2019 ACM A.M. Turing Award

ACM Announces 2019 Turing Award Recipients

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.

2019 ACM A.M. Turing Award recipients Ed Catmull and Pat Hanrahan

Turing Laureates Set Standard for CGI Visual Effects

Working with Ed Catmull and other members of Pixar, Pat Hanrahan was the lead architect of a new kind of graphics system, which was later named RenderMan. In 1995, RenderMan was used to make Toy Story, the first full-length 3-D computer animated film. Hanrahan presented the seminal paper “A Language for Shading and Lighting Calculations,” co-authored with Jim Lawson, at ACM SIGGRAPH in 1990, which lays out the theoretical foundation for RenderMan. “Light Field Rendering,” another groundbreaking paper by Hanrahan and Marc Levoy, introduces a method for giving viewers the sense that they are flying through scenes.

Call for Nominations

Each year, ACM recognizes technical and professional achievements within the computing and information technology community through its celebrated Awards Program. ACM welcomes nominations for candidates whose work exemplifies the best and most influential contributions to our community, and society at large. ACM's award committees evaluate the contributions of candidates for various awards that span a spectrum of professional and technological accomplishments. The nominations deadline for general ACM awards has passed. The remaining award nominations deadlines are: ACM-IEEE CS Eckert-Mauchly Award (March 30), Gordon Bell Prize (April 29), ACM-IEEE CS George Michael Memorial Fellowship (May 1) ACM-IEEE CS Ken Kennedy Award (June 1), and Doctoral Dissertation Award (October 31).

ACM Names 2019 Fellows

ACM has named 58 members 2019 ACM Fellows for significant contributions in areas including artificial intelligence, cloud computing, combating cybercrime, quantum computing and wireless networking. ACM Fellows comprise an elite group that represents less than 1% of the Association’s global membership. "In highlighting the accomplishments of the ACM Fellows, we hope to give credit where it is due, while also educating the public about the extraordinary array of areas in which computing professionals work," said ACM President Cherri M. Pancake.

ACM Names 2019 Distinguished Members

ACM has named 62 Distinguished Members for outstanding contributions to the field. All 2019 inductees are longstanding ACM members and were selected by their peers for a range of accomplishments that have contributed to technologies that underpin how we live, work and play. The ACM Distinguished Member program recognizes up to 10 percent of ACM worldwide membership based on professional experience and significant achievements in computing.

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ACM, CSTA Announce Cutler-Bell Prize Student Winners

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.

Geoffrey C. Fox Recognized with Ken Kennedy Award

Geoffrey C. Fox of Indiana University Bloomington has been named the recipient of the 2019 ACM-IEEE CS Ken Kennedy Award. Fox is recognized for foundational contributions to parallel computing methodology, algorithms and software, and data analysis, and their interfaces with broad classes of applications. The award will be presented at SC19: The International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis.

2019 Ken Kennedy Award recipient Geoffrey C. Fox

ETH Zurich Team Receives 2019 Gordon Bell Prize

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 Announces 2019 ACM-IEEE CS George Michael Memorial HPC Fellowship Recipients

Milinda Shayamal Fernando of the University of Utah and Staci A. Smith of the University of Arizona have been named the recipients of the 2019 ACM-IEEE-CS George Michael Memorial HPC Fellowships. The Fellowships will be formally presented at SC19 in November.

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2019 ACM-IEEE CS George Michael Memorial HPC Fellowship recipients Milinda Shayamal Fernando and Staci Smith
ACM-W Rising Star Award recipient Vivienne Sze

Vivienne Sze Inaugural Recipient of ACM-W Rising Star Award

ACM-W has announced Vivienne Sze as the winner of the inaugural ACM-W Rising Star Award. The award recognizes a woman whose early-career research has had a significant impact on the computing discipline. Sze is an Associate Professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department. ACM-W President Jodi Tims will present the award to Sze at the International Symposium on Computer Architecture (ISCA 2020).

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Spotlight on Turing Laureates

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. 

Celebrating 50 Years of the ACM Turing Award

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

Bengio Delivers Turing Award Lecture

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.