ACM People in the News 2017

"Father of the Web Confronts His Creation in the Era of Fake News"
Bloomberg, November 13, 2017
In an interview, World Wide Web Consortium founder (and 2016 A.M. Turing Award recipient) Sir Tim Berners-Lee discusses how his perspective of the Web has changed since its inception, especially with it being widely used to spread misinformation.

"The Computer Scientist Who Prefers Paper"
The Atlantic, December 2017
Former ACM President and USACM Co-chair Barbara Simons continues to work on electronic voting security issues.

"Building Tomorrow's Robots"
Technology Review, October 24, 2017
As director of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Computer Science and Artificial Robotics Laboratory and its Distributed Robotics Lab, professor Daniela Rus (an ACM Fellow) is at the forefront of robot innovation.

"Put Humans at the Center of AI"
Technology Review, October 9, 2017
In an interview, Stanford University Artificial Intelligence Lab and Stanford Vision Lab Director Fei-Fei Li advocates for more human-centered AI and the benefits it can yield. Li was a panelist at ACM’s 50 Years of the Turing Award Celebration.

"Top Networking Researcher Looks to a Programmable Future"
Network Computing, August 23, 2017
Athena Lecturer Jennifer Rexford talks about how making the network programmable can improve security and performance.

"Interview: Daphne Koller, Chief Computing Officer, Calico; Adjunct Professor of Computer Science, Stanford University"
Inside Big Data, July 22, 2017
Koller, who received the inaugural ACM-Infosys Foundation Award in the Computing Sciences (now known as the ACM Prize in Computing), talks about challenges and opportunities of Big Data.

"Charles W. Bachman, Business Software Innovator, Dies at 92"
The New York Times, July 16, 2017
Bachman was 1973 ACM A.M. Turing Award recipient and ACM Fellow.

"A computer science legacy extends 70 years"
Mount Holyoke College, July 13, 2017
ACM-W Chair Valerie Barr named Jean E. Sammet Endowed Chair in Computer Science. Sammet was the first woman to serve as ACM president.

"The Internet’s Future Is More Fragile than Ever, Says One of Its Inventors"
Fast Company, July 6, 2017
Former ACM president and Turing Award laureate Vint Cerf discusses future of the Internet during ACM’s conference celebrating 50 years of the Turing Award.

"Jean Sammet, Co-Designer of a Pioneering Computer Language, Dies at 89"
The New York Times, June 4, 2017
Software engineer Jean E. Sammet, who co-designed the Common Business Oriented Language (COBOL) and was elected the first female president of the ACM in 1974, passed away on May 20 at the age of 89.

"Vint Cerf on His 'Love Affair' With Tech and What's Coming Next"
Computerworld, May 19, 2017
In an interview, Google chief Internet evangelist and former ACM president Vint Cerf, who shared the 2004 ACM A.M. Turing Award with Robert E. Kahn, says he envisions the Internet of Things as a significant technology development.

"Amazing Facts about Dennis Ritchie, the Inventor of C Programming Language and Unix"
TechWorm, May 16, 2017
1983 ACM A.M. Turing Award co-recipient (with Ken Thompson) profiled.

"Microsoft's New Head of Research Has Spent His Career Building Powerful AI--and Making Sure It's Safe"
Quartz, May 2, 2017
With his recent appointment as director of all Microsoft research centers outside Asia, 2015 ACM-AAAI Allen Newell Award recipient Eric Horvitz says he has a mission to oversee "game-changing" work studying how artificial intelligence (AI) is shaped by societal and social factors.

"Microsoft Research Head Jeannette Wing to Lead Columbia Data Science Institute"
HPC Wire, May 1, 2017
Wing is an ACM Fellow and Distinguished Service Award recipient.

"Computer Pioneer Jean E. Sammet Programmed before Programming Was a Thing"
The New Stack, April 23, 2017
Sammet was ACM’s first female president.

"Returning from Washington, Felten seeks dialogue between technology and policy"
Princeton University, April 13, 2017
Former USACM Chair Ed Felten talks about his experience in government service at the Federal Trade Commisssion.

"What the Founder of the World Wide Web Thinks about the State of the Web"
WBUR (Boston NPR Affiliate), April 4, 2017
ACM A.M. Turing Award 2016 recipient Sir Tim Berners-Lee has been thinking a lot lately about the power of his invention and the Pandora's Box it has opened.

"Research Highlight: CRA Board Member Dan Grossman"
Computing Research Association, February 25, 2017
ACM Education Board member Dan Grossman talks about MOOCs and CS curricula.

"Julia Hirschberg Elected to the National Academy of Engineering"
EurekAlert, February 23, 2017
ACM Fellow honored with one of the highest professional distinctions awarded to an engineer.

"2017 Japan Prize Honors Trailblazers in Life Science and Cryptography"
The Japan Prize Foundation, February 2, 2017
Adi Shamir, a co-recipient of the 2002 ACM A.M. Turing Award, has received the 2017 Japan Prize for significant contributions to the fields of cryptography and computer science.

"Q&A: RSA crypto pioneer Adleman keeps pushing the limits"
InfoWorld, January 10, 2017
ACM A.M. Turing Award co-recipient Len Adleman sounds off on RSA's big breakthrough, why DNA works great for computing, and our coming cyberwar risk.

ACM in the News

Read stories about ACM and ACM members highlighted in the media.