Meet Ponnurangam Kumaraguru “PK”

Ponnurangam Kumaraguru “PK” is a Professor at the International Institute of Information Technology (IIIT) Hyderabad (India). His research interests include computational social science, social media analysis, cybersecurity, and online privacy. His PhD thesis from Carnegie Mellon University helped form a company, Wombat Security Technologies, which was later acquired for $225 Million. PK is an ACM India Eminent Speaker, an ACM Distinguished Speaker and was recently selected as an ACM Distinguished Member for outstanding engineering contributions to computing.

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ACM TPC Announces TechBriefs, New Series Covering Pressing Issues

TechBriefs is a series of short technical bulletins by ACM’s Technology Policy Council that present scientifically-grounded perspectives on the impact of specific developments or applications of technology. Designed to complement ACM’s activities in the policy arena, the primary goal is to inform rather than advocate for specific policies. The first TechBrief is on climate change, focusing on the issue that computing can help mitigate it but must first cease contributing to it.

Meet Tawanna Dillahunt

Tawanna R. Dillahunt is an Associate Professor at the University of Michigan’s School of Information (UMSI). She holds a courtesy appointment with the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department and is a faculty affiliate of Michigan’s Science, Technology, and Public Policy. Prior to working in academia, she was a software engineer at Intel Corporation for many years. Dillahunt was named a 2021 ACM Distinguished Member for outstanding engineering contributions to computing.

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ACM Members Named AAAS Fellows

Twenty-five ACM members have been elected Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, in recognition of their efforts on behalf of the advancement of science or its applications in service to society. Congratulations to: Ruzena Bajcsy, Eric Brewer, Claire Cardie, Susan Davidson, Rina Dechter, Paul Dourish, Kathleen Fisher, Michael J. Franklin, Juliana Freire, Simson Garfinkel, Mark Hill, Ayanna Howard, Somesh Jha, Yann LeCun, Robin Murphy, Elizabeth Mynatt, Rafail Ostrovsky, David A. Padua, David Parkes, Jignesh M. Patel, Yong Rui, Tuomas Sandholm, Michael Scott, Padhraic Smyth, and Tandy Warnow!

ACM Names 2021 Fellows

ACM has named 71 members 2021 ACM Fellows for significant contributions in areas including algorithms, computer science education, cryptography, data security and privacy, medical informatics, and mobile and networked systems, among other areas. The ACM Fellows program recognizes 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.

ACM Transactions on Programming Languages and Systems Goes Gold OA

As of January 2022, and for a two-year period, all papers published in ACM Transactions on Programming Languages (TOPLAS) will be published as Gold Open Access (OA) and will be free to read and share via the ACM Digital Library. During the first two years, authors will be given the option (but not required) to pay the APC. Archival content will be made open access as of January 1, 2022 as well. For those authors financially unable to pay the APC as of 2024, ACM has developed a waiver program to ensure that no accepted articles to TOPLAS go unpublished as a result of financial need.

Research Publication on Integrating Computational Thinking at the PreK-5 Level

Although research on computational thinking (CT) within K-12 has been emerging over the past few years, few studies have investigated the teaching of CT at the younger ages. The ACM and the Robin Hood Learning + Technology Fund co-funded this special research publication to examine empirically-based studies that focused on the integration of computational thinking at the elementary levels into a variety of learning disciplines including math, ELA, science, and computer science.

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ACM-W's Webinar Series Celebrates Women in Computing

By highlighting successful technical women who are leading diverse careers in the technology industry, ACM-W’s webinar series, “Celebrating Technology Leaders,” aims to inform students and early-career professionals about the multitude of career options open to them. Visit https://women.acm.org/celebrating-technology-leaders/ to view on-demand.

Introducing ACM Focus

ACM Focus is a new way to explore the breadth and variety of ACM content, and to stay current with the latest trends in your technical community. ACM Focus consists of a set of AI-curated custom feeds by subject, each serving up a focused set of the latest relevant ACM content that provides overall awareness of relevant ACM activities, people, talks and a variety of published works. Examples of topic categories include AI, Web, Applied Computing, Society, Graphics, and more. The feeds are built in an automated fashion and are refined as you interact with them. Explore ACM Focus today!

WSDM 2022, February 21 - 25

The ACM International Conference on Web Search and Data Mining is one of the premier conferences on web-inspired research involving search and data mining. The program this year will be virtual and includes workshops on Federated Learning for Private Web Search and Data Mining, Decision Making for Modern Information Retrieval System, and more. Keynote speakers are Yejin Choi of the University of Washington, George Karypis of Amazon, and ACM Fellow Ricardo Baeza-Yates of Northeastern University.

FPGA 2022, February 27 - March 1

The ACM/SIGDA International Symposium on Field-Programmable Gate Arrays is a premier conference for presentation of advances in FPGA technology. Technical topics of this year's conference, which will be held virtually, are Architecture and CAD, High-Level Tools and Abstractions, Machine Learning, Applications. Keynote speakers are Zsolt Tőkei of imec and Satnam Singh of Groq.

ASPLOS 2022, February 28 - March 4

ASPLOS is the premier forum for interdisciplinary systems research, intersecting computer architecture, hardware and emerging technologies, programming languages and compilers, operating systems, and networking. The 27th edition of the ASPLOS conference will be in Lausanne, Switzerland. Keynote speakers are ACM Breakthrough in Computing Award recipient Michael Franz, Tim Harris of Microsoft, and Phillip Stanley-Marbell of the University of Cambridge.

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Listen to ACM ByteCast!

ACM's Practitioner Board has created ACM ByteCast, a new podcast series in which hosts Rashmi Mohan, Jessica Bell, and Scott Hanselman interview researchers, practitioners, and innovators who are at the intersection of computing research and practice. In each monthly episode, guests will share their experiences, the lessons they’ve learned, and their own visions for the future of computing.

Listen to the latest episode featuring David Heinemeier Hansson, cofounder and CTO of Basecamp. In addition to his work on this popular project management application, he is also the creator of the open-source web framework Ruby on Rails, used by some of the best-known technology companies, such as Twitter, Shopify, GitHub, Airbnb, and Square, and more than a million other web applications. He is also a prolific author of multiple bestselling books on building and running a successful business, as well as a Le Mans class-winning racecar driver.

Reimagining Chess with AlphaZero

Read "Reimagining Chess with AlphaZero," by Nenad Tomašev, Ulrich Paquet, Demis Hassabis, Vladimir Kramnik, a contributed article in the February 2022 issue of Communications of the ACM.

Differential Privacy: The Pursuit of Protections by Default

As privacy violations have become rampant and calls for better measures to protect sensitive, personally identifiable information have primarily resulted in bureaucratic policies satisfying almost no one, differential privacy is emerging as a potential solution. In “Differential Privacy: The Pursuit of Protections by Default,” a Case Study in ACM Queue, Google’s Damien Desfontaines and Miguel Guevara reflect with Jim Waldo and Terry Coatta on the engineering challenges that lie ahead for differential privacy, as well as what remains to be done to achieve their ultimate goal of providing privacy protection by default.

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ACM offers lifelong learning resources including online books from O'Reilly, online courses from Skillsoft, TechTalks on the hottest topics in computing and IT, and more.

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ACM Updates Code of Ethics

ACM recently updated its Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct. The revised Code of Ethics addresses the significant advances in computing technology since the 1992 version, as well as the growing pervasiveness of computing in all aspects of society. To promote the Code throughout the computing community, ACM created a booklet, which includes the Code, case studies that illustrate how the Code can be applied to situations that arise in everyday practice and suggestions on how the Code can be used in educational settings and in companies and organizations. Download a PDF of the ACM Code booklet.