ACM in the News

"Alibaba Cloud selected as organizer of KDD Cup 2017"
The Tech Revolutionist, January 19, 2017
Alibaba Cloud, the cloud computing arm of Alibaba Group, has been selected as the organizer of KDD Cup 2017, an event of ACM's Special Interest Group on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining.

"R|P 2012: Perceiving the World Through the Eyes of a Robot – Radu Rusu, CEO of Open Perception Inc"
Robot News, January 18, 2017
Robotics company CEO visits University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign ACM Student Chapter.

"Cambridge University Press to revolutionize computer science teaching to make young learners ready for digital age"
India Education Diary, January 17, 2017
ACM co-organizes computational thinking workshop in India.

"What happens when an algorithm is sexist? New guidelines seek accountability"
IT World Canada, January 17, 2017
USACM Statement on Algorithmic Accountability lists principles designed to help prevent bias in computer algorithms.

"Google Brain Team Prepares for Machine-Learning-Driven Future"
SD Times, January 13, 2017
Google Brain's Jeff Dean, who shared the 2012 ACM-Infosys Foundation Award in the Computing Sciences (now the ACM Prize in Computing) with Sanjay Ghemawat, says last year the team demonstrated new methods for improving people's lives with advanced software systems.

"Bias in Criminal Risk Scores Is Mathematically Inevitable"
The Louisiana Weekly, January 9, 2017
"If you have two populations that have unequal base rates, then you can't satisfy both definitions of fairness at the same time," notes Cornell University professor and 2008 ACM-Infosys Foundation in the Computing Sciences Award recipient Jon Kleinberg.

"QU student selected as an ACM SIGIR representative at the 50-Year Celebration of the ACM Turing Award"
Qatar Is Booming, January 9, 2017
Computer Science PhD student Maram Hasanain at Qatar University College of Engineering has been selected among 10 students from all over the world to represent ACM’s Special Interest Group on Information Retrieval (ACM SIGIR) at the 50-year celebration of the ACM Turing Award, which will be held in June.

"Big Data's Unexplored Frontier: Recorded Music"
Motherboard, January 8, 2017
Researchers at University College London Discuss Digital Music Lab in ACM Journal on Computing and Cultural Heritage.

"Move over Bitcoin--MIT Cryptographer Silvio Micali and His Public Ledger ALGORAND…the Future of Blockchain?"
Blockchain News, January 5, 2017
Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor and 2012 ACM A.M. Turing Award recipient Silvio Micali recently published a paper describing a decentralized and secure way to manage a shared ledger that provides a solution to the Byzantine General's problem.

"Most Computer Science Majors in the U.S. Are Men. Not So at Harvey Mudd"
Los Angeles Times, January 4, 2017
"Building confidence and a sense of belonging and a sense of community among these women makes such a huge difference," says Harvey Mudd president Maria Klawe, a former president of ACM.

"BigGIS: A Continuous Refinement Approach to Master Heterogeneity and Uncertainty in Spatio-Temporal Big Data"
CCC Blog, January 4, 2017
Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences in Germany researchers authored a paper than won an award in the Computing Community Consortium-sponsored Blue Sky Ideas Track Competition at the ACM SIGSPATIAL International Conference on Advances in Geographic Information Systems.

"Man vs. AI Machine in Texas Hold'em Matchup"
Computerworld, January 4, 2017
"Poker...poses a far more difficult challenge...as it requires a machine to make extremely complicated decisions based on incomplete information while contending with bluffs, slow play, and other ploys," says CMU professor Tuomas Sandholm, recipient in 2001 of the ACM/SIGART Autonomous Agents Research Award.

"Green Is the New Black"
Asian Scientist, January 3, 2017
Satoshi Matsuoka, lead architect of the KFC project (and recipient of the ACM Gordon Bell Prize in 2011), is working with the Japanese government's 2020 Post-K program to develop exascale supercomputers.

"The Next Supercomputing Superpower--Chinese Technology Comes of Age"
Asian Scientist, January 3, 2017
Stony Brook University professor Deng Yuefan says China’s investment in supercomputers is evident in the use of Sunway TaihuLight by three of the six finalists for the 2016 ACM Gordon Bell Prize, including the winning team, at the SC16 conference.

"Study: Carpooling Apps Could Reduce Traffic 3x"
MIT News, January 3, 2017
MIT researchers say they have developed an algorithm that found 3,000 four-passenger cars could serve 98 percent of taxi demand in New York City. "The system is particularly suited to autonomous cars, since it can continuously reroute vehicles based on real-time requests," says MIT professor and ACM Distinguished Member Daniela Rus.