This award may be given to up to three individuals per year, for entirely different activities, and they are selected based on the value and degree of service to ACM.

ACM Honors Leader for expanding promise and profile of computing

ACM has recognized the vision and achievement of a leader who has transformed the way the world views computing. Dame Wendy Hall of the University of Southampton increased the visibility of ACM in leading scientific venues worldwide by broadening its values, resources, and services.

Professor Dame Wendy Hall recipient of the Outstanding Contribution to ACM Award. As the first ACM President from outside North America, Hall initiated the establishment of ACM Councils in Europe, India and China, extending the organization’s scope to a borderless audience. She also focused on the education of upcoming computer science generations, promoting gender diversity and nurturing talent in computing from all corners of the world. A Professor of Computer Science at the University of Southampton, UK, Hall was a founding director of the Web Science Research Initiative to promote the discipline of Web Science and foster research collaboration between the University of Southampton and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

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