Thursday, September 24, 2015

Welcome to the September 2015 edition of ACM MemberNet, bringing you the world of ACM and beyond. Explore the many facets of ACM with our newsletter of member activities and events. Read current and past issues of MemberNet online at Is there a person, event, or issue you'd like to see covered? Please email mn-editor at


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ACM Europe Council Appoints New Officers
This past spring, the ACM Europe Council elected new members, and this month they appointed new officers. Past Chair Fabrizio Gagliardi remains as a member.

Officers (1 September 2015 - 31 August 2017):
  • Chair: Wendy Hall
  • Vice Chair: Matthias Kaiserswerth
  • Secretary: Per Stenström
  • Treasurer: Joaquim Jorge
New Members (1 July 2015 - 30 June 2019):
  • Hervé Bourlard
  • Michel Yves Cosnard
  • Panagiota Fatourou
  • Judith Gal-Ezer
  • Oliver Grau
  • Chris Hankin
  • Enrico Nardelli
  • Harald Störrle
  • Mateo Valero
See the full list of members on the ACM Europe Council site.

Watch Videos of Lectures from Heidelberg Laureate Forum
The 2015 Heidelberg Laureate Forum, held last month in Heidelberg, Germany, brought together the recipients of the most prestigious prizes in mathematics and computer science with 200 promising young researchers in their fields. In addition to social events, the HLF featured lectures by recipients of the ACM A.M. Turing Award, the Abel Prize, the Fields Medal, and the Nevanlinna Prize. Videos from the lectures, including Turing Award recipients Leslie Valiant, Andrew C. Yao, Peter Naur, Leonard Adleman, Butler Lampson, Ivan Sutherland, Edmund Clarke, Anthony Hoare, Leslie Lamport, and Manuel Blum, are available for viewing. View photos from the event.

"Brave New Data World," the Hot Topic of the 3rd HLF, tackled the socioeconomic challenges of computational science. An expert panel discussed the present and future of data management in depth, followed by young researcher facilitated workshops and concluding with an open debate.

The HLF also opened a new Lindau Lecture series, which consists of an exchange between the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings and the Heidelberg Laureate Forum, with a lecture from 2014 Nobel laureate in chemistry Stefan Hell. At the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting in 2016, the HLF will be represented by 2004 ACM A.M. Turing Award recipient and ACM past president Vinton Cerf.

Online applications for next year's HLF, which will take place September 18 to 23, 2016, will be open from November 1, 2015 to February 3, 2016.

SIG 2016 Elections
In accordance with ACM Bylaw 6, the following ACM Special Interest Groups will hold elections in 2016: SIGAI, SIGCSE, SIGDOC, ACM SIGGRAPH, SIGHPC, SIGIR, SIGLOG, and SIGSIM.


US High School Students Encouraged to Apply for New ACM/CSTA Cutler-Bell Prize
The ACM/CSTA Cutler-Bell Prize in High School Computing recognizes talented high school students in computer science. The intent of the program is to promote and encourage the field of computer science, as well as to empower young and aspiring learners to pursue computing challenges outside of the traditional classroom environment.

The application process involves a Challenge that focuses on having the student develop an artifact that engages modern computing technology and computer science. Judges will be looking for submissions that demonstrate ingenuity, complexity, relevancy, originality, and a desire to further computer science as a discipline. The application period closes January 1, 2016.

Four winners will be selected annually and each will be awarded a $10,000 prize and cost of travel to the annual ACM/CSTA Cutler-Bell Prize in High School Computing Reception, where students will demonstrate their programs and discuss their work. The prizes will be funded by a $1 million endowment established by David Cutler and Gordon Bell. The inaugural awards will be announced in February 2016.

Call for ACM Award Nominations
Each year, ACM recognizes technical and professional achievements within the computing and information technology community through its celebrated Awards Program. And annually, ACM's award committees evaluate the contributions of candidates for various awards that span a spectrum of professional and technological accomplishments. You and your colleagues are invited to nominate candidates for ACM awards, including:
Awards with November 30 nomination deadlines:
  • A.M. Turing Award
  • ACM-Infosys Foundation Award in the Computing Sciences
  • ACM/AAAI Allen Newell Award
  • Software System Award
  • Grace Murray Hopper Award
  • Paris Kanellakis Theory and Practice Award
  • Karl V. Karlstrom Outstanding Educator Award
  • ACM Policy Award—new
  • Distinguished Service Award
  • Outstanding Contribution to ACM Award
Other Award deadlines:
  • Doctoral Dissertation Award: October 31
Please take a moment to consider those individuals in your community who may be suitable for nomination. Refer to for nomination guidelines and the complete listing of Award Subcommittee Chairs and Members.

Member Recognition

Call for ACM Senior Member Nominations
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 December 3. Please read Advice to Those Seeking ACM Senior Members by former Senior Member Committee Chair Susan Rodger on how to submit a strong nomination package.

Conferences and Events

ACM to Celebrate Bicentennials of Ada Lovelace and George Boole
ACM is joining with the University of Oxford and the Computer History Museum to celebrate the 200th birthdays of Ada Lovelace (1815–1852) and George Boole (1815–1864). The bicentennial events will feature exhibits, lectures and a symposium on their lives and fundamental contributions to computing and computer programming.

The exhibit "Ada Lovelace: Computer Pioneer" will be on view at Weston Library in Oxford, UK from October 13 to December 20. The exhibit is based on collections held in the Bodleian Library and the Oxford Museum of the History of Science. The Ada Lovelace 200 Symposium: Celebrating the Life and Legacy of Ada Lovelace will take place December 9 to 10, with ACM President Alexander Wolf, ACM Vice President Vicki Hanson, Communications of the ACM Editor-in-Chief Moshe Vardi and ACM-W Chair Valerie Barr participating. Please register for the symposium before November 23. Check the events calendar for more lectures and other events beginning in mid-October, many of which feature prominent ACM people including ACM A. M. Turing Award recipient Barbara Liskov who will deliver the inaugural Ada Lovelace Lecture. Live streaming of some of these events will be available on ACM's website; more details are forthcoming.

The Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California will host "George Boole: Father of Digital Logic" on November 16 from 12:00 to 8:00 p.m. PST, which includes a screening of a biographical film at 2:00 p.m. followed by a panel discussion at 3:00 p.m. The day culminates with a lecture on Boole by John Naughton, a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities at Cambridge University, UK. The video screening and lecture are free to the public. Registration information will be available October 1. The public opening of the Computer History Museum's Ada Lovelace Exhibit is December 10. On December 13, the Museum will host "Adapalooza," a community day focused on Ada Lovelace that is open to the public and emphasizes family activities. ACM members can receive a 10% discount on admission to the Computer History Museum, as well as on Museum membership.

SOSP 2015, October 4 to 7, Monterey, California
The biennial ACM Symposium on Operating Systems Principles is a forum for researchers, developers, programmers, and teachers of computer systems technology. Academic and industrial participants will present research and experience papers that cover the full range of theory and practice of computer systems software. A series of co-located workshops will cover aspects of operating systems including timely results, programming languages, diversity, distributed systems and middleware, NVM/Flash technologies, and energy-efficient systems. A special History Day workshop will celebrate 50 years of operating systems principles since the inaugural SOSP event, with first-hand accounts by speakers who were active during many of those years, including ACM Fellow and Software System Award winner Butler Lampson, ACM A. M. Turing Award recipient Barbara Liskov, and ACM Fellows Ken Birman and Peter Denning.

ACM New York City Meetup: "Biomimicry and Soft Robotics," October 12
The ACM New York City Meetup group is hosting a talk on Biomimicry and Soft Robotics by Matt Borgatti, founder of Super-Releaser, on October 12 at 6 p.m. at the NYU Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences. Borgatti will take participants through the process of molding one single seamless piece of silicone into a walking quadruped cast, as well as lead a discussion on the cutting edge of soft robotics.

ACM New York City is part of the ACM Local program, nonprofit professional groups that meet locally to discuss diverse topics in computer science.

GHC 2015, October 14 to 16, Houston, Texas
The Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing features leading technical speakers, career development sessions, awards, a poster session, a hackathon and the industry's largest career fair for women in computing. Featured speakers are Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg; US Chief Technology Officer Megan Smith; Fast Forward Labs Founder Hilary Mason; YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki; and Manuela M. Veloso, Herbert A. Simon University Professor at Carnegie Mellon.

SPLASH 2015, October 25 to 30, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
The ACM SIGPLAN conference on Systems, Programming, Languages and Applications: Software for Humanity (incorporating OOPSLA) explores all aspects of software construction and delivery. Embracing all aspects of software construction and delivery, this year SPLASH includes OOPSLA, Onward!, and co-located events DLS, GPCE, SLE, PLoP, and DBPL. A panel session will bring together a diverse set of industry and academic professionals to discuss the future of programming languages and programmers. Scheduled keynote speakers are Princeton University CS professor Nick Feamster, "Tomorrow's Network Operators Will Be Programmers"; Rob DeLine, principal researcher at Microsoft Research, "Modern software is all about data. Development environments should be, too."; and Google Chrome browser developer Lars Bak, "How Dart Learned From Past Object-Oriented Systems."

ASSETS 2015, October 26 to 28, Lisbon, Portugal
The 17th International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility explores the design, evaluation, and use of computing and information technologies to benefit people with disabilities and older adults. Presentations on innovative research on mainstream and specialized assistive technologies will include text-to-speech; interfaces for dyslexic and autistic users; and applications of 3D printing technologies. The keynote speaker will be Jon Schull, president of the Enable Community Foundation, on "Enabling the future: Crowdsourced 3D-printed prosthetics as model for open source assistive technology innovation and mutual aid."

Sloan/NYU School of Engineering Lecture with ACM Past President Vint Cerf, November 4
Sign up to attend The Coming Age of the Internet of Things, sponsored by ACM, with Vinton G. Cerf on November 4 at 9 to 11:30 a.m. EST. The event is free and open to the public and will be simulcast on the web. If you can't attend in person, watch it live (You must register to receive the livestream link.) Panelists include Deborah Estrin, recipient of the first ACM-W Athena Lecturer Award. For more information, visit the lecture series website.

SC15, November 15 to 20, Austin, Texas
SC15 is dedicated to showcasing work in high performance computing, networking, storage and analysis by the international HPC community. The core of the conference is the technical program with peer-reviewed content for every track; a series of student programs to engage and foster the next generation of HPC professionals; community awards to honor researchers in the field; and the fastest research network, SCinet, built to support high performing applications and demonstrations during the conference. Actor and science advocate Alan Alda will open the conference; Senior Vice President and General Manager of Intel's Data Center Group Diane Bryant will be the plenary speaker for HPC Matters. Early registration is available through October 15.

L@S 2016, April 25 to 26, 2016, Edinburgh, UK
The third annual ACM Conference on Learning at Scale is at the intersection of computer science and the learning sciences, seeking to improve practice and theories of learning at scale. Strong submissions typically build on relevant research and frameworks beyond a single home discipline. Co-located with the 6th International Learning Analytics and Knowledge Conference (LAK 2016), this year's conference is seeking paper submissions reporting on rigorous research on methodologies, studies, analyses, tools, or technologies for learning at scale. Learning at Scale includes MOOCs, games (including massively multiplayer online games), citizen science communities, and other types of learning environments which provide learning experiences to large number of learners, and/or produce detailed, high-volume data about the learning process. Full paper submissions are due October 18; see the Calls page for more deadlines and submission details.

Public Policy

USACM Comments on Privacy Risk Management in Federal Agencies
USACM submitted comments to the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) on the draft report, Privacy Risk Management for Federal Information Systems. USACM supports NIST's efforts to define a framework to help manage growing privacy risk in the processing of personal information in federal information technology systems. Among the comments, USACM recommends that NIST consider providing additional discussion of the interrelationship of privacy risk management with the other risks that federal agencies manage.

Member Programs

Become an Ambassador for ACM—You Could Be a Grand Prize Winner!
The Ambassadors for ACM program rewards ACM members like you for encouraging new members to join. Your first-hand experience with ACM's valuable career development and continuous learning programs makes you a perfect envoy to share your ACM experiences with prospective members. The 2015–2016 Ambassadors for ACM program offers opportunities for you to earn new prizes, rewards and bonus gifts with each referral.

Submit the ACM Referral Form, and your referrals can join ACM at a special discount rate. Our members are our greatest asset. Your support of ACM is critical to our continuing efforts to advance computing as a science and a profession. Please consider becoming an Ambassador for ACM.

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Learning Center

New Skillsoft Learning Collections Offer More Books and Courses, Mobile Platform
The new Skillsoft Learning Collections are an improved professional development offering available to all ACM members as part of ACM's continued commitment to lifelong learning. The Collections include more than 1,000 online courses (more than doubling the previous collection), over 3,000 eBooks, and thousands of short videos with comprehensive coverage of today's hottest skills, technologies, and certifications. Knowledge areas with deep emphasis include software development, cybersecurity, big data and databases, networking, and project management, as well as custom series in business analysis, service management, and operating systems.

Beyond increased breadth and currency of content, these Collections are hosted in Skillsoft's latest learning management system, Skillport 8. This new platform offers "anywhere access" to books and short videos for mobile devices, and access to a standalone Skillsoft app for Android and iOS users. It is also Java-free (with the exception of offline downloads via Skillsoft Course Manager). Automatic content updates pushed automatically to our collections ensure that members have access to the latest technologies, standards, and frameworks. To start exploring the new Skillsoft Learning Collections, visit the ACM Learning Center, log in with your member credentials, and click on "Skillsoft Learning." To jump directly to particular subject areas, visit the Books, Courses, and Videos page. For more information and frequently asked questions, check out the Skillsoft FAQ.

Register to Watch October 9 Webcast, "What Makes a Great Software Engineer?"
Register to watch the next free ACM webinar, What Makes a Great Software Engineer?, to be presented on Friday, October 9 at 2pm ET by Paul Li, Senior Data Scientist at Microsoft's Windows and Devices Group. The talk will be followed by a live question and answer session with Andrew Ko, Associate Professor at the University of Washington Information School and Adjunct Associate Professor in Computer Science and Engineering.

Watch September 17 Webcast on Quality Software with Bertrand Meyer
Watch the free ACM webinar, Design by Contract: A Guiding Principle for Quality Software, presented on September 17 by ACM Fellow Bertrand Meyer, Professor of Software Engineering at ETH Zurich.

ACM Learning Webinars are free with registration, available for streaming on all major mobile devices, and are recorded for on-demand viewing.

New eBooks from Morgan Kaufmann and Syngress
A total of 100 new titles have been added to the Learning Center catalog of Morgan Kaufmann and Syngress eBooks in 2015, which now numbers more than 400 titles. New titles include: Commonsense Reasoning; The Complete Business Process Handbook; Distributed Algorithms; HCISPP Study Guide; How to Build a Digital Library, Second Edition; The Internet and Its Protocols; Knowledge Representation and Reasoning; Multicore and GPU Programming; Principles and Practices of Interconnection Networks; Safeguarding Intangible Assets; Success Strategies from Women in STEM; Targeted Cyber Attacks; Usability Engineering; Usability Testing Essentials; and Wireless Communications & Networking. See all the newly added titles here.

Member Discount on EMC Courseware
ACM has partnered with EMC to bring members a 15% discount on practical training in some of today's most vital IT knowledge areas, such as Big Data, Cloud Computing, Information Storage and Management, Virtualization, and more. These EMC courses focus on technology, not products, to teach technology topics applicable to any vendor environment. Training is available in various modalities, including eLearning, instructor-led (ILT), online ILT, video ILT, and video ILT-stream. For the list of eligible courses and the discount code, visit the EMC courses page.

Career & Job Center

Import Your LinkedIn Profile in ACM's Career & Job Center
Be sure to visit ACM's Career & Job Center to update your résumé or create a new one in the Résumé Bank. ACM members' résumés include an ACM logo on their entry, highlighting their ACM membership to employers.

Now available when posting a résumé in the Résumé Bank: import your LinkedIn profile. You will be required to sign in to your LinkedIn account. Please note that LinkedIn does not have exactly the same fields as ACM, so you will have to review the imported information and update where necessary. Once you have a résumé created and saved in our system, you can publish it to the Résumé Bank so that employers find you! Or keep it private and use it when applying online for jobs. Log in to ACM's Job Board and post your résumé today. You can also upgrade to a Preferred Résumé to keep it at the top of the Résumé Bank, highlighted with a star next to it for increased visibility ($25 for 90 days).

In addition, ACM offers CareerNews, which provides summaries of articles on career-related topics of interest to students and professionals in the computing field, in a bi-weekly email alert to ACM members. ACM members can subscribe to the CareerNews email alert service.

For more information about the Career & Job Center please contact Jennifer Ruzicka.

CSTA Job Board

Computer Science Teachers Association Job Board Matches Job Seekers, Employers
The Computer Science Teachers Association's CSTA Job Board is the career hub for K-12 Computer Science teachers. The career center provides access to 100% computer science K-12 teaching-related job postings.

The CSTA Job Board will allow you to manage your career:
  • Search and apply to K-12 computer science related jobs
  • Upload your anonymous résumé and allow employers to contact you
  • Set up job alerts specifying your skills, interests, and location to receive email notifications when a job is posted that matches your criteria
or recruit for open positions:
  • put job openings in front of the most qualified group of K-12 computer science-focused professionals
  • Simply create an employer account on the CSTA Job Board and choose from three levels of online job postings options: Basic 30-Day Online Job Posting ($190); Enhanced 30-Day Online Posting ($250); or Premium 30-Day Online Posting ($310).
CSTA Members: be sure to visit the CSTA Job Board directly (or click the Job Board link from the CSTA homepage) to create and upload your résumé to the Résumé Bank so that employers find you, or keep it private and use it when applying online for jobs. Log in and post your résumé today!


Jeffrey Forbes Named New Education Policy Committee Chair
Jeffrey Forbes, a computer science professor at Duke University, has been named Chair of the ACM Education Policy Committee, succeeding Bobby Schnabel effective September 1. The committee engages educators, industry, policymakers, and the public on public policy issues in computer science and computing-related education. Forbes previously served as a Program Director for the Education & Workforce program in the National Science Foundation's Directorate for Computer & Information Science & Engineering (CISE). He is also currently serving as Co-Chair of the Coalition to Diversify Computing, and has served on the organizing committees of conferences such as the Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing and SIGCSE.

Student News

Enter Appreneur Scholar Contest—Deadline November 15
ACM has partnered with the Kay Family Foundation to support the 2016 Appreneur Scholarship Award. The competition recognizes outstanding high school and college student-created apps and culminates in a reception for the awardees at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES 2016) in Las Vegas. A panel of experts from technology, education, and financial communities, will select the two winning Appreneur Scholars, who will receive a $5,000 scholarship and be recognized at the Mobile Apps Showdown and TransformingEDU Summit of CES. Mobile app entries are due November 15.

Upcoming ACM Student Research Competitions: Submission Deadlines
ACM Student Research Competitions (SRCs), sponsored by Microsoft Research, offer a unique forum for undergraduate and graduate students to present their original research at well-known ACM sponsored and co-sponsored conferences before a panel of judges and attendees. The most recent SRC winners presented at ESEC/FSE 2015. The next conferences accepting submissions are:
  • SIGCSE 2016, March 2-5, 2016, deadline September 28
  • ICSE 2016, May 14-22, 2016, deadline November 20
  • CHI 2016, May 7-12, 2016, deadline January 13, 2016
Learn about more competitions on the SRC submissions page.

ACM-W Student Scholarships for Attendance at Research Conferences
The ACM Women's Council (ACM-W) provides support for women undergraduate or graduate students in computer science and related programs who wish to attend research conferences. This exposure to the computer science research world can encourage a student to continue on to the next level (Undergraduate to Graduate, Masters to Ph.D., Ph.D. to an industry or academic position). The student does not have to present a paper at the conference she attends. Students can apply an unlimited number of times; however, once a student receives an award, she is no longer eligible for future ACM-W scholarships.

The ACM-W scholarships are divided between scholarships of up to $600 for intra-continental conference travel, and scholarships of up to $1200 for intercontinental conference travel. Scholarship applications are evaluated in six groups each year, in order to distribute awards across a range of conferences.

ACM-W encourages the student's home department to match the scholarship award and recognize the student's achievement locally within their department. In addition, if the award is for attendance at one of several ACM Special Interest Group conferences (SIGACCESS, SIGACT, SIGARCH, SIGCOMM, SIGCHI, SIGCSE, SIGDA, SIGECOM, SIGEVO, SIGGRAPH, SIGHPC, SIGIR, SIGITE, SIGMM, SIGMOBILE, SIGOPS, SIGPLAN, and SIGSOFT), the SIG will provide complimentary conference registration and a mentor during the conference. The number of free registrations available varies from SIG to SIG. The 2015-2016 scholarships are made possible by generous support from Google, Microsoft Research, and Oracle.

For application form, notification dates and more information, please visit the scholarships page.

Graduating Students Eligible for Special Transition Rate
ACM offers a special ACM Professional Membership for $49 USD (regularly $99) to help graduating students make the transition to professional careers, and take advantage of continuous learning opportunities, including free online books and courses and access to ACM's Career & Job Center. This one-year-only transition rate includes all the benefits of Professional Membership plus the option of purchasing a Digital Library subscription for $50. Recent graduates can access this special transition offer through ACM's convenient online renewal form, or by following the instructions on the paper renewal form. For more information, visit the Reasons to Transition to Professional Membership page.

Distinguished Speakers Program

Featured ACM Distinguished Speaker: Tsung-Yi Ho
The Distinguished Speakers Program (DSP) is one of ACM's most valued outreach programs, providing universities, corporations, event and conference planners, and local ACM chapters with direct access to top technology leaders and innovators from nearly every sector of the computing industry.

This month's featured speaker is Tsung-Yi Ho. Tsung-Yi is a professor in the Department of Computer Science at National Tsing Hua University, Hsinchu, Taiwan. He received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from National Taiwan University in 2005. From 2007 to 2014 and 2015, he was with National Cheng Kung University and National Chiao Tung University, respectively. His research interests include design automation and test for microfluidic biochips and nanometer integrated circuits. He has presented tutorials and contributed special sessions in ACM/IEEE conferences, all in design automation for microfluidic biochips. Among his many awards are the ACM Taipei Chapter Young Researcher Award, the IEEE Tainan Chapter Gold Member Award, the Invitational Fellowship of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, the Humboldt Research Fellowship, and the Hans Fischer Fellow by the Institute of Advanced Study of the Technical University of Munich. He was a recipient of Best Paper Awards at the VLSI Test Symposium (VTS) in 2013 and IEEE Transactions on Computer-Aided Design of Integrated Circuits and Systems in 2015. He currently serves as a Distinguished Visitor of the IEEE Computer Society, the Chair of the IEEE Computer Society Tainan Chapter, the Chair of the ACM SIGDA Taiwan Chapter, and Associate Editor of the ACM Journal on Emerging Technologies in Computing Systems and several IEEE publications. Tsung-Yi also serves or has served on the Technical Program Committees of major conferences, including DAC, ICCAD, DATE, ASP-DAC, ISPD, and ICCD.

For more information on Tsung-Yi, please visit his DSP speaker information page.
Tsung-Yi Ho's Digital Library author page.

ACM, IEEE Computer Society Join to Share Distinguished Speakers Programs
IEEE-CS and ACM have joined to share their invited speaker programs, to further the dissemination of technical knowledge of computing fields that greatly benefit both memberships. IEEE-CS chapter volunteers can host a speaker from ACM's Distinguished Speakers Program (DSP), with access to top technology leaders and innovators from nearly every sector of the computing industry, by following the instructions on the DSP site. Make sure you identify yourself as an IEEE Computer Society Chapter.

IEEE-CS provides a popular offering of first-quality speakers serving its professional and student chapters. The Distinguished Visitors Program (DVP) owes its success to the many volunteers and staff members of the Computer Society who generously contribute their time and talent. Organizers of an ACM chapter, conference, or event can host a speaker from IEEE-CS's DVP by following the instructions on the DVP site. Make sure you identify yourself as an ACM chapter or event.

Chapters News

Welcome New ACM Chapters
Chapters are the "local neighborhoods" of ACM. The regional ACM Professional, Student, ACM-W, and Special Interest Group (SIG) chapters around the globe involve members locally in competitions, seminars, lectures, workshops, and networking opportunities. ACM welcomes these new chapters that were chartered August 13 to September 9, 2015:

ACM Student Chapters:
  • Amal Jyothi College of Engineering ACM Student Chapter, Kottayam, India
  • CSU Fullerton ACM-W Student Chapter, California State University, Fullerton
  • Loughborough University ACM SIGGRAPH Student Chapter, Loughborough, UK
  • SAEC ACM Student Chapter, S A Engineering College, Chennai, India
  • UET Taxila ACM Student Chapter, University of Engineering and Technology, Taxila, Pakistan
  • University of Alabama at Birmingham ACM Student Chapter
  • University of Dhaka ACM Student Chapter, Dhaka, Bangladesh
ACM Professional Chapters:
  • Yogyakarta ACM Chapter, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
  • UK ACM SIGCHI Chapter, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK

ACM-W News

Upcoming Celebrations Target US and International Communities
ACM-W Celebration planning for 2015–2016 is in full swing. Fall, winter and spring celebrations in the US will be held for participants in Missouri/Iowa/Nebraska/Kansas (MinkWiC); Alabama/Georgia/Mississippi/Tennessee (SEWiC); the Carolinas (CWiC); Kentucky/Indiana/Ohio (TRIWiC); Upstate New York (NYCWiC); Virginia/Maryland/Washington, DC (CAPWiC); New England (NECWiC); New Mexico (NMWiC); Oregon/Washington (NwrWiC); New York City (NYC-CWiC); and Southern California (SoCalWiC). If you live in an area outside these regions, why not consider organizing a Celebration? Contact us and we'll get you started!

Worldwide ACM-W Celebrations are planned for Europe (womENcourage), India (AIWiC and NICWiC), Cuba (CCWiC-Cuba), Puerto Rico (CCWiC-Puerto Rico), Australasia (AWiC), and Canada (CANWiC).

ACM-W Celebrations are local events that showcase female role models, encourage mentoring and networking, supply accurate information about computing careers, and create opportunities for women to present their research, often for the first time in their careers. Many of the ACM-W Celebration events include poster competitions for undergraduate and graduate students to present their research and project work. You can find information on starting new Celebrations and conference planning resources on the ACM-W Celebrations site. Please contact Wendy Powley for any additional assistance.

Join ACM-W's Membership Email List
Did you know that ACM-W offers a general email distribution list for its members? This ACMW-public list is a communication channel for disseminating general information about ACM-W, bulletins and upcoming events. To join the list:

Also read the ACM-W Connections newsletter for updates on ACM-W programs: local celebrations, scholarships and awards, chapters, and more.

Publications News

ACM Transactions on Spatial Algorithms and Systems Debuts
ACM Transactions on Spatial Algorithms and Systems (TSAS) has a multi-disciplinary perspective, spanning many areas where spatial data is manipulated or visualized. These areas include geography, geographic information systems (GIS), geospatial and spatiotemporal databases, spatial and metric indexing, location-based services, web-based spatial applications, geographic information retrieval (GIR), spatial reasoning and mining, and security and privacy. It also embraces the related visual computing areas of computer graphics, computer vision, solid modeling, and visualization where the spatial, geospatial, and spatiotemporal data is central. Papers from the inaugural issue are now publicly accessible (for one month) in ACM's Digital Library.

ACM Publications Welcome New Editors-in-Chief
ACM Transactions on Computing Education (TOCE) welcomes Christopher Hundhausen as its new Editor-in-Chief, effective September 1. Christopher is an associate professor of computer science at Washington State University, where he directs the Human-centered Environments for Learning and Programming (HELP) Lab.

ACM Transactions on Information and System Security (TISSEC) welcomes David Basin as its new Editor-in-Chief, effective October 1. David is a computer science professor at ETH Zurich, and chair of ETH's Institute of Information Security.

Journal of the ACM (JACM) welcomes Éva Tardos as its new Editor-in-Chief, effective October 1. Éva is the Jacob Gould Schurman Professor of Computer Science at Cornell University.

ACM Transactions on Modeling and Performance Evaluation of Computing Systems and ACM Transactions on Cyber-Physical Systems Accepting Submissions
The new ACM journal ACM Transactions on Modeling and Performance Evaluation of Computing Systems (TOMPECS) is now accepting submissions. Visit the submissions site for more information.

The new ACM journal ACM Transactions on Cyber-Physical Systems (TCPS) is now accepting submissions. Visit the submissions site for more information.

Information Systems Category Editor Needed for Computing Reviews
Computing Reviews, the post-publication review and comment journal of ACM, is seeking a volunteer interested in serving as a category editor for a segment of the information systems area. Please see the Information Systems Category Editor search page for more information.

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ACM in the News

" Trains 15,000 Teachers in Computer Science"
USA Today, September 10, 2015 and its partners (which include ACM) have trained more than 15,000 computer science teachers this year, who will use those skills to teach more than 600,000 pupils in kindergarten through 12th grade, according to founder Hadi Partovi.

"Vint Cerf Wants Your Help Re-Imagining the Internet"
InformationWeek, September 10, 2015
Google chief Internet Evangelist and ACM past president Vint Cerf is starting a new project to solicit ideas from the public about how to improve the Internet, specifically to address issues such as education and what he calls the "Digital Dark Age."

"New Tool Reduces Smartphone Battery Drain From Faulty Apps"
Purdue University News, September 10, 2015
A new software tool that can reduce smartphone battery power drain by 16 percent was developed by Purdue researchers. They presented their findings at ACM's MobiCom 2015 conference.

"Humanizing Technology: A History of Human-Computer Interaction"
The New York Times, September 7, 2015
ACM SIGCHI Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Ben Schneiderman wants to make the history of human-computer interaction more prominent with what he calls "the Human-Computer Interaction Pioneers Project," a website on which he profiles pioneers in the field.

"'Molecular Tweeting' Could Hold the Key to Busting Superbugs"
Scientific American, August 31, 2015
Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) researchers are using the metaphor of Twitter to help them better understand the ways communication among bacteria can lead to antibiotic resistance. They presented their findings this month at the ACM Conference on Bioinformatics, Computational Biology, and Health Informatics (ACM BCB), and at ACM's International Conference on Nanoscale Computing and Communication (ACM NANOCOM).

"Tired of Memorizing Passwords? A Turing Award Winner Came Up With This Algorithmic Trick"
Network World, August 31, 2015
1995 ACM A. M. Turing Award winning-scientist Manuel Blum is working on what he calls "human computable" passwords that are not only relatively secure but also don't require us to memorize a different one for each site. He demonstrated his method at last month at the Heidelberg Laureate Forum.

"Why the World's Top Computing Experts are Worrying About Your Data"
Computerworld, August 26, 2015
Many of the world's top computer science experts met at the Heidelberg Laureate Forum to determine how the widespread collection of data about consumers can be prevented from causing harm in the future.

"Understanding the Google Computer, and Making It Better"
CCC Blog, August 26, 2015
Google engineers, in collaboration with researchers at Harvard University, presented detailed performance characteristics on warehouse-scale computers that power Internet-based services and the cloud at ACM's International Symposium on Computer Architecture (ISCA).

"Crash-Tolerant Data Storage"
MIT News, August 24, 2015
MIT) researchers will detail the first computer file system that mathematically ensures no loss of data when the system crashes at the ACM Symposium on Operating Systems Principles (SOSP) in October.

"Making IoT Configuration More Secure and Easy-to-Use"
University of Southampton, September 10, 2015
Researchers at the University of Southampton say they have identified easy-to-use techniques that will make the process of configuring Internet of Things (IoT) devices more secure.

"Android Widgets May Boost Effectiveness of Sleep-Monitoring Apps"
Penn State News, September 8, 2015
Researchers at Penn State have developed SleepTight, an Android sleep-monitoring app widget that serves as a data-capturing tool and provides visual reminders of the user's activities and sleep patterns.

"Your Smartphone Can Tell If You're Bored"
Technology Review, September 2, 2015
Researchers at Telefonica Research in Spain have developed an algorithm that enables a smartphone to determine whether or not its user is bored.

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