Thursday, December 18, 2014
MemberNet


Welcome to the December 2014 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 http://membernet.acm.org. Is there a person, event, or issue you'd like to see covered? Please email mn-editor at acm.org.


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Awards Member Recognition SIG Awards Conferences and Events Public Policy Member Programs Learning Center Career & Job Center CSTA Job Board Student News Distinguished Speakers Program Chapters News ACM-W News Publications News ACM in the News
TOP STORIES

ACM Names 2014 Distinguished Members
ACM has named 49 Distinguished Members for 2014 for their individual contributions and their singular impacts on the vital field of computing. Their achievements have had a significant influence on the social, economic and cultural areas of daily lives all over the world. The 2014 Distinguished Members are from universities in Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Netherlands, Sweden, Japan, India, the United Kingdom and North America, and from leading international corporations and research institutions.
Read the ACM news release.


Awards

SC14 Recognizes Outstanding Achievements in HPC with Gordon Bell Prize
The ACM Gordon Bell Prize for best performance of a high-performance application was awarded at the SC14 Supercomputing Conference to "Anton 2: Raising the Bar for Performance and Programmability in a Special-Purpose Molecular Dynamics Supercomputer," by David E. Shaw and collaborators at D.E. Shaw Research. Financial support of the $10,000 award is provided by Gordon Bell, a pioneer in high-performance and parallel computing.
Read the news article.

Eckert-Mauchly Award Nominations Due March 30
The ACM/IEEE-CS Eckert-Mauchly Award honors recipients with a certificate and $5,000 given jointly by the ACM and the IEEE Computer Society for outstanding contributions to the field of computer and digital systems architecture, where the field of computer architecture is considered to encompass the combined hardware-software design and analysis of computing and digital systems. Nominations are due March 30.
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 March 3, 2015. 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.


SIG Awards

ACM SIG Awards Recognize Achievements in Diverse Fields
ACM's Special Interest Groups (SIGs) regularly cite outstanding individuals for their contributions in more than 35 distinct technological fields. Some awards presented (or to be presented) at recent conferences:
Conferences and Events

Competition Invites Data Scientists to Take "Deep Dive" into Study of Ocean Life
ACM, along with other organizations including IEEE-CS, is supporting the first National Data Science Bowl, A 90-day competition that offers data scientists the chance to solve a critical problem facing our world's oceans using the power of data. Participants are challenged to examine nearly 100,000 underwater images to develop a classification algorithm that will enable researchers to monitor certain sea life at a speed and scale never before possible. $175,000 in prize money will be awarded to top three individual contestants and the top academic team. The competition, which launched on December 15 and runs through March 16, 2015, is open to participants 18 years or older. Get competiton details here. The National Data Science Bowl is co-sponsored by management and technology consulting firm Booz Allen and online data science competition community Kaggle in partnership with Oregon State University's Hatfield Marine Science Center.

Tapia 2015, February 18 to 21, Boston, Massachusetts
Tapia 2015, the Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing, bring together students, faculty, researchers, and professionals in computing from all backgrounds and ethnicities to celebrate diversity in computing; connect with others with common backgrounds, ethnicities, disabilities, and gender; network with computing leaders in academia and industry; and be inspired by great presentations and conversations with leaders in the field. Schedule speakers are Freeman A. Hrabowski, III, President, University of Maryland, Baltimore County; Jack Dongarra, University Distinguished Professor, EECS, University of Tennessee and recipient of the 2013 ACM/IEEE Ken Kennedy Award; Dilma Da Silva, Professor and Department Head, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Texas A&M University and an ACM Distinguished Speaker; Odest Chadwicke Jenkins, Associate Professor, Brown University; Shaun Kane, Assistant Professor, University of Colorado, Boulder; and Jacky Wright, Vice President, Microsoft IT Strategic Enterprise Services.

The conference is named after Richard Tapia, a mathematician and professor in the Department of Computational and Applied Mathematics at Rice University, who was born to Mexican immigrant parents in Los Angeles. While at Rice, Tapia has directed or co-directed more underrepresented minority and women doctoral recipients in science and engineering than anyone in the country, and has led several programs that have brought recognition to the university's commitment to diversity.

SIGCSE 2015, March 4 to 7, Kansas City, Missouri
The SIGCSE 2015 Technical Symposium addresses problems common among educators working to develop, implement and/or evaluate computing programs, curricula, and courses. The symposium provides a forum for sharing new ideas for syllabi, laboratories, and other elements of teaching and pedagogy, at all levels of instruction. The theme for 2015 is "Keep Connected, Keep Committed, Keep Computing," and the conference will add demos and lightning talks to its ususal program of papers, panels, posters, special sessions, workshops, and birds-of-a-feather sessions. Teaching Computing Foundations to Non-Majors, Teaching Computing as Science in a Research Experience, Simulating IBM Watson in the Classroom, and Improving Undergraduate Student Performance in Computer Science at Historically Black Colleges and Universities through Industry Partnerships are just a few of the topics that will be covered. Scheduled keynote speakers are Jessica Hodgins, Vice President, Disney Research and Professor, Carnegie Melon University; Frank Young, Emeritus Professor, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology; Mark Allen Weiss, Professor, Florida International University; and Keith Hampton, Associate Professor, Rutgers University.

L@S 2015, March 14 to 15, Vancouver, Canada
L@S 2015, the second ACM Conference on Learning at Scale, is intended to promote scientific exchange of interdisciplinary research at the intersection of the learning sciences and computer science. The conference was inspired by the emergence of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) and the accompanying shift in thinking about education. It was created by ACM as a new scholarly venue and key focal point for the review and presentation of the highest quality research on how learning and teaching can change and improve when done at scale. "Learning at Scale" refers to new approaches for students to learn and for teachers to teach, when engaging large numbers of students. Accepted papers are now posted; Work in Progress submission deadline is January 8.

CSCW 2015, March 14 to 18, Vancouver, Canada
CSCW 2015, the Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing, is the premier venue for presenting research in the design and use of technologies that affect groups, organizations, communities, and networks. Bringing together top researchers and practitioners from academia and industry who are interested in the area of social computing, CSCW encompasses both the technical and social challenges encountered when supporting collaboration. Events include workshops on Feminism and Feminist Approaches to Social Computing; the Future of Networked Privacy; and Ethics for Studying Online Sociotechnical Systems in a Big Data World. The ACM Conference on Learning at Scale (L@S 2015) will be held March 14 to 15 and is co-located with CSCW.


Public Policy

USACM Members Testify Before Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board
The Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (PCLOB) met in Washington, DC on November 12 to take testimony on privacy in the context of counterterrorism programs. The board heard from four panels of experts, two of whom were USACM members testifying in their individual roles as privacy and technology researchers. USACM Chair Ed Felten of Princeton University was on the first panel, "Defining Privacy Interests." USACM member (and former Vice Chair) Annie Antón of Georgia Tech was on the second panel, which focused on privacy interests in the context of counterterrorism, and the impact of technology. The other panels represented the private sector (and non-governmental organizations), and government officials responsible for implementing privacy controls in their agencies. This meeting, and the comments that are submitted, will inform the work of the PCLOB going forward, as it continues to review national security surveillance programs. Read more in USACM's Tech Blog.


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 2014–2015 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.

Featured Member Benefit: Cloud Accounting for the Non-Accountant
ACM members, check out our latest partnership with FreshBooks, an easy-to-use cloud accounting solution built for IT pros. Designed with a non-accountant in mind, FreshBooks allows you to easily create and send invoices, track your time, automatically import expenses, and accept payments online, all from your phone or the web. FreshBooks makes managing small business finances simple and straightforward. Click here to learn more about the 10% discount and 30-day free trial available to ACM members.


Learning Center

Watch December 18 Webcast, "Getting Cyber Safety through to Employees (and Anyone Else)"
Register to watch the latest free ACM webcast, Getting Cyber Safety through to Employees (and Anyone Else), presented on December 18 by Ron Woerner, Director of Cybersecurity Studies, Bellevue University. The talk is followed by a live question and answer session moderated by Karla Carter, Associate Professor, College of Science and Technology at Bellevue University and Vice Chair, ACM SIGCAS.

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

Recent Additions to Skillsoft IT and Desktop Video Library
Did you know that ACM members have access to thousands of IT and productivity videos from Skillsoft in the ACM Learning Center? Covering a variety of today's hottest topics, these videos offer "on-the-job" support and solutions for busy practitioners.

Recently, Skillsoft added significant video content in the following knowledge areas: Algorithms and Data Structures, ASP.NET MVC 4, CompTIA CASP CAS-002 (Advanced Security Practitioner), CompTIA Linux+ 2014, Big Data, CompTIA Network+ 2014, Debugging, Java-Spring, Managing Citrix XenDesktop 7 Solution, Microsoft Azure and Web Services, Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2013, Microsoft Office Online and Office 365, R Programming, SOA (service-oriented architecture), SITCS 1.0 (Implementing Cisco Threat Control Solutions), SOLID (Agile principles), and TSHOOT 2.0 (Troubleshooting and Maintaining Cisco IP Networks). To access these and other videos, visit the Learning Center, log into Skillsoft and Books 24x7 with your ACM member credentials, then browse by IT and Technical Video Topics.


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!


Student News

Apply to Participate in 3rd Annual Heidelberg Laureate Forum, August 2015
ACM encourages young computer scientists and mathematicians from all over the world apply for one of the 200 coveted spots to participate in the Heidelberg Laureate Forum (HLF), an annual event. The HLF offers all accepted young researchers the great opportunity to personally meet the winners of the most prestigious prizes in their fields. For one week, the recipients of the ACM A.M. Turing Award, the Abel Prize, the Fields Medal, and the Nevanlinna Prize engage in a cross-generational scientific dialogue with young researchers in Heidelberg, Germany.

The third HLF will take place from August 23 to 28, 2015. This high-profile event combines scientific, social and outreach activities in an informal atmosphere, and is fueled by comprehensive exchange and scientific inspiration. Applications must be submitted online by February 28, 2015. Read more about how to apply in the FAQ.

You can also nominate a candidate (on the registration form, you will need to enter ACM's organization number; please email acmhelp@acm.org to request this number). Successful candidates will be selected by an international committee of experts to ensure that only the most qualified candidates are invited. Those who are accepted will be notified by April 15, 2015.

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 FSE 2014. The next conferences accepting submissions are: 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 2013-2014 scholarships are made possible by generous support from Google.

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: Jian Pei
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 Jian Pei. Jian is currently Professor of Computing Science at the School of Computing Science at Simon Fraser University. His research interests are in effective and efficient data analysis techniques for novel data intensive applications and in various techniques of data mining, Web search, information retrieval, data warehousing, online analytical processing, and database systems, as well as their applications in social networks, health informatics, business and bioinformatics. His research has been supported in part by governmental funding agencies, such as the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) and the US National Science Foundation (NSF), as well as by industry partners, such as Microsoft, Hewlett-Packard (HP), IBM, and SAP Business Objects. Jian is an associate editor or editorial board member of the premier academic journals in his fields, including ACM Transactions on Knowledge Discovery from Data (TKDD).

For more information on Jian, please visit his DSP speaker information page.
Jian Pei'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 November 14 to December 15:

ACM Student Chapters:
  • Azerbaijan Technical University ACM Student Chapter, Baku
  • BML Munjal University ACM Student Chapter, Gurgaon, India
  • Letterkenny Institute ACM-W Student Chapter, Ireland
  • LYIT ACM Student Chapter, Letterkenny Institute of Technology, Ireland
  • Simmons College ACM Student Chapter, Boston, Massachusetts
  • SNU ACM Student Chapter, Shiv Nadar University, Uttar Pradesh, India
  • Southeast Missouri State University ACM Student Chapter, Cape Girardeau
  • Southeast Missouri State University ACM-W Student Chapter, Cape Girardeau
  • University of Bradford ACM Student Chapter, United Kingdom
  • University of Prishtina ACM Student Chapter, Albania
  • Vellore Institute of Technology University, Chennai Campus ACM Student Chapter, India
  • WCC ACM Student Chapter, Whatcom Community College, Bellingham, Washington
ACM Professional Chapters:
  • ACM-W UK Professional Chapter, Bradford, United Kingdom
  • Beijing ACM Professional Chapter, China
  • IIITA ACM-W Professional Chapter, Indian Institute of Information Technology, Allahabad, India
  • Orange County ACM Professional Chapter, Newport Beach, California
  • Pakistan ACM Professional Chapter, Sukkur

ACM-W News

Ontario Celebration of Women in Computing Celebrates a Milestone
By Wendy Powley (Queen's University), ONCWiC Program Committee Member

The Ontario Celebration of Women in Computing (ONCWiC 2014) held its fifth annual conference on October 24-25. Each year ONCWiC is held at a different university. The University of Guelph played host to this year's celebration, which was chaired by Rozita Dara. There were more than 300 registrants hailing from 12 higher-educational institutions, some secondary schools, and 23 companies. Many of the companies represented were sponsors of the event and were actively recruiting students for internship and post-graduation opportunities. Attendees ranged in age from 10 months (she helped her mom-to-be chair last year's event) to 85 years.

Keynote speakers included Bonnie Schmidt, founder of Let's Talk Science and Liz Sandals, the Minister of Education for the province of Ontario, Canada. The program included workshops on resume writing and interviewing as well as several technical talks, hands-on technical workshops using Arduino and Raspberry Pi, and a fun panel session to conclude the event. More than 20 posters were presented at the poster competition. ACM-W will sponsor first-prize winner Lili Wang, a PhD student from Queen's University, to attend the 2015 Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing. The Friday evening social event was a Scratch programming competition where attendees created spooky Halloween games. Congratulations to all of the organizers of ONCWiC on your continuing success in supporting, celebrating and advocating for women in computing in Ontario!

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 Celebrations Project Chair Jodi Tims 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: http://signup.acm.org/listserv_index.cfm?ln=ACM-W-PUBLIC.

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 Intelligent Systems and Technology Seeking New Editor-in-Chief
ACM Transactions on Intelligent Systems and Technology (TIST) is seeking a new Editor-in-Chief. Nominations are due January 30, 2015.

ACM Transactions on Modeling and Performance Evaluation of Computing 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.

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.

CACM Reports: Modeling Human Emotion with Computers
In the Communications of the ACM December cover story, researchers from Northeastern University and the University of Southern California explain how psychological theories of emotion can serve as an architectural specification for machines that aim to recognize, model, and simulate human affect. Check out the video for this cover story. Also in the December issue: the growing flexibility of Smart Homes; embracing the hacker way; and the unstoppable force of software.
Read the ACM news release.

ACM Queue Presents: Disambiguating Databases
In Disambiguating Databases, Rick Richardson, systems architect for 12Sided Technology, explains the importance of using the right database for the access model you use. "The tradeoffs between performance and safety revolve around the disk," he says. "You might just get the best of both worlds if you choose the database that is built exactly for your access model. Take the time to understand your access model thoroughly and to know which features you require and which you are willing to forgo in the name of performance."

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ACM in the News

"Web Inventor Berners-Lee: The Hidden Cost of Mass Surveillance"
TechRepublic, December 11, 2014
1995 ACM Software System Award recipient Sir Tim Berners-Lee discussed the need for governments to end mass online surveillance at the launch of a report from the World Wide Web Foundation on the state of the Web.

"Blue Sky Ideas Track Held at Foundations of Software Engineering Symposium"
CCC Blog, December 9, 2014
The Computing Community Consortium (CCC) sponsored a Blue Sky Ideas Conference Track during the 22nd ACM SIGSOFT International Symposium on Software Engineering (FSE 2014).

"Applying HPC to Improve Business ROI"
Scientific Computing, December 9, 2014
One of the goals of the recent SC14 conference on high performance computing was to assess the economic and scientific value of HPC systems.

"How 'Hour of Code' Sparked a Movement that Could Teach 100 Million People to Code"
Tech Republic, December 8, 2014
Code.org has partnered with 66,000 organizations around the world, and topped its goal of getting 50 million people to complete an Hour of Code tutorial this year. (ACM is a parnter of Code.org.)

"Tiny Motions Bring Digital Doubles to Life"
Max Planck Society, December 8, 2014
Motion and Shape Capture technology (MoSh) is helping animators convert moving dots into detailed body shapes that move like real humans. Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems presented their MoSh study at SIGGRAPH Asia 2014.

"Technique Captures Unique Eye Traits to Produce More Realistic Faces"
Phys.Org, December 4, 2014
Researchers at Disney Research Zurich have developed a technique to make the process of creating realistic eyes much easier and faster. They presented their research at SIGGRAPH Asia 2014.

"Apple to Host Free Workshops to Take the Mystery Out of Coding"
CNet, December 4, 2014
Apple and about 3 dozen other companies offer free coding classes to children and adults during Computer Science Education Week, December 8-14.

"See It, Touch It, Feel It"
University of Bristol News, December 2, 2014
University of Bristol researchers have developed a method to produce three-dimensional shapes that can be felt in midair. The research was presented at SIGGRAPH Asia 2014.

"Virtual Money—At Your Own Risk"
University of Luxembourg, November 25, 2014
Bitcoin does not protect a user's Internet Protocol (IP) address and it can be linked to transactions in real time, according to a study from researchers at the University of Luxembourg's Laboratory of Algorithmics, Cryptology and Security. The team presented a paper on how to prevent the attack at the recent 21st ACM Conference on Computer and Communications Security (SIGSAC 2014).

"Hour of Code to Feature 'Frozen' Characters"
The Washington Post, November 19, 2014
Educational nonprofit Code.org collaborated with Disney to open its week-long Hour of Code event during Computer Science Education Week, December 8-14. (ACM is a parnter of Code.org.) See also President Barack Obama Wrote His First Line of Code and What Program Did Obama Write to Kick off Hour of Code 2014? in Forbes.



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