ACM MemberNet - January 30, 2020

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2020 ACM General Election Slate

In accordance with the Constitution and Bylaws of the ACM, the Nominating Committee hereby submits the following slate of nominees for ACM's officers. In addition to the officers of the ACM, five Members at Large will be elected.

The Constitution and Bylaws provide that candidates for elected offices of the ACM may also be nominated by petition of one percent of the Members who as of 1 November 2019 are eligible to vote for the nominee. Such petitions must be accompanied by a written declaration that the nominee is willing to stand for election. The number of Member signatures required for the offices of President, Vice President, Secretary/Treasurer and Members at Large, is 739.

The Bylaws provide that such petitions must reach the Elections Committee before 31 January 2020. Original petitions for ACM offices are to be submitted to the ACM Elections Committee, c/o Pat Ryan, COO, ACM Headquarters, 1601 Broadway, 10th Floor, New York, NY 10019, USA, by 31 January. Duplicate copies of the petitions should also be sent to the Chair of the Elections Committee, Gerry Segal, c/o ACM Headquarters. Statements and biographical sketches of all candidates will appear in the May 2020 issue of Communications of the ACM.

View the candidate slate.

2020 ACM Special Interest Group Election Candidate Slate

In accordance with ACM Bylaw 6, the following SIGs will hold elections in April 2020: SIGCAS, SIGMICRO, SIGSIM, SIGSPATIAL and SIGUCCS. ACM SIGGRAPH’s election will commence on 15 June 2020.

ACM's Policy and Procedure on SIG Elections requires that those SIGs holding elections notify their membership of candidates for elected offices. To see the slate of candidates, please visit the 2020 ACM SIG Elections site.

In accordance with the ACM SIG Bylaws, additional candidates may be placed on the ballot by petition. All candidates must be ACM Professional Members, as well as members of the SIG. Anyone interested in petitioning must inform ACM Headquarters, Pat Ryan at [email protected] and the Secretary of the SIG of their intent to petition by 16 March 2020. Petitions must be submitted to ACM Headquarters for verification by 2 April 2020.


Vivienne Sze Inaugural Winner of ACM-W Rising Star Award

ACM-W has announced Vivienne Sze as the winner of the inaugural ACM-W Rising Star Award. The award recognizes a woman whose early-career research has had a significant impact on the computing discipline. Sze is an Associate Professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department. ACM-W President Jodi Tims will present the award to Sze at the International Symposium on Computer Architecture (ISCA 2020).

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 Prize (April 15), ACM-IEEE CS George Michael Memorial Fellowship (May 1) ACM-IEEE CS Ken Kennedy Award (June 1), 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. And read ACM President and former ACM Awards Committee Chair Cherri Pancake's article in Communications of the ACM, "Dispelling Common Myths about ACM Awards and Honors."


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.


TEI 2020, February 9 to 13, Sydney, Australia

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 "Future Bodies, Future Technologies," or how technologies could interact and interweave with our future bodies. ACM Distinguished Speaker and Distinguished Scientist Kristina Höök (Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden) and Angie Abdilla (CEO of Old Ways, New) will deliver keynotes.

DATE 2020, March 9 to 13, Grenoble, France

This year's Design, Automation and Test in Europe conference will address memories for emerging applications, architectures for emerging technologies, hardware security, and more. Scheduled keynote speakers are Philippe Magarshack (ST Microelectronics), Luca Benini (ETH Zurich and University of Bologna), Catherine Schuman (Oak Ridge National Laboratory), Jim Tung (MathWorks) and Joachim Schultze (German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases).

SIGCSE 2020, March 11 to 14, Portland, Oregon

The SIGCSE Technical Symposium is the largest computing education conference worldwide organized by ACM SIGCSE, attracting researchers, educators, and others interested in improving computing education in K-12 and higher education. Keynote speakers are ACM Fellow Juan E. Gilbert (University of Florida), Alison Clear (Eastern Institute of Technology), Lauri Malmi (Aalto University/Helsinki University of Technology), and ACM Fellow Valerie E. Taylor (Center for Minorities and People with Disabilities in IT).

CHIIR 2020, March 14 to 18, Vancouver, Canada

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, focusing on elements such as human involvement in search activities, and information seeking and use in context. Workshops will cover personalization, human-centered metrics and more. Christine Borgman (UCLA) and Meredith Ringel Morris (Microsoft Research and University of Washington) will keynote.

FODS 2020, October 18 to 20, Seattle, Washington (CFP)

The second ACM-IMS Interdisciplinary Summit on the Foundations of Data Science invites submissions of papers including (but not limited to) big challenges; models and algorithms; properties, logics, and languages; and types and classes of data. Submissions are due April 13. FODS is an interdisciplinary event bringing together researchers and practitioners to address foundational data science challenges in prediction, inference, fairness, ethics and the future of data science.


ACM Policy Groups Profile Proud History of Privacy Policy Work on Data Privacy Day

By Adam Eisgrau, ACM Director of Global Policy and Public Affairs

January 28 was first recognized as Data Privacy Day by the Council of Europe in 2007 and similarly marked in the United States by both the House and Senate in 2009. Today, it is acknowledged and used as an educational opportunity annually by more than 50 nations worldwide.

The ACM Technology Policy Council (TPC) and US Technology Policy Committee (USTPC) championed International Data Privacy Day 2020, as part of a global awareness campaign called StaySafeOnline, sponsored by the National Cyber Security Alliance.

It’s not too late for you to help the ACM Technology Policy Council and its two regional policy committees in the United States and Europe to advance the goals of the Data Privacy Day 2020 campaign and the cause of personal privacy. Take a moment to simply retweet this post and join the conversation on Facebook.

Please also consider joining the Europe or US Technology Policy Committees. For more information, please contact ACM’s Director of Global Policy and Public Affairs, Adam Eisgrau, at [email protected].


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 February 5 Talk with Lorin Hochstein: "OOPS! Learning from Surprise at Netflix"

Register to watch the next ACM TechTalk, OOPS! Learning from Surprise at Netflix, to be presented on Wednesday, February 5 at 12:00 PM ET/9:00 AM PT by Lorin Hochstein, Senior Software Engineer at Netflix. Elisabetta Di Nitto, Professor at Politecnico di Milano and Vice Chair of ACM SIGSOFT, will moderate the Q&A session. Leave your comments and questions with the speaker now and anytime 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.


Young Researchers: Apply for 8th Heidelberg Laureate Forum, September 20-25, 2020: Deadline February 14

ACM encourages researchers and practitioners at all phases of their careers (undergrad, PhD or postdoc) to apply for the next Heidelberg Laureate Forum for a chance to personally interact with laureates of the most prestigious prizes in mathematics and computer science, including the ACM A.M. Turing Award and the ACM Prize in Computing. Applications must be submitted online at by February 14. You can also nominate a candidate (on the registration form, click on the "Register as a Nominator" button at the top; you will need to enter ACM’s organization code; please email [email protected] to request this number).

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 SC19. 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 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.

Jennifer Golbeck is Director of the Social Intelligence Lab and an Associate Professor in the College of Information Studies at the University of Maryland, College Park. Her research focuses on analyzing and computing with social media, focused on predicting user attributes, and using the results to design and build systems that improve the way people interact with information online. She also studies how people perceive privacy on the web and how to build better privacy-respecting systems. Jennifer is a member of ACM and SIGCHI.

For more information on Jennifer, please visit her DSP speaker information page.
Jennifer Golbeck'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 December 9, 2019 to January 14, 2020:

ACM Student Chapters:

  • Amal Jyothi ACM-W Student Chapter, Kottayam, India
  • Amity University Tashkent ACM Student Chapter, Tashkent, Uzbekistan
  • Boston University ACM-W Student Chapter, Boston, Massachusetts
  • DEPSTAR ACM Student Chapter, Devang Patel Institute of Advance Technology and Research, Anand, India
  • IPB University ACM SIGCHI Student Chapter, Institut Pertanian Bogor, Bogor, Indonesia
  • Lovely Professional University ACM Student Chapter, Phagwara, India
  • Minnesota State University Mankato ACM Student Chapter
  • Mississippi State ACM Student Chapter, Starkville
  • Montclair State University ACM Student Chapter, Montclair, New Jersey
  • National Chi Nan University ACM Student Chapter, Puli Township, Taiwan
  • Oriental College of Technology ACM Student Chapter, Bhopal, India
  • University of Washington Bothell ACM-W Student Chapter
  • Wittenberg University ACM Student Chapter, Springfield, Ohio

ACM Professional Chapters:

  • Colombo ACM SIGCHI Chapter, Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • Doha ACM SIGCHI Chapter, Doha, Qatar


ACM-W Europe Names Ruth Lennon Chair

Ruth Lennon has been elected the new ACM-W Europe Chair. Ruth is an enterprise application developer, researcher, and lecturer in the Department of Computing at Letterkenny Institute of Technology, Ireland. She is a member of ACM, ACM-W, IEEE, IEEE-WIE and the IEEE Computer Society, and a member of the working group developing the P2675 DevOps standard. Her research interests focus on enterprise scale systems.

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, visit: Also read the ACM-W Connections newsletter for updates on ACM-W programs: local celebrations, scholarships and awards, chapters, and more.


ACM Signs New Open Access Agreements with Four Leading Universities

ACM has entered into transformative open access agreements with several of its largest institutional customers, including the University of California (UC), Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and Iowa State University (ISU). The agreements, which run for three-year terms beginning January 1, 2020, cover both access to and open access publication in ACM’s journals, proceedings and magazines for these universities, and represent the first transformative open access agreements for ACM. Under the new agreements, faculty and students of UC, CMU, MIT and ISU will continue to receive unlimited and unrestricted access to all articles in the ACM Digital Library during the three-year term. Beginning January 1, 2020, articles with corresponding authors from these institutions published during the period of the agreements in ACM journals, conference proceedings and magazines will be made openly available at the time of publication at no cost to the authors. Additionally, ACM will make deposits into institutional repositories for all co-authors from these universities. The new agreement also expands the range of rights authors retain when publishing with ACM.
Read the ACM news release.

Open Access Webinars Available for On-Demand Viewing

Last week ACM Publications Board Co-Chairs Jack Davidson and Joseph A. Konstan joined ACM Director of Publications Scott Delman to answer questions concerning ACM's policies and practices on Open Access, as well as the current state and future of ACM publishing. On-demand videos of the three recorded sessions are now available via these registration links:, and

ACM Books Welcomes Two New Co-Editors-in-Chief

ACM Books is delighted to announce the appointment of two new Co-Editors-in-Chief, Marta Kwiatkowska and Charu Aggarwal, joining Sanjiva Prasad, who was named EIC in April 2019. Sanjiva Prasad is Professor and Head of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi, India. His research interests include formal methods, programming languages and their semantics, network security, computational biology and medical applications of computing. Marta Kwiatkowska is Professor of Computing Systems and Fellow of Trinity College, University of Oxford, UK. Her research is concerned with modeling and analysis methods for complex systems, such as those arising in computer networks, electronic devices and biological organisms. Charu Aggarwal is a Distinguished Research Staff Member at the IBM T. J. Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, New York. He has worked intensively the field of data mining, with particular interest in data streams, privacy, uncertain data and social network analysis.

The ACM Books series includes books from across the entire spectrum of computer science subject matter, appealing to computing practitioners, researchers, educators, and students. The series focuses on four kinds of books: graduate level textbooks; 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. ACM Books are attractively published as ebooks and print volumes at affordable prices, and widely distributed in both print and digital formats through booksellers and to libraries (and library consortia) and individual ACM members via the ACM Digital Library platform and to retail channels through Morgan and Claypool.

We welcome submissions to ACM Books. Please contact any of the Editors-in-Chief directly or submit your book to [email protected].

ACM TODAES Seeks New Editor-in-Chief

ACM Transactions on Design Automation of Electronic Systems (TODAES) is seeking a new Editor-in-Chief. Nominations are due March 15. For more information please visit the TODAES nominations page.

New ACM Journals 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 Transactions on Evolutionary Learning and Optimization (TELO) publishes high quality original papers in all areas of evolutionary computation and related areas such as population-based methods, Bayesian optimization, or swarm intelligence.

ACM Queue Presents: "Commit to Memory," a New Column by Jessie Frazelle

Since 2011, the Open Compute Project has been a community dedicated to open source designs, data center hardware specs, and issues related to running data centers at scale. The project has expanded to all aspects of the open data center, including baseboard management controllers (BMCs). If the CPU is the brain of the board, the BMC is the brain stem. In Opening up the Baseboard Management Controller, Frazelle tries to provide a full picture of the world of the open source BMC ecosystem, including the BMC's role in a system, security concerns, and some of the projects that have been developed.

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What is the ACM Author Gateway?

ACM has released a beta site for its authors—the ACM Author Gateway. The goal of this site is to be a centralized hub for authors, containing all the information authors need from submissions (to help them get published) to post-publication (to promote their publications to increase citations.) Although the site will be developed further, authors will find information on ACM's publishing process for each of its publications: proceedings, journals, magazines, books, and newsletters. The information details why authors should publish with ACM; the production process post-acceptance; author rights and permission information; as well as the Open Access options available. Information is provided for services, such as language editing, that are available to authors to help improve their articles prior to submission. Authors will also find the contact information that will connect them with the ACM editorial and production staffs working on the respective publications.

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