ACM MemberNet - July 27, 2023

Welcome to the July 2023 edition of ACM MemberNet—Special Awards Banquet Edition.

The ACM Awards Banquet is an annual event recognizing technical excellence and outstanding service to the computing field. This year's banquet honoring the 2022 award recipients and newly inducted ACM Fellows was held at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco on June 10.

ACM's awards celebrate our long tradition of honoring those whose contributions have impacted our world for the better in countless ways. These prestigious and internationally recognized honors are an integral part of ACM's mission to unite computing educators, researchers, and professionals to inspire dialogue, share resources, and address the field's challenges.

View our photo album of the banquet here.

View our awards video playlist here, highlighting the 2022 award recipients' work, research, and contributions to the field of computing.






ACM A.M. Turing Award

The ACM A.M. Turing Award was presented to Bob Metcalfe for the invention, standardization, and commercialization of Ethernet. In 1973, while at the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center, Metcalfe circulated a now-famous memo describing a “broadcast communication network” for connecting some of the first personal computers. That memo laid the groundwork for what we now know today as Ethernet. Learn more about Metcalfe's career and the enduring legacy of his past and present work in this short video.

Accompanied by a prize of $1,000,000, ACM's most prestigious award is given to recognize contributions of a technical nature which are of lasting and major technical importance to the computing field. Financial support for the A.M. Turing Award is provided by Google Inc.

ACM A.M. Turing Award recipient Bob Metcalfe


ACM Prize in Computing

The ACM Prize in Computing was presented to Yael Tauman Kalai for breakthroughs in verifiable delegation of computation and fundamental contributions to cryptography. Kalai’s contributions have helped shape modern cryptographic practices and provided a strong foundation for further advancements. Kalai has developed methods for producing succinct proofs that certify the correctness of any computation. Learn more about Kalai's work in this short video.

The ACM Prize in Computing recognizes an early- to mid-career fundamental innovative contribution in computing that, through its depth, impact and broad implications, exemplifies the greatest achievements in the discipline. The award carries a prize of $250,000. Financial support is provided by Infosys Ltd.

ACM Prize recipient Yael Tauman Kalai


ACM Charles P. "Chuck" Thacker Breakthrough in Computing Award

The ACM Charles P. "Chuck" Thacker Breakthrough in Computing Award was presented to David B. Papworth for fundamental groundbreaking contributions to Intel’s P6 out-of-order engine and Very Long Instruction Word (VLIW) processors. Papworth was a lead designer of the Intel P6 (sold commercially as the Pentium Pro) microprocessor, which was a major advancement over the existing state-of-the-art, not just for Intel but for the broader computer design community. Learn more about Papworth's groundbreaking work in this short video.

The ACM Charles P. “Chuck” Thacker Breakthrough in Computing Award recognizes individuals or groups who have made surprising, disruptive, or leapfrog contributions to computing ideas or technologies. Recipients of the award are expected to give the ACM Breakthrough Lecture at a major ACM conference. The award is accompanied by a $100,000 cash prize, with financial support provided by Microsoft.

ACM President Yannis Ioannidis, Microsoft Technical Fellow and Chief Scientific Officer Eric Horvitz, Thacker Award recipient David B. Papworth, and ACM CEO and Executive Director Vicki L. Hanson


ACM - AAAI Allen Newell Award

The ACM - AAAI Allen Newell Award was presented to Bernhard Schölkopf and Stuart J. Russell. Schölkopf is recognized for his widely used research in machine learning, advancing both mathematical foundations and a broad range of applications in science and industry and making fundamental contributions to kernel methods and causality. Russell is recognized for a series of foundational contributions to artificial intelligence, spanning a wide range of areas. Learn more about their achievements in this short video.

The award is named for Allen Newell, a trailblazer in computer science research and education, and a founder of the artificial intelligence and cognitive science fields. The Newell Award is presented to individuals selected for career contributions that have breadth within computer science, or that bridge computer science and other disciplines. It is accompanied by a $10,000 prize provided by ACM and the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence, and by individual contributions.

Yannis Ioannidis, IBM Fellow and AAAI President Francesca Rossi, Newell Award recipients Stuart J. Russell and Bernhard Schölkopf, and Vicki L. Hanson


Software System Award

The Software System Award was presented to Gernot HeiserGerwin Klein, Harvey Tuch, Kevin Elphinstone, June Andronick, David Cock, Philip Derrin, Dhammika Elkaduwe, Kai Engelhardt, Toby Murray, Rafal Kolanski, Michael Norrish, Thomas Sewell, and Simon Winwood 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. Learn more about the conception and creation of their system in this short video.

The Software System Award is presented to an institution or individuals recognized for developing a software system that has had a lasting influence, reflected in contributions to concepts, in commercial acceptance, or both. A prize of $35,000 accompanies the award, with financial support provided by IBM.

Yannis Ioannidis, IBM Distinguished Research Scientist John Richards, Software System Award recipients Gernot Heiser, Kai Engelhardt, Thomas Sewell, David Cock, Dhammika Elkaduwe, Simon Winwood, Michael Norrish, Philip Derrin, and Vicki L. Hanson


Grace Murray Hopper Award

The Grace Murray Hopper Award was presented to Mohammad Alizadeh, for pioneering and impactful contributions to data center networks. Learn more about how Alizadeh has fundamentally advanced how data centers communicate efficiently in transporting data, his groundbreaking Data Center Transport Control Protocol (DCTCP), and more in this short video.

The award is named for Admiral Grace Murray Hopper, a pioneer in software development whose work spanned programming languages, software development concepts, compiler validation, and data processing. The Hopper Award is presented to the outstanding young computer professional of the year, selected on the basis of a single recent major technical or service contribution. The candidate must have been 35 years of age or less at the time the qualifying contribution was made. A prize of $35,000 accompanies the award, with financial support provided by Microsoft Research.

Hopper Award recipient Mohammad Alizadeh


Paris Kanellakis Theory and Practice Award

The Paris Kanellakis Theory and Practice Award was presented to Michael Burrows, Paolo Ferragina, and Giovanni Manzini 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. Learn more about their complementary research and work in this short video.

The award is named for Paris Christos Kanellakis, who, as a distinguished computer science theoretician and esteemed faculty member of Brown University, focused much of his work in the area of theoretical computer science, particularly the principles of database systems and logic. The Kanellakis Award honors specific theoretical accomplishments that have had a significant and demonstrable effect on the practice of computing. It is accompanied by a prize of $10,000 and is endowed by contributions from the Kanellakis family, and financial support by ACM's Special Interest Groups SIGACT, SIGDA, SIGMOD, and SIGPLAN, the ACM SIG Project Fund, and individual contributions.

Yannis Ioannidis, Kanellakis Award recipients Paolo Ferragina and Giovanni Manzini, and Vicki L. Hanson


ACM Eugene L. Lawler Award for Humanitarian Contributions Within Computer Science and Informatics

The ACM Lawler Award was presented to Jelani Nelson for founding and developing AddisCoder, a nonprofit organization which teaches programming to underserved students from all over Ethiopia. Learn about how AddisCoder has led students to higher education and successful careers and his continuing efforts to fund the initiative in this short video.

The Eugene L. Lawler Award for Humanitarian Contributions within Computer Science and Informatics recognizes an individual or group who has made a significant contribution through the use of computing technology. It is given once every two years, assuming that there are worthy recipients. The award is accompanied by a prize of $5,000.

Lawler Award recipient Jelani Nelson


Karl V. Karlstrom Outstanding Educator Award

The Karl V. Karlstrom Outstanding Educator Award was presented to Michael E. Caspersen 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. Learn more about Casperson's experience guiding future generations of computer scientists in this short video.

The Karlstrom Award is presented annually to an outstanding educator who is appointed to a recognized educational baccalaureate institution; recognized for advancing new teaching methodologies; effecting new curriculum development or expansion in computer science and engineering; or making a significant contribution to ACM's educational mission. Those teachers with 10 years or less experience are given special consideration. The Karlstrom Award is accompanied by a prize of $10,000, with financial support provided by ACM.

Yannis Ioannidis, Karlstrom Award recipient Michael E. Caspersen, and Vicki L. Hanson


Distinguished Service Award

The Distinguished Service Award was presented to Ramesh Jain 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. Learn more about his how role as one of the organizing committee members of the first ACM Multimedia conference paved the way for the establishment of ACM SIGMM and more in this short video.

The Distinguished Service Award is given on the basis of value and degree of service to the computing community. The contributions are not limited to service to the Association, and should include activities in other computer organizations and should emphasize contributions to the computing community at large.

Distinguished Service Award recipient Ramesh Jain


Outstanding Contribution to ACM Award

The Outstanding Contribution to ACM Award was presented to Joseph A. Konstan 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. Learn more about Konstan's 25 years participation in, developing, and nurturing new technical areas, serving on key task forces and committees, and leading several of ACM’s major boards and working groups in this short video.

The Outstanding Contribution to ACM Award recognizes outstanding service contributions to the Association. Candidates are selected based on the value and degree of service overall and may be given to up to three individuals each year.

Yannis Ioannidis, Outstanding Contribution to ACM Award recipient Joseph A. Konstan, and Vicki L. Hanson

ACM Athena Lecturer Award

The ACM Athena Lecturer Award was presented to Margo Seltzer for foundational research in file and storage systems, pioneering research in data provenance, impactful software contributions in Berkeley DB, and tireless dedication to service and mentoring. Learn more about her efforts to broaden participation in computer science among traditionally underrepresented groups as well as her participation and leadership in numerous conferences and advisory boards in this short video.

The ACM Athena Lecturer Award recognition celebrates women researchers who have made fundamental contributions to computer science. The award carries a cash prize of $25,000, with financial support provided by Two Sigma. The recipient gives an invited talk at a major ACM conference of her choice.

Yannis Ioannidis, Athena Lecturer Award recipient Margo Seltzer, and Vicki L. Hanson


Doctoral Dissertation Award

The Doctoral Dissertation Award was presented to Aayush Jain 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.”

The Doctoral Dissertation Award is presented annually to the author(s) of the best doctoral dissertation(s) in computer science and engineering. The award is accompanied by a prize of $20,000 and the honorable mention is accompanied by a prize totaling $10,000. Winning dissertations will be published in the ACM Digital Library as part of the ACM Books Series.

Doctoral Dissertation Award recipient Aayush Jain


2022 ACM Fellows

The ACM Fellows Program was established in 1993 to recognize and honor outstanding ACM members for their achievements in computer science and information technology and for their significant contributions to the mission of ACM. The ACM Fellows serve as distinguished colleagues to whom ACM and its members look for guidance and leadership as the world of information technology evolves.

The 2022 ACM Fellows

The 2022 Fellows are:

  • Maneesh Agrawala, Stanford University
  • Anima Anandkumar, California Institute of Technology, NVIDIA
  • David Atienza Alonso, EPFL
  • Boaz Barak, Harvard University
  • Michel Beaudouin-Lafon, Université Paris-Saclay
  • Peter Boncz, Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI), Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
  • Luis H. Ceze, University of Washington
  • Ranveer Chandra, Microsoft
  • Nitesh Chawla, University of Notre Dame
  • Ed H. Chi, Google
  • Corinna Cortes, Google
  • Bill Curtis, CAST Software/Consortium for Information and Software Quality (CISQ)
  • Constantinos Daskalakis, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Kalyanmoy Deb, Michigan State University
  • Bronis R. de Supinski, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
  • Sebastian Elbaum, University of Virginia
  • Yuguang "Michael" Fang, City University of Hong Kong
  • Kevin Fu, Northeastern University
  • Craig Gotsman, New Jersey Institute of Technology
  • Ahmed E. Hassan, Queen's University
  • Abdelsalam (Sumi) Helal, University of Florida
  • Jörg Henkel, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
  • Manuel V. Hermenegildo, Universidad Politecnica de Madrid & IMDEA SW Institute
  • Michael Hicks, University of Maryland, Amazon Web Services
  • Torsten Hoefler, ETH Zurich
  • Jason Hong, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Sandy Irani, University of California, Irvine
  • Hiroshi Ishii, MIT Media Lab
  • Alfons Kemper, Technical University of Munich
  • Samir Khuller, Northwestern University
  • Farinaz Koushanfar, University of California, San Diego
  • C.-C. Jay Kuo, University of Southern California
  • Hang Li, Bytedance
  • Jimmy Lin, University of Waterloo
  • Radu Marculescu, The University of Texas at Austin
  • Hong Mei, Peking University
  • David M. Mount, University of Maryland at College Park
  • Gonzalo Navarro, University of Chile
  • Rafael Pass, Cornell University, Tel-Aviv University
  • Marc Pollefeys, ETH Zurich, Microsoft
  • Alex Pothen, Purdue University
  • Moinuddin Qureshi, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Ashutosh Sabharwal, Rice University
  • Timothy Sherwood, University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Stefano Soatto, University of California, Los Angeles
  • John T. Stasko, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Zhendong Su, ETH Zurich
  • Gary J. Sullivan, Microsoft
  • Jaime Teevan, Microsoft
  • Kentaro Toyama, University of Michigan
  • Rene Vidal, Johns Hopkins University, University of Pennsylvania
  • Eric Xing, Carnegie Mellon University, Mohamed bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence
  • Dong Yu, Tencent
  • Yizhou Yu, University of Hong Kong
  • Haitao (Heather) Zheng, The University of Chicago
  • Wenwu Zhu, Tsinghua University
  • Denis Zorin, New York University

View the complete listing of ACM Fellows.


Call for ACM Award Nominations

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 expanding 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 people in your community who may be suitable for nomination. Refer to the award nominations page for links to individual award pages, where you will find nomination requirements, deadlines, and Award Subcommittee Members. Keep in mind ACM's commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion 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. Nominations for most awards are due December 15, 2023.


Advanced Member Grades Nominations Information

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, 2023.

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, 2023.

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, 2023.

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