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ACM Chapter Member News | March 2021

Welcome to the March 2021 edition of the ACM Chapter Member News.

Chapters are the "local neighborhoods" of ACM. Our Professional and Student chapters worldwide serve as nodes of activity for ACM members and the computing community at large, offering seminars, lectures, and the opportunity to meet peers and experts in many fields of interest. With over 1100 active chapters worldwide, we would like to take the time now to connect with all of you and bring you a few ACM Highlights.

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ACM Chapter Spotlight

Northeast State CC ACM Student Chapter

On February 19, the Northeast State Community College ACM Student Chapter held a seminar on physical security. Mr. Jim Holbrook, a Networking & Cyber Defense faculty member gave a lecture and demonstration about how insecure a building’s physical security can actually be. One example is the confidence many businesses and individuals place in simple, inexpensive locks. After reviewing examples of physical security in buildings, data centers and classrooms, the participants had the opportunity to complete a hands-on lab focusing on using lock-picking kits. Students, faculty and staff were astonished to find how easy this actually is. Every one of the participants were able to open the locks in a few minutes time. This lab was followed by in-depth discussion of physical security parameters that may be neglected resulting in added risk to businesses.

University of Mauritius ACM Student Chapter

The University of Mauritius ACM Student Chapter organized the event "From DarkWeb to Crypto" on the January 26. The talk was done by the collaborators of Linkbynet Indian Ocean. The purpose was to demystify the dark web, explaining the three layers of the web, introducing what cryptocurrency is, and how blockchain works in relation to it. The presenters also raised awareness about the dangers of the Dark Web. With 217 participants, this was one of the chapters most successful events! Moving forward, the chapter is planning to co-organize future events with other chapters around the globe.

Chitkara ACM Student Chapter

On December 29, 2020, the Chitkara ACM Student Chapter organized a webinar on "Unsupervised Learning in Data Mining." Dr. Debnath Bhattacharyya Ph.D (Tech. Computer Science and Engineering) University of Calcutta, was the esteemed speaker and created an interactive session on this exuberant topic. Mr. Debnath discussed many things about Data Mining in great detail such as requirements of Clustering Algorithms and how to measure the quality of clustering.

The event had 245+ students attending this webinar and received tremendous positive feedback on the valuable knowledge the participants gained. The Chitkara ACM Student Chapter is looking forward to more amazing sessions in the future.

ACM congratulates all three chapters on their great work!

If your chapter would like to be featured in the chapter spotlight, please email local_activities@acm.org with a description of your recent event.


Welcome to Our Newest Chapters

  • Baker College ACM Student Chapter - Owosso, MI (Student)
  • Baltimore ACM Chapter - Laurel, MD (Professional)
  • Bengaluru ACM SIGGRAPH Chapter - Bangalore, India (Professional)
  • BITS Pilani Hyderabad ACM Student Chapter - Hyderabad, India (Student)
  • CyberCity ACM Chapter - Cyber City, Mauritius (Professional)
  • DST-CIMS BHU ACM Student Chapter - Varanasi, India (Student)
  • Hamdard University ACM Student Chapter - Karachi, Pakistan (Student)
  • Hanoi ACM Chapter - Hanoi, Vietnam (Professional)
  • Ibadan ACM-W Chapter - Ibadan, Nigeria (Professional)
  • JNTUK UCEV ACM Student Chapter - Vizianagaram, India (Student)
  • Medicaps University ACM Student Chapter - Indore, India (Student)
  • Norfolk State University ACM Student Chapter - Norfolk, VA (Student)
  • SRMGPC ACM Student Chapter - Lucknow, India (Student)
  • St. Bonaventure University ACM-W Student Chapter - St Bonaventure, NY (Student)
  • St. John's University ACM Student Chapter - Queens, NY (Student)
  • SVKMIOT DHULE ACM Student Chapter - Dhule, India (Student)
  • UNC Asheville ACM Student Chapter - Asheville, NC (Student)
  • Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico ACM-W Student Chapter - Mexico City, Mexico (Student)
  • University of Gondar ACM-W Student Chapter - Gondar, Ethiopia (Student)
  • University of Ottawa ACM-W Student Chapter - Ottawa, Canada (Student)
  • VRS ACM-W Student Chapter - Vijayawada, India (Student)


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