ACM MemberNet - November 30, 2021

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Organize an Hour of Code in Your Community During Computer Science Education Week, December 6-12

The Hour of Code has introduced more than 1 billion students in more than 180 countries to computer science. ACM (a partner of, a coalition of organizations dedicated to expanding participation in computer science) encourages you to host an Hour of Code in your community and give students an opportunity to gain the skills needed for creating technology that’s changing the world.

Now in its eighth year, the Hour of Code is a global movement designed to generate excitement in young people about programming and technology. Games, tutorials, and other events are organized by local volunteers from schools, research institutions, and other groups during Computer Science Education Week, December 6-12. This year's theme, #CSEverywhere, highlights the impact that computer science is making globally, as well as its relationship to different subjects, industries, career paths, and our everyday lives.

Anyone, anywhere can organize an Hour of Code event, and anyone from ages 4 to 104 can try the one-hour tutorials, which are available in more than 45 languages. Learn more about how to host an Hour of Code and how to promote your event.

Please be sure to use the #HourOfCode hashtag and @mention ACM in your posts so that we can share them with ACM’s broader audience. We’re @theofficialacm on Twitter, @theofficialacm on Instagram, and @ACM, AssociationForComputingMachinery on LinkedIn.

2022 ACM General Election Candidate Slate

In accordance with the Constitution and Bylaws of the ACM, the Nominating Committee has submitted the slate of nominees for ACM's officers for 2022. In addition to the officers of the ACM, two Members at Large will be elected to ACM Council. In addition to considering previous leadership roles both within and outside ACM, the Committee made an effort to ensure that a diversity of perspectives will be represented.

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 2021 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 745.

The Bylaws provide that such petitions must reach the Elections Committee before 31 January 2022. 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 2022. Statements and biographical sketches of all candidates will appear in the May 2022 issue of Communications of the ACM.

Call for Nominations for Fran Allen Mentorship Award

ACM announces a new award that highlights the value of mentoring in the development of computing professionals. The ACM Frances E. Allen Award for Outstanding Mentoring emphasizes contributions in mentoring students and young professionals from diverse communities. Please consider nominating a deserving individual for this unique award that promotes diversity in computing. Nominations are due December 15.


Gordon Bell Prizes Awarded at SC21 Conference

A 14-member research team from Chinese institutions was awarded the 2021 ACM Gordon Bell Prize for their project, Closing the "Quantum Supremacy" Gap: Achieving Real-Time Simulation of a Random Quantum Circuit Using a New Sunway Supercomputer. In their prize-winning work, the researchers introduced a systematic design process that covers the algorithm, parallelization, and architecture required for the simulation.

The ACM Gordon Bell Prize tracks the progress of parallel computing and rewards innovation in applying high performance computing to challenges in science, engineering, and large-scale data analytics. The award was presented by ACM President Gabriele Kotsis and Mark Parsons, Chair of the 2021 Gordon Bell Prize Award Committee, during the International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis (SC21).

Read the ACM news release.

Also at SC21, the 2021 ACM Gordon Bell Special Prize for High Performance Computing-Based COVID-19 Research was presented to a six-member team for their project Digital transformation of droplet/aerosol infection risk assessment realized on “Fugaku” for the fight against COVID-19. In April 2020, in response to the worldwide spread of COVID-19, the Japanese government made Fugaku, the world’s fastest supercomputer, available to scientists working to combat the epidemic. The research team employed Fugaku to run a variety of simulations of how COVID-19 might spread from person to person via aerosolized droplets.

This special prize is being awarded in 2020 and 2021 to recognize outstanding research achievement toward the understanding of the COVID-19 pandemic through the use of high performance computing.

Read the ACM news release.

2021 ACM-IEEE CS George Michael Memorial HPC Fellowship Recipients Announced

ACM and the IEEE Computer Society named Mert Hidayetoglu of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Tirthak Patel of Northeastern University the recipients of the 2021 ACM-IEEE CS George Michael Memorial HPC Fellowships. Hidayetoglu was recognized for contributions in scalable sparse applications using fast algorithms and hierarchical communication on supercomputers with multi-GPU nodes. Patel was recognized for contributions toward making the current error-prone quantum computing systems more usable and helping HPC programmers solve computationally challenging problems.

Read the ACM news release.

ACM Award Nomination Submission Procedures

Each year, ACM recognizes technical and professional achievements within the computing and information technology community through its celebrated Awards Program. ACM welcomes nominations for candidates whose work exemplifies the best and most influential contributions to our community, and society at large. ACM's award committees evaluate the contributions of candidates for various awards that span a spectrum of professional and technological accomplishments.

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 Past President and former Awards Committee Chair Cherri Pancake's article in Communications of the ACM, "Dispelling Common Myths about ACM Awards and Honors."

The deadline for nominations for the main awards is December 15, 2021.


Call for ACM Senior Member Nominations

The Senior Member advanced grade of membership recognizes ACM members with at least 5 years of Professional ACM membership in the last 10 years. 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 conferences:


DAC 2021, December 5 to 9, San Francisco (hybrid)

The Design Automation Conference will cover autonomous systems, EDA, embedded systems, AI, security, design on cloud and more. Keynoters include Jeff Dean (Google Research and Google Health); Bill Dally (NVIDIA); Joe Costello (Arrikto, Metrics and Qwikbit); and Kurt Keutzer (University of California, Berkeley). Some sessions will be accessible virtually/on demand.

Middleware 2021, December 6 to 10 (online)

The ACM/IFIP Middleware Conference is a major forum for the discussion of innovations and recent scientific advances of middleware systems. Highlights will include a technical program, an industrial track, panel discussions, poster and demonstration presentations, a doctoral symposium, and tutorials. Scheduled keynote speakers are Raouf Boutaba (University of Waterloo), Tamar Eilam (IBM Research) and Raj Rajkumar (Carnegie Mellon University).

VRST 2021, December 8 to 10 (hybrid)

The ACM Symposium on Virtual Reality Software and Technology is an international forum dedicated to virtual and augmented reality software and technology. Domestic participants in Japan will be able to attend in-person events at a local venue; online sessions are available to all. Scheduled keynote speakers are VR performance artist Aimi Sekiguchi and University College London's Sriram Subramanian.

WSC 2021, December 13 to 17 (hybrid)

Under the theme, “Simulation for a Smart World: From Smart Devices to Smart Cities,” the 2021 Winter Simulation Conference will feature in-person exhibits and hybrid networking events, as well as program ranging from introductory tutorials to state-of-the-art research and practice. The keynote speaker is Jane Macfarlane, Director, Smart Cities & Sustainable Mobility, University of California, Berkeley and Affiliate Scientist, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

SIGGRAPH Asia 2021, December 14 to 17 (hybrid)

The ACM SIGGRAPH Asia Conference on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques (hosted at the Tokyo International Forum) will feature paper and poster presentations, a computer animation festival, speakers from industry and academia, art gallery, courses and more. Keynotes by Toru Katsumoto (Sony Corp.) and Matt Omernick (Akili Interactive) will explore "Creativity x Technology—How to Fill the World with Emotion" and "Video Games as Medicine," respectively.


Call for Nominations: ACM Policy Award

By Michel Beaudouin-Lafon, ACM Policy Award Committee Chair

Digital technologies have a profound impact on people's lives, community structures, commercial efforts, and government projects. An increasing number of professionals from computing and other fields are devoting themselves to policy issues, which helps to guide the ways digital technology gets shaped and applied, while preventing misuse.

The ACM Policy Award was established in 2014 to recognize an individual or small group that had a significant positive impact on the formation or execution of public policy affecting computing or the computing community. This can be for education, service, or leadership in a technology position; for establishing an innovative program in policy education or advice; for building the community or community resources in technology policy; or other notable policy activity. The award, usually given every two years, is accompanied by a $10,000 prize. The 2017 ACM Policy Award went to William Wulf, the 2019 award to Barbara Simons and the 2020 award to Marc Rotenberg.

Nominations with two to four endorsement letters are due on December 15. Please share this with your colleagues and appropriate lists, so that we can celebrate the noble work of technology professionals who make valuable policy contributions.

ACM Technology Policy Council Releases TechBrief on Computing and Climate Change

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

ACM's global Technology Policy Council (ACM TPC) has released "ACM TechBrief: Computing and Climate Change," a concise report outlining the energy consumed by the information and communication technology (ICT) sector and the climate impacts of the carbon emissions resulting from that energy consumption. Released to coincide with the opening of the United Nations' recent COP26 climate summit, the report's key finding is that computing can help mitigate climate change but must first cease contributing to it.

The report points out that most analysts estimate that between 1.8% and 3.9% of global carbon emissions are attributable to information and communication technologies activities. This makes the ICT sector's carbon footprint comparable to, and by some estimates higher than, that of the aviation sector. It also underscores that, at a time when all sectors across the global economy are expected to and must reduce carbon emissions to avoid a climate disaster, computing's carbon footprint is steadily growing.

The TechBrief is the first in a series of short technical bulletins by ACM TPC that present scientifically grounded perspectives on the impact of specific developments or applications of technology. Planned to be bimonthly, and designed to complement ACM's activities in the policy arena, the primary goal of each TechBrief will be to inform rather than advocate for specific policies. The TPC's inaugural TechBrief was produced by a working group of the Europe Technology Policy Committee. Bran Knowles of Lancaster University in the UK was its lead author. Topics under consideration for future TechBriefs include facial recognition, election security, smart cities, and encryption, among others.

Read the ACM news release.

Accuracy, Fairness of Exam Proctoring Software Focus of ACM USTPC HotTopics Webinar

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

Building on ACM USTPC’s recent Statement on Principles for Secure Remote Test Administration, and a related OpEd published this month by Inside Higher Education, USTPC's HotTopics webinar series returned in November with "Policy, Profit, Privacy, and Privilege: The Post-Pandemic Future of Remote Testing Technology." Moderated by USTPC member and NY Times bestselling author Cory Doctorow, a panel of experts including lead RTA Statement author Chris Kang dove deeply into the nature, evolution, and privacy- and equity-challenging future of remote testing technologies and their likely future. Also lending their insights were panelists Barbara Endicott-Popovsky, Executive Director of the Center for Information Assurance and Cybersecurity (CIAC) at the University of Washington, and Cody Venzke, Policy Counsel for the Washington, DC-based Center for Democracy & Technology’s Equity in Civic Technology Project. The program, like all HotTopics sessions, was recorded and is archived on the USTPC HotTopics home page.

ACM USTPC Comments on NIST Promoting Access to Voting Report

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

As part of the US federal government's effort to improve access to voting, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has released a draft publication outlining barriers that voters with disabilities may encounter during the election process, as well as potential approaches for addressing them. The draft publication, Promoting Access to Voting: Recommendations for Addressing Barriers to Private and Independent Voting for People with Disabilities (NIST Special Publication 1273), forms part of NIST's response to the March 7, 2021 Executive Order (EO) 14019 on Promoting Access to Voting.

In its response to NIST's request for public comment on the draft Report (86 FR 58255), ACM's US Technology Policy Committee (USTPC) strongly reiterated the core message of related comments submitted last July, noting:

[A]t this writing all internet-connected voting technologies and systems which return an electronic or digital ballot remain insecure. Because all voters, no matter what physical or geographical challenges they face, are legally and morally owed a highly secure and private way to cast their ballots, internet-facilitated voting cannot fairly be said to provide meaningful access to the ballot at all. [S]uch technologies thus must not be relied upon to assure the voting rights of disabled and distant voters unless and until they are transparently, independently, and conclusively proven safe.

USTPC also suggested more than a dozen additions and changes to the Report. Key points included:

  • It is inappropriate to implement any electronic ballot return systems before there is some scientific way of reliably securing them;
  • In any hand recount or hand audit of an election, the voter's original ballot paper should be the one counted, not a "remade" ballot generated by software; and
  • The needs and rights of deaf and functionally deaf voters, not only those visually or mobility challenged, also must be fully accommodated by all voting systems.

Connect with ACM's Tech Policy Groups!

To learn more about upcoming programs and the work of ACM's Technology Policy groups, follow @ACMpolicy, @USTPC, and @EuropeTPC on Twitter. If you're interested in contributing to the work of ACM's Europe or US Technology Policy Committees, please email [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.

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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.


ACM ByteCast Interviews Amanda Randles

ACM ByteCast is ACM's series of podcast interviews with researchers, practitioners, and innovators who are at the intersection of computing research and practice. In each monthly episode, guests share their experiences, the lessons they've learned, and their own visions for the future of computing. The latest episode features Amanda Randles, Assistant Professor of Biomedical Sciences at Duke University and an ACM Grace Murray Hopper Award recipient.

Watch ACM TechTalk with ACM Fellow Daniel Jackson

Watch the ACM TechTalk, The Essence of Software, to be presented on Wednesday, December 1 at 12:00 PM EST/9:00 AM PT by Daniel Jackson, Professor of Computer Science at MIT and an ACM Fellow. George Fairbanks, a software engineer at Google, will moderate Q&A session following the talk.

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.


US High School Students Encouraged to Apply for 2021-2022 ACM/CSTA Cutler-Bell Prize

Every year, the ACM/CSTA Cutler-Bell Prize in High School Computing recognizes talented high school students in computer science. The intent of the program is to promote and encourage the field of computer science, as well as to empower young and aspiring learners to pursue computing challenges outside of the traditional classroom environment.

The application process involves a Challenge that focuses on having the student develop an artifact that engages modern computing technology and 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 10, 2022.

Up to four winners will be selected and each will be awarded a $10,000 prize, which will be administered through the financial aid department at the university the student will attend. The prizes are funded by a $1 million endowment established by David Cutler and Gordon Bell.

Detailed information, including the link to the online application, is available on the ACM/CSTA Cutler-Bell Prize in High School Computing website.

Young Researchers: Apply for 9th Heidelberg Laureate Forum, September 18-23, 2022

Young researchers are invited to apply for one of the 200 coveted spots to participate in the Heidelberg Laureate Forum (HLF), an annual event. The HLF offers all accepted young researchers the great opportunity to personally meet the winners of the most prestigious prizes in their fields.

For one week, recipients of the ACM A.M. Turing Award and the ACM Prize in Computing (Computer Science), the Abel Prize (Mathematics), the Fields Medal (Mathematics), and the Nevanlinna Prize (Mathematical Aspects of Information Science) will engage in a cross-generational scientific dialogue with young researchers in Heidelberg, Germany.

The ninth HLF will take place September 18 to 23, 2022. This prominent and versatile event combines scientific, social and outreach activities in a unique atmosphere, and is fueled by comprehensive exchange and scientific inspiration. If meeting in person is not safely possible, a digital alternative will be developed that creates spaces for effective, sustainable interaction.

Applications must be submitted online by February 11, 2022 via the registration form. 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). Successful candidates will be selected by an international committee of experts to ensure that only the most qualified candidates are invited. Those who are accepted will be notified in April.

Upcoming ACM Student Research Competitions: Submission Deadlines

ACM Student Research Competitions (SRCs) 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 SC 2021. The next conferences accepting submissions are:

  • ICSE 2022, May 21-29, deadline December 31
  • CHI 2022, April 3-May 5, deadline January 13

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.

Siddhant Agarwal is Program Coordinator with the Developer Relations team at Google in India. As part of his role at Google, he takes care of the Developer Student Clubs program, Google Developer Experts program and TensorFlow User Groups in India. With more than five years of industry experience, he has found his passion in ed-tech initiatives, community building, design innovation, startup ecosystems and building for the next billion users. Siddhant has also been an Intel Software Innovator, working in their developer advocacy and speakership program.

For more information on Siddhant, please visit his DSP speaker information 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.


The Hour of Code Is Coming—Plan Events for Your Chapter During Computer Science Education Week, December 6-12

The Hour of Code has introduced more than 1 billion students in more than 180 countries to computer science. This year, with your chapter's participation, we can make it bigger and better than ever!

The Hour of Code is a global movement designed to generate excitement in young people about programming and technology. Games, tutorials, and other events are organized by local volunteers from schools, research institutions, and other groups during Computer Science Education Week, December 6-12. This year's theme #CSEverywhere, highlights the impact that computer science is making globally, as well as its relationship to different subjects, industries, career paths, and our everyday lives.

Anyone, anywhere can organize an Hour of Code event, and anyone from ages 4 to 104 can try the one-hour tutorials, which are available in more than 45 languages. Learn more about how to host an Hour of Code and how to promote your event.

We encourage your chapter to organize an Hour of Code event, and to share posts from your event to your social networks. Please be sure to use the #HourOfCode hashtag and @mention ACM in your posts so we can share them with ACM's broader audience. We're @theofficialacm on Twitter, @theofficialacm on Instagram, and @ACM, AssociationForComputingMachinery on LinkedIn.

We'll provide official recognition to your chapter in a special ACM Bulletin to all ACM members and an upcoming Communications of the ACM issue. Please send a brief description of your plans by December 2 to [email protected].

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 October 13 to November 10, 2021:

ACM Student Chapters:

  • Ajman University ACM Student Chapter, Ajman, United Arab Emirates
  • Ashland University ACM Student Chapter, Ashland, Ohio
  • CCET ACM-W Student Chapter, Chandigarh College of Engineering and Technology, Chandigarh, India
  • Fayetteville State University ACM-W Student Chapter, Fayetteville, North Carolina
  • Illinois State University ACM Student Chapter, Normal
  • Jinnah University for Women ACM-W Student Chapter, Karachi, Pakistan

ACM Professional Chapter:

  • Metaverse ACM SIGCHI Chapter (Virtual Chapter), Turkey


Celebrating Technology Leaders, Episode 8: Machine Learning Careers: Looking Beyond the Hype

By highlighting successful technical women who are leading diverse careers in the technology industry, ACM-W’s webinar series, Celebrating Technology Leaders, aims to inform students and early-career professionals about the multitude of career options open to them. The latest episode featured "Machine Learning Careers: Looking Beyond the Hype" on October 20; previous webinars featured tech entrepreneurship, UI/UX, data, robotics, cybersecurity and tech "returnships" for women. To watch the recorded webinars, visit the YouTube playlist.

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 Publications Welcome New Editors-in-Chief

ACM Transsactions on Graphics (TOG) welcomes Carol O'Sullivan as its new Editor-in-Chief. The appointment is from November 1, 2021 to October 31, 2024. Carol is Professor of Visual Computing at Trinity College Dublin.

Journal of the ACM (JACM) welcomes Venkatesan Guruswami as its new Editor-in-Chief. The appointment is from December 1, 2021 to November 30, 2024. Venkatesan is a Computer Science Professor at Carnegie Mellon University.

ACM Transactions on Computing Education (TOCE) welcomes Amy J. Ko as its new Editor-in-Chief. The appointment is from December 1, 2021 to November 30, 2024. Amy is a Professor and Informatics Program Chair at the University of Washington.

Distributed Ledger Technologies: Research and Practice: Submission Site Now Open

The new ACM journal Distributed Ledger Technologies: Research and Practice (DLT) seeks to publish high quality, interdisciplinary research on the research and development, real-world deployment, and/or evaluation of distributed ledger technologies, e.g., blockchain, cryptocurrency, and smart contract. DLT will offer original research work and innovative practice-driven advancements by DLT experts and researchers from academia and public- and private-sector organizations. For more information see the Call for Papers and visit the submission site.

ACM Queue Presents: "Designing UIs for Static Analysis Tools"

Static-analysis tools suffer from usability issues such as a high rate of false positives, lack of responsiveness, and unclear warning descriptions and classifications. In their article for ACM Queue, researchers from the University of Alberta and Google Zurich explore the effect of applying user-centered approach and design guidelines to SWAN, a security-focused static-analysis tool for the Swift programming language. SWAN is an interesting case study for exploring static-analysis tool usability because of its large target audience, its potential to integrate easily into developers' workflows, and its independence from existing analysis platforms.

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