ACM MemberNet - September 26, 2019

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September 26, 2019

















ACM Launches New Diversity & Inclusion Council

Recognizing the need for its governance and activities to involve people from diverse backgrounds and perspectives, ACM has created a new Diversity & Inclusion Council, a cross-cutting group charged with coordinating and promoting diversity and inclusion efforts throughout the organization. ACM invests in a number of programs that focus specifically on different aspects of diversity and inclusion:

  • Regional Councils in Europe, India, and China
  • ACM-W, the ACM Community of Support for Women in Computing
  • The annual Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing and Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing
  • The Computer Science Teachers Association
  • Maintaining and updating the ACM Code of Ethics and the Policy Against Harassment at ACM Activities

The Diversity & Inclusion Council will build on these activities to ensure that anyone, from any background, feels encouraged to participate and contribute to ACM.

Watch Recording of Yoshua Bengio Delivering Turing Lecture at Heidelberg Laureate Forum

ACM A.M. Turing Award laureate Yoshua Bengio delivered his Turing Lecture at the Heidelberg Laureate Forum (HLF) on September 23. Bengio received the 2018 Turing Award with Geoffrey Hinton and Yann LeCun for conceptual and engineering breakthroughs that have made deep neural networks a critical component of computing. The video of his lecture is now available to view on the official HLF YouTube channel. Hinton and LeCun delivered their Turing Lectures at FCRC 2019, ACM's Federated Computing Research Conference, on June 23. Watch a video of their lectures on the Turing Award site.

2020 ACM Special Interest Group Elections

In accordance with ACM Bylaw 6, the following SIGs will hold elections in 2020: SIGCAS, SIGMICRO, SIGSIM, ACM SIGGRAPH, SIGSPATIAL, and SIGUCCS.


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 nominations is January 15, 2020. The remaining award nomination 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 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.


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:


GHC 2019, October 1 to 4, Orlando, Florida

The Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing is the world's largest gathering of women technologists. Sessions will address security and privacy; Internet of Things; inclusion and cultural awareness; architecture and design of large-scale software; and more. Scheduled keynote speakers are Aicha Evans (CEO, Zoox), Ana Roca Castro (CEO, Genius Plaza), Nonny de la Peña (CEO and founder, Emblematic Group), and Vivienne Ming (co-founder, Socos Labs).

MICRO 2019, October 12 to 16, Columbus, Ohio

The 52nd IEEE/ACM International Symposium on Microarchitecture is the premier forum for presenting, discussing, and debating innovative microarchitecture ideas and techniques for advanced computing and communication systems. Several sessions will address machine learning. Krste Asanovic (University of California, Berkeley), Bill Dally (Stanford University), and Lynn Conway (University of Michigan) will keynote.

UIST 2019, October 20 to 23, New Orleans, Louisiana

The ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology is the premier forum for innovations in human-computer interfaces. Scheduled keynote speakers are Elizabeth Gerber (IBM) and Cristina Videira Lopes (University of California, Irvine). Technical paper session topics include Augmented and Mixed Reality, VR Headsets, Accessibility and more.

SPLASH 2019, October 20 to 25, Athens, Greece

The ACM SIGPLAN conference on Systems, Programming, Languages and Applications: Software for Humanity iembraces all aspects of software construction and delivery to make it the premier conference at the intersection of programming, languages, and software engineering. The Rebase track will feature speakers of interest to software practitioners and researchers. Scheduled keynote speakers are Michael Lippautz (Google) and Anastasia Mavrommati (Mathworks).

ACMMM 2019, October 21 to 25, Nice, France

Since 1993, ACM Multimedia has been bringing together researchers and practitioners from academia and industry to present innovative research results and discuss recent advancements. A special part of the conference is the art program, which explores the boundaries of computer science and art. Keynote speakers are Jean Carrive (INA, France), Mireille Hildebrandt (Vrije Universiteit Brussel), Maria Menendez-Blanco and Pernille Bjørn (University of Copenhagen).

MobiCom 2019, October 21 to 25, Los Cabos, Mexico

The International Conference on Mobile Computing and Networking is dedicated to addressing challenges in mobile computing and wireless and mobile networking. Session topics include Computational Health, Video Streaming, Wireless Sensing, Mobile Interfaces and more. Keynotes will be delivered by Maja Mataric (University of Southern California) and Carlos Guestrin (University of Washington, Apple).

ASSETS 2019, October 28 to 30, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

The 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 Karen Nakamura, the Robert and Colleen Haas Distinguished Chair in Disability Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, who is creating the Berkeley Disability Lab.


ACM Creates Tech Policy Council to Provide Global Perspective on Critical Technology Issues

ACM has formed a new ACM Technology Policy Council to coordinate the agenda for its policy activities around the globe. The newly-launched council will serve as the central convening point for ACM's interaction with government organizations, the computing community, and the public in matters of public policy related to information technology and computing. The TPC oversees ACM's policy work globally and coordinates ACM's efforts across national, regional, and international policy arenas. In the United States, the ACM US Technology Policy Committee (USTPC) serves as the focal point for interactions with US policy leaders. Lorraine Kisselburgh, Fellow at Purdue University's Center for Education and Research in Information Assurance and Security (CERIAS), is the group's Chair.
Read the ACM news release.


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'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 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 October 8 TechTalk on Recommender Systems with ACM Software System Award Winner Joseph A. Konstan

Register to watch the ACM TechTalk, Recommender Systems: Beyond Machine Learning, to be presented on Tuesday, October 8 at 4:00 PM ET/1:00 PM PT by ACM Software System Award Winner Joseph A. Konstan, Distinguished McKnight University Professor and Distinguished University Teaching Professor at the University of Minnesota. Bart Knijnenburg, Assistant Professor in Human-Centered Computing at the Clemson University School of Computing, will moderate the Q&A session following the talk. 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.


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.


Students: Apply Now for 2019-2020 ACM/CSTA Cutler-Bell Prize

The ACM/CSTA Cutler-Bell Prize in High School Computing recognizes talented high school students in 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 12, 2020. Apply here.

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:

  • SIGCSE 2020, March 11-14, deadline October 18
  • POPL 2020, January 19-25, deadline November 15
  • CHI 2020, April 25-30, deadline January 6, 2020
  • ICSE 2020, May 23-29, deadline January 6, 2020

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 Community of Support for Women in Computing (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 Eunice Sari. At Google, Eunice is the first Asian female expert in Product Design and Strategy. She has helped many international startups from USA, Australia, Europe, Latin America, Africa and Asia through Google Launchpad and Accelerator programs to improve their business. She is currently the ACM SIGCHI VP for Chapters, where she is overseeing and promoting the SIGCHI Chapters program, and the relationship between SIGCHI and its chapters.

For more information on Eunice, please visit her DSP speaker information page.
Eunice Sari'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 13 to September 8, 2019:

ACM Student Chapters:

  • California Baptist University ACM Student Chapter, Riverside
  • PES University EC Campus ACM Student Chapter, Bangalore
  • RAIT ACM Student Chapter, Ramrao Adik Institute of Technology, Navi Mumbai, India
  • Sahyadri ACM Student Chapter, Sahyadri College of Engineering & Management, Adyar, India
  • University of Belize ACM Student Chapter, Belmopan

ACM Professional Chapter:

  • Jaipur ACM Chapter, Jaipur, India


Call for ACM-W Rising Star Award Nominations

The ACM-W Rising Star Award is a new award that will recognize a woman whose early-career research has had a significant impact on the computing discipline, as measured by factors such as frequent citation of their work, creation of a new research area, a high degree of technology transfer and/or other positive influences and societal impact. The award will be given annually, and the recipient will receive a framed certificate and $1,000 stipend. Nominations will open on October 1 and close on November 15. This award was established based on a donation from Andrea Goldsmith, who was named the 2018-2019 ACM Athena Lecturer.

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 TECS Seeking New Editor-in-Chief

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

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: "Persistent Memory Programming on Conventional Hardware"

In this article for ACM Queue, Terence Kelly explains how the persistent memory style of programming can dramatically simplify application software. Driven by the advent of byte-addressable non-volatile memory, the persistent memory style of programming will gain traction among developers, taking its rightful place alongside existing paradigms for managing persistent application state. Until NVM becomes available on all computers, developers can use the techniques presented in this article to enjoy the benefits of persistent memory programming on conventional hardware.

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