ACM MemberNet - June 30, 2022

Welcome to the June 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 in our archive.

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View ACM’s 75th Anniversary Panels and Talks On Demand

ACM's 75th Anniversary Celebration took place at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco on June 10, 2022. This notable occasion was not only a remembrance of ACM's past, but of its current and future endeavors with a full day of panel discussions focused on some of the most recent developments in the field of computing including Balancing Trust and Risk, Incentives and Markets, Connecting Everyone Everywhere All the Time, Human-Centered AI, and Global Impact.

Learn more and watch the celebration in full here.

Mark Horowitz Receives ACM - IEEE CS Eckert-Mauchly Award

ACM and the IEEE Computer Society have named Mark Horowitz the recipient of the 2022 ACM-IEEE CS Eckert-Mauchly Award. Horowitz, a Professor at Stanford University, was recognized for contributions to microprocessor memory systems. Horowitz was the first to identify the processor to dynamic random-access memory (DRAM) interface as a key bottleneck that required architecture and circuit optimization. He pioneered high-bandwidth DRAM interfaces. In addition, modern DRAM interfaces such as SDDR and LPDDR were strongly influenced by his techniques. Horowitz was also a major contributor to the DASH and FLASH projects, which explored scalable methods for implementing cache coherency using directories rather than snooping protocols.

The Eckert-Mauchly Award is known as the computer architecture community's most prestigious award. It is co-sponsored by ACM and IEEE Computer Society and comes with a $5,000 prize. Horowitz was formally recognized with the award at the ACM/IEEE International Symposium on Computer Architecture (ISCA), which was held from June 18-22.

Read the ACM news release.

Cornell University Graduate Manish Raghavan Receives ACM Doctoral Dissertation Award

Manish Raghavan is the recipient of the 2021 ACM Doctoral Dissertation Award for his dissertation "The Societal Impacts of Algorithmic Decision-Making." Raghavan's dissertation makes significant contributions to the understanding of algorithmic decision making and its societal implications, including foundational results on issues of algorithmic bias and fairness. Algorithmic fairness is an area within AI that has generated a great deal of public and media interest. Despite being at a very early stage of his career, Raghavan has been one of the leading figures shaping the direction and focus of this line of research. Honorable Mentions go to Dimitris Tsipras for his dissertation "Learning Through the Lens of Robustness," and to Pratul Srinivasan and Benjamin Mildenhall jointly for Srinivasan's dissertation "Scene Representations for View Synthesis with Deep Learning and Mildenhall's dissertation "Neural Scene Representations for View Synthesis."

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. For awards presented at the annual June banquet, the deadline for award nominations is December 15, 2022.

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.

Gordon Bell Special Prize for Covid-19 Research

The Gordon Bell Special Prize for High Performance Computing-Based COVID-19 Research will be awarded in 2022 to recognize outstanding research achievement towards the understanding of the COVID-19 pandemic through the use of high-performance computing (HPC). The purpose of the award is to recognize the innovative parallel computing contributions towards the solution of the global crisis. Nominations will be selected based on performance and innovation in their computational methods, in addition to their contributions towards understanding the nature, spread and/or treatment of the disease. Financial support of this $10,000 award is provided by Gordon Bell, a pioneer in high-performance and parallel computing. The deadline for nominations is October 8.


Call for ACM Fellow/Distinguished/Senior Member Nominations

Fellow is ACM's most prestigious member grade recognizing the top 1% of ACM members for their outstanding accomplishments in computing and information technology and/or outstanding service to ACM and the larger computing community. Candidates for Fellow must demonstrate a sustained level of contribution over time with clear impact that extends well beyond their own organization and have at least 5 years of Professional Membership within the last 10 years. The deadline for nominations is September 7.

The Distinguished Member advanced grade of membership recognizes those ACM members with at least 15 years of professional experience and 5 years of Professional Membership in the last 10 years who have achieved significant accomplishments or have made a significant impact on the computing field. Nominations are accepted on an annual basis. The deadline for nominations is August 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 September 3.


Best Paper Awards Given at Recent ACM SIG Conferences

ACM's Special Interest Groups (SIGs) regularly cite outstanding individuals for their contributions in 38 distinct technological fields. Some awards presented (or to be presented) at conferences:

You can find them all here.


ITiCSE, July 8–Jul 13

The Conference on Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education (ITiCSE) is the premier international informatics education conference in Europe. ITiCSE 2022 will take place in-person in Dublin, Ireland, as well as online, hosted by University College Dublin (UCD) with support from the Technological University of Dublin (TU Dublin). It will include sessions, papers, and panels on topics such as security, remote learning, informatics, game-based teaching, broadening participation in computing, exploring learner resilience and performance, and AI. Keynote speakers will be Elizabeth Oldham (Trinity College Dublin), Titus Winters (Google), and Letizia Jaccheri (Norwegian University of Science and Technology).

GECCO, July 9–13

The Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference (GECCO) presents the latest high-quality results in genetic and evolutionary computation since 1999. Topics include: genetic algorithms, genetic programming, ant colony optimization and swarm intelligence, complex systems (artificial life, robotics, evolvable hardware, generative and developmental systems, artificial immune systems), digital entertainment technologies and arts, evolutionary combinatorial optimization and metaheuristics, evolutionary machine learning, evolutionary multi-objective optimization, evolutionary numerical optimization, real world applications, search-based software engineering, and more. Keynote speakers include Meinolf Sellmann (InsideOpt), Cynthia Breazeal (MIT Media Lab), and Erik Goodman (BEACON). This will be a hybrid event held in-person in Boston, Massachusetts, USA, and online.

DAC, July 10–14

The Design Automation Conference (DAC) is recognized as the premier event for the design and design automation of electronic chips to systems. DAC offers outstanding training, education, exhibits and superb networking opportunities for designers, researchers, tool developers and vendors. It will include topics and workshops including: Open Automatic Design for Neural Networks; Hardware Security; Cyber-Physical Systems; Hyperdimensional Computing for Machine Learning; and many more. This event will be held in-person in San Francisco, California, USA. Keynote speakers will be Mark Papermaster (AMD), Anirudh Devgan (Cadence Design Systems), Steve Teig (Perceive), and Giovanni De Micheli (EPFL).

PEARC, July 10–14

The Practice & Experience in Advanced Research Computing Conference (PEARC) is a community-driven effort built on the successes of the past, with the aim to grow and increase inclusivity by involving additional local, regional, national, and international cyberinfrastructure and research computing partners spanning academia, government, and industry. It will include workshops on Enhancing HPC Education and Training; Developing Robust and Scalable Next Generation Workflows Applications and Systems; Building Portable, Scalable and Reproductible Scientific Workloads across Cloud and HPC; Programming and Profiling Modern Multicore Processors; and more. Tutorials will cover topics such as auto-scaling, reducing operational costs of research testbeds, data discoverability in science gateways, supporting research with highly sensitive data, and many more. This event will be held in-person in Boston, Massachusetts, USA.

SIGIR, July 11–15

The 45th International ACM SIGIR Conference on Research and Development in Information Retrieval consists of five days of full papers, short papers, resource papers, demonstrations, tutorials, workshops, doctoral consortium papers, and perspectives papers focused on research and development in the area of information retrieval, as well as an industry track and social events. It will feature keynotes by Alistair Moffat (The University of Melbourne), Jaime Teevan (Microsoft), Eneko Agirre (University of the Basque Country), and Ruhi Sarikaya (Amazon). Workshops will include: eCommerce; Deep Reinforcement Learning for Information Retrieval; Search-Oriented Conversational Artificial Intelligence; Patent Text Mining and Semantic Technologies; Reaching Efficiency in Neural Information Retrieval; and News Recommendation and Analytics. This is a hybrid event with in-person attendance in Madrid, Spain.

EC, July 11–15

The Conference on Economics and Computation will be held in an in-person in Boulder, Colorado, USA. The program consists of numerous tutorials and workshops on topics that include: Redistributive Market Design; Total Search Problems in Economics and Computation; Learning-Augmented Mechanism Design; Algorithmic Contract Design; and Market Design. Keynote speakers are Tim Roughgarden (Columbia University) "Economics and Computation in Blockchains/Web3," and Michael Jordan (UC Berkeley), "On Learning-Aware, Dynamics-Informed Mechanism Design." The talks will be primarily in-person (including all plenary talks and roughly 80% of all parallel session talks), though there will be a livestream available as well.

PODC, July 25–29

The ACM Symposium on Principles of Distributed Computing has grown to become one of the premier conferences on algorithms for distributed computation, including the theory, design, analysis, implementation, and application of such algorithms to domains stretching from traditional long-haul networks to mobile and sensor networks. This year's event will be held in-person in Salerno, Italy. It will feature workshops and tutorials on includes workshops on Advanced Tools, Programming Languages, and Platforms for Implementing and Evaluating Algorithms for Distributed Systems; Distributed Learning; Distributed Algorithms on Realistic Network Models; and Dispersion of Mobile Robots. Keynote speakers are Michael Scott (University of Rochester), Seny Kamara (Brown University), and Merav Parter (Weizmann Institute).


Europe TPC Recommends Changes to High Value Data Set Legislation

In late May of this year, the European Commission sought public input on implementing its previously adopted legislation on High Value Datasets (HVDs). As the consultation materials explained, “the European Commission will adopt an Implementing Act specifying those High Value Datasets (HVDs) that public sector organisations will have to make available free of charge, in machine-readable format, via Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) and, where relevant, as a bulk download. Such HVDs are defined in the Open Data Directive as public sector documents, the re-use of which is associated with important benefits for society, the environ¬ment, and the economy. HVDs will be re-usable for any purpose, as is the case for open data.”

In its Comments to the Commission, Europe TPC made the fundamental observation that, “While established ‘FAIR’ principles are used as a structure to define open access in the Commission’s policy Directive (EU) 2019/1024 on open data and the re-use of public sector information, key aspects of these principles are missing from the proposed implementing Act, particularly provisions addressing challenges to the findability and accessibility of data. Europe TPC respectfully recommends that this omission be addressed in the final proposed Act.” The Committee also urged “the Commission to clarify to what extent FAIR principles must be applied in this context.” Specifically, Europe TPC recommended that:

  • The final Act should require that data and metadata be assigned a globally unique and consistent identifier
  • Consistent with FAIR principles, the final Act encourage that metadata remain consistently available even if the original data can no longer be archived
  • The Act, not merely its preamble, establish standards for interoperability
  • To optimize the reuse of data, the Act should 1) precisely describe metadata and data so that they can be replicated and/or combined in different environments; and 2) require that the provenance of data be disclosed and retained.

All USTPC Members Invited to Attend July 8 Quarterly Secretariat Meeting

The USTPC Secretariat’s next quarterly meeting will be held virtually on Friday, July 8 from 4–6pm EDT. The upcoming session, in response to substantial positive feedback from the last meeting, interested members may join the meeting as observers for the Secretariat’s business session. On its conclusion, the “floor” will then be opened to discussion among all attendees with the Secretariat. In addition, Zoom will be configured to permit all attendees to send and receive chat messages throughout the meeting. To receive Zoom and agenda information for the July 8 meeting, please send an email with “JULY 8 MEETING” on the Subject line to [email protected].

Connect with ACM's Tech Policy Groups!

To learn more about upcoming programs and the work of ACM's Technology Policy groups, follow @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 ByteCast Interviews Shyam Gollakota

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 the latest episode, host Rashmi Mohan welcomes 2020 ACM Grace Murray Hopper Award recipient Shyam Gollakota. He is a Torode Professor and leads the Networks and Mobile Systems Lab at the University of Washington's Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering. Gollakota, who didn’t know how to type on a keyboard until the age of 16, relates how he got into CS and discovered that more than just programming, it's also a toolkit people can use to build systems like an artist and solve some of the world’s most pressing problems.

In this episode, Gollakota describes his work around ambient backscatter, which uses existing radio frequency signals to power devices, and wind dispersal powered devices (and how the common dandelion provided inspiration for this research). He also talks about his work on devices used for sleep apnea and tracking and the broader promise of ubiquitous computing in healthcare, such as democratizing medical attention to areas that don’t have the same resources as the Western world. Finally, Gollakota gives some insights into the entrepreneurial journey and looks toward the future of healthcare technology.

Listen to ACM ByteCast interviews here, or wherever you get your podcasts.

ACM TechTalk: Raluca Ada Popa

Register now for the next free ACM TechTalk, "Secure Computation in Practice," presented on Thursday, June 30 at 12:00 PM ET/17:00 UTC by Raluca Ada Popa, University of California, Berkeley, and recipient of the 2021 ACM Grace Murray Hopper Award. Data breaches have remained relentless, and the data sets leaked have steadily grown in size. The core reason is that attackers break into servers where the confidential data is available. The notion of secure computation promises to keep data encrypted and protected on servers at all times, even during data processing, so that it is not available to attackers who broke in. In this talk, Popa will survey her research in making secure computation practical along two research thrusts: secure multi-party computation, and hardware enclave execution. She will also discuss the tradeoffs between these two approaches as well as describe a hybrid approach that promises to inherit some of the benefits of both.

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 applications 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 Announces Student Research Competition Grand Finals Winners

The ACM Student Research Competition (SRC) has announced its Grand Finals winners. The SRC Grand Finals are the culmination of a year-long competition that involved more than 274 computer science students presenting research projects at 25 major ACM conferences. This year's SRC Grand Finals winners are

Graduate Category:

Undergraduate Category:

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 were presented at CHI 2022. The next conferences accepting submissions are:

Learn more about competitions on the SRC submissions page and SRC guidelines for students.

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.

Minming Li is a Professor in Department of Computer Science, City University of Hong Kong. He received his PhD and BE degree in the Department of Computer Science and Technology at Tsinghua University in 2006 and 2002, respectively. His research interests include algorithmic game theory, combinatorial optimization and algorithm design and analysis for scheduling problems, as well as consistently working on the theoretical aspects of computer science with a wide scope of application backgrounds. He was a recipient of Teaching Excellence Award given by City University of Hong Kong, and his lecture topics include "Defending With Shared Resources on a Network," and "Facility Location Games: From Origin to Recent Development." Li is available to speak on these topics through the ACM Distinguished Speaker Program.

For more information about Li, please visit his DSP speaker information page.


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 the new chapters that were chartered May 18 through June 18, 2022:

ACM Student Chapters:

  • EEC ACM Student Chapter, Chennai, India
  • IIT Hyderabad ACM-W Student Chapter, Hyderabad, India
  • Instituto Tecnologico de Minatitlan ACM Student Chapter, Minatitlan, Mexico
  • University of Delaware ACM Student Chapter, Newark, Delaware, USA
  • VNITSW ACM-W Student Chapter, Guntur, India

ACM Professional Chapters:

  • Punjab ACM Chapter, Lahore, Pakistan

ACM Student Chapter Excellence Award Winners

Congratulations to the winners of the 2021–2022 Student Chapter Excellence Awards! This program recognizes ACM student chapters worldwide that display considerable initiative during the academic year. Chapters submit applications in five areas: Outstanding Chapter Activity; Outstanding Website; Outstanding Recruitment Program; Outstanding Community Service; and Outstanding School Service. Winning chapters in each of these five areas receive $500 and a "best of" icon to proudly display on their chapter's web page. The winners for 2021–2022 are:

  • Outstanding Chapter Activities: Princeton University ACM Student Chapter
  • Outstanding Website: UCLA ACM Student Chapter
  • Outstanding Recruitment: Manipal University Jaipur ACM Student Chapter
  • Outstanding Community Service: Universidad Panamericana ACM-W Student Chapter
  • Outstanding School Service: ABES ACM-W Student Chapter

Learn more about what's happening at these schools by reading their winning submissions—and how you can enter your school's chapter in next year's competition—on the Student Chapter Excellence Awards website.


Register for Episode 10 of the ACM-W Celebrating Technology Leaders Webinar Series

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 Episode 10, "Blockchain Technology: What's the Big Deal?" taking place July 20, 12 pm Pacific Daylight Time (PDT) with Bushra Anjum hosting a panel of experts on the subject: Lisa Calkins (HalfBlast Studios); Tatiana Zander (Ericsson); and Aneet Anjum (Digiwrite). Blockchain technology is a mysterious topic for many. Is it a network? A database? A cryptography algorithm? Is it the same as cryptocurrency? We aim to demystify blockchain technology, talk about the core concepts, and learn how to differentiate blockchain hype from reality. We will also explore what problems are good candidates to be solved with this emerging technology.

To watch the previous webinars, visit the YouTube playlist.

ACM-W Europe 10-year Anniversary

This May marked the 10th Anniversary of ACM-W Europe. The journey has been one of growth and friendship as the ACM-W Europe network continues to flourish, and many events have been planned to celebrate this anniversary including a gala later in the year. However, it is fitting that the celebration focuses on the valued members that have volunteered to support each other and network together to promote women in all aspects of the computing field. With each newsletter this year, a particular member's story will be told in their own words. Recently, we introduced Cliodhna Caffrey, who is studying Food Science and Health at the University of Limerick, Ireland.

Read more about Cliodhna, her involvement with ACM-W Europe, and other stories here.

Join ACM-W's Membership Email List

Did you know that ACM-W offers a general email distribution list for its members? This ACM-W public list is a communication channel for disseminating general information about ACM-W, bulletins, and upcoming events, which can be joined here. Also read the ACM-W Connections newsletter for updates on ACM-W programs, local celebrations, scholarships and awards, chapters, and more.


ACM Queue Presents "FHIR: Reducing Friction in the Exchange of Healthcare Data"

Achieving interoperability and accessibility of data among healthcare providers can be tricky. Pat Helland, a principal architect at Salesforce, spoke with James Agnew (CTO) and Adam Cole (Senior Solutions Architect) of Smile CDR, a Toronto, Ontario-based provider of a leading platform used by healthcare organizations to achieve FHIR (Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources) compliance. They discussed the efforts and misadventures witnessed along the way to a time where it no longer seems inconceivable for healthcare providers to exchange patient records. The full discussion can be found here.

ACM Signs Open Access Agreements With Tsinghua University

Tsinghua University and ACM have agreed to a new open access publishing agreement under the ACM Open license framework. Tsinghua University is one of the most prestigious universities in the world, and is committed to global advancement and well-being through teaching, research, and innovation. Through the agreement, researchers and students at Tsinghua University receive unlimited access to the ACM DL, and have the opportunity to publish an unlimited number of research articles open access.

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.


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Celebrating Women Wavemakers in Engineering!

Who is the world’s first computer programmer? Who paved the way for Wi-Fi and Bluetooth? Find the answers in our June social stories, which spotlight groundbreaking inventions by women engineers such as Ada Lovelace, Edith Clarke, Hedy Lamarr, Margaret Hamilton, Barbara Liskov, and Melonee Wise.

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