ACM MemberNet - February 27, 2020

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February 27, 2020















ACM Celebrates Black History Month

ACM has been celebrating Black History Month this year by posting responses from African American ACM Fellows, volunteers and members to questions about their careers in computing. View a webpage featuring their responses, and learn about what inspired them to pursue careers in computing, how underrepresentation shapes the experiences of African Americans in computing, and what can be done to combat racial bias in computing and technology.

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.


Vicki Hanson Elected to National Academy of Engineering

ACM CEO and Executive Director Vicki L. Hanson has been elected as a member of the National Academy of Engineering. Also joining NAE's class of 2020 are ACM Fellows Joel Emer, James F. Kurose, Fei-Fei Li, Abigail Sellen and Peter W. Shor. Election to the National Academy of Engineering is among the highest professional distinctions accorded to an engineer. Academy membership honors those who have made outstanding contributions to engineering research, practice, or education.

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.


CODASPY 2020, March 16 to 18, New Orleans, Louisiana POSTPONED

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 Trusted Environments; Access Control and Authorization; Adversarial Machine Learning; Mobile Security; IoT and more. A panel will address "A Vision for Winning the Cybersecurity Arms Race." James Joshi (University of Pittsburgh and NSF) and Somesh Jha (University of Wisconsin—Madison) will deliver keynotes.

IUI 2020, March 17 to 20, Cagliari, Italy CANCELED

The 25th 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 Brad A. Myers (Carnegie Mellon University), Margaret Burnett (Oregon State University), and Ana Paiva (University of Lisbon).

HRI 2020, March 23 to 26, Cambridge, UK CANCELED

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 Ayanna Howard (Georgia Institute of Technology), Lola Cañamero (University of Hertfordshire), and Stephanie Dinkins, a transmedia artist who creates platforms for dialog about AI as it intersects race, gender, aging, and our future histories.

SAC 2020, March 30 to April 3, Brno, Czech Republic CANCELED

The ACM/SIGAPP Symposium on Applied Computing gathers computing professionals engaged in the development of new computing applications. Tracks will cover topics ranging from operating systems to intelligent robots to web technologies. Tutorials will cover graphical user interfaces for scriptless test automation, bioinformatics, low-power wireless technologies for IoT and more. Scheduled keynote speakers are Irwin King (Chinese University of Hong Kong) and Jan Faigl (Czech Technical University in Prague).

CHIL 2020, April 2 to 4, Toronto, Canada POSTPONED

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.


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.

Looking for a Spring Break? ACM is pleased to offer an exclusive worldwide travel discount service to our members through Local Hospitality. ACM members have been saving over $50 per booking. Any hotel, any car, anywhere, anytime! 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 February 26 TechTalk with Tulsee Doshi: "Fairness in Machine Learning"

Register to watch the ACM TechTalk, Fairness in Machine Learning, presented on February 26 by Tulsee Doshi, Product Lead for Google's ML Fairness Effort. Eve Andersson, Director of Accessibility at Google and Member of the ACM Practitioners Board, moderated the Q&A session. Learn more about this topic 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.


Latest Draft of Computing Competencies for Undergraduate Data Science Curricula: Call for Comments

The ACM Data Science Task Force is pleased to announce the release of Draft 2 of Computing Competencies for Undergraduate Data Science Curricula. The document endeavors to define what the computing/computational contributions are to the new field of data science, and provide guidance on computing-specific competencies in data science for departments offering such programs of study at the undergraduate level. It recognizes the inherent interdisciplinarity of data science and situates computing-specific competencies within the broader interdisciplinary space. The task force welcomes comments on the report; please submit feedback through the form on the website. The comment period is open through March 31.


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 POPL 2020. 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.

Albert Bifet is Full Professor at University of Waikato in New Zealand and LTCI, Telecom Paris, IP-Paris. Previously he worked at Huawei Noah's Ark Lab in Hong Kong, Yahoo Labs in Barcelona, University of Waikato and UPC BarcelonaTech. He is the co-author of a book on Machine Learning for Data Streams from MIT Press, and author of a book on Adaptive Stream Mining and Pattern Learning and Mining from Evolving Data Streams. He is one of the leaders of MOA, scikit-multiflow, Apache SAMOA and streamDM software environments for implementing algorithms and running experiments for online learning from evolving datastreams. Albert has served as Co-chair of the Industrial Track of IEEE MDM 2016, ECML PKDD 2015, KDD BigMine (2019-2012), and Data Streams Track of the ACM/SIGAPP Symposium on Applied Computing (SAC 2020-2021).

For more information on Albert, please visit his DSP speaker information page.
Albert Bifet'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 15 to February 12, 2020:

ACM Student Chapters:

  • California State University/Chico ACM-W Student Chapter
  • Christ University ACM Student Chapter, Bangalore, India
  • LAUTECH ACM Student Chapter, Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso, Nigeria
  • SSCBS ACM Student Chapter, Shaheed Sukhdev College of Business Studies, New Delhi, India
  • UAP ACM Student Chapter, University of Asia Pacific, Dhaka, Bangladesh
  • University of Porto Faculty of Engineering ACM Student Chapter, Porto, Portugal
  • VJIT ACM Student Chapter, Vidya Jyothi Institute of Technology, Hyderabad, India

ACM Professional Chapters:

  • China ACM SIGWEB Chapter, Nanjing
  • Cincinnati ACM Chapter, Liberty Township, Ohio
  • Coimbatore ACM Chapter, Coimbatore, India
  • Informatics ACM Chapter, Amman, Jordan
  • Trondheim ACM-W Chapter, Trondheim, Norway


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.


Digital Government: Research and Practice Launches

ACM has launched Digital Government: Research and Practice (DGOV), a new interdisciplinary open access journal on the impact of technology on governance and public institutions. DGOV presents applied and empirical research from academics, practitioners, designers and technologists, using political, policy, social, computer and data science methodologies. The target audience for the new journal includes academics, researchers, data science practitioners, students, government officials and policymakers, businesses that work with governments, journalists, legal experts, teachers, librarians, and individual citizens and advocacy groups. The methodologies of these researchers are often as diverse as expected from different disciplines, ranging from highly technical and scientific rigors to empirical social scientific methods to highly creative approaches.
Read the ACM news release.

ACM Transactions on Embedded Computing Systems Welcomes Tulika Mitra as Editor-in-Chief

ACM Transactions on Embedded Computing Systems (TECS) has named Tulika Mitra Editor-in-Chief, for the term April 1, 2020 to March 31, 2023. Tulika is Provost's Chair Professor of Computer Science at the School of Computing, National University of Singapore.

Publons Reviewer Recognition Service

In an effort to better serve—and incentivize—ACM reviewers, ACM has partnered with the Publons Reviewer Recognition Service, which allows reviewers to create a profile and to track, verify and promote their efforts for ACM publications. Publons—operating on over 5,000 scholarly journals—is owned by Clarivate Analytics and offers a verified record of a reviewer's editorial activity for a publication that can be used for CVs, profiles, tenure packages, and more.

Publons is an opt-in service and does not compromise the blind or double-blind review process. Only the journal name for each review is associated with the reviewer's profile, enough for a reviewer to get verified recognition for his or her work but not revealing any confidential details. Furthermore, there is typically a natural delay between the time a reviewer submits a review (and opts in for Publons recognition) and when the authors get the reviewer's feedback (which is the delay between the time it takes for all reviews to be completed and then for the editor to make a decision). This delay further impedes reviewer identification.

Publons has been implemented in the ScholarOne submission sites, and ACM will work on implementing it in Editorial Manager. At the top of the reviewer form within the submission system, the first question presented is whether the reviewer would like to participate, with a link to get started.

Should you have any questions, please contact the ACM Journals Manager at [email protected].

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 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.

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: "Securing the Boot Process"

In her second column for ACM Queue, Jessie Frazelle explains the hardware root of trust. The boot sequence for a machine is much like a relay race, where you know the members of your team and trust them to do their part. With machines, this chain of trust is a bit more complex. How can we verify that each step in the boot sequence is running software we know is secure? The goal of a hardware root of trust is to verify that the software installed in every component of the hardware is the software that was intended.

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