ACM MemberNet - February 28, 2022
Welcome to the February 2022 edition of ACM MemberNet, bringing you the world of ACM and beyond. Explore the many facets of ACM with our newsletter of member activities and events. Read past issues of MemberNet online at https://www.acm.org/membership/acm-membernet-archive.
February 24, 2022
- Celebrating 75 Years of Advancing Computing as a Science and Profession
- 2022 SIG Election Candidate Slate
- 2022 ACM General Election Candidate Slate
- Judea Pearl Receives BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award
- ACM Award Nomination Submission Procedures
SIG NEWS & AWARDS
- SIGMM Call for Funding for Special Initiatives
- ACM SIG Awards Recognize Achievements in Diverse Fields
CONFERENCES AND EVENTS
- SIGCSE 2022, March 2 - 5
- HRI 2022, March 7 - 10
- HotMobile 2022, March 9 - 10
- DATE 2022, March 14 - 23
- CHIIR 2022, March 14 - 18
- IUI 2022, March 21 - 25
- MobiCom 2021, March 28 - April 1
- USTPC Comments on Feasibility of Technical Measures to Protect Copyrighted Material
- Second TPC TechBrief Flags Facial Recognition Issues for Global Policy Makers and the Public
- Become an Ambassador for ACM—You Could Be a Grand Prize Winner!
- Featured Member Benefit: LTCRplus
- ACM Academic Membership Option
- ACM and SocialCoder Team Up for Positive Impact through Computing
- ACM ByteCast Interviews David Heinemeier Hansson
- Watch ACM TechTalks with Google's Titus Winters, ACM A.M. Turing Award Recipient Pat Hanrahan and Tamara Munzner, and Two Sigma's David Kriegman
ACM CAREER & JOB CENTER
- Upcoming ACM Student Research Competitions: Submission Deadlines
- ACM Scholarships for Women Computing Students to Attend Research Conferences
- Graduating Students Eligible for Special Transition Rate
DISTINGUISHED SPEAKERS PROGRAM
- About the ACM Distinguished Speakers Program
- Featured ACM Distinguished Speaker: Carol Smith
- ACM, IEEE Computer Society Share Distinguished Speakers Programs
- Celebrating Technology Leaders, Episode 9: Mental Health, Wellbeing, and Self-Care
- Join ACM-W's Membership Email List
- ACM Queue Presents: "The Keys to the Kingdom"
- New Title from ACM Books: Applied Affective Computing
- ACM Signs New Open Access Publishing Agreement with the University of Washington
“As its name suggests, the Association for Computing Machinery has been around since the days when computers really were machines that filled entire rooms…” began a New York Times article about ACM97, a conference celebrating ACM’s 50th anniversary.
So much has changed since ACM’s founding on September 15, 1947 at the dawn of the computer age.
To mark the 75th anniversary of ACM, we’ll celebrate pivotal moments from ACM’s history through a variety of social media campaigns and we’ll look to the future of computing during a special conference in June.
We’ve started highlighting on ACM’s social media channels significant moments during its history, including polls about milestones during ACM’s development, historical videos from major events, and posts featuring interesting articles from the inaugural issues of ACM’s journals, magazines and proceedings. We invite you to follow our social media channels, and share your stories about ACM using the hashtag, #75YearsofACM.
ACM’s 75th Anniversary Celebration in June will truly be a memorable day of panels featuring world-leading scholars on topics central to the future of computing. They will imagine what might be next for technology and society ─ addressing such topics as markets and incentives, trust / risk, humans and AI, connections at scale, and global societal challenges.
Stay tuned for details about the program for the 75th Anniversary Celebration, as well as other activities related to ACM’s diamond anniversary.
In accordance with ACM Bylaw 6, the following SIGs will hold elections in April 2022: SIGCSE, SIGHPC, SIGIR, and SIGLOG.
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 2022 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 and the Secretary of the SIG of their intent to petition by 15 March 2022. Petitions must be submitted to ACM Headquarters for verification by 1 April 2022.
*ACM SIGGRAPH's election will commence on 15 June 2022.
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 deadline that such petitions must reach the Elections Committee has passed.
Statements and biographical sketches of all candidates will appear in the May 2022 issue of Communications of the ACM.
Judea Pearl, chancellor’s professor of computer science at the UCLA Samueli School of Engineering and 2011 ACM A.M. Turing Award recipient, has received the 2021 BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award in the information and communication technologies category “for laying the foundations of modern artificial intelligence, so computer systems can process uncertainty and relate causes to effects.” The Spain-based awards were established in 2008 to recognize fundamental contributions in a broad array of areas of scientific knowledge, technology, humanities and artistic creation.
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 has passed. Other deadlines: ACM-IEEE CS Eckert-Mauchly Award, March 30; Gordon Bell Prize, April 15; ACM-IEEE CS George Michael Memorial HPC Fellowship, May 1; ACM-IEEE CS Ken Kennedy Award, June 1.
The Senior Member advanced grade of membership recognizes ACM members with at least 10 years of professional experience and at least 5 years of Professional Membership in the last 10 years, who have demonstrated performance through technical leadership, and technical or professional contributions. Nominations are accepted on a quarterly basis. The deadline for nominations is March 3.
SIG NEWS & AWARDS
The SIGMM Executive invites applications for funding for new initiatives, which can only be submitted by members of SIGMM. Initiatives should focus on one, or more, of the following:
- building on SIGMM’s excellence and strengths;
- nurturing new talent in the SIGMM community;
- addressing weakness(es) in the SIGMM community and in SIGMM activities.
Proposals will be evaluated based on impact and contribution to the SIGMM community, and cost-effectiveness of the proposed budget. The selection of those to be funded will be made by a selection committee from the SIGMM Executive who make the final selection.
For more information and to submit a proposal, visit the SIGMM funding initiatives webpage.
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:
CONFERENCES AND EVENTS
The SIGCSE Technical Symposium provides a forum for educators to discuss issues related to the development, implementation, and/or evaluation of computing programs, curricula, and courses, as well as syllabi, laboratories, and other elements of teaching and pedagogy. SIGCSE TS 2022 plans to meet in person in Providence, Rhode Island, with remote participation for those who may be unable to travel to Providence.
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. This year's conference will be a fully online event. The theme of HRI 2022 is “Breaking Boundaries.”
The Twenty-third International Workshop on Mobile Computing Systems and Applications will take place in Tempe, Arizona and continues the series of highly selective, interactive workshops focused on mobile applications, systems, and environments, as well as their underlying state-of-the-art technologies. HotMobile's small workshop format makes it ideal for presenting and discussing new directions or controversial approaches.
The Design, Automation and Test in Europe Conference will be held this year as a fully virtual event. The virtual conference platform is now accessible for all participants. Participants can watch the pre-recorded presentation videos about the scientific papers. During the live conference in March, authors will only briefly pitch their work and engage in Q&A sessions to discuss their solutions and results.
The seventh ACM SIGIR Conference on Human Information Interaction and Retrieval will be held virtually. CHIIR provides a forum for the dissemination and discussion of research on the user-centered aspects of information interaction and information retrieval. CHIIR focuses on elements such as human involvement in search activities, and information seeking and use in context.
The 27th Annual Conference on Intelligent User Interfaces will be virtually. ACM IUI serves as a premier international forum for reporting outstanding research and development on intelligent user interfaces. The conference is where the Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) community meets the Artificial Intelligence (AI) community.
The 27th Annual International Conference On Mobile Computing And Networking, will be held in person in New Orleans. MobiCom is dedicated to addressing the challenges in the areas of mobile computing and wireless and mobile networking, and serves as a highly selective, premier international forum addressing networks, systems, algorithms, and applications that support mobile computers and wireless networks.
By Adam Eisgrau, ACM Director of Global Policy and Public Affairs
In response to a December 2021 Notice of Inquiry (NOI), USTPC has submitted initial Comments to the US Copyright Office on whether it is feasible to develop and deploy "technical measures" that online service providers (OSPs) might use to protect copyrighted material as initially contemplated by the 1998 Digital Millennium Copyright Act. The Committee also indicated that Lee Hollaar of the University of Utah and Pam Samuelson of Berkeley Law would represent USTPC in a series of public consultations on these matters, the first of which was convened as a plenary session on February 22.
The Committee’s Comments, drafted by Hollaar and Samuelson with IP Subcommittee Chair Paul Hyland and Subcommittee member Vint Cerf, responded to two of several questions and sub-inquiries posed by the Copyright Office:
- 6. To what extent would the adoption and broad implementation of existing or future technical measures by stakeholders, including online service providers and rightsholders, be likely to assist in addressing the problem of online copyright piracy; and
- 7. Is there a role for government to play in identifying, developing, cataloging, or communicating about existing or future technical measures for identifying or protecting copyrighted works online?
Key points made included:
- “It is unlikely to be possible for algorithmic processing alone to adequately replicate the subjective human judgment necessary to determine whether a possibly infringing use of a work meets the definition of fair use under the four-factor test articulated in Section 107 of the Copyright Act. Any such deficiency could render the use of an automated system in this context not only inaccurate and inefficient, but potentially unconstitutional;” and
- “Government could help facilitate the identification and cataloging of such technical measures by creating a clearinghouse for information about them [but] government should not itself seek to develop such standards.”
ACM’s global Technology Policy Council has issued the second in its new series of TechBriefs. The new edition focuses on policy issues raised by facial recognition and its use by governments and the private sector. Noting that “facial recognition use is increasing despite the technology’s fundamental limitations, creating profound privacy and ethical challenges,” the Brief provides a primer on these technologies for policy makers and the public, including a curated selection of thought-provoking statistics in a signature “By the Numbers” feature.
Key policy implications of facial recognition’s use highlighted in the Brief include:
- Facial recognition undermines privacy in new ways, including requiring individuals to avoid public spaces to opt out.
- Facial recognition is insufficiently trustworthy in many high-stakes applications to replace identification by a human.
- Errors by facial recognition systems continue to disproportionately and adversely affect women, minorities, and other marginalized populations.
- Claims that facial recognition technology can be used for purposes other than identifying people, such as emotion recognition, are not scientifically justifiable.
The lead author new TechBrief was USTPC member Joshua Kroll, an assistant professor of computer science at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California. It joins the TPC’s inaugural Brief on “Computing and Climate Change,” penned by principal author Bran Knowles of Lancaster University and ACM’s Europe Technology Policy Committee. All TechBriefs are freely available and searchable in ACM’s Digital Library.
ACM members are invited to suggest topics for future TechBriefs and to propose authoring a future issue. Authors are supported by the TPC’s TechBriefs Committee, ACM policy staff, as well as a professional editor. For more information on becoming a TechBrief author, please contact the ACM Policy Office at email@example.com.
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.
For many of us, long-term care is the most unpredictable and least planned for expense of retirement. It’s challenging to predict how much care we will need, when we will need it and how much it will cost. As an ACM member, you can help address this financial risk, with the help of the ACM approved Long-Term Care Resources: LTCRplus. LTCRplus monitors benefit and rate information on the top (25+) Long-Term Care insurers in America. The program selects the best in class from these companies, and helps you find the best value for coverage to match your needs. Quickly and easily compare multiple plans, including costs, from leading Long-Term Care Insurance providers.
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.
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 is ACM's series of podcast interviews with researchers, practitioners, and innovators who are at the intersection of computing research and practice. In each episode, guests share their experiences, the lessons they've learned, and their visions for the future of computing. The latest episodes features David Heinemeier Hansson, cofounder and CTO of Basecamp and the creator of the open-source web framework Ruby on Rails; ACM Grace Murray Hopper Award recipient Amanda Randles, the Alfred Winborne and Victoria Stover Mordecai Assistant Professor of Biomedical Sciences at Duke University’s Department of Biomedical Engineering; and Jelani Nelson, Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and a member of the Theory Group at the University of California, Berkeley and a Research Scientist at Google.
Listen here, or wherever you get your podcasts.
Watch ACM TechTalks with Google's Titus Winters, ACM A.M. Turing Award Recipient Pat Hanrahan and Tamara Munzner, and Two Sigma's David Kriegman
Register now for the upcoming ACM TechTalk, Visual Data Analysis: Why? When? How?, to be presented on March 10 by Pat Hanrahan, CANON Professor of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering at Stanford University and Tamara Munzner, Professor of Computer Science at the University of British Columbia. Leave your comments and questions with our speaker now and any time before the live event on ACM's Discourse Page.
Register now for the upcoming ACM TechTalk, Deep Learning for Sequences in Quantitative Finance, to be presented on March 16 by David Kriegman, Professor of Computer Science & Engineering at the University of California, San Diego and Quantitative Researcher at Two Sigma.
ACM CAREER & JOB CENTER
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.
ACM recently released the report Computational Thinking in PreK-5: Empirical Evidence for Integration and Future Directions. Although research on computational thinking (CT) within K-12 has been emerging over the past few years, few studies have investigated the teaching of CT at the younger ages. The Robin Hood Learning + Technology Fund co-funded this special research publication to examine empirically-based studies that focused on the integration of computational thinking at the elementary levels into a variety of learning disciplines including math, ELA, science, and computer science.
Read the ACM news release.
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 POPL 2022. The next conferences accepting submissions are:
- SIGGRAPH 2022, August 8 - 11, deadline April 26
- ASE 2022, September 26 - October 1, deadline July 22
- SC 2022, November 13 - 18, deadline August 5
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.
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.
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.
Carol Smith is a Senior Research Scientist in Human-Machine Interaction at Carnegie Mellon University’s Software Engineering Institute and an adjunct instructor for CMU’s Human-Computer Interaction Institute. She has been conducting research to improve the human experience across industries for 20 years and working to improve artificial intelligent (AI) systems since 2015. Her current research focus is making tools to support the creation of responsible and ethical emerging technologies such as AI and interactions with autonomous vehicles. Carol has led research and interaction design projects with nonprofit organizations, large corporations, government agencies, and academia. Her work has improved experiences with physical hardware and digital interfaces for web sites, software applications and mobile applications.
For more information on Carol, please visit her DSP speaker information page.
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.
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 14 through February 16, 2022:
ACM Student Chapters:
- AITR ACM-W Student Chapter, Indore, India
- BIT Deoghar ACM Student Chapter, Deoghar, India
- Coastal Carolina University ACM Student Chapter, Conway, USA
- MUJ ACM-W Student Chapter, Jaipur, India
- PSU-H ACM-W Student Chapter, Middletown, USA
- Riverside City College ACM Student Chapter, Riverside, USA
- URosario ACM Student Chapter, Bogotá D.C., Colombia
- VEC ACM Student Chapter, CHENNAI, India
- Western Colorado University ACM-W Student Chapter, Gunnison, USA
ACM Professional Chapters:
- Bandar Seri Begawan ACM Chapter, Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam
- Kathmandu ACM Chapter, Kathmandu, Nepal
- Nederland ACM SIGCHI Chapter, Amsterdam, Netherlands
- Tbilisi ACM Chapter, Tbilis, Georgia
- Vientiane ACM Chapter, Vientiane, People's Dem. Republic of Lao
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. Register now for the upcoming episode, “Mental Health, Wellbeing, and Self-Care: A Candid Discussion with Women Technologists,” on March 16. Leading women technologists will share stories of personal struggles, growth, and resilience and provide strategies for managing such challenges. To watch the recorded webinars, visit the YouTube playlist.
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: http://signup.acm.org/listserv_index.cfm?ln=ACM-W-PUBLIC. Also read the ACM-W Connections newsletter for updates on ACM-W programs: local celebrations, scholarships and awards, chapters, and more.
Phil Vachon, security architecture and engineering manager with Bloomberg, tells a story of how he managed to patch a new static root of trust into the bootloader after the private key was deleted. “An unlucky fat-fingering precipitated the current crisis: The client had accidentally deleted the private key needed to sign new firmware updates. They had some exciting new features to ship, along with the usual host of reliability improvements. Their customers were growing impatient, but my client had to stall when asked for a release date. How could they come up with a meaningful date? They had lost the ability to sign a new firmware release.”
Applied Affective Computing, by Leimin Tian, Sharon Oviatt, Michal Muszynski, Brent C. Chamberlain, Jennifer Healey and Akane Sano, discusses this nascent field that sits at the cross-section between artificial intelligence and social and behavioral science. This book offers readers an overview to the state of the art and emerging themes in affective computing using comprehensive review of existing approaches to affective computing systems and social signal processing.
ACM has signed a new five-year ACM Open publishing agreement with the University of Washington. The new agreement provides UW, ACM's third largest producer of research papers, with access to and open access publication in all of ACM’s journals, magazines and conference proceedings on an unlimited basis. ACM Open is ACM's transformative open access publishing model for transitioning ACM to become a sustainable open access publisher with the goal of making research publications in the ACM Digital Library fully open access upon publication.
ACM2Y advocates for a diverse group of computing students by building a targeted and resourceful community for faculty of two-year higher education programs. ACM2Y is for all ACM members who support computing education at two-year programs. By providing venues for networking, community building and communication around two-year computing programs, ACM2Y helps two-year college advocates keep abreast of changes in the education landscape as it affects two-year colleges.
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