ACM in the News 2016
"Expect Deeper and Cheaper Machine Learning"
IEEE Spectrum, December 29, 2016
William Dally, recipient in 2010 of the ACM/IEEE Eckert–Mauchly Award, notes software advances can quickly make hardware obsolete.
"Synching data center computers at the speed of light"
Cornell Chronicle, December 15, 2016
Research on synching data center timing presented at SIGCOMM 2016.
"A Vision for Micro and Macro Location Aware Services"
CCC Blog, December 14, 2016
Proposal for micro and macro location-aware services honored at Computing Community Consortium's Blue Sky Ideas Track Competition at SIGSPATIAL 2016.
"A Brief History of Data Science"
Dataversity, December 14, 2016
In 1989, the Knowledge Discovery in Databases, which would mature into the ACM SIGKDD Conference on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining, organized its first workshop.
"A Blueprint for Getting More Women into Information Technology"
The Economist, December 12, 2016
Harvey Mudd College president Maria Klawe, a former president of ACM, has drafted a blueprint for correcting gender biases, mainly by removing intimidation in classrooms and barring all notions that some people are better at computer science than others.
"CEO Questions Ethical Computing Future"
The Oredigger (Colorado School of Mines), December 12, 2016
At a computer science colloquium, ACM CEO Bobby Schnabel describes evolution of CS in relation to society and challenges audience of students and professors to consider ethical implications of this development.
"Diversifying Tech Is Goal of Student Group"
College of Charleston, December 9, 2016
As a newly chartered member of ACM's Women in Computing (ACM-W), the student chapter will now have the ability to engage a more diverse range of speakers who are doing more diverse research.
"Microsoft, Code.Org Target Beginner Coders with Minecraft Program"
The Guardian, December 9, 2016
Microsoft and Code.org have released a new tutorial for Hour of Code, an annual campaign held during Computer Science Education Week to encourage more students to develop an interest in coding. ACM is a partner in Code.org.
"Two-Day Conference: Shedding Light on Computing and Information Sciences Research"
The Express Tribune (Pakistan), December 7, 2016
To encourage students to conduct research, publish their papers in international journals and learn from seasoned academics on how to research, the PAF Karachi Institute of Economics and Technology (PAF-KIET) organized a two-day international conference on computing and information sciences that was hosted by ACM and PAF-KIET.
"17 Microsoft Researchers Offer Bold Computer Science Predictions for 2017 and 2027"
GeekWire, December 5, 2016
Seventeen female Microsoft researchers, including ACM’s Susan Dumais, Kathryn McKinley, Jennifer Chayes, and Karin Strauss offered their views on what they believe is in store for their fields next year and a decade later.
"A Handful of Photos Yields a Mouthful of (Digital) Teeth"
EurekAlert, December 5, 2016
Disney researchers have developed a model-based method of realistically reconstructing teeth for digital actors and for medical applications. They researchers presented their method at the ACM SIGGRAPH Asia 2016 conference. https://sa2016.siggraph.org/en/
"New 'Printone' Tool Allows Users to Create 3D Printed Wind Instruments in Any Shape or Form"
Dartmouth College, December 5, 2016
Dartmouth College researchers have developed Printone, an interactive design tool enabling users to create functional 3D-printed wind instruments in any shape or form using interactive sound simulation feedback. The tool was presented at the at the ACM SIGGRAPH Asia 2016 conference.
"3 Things to Celebrate in Honor of Computer Science Education Week"
EdTech Magazine, December 5, 2016
CSEdWeek has been a joint effort of organizations including ACM.
"Reading on tablets can hamper your creativity"
Femina, December 4, 2016
Study was published in ACM CHI 2016 proceedings.
"Prof Venugopal conferred with 'ACM Distinguished Educator' honour"
WebIndia123, December 2, 2016
K R Venugopal receives ACM Advanced Member Grade recognition.
"Games researcher Katherine Isbister honored by Association for Computing Machinery"
University of California Santa Cruz, December 1, 2016
ACM names Katherine Isbister a Distinguished Scientist.
"The Biggest Challenge to Diversifying Tech Talent"
CNet, November 30, 2016
Harvey Mudd College president Maria Klawe, a former president of ACM, says a 1-percent increase in female or minority headcount at tech companies usually reflects a lack of serious effort, which leads to demoralization.
"How to Protect Your Laptop--Even When It's Asleep"
Concordia University News, November 23, 2016
Researchers at Canada's Concordia University have developed Hypnoguard, software that safeguards data even when a computer is in sleep mode. The team presented its research at CCS 2016.
"Supercomputing Conference a Glimpse into Future of Mainstream Computing"
Forbes, November 23, 2016
New trends that have been building for the past couple of years at SC conferences include AI, Machine Learning, Deep Learning, and Liquid Cooling.
" Overclocked smartwatch sensor uses vibrations to sense gestures, objects and locations"
TechCrunch, November 21, 2016
Best Paper at ACM UIST Symposium uses smartwatch sensors to sense gestures.
"ACM Prize in Computing is the new name of honor for young innovators"
Network World, November 21, 2016
ACM has changed the name of its annual award recognizing computing professionals for early-to-mid-career innovations from the ACM-Infosys Foundation Award to the ACM Prize in Computing, and boosted the value of the prize by $75K.
"Chinese supercomputer project wins top int'l prize"
China.org.cn, November 18, 2016
Gordon Bell Prize honors Chinese research team for application running on China's fastest supercomputer.
"Tiny WiFi radio could get us closer to Internet of Things"
Futurity, November 18, 2016
Tiny energy efficient radio presented at ACM Sensys Conference.
"More Than Animation: Software Supports Animated Storytelling"
EurekAlert, November 17, 2016
Disney Research has developed CANVAS, a computer-assisted tool for creating narratives, and Story World Builder, a graphical platform in which people can create "story worlds" populated with characters and props. Researchers presented CANVAS at the ACM SIGGRAPH/Eurographics Symposium on Computer Animation.
"ACM SIGHPC/Intel Computational & Data Science Fellowship Winners to Be Recognized at SC16 "
HPC Wire, November 16, 2016
Intel and ACM SIGHPC, the special interest group for high-performance computing, announced the winners of their first Computational and Data Science Fellowship program over the summer, and the recipients were formally recognized at the SC16 awards ceremony.
"Enabling Wireless Virtual Reality"
MIT News, November 14, 2016
Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers have developed MoVR, a prototype wireless virtual reality system for gamers. They presented their findings at the ACM Workshop on Hot Topics in Networks (HotNets 2016).
"Martha E. Pollack Named Cornell's 14th President"
Cornell University, November 14, 2016
ACM Fellow Martha Pollack named Cornell President, effective April 17, 2017.
"Inclusion of the ACM Prize in Computing recipients increases number of HLF Laureates"
IDW (Germany), November 14, 2016
ACM Prize recipients to be included in Heidelberg Laureate Forum.
"Top Ten Things to Love about HPC and the SC16 Conference"
Inside HPC, November 13, 2016
Top 10 characteristics of SC16, the largest HPC trade show of the year.
"Your body reveals your password by interfering with Wi-Fi"
The Register (UK), November 13, 2016
Paper published in CCS 2016 proceedings shows that your password can be snooped when you’re using WiFi.
"The Network Standard Used in Cars Is Wide Open to Attack"
Motherboard, November 12, 2016
Research presented at CCS 2016 shows modern automobiles are open to attack.
"The Fun Work of Technology Crystal Ball Gazing at SC16"
HPC Wire, November 10, 2016
ACM’s International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis (SC16) will feature the first International Workshop on Post-Moore Era Supercomputing (PMES). Another panel, led by Jeffrey Vetter, director of Oak Ridge National Laboratory's Future Technology Group and recipient of the 2010 ACM Gordon Bell Prize, will further explore the ideas generated at that workshop.
"New Organization Reprograms Old Group: Women Try to Diversify Computer Science Field within College Community"
College of William and Mary, November 8, 2016
Reactivated ACM-W Chapter at the College of William and Mary.
"Unlocking Big Genetic Datasets"
Columbia University Data Science Institute, November 8, 2016
"You don't have to painstakingly go through all the points each time to update your model," says Columbia professor David Blei, recipient of the ACM-Infosys Foundation Award in the Computing Sciences (now the ACM Prize in Computing).
"SC16: Taking Diversity and Inclusivity Seriously"
HPC Wire, November 8, 2016
Interview with John West, SC16 chair, and Trish Damkroger, chair of the Diverse HPC Workforce committee.
"Online Password Guessing Threat Underestimated"
Lancaster University, November 7, 2016
Researchers have created different guessing frameworks that prioritize the order of guessing based on attackers having access to different types of personal information. The research was presented at CCS 2016.
"Millimeter Waves Travel More than 10 Kilometers in Rural Virginia 5G Experiment"
IEEE Spectrum, November 7, 2016
New York University srtudents’ findings presented at MobiCom 2016.
"System opens up high-performance programming to nonexperts"
Scienmag, November 7, 2016
MIT researchers present new systems that allow more people to use high performance computing at SPLASH 2016.
"Faster Programs, Easier Programming"
MIT News, November 7, 2016
Researchers at MIT and Stony Brook University have developed Bellmania, a system enabling users to describe what they want their computer programs to do in generalized terms. They presented the system at SPLASH 2016.
"Precision Medicine Is Next Frontier in HPC at SC16"
Inside HPC, November 5, 2016
Renowned panel to examine the state of precision medicine at SC16.
"Why Light Bulbs May Be the Next Hacker Target"
The New York Times, November 3, 2016
The Internet of Things could prove highly vulnerable to cyberattackers, according to a new study from researchers at Canada's Dalhousie University and Israel's Weizmann Institute of Science. "Even the best Internet defense technologies would not stop such an attack," warns cryptographer and study co-author Adi Shamir, co-recipient of the 2002 ACM A.M. Turing Award.
"Internet-Based and Open Source: How E-Voting Works around the Globe"
Ars Technica, November 3, 2016
Former ACM president Barbara Simons cites the uncertainty of Estonia's Internet-based voting system's legitimacy because its government has never performed post-election auditing.
"Computer Science/STEM Leaders Explain How to Spark STEM Interest in Youth"
HPC Wire, November 1, 2016
With discrimination discouraging women and minorities from pursuing careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), the time is ripe to encourage interest in today's youth, according to scientists leading the SC16 conference.
" Changing the Face of the SC Conference Series: An Interview with SC16 General Chair John West"
Inside HPC, October 31, 2016
John West discusses his top goals for SC16.
"Boffins Predict Web Scams With Domain Registration Data"
The Register (UK), October 31, 2016
Researchers presented paper on algorithm designed to analyze domain name registration behavior so it can accurately predict which names will likely be used to run online scams at CCS 2016.
"New tool detects malicious websites before they cause harm"
Scienmag, October 27, 2016
New tool to detect malicious websites presented at CCS 2016.
"Researchers Find Weakness in Common Computer Chip"
Binghamton University, October 25, 2016
Researchers presented paper outlining several ways to mitigate attacks on Haswell CPUs at IEEE/ACM International Symposium on Microarchitecture (MICRO-49).
"Experts on AI: Research Fellow at Google "
IDG Connect, October 28, 2016
Jeff Dean, ACM-Infosys Foundation Award recipient, discusses AI’s annoyances, breakthroughs, ethical implications, and more. This year, ACM celebrates 50 years of the ACM Turing Award.
"Experts on AI: Robotics Professor from Carnegie Mellon"
IDG Connect, October 28, 2016
Raj Reddy, recipient of the ACM A.M. Turing Award (which now celebrates 50 years), answers important questions on AI’s present and future.
"From the Turing Test to Deep Learning: Artificial Intelligence Goes Mainstream"
Computer Business Review, October 28, 2016
In celebration of 50 years of the ACM Turing Award, renowned computer scientist and ACM member Melanie Mitchell spoke to CBR about artificial intelligence—the biggest breakthroughs, hurdles and myths surrounding the technology.
"The Gender Gap in Tech Is Getting Worse but It's Fixable"
CIO, October 26, 2016
A study from Accenture and Girls Who Code presented at last week's Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing points to an exacerbation of the information technology (IT) gender gap in the US.
"Making It Easier to Collaborate on Code"
MIT News, October 25, 2016
MIT researchers have developed an interface that addresses many of the core problems of the powerful open source tool Git. The research will be presented at SPLASH 2016.
"NSF Grant to Increase Computer Science Graduates in Florida"
FIU News, October 24, 2016
"This grant will support our commitment to those students at risk of dropping out of college when they are within striking distance of graduation," says FIU professor Mark Weiss, recipient of the 2015 ACM SIGCSE Award for Outstanding Contribution to Computer Science Education.
"Quantifying Urban Revitalization"
MIT News, October 24, 2016
Researchers have developed a method of scoring the safety, affluence, and liveliness of urban areas by judging images captured around several major cities. They presented their work at the ACM Multimedia Conference (ACMMM 2016).
"Smartwatch that can detect objects, read activities"
Qatar Tribune, October 22, 2016
New functionality presented at UIST 2016 makes possible new applications that use common gestures to control the smartwatch and, ultimately, other objects connected through the Internet of Things.
"One-Inch Robots Swarm to Accomplish Complex Tasks"
ECN Magazine, October 21, 2016
Robots using “swarm user interface” technique to do intricate tasks showcased at UIST 2016.
"Hold That Yak: NYU Researchers Discover Clues for Identifying Yik Yak Users on College Campuses"
New York University, October 19, 2016
Researchers who say they have broken the anonymity features in Yik Yak, an anonymous social media application, will present their findings at the ACM Internet Measurement Conference (IMC 2016).
"Study Finds 'Lurking Malice' in Cloud Hosting Services"
Georgia Tech News Center, October 19, 2016
Up to 10 percent of the repositories held by cloud hosting services have been compromised, according to a study by researchers, who presented their study at the ACM Conference on Computer and Communications Security (CCS 2016).
"Grace Hopper Conference Spotlights Women in Tech"
U.S. News & World Report , October 18, 2016
Careers, research, and networking are the focus this week at the 16th Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing (GHC), which ACM sponsors along with several other organizations.
"Groups Issue Blueprint for Teaching Computer Science in All Grades"
Education Week, October 17, 2016
ACM and other groups release framework for what K-12 students should know about CS and what they should be able to do in the field.
"Making Computer Science Accessible to All Students"
EdSource, October 16, 2016
The first national consensus document on computer science education, the K-12 Computer Science Framework, was initiated by Code.org and guided by ACM, the Computer Science Teachers Association, the National Math and Science Initiative, and the Cyber Innovation Center.
"Facebook, Microsoft, and IBM Leaders on Challenges for AI and Their AI Partnership"
IEEE Spectrum, October 13, 2016
"We will have to design [AIs] with cybersecurity in mind, and keeping in mind the sub-society of the Internet," says Microsoft's Jeannette Wing, an ACM Fellow.
"Just Give Me Some Privacy—Anonymous Wikipedia Editors and Tor Users Explain Why They Don't Want You to Know Who They Are"
Drexel Now, October 12, 2016
The reasons Internet users turn to Internet Protocol obfuscation to protect their privacy are explored in a new study by Drexel University researchers to be presented in February at the ACM Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing (CSCW 2017).
"NSF-Funded Hubs Power Big Data Project 'Spokes'"
Campus Technology, October 11, 2016
"The [big data] spokes advance the goals and regional priorities of each [big data] hub, fusing the strengths of a range of institutions and investigators and applying them to problems that affect the communities and populations within their regions," says NSF's Jim Kurose, an ACM Fellow.
"GUEST BLOG: Women in tech will grow alongside digital"
Computer Weekly, October 11, 2016
ACM President Vicki Hanson on how women are helping to redefine computing.
"China honors computer scientist John Hopcroft"
Cornell Chronicle, October 3, 2016
ACM A.M. Turing Award laureate Hopcroft received China’s highest honor, the Friendship Award, which is given each year to 50 foreign experts.
"ACM President Vicki Hanson to open Golisano College Dean’s Lecture Series Oct. 14"
RIT News, October 3, 2016
Rochester Institute of Technology Distinguished Professor to discuss human-computer interaction and technology accessibility
"Infosys Foundation USA, ACM, and CSTA Announce Awards for Teaching Excellence in CS"
Computer Science Teachers Association, October 3, 2016
ACM, the Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA), and Infosys Foundation announced the rollout of the Awards for Teaching Excellence in Computer Science, which will allocate up to 10 annual awards of up to $10,000 each, with funding provided by Infosys.
"UVA Computer Science Professor Applies Genetic Engineering Principles to Cybersecurity"
UVA Today, October 3, 2016
Researchers at the universities of Virginia and New Mexico have developed Double Helix, a cybersecurity system based on structured diversity. This type of system creates several functionally equivalent versions of a mission-critical system, but adjusts the binary code of some of the clones so the properties needed for successful attacks are missing, says University of Virginia professor and ACM Fellow Jack Davidson.
"IU School of Informatics and Computing recognizes inaugural Schnabel Scholars"
IU Bloomington Newsroom, October 3, 2016
Indiana University scholarship program is named in honor of ACM CEO Bobby Schnabel, who served as dean of the IU School of Informatics and Computing from 2007 to 2015.
"A League of Extraordinary Machines: First Steps to Autonomous Reasoning Systems"
Langley Research Center, October 3, 2016
University of Virginia CS professor and ACM Fellow Jack Davidson to give talk on autonomous cyber reasoning systems at NASA Langley Research Center.
"SC16 Releases Latest Invited Talk Spotlight: Dr. Tamara Kolda"
HPC Wire, September 30, 2016
ACM Distinguished Scientist Tamara Kolda of Sandia National Labs to give talk at SC16.
"Connecting Data Scientists with Regional Challenges"
National Science Foundation, September 28, 2016
NSF’s Jim Kurose (an ACM Fellow) says Big Data Spokes projects funded by NSF will fuse the strengths of a range of institutions and investigators and apply them to problems that affect the communities and populations within their regions.
"IBM's Brain-Inspired Chip Tested for Deep Learning"
IEEE Spectrum, September 27, 2016
Milestone achieved by IBM's TrueNorth computer chip “provides a palpable proof-of-concept that the efficiency of brain-inspired computing can be merged with the effectiveness of deep learning, paving the path towards a new generation of chips and algorithms with even greater efficiency and effectiveness," says IBM's Dharmendra Modha, 2009 ACM Gordon Bell Prize recipient.
"Secure Passwords Can Be Sent through Your Body, Instead of Air"
Newswise, September 27, 2016
New method for sending passwords through the body presented at UbiComp 2016.
"Efforts to Bring Computer Science to All Students Make Progress"
eSchool News, September 26, 2016
In addition to the national CSforAll initiative, there are several regional initiatives. ACM is a member of the CSforAll Consortium steering committee.
"5 Tech Trends That Have Turing Award Winners Worried"
Computerworld, September 23, 2016
A panel of ACM A.M. Turing Award winners convened at the Heidelberg Laureate Forum in Germany to discuss technology trends they find troubling.
"Vint Cerf's Dream Do-Over: 2 Ways He'd Make the Internet Different"
Computerworld, September 23, 2016
Speaking at the Heidelberg Laureate Forum, Google chief Internet evangelist and former ACM president Vint Cerf said he would change a few things about Internet’s creation if he could do it again.
"From Tim Berners-Lee to Kim Dotcom: A Who's Who of Internet 2.0 Innovators"
V3.co.uk, September 22, 2016
Internet mavericks and pioneers including ACM Software System Award recipient Sir Tim Berners-Lee and Google chief Internet evangelist and former ACM president Vint Cerf met in June for the first Decentralized Web Summit with a mission to "re-decentralize" the Web to return it to being a free and open network for secure information exchange and storage.
"NYU theoretical computer scientist among seven MacArthur 'genius' grant winners in New York"
Crain's New York Business, September 22, 2016
ACM Doctoral Disseration Award recipient and Distinguished member Subhash Khot joins 23 MacArthur Fellows.
"The Push for Computer Science to Be Added to School Curriculums"
TechVibes, September 22, 2016
According to ACM, only 14 states actually have computer science standards at their secondary schools.
"Identifying Children and Saving Lives One Thumbprint at a Time"
MSU Today, September 21, 2016
"Whether in a developing nation, refugee camp, homeless shelter or, heaven forbid, a kidnapping situation, a child's identity could be verified if they had their fingerprint scanned at birth and included in a registry," says Michigan State University professor and ACM Fellow Anil Jain.
"This Crazy MIT Device Knows When You’re Happy or Sad"
Boston Magazine, September 20, 2016
MIT device to debut at MobiCom 2016.
"Hacker-Proof Code Confirmed"
Quanta Magazine, September 20, 2016
"You're writing down a mathematical formula that describes the program's behavior and using some sort of proof checker that's going to check the correctness of that statement," says Microsoft Research's Bryan Parno, ACM Doctoral Dissertation Award recipient. Programming languages and proof-assistant programs such as Coq and Isabelle have done much to mitigate the burden of formal verification, while the push for its adoption has gathered traction with the advent of the Internet and its security weaknesses, says Princeton University professor and ACM Fellow Andrew Appel.
"UF president to be appointed to National Science Board"
Capital Soup, September 19, 2016
ACM Fellow Kent Fuchs named to National Science Board.
"Hardware Hack Defeats iPhone Passcode Security"
BBC News, September 19, 2016
The work shows law enforcement agencies should not look for software backdoors to help their investigations, but should develop or cultivate hardware and computer security skills, says Worcester Polytechnic Institute faculty member and ACM Fellow Susan Landau.
"Gordon Bell Prize Winners Simulate Earth’s Mantle"
IBM Systems Magazine, September 2016
2015 Gordon Bell Prize recipients recognized for most realistic simulation of earth’s interior dynamics.
"Women Break Barriers in Engineering and Computer Science at Some Top Colleges"
The Washington Post, September 16, 2016
Harvey Mudd College president Maria Klawe, former president of ACM, cautions the systematic exclusion of women from such fields still exists, and it is mainly more unconscious than conscious.
"Five Women Receive Leadership Excellence Awards at the Diversity Symposium Reception"
Georgia Tech, September 16, 2016
ACM Fellow Elizabeth Mynatt recognized.
"NSF Awards $25M in New Projects in Support of the Computer Science for All Initiative"
CCC Blog, September 14, 2016
NSA announced more than $25 million in awards for the Computer Science for All initiative, whose goal is to facilitate thorough and engaging CS education in schools across the US. ACM and CSTA are part of the CSforAll Consortium.
"Seven Women in IT Chosen to Get Hands-on Experience Building, Managing World’s Fastest Computer Network—SCinet"
Yahoo! Finance, September 14, 2016
At SC16, they’ll get hands-on experience building world’s fastest computer network.
"Can the 2016 Election Be Hacked or Disrupted? Congress Listens to Tech Experts"
AlterNet, September 14, 2016
Former ACM President and USACM Council member Barbara Simons testifies before Congress on security of elections.
" CSNYC Launches National Computer Science Education Consortium"
CSNYC, September 14, 2016
ACM and the New York City Foundation for Computer Science Education (CSNYC) are part of the CSforAll Steering Committee.
"New Progress and Momentum in Support of President Obama’s Computer Science for All Initiative"
EdNET Insight, September 14, 2016
ACM Part of CSforAll Steering Committee.
"Leonard Kleinrock Receives Test of Time Award for Pioneering Research"
UCLA Newsroom, September 13, 2016
ACM SIGMOBILE Test of Time Award recognizes Kleinrock for research paper that made pioneering contribution to wireless technology.
"Q+A With the First Female Director of MIT's Largest Research Lab"
Forbes, September 12, 2016
In an interview, ACM Fellow Daniela Rus discusses her objectives and the digital revolution as the first female director of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's (MIT) Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL).
"App vs. Website: Which Best Protects Your Privacy? It Depends"
News@Northeastern, September 12, 2016
Northeastern University researchers investigated the degree to which free applications and Web-based services on Android and iOS mobile devices leak personally identifiable information to advertisers and data analytics companies. They will present their findings at the ACM Internet Measurement Conference (IMC 2016) in November.
"Building a country of world’s best programmers"
Financial Express (India), September 12, 2016
ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC) mentioned as “Olympics of Programming.”
"Analyzing the challenges posed by Artificial Intelligence at the 4th Heidelberg Laureate Forum"
Scienmag, September 9, 2016
Panel discussion with leading researchers at HLF 2016 will cover current scientific trends in AI and its applications.
"Life after Fitbit: Appealing to Those Who Feel Guilty vs. Free"
University of Washington, September 8, 2016
UbiComp 2016 paper examines how Fitbit design might keep people from lapsing in their fitness routines.
"New service improves cloud storage usage on mobile devices"
Science News, September 8, 2016
New service that improves cloud storage usage on mobile devices recently unveiled at ACM SIGOPS Asia-Pacific Workshop on Systems (APSys 2016).
"Carnegie Mellon algorithm detects online fraudsters"
Scienmag, September 8, 2016
Best Paper at ACM SIGKDD 2016 presents new method for determining if someone has faked Amazon or Yelp review.
"Smartphone Hacks 3D Printer by Measuring ‘Leaked’ Energy and Acoustic Waves"
Newswise, September 7, 2016
Study showing ubiquity of smartphones and their sophisticated gadgetry make them an ideal tool to steal sensitive data from 3D printers to be presented at ACM Communications and Security Conference (CCS 2016).
"Science Makes First Study of Know-It-All Internet Commenters"
The Stack, September 5, 2016
The first study of intransigent commenters in social networks has been conducted via a method developed by researchers at Stanford University and Microsoft. Among the knowledge tasks set up by Stanford's Ethan Fast and Microsoft's Eric Horvitz (2015 ACM-AAAI Allen Newell Award recipient) was determining whether dogmatic commenters are uniformly stubborn across a range of subjects.
"How Tech Giants Are Devising Real Ethics for Artificial Intelligence"
The New York Times, September 1, 2016
Microsoft researcher and 2015 ACM-AAAI Allen Newell Award recipient Eric Horvitz sponsors a Stanford University group that issued a report underscoring the value of the industry effort to establish an ethical standard for AI development.
"Stanford-Hosted Study Examines How AI Might Affect Urban Life in 2030"
Stanford News, September 1, 2016
AI100 standing committee chair and 2009 ACM AAAI-Allen Newell Award recipient Barbara Grosz says AI technologies can be reliable and yield a wide spectrum of benefits.
"Data Science vs Crime: Detecting Pickpocket Suspects from Transit Records"
KDnuggets, September 1, 2016
Research on detecting pickpocket suspects from transit records presented at ACM SIGKDD 2016.
"Who Would Win the Coding Olympics?"
The Washington Post, August 30, 2016
Russian and Chinese coders continue to triumph at the ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest, where St. Petersburg University beat out Harvard University this year.
"Here's How Russian Hackers Could Actually Tip an American Election"
The Washington Post , August 30, 2016
Voting technology experts such as Princeton University researcher and ACM Fellow Andrew Appel have long warned of endemic insecurity in US election systems, including hackers' ability to delete or alter data on voter rolls to manipulate electoral outcomes.
"UC Berkeley Launches Center for Human-Compatible Artificial Intelligence"
Berkeley News, August 29, 2016
"People are highly varied in their values and far from perfect in putting them into practice," notes Stuart Russell, an AI expert (and recipient of the 2005 ACM Karl V. Karlstrom Outstanding Educator Award), who will lead the new center. "These aspects cause problems for a robot trying to learn what it is that we want and to navigate the often-conflicting desires of different individuals."
"Researchers find vulnerabilities in iPhone, iPad operating system"
Science Daily, August 25, 2016
Security vulnerabilities in iPhones and iPads will be explored at ACM Communications and Security (CCS) Conference.
Coverage of SC16:
"SCinet Preps World’s Fastest Network Infrastructure at SC16"
Inside HPC, August 27, 2016
High-capacity network supports applications at SC16.
"Computer science team to solve large-scale network problems"
Purdue University, August 25, 2016
Purdue University team designing algorithms, software for massive networks to present research at SC16.
"Finalists Compete for Prestigious ACM Gordon Bell Prize in HPC"
HPC Wire, August 23, 2016
Six outstanding research efforts in high performance technical computing have been selected as finalists in supercomputing’s most prestigious competition, the ACM Gordon Bell Prize in High Performance Computing. The $10,000 prize will be presented to a single winner in November during SC16.
"The Hype--and Hope--of Artificial Intelligence"
The New Yorker, August 26, 2016
ACM Distinguished Scientist and ACM Transactions on Interactive Intelligent Systems Editor-in-Chief Michelle Zhou breaks down A.I. into three stages: recognition intelligence, cognitive intelligence, and virtual human beings, which we are admittedly a long way from creating.
"Researchers Find Vulnerabilities in iPhone, iPad Operating System"
NCSU News, August 25, 2016
An international team of researchers led by North Carolina State University has identified security vulnerabilities in Apple's iOS operating system. They will present their work CCS 2016 in October.
" Using Data to Better Understand Climate Change"
National Science Foundation, August 23, 2016
University of Minnesota-led research team is using data-driven approaches to better understand the environmental and social impacts of climate change. 2012 ACM SIGKDD Innovation Award recipient Vipin Kumar discussed some of the team's machine learning and data mining advances during a keynote speech at SIGIR 2016.
Coverage of ACM SIGCOMM 2016:
"Extending Battery Life for Mobile Devices"
University of Massachusetts Amherst, August 26, 2016
Researchers at University of Massachusetts Amherst introduced new radio technology that allows small mobile devices to take advantage of battery power in larger devices nearby at SIGCOMM 2016.
"Team Introduces 'Braidio' Technology, Lets Mobile Devices Share Power"
PhysOrg and Computerworld, August 25, 2016
MIT researchers introduce new WiFi technology that lets mobile devices share power at SIGCOMM 2016.
"MIT is dragging hard-wired network chips into the agile era"
Techworld, August 24, 2016
MIT group introduces more programmable chips at SIGCOMM 2016.
"Programmable Network Routers: New design should enable much more flexible traffic management, without sacrificing speed"
MIT News, August 23, 2016
Researchers from MIT and and five other organizations have designed programmable routers that can keep pace with the speeds of modern data networks, as detailed in two papers presented at SIGCOMM 2016.
"Solving Network Congestion"
MIT News, August 23, 2016
MIT Researchers present MegaMIMO 2.0, a system they say can transfer wireless data at twice the range of existing systems and three times faster, at SIGCOMM 2016.
"Scientists develop method to transmit data from body implants to cellphones"
Global News (Canada), August 18, 2016
University of Washington researchers' new method that allows devices such as contact lenses, brain implants and credit cards to communicate with cellphones and wearable tech, converting Bluetooth signals into WiFi, to be presented at SIGCOMM 2016.
"Interscatter enables first implanted devices, contact lenses, credit cards to 'talk' WiFi"
ScienceDaily, August 17, 2016
Promising developments for implanted devices to be explored at SIGCOMM 2016.
"Interscatter Communication Enables First-Ever Implanted Devices, Smart Contact Lenses, Credit Cards That 'Talk' Wi-Fi"
UW Today, August 17, 2016
University of Washington (UW) researchers' interscatter communication method that enables brain implants, contact lenses, credit cards, and smaller wearables to exchange data with smartphones, watches, and other everyday gadgets is presented at SIGCOMM 2016.
"Harvey Mudd College Took on Gender Bias and Now More Than Half Its Computer-Science Majors Are Women"
Quartz, August 22, 2016
The school emphasizes teaching over research, hiring and rewarding professors on the basis of their classroom performance, says former ACM president Maria Klawe, Harvey Mudd's president since 2006.
"Stanford Hosts AI Camp for Girls"
Campus Technology, August 16, 2016
Harvey Mudd College President and former ACM president Maria Klawe was part of a panel that answered students’ questions at Stanford’s summer program to introduce high school girls to artificial intelligence.
"22 world’s best computer scientists, mathematicians for Heidelberg Forum"
Daily Trust (Africa), August 15, 2016
ACM A.M. Turing Laureates and other luminaries to inspire young researchers at 4th Heidelberg Laureate Forum in Germany next month.
"There's a New Way to Make Strong Passwords, and It's Way Easier"
The Washington Post, August 11, 2016
US Federal Trade Commission chief technologist and USACM member Lorrie Cranor says NIST's draft rules are an indication to agencies and companies that the retooled password guidelines have the federal government's approval.
"Get Experience at Top Tech Companies as a Teenager"
US News & World Report, August 8, 2016
One high school computer science teacher pointed to ACM's careers website as a particularly good resource for learning about different computer science-related degrees and what careers they lead to.
"Katherine Frase Selected as Keynote Speaker for SC 16"
IT Briefing, August 2, 2016
Katharine Frase, who leads strategy and business development for IBM's Watson Education unit, has been selected as the SC16 keynote speaker and will deliver her talk on November 15 at ACM's supercomputing conference.
"2016 ACM SIGHPC/Intel Computational and Data Science Fellowship Winners Announced"
HPC Wire, July 29, 2016
The winning students will receive travel support to the SC16 conference in November, where they will be recognized at an awards ceremony.
"Andrew Lumsdaine on Computing Trends at PASC16"
Inside HPC, July 29, 2016
In a video Lumsdaine, Associate Dean for Research at Indiana University, discusses his paper on graph algorithms at June conference sponsored by ACM, SIGHPC and Swiss National Supercomputing Centre.
"Trump, Putin and the hacking of an American election"
The Boston Globe, July 27, 2016
Former ACM President Barbara Simons and ACM Turing Award co-recipient Ron Rivest discuss possibility of a hacked election.
"Blockchain Researchers Debate Future of Consensus Tech at IBM Event"
CoinDesk.com, July 27, 2016
Future of blockchain discussed in IBM workshop held at ACM Symposium on Principles of Distributed Computing (PODC 2016).
Coverage of ACM SIGGRAPH 2016:
"How Imperceptible Vibrations Could Take Augmented Reality to a New Level "
Digital Trends, September 10, 2016
MIT research team proposes method of using microvibrations to make Pokemon Go more immersive at ACM SIGGRAPH 2016.
"New Algorithm for Optimized Stability of Planar-Rod Objects"
IST Austria, August 11, 2016
Researchers present algorithm that enables improved technical modeling of planar-rod structures consisting of interlocking wires, at ACM SIGGRAPH 2016.
"User-Friendly Language for Programming Efficient Simulations"
MIT News, August 10, 2016
Programming language Simit can accelerate computer simulations by a factor of 200 or reduce their required code by 90 percent, according to a paper researchers presented at ACM SIGGRAPH 2016.
"Theme Parks for Your Face: Now’s the Time to Take Risks with VR, Digital Storytellers Say"
NVIDIA, July 28, 2016
Panel of storytellers speaks at ACM SIGGRAPH 2016 about their work to create experiences for the booming new medium.
"Caltech Scientists Improve Computer Graphics With Quantum Mechanics"
Pasadena Now, July 27, 2016
Scientists at the California Institute of Technology use mathematics that govern the universe at the quantum level to simulate large-scale motion, a development they say could have an impact on computer-generated graphics. They presented the technique at ACM SIGGRAPH 2016.
"Selfie Righteous: New Tool Corrects Angles and Distances in Portraits"
Princeton University, July 27, 2016
Princeton University researchers have developed an editing tool, presented at ACM SIGGRAPH 2016, that can correct distortions in self-portrait photographs by manipulating a digital image to make a subject's face appear as if it were photographed from a longer distance or a different angle.
"Body Talk: A New Crowdshaping Technology Uses Words to Create Accurate 3D Body Models"
Max Planck Society, July 26, 2016
Researchers at Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems and University of Texas at Dallas have developed a crowdshaping technology that creates accurate 3D body models from 2D photos using crowdsourced linguistic descriptions of body shape. They presented it at ACM SIGGRAPH 2016.
"New Movie Screen Allows for Glasses-Free 3D at a Larger Scale"
MIT News, July 25, 2016
MIT researchers presented Cinema 3D concept at ACM SIGGRAPH 2016.
"16 Wild Research Experiments that Could Change Design"
Co.Design, July 25, 2016
Among the 119 technical papers describing projects that could transform design that were presented at ACM SIGGRAPH 2016 is a process developed by Disney Research for three-dimensionally (3D) printing meshed structures of varying density.
"Imaging Software Predicts How You Look With Different Hair Styles, Colors, Appearances"
UW Today, July 21, 2016
Method to be presented at ACM SIGGRAPH 2016 by University of Washington researchers yields personalized image search engine that enables users to predict their appearance with a different hairstyle or color, or as they would look in a different time period, age, or country.
"Computer Scientists Find Way to Make All That Glitters More Realistic in Computer Graphics"
University of California, San Diego, July 21, 2016
An algorithm developed by University of California, San Diego professor Ravi Ramamoorthi and colleagues promises to make the surfaces of a wide range of materials look a lot more realistic. The researchers will present the work at ACM SIGGRAPH 2016.
"Adaptive Rendering Method Reduces Discolored Pixels in Photo-Realistic Images"
EurekAlert, July 20, 2016
Disney researchers have developed a method for improving the rendering of high-quality images from 3D models by significantly reducing the noise contained in animated images while preserving fine detail. The researchers presented their method at ACM SIGGRAPH 2016.
"New Method Reconstructs Highly Detailed 3D Eyes From a Single Photograph"
EurekAlert, July 18, 2016
Disney researchers’ technique that can capture the important, yet subtle details of human eyes with a single facial scan or photo presented at ACM SIGGRAPH 2016.
"Character Animation Technique Produces Realistic-Looking Bends at Joints"
Phys.org, July 18, 2016
Disney researchers have developed a method to pre-compute an optimized center of rotation for each vertex in a character model. The researchers will present the skeletal skinning method at ACM SIGGRAPH 2016.
"Computational Design Tool Transforms Flat Materials into 3D Shapes"
CMU News, July 18, 2016
Carnegie Mellon University and Swiss Federal Institute of Technology researchers have developed a tool that can enable designers to exploit auxetic materials' ability to expand uniformly in two dimensions. They will present it at ACM SIGGRAPH 2016.
"Design Tool Transforms Objects into Intricate Works of Art"
EurekAlert, July 18, 2016
A computational design tool developed by Disney Research that helps people create structurally sound, ornamental objects formed from interconnected shapes by 3D printer will be presented at ACM SIGGRAPH 2016.
"Encryption Breakthrough: Scientists Derive Truly Random Numbers Using Two-Source Extractors"
TechRepublic, July 25, 2016
Researchers at the University of Texas at Austin have developed new method for generating truly random numbers that could be used to encrypt data, make electronic voting more secure, conduct statistically significant polls, and more accurately simulate complex systems. Their work received the STOC Best Paper Award at the ACM Symposium on Theory of Computing (STOC 2016).
"Solving Big Data's 'Fusion' Problem"
UCLA Newsroom, July 22, 2016
UCLA professor and 2011 ACM A.M. Turing Award recipient Judea Pearl and Purdue professor Elias Bareinboim say the conventional strategy of using statistical methods to average out differences among the various sets of information blur these distinctions instead of leveraging them for more insightful analyses.
"How the World's Most Powerful Supercomputer Inched Toward the Exascale"
IEEE Spectrum, July 20, 2016
China's Sunway TaihuLight in June topped the Top500 list as the world's most powerful supercomputer. However, "They produced a processor that can deliver high-arithmetic performance but is very weak in terms of data movement," says University of Tennessee professor and 2013 ACM/IEEE Ken Kennedy Award recipient Jack Dongarra, one of the organizers of the Top500.
"CCC Computing Research Symposium—Life Long Learning (Education and Workforce)"
CCC Blog, July 20, 2016
At the Symposium, Communications of the ACM editor-in-chief and Rice University professor Moshe Vardi discussed AI's moral imperatives: "As computing professionals, we have a moral imperative to acknowledge the adverse societal consequences of the technology we develop and to engage with social scientists to find ways to address these consequences."
"NSF Awards Engineers $705K to Improve Wi-Fi, Smartphones"
University at Buffalo News, July 19, 2016
"Fundamental research on advanced wireless will be transformative and take us beyond the current and next generation of wireless--beyond what has been envisioned thus far," says NSF's James F. Kurose, an ACM Fellow.
"Tech volunteers to help school students"
Times of India, July 18, 2016
ACM India's Education Committee has started CSpathshala, an initiative to create a curriculum standard to teach computing as a science in India, with plans to roll it out in schools across the country by 2030.
"Exploring Networks efficiently"
MIT News, July 13, 2016
Researchers from MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory will present work hypothesizing that the study of ant colony behavior could lead to improved network communication algorithms, at PODC 2016.
MIT News, July 8, 2016
Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's (MIT) Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory have developed software that could make it easier for laypeople to work with databases. The team presented the tool at SIGMOD/PODS 2016.
"Are Face Recognition Systems Accurate? Depends on Your Race"
Technology Review, July 6, 2016
Studies show the facial-recognition systems used by the FBI and other police agencies have a built-in racial bias that is a result of how the systems are designed and the data on which they are trained. The algorithms also can be biased based on the way they are trained, according to Michigan State University professor and ACM Fellow Anil Jain.
"Your Smartwatch Is Giving Away Your ATM PIN"
Binghamton University, July 6, 2016
Researchers at Binghamton University and Stevens Institute of Technology have used data from embedded sensors in wearable technologies along with an algorithm to crack private PINs and passwords. The team's paper received the Best Paper Award at the ACM Asia Conference on Computer and Communications Security (ASIACCS 2016).
"Professor Studies How Apps Can Affect Productivity"
Penn State News, July 1, 2016
Pennsylvania State University professor’s team of researchers from Microsoft Research and Seoul National University used a Web app that logs the websites and apps people use during the day to examine impact of applications on productivity. They presented their study at ACM CHI 2016.
"New Translation Tool Will Help Facebook Master International Slang"
Technology Review, July 1, 2016
"A good quantity of parallel Facebook-post-style data would allow much, much better and more colloquial translations," notes Stanford University professor and ACM Fellow Christopher Manning.
"Grade-School Students Teach a Robot to Help Themselves Learn Geometry"
New York University, June 30, 2016
A paper on the rTAG tangible learning environment was presented at the ACM CHI 2016 conference.
"Tackling Intractable Computing Problems"
National Science Foundation, June 29, 2016
"Some of the important leaps, for example in the understanding of efficient approximation, public-key cryptography, arithmetic complexity, and the role of intractability in other sciences, seem to happen mainly due to the collaborative environment of the Intractability Center, supported by the NSF Expedition," says Princeton researcher and 2009 Gödel Prize co-recipient Avi Wigderson.
"Google Fellow Talks Neural Nets, Deep Learning"
EE Times, June 28, 2016
In his keynote address at the 2016 ACM SIGMOD/PODS Conference, Google senior fellow and 2012 ACM - Infosys Foundation Award Recipient Jeff Dean discussed the pressing need for machine learning systems to derive meaning from vast datasets and computation resources.
"At Stanford, Experts Explore Artificial Intelligence's Social Benefits"
Stanford News, June 23, 2016
Harvard University professor and 2008 ACM - AAAI Allen Newell Award recipient Barbara Grosz says the executive summary of their report, part of the Stanford 100-Year Study on the Future of Artificial Intelligence, will concentrate on everyday deployments of AI in urban environments in sectors such as transportation, public safety, and low-income neighborhoods.
"The Future of the Internet Is at Risk Say Global Web Experts"
University of Southampton, June 21, 2016
"The fundamental question before all of us who want a future that delivers on the promise of the Internet is this: how do we meet the governance challenges the Internet creates, without undermining the very aspects that make it such a powerful platform for economic and social growth?" says University of Southampton professor and former ACM president Wendy Hall.
"RedEye Could Let Your Phone See 24-7"
Rice News, June 20, 2016
Researchers from Rice University's Efficient Computing Group unveiled RedEye, an application that could provide computers with continuous vision, at the ACM/IEEE International Symposium on Computer Architecture (ISCA 2016) conference.
"China Wins New Bragging Rights in Supercomputers"
The New York Times, June 20, 2016
ACM Fellow and 2013 ACM/IEEE Ken Kennedy Award recipient Jack Dongarra warns that the US effort to develop exascale computing could be overtaken by the Chinese effort due to funding shortfalls and technology challenges
"The Inventors of the Internet Are Trying to Build a Truly Permanent Web"
Wired, June 20, 2016
Google chief Internet evangelist and ACM past president Vint Cerf is trying to tackle the challenge of preserving online knowledge in the face of constant obsolescence of older digital communications formats.
"Analog Computing Returns"
MIT News, June 20, 2016
Resarchers from MIT and Dartmouth College presented a new analog compiler at PLDI 2016 that can translate between high-level instructions written in a language understandable to humans and the low-level specifications of circuit connections in an analog computer.
"Analog computing and biological simulations get a boost from new MIT compiler"
Techcrunch, June 20, 2016
"In science essay, WPI professor says FBI approach to investigations puts security at risk"
Scienmag, June 16, 2016
Susan Landau, professor of cybersecurity policy at Worcester Polytechnic Institute and an ACM Fellow, argues that the FBI's recent and widely publicized efforts to compel Apple Computer to write software to unlock an iPhone used by a terrorist in California reflects an outdated approach to law enforcement that threatens to weaken the security of all smartphones
"The FBI Needs Better Hackers to Solve Encryption Standoff, Research Says"
The Christian Science Monitor, June 16, 2016
Worcester Polytechnic Institute professor and ACM Fellow Susan Landau suggests law enforcement boost the hiring of government hackers and foster in-house experts to legally hack suspected criminals' devices when they have a warrant.
"New Study Highlights Power of Crowd to Transmit News on Twitter"
Columbia University Data Science Institute, June 15, 2016
Columbia University and French National Institute researchers present study on how people consume news on social media platforms at ACM SIGMETRICS/IFIP Performance 2016.
"Team Uses Smart Light to Track Human Behavior"
PhysOrg, June 15, 2016
Dartmouth College researchers have significantly improved StarLight, a light-sensing system that continuously and unobtrusively tracks a person's behavior in real time. They presented their research at MobiSys 2016.
"New 'GreenWeb' Tools Aim to Create an Energy-Efficient Web"
UT News, June 15, 2016
University of Texas at Austin researchers presented GreenWeb, an open source programming framework that could make the Internet more energy efficient, at the ACM SIGPLAN Conference on Programming Language Design and Implementation (PLDI 2016).
"Creating Printable, Programmable Machines"
National Science Foundation, June 13, 2016
Daniela Rus, and ACM Fellow and head of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, is pioneering the science of printable, foldable, and do-it-yourself robotics.
"Computer Science Salaries Rise with Demand for New Graduates"
Network World, June 13, 2016
"There are currently over 500,000 open computing jobs, in every sector...but only 50,000 computer science graduates a year," according to an open letter from the Computer Science Education Coalition and Code.org to Congress.
"California Moves to Catch Up on K-12 Computer Science Curriculum"
EdSource, June 13, 2016
The Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA) has begun its final review of a proposed framework for bringing computer science into all K-12 grades.
"Microsoft Finds Cancer Clues in Search Queries"
The New York Times, June 7, 2016
2015 ACM - AAAI Allen Newell Award recipient Eric Horvitz is one of the Microsoft researchers who conducted the study.
"U.S. Gets Warnings and Advice about the Internet of Things"
Computerworld, June 7, 2016
In response to a US Department of Commerce request for comments about the Internet of Things' potential, industry groups including ACM's US Public Policy Council (USACM) and others submitted more than 130 reports detailing positive and negative aspects, which will form the basis of a green paper (a tentative government report).
"The Web's Creator Looks to Reinvent It"
The New York Times, June 7, 2016
World Wide Web creator Sir Tim Berners-Lee seeks to rethink the Web in response to the fact it is largely controlled by governments and corporations. Google chief Internet evangelist and ACM past president Vint Cerf says the Web's accountability could be improved using methods digital currencies utilize to record transactions permanently.
"Reduce Cyberslacking and Increase Physical Activity With a Tap, a Click, or a Kick"
Waterloo News, June 6, 2016
University of Waterloo researchers presented Tap-Kick-Click: Foot Interaction for a Standing Desk at the ACM Designing Interactive Systems (DIS) 2016 conference.
"Computing Association Elects First All-Women Slate of Officers"
Associations Now, June 6, 2016
Although the tech industry struggles with diversity, a group of women now leads the Association for Computing Machinery.
"All-female team to lead Association for Computing Machinery"
Network World, June 1, 2016
Against a backdrop of an IT industry pushing hard to more fairly represent women in leadership positions, the Association for Computing Machinery has announced that an all-female board has been elected to head up the society.
"Tech Turns to Biology as Data Storage Needs Explode"
Scientific American, May 31, 2016
Researchers demonstrate how they wrote three image files, each a few tens of kilobytes in size, in 40,000 DNA strands using their own encoding scheme, and then read them individually with no errors, at ACM conference on Architectural Support for Programming Languages and Operating Systems (ASPLOS 2016).
"The White House Is Finally Prepping for an AI-Powered Future"
Wired, May 30, 2016
"AI is making policy challenges already, such as how to make sure the technology remains safe, controllable, and predictable, even as it gets much more complex and smarter," says Deputy US Chief Technology Officer and ACM Fellow Ed Felten.
"Google AI Expert Explains the Challenge of Debugging Machine-Learning Systems"
Network World, May 25, 2016
Google research director and ACM Fellow Peter Norvig compares traditional software programming to machine learning to stress the challenges of debugging and verifying that machine learning-programmed systems function as intended.
"Artificial Intelligence Is Far from Matching Humans, Panel Says"
The New York Times, May 25, 2016
"The AI community keeps climbing one mountain after another, and as it gets to the top of each mountain, it sees ahead still more mountains," says ACM Fellow Ed Felten.
"Building the Tools for Bug-Free Software"
Government Computer News, May 24, 2016
The U.S. National Science Foundation has awarded a five-year, $10 million grant to Princeton University professor and ACM Fellow Andrew Appel's Deep Specification (DeepSpec) project to develop a toolkit for specifying the precise intended functions of software programs in all possible scenarios and for confirming they are performing as expected.
"Researchers Use Developer Biometrics to Predict Code Quality"
Motherboard, May 22, 2016
University of Zurich researchers developed a system that uses developers' biometric data to predict the quality of the code they produce so likely bugs can be deduced. They presented their research at ICSE 2016.
"More than 30 States Offer Online Voting, but Experts Warn It Isn't Secure"
The Washington Post, May 18, 2016
MIT professor and 2002 ACM A.M. Turing Award co-recipient Ron Rivest says hackers, including foreign nations, could tamper with U.S. elections because states have no means of protecting their online voting systems.
"Scan Your Doodles to Find the Perfect Matching Photo Online"
New Scientist, May 18, 2016
Georgia Institute of Technology researchers to present software that can scan hand-drawn sketches and search for a photograph that looks just like them at ACM SIGGRAPH 2016.
"New Method of Producing Random Numbers Could Improve Cybersecurity"
UT News, May 16, 2016
Researchers at the University of Texas at Austin say they have developed a new method for producing truly random numbers. They will present a paper about their method at the ACM Symposium on Theory of Computing (STOC 2016).
"Moore's Law Is Dead. Now What?"
Technology Review, May 13, 2016
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory's Horst Simon, co-recipient of the 1988 and 2009 ACM Gordon Bell Prize, says the approaching limit to transistor density will rekindle interest in rethinking the fundamental computer architecture among supercomputer and data center designers.
"Ingestible Origami Robot"
MIT News, May 12, 2016
"It’s really exciting to see our small origami robots doing something with potential important applications to healthcare," says MIT professor and ACM Fellow Daniela Rus.
"System Harnesses Thousands of Network Cameras for Public Safety"
Purdue University News, May 10, 2016
Purdue professor Yung-Hsiang Lu, and ACM Distinguished Member and Distinguished Speaker, notes many organizations have deployed cameras for a wide range of purposes, and they are accessible to the public without the need for a password.
Coverage of ACM CHI 2016:
"We Know Where You Live"
MIT News, May 17, 2016
Researchers from MIT and Oxford have demonstrated that snoopers armed with little in the way of sophisticated technology can expose the home and workplace addresses of Twitter users by exploiting the location stamps of only a handful of tweets. They presented their work at ACM CHI 2016.
"A New Challenge for Caregivers: The Internet"
Northwestern University Newscenter, May 11, 2016
New research examining the role of caregivers in the online lives of adults with cognitive impairments such as Alzheimer's was presented at ACM CHI 2016.
"In a Connected World, Privacy Becomes a Group Effort"
Penn State News, May 11, 2016
Pennsylvania State University researchers presented findings that say collaboration is playing an increasingly valuable role in privacy management in the face of a more social and connected world, at ACM CHI 2016.
"Paper Gets 'Smart' With Drawn-on, Stenciled Sensor Tags"
UW News, May 11, 2016
Researchers from the University of Washington, Disney Research, and Carnegie Mellon University have developed a method in which small, off-the-shelf RFID tags are attached, printed, or drawn onto paper to create interactive interfaces. They presented their research at ACM CHI 2016.
"Altering a Robot's Gender and Social Roles May Be a Screen Change Away"
Penn State News, May 11, 2016
Pennsylvania State University researchers have found robots can keep their parts and still change their gender, as the arrival of robots with screens has made it easier to assign distinct personalities. They presented their findings at ACM CHI 2016.
"Your Smartphone and Tablet May Be Making You ADHD-Like"
KurzweilAI.net, May 10, 2016
Smartphones and other digital technology may be inducing attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)-like symptoms, according to a study published in the proceedings of the ACM CHI 2016 conference.
"How Will People Interact with Technology in the Future?"
University of Bristol News, May 9, 2016
Researchers from Bristol University's Bristol Interaction Group (BIG) will present new research focusing on how people will interact with technology in the future at ACM CHI 2016.
"Big Thinking in Small Pieces: Computer Guides Humans in Crowdsourced Research"
CMU News, May 9, 2016
Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) researchers have demonstrated that computer-guided non-experts can collectively research and craft coherent reports, using a system called the Knowledge Accelerator, which they presented at ACM CHI 2016.
"Digital Media May Be Changing How You Think"
Dartmouth College, May 8, 2016
Dartmouth College researchers have found using digital platforms such as tablets and laptops for reading could make users more inclined to focus on concrete details instead of interpreting information more abstractly. The researchers will at present their work at ACM CHI 2016.
"Design Tool Enables Novices to Create Bendable Input Devices for Computers"
Phys.org, May 6, 2016
Researchers at ETH Zurich and Disney have developed DefSense, software that enables non-experts to design and build flexible objects that can sense when they are being deformed and be used to control other electronic devices. The researchers will at present their work at ACM CHI 2016.
"SkinTrack Technology Turns Arm into Smartwatch Touchpad"
CMU News, May 5, 2016
The Future Interfaces Group at Carnegie Mellon University's Human-Computer Interaction Institute (HCII) has developed SkinTrack, a wearable technology that enables continuous touch tracking on the user's hands and arms. They will present the technology at ACM CHI 2016.
"HoloFlex: A Flexible Smartphone With a Holographic Display"
IEEE Spectrum, May 5, 2016
Queen's University researchers have developed the HoloFlex, a flexible smartphone equipped with a holographic lightfield display that can simultaneously project glasses-free three-dimensional (3D) images to multiple users. They will present HoloFlex at ACM CHI 2016.
"New Health Sensing Tool Measures Lung Function Over a Phone Call, From Anywhere in the World"
UW Today, May 2, 2016
University of Washington (UW) researchers have developed SpiroCall, a health-sensing tool that can accurately measure lung function over a phone call. They will present their work at the ACM CHI 2016 conference.
"A Theory Explains Why Gaming on Touchscreens Is Clumsy"
Aalto University, April 28, 2016
Aalto University researchers will present new theory of computer input revealing insights into why touchscreen gaming is so awkward at the ACM CHI 2016 conference.
"How Minecraft Is Helping Children With Autism Make New Friends "
New Scientist, April 27, 2016
University of California, Irvine researcher studied “Autcraft,” a version of Minecraft for autistic users and will present her research at the ACM CHI 2016 conference.
"Computer Science Teachers Need Cybersecurity Education, Says CSTA Industry Group"
TechRepublic, May 10, 2016
ACM's Computer Science Teachers Association (CTSA) is crafting a cybersecurity certification program for computer science teachers to provide tomorrow's workforce with vital knowledge and training.
"ACM Awards 2016 Godel Prize to Inventors of Concurrent Separation Logic"
Inside HPC, May 9, 2016
ACM's Special Interest Group on Algorithms and Computation Theory (SIGACT) and the European Association for Theoretical Computer Science awarded Stephen Brookes and Peter W. O’Hearn, the creators of Concurrent Separation Logic (CSL), the 2016 Gödel Prize.
"Cybersecurity Is Harder than Building Bridges"
American Scientist, May/June 2016
Cybersecurity is a complex and messy challenge, but there are indications it can be improved, write former ACM President Peter J. Denning and Naval Postgraduate School professor Dorothy E. Denning.
"Social Media Interaction Tools Might Make MOOCs Stickier"
Penn State News, April 27, 2016
Pennsylvania State University (PSU) researchers conducted a study comparing massive online open course (MOOC) student use of a course's Facebook groups to utilization of built-in course message boards and forums. They presented their research at ACM’s ACM Learning at Scale (L@S) conference.
"Can Technology Help Teach Literacy in Poor Communities?"
MIT News, April 26, 2016
Research presented at the ACM Learning at Scale (L@S 2016) conference shows tablet use was effective in improving participants' performance on standardized tests of reading preparedness.
"Vint Cerf: We Need to Make Room on the Net for All the Machines"
Yahoo! Tech, April 26, 2016
Google chief Internet evangelist and ACM past president Vint Cerf acknowledged at Saturday's "The Future Is Here" festival the Internet has proven to be highly scalable in the decades since its humble origins, but the Internet Protocol's (IP) current support for about 4.3 billion distinct addresses at a time for online devices is insufficient.
Slate, April 22, 2016
In an interview, University of California, Berkeley professor and 2005 ACM Karl V. Karlstrom Outstanding Educator Award recipient Stuart Russell emphasizes the need to ensure artificial intelligence (AI) understands fundamental human values, a task he says is fraught with uncertainty.
"AOL-Cornell Tech Lab Pioneers New Content Technology"
Cornell Chronicle, April 21, 2016
"Users should be able to unlock their personal data for many purposes, including curating content based on their interests," says Cornell Tech professor and 2006 ACM-W Athena Lecturer Deborah Estrin.
"Promoting Women in Science"
Amsterdam Science, April 19, 2016
In an interview, Utrecht University professor and ACM-W Europe advisory committee member Lynda Hardman discusses the pressing need to promote participation of women in science in the Netherlands.
"Obama Announces Computer-Science-for-All Initiative"
CIO, April 15, 2016
More than 500 schools have pledged to extend access to computer science education, partly thanks to support from Code.org, a consortium that includes ACM.
"Grand Challenges for Cultural Heritage Databases, from Preservation to Best Practices"
Yale News, April 14, 2016
"Technologists and computer scientists like myself build tools to empower people and amplify human effort," says Yale professor and ACM Distinguished Member Holly Rushmeier.
"Soft Robotic Fingers Recognize Objects by Feel"
Product Design & Development, April 12, 2016
ACM Fellow Daniela Rus at MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory has led the development of bendable, stretchable robot fingers that can lift and handle delicate objects.
"Rise of the Chat Bot"
Marketplace.org, April 11, 2016
Chatbots “give the human the illusion that they are communicating with an entity that understands and can generate sentences that make sense,” says University of Southern California CS professor and ACM SIGAI Chair Yolanda Gil.
"Chatbots rise, and the future may be 're-written'"
CNBC.com, April 10, 2016
University of Southern California CS professor and ACM SIGAI Chair Yolanda Gil isn't so concerned that chatbots will be stealing jobs from the workforce. In fact, she thinks they will just work alongside humans as a secondary means of assistance.
"Turing Tests and the Problem of Artificial Olfaction"
Technology Review, April 7, 2016
Weizmann Institute of Science's David Harel (ACM Fellow and Karlstrom and Software System Award recipient) says smell reproduction consists of three components: a "sniffer" device that converts an input odor into a digital signature, a "whiffer" device containing a spectrum of fixed smells that can be combined and issued in carefully measured quantities and concentrations, and the sniffer/whiffer interface.
"How Livermore Scientists Will Put IBM's Brain-Inspired Chips to the Test"
IEEE Spectrum, April 5, 2016
IBM has built a 16-chip array with new processors that can run on as little as 2.5 watts to demonstrate the system can scale up the approach to bigger and bigger systems, says IBM's Dharmendra Modha, recipient of the 2009 ACM Gordon Bell Prize.
"The Twittersphere Does Listen to the Voice of Reason—Sometimes"
UW Today, April 4, 2016
University of Washington researchers say case studies of spread of two online rumors offer crisis management lessons for organizations. They presented their findings at CSCW 2016.
"Wireless Tech Means Safer Drones, Smarter Homes, and Password-Free Wi-Fi"
MIT News, March 31, 2016
Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory led by professor Dina Katabi (ACM Fellow and Grace Murray Hopper Award recipient) have developed Chronos, which enables a single Wi-Fi access point to locate users to within tens of centimeters, without any external sensors.
"The Race Is on to Control Artificial Intelligence, and Tech's Future"
The New York Times, March 25, 2016
SIGKDD Innovation Award recipient Pedro Domingos on the race for dominance in AI software.
"You'll interact with smartphones and smartwatches by writing/gesturing on any surface, using sonar signals"
Kurzweil AI, March 17, 2016
New technology developed by University of Washington computer scientists and electrical engineers to be presented at CHI 2016.
"ACM SIGHPC and Intel Announce Computational & Data Science Fellowships"
HPC Wire, March 14, 2016
Fellowships aim to increase diversity in these fields.
"Algorithms and Experiments Make Strange Bedfellows at SXSW"
Computerworld, March 14, 2016
A session hosted at the South by Southwest Interactive festival highlighted users' backlash to Facebook's experimentation with the algorithm that chose items for their news feeds. Google User Experience Director and ACM Distinguished Scientist Elizabeth Churchill recommended designers design experiments to support their design decisions as part of the process of producing a user experience using qualitative and quantitative measures that can interrelate to improve overall quality.
"Browsing in Public"
MIT News, March 7, 2016
Researchers at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory have developed Eyebrowse, a system that enables Web users to share self-selected aspects of their online activity. They presented their work at the ACM Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing (CSCW 2016).
"Log in to Your Phone with a Finger-Drawn Doodle Instead of a Password"
Technology Review, March 3, 2016
Researchers at Rutgers and Aalto universities will present their research on faster authentication method at ACM CHI 2016.
"World's Top Cryptographers on Encryption Backdoors: No Way"
Network World, March 2, 2016
A panel of leading cryptographers at this week's RSA Conference (including 2002 ACM A.M. Turing Award co-recipient Adi Shamir and 2015 co-recipient Whitfield Diffie) agreed inserting backdoors to unscramble encrypted communications is a threat to confidentiality.
"In Emergencies, Should You Trust a Robot?"
Georgia Tech News Center, February 29, 2016
Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) researchers studying human-robot trust in an emergency situation report humans may put too much faith in robots for their own safety. Their research will be presented March 9 at the ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction (HRI 2016).
"Netflix Knows How Long You'll Search Before They Lose You"
February 18 and 19, 2016
NBC News and Tech Insider mention ACM Transactions on Management Information Systems paper on Netflix recommender system.
"Big-Data Visualization Experts Make Using Scatter Plots Easier for Today's Researchers"
NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering, February 18, 2016
Study conducted by data visualization researchers at NYU Poly's Tandon School of Engineering to receive honorable mention at CHI 2016 in May.
"ScaAnalyzer: An Award-Winning Tool to Find Computing Bottlenecks"
College of William & Mary, February 12, 2016
College of William & Mary researchers have developed ScaAnalyzer, a new tool they say could have considerable value to the supercomputing community. Their paper on the tool was named Best Paper at the SC '15 conference.
"This new mind-reading tech helps you learn to play instruments faster"
Science Alert, February 12, 2016
A new brain-scanning system called BACh (Brain Automated Chorales) is teaching inexperienced piano players how to learn more quickly and effectively by figuring out how hard their brains are working and adjusting the difficulty accordingly. Tufts University researchers will present their report at CHI 2016.
"IST researchers aim to help companies fortify cyber defenses"
Penn State News, February 10, 2016
Penn State researchers are investigating the dynamics of "bug bounty" programs with the intention of helping organizations amp up their defenses against malevolent hackers. They presented their paper "An Empirical Study of Web Vulnerability Discovery Ecosystems" at ACM CCS 2015.
"Not Getting Enough Sleep? You're Probably on Facebook, Says New Study"
Yahoo!Tech, February 5, 2016
University of California, Irvine, researchers found that a lack of sleep is linked to a higher level of online browsing, including checking social media websites such as Facebook. The study's findings will be presented at CHI 2016.
"3D-Printed Display Lets Blind People Explore Images by Touch"
New Scientist, February 10, 2016
"The objective is to let blind users visualize and make sense of complex spatial data just like sighted people," says Hasso Plattner Institute research team leader Patrick Baudisch. Baudisch, a CHI Academy member and ACM Distinguished Scientist, and his team will present Linespace at ACM CHI 2016. He'll also give a talk on 3D printing at SXSW 2016 in Austin in March.
"Querying Historical Maps as a Unified, Structured, and Linked Spatiotemporal Source"
CCC Blog, February 2, 2016
USC researcher's paper on techniques to unlock historical information from maps takes first place at ACM SIGSPATIAL conference.
"Breakthrough in Concurrent Program Verification"
Public Now (University of Science and Technology in China), February 2, 2016
USTC’s Liang Hongjin and Feng Xinyu designed the first program logic for verifying starvation-freedom and deadlock-freedom of concurrent objects. They presented their research at the ACM SIGPLAN-SIGACT Symposium on Principles of Programming Languages (POPL 2016).
"Computer Science, Meet Humanities: in New Majors, Opposites Attract"
The Chronicle of Higher Education, January 28, 2016
ACM Fellow Jim Kurose of NSF says CS+X degrees may hold more appeal for students who want to use data collection to analyze subjects such as politics, society, and the environment.
"Searching for the Algorithms Underlying Life"
Quanta Magazine, January 28, 2016
In an interview, Harvard University computer scientist and 2010 ACM A.M. Turing Award winner Leslie Valiant discusses his definition of an "ecorithm," or a learning algorithm that "runs" on any system capable of interacting with its physical environment.
"Closing the Tech Industry Gender Gap"
The Huffington Post, January 27, 2016
YouTube CEO Susan Wojicki addressed the impact of the lack of women in tech fields at last year’s Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing.
"Can Augmented Reality Make Remote Communication Feel More Intimate?"
MIT Technology Review, January 19, 2016
Paper on new Microsoft 3-D imaging technology to be presented at CSCW in February.
"53rd Design Automation Conference (DAC) Inaugurates Silicon and Technology Art Show"
Yahoo! Finance, January 14, 2016
ACM Design Automation Conference hosting silicon and technology art show in June.
"Computing Leaders Team Up on K-12 Computer Science Framework"
SD Times, January 11, 2016
ACM, the Computer Science Teachers Association, and Code.org are partnering to create a new framework, called K12CS, to define the appropriate scope and sequence for K-12 computer science education.
"Computing and Information Science Receives $10M Grant"
Cornell Chronicle, January 7, 2016
"The Expeditions in Computing program enables the computing research community to pursue complex problems by supporting large project teams over a longer period of time," notes NSF head for Computer and Information Science and Engineering and ACM Fellow Jim Kurose.
"Computer Scientists Launch Campaign to Guarantee Bug-Free Software"
Princeton University, January 7, 2016
A multi-university consortium led by Princeton University computer scientist and ACM Fellow Andrew Appel aspires to stamp out software bugs with the help of a five-year, $10-million grant from the U.S. National Science Foundation.
"Better Coding: Computer science students mine software developer forums to teach coding practices"
UDaily, January 6, 2016
University of Delaware researchers have demonstrated how natural-language processing and sentiment-analysis techniques can be used to mine bad, or negative, code examples from software developer forums. Their study was published in the proceedings of the 2015 IEEE/ACM 30th International Conference on Automated Software Engineering Workshops (ASE 2015).
"Cybersecurity Experts Debate Proper Response to Terrorism"
Columbia News, January 6, 2016
Columbia computer science professor and USACM member Steven Bellovin says giving the government exceptional access would not reduce the threat of terrorism but rather would create new holes in computer security that others can exploit.
"Privacy-Preserving Inference of Social Relationships From Location Data"
CCC Blog, January 4, 2016
Researchers from the University of Southern California, Emory University, and Utah State University have conceived of an extensible framework labeled Privacy-Preserving Location Analytics and Computation Environment (Private-PLACE). Their paper garnered a prize at the Blue Sky Ideas Track Competition at ACM SIGSPATIAL 2015.
Media Coverage of 2015 ACM A.M. Turing Award:
The New Economy
San Francisco Chronicle
The New York Times
Stanford University News
SC Magazine (UK)
The Register (UK)
Secure World Expo