2019 ACM Prize in Computing
ACM has named David Silver of University College London and Google's DeepMind the recipient of the 2019 ACM Prize in Computing for breakthrough advances in computer game-playing. Recognized as a central figure in the growing and impactful area of deep reinforcement learning, Silver’s most well-known achievement was leading the team that developed AlphaGo, a computer program that defeated the world champion of the game Go.
Papers by a Gaming Pioneer
David Silver is a central figure in deep reinforcement learning. The papers outlining Silver’s visionary algorithms AlphaGo and its subsequent enhancements represent the foundational research underpinning this growing and impactful area. These works include “Mastering the Game of Go with Deep Neural Networks and Tree Search,” “Mastering the Game of Go without Human Knowledge,” “A General Reinforcement Learning Algorithm that Masters Chess, Shogi, and Go Through Self-play” and “AlphaStar: Grandmaster Level in StarCraft II Using Multi-agent Reinforcement Learning.”
2019 ACM A.M. Turing Award
ACM has named Ed Catmull, computer scientist and former president of Pixar and Disney Animation Studios, and Pat Hanrahan, a founding employee at Pixar and Stanford University professor, recipients of the 2019 ACM A.M. Turing Award for fundamental contributions to 3-D computer graphics, and the revolutionary impact of these techniques on computer-generated imagery (CGI) in filmmaking and other applications. Their work has fundamentally influenced the field of computer graphics through conceptual innovation and contributions to both software and hardware.
Turing Laureates Set Standard for CGI Visual Effects
Working with Ed Catmull and other members of Pixar, Pat Hanrahan was the lead architect of a new kind of graphics system, which was later named RenderMan. In 1995, RenderMan was used to make Toy Story, the first full-length 3-D computer animated film. Hanrahan presented the seminal paper “A Language for Shading and Lighting Calculations,” co-authored with Jim Lawson, at ACM SIGGRAPH in 1990, which lays out the theoretical foundation for RenderMan. “Light Field Rendering,” another groundbreaking paper by Hanrahan and Marc Levoy, introduces a method for giving viewers the sense that they are flying through scenes.
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Recent ACM Journal Launches
Digital Government: Research and Practice (DGOV) is an interdisciplinary journal on the potential and impact of technology on governance innovations and its transformation of public institutions. It promotes applied and empirical research from academics, practitioners, designers, and technologists, using political, policy, social, computer, and data sciences methodologies. The inaugural issue is now available in the ACM Digital Library.
ACM Transactions on Computing for Healthcare (HEALTH) is a multidisciplinary journal for scientific and technological results pertaining to how computing is improving healthcare. HEALTH is multidisciplinary, intersecting CS, ECE, mechanical engineering, biomedical engineering, behavioral and social science, psychology and the health field. The inaugural issue is now available in the ACM Digital Library.
ACM Digital Threats: Research and Practice (DTRAP) targets the prevention, identification, mitigation, and elimination of digital threats, and aims to bridge the gap between academic research and industry practice. The journal's inaugural issue, a special issue including content from the 2019 FIRST (Forum of Incident Response and Security Teams) Conference, is now available in the ACM Digital Library.
The new journal ACM Transactions on Internet of Things (TIOT) will cover applications, communication networks, data analytics, wearable devices, and many more topics in the context of IoT, with a focus on system designs, end-to-end architectures, and enabling technologies. TIOT solicits research that provides experimental evidence of its effectiveness in realistic scenarios. The inaugural issue is now available in the ACM Digital Library.
The new journal ACM/IMS Transactions on Data Science (TDS) includes cross-disciplinary innovative research ideas, algorithms, systems, theory and applications for data-intensive computing. We invite papers that address challenges from acquisition to data cleaning, transformation, representation, integration, indexing, modeling, analysis, visualization, and interpretation. The inaugural issue is now available in the ACM Digital Library.
Heng Tao Shen is Professor, Dean of School of Computer Science and Engineering, Executive Dean of the AI Research Institute, and Director of the Centre for Future Media at the University of Electronic Science and Technology of China. An ACM Distinguished Member, Shen has been involved in the ACM Multimedia Conference, and is an Associate Editor of ACM/IMS Transactions on Data Science (TDS).
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Awards and Recognition
ACM has named 58 members 2019 ACM Fellows for significant contributions in areas including artificial intelligence, cloud computing, combating cybercrime, quantum computing and wireless networking. ACM Fellows comprise an elite group that represents less than 1% of the Association’s global membership. "In highlighting the accomplishments of the ACM Fellows, we hope to give credit where it is due, while also educating the public about the extraordinary array of areas in which computing professionals work," said ACM President Cherri M. Pancake.
ACM CEO and Executive Director Vicki L. Hanson has been elected as a member of the National Academy of Engineering. Also joining NAE's class of 2020 are ACM Fellows Joel Emer, James F. Kurose, Fei-Fei Li, Abigail Sellen and Peter W. Shor. Election to the National Academy of Engineering is among the highest professional distinctions accorded to an engineer. Academy membership honors those who have made outstanding contributions to engineering research, practice, or education.
ACM and the Computer Science Teachers Association have announced the 2019-2020 winners of the ACM/CSTA Cutler-Bell Prize in High School Computing. The award recognizes computer science talent in high school students and comes with a $10,000 prize, which they will receive at CSTA's annual conference in July. The 2019-2020 winners are Kevin Meng, Plano West Senior High School, Plano, Texas; Lillian Kay Petersen, Los Alamos High School, Los Alamos, New Mexico; Axel S. Toro Vega, Dr. Carlos González High School, Aguada, Puerto Rico; and Zeyu Zhao, Montgomery Blair High School, Silver Spring, Maryland.
In accordance with the Constitution and Bylaws of the ACM, the Nominating Committee has submitted a slate of nominees for ACM's officers. In addition to the officers of the ACM, five Members at Large will be elected.
The 2020-2021 AAAS Fellowships are seeking candidates in data science wishing to use their expertise in areas such as machine learning, data visualization, and causal inference to meet legislative and policymaking challenges. Fellows serve one year in a US federal agency or on the staff of a senator, representative, or congressional committee beginning September 2020. Applications open June 1 are due November 1, 2020.
Panagiota Fatourou is an Associate Professor at the University of Crete and at the Foundation of Research and Technology-Hellas (FORTH ICS), Greece. She is the Chair of the ACM Europe Council, and is also Chair of the Greek ACM-W Chapter. Her research interests focus on theoretical aspects of computer science with emphasis on the theory of parallel and distributed computing. Fatourou is currently a Member-at-Large of the Steering Committee of the ACM Symposium on the Principles of Distributed Computing (PODC 2020).
East Asia and Oceania Region Special Section
The April 2020 issue of Communications of the ACM contains a special section covering East Asia and Oceania. This section highlights the research and innovation emerging from the region and helps to strengthen the research collaboration and communication with various regions of the world. The researchers and practitioners in the region have put computing technology to great use as illustrated in diverse applications ranging from preserving cultural heritage to services designed to enhance the digital economy. In this video, Co-organizers Sue Moon, Ann Nicholson, and Abhik Roychoudhury discuss the East Asia and Oceania Region Special Section.
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