ACM MemberNet - August 25, 2022

Welcome to the August 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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A.M. Turing Award Recipients Ed Catmull and Pat Hanrahan Deliver Their Turing Lectures at SIGGRAPH 2022

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Ed Catmull, computer scientist and former president of Pixar and Disney Animation Studios, and Pat Hanrahan, a founding employee at Pixar and Stanford University professor, received the 2019 ACM A.M. Turing Award for fundamental contributions to 3-D computer graphics and the revolutionary impact of these techniques on computer-generated imagery (CGI) in filmmaking and other applications. They presented their Turing Lectures, "Shading Languages and the Emergence of Programmable Graphics Systems" and "The Wild, Unexpected, Exponential Ride Through Computer Graphics," at SIGGRAPH 2022.

Call for Nominations for 2022 ACM Awards

ACM seeks your help in building and diversifying the nomination pool for our 2022 Awards. It is often the case that people wonder why a specific person who seems highly deserving has not received an ACM award. The common answer is that the person was never nominated. We ask that members help distribute this ACM Awards Call for Nominations to your network through distribution lists, related organizations, and individual contacts to help ensure that deserving candidates are nominated. It is also asked that ACM's commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion be taken into consideration when nominating. While candidates for advanced member grades (Fellow or Distinguished Member) must be ACM members, candidates for ACM Awards do not need to be members to be nominated.

For a list of all ACM awards, information about each award, and their categories, please visit the ACM Awards Webpage.

ACM Journals Shine in Latest Impact Factor Release

ACM applauds the recent announcement from Clarivate that all journals in the Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI), including 13 ACM titles, will receive impact factors in the 2023 JCR release. ACM journals indexed in ESCI include several titles from ACM’s innovative Proceedings of the ACM journal series, which publishes conference papers that have undergone a peer-review process comparable to that of traditional journals. “We are proud of the latest JCR results, which are the product of the hard work and dedication of our journal editors, editorial boards, the ACM Publications Board and Committees, and our authors and reviewers,” commented ACM Director of Publications Scott Delman. “The high level of citation activity for our journals reflects the immense value of these publications to the researcher and practitioner communities. As ACM continues its journey to becoming a fully open access publisher, we anticipate that our journals will be read and cited even more widely going forward.”

Read the news release.

22 A.M. Turing Award and ACM Prize Recipients To Participate in 9th Heidelberg Laureate Forum, September 18–23

The 9th Heidelberg Laureate Forum will offer young researchers and other participants the opportunity to connect with scientific pioneers and learn how the laureates made it to the top of their fields as some of the brightest minds in mathematics and computer science come together for an unrestrained, interdisciplinary exchange. Panel discussions include topics such as Deep Learning: Applications and Implications, Post-Quantum Cryptography, and Scientific Communication. Notable participants this year include 22 ACM Award recipients including ACM A.M. Turing Award recipients Jack Dongarra, Vinton Cerf, Whit Diffie, and Yoshua Bengio, as well as ACM Prize in Computing recipients Pieter Abbeel, Shwetak N. Patel, and Alexei Efros, among many others. The 9th HLF will be able to take place in its traditional format onsite in Heidelberg. Many sessions will also be livesteamed on the HLF website.


Call for Nominations: 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 Senior/Fellows Member Nominations

The Senior Member advanced grade of membership recognizes ACM members with at least 10 years of professional experience and 5 years of continuous ACM Professional membership. Nominations are accepted on a quarterly basis. The deadline for nominations is September 3.

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. The deadline for nominations is September 7.


FCRC 2023, June 16–23, 2023

The 2023 ACM Federated Computing Research Conference will assemble a spectrum of affiliated research conferences and workshops into a week-long, co-located, meeting in Orlando, Florida, USA. This model retains the advantages of the smaller conferences, while at the same time facilitating communication among researchers in different fields of computer science and engineering. Each morning FCRC will feature a joint plenary talk on topics of broad appeal to the computing research community. The technical program for each affiliated conference will be independently administered, and each is responsible for its own meeting's structure, content, and proceedings. To the extent facilities allow, attendees are free to attend technical sessions of other affiliated conferences co-located with their "home" conference.

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.


Tapia, September 7–10

The CMD-IT/ACM Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing Conference features panels, workshops, poster sessions, networking opportunities and a career fair. Tapia will bring together undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, researchers, and professionals in computing from all backgrounds and ethnicities. Plenary speakers are Stacy Branham (University of California, Irvine), Josiah Hester (Northwestern University), Ayanna Howard (Ohio State University), and Juan Sequeda ( The event will be held in Washington, DC, USA

UbiComp, Sept. 11–15

The 2022 ACM International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing will feature workshops on mental health, computing for well-being, technologies for education and learning, physical- and data-driven knowledge, and more. This year UbiComp will again be collocated with the ACM International Symposium on Wearable Computers (ISWC), with shared workshops and tutorials. This event will be held in-person and will held concurrently in Atlanta, Georgia, USA and Cambridge, UK, with a virtual workshop on Sept. 11.

RecSys, Sept. 18–23

The 16th ACM Conference on Recommender Systems will be a hybrid event held in Seattle, Washington, USA. Workshops and tutorials will cover topics including: will be a hybrid event held in Seattle, Washington, USA. Workshops and tutorials will cover topics including: neural re-ranking; knowledge graphs; training and deployment; reinforcement learning; causality, counterfactuals, and sequential decision-making; human resources; and much more. Keynote speakers will be Catherine D’Ignazio (MIT) and Mor Naaman (Cornell Tech).

ICN, Sept. 19–21

The goal of the 9th ACM Conference on Information-Centric Networking (ICN) is to provide accessing named data as a principal network service, with design efforts addressing the challenges that arise from the increasing demands for highly scalable content distribution. The conference will focus on current ICN research topics, featuring paper presentations and demonstrations. This event will be held in hybrid mode in Osaka, Japan.

MobileHCI, Sept. 28–Oct. 1

The ACM International Conference on Mobile Human-Computer Interaction is the leading academic conference in human–computer interaction and is sponsored by ACM SIGCHI, the Special Interest Group on Computer-Human Interaction. This year's program includes sessions and workshops including Input and Interaction, Understanding People and Robots, Augmenting Your Reality, Monitoring People, and many more. The conference will be held in Vancouver, Canada.


Fourth ACM TPC TechBrief Highlights Quantum Simulation’s “Promise and Perils”

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The ACM Technology Policy Council’s latest TechBrief, "Quantum Computing and Simulation", looks behind the hype surrounding quantum computing to highlight its much less discussed offshoot: quantum simulation. Unlike “full function” quantum computers that are not predicted to be viable for between 10 and 40 years, quantum simulators could be widely available for scientific and industrial use in as few as two years.

Despite its imminent viability and potentially huge real-world impact for good and ill, however, quantum simulation technology has received scant attention. Rather, media and government bodies have been focused on the still highly theoretical fear that quantum computers could one day defeat vital encryption systems essential to information security and financial systems. Meanwhile, the new TechBrief notes, the “promise and peril” of quantum simulation have been dangerously under-evaluated.

The new TechBrief, the fourth in the quarterly series, explores: the various yet profound societal and individual risks this technology may pose to privacy and other civil liberties; its potential benefits for agriculture, drug production, and quantum computing itself (among others); and how government, industry, and the computing field as a whole should proceed with a combination of caution and confidence in this emerging area.

The Brief’s “Key Conclusions” are:

  • Quantum simulation, a less recognized element of the quantum technology revolution, must be planned for thoroughly to realize its tremendous promise.
  • Because quantum simulators are likely to be developed far sooner than general-purpose quantum computers, such planning is needed immediately.
  • Strategic investment, and government oversight and controls, will be critical to securing the benefits of quantum simulation while mitigating both its foreseeable and unforeseen risks.

Look for the ACM Technology Policy Council’s next TechBrief in October 2022. All four issues produced to date are described and linked here online.

Have an idea for a future TechBrief? Let the ACM Policy Office know at [email protected]. All suggestions welcome!

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].


Ambassadors for ACM Grand Prize Winners

ACM congratulates Kartik Vishwasrao Binagekar, Padre Conceição College Of Engineering, India, who won the 2021-2022 Ambassadors for ACM Grand Prize, a Microsoft Surface Go 2. Winning the 2nd Grand Prize (Apple AirPods Pro), was Ayush Kumar, University of Petroleum and Energy Studies, India.

ACM also recognizes our top Ambassadors for the final three months of the program year:

  • April: Adnan Ashraf
  • May: N Md Jubair Basha
  • June: Kartik Vishwasrao Binagekar

These members also received gifts from ACM acknowledging their initiative in sharing the importance of ACM's valuable programs, such as career development and continuous learning, with others.

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 access to Communications of the ACM, eBooks and videos, an online courses program featuring in-demand skills and certifications, and the Digital Library, ACM offers more tools than ever to empower our members to succeed in the computing field. The Ambassador program offers opportunities to earn new prizes, rewards and bonus gifts with each referral.

Learn more about rules, recruitment tips and tools, and prizes.

Summer vacation season is here! ACM is pleased to offer exclusive hotel, car rental and entertainment discounts to our members through Local Hospitality. Save time and money on your next trip by visiting the ACM Travel Discount Program page.

ACM Academic Membership Option

The ACM Academic Department Membership option allows universities and colleges to provide ACM Professional Membership to their faculty at a greatly reduced collective cost. ACM offers a membership for academic department faculty at the cost of $49 per person, more than half off the standard ACM professional membership fee of $99 per year. Through this program, each faculty member will receive all the benefits of individual professional ACM membership, including Communications of the ACM, member rates to ACM Special Interest Group conferences, member subscription rates to ACM journals, and much more. To learn more, visit the ACM Academic Department Membership page or contact Cindy Ryan.


ACM ByteCast Interviews Michelle Zhou

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 Bruke Kifle is joined by Michelle Zhou, Co-Founder and CEO of Juji, Inc, the maker of the world’s only accessible cognitive AI assistant. Zhou presents five inflection points that led to her current work, including the impact of two professors in graduate school who helped her find her direction in AI. She explains what no-code AI means, why the ability for users to customize AI without having coding skills is important, and responds to the critics of no-code AI. Kilfe and Zhou then delve into the inception of her AI company that develops AI assistants with cognitive intelligence, Juji, and how it is being used as a platform to introduce AI to early education. Finally, Zhou shares thoughts on the future of software and the no-code movement, as well as the future of AI itself.

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

TechTalk: Seismic Shifts: Challenges and Opportunities in the "Post-ISA" Era of Computer Systems Design

Watch the on-demand ACM TechTalk "Seismic Shifts: Challenges and Opportunities in the "Post-ISA" Era of Computer Systems Design," by Margaret Martonosi, recipient of the 2021 Eckert-Mauchly Award for contributions to the design, modeling, and verification of power-efficient computer architecture. Systems designers are turning to a range of approaches to scale computer systems performance and power efficiency. Unfortunately, the scaling gains afforded by these techniques come with significant costs: increased hardware and software complexity, degraded programmability and portability, and increased likelihood of design errors and security vulnerabilities. The long-held hardware-software abstraction offered by the Instruction Set Architecture (ISA) interface is fading quickly in this post-ISA era. This talk will cover a range of design opportunities and challenges, with a particular emphasis on the surprising alignments between full-stack issues in both classical and quantum computing systems.

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.


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:

  • SIGCSE 2023, March 15–18, deadline October 14, 2022
  • SAC 2023, March 27–April 1, deadline October 1, 2022
  • CHI 2023, April 23–28, deadline January 19, 2023
  • ICSE 2023, May 14–20, deadline December 30, 2022
  • PLDI 2023, June 19–21, deadline March 23, 2023

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 PhD, PhD 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.

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Tarek R. Besold is an experienced researcher, innovator, and communicator at the intersection between Artificial Intelligence and Cognitive Science, working on a broad range of topics from trustworthy AI (including explainable AI and privacy-preserving AI) to cognitive systems and computational creativity. Besold holds positions as Chairman of the German Institute for Standardization (DIN)’s National Working Group on Standards and Norms for AI and as a member of the AI Expert Council of Microsoft Germany. He serves as Editor-in-Chief of Cognitive Systems Research (Elsevier) and is a frequent reviewer for high-profile AI and Cognitive Science conferences and journals. His lecture topics include “Creativity Computational and Otherwise—The Science and the Fiction,” “Developing Trustworthy AI for the 21st Century—An Applied View,” “Developing Digital Solutions to the Mental Health Challenges of the 21st Century,” and more. Besold is available to speak on these topics through the ACM Distinguished Speaker Program.

For more information about Besold, 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 June 15 through August 11, 2022:

ACM Student Chapters:

  • Assiut University ACM Student Chapter, Asyut, Egypt
  • DBCE Goa ACM Student Chapter, Margao, India
  • De La Salle University ACM Student Chapter, Manila, Philippines
  • Farmingdale State College ACM-W Student Chapter, Farmingdale, New York, USA
  • GVPCDPGC ACM Student Chapter, Visakhapatnam, India
  • JMI University ACM-W Student Chapter, New Delhi, India
  • Mutah University ACM Student Chapter, Karak, Jordan
  • Texas Tech University CR ACM Student Chapter, San Jose, Costa Rica

ACM Professional Chapters:

  • Barcelona ACM-W Chapter, Barcelona, Spain
  • FICT ACM SIGCHI Chapter, Dili, Timor-Leste

Submitting ACM Annual Report

ACM's fiscal year is coming to a close, which means it is time to submit your ACM Annual Report. The report is for the fiscal year 2022 (July 1, 2021–June 30, 2022) and is due by August 31, 2022. To complete the report online, you must log in with your unique chapter web account at

Please note, your chapter web account is entirely separate from your personal web account and should be accessible to all officers. If you are unsure of your chapter web account or need to reset the password, please follow this link: .

If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact [email protected].


ACM-W Europe: womENcourage 2022

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womENcourage was initiated by ACM-W Europe to connect women from diverse technical disciplines and encourage them to pursue their education and profession in computing. And in 2022, womENcourage invites the Arts to join the celebration! The theme of this year's celebration is "Drawing New Lines in Science." The 9th ACM Celebration of Women in Computing: womENcourage 2022 recognizes that both the Arts and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) share a focus on creative thinking, problem-solving and experiential, immersive learning, exploring the ways in which the Arts relate to STEM, often referred to as STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics). This event will be held in Larnaka, Cyprus, 21–23 September, 2022, with the option of delivering presentations online.

Visit the womENcourage web page for more information.

Rukiye Altin is the New ACM-W Europe Chair

Congratulations to Rukiye Altin, who has been elected new ACM-W Europe Chair. Altin is a Postdoc Researcher at the Christian-Albrechts University of Kiel, Germany. Her research interests include computer science education, computational thinking, information ethics and educational technology. Altin worked for 10 years as a CS teacher at K-12 level and she earned a PhD degree in the field of Computer Science Education. She has been volunteering for ACM-W since 2007. She was the past ACM-W Europe Vice. Altin has a passion for gender equality in informatics as she is actively taking the role in projects related to diversity in informatics and volunteering to spread the works of ACM-W to other regions. She is a member of the Association of Computing Machinery and a member of ACM SIGCSE and CSTA.

Read more on the ACM-W Europe website.

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 Interactions Magazine Call for EIC

The ACM Publications Board seeks an editor-in-chief or co-editors-in chief for its bimonthly magazine ACM Interactions. Interactions is a publication of great influence in the fields that envelop the study of people and computers. The bi-monthly magazine also serves as a member benefit for ACM Special Interest Group on Computer-Human Interaction. The editor-in-chief is a volunteer position responsible for soliciting and organizing all editorial content for every issue. The EiC search is open to applicants worldwide. For more information about the qualifications for and responsibilities of the position, see the EIC call. Interested candidates should send a CV and a vision statement of 1,000 words or less expressing interest and goals for ACM Interactions to the chair of the search committee, Ron Wakkary, at [email protected] with the subject line, "RE: Interactions." The deadline for submissions is September 26.

Ron Wakkary, chair: [email protected]
Subject line: RE: Interactions

Deadline for submissions September 26.

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ACM Journal on Responsible Computing Call for Submissions

ACM Journal on Responsible Computing (JRC) will publish high-quality original research at the intersection of computing, ethics, information, law, policy, responsible innovation, and social responsibility from a wide range of convergent, interdisciplinary, multidisciplinary, and transdisciplinary perspectives. Editor-in-Chief Kenneth R. Fleischmann is a Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies at the University of Texas at Austin School of Information. For further information and to submit your manuscript read the ACM news release and visit the journal homepage.

ACM Journal on Autonomous Transportation Systems Call for Submissions

ACM Journal on Autonomous Transportation Systems (JATS) aims to cover the topics in design, analysis, and control of autonomous transportation systems. The area of autonomous transportation systems is at a critical point where issues related to data, models, computation, and scale are increasingly important. Similarly, multiple disciplines including computer science, electrical engineering, civil engineering, etc., are approaching these problems with a significant growth in research activity. For further information and to submit your manuscript, please visit the journal homepage.

Games Call for Submissions

Games: Research and Practice offers a lighthouse for games research—a central reference point that defines the state of the art on games and playable media across academic research and industry practice. Inclusive in community, discipline, method, and game form, it publishes major reviews, tutorials, and advances on games and playable media that are both practically useful and grounded in robust evidence and argument, alongside case studies, opinions, and dialogues on new developments that will change games. It embraces open science and scholarship and actively champions new and underrepresented voices in games and playable media. For further information and to submit your manuscript, please visit the journal homepage.

ACM Queue Research for Practice: "Convergence"

acmqueue is proud to announce the reboot of Research for Practice and its new editor, Peter Alvaro, associate professor of computer science at UC Santa Cruz. This first installment is curated by Martin Kleppmann, research fellow and affiliated lecturer at the University of Cambridge. It includes a selection of recent research papers in a perennially interesting domain: convergent or "eventual consistent" replicated systems, through the lens of four distinct research domains: systems, programming languages, human-computer interaction, and data management. Along the way, readers will be exposed to a variety of data structures, algorithms, proof techniques, and programming models, all of which attempt to make programming large-scale distributed systems easier.

ACM Signs Open Access Agreements With Finnish and Swiss Consortiums, Yale, and Intel

ACM is pleased to announce it has recently signed a new ACM Open license agreement with Finnish academic library consortium FinELib, providing Open Access to the ACM Digital Library to 21 institutions across Finland. ACM is also delighted to announce new ACM Open agreements with Yale University, the Intel Corporation, and with the Consort of Swiss Libraries. Through these agreements, researchers and students at participating institutions receive unlimited access to the ACM Digital Library 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.


Join Us for a Reddit AMA on Quantum Computing and Simulation

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On September 19 at 12 pm EDT (9 am PDT, 4 pm UTC), lead co-author of "TechBrief: Quantum Computing and Simulation" Chris Hoofnagle will host a Reddit "Ask Me Anything" session and answer questions about quantum computing and simulation. When the discussion thread goes live, it will be discoverable here. The moderator will post his answers from the Reddit handle "u/TheOfficialACM." Share this information with your friends and colleagues, and come with questions!


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