Empowering the Next Generation of Computing Leaders

The ACM Future of Computing Academy (ACM-FCA) 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. The ACM-FCA will seek to harness collective action to define and launch new ACM initiatives that will carry us into the future.

It is important to note that membership in the Academy is a commitment, not an award. Members of the Academy are expected to engage in activity for the benefit of the next generation of computing professionals. They have the privilege and responsibility to become the voice of the future of the computing field at large and of ACM specifically.

The ACM-FCA will provide its members an uncommon opportunity to expand their network beyond their immediate professional environment. It is a unique chance to work with other accomplished individuals from diverse areas of computing towards the common goal of shaping the future of the computing community and society. Academy members will develop a network of individuals looking to support, drive and develop the field and profession of computing. In addition, members of the academy and ACM will be encouraged to develop an extended network of practitioner and academic mentors. 

Learn more about the ACM-FCA and their activities.

ACM-FCA Inaugural Executive Committee

Chair: Brent Hecht, Northwestern University, fca-chair@acm.org
Vice-Chair: Svitlana Volkova, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, fca-vicechair@acm.org
Secretary-Treasurer: Jeronimo Castrillon, TU Dresden, fca-sectreas@acm.org
Exec Member-at-Large: Mirja Kühlewind, ETH Zurich
Exec Member-at-Large: Jason Ernst, Left

The ACM-FCA Executive Committee can be reached via email at fca@acm.org.

The Inaugural Class of the ACM-FCA

Members of the inaugural class of the ACM-FCA are an international group, originally from 19 different countries including Morocco, Pakistan, India, USA, the Netherlands, Egypt, Germany, Colombia, the United Kingdom, Italy, Canada, China, Denmark, Bangladesh, Turkey, Republic of Korea, Vietnam, Israel and the Ukraine.

Yousra Aafer, Purdue University
Shipra Agrawal, Columbia University
Ganesh Ananthanarayanan, Microsoft Research
Bushra Anjum, Amazon
Tim Baarslag, Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica
Christine Bassem, Wellesley College
Jeffrey Bigham, Carnegie Mellon University
Yonatan Bisk, University of Southern California Information Sciences Institute
Björn Brandenburg, Max Planck Institute for Software Systems
Jeronimo Castrillon, TU Dresden
Lydia Chilton, Stanford University
Sarah Clinch, The University of Manchester
Danish Contractor, IBM Research
Luigi De Russis, Politecnico di Torino
Jason Ernst, Left
Ruogu Fang, Florida International University
Yun Fu, Northeastern University
Julia Haines, Google
Brent Hecht, Northwestern University
Naja Holten Møller, University of Copenhagen
M. Ehsan Hoque, University of Rochester
Ece Kamar, Microsoft Research
M. Fahim Khan, The University of Tokyo
Wouter Koolen, Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica
Mirja Kühlewind, ETH Zurich
Neha Kumar, Georgia Institute of Technology
Wu Liu, Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications
Daniel McDuff, Microsoft Research
Andrew Miller, Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis
Marianna Obrist, University of Sussex
Sun Young Park, University of Michigan
Linh Thi Xuan Phan, University of Pennsylvania
Indrajit Roy, Google Inc
Oren Sar Shalom, IBM Research
Johannes Schoening, University of Bremen
Catherine Schuman, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Anand Seetharam, The State University of New York Binghamton
Justin Solomon, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Rajan Vaish, Stanford University
Svitlana Volkova, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Tim Weninger, University of Notre Dame
Lauren Wilcox, Georgia Institute of Technology
Julie Williamson, University of Glasgow
Pamela Wisniewski, University of Central Florida
Cathy Wu, UC Berkeley
Lana Yarosh, University of Minnesota

FCA Bylaws, adopted June 25, 2017

ACM FCA Podcast Series: Smart & Connected Health

Smart and Connected Health Program Director Wendy Nilsen shares what interdisciplinary research looks like from the funding agency perspective, and explains her role as a program officer. We also discuss the Mobile Health Training Institute, which she helped found to build interdisciplinary skills across computing and health, and the essential skill of building relationships and asking questions.

ACM FCA Issues Manifesto on Future of Computing & Food

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.

ACM FCA Podcast Series: Computing Across Disciplines

ACM’s Future of Computing Academy is launching a new podcast series, Computing Across Disciplines. In a series of interviews, researchers and thinkers who are pushing the boundaries of what it means to do computing research share their experiences, the lessons they’ve learned, and their own vision for the future of computing. FCA member and interdisciplinary working group co-chair Andrew Miller hosts a different guest each month.

FCA Bylaws

"...The scope of the FCA is the development, within ACM, of a coherent and influential voice for the next generation of computing professionals that addresses challenging issues facing the field and society in general. The focus is on harnessing collective action to define and launch new ACM initiatives that will carry us into the future. The FCA is responsible to create its own successful impact. .." 


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