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The ACM Awards Banquet is an annual event recognizing technical excellence and outstanding service to the computing field. This year's banquet honoring the 2015 award recipients and newly inducted ACM Fellows was held at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco on June 11.

ACM's awards celebrate our long tradition of honoring those whose contributions have impacted our world for the better in countless ways. These prestigious and internationally recognized honors are an integral part of ACM's mission to unite computing educators, researchers, and professionals to inspire dialogue, share resources, and address the field's challenges.




ACM A.M. Turing Award
The ACM A.M. Turing Award was presented to Whitfield Diffie and Martin E. Hellman for inventing and promulgating both asymmetric public-key cryptography, including its application to digital signatures, and a practical cryptographic key-exchange method.

Accompanied by a prize of $1,000,000, ACM's most prestigious award is given to recognize contributions of a technical nature which are of lasting and major technical importance to the computing field. Financial support of the A.M. Turing Award is provided by Google Inc.

Diffie and Hellman

Turing laureates Whitfield Diffie and Martin E. Hellman (center) with ACM President Alexander L. Wolf, Andrei Broder, Google Distinguished Scientist (L) and ACM CEO Bobby Schnabel (R)

ACM - Infosys Foundation Award in the Computing Sciences
The ACM - Infosys Foundation Award was presented to Stefan Savage for innovative research in network security, privacy, and reliability that has taught us to view attacks and attackers as elements of an integrated technological, societal, and economic system.

The ACM - Infosys Foundation Award recognizes personal contributions by young scientists and system developers to a contemporary innovation that, through its depth, fundamental impact and broad implications, exemplifies the greatest achievements in the discipline. The award carries a prize of $175,000. Financial support for the award is provided by an endowment from the Infosys Foundation.

Stefan Savage

Infosys Award recipient Stefan Savage with David Kennedy, Infosys Executive VP, General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer (L)

ACM - AAAI Allen Newell Award
The ACM - AAAI Allen Newell Award was presented to Eric Horvitz for contributions to artificial intelligence and human-computer interaction spanning the computing and decision sciences through developing principles and models of sensing, reflection, and rational action.

The award is named for Allen Newell, a trailblazer in computer science research and education, and a founder of the artificial intelligence and cognitive science fields. The Newell Award is presented to individuals selected for career contributions that have breadth within computer science, or that bridge computer science and other disciplines. It is accompanied by a $10,000 prize provided by ACM and the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence, and by individual contributions.

Eric Horvitz

Newell Award recipient Eric Horvitz

Software System Award
The Software System Award was presented to Richard Stallman for the development and leadership of the GNU Compiler Collection (GCC), which has enabled extensive software and hardware innovation, and has been a lynchpin of the free software movement.

The Software System Award is presented to an institution or individuals recognized for developing a software system that has had a lasting influence, reflected in contributions to concepts, in commercial acceptance, or both. A prize of $35,000 accompanies the award, with financial support provided by IBM.

Richard Stallman

Software System Award recipient Richard Stallman with Alexander L. Wolf, IBM Fellow C. Mohan, and Bobby Schnabel

Grace Murray Hopper Award
The Grace Murray Hopper Award was presented to Brent Waters for the introduction and development of the concepts of Attribute-Based Encryption and Functional Encryption.

The award is named for Admiral Grace Murray Hopper, a pioneer in software development whose work spanned programming languages, software development concepts, compiler validation, and data processing. The Hopper Award is presented to the outstanding young computer professional of the year, selected on the basis of a single recent major technical or service contribution. The candidate must have been 35 years of age or less at the time the qualifying contribution was made. A prize of $35,000 accompanies the award, with financial support provided by Microsoft.

Brent Waters

Hopper Award recipient Brent Waters with Alexander L. Wolf, Susan Dumais, Distinguished Scientist and Deputy Managing Director at Microsoft Research Lab, and Bobby Schnabel

Paris Kanellakis Theory and Practice Award
The Paris Kanellakis Theory and Practice Award was presented to Michael Luby for groundbreaking contributions to erasure correcting codes, which are essential for improving the quality of video transmission over a variety of networks.

The award is named for Paris Christos Kanellakis, who, as a distinguished computer science theoretician and esteemed faculty member of Brown University, focused much of his work in the area of theoretical computer science, particularly the principles of database systems and logic. The Kanellakis Award honors specific theoretical accomplishments that have had a significant and demonstrable effect on the practice of computing. It is accompanied by a prize of $10,000 and is endowed by contributions from the Kanellakis family, and financial support by ACM's Special Interest Groups SIGACT, SIGDA, SIGMOD, and SIGPLAN, the ACM SIG Project Fund, and individual contributions.

Michael Luby

Kanellakis Award recipient Michael Luby with Alexander L. Wolf and Bobby Schnabel

Karl V. Karlstrom Outstanding Educator Award
The Karl V. Karlstrom Outstanding Educator Award was presented to Armando Fox for leadership in online computing education through creation of innovative courses, tools, and inexpensive textbooks used worldwide, providing access to quality software engineering education.

The Karlstrom Award is presented annually to an outstanding educator who is appointed to a recognized educational baccalaureate institution; recognized for advancing new teaching methodologies; effecting new curriculum development or expansion in computer science and engineering; or making a significant contribution to ACM's educational mission. Those teachers with ten years or less experience are given special consideration. The Karlstrom Award is accompanied by a prize of $10,000, with financial support provided by Pearson Education.

Armando Fox

Karlstrom Award recipient Armando Fox with Alexander L. Wolf, Tracy Johnson, Pearson Executive Editor, Computer Science, and Bobby Schnabel

Distinguished Service Award
The Distinguished Service Award was presented to Ron Perrott for providing vision and leadership in high performance computing and e-science, championing new initiatives and advocating collaboration among interested groups at both national and international levels.

The Distinguished Service Award is given on the basis of value and degree of service to the computing community. The contributions are not limited to service to the Association, and should include activities in other computer organizations and emphasize contributions to the computing community at large.

Ron Perrott

Distinguished Service Award recipient Ron Perrott

ACM-W Athena Lecturer Award
The Athena Lecturer Award was presented to Jennifer Rexford for innovations that improved the efficiency of the Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) in routing Internet traffic, for laying the groundwork for software-defined networks (SDNs), and for contributions in measuring and engineering IP networks. Rexford's contributions greatly enhanced the stability and flow of Internet transmissions, and make data networks easier to design, understand and manage.

The recognition celebrates women researchers who have made fundamental contributions to computer science. The ACM-W Council, which organized the Athena Lecturer project to honor a preeminent woman computer scientist, chose to identify the honoree with the Greek goddess of wisdom, who, with her sense of purpose and willingness to enter the fray, epitomizes the strength, determination, and intelligence of the Athena Lecturers. The Athena Lecturer is invited to give a one-hour invited talk at an ACM conference by the nominating SIG. The award includes a $25,000 honorarium provided by Google.

Jennifer Rexford

Athena Lecturer Award recipient Jennifer Rexford (center) with Alexander L. Wolf, Google Fellow Amin Vahdat, ACM-W Chair Valerie Barr, and Bobby Schnabel

ACM Presidential Award
The ACM Presidential Award was presented to Gerhard Schimpf for his leadership in support of ACM's mission for global expansion by helping to establish ACM Europe, advocating ACM's involvement in the Heidelberg Laureates Forum, and enlightening students and professionals throughout Europe to the value of ACM membership.

The ACM Presidential Award was also presented to Chris Stephenson for being a true visionary and teaching advocate who spirited ACM's lifelong commitment to computer science education. As the architect and first executive director of the Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA), she led the charge that changed the way CS education is appreciated at the K-12 level.

The ACM Presidential Awards recognize leaders who are extending ACM's profile and promoting its role in advancing computing as a science and a profession.

Schimpf and Stephenson

ACM Presidential Award recipients Gerhard Schimpf and Chris Stephenson with Alexander L. Wolf and Bobby Schnabel

Doctoral Dissertation Award
The Doctoral Dissertation Award was presented to Julian Shun of the University of California, Berkeley for his dissertation, Shared-Memory Parallelism Can Be Simple, Fast, and Scalable, nominated by Carnegie Mellon University.

Honorable Mentions were presented to Aaron Sidford of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for his dissertation, Iterative Methods, Combinatorial Optimization, and Linear Programming Beyond the Universal Barrier, nominated by Massachusetts Institute of Technology; and to Siavash Mirarab of the University of Texas at Austin for his dissertation, Novel Scalable Approaches for Multiple Sequence Alignment and Phylogenomic Reconstruction, nominated by the University of Texas at Austin.

The Doctoral Dissertation Award is presented annually to the author(s) of the best doctoral dissertation(s) in computer science and engineering. The award is accompanied by a prize of $20,000 and the honorable mention is accompanied by a prize totaling $10,000. Financial sponsorship is provided by Google, Inc.

Julian Shun

Doctoral Dissertation Award recipient Julian Shun

ACM Student Research Competition
The ACM Student Research Competition (SRC) represents a unique forum for ACM undergraduate and graduate student members to present their original research. Student winners from the SIGACCESS, SIGACT, SIGARCH, SIGCHI, SIGCOMM, SIGCSE, SIGDA, SIGDOC, SIGGRAPH, SIGHPC, SIGMIS, SIGMOBILE, SIGPLAN, SIGSAC, and SIGSOFT Student Research Competitions held at these conferences advanced to compete in the Grand Finals where their research contributions were evaluated, via the web, by the ACM SRC committee. Financial sponsorship of $120,000 is provided by Microsoft per competition year. The finalists honored represent the best student research of the past year.

The winners of the 2015-2016 ACM SRC Grand Finals are:
Graduate Category:
  • 1st Place: Swarnendu Biswas, Ohio State University (PLDI 2015)
  • 2nd Place: Thomas Degueule, INRIA (Modularity 2015)
  • 3rd Place: Christopher Theisen, North Carolina State University (ESEC/FSE 2015)
Undergraduate Category:
  • 1st Place: Jeevana Priya Inala, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (PLDI 2015)
SRC Grand Prize winners

SRC Grand Prize winners Swarnendu Biswas, Thomas Degueule, and Jeevana Priya Inala with Alexander L. Wolf, Judith Bishop, Director of Computer Science, Microsoft Research, Laurie Ann Williams, ACM Student Research Competition Chair, and Bobby Schnabel

2015 ACM Fellows
The ACM Fellows Program was established in 1993 to recognize and honor outstanding ACM members for their achievements in computer science and information technology and for their significant contributions to the mission of the ACM. The ACM Fellows serve as distinguished colleagues to whom ACM and its members look for guidance and leadership as the world of information technology evolves.

View the complete listing of ACM Fellows.

The 2015 Fellows are:
  • Anastasia Ailamaki, EPFL
  • Nancy M. Amato, Texas A&M University
  • David M. Blei, Columbia University
  • Naehyuck Chang, KAIST
  • Hsinchun Chen, University of Arizona
  • Mary Czerwinski, Microsoft Research
  • Giuseppe De Giacomo, Universita' di Roma "La Sapienza"
  • Paul Dourish, University of California, Irvine
  • Cynthia Dwork, Microsoft Research
  • Kevin Fall, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Babak Falsafi, EPFL
  • Michael Franz, University of California, Irvine
  • Orna Grumberg, Technion
  • Ramanathan Guha, Google, Inc.
  • Jayant R Haritsa, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore
  • Julia Hirschberg, Columbia University
  • Piotr Indyk, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Tei-Wei Kuo, Research Center for Information Technology Innovation, Academia Sinica
  • Xavier Leroy, INRIA
  • Chih-Jen Lin, National Taiwan University
  • Bing Liu, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Yunhao Liu, Tsinghua University
  • Michael George Luby, Qualcomm Inc.
  • Michael Rung-Tsong Lyu, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • Ueli Maurer, ETH Zurich
  • Patrick McDaniel, Penn State University
  • Victor Miller, IDA Center for Communications Research
  • Elizabeth D. Mynatt, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Judea Pearl, UCLA
  • Jian Pei, Simon Fraser University
  • Frank Pfenning, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Dragomir R. Radev, University of Michigan
  • Sriram Rajamani, Microsoft Research, India
  • Pablo Rodriguez, Telefonica
  • Mooly Sagiv, Tel Aviv University
  • Peter Schroder, California Institute of Technology
  • Assaf Schuster, Technion
  • Kevin Skadron, University of Virginia
  • Wang-Chiew Tan, University of California Santa Cruz
  • Santosh Vempala, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Tandy Warnow, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Michael Wooldridge, University of Oxford
2015 ACM Fellows

The 2015 ACM Fellows

ACM Award Nominations

ACM Award Nomination Submission Procedures
Each year, ACM recognizes technical and professional achievements within the computing and information technology community through its celebrated Awards Program. ACM welcomes nominations for candidates whose work exemplifies the best and most influential contributions to our community, and society at large. ACM's award committees evaluate the contributions of candidates for various awards that span a spectrum of professional and technological accomplishments. Award nominations are due November 30, with the exceptions of Doctoral Dissertation nominations, which are due October 31.

Please take a moment to consider those individuals in your community who may be suitable for nomination. Refer to the award nominations page for nomination guidelines and the complete listing of Award Subcommittee Chairs and Members.

ACM Advanced Member Grades

Advanced Member Grades Nominations Information
The Senior Member advanced grade of membership recognizes ACM members with at least 10 years of professional experience and 5 years of continuous ACM Professional membership who have demonstrated performance and accomplishment that set them apart from their peers. Nominations are accepted on a quarterly basis. The deadline for nominations is September 3.

The Distinguished Member designation recognizes ACM members with at least 15 years of professional experience and 5 years of continuous ACM Professional membership who have demonstrated significant accomplishments or made a significant impact on the computing field. The deadline for nominations is August 1.

Fellow is ACM's most prestigious member grade recognizing the top 1% of ACM members for their outstanding accomplishments in computing and information technology and/or outstanding service to ACM and the larger computing community. The deadline for nominations is September 7.

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