ACM has named Vicki L. Hanson to the position of executive director and CEO effective July 1, 2018. As ACM’s most senior staff member, Hanson will work with ACM’s volunteer community to provide strategic vision and to develop sustainable business models to ensure ACM’s continued worldwide membership, publications and revenue growth.
ACM President-elect Cherri Pancake said, “Having served ACM for many years in various volunteer capacities, Vicki’s unique insights into the organization and how it serves the profession should serve us well to ensure a sustainable future for ACM."
ACM's newly-elected officers:
For the term 1 July 2018 — 30 June 2020
Cherri M. Pancake
For the term 1 July 2018 — 30 June 2022
Members at Large
Claudia Bauzer Medeiros
Newly-Elected Officers for the term 1 July 2018 - 30 June 2020:
President: Abhiram Ranade, IIT Bombay
Vice President: Venkatesh Raman, ITMSc Chennai
Secretary/Treasurer: Maria Choudhary, Oracle
Members-at Large for the term 1 July 2018 - 30 June 2022:
Supratik Chakraborty, IIT Bombay
Meenakshi D'Souza, IIIT Bangalore
Manish Gupta, VideoKen, Bangalore
Jayant Haritsa, IIS Bangalore
Pankaj Jalote, IIIT Delhi
Venkatesh Kamat, Goa University
Hemangee K. Kapoor, IIT Guwahati
Sudeshna Sarkar, IIT Kharagpur
Vasudeva Varma, IIIT Hyderabad
ACM’s Future of Computing Academy gathered a group of academics, practitioners, a chef and local food producers to discuss ways in which technology can alleviate global issues such as food abundance/waste and inequality of food access, as well as individuals' needs to make healthy choices. The Manifesto lists five principals technologists and innovators in the computing community should adhere to when designing the food systems of the future.
The ACM US Technology Policy Committee made detailed recommendations to Congress for protecting personal privacy in the wake of the Facebook/Cambridge Analytica controversy. The Committee’s statement was submitted to the Senate Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety, Insurance, and Data Security for inclusion in the record of the Subcommittee’s June 19 hearing entitled “Cambridge Analytica and Other Facebook Partners: Examining Data Privacy Risks.”
Nicole Forsgren is a DevOps expert and CEO and Chief Scientist at DevOps Research and Assessment (DORA), a firm that conducts research and advises Fortune 50 companies, startups and government agencies. She is a member of the ACM Queue Editorial Board. “DevOps is…a cultural movement, wherein groups with traditionally very different goals come together to learn from one another with empathy. We do better when we hear from those with diverse backgrounds.”
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.
Qiang Yang is Chair Professor and former Head of Department of Computer Science and Engineering at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. He is president of the International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence. An ACM Fellow, Yang is founding editor of ACM Transactions on Intelligent Systems and Technology. “[F]ind someone outside your field, say your grandmother, and tell them what you are planning to work on. If you can excite these other people, you are more likely to have selected a good topic.”
The 2018 Global Survey of Mathematical, Computing, and Natural Scientists needs people in mathematical, computing and natural sciences, including students, to share their career and educational experiences. The data being collected will include focused information about women in these fields. The survey is being conducted by The Gender Gap in Science project, funded by the International Council for Science, a collaboration of several organizations including ACM.
Machine learning has advanced radically over the past 10 years, and machine learning algorithms now achieve human-level performance or better on a number of tasks. Yet machine learning algorithms that exceed human performance in naturally occurring scenarios are often seen as failing dramatically when an adversary is able to modify their input data even subtly. “Making Machine Learning Robust Against Adversarial Inputs,” a feature article in Communications of the ACM, provides an overview of the foundations and advancements of the thriving research on adversarial inputs and posits some predictions of where it might lead.
ACM Queue’s “Research for Practice” is your number one resource for keeping up with emerging developments in the world of theory and applying them to the challenges you face on a daily basis. In this installment, Dan Crankshaw and Joey Gonzalez provide an overview of machine learning server systems. What happens when we wish to actually deploy a machine learning model to production, and how do we serve predictions with high accuracy and high computational efficiency? Dan and Joey’s curated research selection presents cutting-edge techniques spanning database-level integration, video processing, and prediction middleware. Given the explosion of interest in machine learning and its increasing impact on seemingly every application vertical, it's possible that systems such as these will become as commonplace as relational databases are today.
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The Association for Computing Machinery, a global scientific and educational organization representing the computing community, expresses concern over US President Donald J. Trump’s Executive Order imposing suspension of visas to nationals of six countries.
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