Special Interest Groups

ACM's Special Interest Groups (SIGs) represent major areas of computing, addressing the interests of technical communities that drive innovation. SIGs offer a wealth of conferences, publications and activities focused on specific computing sub-disciplines. They enable members to share expertise, discovery and best practices.

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Chapters are the "local neighborhoods" of ACM. They serve as activity hubs for ACM members and the computing community at large, offering seminars, presentations, and opportunities to meet peers and experts in many computing fields.

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2016 SIGMOBILE RockStar Award Recognizes Karthik Sundaresan

ACM's Special Interest Group on Mobility of Systems, Users, Data, and Computing has recognized Karthik Sundaresan, a senior researcher at NEC Laboratories America, for significant early-career contributions to wireless connectivity, with an emphasis on novel technologies for wide-area wireless access and smart antenna networking.

2016 SIGDA Pioneering Achievement Award Honors Chung Laung Liu

ACM's Special Interest Group on Design Automation (SIGDA) has named Chung Laung (Dave) Liu the recipient of the 2016 Pioneering Achievement Award. Liu is Professor Emeritus at National Tsing Hua University, Hsinchu, Taiwan. The award recognizesLiu for fundamental and seminal contributions to physical design and embedded systems.

2016 SIGMICRO Distinguished Service Award Recognizes Yale Patt

ACM's Special Interest Group on Microarchitecture (SIGMICRO) has named Yale N. Patt the recipient of the 2016 Distinguished Service Award. Patt is a professor of electrical and computer engineering at The University of Texas at Austin. The award recognizes Patt for his decades of outstanding service to the microarchitecture community.

2016 SIGMM Award Recognizes Outstanding Technical Contributions

ACM's Special Interest Group on Multimedia (SIGMM) has named Alberto del Bimbo the recipient of its Outstanding Technical Contributions to Multimedia Computing, Communications and Applications Award for research contributions in multimedia processing, content analysis, and applications, leadership in multimedia education, and continued service to the community.

2016 SIGMM Rising Star Award Recognizes Multimedia Contributions

ACM's Special Interest Group on Multimedia (SIGMM) has named Bart Thomee the recipient of the 2016 Rising Star Award in multimedia computing, communications and applications for his significant contributions in the areas of geo-multimedia computing, media evaluation, and open research datasets.

ACM Awards Knuth Prize to Pioneer of Algorithmic Game Theory

The 2016 Donald E. Knuth Prize will be awarded to Noam Nisan of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem for contributions to theoretical computer science in areas including communication complexity, pseudorandom number generators, interactive proofs, and algorithmic game theory. It will be presented at the Symposium on Foundations of Computer Science (FOCS 2016) in October.

CIKM 2016, October 24 to 28, Indianapolis, Indiana

The ACM International Conference on Information and Knowledge Management covers information retrieval, knowledge management and databases. Keynoters include 2014-2015 Athena Lecturer Susan Dumais (Microsoft Research Lab), Rakesh Agrawal (Data Insights Laboratories), and Andrei Broder (Google). Workshops will address cybersafety, big network analytics, data and text mining in biomedical informatics, and more.

2016 SIGACCESS Award for Outstanding Contributions

ACM's Special Interest Group on Accessible Computing (SIGACCESS) has recognized Richard Ladner with its Award for Outstanding Contributions to Computing and Accessibility. In announcing the honor, SIGACCESS cited Ladner’s 30+ years of research, advocacy and leadership in the field of accessible computing.

FSE 2016, November 13 to 18, Seattle, Washington

The ACM SIGSOFT International Symposium on the Foundations of Software Engineering will include sessions on Specification, Debugging, Security and Privacy, Verification, Requirements and Models, Static Analysis and much more. A featured keynote speaker is ACM Distinguished Scientist and CHI Academy member Margaret Burnett, on "'Womenomics' and Gender-Inclusive Software: What Software Engineers Need to Know."

SC16, November 13 to 18, Salt Lake City, Utah

The International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis will gather the HPC community with a program of invited talks, panels, research papers, tutorials, workshops, posters, and birds-of-a-feather sessions, as well as student programs to engage and foster the next generation of HPC professionals. Katharine Frase of IBM’s Watson Education unit will deliver a keynote on Cognitive Computing.

2016 SIGKDD Test of Time Award for Outstanding Papers

ACM’s Special Interest Group on Knowledge Discovery in Data (SIGKDD) recognizes outstanding papers from past KDD conferences beyond the last decade that have had an important impact on the data mining research community. The 2016 recipients are Jure Leskovec (Stanford University), Jon Kleinberg (Cornell University), and Christos Faloutsos (Carnegie Mellon University) for their paper from KDD 2005, "Graphs over Time: Densification Laws, Shrinking Diameters and Possible Explanations."

2016 SIGKDD Dissertation Award

ACM SIGKDD dissertation awards recognize outstanding work done by graduate students in data science, machine learning and data mining. The 2016 recipient is Danai Koutra (student), with Christos Faloutsos (advisor) at Carnegie Mellon University, for "Exploring and Making Sense of Large Graphs." Huan Sun (student at University of California, Santa Barbara) and Mohammad Taha Bahadori (student at University of Southern California) were runners-up.


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SIG Awards

ACM's Special Interest Groups (SIGs) regularly cite outstanding individuals for their contributions in more than 30 distinct technological fields.


Resource Manual for SIG Conference Organizers

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Conferences Best Paper Awards

Best Paper Awards are presented at many ACM conferences to authors whose work represents groundbreaking research in their respective areas. By recognizing these select papers for their ingenuity and importance, ACM highlights some of the theoretical and practical innovations that are likely to shape the future of computing.

Recent Best Papers:

Multi-modal Multi-view Topic-opinion Mining for Social Event Analysis
By Shengsheng Qian, Tianzhu Zhang, Changsheng Xu    
Best Paper from the 2016 ACM on Multimedia Conference (MM '16)

Deep-based Ingredient Recognition for Cooking Recipe Retrieval
By Jingjing Chen, Chong-wah Ngo    
Best Student Paper from the 2016 ACM on Multimedia Conference (MM '16)

A Breathtaking Journey.: On the Design of an Empathy-Arousing Mixed-Reality Game
By Martijn J.L. Kors, Gabriele Ferri, Erik D. van der Spek, Cas Ketel, Ben A.M. Schouten    
Honorable Mention from the 2016 Annual Symposium on Computer-Human Interaction in Play (CHI Play '16)

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SIG Conferences - Driving Innovation in Computing Technology

ACM SIGs sponsor more than 170 conferences, workshops and symposia worldwide, with attendance ranging from 20 to tens of thousands. These events enable individual technical communities to share expertise and facilitate the face‐to‐face interactions critical to the dissemination of novel and competing ideas. Many of these forums have become premier global events, bringing together the innovators and researchers who push computing technology forward.

Conference Proceedings—Rapid Dissemination of Research Findings

ACM conferences are a vital publication venue for computing research, and capture the cutting edge of innovation across the spectrum of computing by publishing refereed and invited papers.