ACM MemberNet - August 29, 2019

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August 29, 2019


















ACM Special Interest Group on Computer Graphics (SIGGRAPH) 2019 Election Results

The 2019 ACM SIGGRAPH election has concluded. The Directors elected for the term 1 September 2019 - 31 August 2022 are:

Director A
Adam Finkelstein
Princeton University
[email protected]

Director B
Mona Kasra
University of Virginia
[email protected]

Director C
Adam Bargteil
University of Maryland, Baltimore County
[email protected]

ACM India Launches Redesigned Website

ACM India launched its redesigned website in June. The new site boasts updated content and ease of navigation. Take a moment to visit the site and get a feel for all aspects of ACM India.


ACM Announces 2019 George Michael Memorial HPC Fellowship Recipients

Milinda Shayamal Fernando of the University of Utah and Staci A. Smith of the University of Arizona have been named the recipients of the 2019 ACM-IEEE-CS George Michael Memorial HPC Fellowships. Fernando is recognized for his work on high performance algorithms for applications in relativity, geosciences and computational fluid dynamics. Smith is recognized for her work developing a novel dynamic rerouting algorithm on fat-tree interconnects. The Fellowships will be jointly presented by ACM and the IEEE Computer Society at SC19 in November.
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. The nominations deadline for general ACM awards has passed. The remaining award nominations deadline for 2019 is: 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.

Communications of the ACM Article on Award Nominations by ACM President Cherri Pancake

In her article for the August issue of CACM, Dispelling Common Myths about ACM Awards and Honors, ACM President Cherri Pancake shares her insights on what elements make nominations effective. Pancake is a former ACM Awards Committee Chair.


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:


UbiComp 2019, September 11 to 13, London, UK

The 2019 ACM International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing will feature workshops on Ubiquitous Personal Assistance; Computing for Well-being; Continual and Multimodal Learning for Internet of Things; Addressing Grand Challenges in Healthcare through Smart Clothing; and more. UbiComp is collocated with the ACM International Symposium on Wearable Computers (ISWC'19).

womENcourage 2019, September 16 to 18, Rome, Italy

With the theme “Diversity Drives Societal Change,” womENcourage 2019 includes a hackathon, workshops, posters, technical talks, panel discussions and interdisciplinary research tracks. Scheduled keynote speakers are Francesca Rossi (IBM), Sihem Amer-Yahia (CNRS), Donatella Sciuto (Politecnico di Milano) and Danielle (Sparky) VanDyke (Google).

RecSys 2019, September 16 to 20, Copenhagen, Denmark

The The 13th ACM Conference on Recommender Systems will bring together researchers and practitioners from academia and industry to present their latest results and identify new trends and challenges in providing recommendation components in a range of innovative application contexts. Delivering keynote addresses will be Mireille Hildebrandt (Vrije Universiteit Brussels) and Eszter Hargittai (University of Zurich, Switzerland). A panel will discuss ethically responsible recommendation.

Tapia 2019, September 18 to 21, San Diego, California

The ACM Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing is a premier venue to acknowledge, promote and celebrate diversity. Keynote speakers include Stephanie Lampkin, Founder and CEO of Blendoor; Hector Ruiz, Founder and Chairman, Advanced Nanotechnology, delivering the Ken Kennedy Distinguished Lecture; Jennifer Mankoff, Professor, University of Washington; and Ken Washington, Chief Technology Officer, Ford Motor Company.

HLF 2019, September 22 to 27, Heidelberg, Germany

The 7th Heidelberg Laureate Forum will provide an informal venue for 200 selected young researchers to exchange ideas with renowned laureates in mathematics and computer science. The week will see participation by ACM A.M. Turing Award Laureates including 2018 co-recipient Yoshua Bengio, as well as ACM Prize in Computing recipients. Be sure to visit the HLF YouTube site to watch live streaming of lectures and more events.

DocEng 2019, September 23 to 26, Berlin, Germany

The 19th ACM Symposium on Document Engineering will include workshops on PDF, SGML, XProc 3.0 (an XML-based programming language) and more. Scheduled keynote speakers are Franziska Heine (Wikimedia Deutschland) and Manfred Hauswirth (Fraunhofer FOKUS). An afternoon competition will focus on the challenges of automatic extractive and semi-extractive text summarization.

SIGGRAPH Asia 2019, November 17 to 20, Brisbane, Australia (CFP)

The 12th ACM SIGGRAPH Asia Conference and Exhibition on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques invites submissions of technical papers, posters, doctoral symposium papers, courses, animation and more. Visit the submissions page for more information and deadlines.


ACM US Tech Policy Committee Makes Recommendations to Newly-Formed Senate Privacy Task Force

On July 22 the ACM US Technology Policy Committee sent a letter to the Chair of the new Senate Task Force on Privacy urging public participation in and transparency of the Task Force. The letter outlines ACM USTPC's mission and purpose, expresses appreciation for creating the Task Force, and urges inclusion of input from expert individuals and institutions from every sector of society and the economy. The letter also requests that the body provide public notice of the Task Force’s meetings, conduct them in public, and publish a record of all proceedings.


ACM Congratulates Our Grand Prize Winner and Top Ambassadors

ACM congratulates Janet Renwick, a professor in the Computer Science department at the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith, who won the 2018-2019 Ambassadors for ACM Grand Prize, an Apple Homepod. Winning the 2nd Grand Prize (a Fitbit Surge) was Pooja Bhardwaj, Consulting Engineer (Security Team) with Cisco Systems India.

ACM also recognizes our top Ambassadors for the final three months of the program year:

  • April: Yash Kumar Arora
  • May: Dhruv Dayal Gupta
  • June: Eluri Ramesh

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.

Need to book a last-minute summer vacation? ACM is pleased to offer an exclusive worldwide travel discount service to our members through Local Hospitality. ACM members have been booking coast to coast, from Orlando to Portland, as well as internationally to such destinations as Italy, Portugal and Canada. 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 August 29 TechTalk on "A New Golden Age for Computer Architecture" with Turing Award Laureate David Patterson

Register to watch the ACM TechTalk, A New Golden Age for Computer Architecture, to be presented on August 29 at 1:00 PM ET/10:00 AM PT by David Patterson, Professor Emeritus of Computer Science at Berkeley, Google Distinguished Engineer, and co-recipient of the 2018 ACM A.M Turing Award. Cliff Young, software engineer at Google Brain, will moderate the Q&A session. Leave your comments and questions with our speaker now and any time before the live event on ACM's Discourse page.

Visit the TechTalks Archive for our full archive of past TechTalks.

Watch August 1 TechTalk on "The Emerging Role of Mobile Computing in Health" with ACM Prize Recipient Shwetak Patel

Watch the ACM TechTalk, The Emerging Role of Mobile Computing in Health, presented on August 1 by Shwetak Patel, Director of the Ubicomp Lab at the University of Washington and 2018 ACM Prize in Computing recipient. Check out the ACM Discourse page for extended discussion with your peers in the computing community, as well as further resources on mobile computing in health.


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.


ACM FCA Crash Course on AI Series

Several ACM Future of Computing Academy members, including Lana Yarosh, Tim Weninger, and Yonatan Bisk, are the writers of the Crash Course on Artificial Intelligence. The course, a 15-episode, 5-lab series, will explore AI's history and its wide applications today, distilling this complex subject for a broad audience. Watch a preview here.


Apply Now for Funding to Attend ACM Symposium on Computer Science and Law: Deadline September 8

The inaugural ACM Symposium on Computer Science and Law will be held at the New York Law School in New York City on October 28. It will feature invited talks by speakers including keynoters Shafi Goldwasser (2012 ACM Turing Award co-recipient), Edward Felten (ACM Fellow and former ACM US Public Policy Council Chair) and Jack Balkin (Knight Professor of Constitutional Law and the First Amendment at Yale Law School). Panels will explore research, education, and practice in the interplay of computer science and law. The day will conclude with a reception featuring student posters about work in computing and law, on topics ranging from cybersecurity to legal informatics.

Students are encouraged to apply for funding to attend the Symposium. You do not need to have entered the Student Paper Competition to qualify. You must also obtain a letter of recommendation from your academic adviser or from another faculty member at your college or university who is familiar with your work. The application deadline is September 8. Students whose applications are accepted will be notified September 22.

Recipients of 2019 ACM SIGHPC/Intel Computational and Data Science Fellowships Announced

ACM’s Special Interest Group on High Performance Computing (SIGHPC), in collaboration with Intel, has announced the six recipients of the ACM SIGHPC/Intel Computational and Data Science Fellowships for 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 MobileSoft 2019. The next conferences accepting submissions are:

  • SAC 2020, March 30-April 3, deadline September 15
  • SIGCSE 2020, March 11-14, deadline October 18
  • POPL 2020, January 19-25, deadline November 15

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 John Kaufhold. John is a data scientist and managing partner of Deep Learning Analytics, a data science company. He also serves as Secretary of the Washington Academy of Sciences and is a regular contributor to the DC data community, where he moderates the DC2 Deep Learning discussion list. Kaufhold is an inventor of more than 10 issued patents in image analysis, and author/coauthor of more than 40 publications in machine learning, image understanding and neuroscience.

For more information on John, please visit his DSP speaker information page.
John Kaufhold'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 2019 (July 1, 2018 - June 30, 2019) and is due by August 31, 2019.

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 12, 2019:

ACM Student Chapters:

  • AISSMS IOIT ACM Student Chapter, AISSMS Institute of Information Technology, Pune, India
  • BVRIT Hyderabad College of Engineering for Women ACM-W Student Chapter, BV Raju Institute of Technology, Hyderabad, India
  • IIT Mandi ACM-W Student Chapter, Indian Institute of Technology, Mandi
  • Kent State ACM-W Student Chapter, Kent, Ohio
  • LBSCEK ACM Student Chapter, Lal Bahadur Shastri College of Engineering, Kasaragod, India
  • Mody University of Science and Technology ACM-W Student Chapter, Lakshmangarh, India
  • MVSR ACM Student Chapter, Maturi Venkata Subba Rao Engineering College, Hyderabad, India
  • NITK ACM-W Student Chapter, National Institute of Technology Karnataka, Mangalore, India
  • RMD Engineering College ACM Student Chapter, Tiruvallur, India
  • University of Athens ACM Student Chapter, Athens, Greece
  • University of Pittsburgh ACM Student Chapter, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • UOG ACM Student Chapter, University of Gujrat, Gujrat, Pakistan

ACM Professional Chapters:

  • Ankara ACM-W Chapter, Ankara, Turkey
  • Delhi ACM-W Chapter, Noida, India
  • Guatemala City ACM Chapter, Guatemala
  • Ireland ACM SIGCSE Chapter, Belfield
  • Jamshoro ACM-W Chapter, Hyderabad, Pakistan
  • SIGHPC China ACM Chapter, Beijing
  • Viborg ACM SIGGRAPH Chapter, Viborg, Denmark


Call for Rising Star Award Selection Committee Members

Help us promote the success of women in computing! ACM-W is seeking four ACM members for an exciting opportunity to serve on the Rising Star Award Selection Committee. The Rising Star Award recognizes a woman whose early-career research has had a significant impact on the computing discipline. The deadline to apply for this position is September 15, 2019 at 11:59 PM EDT. To see the selection criteria or to apply, visit

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 TOCT and TECS Seeking New Editors-in-Chief

ACM Transactions on Computation Theory (TOCT) is seeking a new Editor-in-Chief. Nominations are due September 25.

ACM Transactions on Embedded Computing Systems (TECS) is seeking a new Editor-in-Chief. Nominations are due October 7.

ACM Publications TOMACS and TACCESS Welcome New Editors-in-Chief

ACM Transactions on Modeling and Computer Simulation (TOMACS) welcomes Francesco Quaglia as its new Editor-in-Chief for the term September 1, 2019 to August 31, 2022. Francesco is a full professor in the Department of Civil Engineering and Computer Engineering at Università di Roma "Tor Vergata."

ACM Transactions on Accessible Computing (TACCESS) welcomes Tiago Guerrerio and Stephanie Ludi as new Co-Editors-in-Chief, for the term August 1, 2019 to July 31, 2022. Tiago is an Assistant Professor at the University of Lisbon. Stephanie is a Professor at University of North Texas.

New ACM Book: The Essentials of Modern Software Engineering

ACM Books recently published The Essentials of Modern Software Engineering, by Ivar Jacobson and co-authors. The book is an in-depth introduction to software engineering that uses a systematic, universal kernel to teach the essential elements of all software engineering methods.

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, Digital Government: Research and Practice, and ACM Transactions on Quantum Computing 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 Transactions on Quantum Computing (TQC) will publish original research papers and surveys on topics in quantum computing and quantum information science. Topics can include models of quantum computing, quantum algorithms and complexity, quantum computing architecture, principles and methods of fault-tolerant quantum computation, design automation for quantum computing, quantum programming languages and systems, and more.

ACM Queue Presents: "Velocity in Software Engineering"

In this article for ACM Queue, Tom Killalea explains how while software engineering occupies an increasingly critical role in companies across all sectors, too many software initiatives end up both off-target and over budget. A surer path is optimized for speed, open to experimentation and learning, agile, and subject to regular course correcting. Good ideas tend to be abundant, though execution at high velocity is elusive. The good news is that velocity is controllable; companies can invest systematically to increase it.

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