ACM Updates Code of Ethics

ACM recently updated its Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct. The revised Code of Ethics addresses the significant advances in computing technology since the 1992 version, as well as the growing pervasiveness of computing in all aspects of society. 

To promote the Code throughout the computing community, ACM created a booklet, which includes the Code, case studies that illustrate how the Code can be applied to situations that arise in everyday practice and suggestions on how the Code can be used in educational settings and in companies and organizations. Download a PDF of the ACM Code booklet.


ACM Celebrates Ada Lovelace Day

ACM is celebrating the legacy of pioneering programmer Ada Lovelace with a month-long series featuring women who have contributed groundbreaking innovations and dedicated service to the computing profession.

To mark Ada's birthday, which this year is being observed on October 9, ACM recognizes the women who have made historic advances in the field and who are mentoring tomorrow's computing pioneers.

Visit the Ada Day page to learn more about women whom ACM has honored with our series of prestigious awards. 

CACM Launches Section on China Region Technology

Communications of the ACM has launched the China Region Special Section, the first in a series of regional special sections. The new section focuses on the China region and comprises 13 articles examining current computing and information technology trends in China, Macau and Hong Kong. The goal of the series is to build “an inclusive forum that spans the global community, with active participation from everyone, everywhere,” according to CACM Editor-in-Chief Andrew Chien. Special sections highlighting the leadership, unique characteristics and development of computing in each featured region will appear in selected CACM issues.

Sarita Adve Recognized with Ken Kennedy Award

Sarita Adve of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has been named the recipient of the 2018 ACM-IEEE CS Ken Kennedy Award. Adve is recognized for her research contributions and leadership in the development of memory consistency models for C++ and Java; for service to numerous computer science organizations; and for exceptional mentoring. The award will be presented at SC 18: The International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis, November 11-16, in Dallas, Texas.

2018 Ken Kennedy Award recipient Sarita Adve

ACM Launches New Award to Recognize Breakthrough Achievements

The ACM Charles P. "Chuck" Thacker Breakthrough in Computing Award celebrates the late pioneer's contributions in computing and his inspirational mentorship of generations of computer scientists, by recognizing individuals with the same out-of-the-box thinking and “can-do” approach to solving the unsolved that Thacker exhibited. Financial support for the $100,000 prize is provided by Microsoft. Nominations will be accepted through January 15, 2019.

Deborah Estrin Named 2018 MacArthur Fellow

ACM Fellow and Athena Lecturer Deborah Estrin has been named a 2018 MacArthur Fellow. She was cited for designing open-source platforms that leverage mobile devices and data to address socio-technological challenges such as personal health management. Estrin is an Associate Dean and professor in Cornell Tech's Computer Science department, and is founder of the Health Tech Hub at the Jacobs Technion-Cornell Institute and co-founder of the nonprofit startup Open mHealth.

ACM Names 2018 Distinguished Members

ACM has named 49 Distinguished Members for outstanding contributions to the field. The 2018 ACM Distinguished Members are exemplars for their peers, and represent ACM’s worldwide geographic reach, as well as the exciting range of subdisciplines that constitute today’s technology landscape. The ACM Distinguished Member program recognizes up to 10 percent of ACM worldwide membership based on professional experience and significant achievements in computing.

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Report Aims to Smooth Transition between Community College and Computing Career

A report by the ACM Education Policy Committee analyzes various initiatives being implemented throughout the US that aim to increase the pipeline of students pursuing computing degrees; identify programs that have had the most success; and describe aspects of these programs that could be emulated elsewhere.

Read the ACM news release.

ACM Education Policy Committee Report on Transition from Community College to Computing Careers

ACM USTPC Expresses Concerns about Online Voting

ACM's US Technology Policy Committee (USTPC) is joining with organzations including the National Election Defense Coalition, R Street Institute, and Common Cause to release a report citing concerns on the security of internet and email voting. The report cites the increasing impact of cyberattacks on ballots in transit; malware on the voter’s computer/device; voter authentication; server attacks; and more. Recommendations include a return to paper ballots and other "low-tech" measures.

Meet Willem Visser

Willem Visser is a Computer Science Professor at Stellenbosch University in South Africa. He was a Member-at-Large of the Executive Committee of ACM’s Special Interest Group on Software Engineering (SIGSOFT), and served as Program Co-Chair for the International Conference on Software Engineering (ICSE 2016). An ACM Distinguished Member, he has received several best paper awards in the area of software testing.

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CSCW 2018, November 3 to 7, Jersey City, New Jersey

The 21st ACM Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing is the premier venue for research in the design and use of technologies that affect groups, organizations, communities, and networks. The opening keynote will be a discussion on media, platforms, and bias led by Emily Bell (Columbia University). Natasha Dow Schüll (New York University) will deliver the closing keynote.

ESEC/FSE 2018, November 4 to 9, Lake Buena Vista, Florida

The ACM Joint European Software Engineering Conference and Symposium on the Foundations of Software Engineering is a forum for researchers, practitioners, and educators to present and discuss the most recent innovations, trends, experiences, and challenges in SE. Scheduled keynote speakers are Erik Meijer (Facebook), Dave Lang (Iron Galaxy Studios), Lingxiao Jiang (Singapore Management University), Stephane Glondu (INRIA Nancy), and Zhendong Su (ETH Zurich).

SIGSPATIAL 2018, November 6 to 9, Seattle, Washington

The ACM SIGSPATIAL International Conference on Advances in Geographic Information Systems brings together researchers, developers, users, and practitioners in novel systems based on geospatial data and knowledge, fostering interdisciplinary discussions and research. Daniel Delling, Research Engineer at Apple Maps, will deliver the keynote.

Proceedings of the ACM Series

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.

Participate in a Global Survey of Scientists

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 (through November 30) 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.

UC Berkeley to Host ACM A.M. Turing Laureate Colloquium

On Wednesday afternoons this fall, awardees of the ACM A.M. Turing Award will reflect on their time at the University of California, Berkeley between 1970 and 1990, while looking toward the future of research and technological development in their fields. The participants are Richard Karp, William Kahan, Manuel Blum, Andrew Chi-Chih Yao, Silvio Micali, Shafi Goldwasser, Michael Stonebraker, and David Patterson. Lectures are open to the public and will be livestreamed.

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CACM Nov. 2018 - Special Section on China Region

Communications of the ACM introduces its “Regional Special Sections” with a look at the China region in the November issue of Communications of the ACM. In this inaugural feature, contributors from a wide range of academic and industry communities spanning the Chinese mainland, Macau, and Hong Kong provide an excellent snapshot of the most exciting computing trends and activities in the China region. The series includes short articles ("Hot Topics") that provide context and flavor of the region's distinctive growth, as well as longer articles that document some of the "Big Trends" shaping the computing landscape of the China region. In this video, Chen and Xiang-Yang Li discuss the China Region Special Section in the November 2018 CACM.

Prediction-Serving Systems

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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ACM Expresses Concern About New Executive Order Suspending Visas

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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