ACM MemberNet - April 30, 2020

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ACM Names David Silver 2019 ACM Prize in Computing Recipient

ACM has named David Silver of University College London and Google's DeepMind the recipient of the 2019 ACM Prize in Computing for breakthrough advances in computer game-playing.

Silver is recognized as a central figure in the growing and impactful area of deep reinforcement learning. His most highly publicized achievement was leading the team that developed AlphaGo, a computer program that defeated the world champion of the game Go, a popular abstract board game. Silver developed the AlphaGo algorithm by deftly combining ideas from deep-learning, reinforcement-learning, traditional tree-search and large-scale computing. AlphaGo is considered a milestone in artificial intelligence research and was ranked by New Scientist magazine as one of the top 10 discoveries of the last decade.

Silver is a Professor at University College London and a Principal Research Scientist at DeepMind, a Google-owned artificial intelligence company based in the United Kingdom.

The ACM Prize in Computing recognizes an early- to mid-career fundamental innovative contribution in computing that, through its depth, impact and broad implications, exemplifies the greatest achievements in the discipline. The award carries a prize of $250,000, with financial support provided by an endowment from Infosys Ltd.
Read the ACM news release.

Maria Balcan Receives 2019 ACM Grace Murray Hopper Award

ACM has named Maria Florina "Nina" Balcan, an Associate Professor of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University, the recipient of the 2019 ACM Grace Murray Hopper Award for foundational and breakthrough contributions to minimally-supervised learning. Balcan's influential and pioneering work in machine learning has solved longstanding open problems, enabled entire lines of research crucial for modern AI systems, and has set the agenda for the field for years to come.

The ACM Grace Murray Hopper Award is given to the outstanding young computer professional of the year, selected on the basis of a single recent major technical or service contribution. This award is accompanied by a prize of $35,000. The candidate must have been 35 years of age or less at the time the qualifying contribution was made. Financial support for this award is provided by Microsoft.
Read the ACM news release.

Sarit Kraus Named 2020-2021 ACM Athena Lecturer

ACM has named Sarit Kraus, Professor of Computer Science at Bar-Ilan University in Israel, the 2020-2021 Athena Lecturer for foundational contributions to artificial intelligence, notably to multi-agent systems, human-agent interaction, autonomous agents and nonmonotonic reasoning, and exemplary service and leadership in these fields. Her contributions span theoretical foundations, experimental evaluation, and practical applications. Multi-agent systems are regarded as vital to the increasingly complex challenges within artificial intelligence and have broad applications in a number of areas.

Initiated in 2006, the ACM Athena Lecturer Award celebrates women researchers who have made fundamental contributions to computer science. The award carries a cash prize of $25,000, with financial support provided by Two Sigma. The Athena Lecturer gives an invited talk at a major ACM conference of her choice.
Read the ACM news release.

Vote in the ACM 2020 General Election; Ballots Due May 22

On 17 April, all ACM Professional Members (as of 15 March 2020) were sent voting information via an email message or postal mail from Election Services Corporation (ESC), a third party that is conducting the election. If you have not received an email and have an email address on file with ACM, please contact [email protected]. Members for whom ACM does not have email addresses will receive voting information via postal mail. View the slate of candidates for ACM Officer positions.


ACM Members Elected to Academy of Arts & Sciences

These ACM members have been elected to the 2020 class of the Academy of Arts & Sciences. Most are ACM Fellows. Academy members represent today’s innovative thinkers in every field and profession, including more than 250 Nobel and Pulitzer Prize winners.

  • Sarita Adve
  • Thomas A. Henzinger
  • Margaret Martonosi
  • Fernando C.N. Pereira
  • Ronnitt Rubinfield
  • Eugene Spafford
  • Mihalis Yannakakis
  • Alexander A. Razborov

Read the full announcement.

ACM Members Elected to National Academy of Sciences

These ACM members have been elected to the National Academy of Sciences, in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research.

  • Bonnie Berger
  • Vint Cerf
  • Ronald Fagin
  • Thomas A. Henzinger
  • Yonggang Huang
  • Elizabeth Kellogg
  • Jennifer Rexford
  • Jeffrey Ullman

Read the full announcement.

ACM Athena Lecturer Andrea Goldsmith Awarded Marconi Prize

The Marconi Society has awarded the 2020 Marconi Prize to Andrea Goldsmith for her pioneering contributions to the theory and practice of adaptive wireless communications. She is the first woman to win the award and is the 2018-2019 ACM Athena Lecturer. Goldsmith is donating her $100,000 prize to the Marconi Society to start an endowment that will fund technology and diversity initiatives. The Marconi Prize is awarded to innovators who have made significant contributions to increasing digital inclusivity through the advancement of information and communications technology.

Read the full announcement.

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: ACM-IEEE CS Ken Kennedy Award (June 15) 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 and Distinguished 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 June 3.

The Distinguished Member designation recognizes ACM members with at least 15 years of professional experience and 5 years of continuous ACM Professional membership who have demonstrated significant accomplishments or made a significant impact on the computing field. The deadline for nominations is August 1.


Request for Proposals: Global Challenges in Economics and Computation

The ACM Special Interest Group on Economics and Computation (SIGecom), with financial support from Facebook, is announcing a call to support investigation into important theoretical problems and new research applications for economics and computation (EC). The group hopes to support pilot and early-stage research that leverages advances in EC for broader societal benefit, and encourages emerging scholars with diverse perspectives to apply.

Projects should address at least one of the UN's sustainable development goals and consider gender-sensitive solutions. The deadline to submit proposals has been extended to May 22.

Submissions should make progress on these goals using techniques at the interface of economics and computation. Areas of interest include but are not limited to those mentioned in the EC'20 call for papers, including design of economic mechanisms; game theory; information elicitation and generation; behavioral models; online systems; and methodological developments.

For more details and submission instructions, see the full call for proposals. To find collaborators, explore project ideas, and get feedback from relevant experts, see the Global Challenges in Economics and Computation 2020 Facebook group.


New ACM Report Serves as Comprehensive Resource for Organizing and Running Virtual Conferences in Wake of COVID-19

Science and technology conferences are engines of innovation—essential to the incubation of new ideas, the dissemination of research, and the spawning of new technologies. But this year, with no warning, conferences around the globe are finding themselves in uncharted waters as the global COVID-19 pandemic makes physical meetings impossible. To help organizers cope, ACM has issued a new report, Virtual Conferences: A Guide to Best Practices, on how to replace face-to-face conferences with virtual ones during the pandemic.

The report is the output of a task force convened by ACM President Cherri M. Pancake to help ACM conference organizers navigate the virtual conference landscape. Composed of heavy users of online technologies, and of researchers responsible for developing them, the ACM community is well positioned to offer advice to other groups dealing with the same problems.
Read the ACM news release.

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. Submission deadline has been extended to May 15. 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.The conference will offer a virtual format; check the website for updates.

SIGGRAPH Asia 2020, November 17 to 20, Daegu, South Korea (CFP)

The 13th ACM SIGGRAPH Conference and Exhibition on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques in Asia attracts the most respected technical and creative people from all over the world who are excited by research, science, art, animation, gaming, interactivity, education and emerging technologies. Submissions of content are invited for several tracks; deadlines include: Technical Papers: May 20; Emerging Technologies: June 10; Courses: June 24; Art Gallery: July 1. Visit the conference submissions website for more deadlines and information.


USTPC Leads Multi-Group, Security Luminary Letter to State Officials Warning about Internet/App Voting Risks

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

ACM’s US Technology Policy Committee (USTPC) has worked to help keep the nation's elections secure for nearly two decades, and the Association's leaders and members have been among the leading scholars in the field. In these extraordinary times, such work has never been more important or timely.

This month, that tradition continued with the release of a letter on April 9 by eight national organizations and nine renowned individual cybersecurity experts, including ACM A.M. Turing Award laureates Vint Cerf and Ron Rivest. (Cerf is also a former president of ACM). It called on every state Governor, Secretary of State, and other election directors to not employ internet voting technologies—including mobile voting apps—in the November 2020 election due to their associated risks.

Building on the April 9 letter, USTPC Chair Jim Hendler and Michael Fernandez, Executive Director of the Center for Scientific Evidence in Public Issues (EPI) at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), also teamed to coauthor “Internet Voting Is Not the Solution to the Coronavirus Election Challenge”, an April 13 OpEd in the widely-read Capitol Hill news outlet Roll Call.

The joint letter was a USTPC initiative in collaboration with AAAS, the Brennan Center for Social Justice, Common Cause, the Computing Research Association, Free Speech for People, the R Street Institute and Verified Voting. It endorsed and attached a detailed analysis of the issues prepared by AAAS’s EPI Center. That analysis, in turn, directly cites seminal research by Barbara Simons and USTPC member Doug Jones, as well as Email and Internet Voting: The Overlooked Threat to Election Security, a joint report co-authored by USTPC with three other organizations in October 2018.
Read the ACM news release.

Now, perhaps more than ever in ACM’s long history, the talents of experts in network security, cryptography and related fields will be needed to protect the integrity of our elections and, with them, our democracy. To join USTPC and the Committee’s ongoing efforts to contribute to that effort, please email ACM Policy Director Adam Eisgrau at [email protected]. Joining is free, easy and has never been more important.


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.

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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 April 14 TechTalk with 2019 Turing Award Laureate Ed Catmull and PDI/DreamWorks Co-Founder Richard Chuang

Register to watch the ACM TechTalk, Past, Present and Future of Computer Graphics: Perspective from Two Forerunners on the Inception and Evolution of CG, presented on April 14 by 2019 ACM A.M Turing Award co-recipient and former Pixar and Disney Studios president Ed Catmull, and Co-Founder of PDI/DreamWorks Richard Chuang. Learn more about this topic on ACM's Discourse page.

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

Watch April 30 TechTalk on Responsible Data Use with ACM Fellow Jeannette Wing

Register to watch the ACM TechTalk, Data for Good: Ensuring the Responsible Use of Data to Benefit Society, presented on April 30 by Director of Columbia University's Data Science Institute and ACM Fellow Jeannette Wing. Learn more about this topic on ACM's Discourse page.

Watch May 22 TechTalk with ReCollect Systems Founder Luke Closs

Register to watch the ACM TechTalk, Integrating AWS Lambda with Your Majestic Monolith, to be presented on Friday, May 22 at 1 PM ET/10 AM PT by Luke Closs, Founder of ReCollect Systems. Terry Coatta, CTO of Marine Learning Systems and Chair of the ACM Practitioners Board, will moderate the Q&A session. Continue the discussion on ACM's Discourse page.


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.


Upcoming ACM Student Research Competitions: Submission Deadlines

ACM Student Research Competitions (SRCs), sponsored by Microsoft Research, offer a unique forum for undergraduate and graduate students to present their original research at well-known ACM sponsored and co-sponsored conferences before a panel of judges and attendees. The most recent SRC winners presented at CGO 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.
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Sherif Sakr is a Professor of Computer Science at King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences. He is also affiliated with the School of Computer Science and Engineering at University of New South Wales (Australia) and Data61/CSIRO (formerly NICTA). Sakr held Visiting Researcher/Professor appointments in international reputable research and academic institutes including Microsoft Research, Redmond, USA; Nokia Bell Labs, Ireland; Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany; University of Zurich, Switzerland; and Technical University of Dresden, Germany. His research interest is data and information management, particularly in big data processing systems, big data analytics, data science and big data management in cloud computing platforms.

For more information on Sherif, please visit his DSP speaker information page.
Sherif Sakr'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 March 18 to April 15, 2020:

ACM Student Chapter:

  • VIT-AP University ACM Student Chapter, Vellore Institute of Technology, Amaravathi, India

ACM Professional Chapters:

  • Hyderabad Deccan ACM Chapter, India
  • Podgorica ACM Chapter, Montenegro
  • Tomsk ACM Chapter, Russian Federation
  • Yelagiri Hills ACM Chapter, India


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.


Open Access to ACM Digital Library During Coronavirus Pandemic

Last month, ACM President Cherri Pancake announced that the ACM Digital Library would be open to all through June 30, 2020. "We believe that ACM can help support research, discovery and learning during this time of crisis by opening the ACM Digital Library to all," she said, adding that no fees would be assessed for accessing or downloading work published by ACM. "We hope this will help researchers, practitioners and students maintain access to our publications as well as increasing visibility and awareness of ACM's journals, proceedings and magazines," Pancake said.

"As the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic continues, we at ACM would like to do what we can to help support the computing community," Pancake said, acknowledging that many computing researchers and practitioners are now working remotely, and teaching and learning have also moved online as more and more campuses close.

ACM Interactions Magazine Responds to COVID-19

The editors-in-chief of ACM Interactions magazine—serving the disciplines within human-computer interaction—were quick to respond to the COVID-19 crisis with a new editorial platform. In late March, EICs Mikael Wiberg, Alex Taylor, and Daniela Rosner issued an invitation to makers, designers, and writers to share observations, ideas, and experiences in blog form that address the pressing matters we face in this pandemic. The response was immediate. The Interactions website was reconfigured to spotlight the blog posts as they arrive.

"HCI and design have emerging areas of research examining the use of technology in crises, and more broadly, crisis informatics," the editors state in their invitation, indicating the community's strands that connect to the personal, social, and structural changes we now face. "It's this variety of thinking and undoubtedly other works that we believe will reflect a responsiveness to the issues around COVID-19 and how those of us concerned with design have a worthwhile contribution to make." Check out the Interactions website to read the entries to date and for more information on how to contribute.

Communications of the ACM Publishes Special Section on East Asia and Oceania Region

Technology developments in Southeast Asia, Oceania, and Asia-Pacific countries including Japan and Korea are highlighted in this special section of the CACM April issue. The inventive minds of the researchers and practitioners in the region have put computing technology to great use as illustrated in diverse applications ranging from preserving cultural heritage to services designed to enhance the digital economy. Trends include advances in 5G, research in program analysis and trustworthy computing, and government initiatives in artificial intelligence and healthcare.

This section is free to read in the ACM Digital Library: click on the Table of Contents and scroll to the middle of the page to access the articles.

Authors: Please Provide Feedback to Help Improve arXiv

ACM has been working closely with arXiv to strengthen the preprint service for the computer science community. Now, arXiv is looking for input from the various communities it serves, and ACM would like feedback from our authors and others in the field as arXiv upgrades its technology infrastructure, makes changes to its policies, and considers adding new features and functionality. Please take a few minutes to complete arXiv's short survey by May 11, and ask your students and colleagues to complete the survey as well.

ACM Journals TOPS, TOIS Seeking New Editors-in-Chief

ACM Transactions on Privacy and Security (TOPS) is seeking a new Editor-in-Chief. Nominations are due May 20.

ACM Transactions on Information Systems (TOIS): Nominations due June 1.

ACM Journals TOMPECS and TACO Welcome New Editors-in-Chief

ACM Transactions on Modeling and Performance Evaluation of Computing Systems (TOMPECS) has named Leana Golubchik Editor-in-Chief, for the term April 1, 2020 to March 31, 2023. Leana is a Computer Science and Electrical and Computer Engineering professor at the University of Southern California.

ACM Transactions on Architecture and Code Optimization (TACO) has named David Kaeli Editor-in-Chief, for the term May 1, 2020 to April 30, 2023. David is COE Distinguished Professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at Northeastern University.

New ACM Journals Accepting Submissions

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: "To Catch a Failure: The Record-and-Replay Approach to Debugging"

Mozilla's Robert O'Callahan and Kyle Huey talk with Devon O'Dell and Terry Coatta in ACM Queue about Mozilla's record-and-replay debugging tool called rr. When work began on rr, the goal was to produce a practical, cost-effective, resource-efficient means for capturing low-frequency nondeterministic test failures in the Firefox browser. Much of the engineering effort that followed was invested in making sure the tool could actually deliver on this promise with a minimum of overhead.

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