ACM has named 95 members 2020 ACM Fellows for significant contributions in areas including artificial intelligence, cloud computing, computer graphics, computational biology, data science, human-computer interaction, software engineering, theoretical computer science, and virtual reality, 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 has named 64 Distinguished Members for outstanding contributions to the field. All 2020 inductees are longstanding ACM members and were selected by their peers for a range of accomplishments that have contributed to technologies that move the computing field forward. The ACM Distinguished Member program recognizes up to 10 percent of ACM worldwide membership based on professional experience and significant achievements in computing.
ACM has named Ed Catmull, computer scientist and former president of Pixar and Disney Animation Studios, and Pat Hanrahan, a founding employee at Pixar and Stanford University professor, recipients of the 2019 ACM A.M. Turing Award for fundamental contributions to 3-D computer graphics, and the revolutionary impact of these techniques on computer-generated imagery (CGI) in filmmaking and other applications. Their work has fundamentally influenced the field of computer graphics through conceptual innovation and contributions to both software and hardware.
ACM has named David Silver of University College London and Google's DeepMind the recipient of the 2019 ACM Prize in Computing for breakthrough advances in computer game-playing. Recognized as a central figure in the growing and impactful area of deep reinforcement learning, Silver’s most well-known achievement was leading the team that developed AlphaGo, a computer program that defeated the world champion of the game Go. AlphaGo is recognized as a milestone in artificial intelligence research.
ACM-W has announced Munmun De Choudhury, an Associate Professor at the School of Interactive Computing at Georgia Institute of Technology, as the winner of the 2021 ACM-W Rising Star Award. The award recognizes a woman whose early-career research has had a significant impact on the computing discipline. De Choudhury's research develops novel computational techniques, and technologies powered by them, to responsibly and ethically employ social media in quantifying, understanding, and improving personal and societal health and well-being.
Dor Minzer of Tel Aviv University has received ACM's 2019 Doctoral Dissertation Award for contributions to testing monotonicity of Boolean functions and resolving the Unique Games Conjecture, one of the most central problems in approximation algorithms and complexity theory. Honorable Mentions went to Jakub Tarnawski of École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne and JiaJun Wu of Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Barbara Simons receives the 2019 ACM Policy Award for long-standing, high-impact leadership as ACM President and founding Chair of ACM's US Public Policy Committee (USACM, now USTPC), while making influential contributions to improve the reliability of and public confidence in election technology. Over several decades, Simons has advanced technology policy by founding and leading organizations, authoring influential publications, and effecting change through lobbying and public education.
Luiz André Barroso, Vice President of Engineering at Google, was named the recipient of the 2020 ACM - IEEE CS Eckert-Mauchly Award for pioneering the design of warehouse-scale computing and driving it from concept to industry. Barroso is widely recognized as the foremost architect of the design of ultra-scale datacenters, which contain hundreds of thousands of servers and millions of disk drives.
ACM named Paul Mockapetris recipient of the 2019 ACM Software System Award for developing the Domain Name System (DNS), which provides the worldwide distributed directory service that is an essential component of the functionality of the global internet. In 1983, Mockapetris designed and built the DNS, creating the associated query protocol, a server implementation, and initial root servers. Taken together, these components provided the first stable operational DNS system.
Noga Alon, Phillip Gibbons, Yossi Matias, and Mario Szegedy have been named 2019 ACM Paris Kanellakis Theory and Practice Award recipients for seminal work on the foundations of streaming algorithms and their application to large-scale data analytics. They pioneered a framework for algorithmic treatment of streaming massive datasets, and today their sketching and streaming algorithms remain the core approach for streaming big data and constitute an entire subarea of the field of algorithms.
The 2019 ACM – AAAI Allen Newell Award honors Lydia E. Kavraki and Daphne Koller. Kavraki is recognized for pioneering contributions to robotic motion planning, including randomized motion planning algorithms and probabilistic roadmaps, with applications to bioinformatics and biomedicine. Koller is recognized for seminal contributions to machine learning and probabilistic models, the application of these techniques to biology and human health, and for contributions to democratizing education.
Mordechai Ben-Ari was named recipient of the Karl V. Karlstrom Outstanding Educator Award for his pioneering textbooks, software tools and research on learning concurrent programming, program visualization, logic, and programming languages, spanning four decades and aimed at both novices and advanced students in several subfields of computing. Many of Ben-Ari's books are the definitive textbooks in their respective areas, and several have been translated into many languages.
Michael Ley was named recipient of the ACM Distinguished Service Award for creating, developing, and curating DBLP, an extraordinarily useful and influential online bibliographic resource that has changed the way computer scientists work. Ley created DBLP in 1993 to cover proceedings and journals from the fields of database systems and logic programming (from which the acronym “DBLP” arose). DBLP has changed the way computer scientists use bibliographic data and has become an invaluable asset for virtually every researcher in the field.
Arati Dixit was named recipient of the Outstanding Contribution to ACM Award for contributing to the growth and diversity of ACM programs in India, especially ACM-W India. Dixit helped launch the first ACM-W Celebration of Women in Computing event in Pune, and served as Chair of ACM-W India. She also organized women-only summer schools as part of a nationwide initiative to encourage undergraduate students to take up graduate studies. Dixit is the founding Vice Chair of ACM India's Special Interest Group on Computer Science Education.
ACM has named Sarit Kraus of Bar-Ilan University the 2020-2021 Athena Lecturer. Kraus made foundational contributions to artificial intelligence, notably to multi-agent systems, human-agent interaction, autonomous agents and nonmonotonic reasoning, and exemplary service and leadership in these fields. Her contributions span theoretical foundations, experimental evaluation, and practical applications.
ACM has named Maria Balcan of Carnegie Mellon University the recipient of the 2019 ACM Grace Murray Hopper Award for foundational and breakthrough contributions to minimally-supervised learning. Her influential and pioneering work in machine learning has solved longstanding open problems, enabled entire lines of research crucial for modern AI systems, and has set the agenda for the field for years to come.
Shikhar Vashishth of Indian Institute of Science has received the ACM India Council's 2021 Doctoral Dissertation Award for "Neural Graph Embedding Methods for Natural Language Processing." Honorable Mention went to Roohani Sharma of Institute of Mathematical Sciences, for "Advancing the Algorithmic Tool-kit for Parameterized Cut Problems."
ACM and the Computer Science Teachers Association have announced the 2019-2020 winners of the ACM/CSTA Cutler-Bell Prize in High School Computing. The award recognizes computer science talent in high school students and comes with a $10,000 prize, which they will receive at CSTA's annual conference in July. The 2019-2020 winners are Kevin Meng, Plano West Senior High School, Plano, Texas; Lillian Kay Petersen, Los Alamos High School, Los Alamos, New Mexico; Axel S. Toro Vega, Dr. Carlos González High School, Aguada, Puerto Rico; and Zeyu Zhao, Montgomery Blair High School, Silver Spring, Maryland.
A nine-member research team from Chinese and American institutions was awarded the 2020 ACM Gordon Bell Prize for introducing Deep Potential Molecular Dynamics (DPMD), a new machine learning-based protocol that can simulate a more than 1 nanosecond-long trajectory of over 100 million atoms per day. The award for their project, “Pushing the limit of molecular dynamics with ab initio accuracy to 100 million atoms with machine learning,” was bestowed during the virtual SC20 conference.
The 2020 ACM Gordon Bell Special Prize for High Performance Computing-Based COVID-19 Research was presented to a 12-member team for their project “AI-Driven Multiscale Simulations Illuminate Mechanisms of SARS-CoV-2 Spike Dynamics.” The Prize is being awarded in 2020 and 2021 to recognize outstanding research achievement toward the understanding of the COVID-19 pandemic through the use of high performance computing (HPC). The inaugural Prize was awarded at the virtual SC20 conference.
Vivek Sarkar of Georgia Institute of Technology has been named the recipient of the 2020 ACM-IEEE CS Ken Kennedy Award. Sarkar is recognized for foundational technical contributions to the area of programmability and productivity in parallel computing, as well as leadership contributions to professional service, mentoring, and teaching. The award will be presented at SC20: The International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis virtual awards plenary session on November 16.
A six-member research team from ETH Zurich was awarded the 2019 ACM Gordon Bell Prize for introducing DaCe OMEN, a new framework for simulating the transport of electrical signals through nanoscale materials, such as the silicon atoms used in transistors. The award for their project, “A Data-Centric Approach to Extreme-Scale Ab initio Dissipative Quantum Transport Simulations,” was bestowed during the SC19 supercomputing conference.
ACM A.M. Turing Award
The ACM A.M. Turing Award, computing’s most prestigious honor, acknowledges individuals who have made lasting and major contributions to the field. Here, we look back at some of these technologies and breakthroughs that continue to impact our lives, and the remarkable innovators who helped shape them.
ACM's celebration of 50 years of the Turing Award culminated with a conference June 23 and 24, 2017 at the Westin St. Francis in San Francisco. Keynote talks and panel discussions highlighted the significant impact of the contributions of the Turing Laureates on computing and society, as well as looking ahead to the future of technology and innovation. You can watch videos of these historic presentations here.
2018 ACM A.M. Turing Award Laureate Yoshua Bengio delivered his Turing Lecture at the Heidelberg Laureate Forum (HLF) on Monday, September 23. Bengio received the 2018 A.M. Turing Award with Geoffrey Hinton and Yann LeCun for conceptual and engineering breakthroughs that have made deep neural networks a critical component of computing. The title of Bengio's lecture is "Deep Learning for AI," and video of Bengio delivering it is available for viewing on the official HLF YouTube channel.
LeCun and Hinton Deliver Turing Award Lecture
Geoffrey Hinton and Yann LeCun received the 2018 ACM Turing Award along with Yoshua Bengio for conceptual and engineering breakthroughs that have made deep neural networks a critical component of computing, Hinton and LeCun delivered the 2018 ACM Turing Lecture at ACM FCRC in Phoenix on June 23, 2019.
Hennessy and Patterson Deliver Turing Award Lecture
John L. Hennessy and David A. Patterson, recipients of the 2017 ACM A.M. Turing Award for pioneering a systematic, quantitative approach to the design and evaluation of computer architectures with enduring impact on the microprocessor industry. They delivered the Turing Lecture at the ISCA conference on June 4, 2018.
Tim Berners-Lee Delivers Turing Award Lecture
Sir Tim Berners-Lee received the 2016 ACM A.M. Turing Award for inventing the World Wide Web, the first web browser, and the fundamental protocols and algorithms allowing the Web to scale. He delivered his Turing Award Lecture at the ACM Web Science Conference in Amsterdam on May 29, 2018.