ACM MemberNet - May 25, 2023
May 25, 2023
Welcome to the May 2023 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 On Demand: Bob Metcalfe Gives His A.M. Turing Award Lecture
- ACM Technical Awards Recipients Impacted Datacenter Networks, Software, Algorithms, and AI
- ACM Honors Four Outstanding Individuals for Their Service to the Community
- Recent UCLA Computer Grad Receives ACM Doctoral Dissertation Award
- ACM and CSTA Announce 2022-2023 Cutler-Bell Prize Student Recipients
- Call for Nominations for ACM Awards
- ACM Members Recognized by American Academy of Arts and Science
- ACM Members Inducted Into the National Academy of Sciences
- ACM Members Elected Fellows of the Royal Society
- Call for ACM Senior Member Nominations
DIVERSITY, EQUITY, AND INCLUSION
CONFERENCES AND EVENTS
- MMSys 2023, June 7–10
- PLDI 2023, June 17–21
- ISCA 2023, June 17–23
- MobiSys 2023, June 18–22
- SIGMOD/PODS 2023, June 18–23
- SIGMETRICS 2022, June 19–22
- PODC 2023, June 19–23
- IDC 2023, June 19–23
- STOC 2023, June 20–23
- USTPC Comments to FDA on AI and Pharmaceutical Manufacturing
- Europe TPC Advises European Commission in Diverse Proceedings
- View on Demand: HotTopics Webinar on Generative AI
- Connect with ACM's Tech Policy Groups
- Become an Ambassador for ACM—You Could Be a Grand Prize Winner!
- Featured Member Benefit: Discounts and Special Offers
- ACM Academic Department Membership Option
- Join the ACM2Y Executive Board
- 2023 Computer Science Curriculum Guidelines Revision
- EngageCSEdu Instructional Materials Now Available in ACM DL
- ACM Summer School on Data Science 2023
- ACM Announces Student Research Competition Grand Finals Winners
- Upcoming ACM Student Research Competitions: Submission Deadlines
- Graduating Students Eligible for Special Transition Rate
DISTINGUISHED SPEAKERS PROGRAM
- ACM-W Rising Star Award Recipient: Dr Manya Ghobadi
- Above and Beyond Scholarship: Adriana Wilde
- womENcourage: Trondheim, Norway, 20-22 September 2023
- ACM Scholarships for Women Computing Students to Attend Research Conferences
- Join ACM-W's Membership Email List
- acmqueue: "Designing a Framework for Conversational Interfaces"
- ACM Transactions on Modeling and Computer Simulation Welcomes New Editor-in-Chief
- ACM Transactions on Economics and Computation Call for EIC Nominations
- New ACM Books
- New ACM Journals Open for Submissions
- ACM Open: Apple Inc and Lenovo Sign Agreements
ACM CAREER & JOB CENTER
2022 ACM A.M. Turing Award recipient Bob Metcalfe delivered his Turing Lecture, “Connectivity,” at The Web Conference 2023, on Sunday, April 30. In the lecture, Metcalfe examines the most impactful influence on the human condition in recent history—the Internet, which could not exist without Ethernet. He also reflects upon the history of Ethernet as well as its evolution and legacy. Learn more about Metcalfe’s contributions on the ACM AM Turing website.
View his Turing Lecture on demand on ACM's YouTube.
ACM has announced the recipients of four prestigious technical awards. These leaders were selected by their peers for making contributions to groundbreaking research and practical applications that impact people using technology every day.
Mohammad Alizadeh, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, is the recipient of the 2022 ACM Grace Murray Hopper Award for pioneering and impactful contributions to data center networks.
Gernot Heiser, University of New South Wales; Gerwin Klein, Proofcraft; Harvey Tuch, Google; Kevin Elphinstone, University of New South Wales; June Andronick, Proofcraft; David Cock, ETH Zurich; Philip Derrin, Qualcomm; Dhammika Elkaduwe, University of Peradeniya; Kai Engelhardt; Toby Murray, University of Melbourne; Rafal Kolanski, Proofcraft; Michael Norrish, Australian National University; Thomas Sewell, University of Cambridge; and Simon Winwood, Galois, receive the ACM Software System Award for the development of the first industrial-strength, high-performance operating system to have been the subject of a complete, mechanically-checked proof of full functional correctness.
Michael Burrows, Google; Paolo Ferragina, University of Pisa; and Giovanni Manzini, University of Pisa, receive the ACM Paris Kanellakis Theory and Practice Award for inventing the BW-transform and the FM-index that opened and influenced the field of Compressed Data Structures with fundamental impact on Data Compression and Computational Biology.
Bernhard Schölkopf, Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems and ETH Zurich, and Stuart J. Russell, University of California at Berkeley, receive the ACM - AAAI Allen Newell Award. Schölkopf is recognized for his widely used research in machine learning. Russell is recognized for a series of foundational contributions to Artificial Intelligence.
ACM has recognized four individuals with awards for their exemplary service to the computing field. Working in diverse areas, the 2022 award recipients were selected by their peers for initiatives that have expanded ACM’s mission of “Advancing Computing as a Science and Profession.”
Michael E. Caspersen, Managing Director of It-vest and Honorary Professor, Aarhus University, receives the Karl V. Karlstrom Outstanding Educator Award for his contributions to computer science education research, his policy work at the national and international levels to advance the teaching of informatics for all, and his outstanding service to the computing education community.
Ramesh Jain, Professor, University of California, Irvine, receives the ACM Distinguished Service Award for establishing the ACM Special Interest Group on Multimedia Systems (SIGMM), and for outstanding leadership and sustained services to ACM and the computing community for the past four decades.
Joseph A. Konstan, Professor, University of Minnesota, receives the Outstanding Contribution to ACM Award for 25 years of dedicated service and leadership in support of ACM's mission and operation, and the advancement of ACM's research, education, and practitioner communities.
Jelani Nelson, Professor, University of California, Berkeley, receives the ACM Eugene L. Lawler Award for Humanitarian Contributions within Computer Science and Informatics for founding and developing AddisCoder, a nonprofit organization which teaches programming to underserved students from all over Ethiopia. AddisCoder has led many students to higher education and successful careers.
Aayush Jain receives the 2022 ACM Doctoral Dissertation Award for his dissertation “Indistinguishability Obfuscation From Well-Studied Assumptions,” which established the feasibility of mathematically rigorous software obfuscation from well-studied hardness conjectures.
Honorable Mentions for the 2022 ACM Doctoral Dissertation Award go to Alane Suhr, an Assistant Professor at the University of California, Berkeley, for the dissertation, “Reasoning and Learning in Interactive Natural Language Systems,” and Conrad Watt, a Research Fellow (postdoctoral) at the University of Cambridge, for the dissertation, “Mechanising and Evolving the Formal Semantics of WebAssembly: The Web’s New Low-Level Language.”
ACM and the Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA) have announced the recipients of the 2022-2023 Cutler-Bell Prize in High School Computing. Four high school students were selected from among a pool of graduating high school seniors throughout the US who applied for the award by submitting a project or artifact that engages modern technology and computer science. A panel of judges selected the recipients based on the ingenuity, complexity, relevancy and originality of their projects.
The Cutler-Bell Prize promotes the field of computer science and empowers students to pursue computing challenges beyond the traditional classroom environment. In 2015, David Cutler and Gordon Bell established the award. Cutler is a software engineer, designer, and developer of several operating systems at Digital Equipment Corporation. Bell, an electrical engineer, is Researcher Emeritus at Microsoft Research.
The recipients are: Okezue Bell, Moravian Academy, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania; Nathan Elias, Liberal Arts and Sciences Academy, Austin, Texas; Hannah Guan, BASIS San Antonio Shavano, San Antonio, Texas; and Sirihaasa Nallamothu, University High School, Normal, Illinois. Their projects illustrate the diverse applications being developed by the next generation of computer scientists.
Each Cutler-Bell Prize recipient receives a $10,000 cash prize. This year’s recipients will be formally recognized at the Computer Science Teachers Association’s 2023 Virtual Conference, July 11-13.
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 seeks your help in building and diversifying the nomination pool for our ACM 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.
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. Also keep in mind ACM's commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion when nominating. Candidates for ACM Awards do not need to be members to be nominated.
The deadline for nominations for the main awards has passed. Other deadlines: ACM-IEEE CS Ken Kennedy Award, June 30.
The American Academy of Arts and Science (AAAS) recently announced that several ACM members have been elected to the academy. Founded in 1780, the Academy is an honorary society that recognizes outstanding individuals across all disciplines, perspectives, and professions, bringing together cutting-edge researchers to examine new ideas and work together. Congratulations to: Michael Franklin (University of Chicago), Xuedong Huang (Microsoft), Piotr Indyk (MIT), Lydia Kavraki (Rice University), Marta Kwiatkowska (University of Oxford), Maja Matarić (University of Southern California), Kathryn S. McKinley (Google), Gordon Plotkin (University of Edinburgh), and Moti Yung (Google).
Six ACM Fellows have been inducted into the National Academy of Sciences in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research. Congratulations to: Dan Boneh (Stanford University), Jack Dongarra (Stanford University), Geoffrey Hinton (University of Toronto), Dina Katabi (MIT) Daphne Koller (Coursera), and Alexandar Szalay (Johns Hopkins University,).
Four ACM members have been elected as the newest Fellows of the Royal Society, the UK’s national academy of sciences and the oldest science academy in continuous existence. They join the ranks of Stephen Hawking, Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin, Albert Einstein, Lise Meitner, Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar and Dorothy Hodgkin. Congratulations to Michael Isard (Google), Shafi Goldwasser (University of California, Berkeley), Moshe Y Vardi (Rice University), and Philip Wadler (University of Edinburgh)Read the announcement here.
The Senior Member advanced grade of membership recognizes ACM members with at least 10 years of professional experience and 5 years of continuous ACM Professional membership. Nominations are accepted on a quarterly basis. The deadline for nominations is June 3, 2023.
DIVERSITY, EQUITY, AND INCLUSION
Please take a moment now to respond to the updated questions by logging in to myACM.org and clicking the “My Demographic Information” link.
The following SIG election results are now available.
The following SIGs are holding elections until 1 June 2023 (16:00 UTC).
For more information, visit the ACM SIG Elections page.
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.
Daily plenary speakers will be Kunle Olukoton (Stanford University), Margaret Martonosi (US National Science Foundation), 2012 A.M. Turing recipient Shafi Goldwasser (University of California Berkeley), Don Towsley (University of Massachusetts), and Torsten Hoefler (ETH Zurich). There will also be a plenary panel on "Reflecting on 50 Years of Computing Research, and Future Outlook," featuring Hagit Attiya (Technion), 2021 A.M. Turing Award recipient Jack Dongarra (University of Tennessee at Knoxville), Mary Hall (University of Utah), Lizy Kurian John (The University of Texas at Austin), and Guy L. Steele Jr. (Oracle Labs).
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.
CONFERENCES AND EVENTS
The ACM Multimedia Systems Conference provides a forum for leading experts from academia and industry to present and share their latest research findings in multimedia systems. Workshops will include "Network and Operating Systems Support for Digital Audio and Video," "Green Multimedia Systems," and "Immersive Mixed and Virtual Environment Systems," Keynotes will be delivered by Klara Nahrstedt (University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign) and Jiangchuan Liu (Simon Fraser University). The event will take place in Vancouver, Canada.
The SIGPLAN Conference on Programming Language Design and Implementation is the premier forum in programming languages and programming systems research, covering design, implementation, theory, applications, and performance. Sessions and workshops include "DSL-based Hardware Generation," "Neurosymbolic Programming in Scallop," "Teaching and Learning Compilers Incrementally," "Immersive Mixed and Virtual Environment Systems," and more. Klara Nahrstedt (University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign), Ihab Amer (AMD Fellow), and Jiangchuan Liu (Simon Fraser University) will keynote. The event will be held in-person in Orlando, Florida, USA as part of the ACM Federated Computing Research Conference (FCRC).
The International Symposium on Computer Architecture is the premier forum for new ideas and research results in computer architecture. Workshops include "Reinforcement Learning for Computer Architecture and Systems Research," "Architecture and System Support for Transformer Models," " A Crash Course on Quantum Computing," "Hot Topics in System Infrastructure," "Automated Tools for Fast Development of Deep Learning Networks and Accelerators," and more. Keynote speakers will be Sarita Adve (UIUC), Kenneth Brown (Duke), and Krisztian Flautner (Cisco).The event will be held in Orlando, Florida, USA as part of the ACM Federated Computing Research Conference (FCRC).
The ACM International Conference on Mobile Systems, Applications, and Services seeks to present innovative and significant research on the design, implementation, usage, and evaluation of mobile computing and wireless systems, applications, and services. Workshops include "Body-Centric Computing Systems," "Networked AI Systems," "Advances in Environmental Sensing Systems for Smart Cities," and more. The keynote will be delivered by Yong Li (Tsinghua University). The event is being held in Helsinki, Finland.
The annual ACM SIGMOD/PODS Conference is a leading international forum for database researchers, practitioners, developers, and users to explore cutting-edge ideas and results, and to exchange techniques, tools, and experiences. The conference includes a fascinating technical program with sessions on "Time Series and Data Series," "Privacy, Security and Encryption, Blockchains," and more, Keynote speakers will be Don Chamberlin, IBM Fellow (retired), Vanessa Murdock (Amazon), and Shazia Sadiq (The University of Queensland). The event is being held in Seattle, Washington, USA.
The ACM SIGMETRICS International Conference on Measurement and Modeling of Computer Systems is the flagship conference of the ACM Special Interest Group for the computer systems performance evaluation community. Workshops include "Mathematical Performance Modeling and Analysis," "Causal Inference for Engineers," and more. Speakers include Yuejie Chi (Carnegie Mellon University), Tirthak Patel (Rice University), and Yuxin Chen (University of Pennsylvania). The event is being held in Orlando, Florida, USA as part of the ACM Federated Computing Research Conference (FCRC).
The ACM Symposium on Principles of Distributed Computing will feature workshops and tutorials including "Advanced Tools, Programming Languages, and Platforms for Implementing and Evaluating Algorithms for Distributed Systems," "High-Level Executable Specification and Reasoning for Improving Distributed Algorithms," "Fault-Tolerant Distributed Optimization and Learning," "Biological Distributed Algorithms," and more. The keynote speaker this year is Roger Wattenhofer (ETH Zurich). The event is being held in Orlando, Florida, USA as part of the ACM Federated Computing Research Conference (FCRC).
The ACM Interaction Design and Children Conference is the premier international conference for researchers, educators and practitioners to share the latest research findings, innovative methodologies and new technologies in the areas of inclusive child-centered design, learning and interaction. Workshops and sessions include "Participatory Approaches to the Ethics of Emerging Technologies for Children" and "Designing AI Interfaces for Children with Special Needs in Educational Contexts," "Ethics, Inclusion and Accessibility," and more. Keynote speakers are Andy Rodgers, Emily Fields, Lisa Kennedy, and Molly Simmons (all from Bennett Day School). The conference is being held in Chicago, Illinois, USA.
The ACM Symposium on the Theory of Computing is sponsored by the ACM Special Interest Group on Algorithms and Computation Theory, this year's sessions include "History and Future of TCS Panel," "Graduating Bits & Job Search Panel," "TCS for all Inspiration Talk," "Research Spotlight Workshop," "Parallel Discrete Sampling via Continuous Walks," "Optimal Explicit Small-Depth Formulas for the Coin Problem," and many more. The event will be held in Orlando, Florida, USA as part of the ACM Federated Computing Research Conference (FCRC).
In response to a March 1 Public Notice, ACM's US Technology Policy Committee submitted comments this month to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on the agency's Discussion Paper on Artificial Intelligence in Drug Manufacturing drafted by experts with the agency's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. USTPC both responded to multiple granular questions posed by the FDA and made the following general recommendations:
- Take a risk-based approach to regulating AI.
- Be guided by how AI is (or may be) governed when a component of hybrid software systems, in other industries, and by other nations and international bodies.
- Explicitly consider whether AI-based applications should be held to a specialized, more rigorous standard than conventional automated systems.
Principally drafted by USTPC members Harish Arunachalam and Arnie Rosenthal, USTPC's recent submission marks the second time in recent years that it has contributed to FDA policy making processes. Its previous comments concerned the approval process for AI-augmented medical device software.
Europe TPC "bookended" its work in May with a pair of filings in diverse European Commission consultations.
The first, a call for evidence entitled "Virtual Worlds—A Vision for Openness, Safety and Respect," sought comment on how best to enable the creation and oversight of "open, interoperable, and innovative virtual worlds that can be used safely and with confidence by the public and businesses." In its comments—principally drafted by Michel Beaudouin-Lafon with input from Fabrizio Gagliardi, Oliver Grau, and Chris Hankin—the committee addressed issues of interoperability, intellectual property, personal data protection, user safety, fair competition, cybersecurity, and environmental impact.
The second filing, drafted for the committee by Alejandro Saucedo, answered another call for evidence concerning "Delegated regulation on data access provided for in the Digital Services Act." It urges the Commission to provide "vetted researchers" with the broadest possible information about very large online platforms and online search engines to facilitate the meaningful analysis and oversight now required by the Commission's new Digital Services Act (DSA). Europe TPC endorsed and commented on that process earlier in the Commission's consideration of the proposed DSA.
Groundbreaking. Existential threat. Educational crisis. Investment bonanza. Double-edged sword. Impressive but still flawed.
These are a few of the first ten descriptors appearing in the results of a recent web search for "ChatGPT." Like almost no other technological development in recent memory, the seemingly sudden explosion of OpenAI's breakthrough "generative AI" software onto the world stage has illuminated computing's centrality to myriad spheres of daily life. But what really is generative AI and what's to be done with, to, and about it as its use—for better, worse, and other—accelerates around the globe? Our expert panel—Jeanna Matthews (Moderator), Paul DeMarinis, Ravi Jain, and Alejandro Saucedo—dives into these questions and many more in the new USTPC HotTopics webinar, "For 'Botter' or Worse: Chat GPT, the Universe, and Everything."
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].
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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 is ACM's series of podcast interviews with researchers, practitioners, and innovators who are at the intersection of computing research and practice. In this episode of ACM ByteCast, Rashmi Mohan hosts 2015 ACM A.M. Turing Award laureates Whitfield Diffie and Martin Hellman. As joint creators of the Diffie-Hellman key exchange, they introduced the world to the transformative idea of public key cryptography, the underpinning of every secure transaction on the internet today. Whitfield and Martin share their individual journeys to computer science and cryptography, which were shaped both by personal interests and the geopolitical realities of the time. They also describe how they met and developed a rapport with each other as researchers share their “aha moment” in public key cryptography, their thoughts on computing privacy, national security, quantum computing, and more. And along the way, they share colorful details from their early years and share advice for young people aspiring to get into computing.
Listen to ACM ByteCast interviews here, or wherever you get your podcasts.
Register for the TechTalk, "Correctness-by-Construction: How Can We Build Better Software?" with Ina Schaefer, on May 31, 2023, 12:00 pm ET (4 pm UTC). Schaefer is a Full Professor of Software Engineering at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany. Her main research interests are in the intersection of software engineering and formal methods, particularly focusing on correctness-by-construction development and quality assurance for software-intensive and variant-rich systems. In her talk, she will discuss Correctness-by-Construction (CbC)—an incremental software development technique to create functionally correct programs guided by a specification—an overview of her work on CbC in four different lines of research, including developing configurable as well as safety- and security-critical software systems, and more.
Visit the TechTalks Archive for our full archive of past TechTalks.
ACM2Y, a group for those interested in computing education in two-year programs, is now accepting nominations for its Executive Board. If you've been wanting to get involved in an ACM group and have an interest in two-year computing education programs, or you know someone who is, please nominate them or yourself. This is a great way to meet others and serve our community. There are 11 positions on the board which meets approximately six times a year, and the term for board members is two years (July 1, 2023–June 30, 2025). Nominations will be accepted until May 31, 2023, at 11:59 pm anywhere in the world.
A joint task force of ACM, the IEEE Computer Society, and the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI) is currently revising the Computer Science curricula guidelines which were last updated in 2013. The task force is updating the knowledge model and designing a complementary competency model of the curricula. It invites computer science professionals to provide feedback and suggestions on all aspects of the curricula. It also invites nominations and self-nominations of reviewers for the current version of the report.
For additional information and to contribute to this effort, visit the CS2023 website. The deadline for feedback and participation in the revision is May 31.
EngageCSEdu publishes high-quality, engaging, classroom-tested Open Educational Resources (OER’s) for computer science education that have been contributed by various authors and covering a growing number of topics including an Ethics & Computing Repository designed to aid studying or teaching courses involving ethical issues related to computing. Several of the EngageCSEdu resources are now available in ACM’s Digital Library, as well as in published collections:
- Vol. 1 Issue 1 - Inaugural Issue
- Vol. 1 Issue 2 - Special Issue on HCI Education
- Vol. 1 Issue 3 - Special Issue on AI Education
All issues both published and upcoming can be found here.
The 4th ACM Europe Summer School in Data Science will take place in Athens in July 10th-14th, 2023. Young Computer Science researchers from all over the world will have the opportunity to attend summer courses in the topics of Data Science, Data Management, Deep Learning, and Big Data Processing.
The summer school is addressed to early-stage Computer Science researchers and engineers, i.e. early-career faculty, postdocs, PhD candidates, MSc students, and engineers from industry and in some special cases senior undergraduate students. In terms of its format, the school will be mostly a mix of formal lectures in the morning and practical exercises in the afternoon.
Keynote lectures by major figures in the field will also be given at key points of the program. The School is organized and sponsored by ACM, the ACM Europe Council, and the “Athena” Research and Innovation Center.
The application process deadline is May 31, 2023. Apply now!
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
- First Place: Zhe Liu , Chinese Academy of Sciences, "Woodpecker: Identifying and Fixing UI Display Issues in Mobile Applications" (ICSE 2022)
- Second Place: Juan Carlos Alonso Valenzuela, University of Seville, "Automated Generation of Test Oracles for REST APIs" (ESEC/FSE 2022)
- Third Place: Irene Zanardi, Politecnico di Milano," Design and Assessment of Hoomie, a Small Multisensory Space for Autistic Children in Primary Schools" (CHI 2022)
- First Place: Takahito Murakami, University of Tsukuba, "Kuchibashi: 3D-Printed Tweezers Bioinspired by the New Caledonian Crow’s Beak" (SIGGRAPH 2022)
- Second Place: Raphael Douglas Giles, University of New South Wales, "Termination of Recursive Functions by Lexicographic Orders of Linear Combinations" (SPLASH 2022)
- Third Place: Christopher Bain, University of Maryland, Baltimore County, "Using Supervised Machine Learning Methods to Create a Gene-Based ALS Predictor from Postmortem Transcriptomics Data" (TAPIA 2022)
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 SAC 2023. The next conferences accepting submissions are:
- ESEC/FSE 2023, November 11–24, 2023, deadline June 29, 2023
- Mobicom 2023, October 2–6, 2023, deadline July 1, 2023
- SC 2023, November 12–17, 2023, deadline August 5, 2023
- ICCAD 2023, October 29–November 2, 2023, deadline August 26, 2023
- SIGCSE 2024, March 20–23, 2024, deadline October 13, 2023
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.
Corina Sas is Professor in Human-Computer Interaction with the School of Computing and Communications at Lancaster University, UK. Her research focuses on designing and evaluating technologies for wellbeing, mental health, memory support, creative and reflective thinking in design, as well as novel tools for designing such technologies. Her work explores and integrates wearable bio sensors, mobile and lifelogging technologies with the aim to shape the interaction design and user experience. Her lectures include "Ethical Design for Wellbeing and Affective Health," "Reflecting on the Value of Food for Human-Food Interaction Research," and more. She is available to speak through the ACM Distinguished Speaker Program.
For more information about Sas, please visit her DSP speaker information page.
ACM Local Meetups connect smart technical people at local city events. They are informal groups that meet regularly to discuss a diverse array of computing topics. The following local ACM Meetups have been scheduled:
- Youngstown: NEOACM REMOTE General Assembly Meeting, June 4
This the Remote General Assembly Meeting. There will be reports from the treasurer, secretary, and committee heads. There will also be article discussions and lightning talks.
- Kansas City: ACM - Kansas City Meeting, June 8
This is the group monthly meeting where a specific topic is presented, and an informal general discussion occurs after.
ACM Local Meetups are active in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Melbourne, Mumbai, New York City, Pittsburgh, Raleigh, Rio de Janeiro, Sacramento, San Francisco, Surabaya, Washington DC, and Youngstown. If you are interested in organizing a Meetup in your locale, please contact Andrew Conklin.
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 April 14 through May 11, 2023:
ACM Student Chapters:
- BBDNIIT ACM Student Chapter, Lucknow, India
- GGSIP University USS ACM-W Student Chapter, New Delhi, India
- IISc ACM-W Student Chapter, Bengaluru, India
- ISL ACM Student Chapter, Lahore, Pakistan
- NRI ACM Student Chapter, Bhopal, India
- TIT Excellence ACM Student Chapter, Bhopal, India
- University of Wisconsin-Platteville ACM Student Chapter, Platteville, Wisconsin, USA
- Wentworth ACM-W Student Chapter, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
- WSCC ACM Student Chapter, Morristown, Tennessee, USA
Congratulations to the winners of the 2022-2023 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 2022-2023 are:
- Outstanding Chapter Activities: UCLA ACM Student Chapter
- Outstanding Chapter Website: Don Bosco Inst of Tech ACM Student Chapter and PICT ACM Student Chapter
- Outstanding Recruitment: UC San Diego ACM Student Chapter
- Outstanding Community Service: College of William & Mary ACM-W Student Chapter
- Outstanding School Service: University of Texas at Dallas ACM Student Chapter
Learn more about how you can enter your school's chapter in next year's competition on the Student Chapter Excellence Awards website .
ACM-W would like to announce Manya Ghobadi as this year’s recipient of the ACM-W Rising Star Award! The ACM-W Rising Star Award recognizes a woman whose early-career research has had a significant impact on the computing discipline. Ghobadi is currently an Associate Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department. You can read more about her journey in the field of computer science and technology, and what inspired her to pursue success here.
As a recipient of an ACM-W Scholarship, Adriana Wilde knows how much it means for women in computer science to set an example for future generations, and how impactful ACM-W can be in one’s life. Her background is multidisciplinary but with a strong dual interest in education and technology. She has taught in diverse educational environments, including primary schools, further education colleges as well as universities. She is also a keen advocate for women in computing and is now a Lecturer in Electronics and Computer Science at the University of Southampton with the Digital Health and Biomedical Engineering research group. Read more of her inspiring life and career, and how an ACM-W Scholarship helped her on her path here.
The 10th ACM Celebration of Women in Computing: womENcourage 2023 will take place at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim, Norway, on 20-22 September, 2023. The theme of the conference is "Computing Connecting Everyone." Open to all genders, womENcourage was initiated by ACM-W Europe and aimed at connecting women from diverse technical disciplines and encouraging them to pursue their education and profession in computing. WomENcourage brings together women in the computing profession and related technical fields to exchange knowledge and experience and provide special support for women who are pursuing their academic degrees and starting their careers in computing. Through a program packed with insightful topics and engaging educational and networking activities, womENcourage provides a unique experience of the collective energy, drive, and excellence that professional women share to support each other.
With Research Computer Science Conference Scholarships, ACM-W provides support for women undergraduate and graduate students in computer science and related programs to attend research computer science conferences around the world. This exposure to computing research can inspire a student to continue onto the next level of their academic or professional career. The ACM-W scholarships are divided between scholarships of up to $600 for intra-continental conference travel, and scholarships of up to $1,200 for intercontinental conference travel. Scholarship applications are evaluated in six groups each year, in order to distribute awards across a range of conferences. Learn more about ACM-W scholarships and how to apply here.
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.
Here, Zachary Tellman of Microsoft Research describes his method of combining the latest advances in machine learning with earlier approaches. “Wherever possible, business logic should be described by code rather than training data. This keeps our system's behavior principled, predictable, and easy to change. Our approach to conversational interfaces allows them to be built much like any other application, using familiar tools, conventions, and processes, while still taking advantage of cutting-edge machine-learning techniques.” For further clarity, Tellman takes a look back 50 years to one of the first—and still one of the most successful—conversational agents ever created.
ACM Transactions on Modeling and Computer Simulation (TOMACS) welcomes Wentong Cai as its new Editor-in-Chief for the term starting May 1, 2023 and ending April 30, 2026. Cai is a Professor in the School of Computer Science and Engineering, Nanyang Technological University Singapore.
The term of the current Editors-in-Chief (EiCs) of ACM Transactions on Economics and Computation (TEAC) is coming to an end. The ACM publications board has set up a nominating committee to assist in selecting the next EiCs. This is a voluntary position. Nominations should include a vita along with a brief statement of why the nominee should be considered. Nominations are due July 1st, 2023, although nominations will continue to be accepted until the position is filled.
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Logic, Automata, and Computational Complexity: The Works of Stephen A. Cook, edited by Bruce M. Kapron, includes a selection of seminal papers embodying the work that led to this award, exemplifying Cook’s synthesis of ideas and techniques from logic and the theory of computation including NP-completeness, proof complexity, bounded arithmetic, and parallel and space-bounded computation. These papers are accompanied by contributed articles by leading researchers in these areas, which convey to a general reader the importance of Cook’s ideas and their enduring impact on the research community. The book also contains biographical material, Cook’s Turing Award lecture, and an interview.
ACM Games: Research and Practice (GAMES) 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.
Co-published by SAGE, Collective Intelligence (COLA) is a global, peer-reviewed, open-access journal that publishes trans-disciplinary work bearing on collective intelligence across the disciplines. The journal embraces a policy of creative rigor in the study of collective intelligence to facilitate the discovery of principles that apply across scales and new ways of harnessing the collective to improve social, ecological, and economic outcomes. In that spirit, the journal encourages a broad-minded approach to collective performance. It also welcomes perspectives that emphasize traditional views of intelligence as well as optimality, satisficing, robustness, adaptability, and wisdom.
Please join us in welcoming Apple, Inc. and Lenovo to ACM Open. Through these agreements, affiliated researchers have the opportunity to publish an unlimited number of research articles Open Access. ACM thanks these corporate subscribers for their support of our Open Access publishing.
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. A full list of institutions that have signed on to the ACM Open program can be found here.
This June, we are celebrating Pride Month with a fun “Who Said It?” quiz. Stay tuned to our social media channels and test your knowledge of inspiring quotations from LGBTQ activists and computer scientists. More to come soon!
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