Outstanding Contribution to ACM Award
Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences at NYU United States – 2012

For his leadership as Editor-in-Chief of the ACM Computing Classification System (CCS) Update Project.

The ACM Outstanding Contribution Award is presented to ACM Fellow Zvi Kedem in recognition for his leadership as Editor-in-Chief of the ACM Computing Classification System (CCS) 2012 Update Project. The CCS has been the de facto standard taxonomy for the computing field for over 50 years. The last major overhaul of the CCS was released in January 1982 under the leadership of Jean E. Sammet and Anthony Ralston. After four minor updates in (the last in 1998), in 2011 Kedem undertook a massive project to revise and automate the CCS, rebuilding it as a modern cognitive map of the computing field.

He delineated 13 subject areas, which defined the nature of work teams for developing those areas. He recruited 13 team leaders, who in turn recruited 134 subject domain experts, including among them 39 ACM Fellows and three ACM Distinguished Members. He coordinated the year-long efforts of this expansive pool of talent in critiquing and thoroughly revising an initial draft of the new CCS which had been generated by an ACM contractor with expertise in developing ontologies using automated methods. With Zvi Kedem's broad knowledge of the computing space, he was able to resolve thorny conceptual differences among the team leaders.

The CCS is a unique and key component of the search index infrastructure underlying the ACM Digital Library and ACM Guide to Computing Literature. In providing a structured set of computing concepts, it enables discovery of both topic-specific works and of people with subject-specific expertise. The CCS infrastructure is now in place and its effects will be seen throughout the ACM Digital Library, in Citation Pages for individual works, in ACM Author Profiles, and in all aggregated views of the field, including Institutional Profiles, Conference and Journal views, and descriptions of ACM Special Interest Groups.

Press Release

United States – 1997

Zvi Kedem has developed crucial enabling innovations in key areas of information technology and their foundational underpinnings: in computer graphics, database systems, and parallel computing.

Zvi Kedem Named 2012 Recipient Of The Outstanding Service Award

Zvi Kedem was recognized for his leadership in rebuilding the ACM Computing Classification System (CCS) as a modern cognitive map of the computing field for the worldwide computing community.  As editor-in-chief, Kedem managed the effort to revise and automate the key component that underlies the ACM Digital Library’s search index infrastructure.  With his recruited team of domain experts, he managed a year-long effort to develop a set of computing concepts that enable discovery of both topic-specific works and people with subject-specific expertise. The project's results are reflected throughout the ACM DL, and are seen in ACM’s institutional profiles, conference and journal views, and Special Interest Group descriptions.  With more than 50 scientific publications, Kedem has pursued research in Computer Graphics, Database Systems, Data Mining, Parallel and Distributed Computing, and Computing Theory.  He has also served on funding and review panels, program committees of scientific meetings, and editorial boards of scientific journals.  He is a professor and past chair of the Computer Science Department at New York University's Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, and a Fellow of ACM and IEEE.