ACM MemberNet - February 28, 2019

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February 28, 2019















ACM Celebrates Women's History Month

During Women's History Month, ACM invites both women and men in the computing community to reflect on the impact that an inspiring woman has on your life and work. Was there a particular female luminary who piqued your earliest fascination with computing? Did you have a female colleague who pushed you forward and helped you become who you are today? Throughout the month of March, ACM encourages you to either record a short video or write a social media post celebrating the positive impact this person had on your life and work, and share it on your favorite social network using the hashtag #SheIsWhyICode. Also visit our website to be inspired by women luminaries both past and present.

ACM 2019 SIGecom Election Nominations

The ACM SIGecom Nominating Committee has proposed the following candidates for the 2019 ACM SIGecom election:

Chair (Running Unopposed)
Nicole Immorlica

Scott Kominers
Ariel Procaccia

Hu Fu
Katrina Ligett

In accordance with the ACM SIGecom Bylaws, additional candidates may be placed on the ballot by petition. All candidates must be ACM Professional Members, as well as members of SIGecom. Anyone interested in petitioning must inform ACM Headquarters, Pat Ryan ([email protected]) and and SIGecom's Secretary-Treasurer Jenn Wortman Vaughan ([email protected]), of their intent to petition by 15 March 2019. Petitions must be submitted to ACM Headquarters for verification by 2 April 2019.

To see the slate of candidates for those SIGs holding elections in April 2019, please visit the 2019 ACM SIG Elections site.


ACM Award Nomination Submission Procedures

Each year, ACM recognizes technical and professional achievements within the computing and information technology community through its celebrated Awards Program. ACM welcomes nominations for candidates whose work exemplifies the best and most influential contributions to our community, and society at large. ACM's award committees evaluate the contributions of candidates for various awards that span a spectrum of professional and technological accomplishments. The nominations deadline for general ACM awards has passed. The remaining award nominations deadlines are: the ACM-IEEE CS Eckert-Mauchly Award (March 30), Gordon Bell (April 15), ACM-IEEE CS George Michael Memorial Fellowship (May 1) ACM-IEEE CS Ken Kennedy Award (June 1), SIAM/ACM Prize in Computational Science and Engineering (July 31), and Doctoral Dissertation Award (October 31).

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


Call for ACM Senior Member Nominations

The Senior Member advanced grade of membership recognizes ACM members with at least 10 years of professional experience and 5 years of continuous ACM Professional membership. Nominations are accepted on a quarterly basis. The deadline for nominations is March 3.


ACM SIG Awards Recognize Achievements in Diverse Fields

ACM's Special Interest Groups (SIGs) regularly cite outstanding individuals for their contributions in more than 35 distinct technological fields. Some awards presented (or to be presented) at recent conferences:


CHIIR 2019, March 10 to 14, Glasgow, Scotland

The ACM SIGIR Conference on Human Information Interaction and Retrieval provides a forum for the dissemination and discussion of research on the user-centered aspects of information interaction and information retrieval, including approaches to design and evaluation of systems for information access, retrieval, and use. Scheduled speakers are Ranjitha Kumar (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), Daniela Petrelli (Art & Design Research Centre, Sheffield Hallam University, UK), and Kirsten Urquhart (Young Scot).

HRI 2019, March 11 to 14, Daegu, Korea

The ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human Robot Interaction attracts researchers from around the world to present and exchange ideas about the latest theories, technology, data, and videos furthering the state of the art in human-robot interaction. Keynote speakers are Kyu Jin Cho (Seoul National University); Janet Vertesi (Princeton University); musician and music researcher Jangwon Lee; and Gil Weinberg (Georgia Tech).

TEI 2019, March 17 to 20, Tempe, Arizona

The Conference on Tangible, Embedded, and Embodied Interactions addresses issues of human-computer interaction, novel tools and technologies, interactive art, and user experience. This year's conference will focus on hybrid materials. Batya Friedman (University of Washington) and Carl DiSalvo (Georgia Institute of Technology) will deliver keynotes.

IUI 2019, March 17 to 20, Los Angeles, California

The 24th Annual Meeting of the Intelligent User Interfaces Community is where the human-computer interaction community meets the AI community, with contributions from related fields such as psychology, behavioral science, cognitive science, computer graphics, design, the arts, and more. Scheduled keynote speakers are Ashwin Ram (Google Cloud), Dave Gunning (DARPA) and Michelle Zhou (Juji).

CODASPY 2019, March 25 to 27, Dallas, Texas

The ACM Special Interest Group on Security, Audit and Control (SIGSAC) continues its annual Conference on Data and Application Security and Privacy with interdisciplinary approaches to cybersecurity, including mobile applications, smart devices, neural networks, a panel on AI, Cybersecurity and Big Data, and more. Engin Kirda (Northeastern University) and Anupam Joshi (University of Maryland - Baltimore County) will deliver keynotes.

EuroSys 2019, March 25 to 28, Dresden, Germany

The EuroSys conference focuses on research and development of operating systems, database systems, real-time systems, network middleware, and distributed, parallel, or embedded computing systems. Workshops will cover systems security; edge systems, analytics and networking; consistency for distributed data; and multicore and heterogeneous architectures, as well as a doctoral workshop.

DATE 2019, March 25 to 29, Florence, Italy

The Design, Automation and Test in Europe conference is an international venue for system-level hardware and software implementation down to integrated circuit design. Scheduled keynote speakers are Jürgen Bortolazzi (Porsche), Claudio Giorgione,(Museo Nazionale della Scienza e della Tecnologia Leonardo da Vinci), David Pellerin (Amazon), and Edward A. Lee (University of California, Berkeley).


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 is pleased to offer an exclusive worldwide travel discount service to our members through Local Hospitality. Savings average 10-20% below market on all hotels and car rental suppliers around the world. ACM members save over $56 per booking. Save time and money on your next trip by visiting the ACM Travel Discount Program page.

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 and SocialCoder Team Up for Positive Impact through Computing

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


Watch March 7 Talk on Inclusive UX Design with Google's Jen Devins and Nithya Sambasivan

Watch the free ACM TechTalk, Building a Culture to Support Inclusive Design, to be presented on March 7 by Jen Devins, Google Accessibility UX Lead and Nithya Sambasivan, Google Senior User Experience Researcher. Eve Andersson, Director of Google AI and ACM Professional Development Committee Chair, will moderate the Q&A session. Leave your comments and questions with our speaker now and anytime before the live event on the ACM Discourse page. And check out the page after the webcast for extended discussion with your peers in the computing community, as well as further resources on UX.

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

Watch February 13 Talk, "The Bayesian Zig Zag: Developing Probabilistic Models Using Grid Methods and MCMC"

Watch the free ACM TechTalk, The Bayesian Zig Zag: Developing Probabilistic Models Using Grid Methods and MCMC, presented on February 13 by Allen Downey, Professor of Computer Science at Olin College. Learn more about this topic on the ACM Discourse page.

ACM TechTalks 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.


Applications for 2019 ACM Europe Summer School on High Performance Computing Due March 15

The 2019 ACM Europe Summer School on HPC Computer Architectures for AI and Dedicated Applications will take place in Barcelona July 17-24 and will be hosted by the Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC-CNS) and the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC-BarcelonaTECH).

The School is tailored to young computer science researchers and engineers, and it is open to outstanding MSc students and senior undergraduate students. Accepted participants will spend a full week in Barcelona, attending formal lectures during the mornings and practical exercises in the afternoons. Silvio Micali, ACM A.M. Turing Award laureate and MIT Professor, will give a keynote lecture. Lucilla Sioli, EU Commission Director for Digital Industry and AI, will be present at the school. Natasa Milic-Frayling, University of Nottingham UK, will address collaboration and diversity issues in a special dedicated session. Dr. Ing. Gerhard Schimpf, former chair of the ACM Europe Council Committee of European Chapter Leaders, will present the ACM Being Human with Algorithms initiative and the ACM student chapter activity in Europe.

Lectures will be delivered by:

  • Per Stenström, Chalmers University, ACM Fellow
  • Jesús Labarta, BSC, ACM - IEEE CS Ken Kennedy Award recipient
  • Luca Benini, ETH Zürich, University of Bologna, ACM Fellow
  • Uri Weiser, ACM - IEEE CS Eckert-Mauchly Award recipient, ACM Fellow
  • David Carrera, UPC, ERC grantee
  • Mauro Olivieri, University of Rome

The online application form is available via this link. The deadline for applying is end-of-day March 15 AoE (UTC -12).

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 CGO 2019. 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 Georgia Koutrika. Georgia is a Research Director at the ATHENA Research Center in Greece. Prior to that, she was a Senior Research Scientist at HP Labs in Palo Alto. She has also worked at IBM Research-Almaden in San Jose. She received a PhD in Computer Science, a MSc in Advanced Information Systems and a BSc in Computer Science from the Department of Informatics and Telecommunications, University of Athens. An ACM member and IEEE senior member, Georgia is an ACM SIGMOD Associate Information Director, and has served in various roles in conferences, including Associate Editor for VLDB 2019, Demo PC Co-Chair for ACM SIGMOD 2018, General Co-Chair for ACM SIGMOD 2016, and other conferences. She is the organizer of several workshops on databases, personalization and data exploration.

For more information on Georgia, please visit her DSP speaker information page.
Georgia Koutrika'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 January 4 to February 12, 2019:

ACM Student Chapters:

  • ADCET ACM Student Chapter, Annasaheb Dange College of Engineering & Technology, Ashta, India
  • Bishop Heber College ACM Student Chapter, Tiruchirappalli, India
  • Chitkara University ACM Student Chapter, Barotiwala, India
  • FEU Alabang ACM Student Chapter, Far Eastern University, Filinvest City, Philippines
  • GIKI ACM Student Chapter, Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute of Engineering Sciences and Technology, Topi, Pakistan
  • Hofstra University ACM Student Chapter, Hempstead, New York
  • IAC SAGE ACM Student Chapter, Institute of Advance Computing, Indore, India
  • IAC SAGE ACM-W Student Chapter, Institute of Advance Computing, Indore, India
  • IUB ACM Student Chapter, Independent University, Bangladesh, Dhaka
  • JECRC ACM Student Chapter, JECRC University, Jaipur, India
  • MRIIRS FCA ACM Student Chapter, Manav Rachna International Institute of Research and Studies, Faridabad, India
  • NSU ACM SIGBED Student Chapter, North South University, Dhaka, Bangladesh
  • PCCOE ACM-W Student Chapter, Pimpri Chinchwad College of Engineering, Pune, India
  • San Jose State ACM SIGGRAPH Student Chapter, San Jose, California
  • SIRT Indore ACM Student Chapter, Sagar Institute of Research and Technology, Indore, India
  • SIRT Indore ACM-W Student Chapter, Sagar Institute of Research and Technology, Indore, India
  • SRM University AP ACM-W Student Chapter, Amaravati, India
  • St. Claret College ACM-W Student Chapter, Bangalore, India
  • UAA ACM Student Chapter, University of Alaska Anchorage
  • UAH ACM Student Chapter, University of Alabama Huntsville
  • UNAM-FI ACM Student Chapter, National Autonomous University of Mexico, Mexico City
  • University of Alabama ACM-W Student Chapter, Tuscaloosa

ACM Professional Chapter:

  • Kuwait City ACM SIGCHI Chapter, Safat


Bicol University and National University Lead 5th ACM-WiC Philippines 2018 Celebration

The 5th ACM Women in Computing-Philippines Celebration (ACM WiC-Ph 2018) held November 24 in Legazpi City brought together women researchers from academia and industry to freely share their ideas and opinions on emerging technologies and issues in computer science, information technology, and information systems.

More than 300 participants from 22 schools across the Philippines attended the Celebration, whose theme was "Technology Innovation for Disaster." Bicol University President Arnulfo M. Mascariñas welcomed the participants, and Rachel Edita O. Roxas, Celebration Chair and National University's Vice President for Academic Affairs, delivered opening remarks.

Keynote speaker Frei Sangil, CEO of Layer Tech Software Labs, discussed the "Power of Data in the Dynamics of the Computing Age" by explaining the value of data, how it can be used against a person, and how it can be used for social good. Next, a video lecture by Augmented Intelligence Pros COO Dianne Gonzales covered "Future of Work in the Age of AI (Artificial Intelligence)." The final keynote speaker, Julie Ann Salido of Aklan State University, discussed her research on "Melanoma Detection of Dermoscopic Images Using Deep Learning."

The five poster presentations were: "Scheduling Management with Microservice-based Architecture" by Janette Tanquis; "PLANTASTIC: A Web-based E-Commerce System for Medicinal Seedlings Available in the Philippines" by Pamela Combis, Batman Odulio, Kiel Jeremy Nocito, Mark Darrell Signo, and Ramon Rodriguez; "PapMApp: Paperless Meeting Application for Bicol University Board of Regents," by Zenica Torre, Kianne Paguntalan, Jhona Jane Francisco, Benedicto Balilo, and Davie Balmadrid; "Portable Application of PSU Grade Transmutation System" by Janeth Cladera and Arjay Abio; and "Exploring Mathematical Modelling towards Agent-based Model for Leaf Vein Development" by Maria Art Clarino and Eliezer Albacea. Each presenter had the opportunity to answer questions from the participants.

Three research projects were announced as winners of the Computing Society of the Philippines' (CSP) Special Research Award and a cash prize to further assist them in funding their research: "Gender-Based Comparative Analysis of Disaster Related Responses Through Topic Discovery," "Faculty Performance Evaluation System (FPES): A Cloud-based Application," and "Enhanced Initial Parameter Selection for Expectation Maximization (EM) Algorithm." The award was given by Program Committee Chair Nathaniel Oco of NU.

Roxas gave an orientation talk on the Philippine Information and Computing Accreditation Board and the program finished with a message of heartfelt gratitude from Bicol University CS Dean Jocelyn Serrano.

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 Journal on Emerging Technologies in Computing (JETC) is seeking a new Editor-in-Chief. Nominations are due March 31.

ACM Transactions on Accessible Computing (TACCESS) is seeking a new Editor-in-Chief. Nominations are due April 15.

ACM Transactions on Asian and Low-Resource Language Information Processing (TALLIP) is seeking a new Editor-in-Chief. Nominations are due April 15.

The ACM International Conference Proceedings Series (ICPS) is seeking a new Editor-in-Chief. Nominations are due April 30.

ACM Interactions is seeking a new Editor-in-Chief or Co-Editors-in-Chief. Nominations are due June 1.

ACM Books Series Invites Book Proposals

ACM Books welcomes proposals, including books from across the entire spectrum of computer science subject matter. The Books Series currently focuses on four kinds of books: graduate-level textbooks; deep research monographs that provide an overview of established and emerging fields; practitioner-level professional books; and books devoted to the history and social impact of computing. This publishing program addresses the information needs of various members of the computing community, including researchers, practitioners, educators, and students, and in general will expose the rich history of computing and the substantial global impact this field continues to have. Please submit your proposals here.

New Journals ACM Digital Threats: Research and Practice, ACM Transactions on Data Science, ACM Transactions on Internet of Things, ACM Transactions on Computing for Healthcare and Digital Government: Research and Practice 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 Transactions on Computing for Healthcare (HEALTH) is a multi-disciplinary journal publishing papers that have scientific and technological results pertaining to how computing is improving healthcare.

Digital Government: Research and Practice (DGOV) is an interdisciplinary journal on the potential and impact of technology on governance innovations and its transformation of public institutions.

ACM Queue Presents: "Edge Computing: Scaling Resources within Multiple Administrative Domains"

UC Berkeley PhD candidate Nitesh Mor describes edge computing as "moving out of the silos of far-away datacenters and into everyday lives…scaling resources within multiple administrative domains." While cloud computing infrastructures proliferated because of flexible pay-as-you-go economics and the ability to outsource resource management, edge computing is a growing trend to satisfy the needs of richer applications by enabling lower latency, higher bandwidth, and improved reliability. Cloud computing taught practitioners how to scale resources within a single administrative domain. Edge computing requires learning how to scale in many administrative domains.

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