typically involves keynote speakers, workshops, panels, student presentations and posters, and a career fair. Attendees have a chance to network, learn and share. ACM-W supports these events with funding (in partnership with Microsoft), website hosting, handling of finances and guidance based on years of practice. Check to see if there is one happening in your region. Details are posted on our website. If you don't see one listed in your area, consider organizing one. We'll provide funding and assistance to get you started.

If you have never been to an ACM Celebration, make this the year to try it! Costs are low, benefits are great!

Upcoming Celebrations include:

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 Publications Seeking New Editors-in-Chief

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: "Tracking and Controlling Microservice Dependencies"

Strategies for tracking and controlling dependencies are necessary for maintaining reliable systems. In their article for ACM Queue, Silvia Esparrachiari of Google and Tanya Reilly of Squarespace describe how dependency management is a crucial part of system and software design. Dependency cycles will be familiar to you if you have ever locked your keys inside your house or car. You can't open the lock without the key, but you can't get the key without opening the lock. Some cycles are obvious, but more complex dependency cycles can be challenging to find before they lead to outages.

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What are ACM FCA Podcasts?

The ACM Future of Computing Academy recently launched Computing Across Disciplines, a series of interviews in which researchers and thinkers who are pushing the boundaries of what it means to do computing research share their experiences, the lessons they’ve learned, and their own vision for the future of computing. Check out the newest podcast, "Smart & Connected Health", with Wendy Nilsen, Program Director for the Smart and Connected Health program, a partnership between the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation.

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