The Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA) has named Jake Baskin as its Executive Director, effective February 5, 2018. Baskin is the Director of State Government Affairs at Code.org. He is a longtime CSTA member and champion for computer science education. As a high school computer science teacher in the Chicago public school system, Baskin focused on increasing access to computing for underrepresented groups and more than doubled female enrollment in introductory CS classes.
Regina Barzilay is the Delta Electronics Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL). She recently received a MacArthur Fellowship. “The reason we as humans can learn from a very few examples relates to the vast prior knowledge we have collected before solving a new task. It would be really powerful if our models for language understanding could have the same capacity.“
The ACM India Annual Event is a flagship event whose aim is to discuss trends in science and technology, and to celebrate ACM's spirit and India's accomplishments in computing. The event is attended by ACM Turing Award winners, ACM Office Bearers, and researchers and IT professionals. Moshe Vardi and Martin E. Hellman will keynote. The CS Pathsala Workshop, iSIGCSE Workshop and IRISS are co-located ACM events.
A recent Computing Research Association Summit on Technology and Jobs explored issues surrounding the impact of artificial intelligence on the future of work. Leading technologists, economists, and policy experts offered their views on where technology is headed and what its impact may be, as well as on policy issues raised by these projections and possible responses. View 17 videos from this livestreamed event.
Researchers and practitioners at all phases of their careers (undergrad, PhD or postdoc) are encouraged to apply for the next Heidelberg Laureate Forum (September 23 to 28, 2018), for a chance to personally interact with laureates of the most prestigious prizes in mathematics and computer science, including the ACM A.M. Turing Award and the ACM Prize in Computing. Applications are due February 9, 2018.
ACM is inviting applications for the position of Chief Executive Officer to serve as a leading figure in the computing field representing an elite organization that can speak on behalf of nearly 100,000 members worldwide. The CEO serves as the primary executive responsible for the formulation and implementation of ACM strategic direction, for representing ACM in the worldwide computing community, and for overall management of the affairs of the association. To apply, visit the ACM CEO Search page.
The ACM Special Interest Group on Artificial Intelligence (SIGAI) and AAAI are launching AIES 2018, a new conference to be co-located with AAAI-18. As AI becomes more pervasive in everyday life, its impact on society is raising concerns about issues such as value alignment, data handling and bias, regulations, and workforce displacement. AIES will tap experts from various disciplines, such as ethics, philosophy, economics, sociology, psychology, law, history, and politics, to address these issues.
The past fiscal year included many forward-looking initiatives for ACM. The Future of Computing Academy was launched, providing a platform for the next generation of computing professionals to address pressing challenges faced by the industry. The Professional Ethics Committee began a two-year project to update its landmark Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct. And ACM celebrated the 50th anniversary of the A.M. Turing Award with many inspiring international events. Learn about ACM's publications, conferences, public policy efforts, education initiatives, and more in the Annual Report.
Each year, ACM recognizes technical and professional achievements within the computing and information technology community through its celebrated Awards Program. ACM welcomes nominations for candidates whose work exemplifies the best and most influential contributions to our community, and society at large. Most nominations are due January 15, 2018. Please refer to the Nominations page for each award, which includes information about the deadline and guidance for preparing nominations.
Sharad Agarwal is a Senior Researcher in Mobility and Networking at Microsoft Research. He has co-authored over 35 research publications, co-invented over 40 issued patents, and contributed to Microsoft products including Windows 10 and Windows Phone 8. In his spare time, he is an active startup investor in Seattle. He was recently named an ACM Distinguished Member. “Be aware of survivorship bias—focusing on the characteristics of companies that have survived and thrived and not considering the characteristics of those that have failed.“
ACM is revising its Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct to reflect the shifts in both technology and society since adoption of the Code in 1992. ACM members are invited to participate in a survey on proposed Draft 3 updates to the Code. Help define what it means to be a good computing professional by responding to the Code 2018 survey.
Proceedings of the ACM (PACM) is a journal series that launched in 2017. The series was created in recognition of the fact that conference-centric publishing disadvantages the CS community with respect to other scientific disciplines when competing with researchers from other disciplines for top science awards and career progression, and the fact that top ACM conferences have demonstrated high quality and high impact on the field. See PACMs on Programming Languages, Interactive, Mobile, Wearable and Ubiquitous Technologies, Measurement and Analysis of Computing Systems, and HCI.
USACM has reaffirmed its long-standing commitment to accessibility by releasing a statement and set of principles on accessibility, usability, and digital inclusiveness. Promoting digital inclusiveness for people with disabilities, as well as policies, regulations, and guidelines that ensure fair access to the opportunities that arise from digital innovations, has been an ongoing priority for USACM. Read the news release.
The ACM Future of Computing Academy is a new initiative created by ACM to support and foster the next generation of computing professionals. The Academy is a platform that enables the next generation of researchers, practitioners, educators and entrepreneurs to develop a coherent and influential voice that addresses challenging issues facing the field and society in general. Meet the men and women who make up the inaugural class of the ACM-FCA.
ACM is sponsoring a series of practitioner-oriented workshops on the intersection of Artificial Intelligence and Blockchain. The first workshop in the series occurred on July 31, 2017 in Toronto. Additional workshops are planned for San Francisco, New York, Beijing, Bangalore, Paris, Tokyo, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore, London, Boston and Los Angeles. Speakers include leading names in AI and Blockchain.
E-commerce marketplaces—whether business-to-consumer (B2C) or business-to-business (B2B)—are examples of a two-sided market. Each side involves networks of participants. Network effects—the incremental value added by each new participant—play the dominating technological role in such markets. Over time, network effects inevitably yield a monopoly in which a single e-commerce firm manages the entire marketplace. In this video, Hemang Subramanian discusses "Decentralized Blockchain-based E-Marketplaces," a contributed Article in the January 2018 issue of Communications of the ACM describing an alternative to the firm-controlled marketplace—a decentralized marketplace based on the blockchain.
ACM Queue’s “Research for Practice” is a must-read for practitioners who want to stay current with the latest advances in computing research. In this installment, Malte Schwarzkopf will be your tour guide through the landscape of distributed cluster scheduling, from research to practice, and back again. With the rise of elastic compute resources, cluster management has become an increasingly hot topic in systems R&D, and a number of competing cluster manager including Kubernetes, Mesos, and Docker are currently jockeying for the crown in this space. If you’ve ever wondered about the foundations behind these systems and how to achieve fast, flexible and fair scheduling, this RfP is a must read.
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