Recent Award News
ACM Names Fellows for Computing Advances that Are Transforming Science and Society
ACM has named 50 of its members as ACM Fellows in recognition of their contributions to computing that are driving innovations across multiple domains and disciplines. The 2013 ACM Fellows, from the world’s leading universities, corporations, and research labs, have achieved advances in computing research and development that are accelerating the digital revolution and impacting every dimension of how we live, work, and play, worldwide. “We recognize these scientists and engineers, creators and builders, theorists and practitioners who are making a difference in our lives,” said ACM President Vinton G. Cerf. “They’re enabling us to listen, learn, calculate, and communicate in ways that underscore the benefits of the digital age. Their advances have led to opportunities for improved healthcare, enhanced security, expanded interactions, and enriched lifestyles. Some recipients have also led efforts to extend computing across continents and countries including Brazil, China, and Germany.”
ACM will formally recognize the 2013 ACM Fellows at its annual Awards Banquet on June 21, 2014, in San Francisco.
Record-shattering Supercomputing Performance Wins ACM Gordon Bell Prize
40 New Distinguished Members Named
Lifflander, Solomonik Awarded George Michael Memorial HPC Fellowships for 2013
Jonathan Lifflander was recognized for his project "Scalable Algorithms for Dynamic Large-Scale Systems" and Edgar Solomonik for his project "Communication-Optimal Parallel Algorithms for Solving Physical Equations."
Jonathan Lifflander is a fifth-year PhD candidate in Computer Science at the University of Illinois, advised by Laxmikant V. Kale. He researches scalable parallel algorithms in the context of dynamic behavior that lead to highly unstructured mappings.
Edgar Solomonik is a PhD candidate working on parallel numerical algorithms at University of California, Berkeley. Together with his advisor, Prof. James Demmel,he works on developing algorithms that avoid communication traffic and scale on high-performance parallel computers.
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Jack Dongarra Named ACM-IEEE CS Ken Kennedy Award Recipient for Influential Contributions To Mathematical Software
Jack Dongarra of the University of Tennessee is the recipient of the ACM-IEEE Computer Society Ken Kennedy Award for his leadership in designing and promoting standards for mathematical software used to solve numerical problems common to high performance computing (HPC). His work has led to the development of major software libraries of algorithms and methods that boost performance and portability in HPC environments, which rely on supercomputers and parallel processing techniques for solving complex computational problems. Dongarra, the Distinguished University Professor at the University of Tennessee, is the founder and director of the Innovative Computing Laboratory at the University, and holds positions at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the University of Manchester.
Shafi Goldwasser, Silvio Micali Receive 2012 ACM Turing Award for Advances in Cryptography
Shafi Goldwasser and Silvio Micali laid the foundations of modern theoretical cryptography, taking it from a field of heuristics and hopes to a mathematical science with careful definitions and security models, precise specifications of adversarial capabilities, and rigorous reductions from formally defined computational problems. Their results, jointly and with others, established the now-standard definitions of security for the fundamental primitives of encryption and digital signatures, and provided exemplary implementations meeting the stated security objectives. Even more importantly, their work helped to establish the tone and character of modern cryptographic research. Jointly and in collaboration with others, they provided stunning innovations in the form of random functions, interactive proofs, and zero-knowledge protocols, with implications beyond cryptography to theoretical computer science in general.
ACM, Infosys Foundation Honor Google Developers Dean, Ghemawat for Innovations that Boost Online Search Capabilities
Jeff Dean and led the conception, design, and implementation of much of Google's revolutionary software infrastructure, which has transformed the practice and understanding of Internet-scale computing. Their efforts, along with those of their collaborators, created the first software designs for systems that harness the power of tens of thousands of computers. Their designs for systems such as MapReduce and BigTable are remarkable for scalability, the grace with which they tolerate faults, and the ease with which they support the construction of many new distributed services. We are in a new age of Internet-scale computing thanks in significant measure to the engineering innovations of Dean and Ghemawat.
ACM Honors Computing Innovators
Award Winners Made Breakthroughs in Network Efficiency, Data Mining, Education, Game Theory, Programming, and Community Problem-Solving
ACM has announced the winners of six prestigious awards for their innovations in computing technology. These innovators have made significant contributions that enable computer science to solve real-world challenges. The awards reflect achievements in computer networks, information retrieval, computer science education, multi-agent systems, versatile compiler technologies, and computer-human interactive technologies. The 2012 ACM award winners, from internationally known research and academic institutions, include prominent computer scientists, educators, and entrepreneurs.
James Goodman Receives 2013 ACM-IEEE CS Eckert-Mauchly Award for Breakthroughs in Architecture of Shared-Memory Multiprocessors
James R. Goodman is the 2013 ACM-IEEE Eckert-Mauchly recipient, recognized for contributions to the hardware/software interface of computer architecture. His innovations led to the development of hybrid approaches to high-performance computer memory systems that can achieve nearly the performance of hardware but with the flexibility of software. Goodman spent much of his career at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he and his students extensively researched computer memory systems. He is currently a computer science professor at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. The Eckert-Mauchly award is known as the computer architecture community’s most prestigious award. Goodman will receive the award at the , June 26, in Tel Aviv, Israel.
ACM will present the 2012 - 2013 Awards
The A.M. Turing Award, sometimes referred to as the "Nobel Prize" of Computing, was named in honor of Alan Mathison Turing (1912–1954), a British mathematician and computer scientist. He made fundamental advances in computer architecture, algorithms, formalization of computing, and artificial intelligence. Turing was also instrumental in British code-breaking work during World War II.