ACM Awards

ACM recognizes excellence through its eminent series of awards for technical and professional achievements and contributions in computer science and information technology. ACM also names as Fellows and Distinguished Members those members who, in addition to professional accomplishments, have made significant contributions to ACM's mission.  How to Nominate

Avi Wigderson Delivers Turing Lecture at STOC 2024

Avi Wigderson received the 2023 ACM A.M. Turing Award for foundational contributions to the theory of computation, including reshaping our understanding of the role of randomness in computation, and for his decades of intellectual leadership in theoretical computer science. Wigderson is the Herbert H. Maass Professor in the School of Mathematics at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey.

Wigderson delivered his Turing Award Lecture "Alan Turing: A TCS Role Model," at STOC 2024: ACM Symposium on Theory of Computing.

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2024 Eckert-Mauchly Award recipient Wen-mei Hwu

Wen-mei Hwu Receives 2024 Eckert-Mauchly Award

Wen-mei Hwu, a Senior Distinguished Research Scientist at NVIDIA and Professor Emeritus at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, is the recipient of the ACM-IEEE CS Eckert-Mauchly Award. Hwu is recognized for pioneering and foundational contributions to the design and adoption of multiple generations of processor architectures. His fundamental and pioneering contributions have had a broad impact on three generations of processor architectures: superscalar, VLIW, and throughput-oriented manycore processors (GPUs).


Prateek Mittal Receives ACM Grace Murray Hopper Award

Prateek Mittal, Princeton University, is the recipient of the 2023 ACM Grace Murray Hopper Award for foundational contributions to safeguarding Internet privacy and security using a cross-layer approach. The unifying theme in Mittal’s research is to leverage foundational techniques from network science, comprising graph-theoretical mechanics, data mining, and inferential modeling for tackling privacy and security challenges. Taken together, his contributions are impacting the privacy and integrity of global commerce, financial services, online healthcare, and everyday communications.

2023 Grace Murray Hopper Award recipient Prateek Mittal

Software System Award Goes to Andrew S. Tanenbaum for MINIX

Andrew S. Tanenbaum receives the ACM Software System Award for MINIX, which influenced the teaching of Operating Systems principles to multiple generations of students and contributed to the design of widely used operating systems, including Linux. MINIX was a small microkernel-based UNIX operating system for the IBM PC, which was popular at the time. It was roughly 12,000 lines of code, and in addition to the microkernel, included a memory manager, file system and core UNIX utility programs. It became free open-source software in 2000.

2023 ACM Software System Award recipient Andrew S. Tanenbaum

Contributors to Algorithm Engineering Receive Kanellakis Award

Guy E. BlellochCarnegie Mellon University; Laxman Dhulipala, University of Maryland; and Julian Shun, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, receive the ACM Paris Kanellakis Theory and Practice Award for contributions to algorithm engineering, including the Ligra, GBBS, and Aspen frameworks which revolutionized large-scale graph processing on shared-memory machines. They have obtained many truly outstanding results in which their provably efficient algorithms running on an inexpensive multi-core shared-memory machine are faster than any prior algorithms, even those running on much bigger and more expensive machines. 

2023 ACM Paris Kanellakis Award recipients Guy E. Blelloch, Laxman Dhulipala, and Julian Shun
2023 ACM Prize recipient Amanda Randles

Amanda Randles Receives 2023 ACM Prize in Computing

ACM has named Amanda Randles, Alfred Winborne and Victoria Stover Mordecai Associate Professor of Biomedical Sciences at Duke University, the recipient of the 2023 ACM Prize in Computing for groundbreaking contributions to computational health through innovative algorithms, tools, and high-performance computing methods for diagnosing and treating a variety of human diseases. She is known for developing new computational tools to harness the world’s most powerful supercomputers to create highly precise simulations of biophysical processes.

ACM, AAAI Recognize David Blei for Significant Contributions to Machine Learning

David Blei of Columbia University receives the ACM - AAAI Allen Newell Award. Blei is recognized for significant contributions to machine learning, information retrieval, and statistics. His signature accomplishment is in the machine learning area of “topic modeling", which he pioneered in the foundational paper “Latent Dirichlet Allocation” (LDA). The applications of topic modelling can be found throughout the social, physical, and biological sciences, in areas such as medicine, finance, political science, commerce, and the digital humanities.

2023 ACM-AAAI Allen Newell Award recipient David Blei

Doctoral Dissertation Award Recognizes Young Researchers

Nivedita Arora is the recipient of the ACM Doctoral Dissertation Award for demonstrating wireless and batteryless sensor nodes using novel materials and radio backscatter in her dissertation “Sustainable Interactive Wireless Stickers: From Materials to Devices to Applications.” Honorable Mentions for the ACM Doctoral Dissertation Award go to Gabriele Farina, whose PhD was earned at Carnegie Mellon University, for his dissertation “Game-Theoretic Decision Making in Imperfect-Information Games”; and William Kuszmaul, whose PhD was earned at MIT, for his dissertation “Randomized Data Structures: New Perspectives and Hidden Surprises.”

Nivedita Arora, Gabriele Farina, William Kuszmaul

Margaret Martonosi Receives 2023 ACM Fran Allen Award

ACM named Princeton University's Margaret Martonosi the recipient of the ACM Frances E. Allen Award for Outstanding Mentoring. Martonosi is recognized for outstanding and far-reaching mentoring at Princeton University, in computer architecture, and to the broader computer science community. Martonosi, the Hugh Trumbull Adams ’35 Professor of Computer Science at Princeton University, is a leader in the design, modeling, and verification of power efficient computer architecture. She also recently served as the National Science Foundation Assistant Director leading the Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering.

2023 ACM Fran Allen Award Recipient Margaret Martonosi

Karlstrom Educator Award Goes to Alicia Nicki Washington and Shaundra Daily

Alicia Nicki Washington, Professor, Duke University and Shaundra Daily, Professor, Duke University receive the Karl V. Karlstrom Outstanding Educator Award for their work towards changing the national computing education system to be more equitable and to combat unjust impacts of computing on society. Washington and Daily have had a critical, wide-reaching impact on educating the broader community through a novel course, a popular training program, and a national alliance.

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ACM Honors John M. Abowd with Policy Award

John M. Abowd, Professor Emeritus, Cornell University, and Chief Scientist, United States Census Bureau (retired), receives the ACM Policy Award for transformative work in modernizing the US Census Bureau’s processing and dissemination of census and survey data, which serves as a model for privacy-aware management of government collected data. Abowd’s work has transformed the government’s capacity to improve the accuracy and availability of vital statistical and data resources, while at the same time, enhancing citizens’ privacy.

John Abowd

ACM Recognizes Jack W. Davidson for Outstanding Contributions

Jack W. Davidson, Professor, University of Virginia, receives the Outstanding Contribution to ACM Award for leadership in and contributions to ACM’s Publications Program. Davidson served as Co-Chair of the ACM Publications Board from 2010 through 2021 and has been the founding chair of the ACM Digital Library Board since 2021. In those roles, he has led several key efforts of paramount importance to ACM, its membership, and the computing community.

Jack Davidson

ACM Honors Aidong Zhang with Distinguished Service Award

Aidong Zhang, Thomas M. Linville Professor, University of Virginia, receives the ACM Distinguished Service Award for her impactful leadership and lasting service to the broad communities of bioinformatics, computational biology, and data mining. As an ACM member for 29 years, Zhang has devoted tremendous efforts to serving her research community. Beyond ACM, Zhang’s numerous contributions to the field have included being selected by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to be a Program Director managing federal investments in several computing-related areas from 2015-2018.

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ACM President Honors Anand Deshpande With 2023 Presidential Award

ACM President Yannis Ioannidis has recognized Anand Deshpande, Managing Director, Persistent Systems, with the ACM Presidential Award for long-standing contributions to the broader computing community and to ACM. Deshpande has been a major asset of the computing ecosystem of India, having a tangible, technological, economic, and intellectual impact in his country. He has made significant contributions to the local innovation and educational environments through think tanks and professional support foundations, but has also contributed to technology policy issues, advising the Indian government on critical topics.

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ACM President Honors M. Tamer Özsu With 2023 Presidential Award

ACM President Yannis Ioannidis has recognized M. Tamer Özsu, Professor, University of Waterloo with the ACM Presidential Award for long-standing contributions to the broader computing community and to ACM. Özsu is known for his research work on large-scale distributed data management and his emphasis on system building targeting grand societal challenges. In addition, Özsu has truly dedicated himself to the education of the younger generation, nurturing and inspiring young researchers and practitioners.

M. Tamer Özsu

Keshav Pingali Recognized with Ken Kennedy Award

ACM has named Keshav Pingali, the W.A. ”Tex” Moncrief Chair of Grid and Distributed Computing at the University of Texas at Austin, as the recipient of the 2023 ACM-IEEE CS Ken Kennedy Award. The Ken Kennedy Award recognizes groundbreaking achievements in parallel and high-performance computing. Pingali is cited for contributions to high-performance parallel computing for irregular algorithms such as graph algorithms. The award will be formally presented to Pingali in November at The International Conference for High-Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis (SC23).

2023 Ken Kennedy Award recipient Keshav Pingali

ACM Names Maja Matarić 2024-2025 Athena Lecturer

ACM has named Maja Matarić, the Chan Soon-Shiong Chair and Distinguished Professor of Computer Science at the University of Southern California, as the 2024-2025 ACM Athena Lecturer. Matarić is recognized for pioneering the field of socially assistive robotics, including groundbreaking research, evaluation, and technology transfer, and foundational work in multi-robot coordination and human-robot interaction. Matarić is also the founding director of the USC Robotics and Autonomous Systems Center, and a Principal Scientist at Google DeepMind.

2023-2024 ACM Athena Lecturer Maja Matarić

ACM, CSTA Announce Cutler-Bell Prize Student Recipients

ACM and the Computer Science Teachers Association have announced the 2023-2024 recipients 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 recipients are Shobhit Agarwal, Reedy High School, Frisco, Texas; Franziska Borneff, Hidden Valley High School, Cave Spring, Virginia; Daniel Mathew, Poolesville High School, Poolesville, Maryland; and Kosha Upadhyay, Bellevue High School, Bellevue, Washington

2023-2024  Cutler Bell recipients  Shobhit Agarwal, Franziska Borneff, Daniel Mathew, Kosha Upadhyay,

US National Science Foundation Supports Turing Awardees

ACM's A.M. Turing Award, often referred to as the "Nobel Prize of Computing," is given to individuals who have contributed lasting and major technical accomplishments to computing. But did you know that more than half of A.M. Turing awardees have been funded by the US National Science Foundation at some point in their careers? Now the NSF has created a website commemorating all A.M. Turing Award recipients, their accomplishments, and their relationships with the Foundation. Please visit the site to learn more.

ACM Names 2023 Fellows

ACM has named 68 members ACM Fellows for significant contributions in areas including algorithm design, computer graphics, cybersecurity, energy-efficient computing, mobile computing, software analytics, and web search, to name a few. 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 Names 2023 Distinguished Members

ACM has named 52 Distinguished Members for outstanding contributions to the field. All 2023 inductees are longstanding ACM members and were selected by their peers for a range of accomplishments that advance computing as a science and a profession. The ACM Distinguished Member program recognizes up to 10 percent of ACM worldwide membership based on professional experience and significant achievements in computing.

Diversifying Award Nominations

In this Tapia Conference panel, ACM CEO Vicki Hanson moderates a discussion with ACM Awards Committee Co-Chair Roy Levin and Awards Committee members Stephanie Ludi and Timothy Pinkston concerning the need to nominate deserving and diverse individuals for Awards and ACM Advanced Member Grades. This panel provides an understanding of ACM’s Awards process from submission to selection, with specific tips for working as a community to develop nominations.

2023 Gordon Bell Prize Awarded

An eight-member team drawn from American and Indian institutions was named the winner of the 2023 ACM Gordon Bell Prize for the project, “Large-Scale Materials Modeling at Quantum Accuracy: Ab Initio Simulations of Quasicrystals and Interacting Extended Defects in Metallic Alloys,” which presented a framework that combines the accuracy provided by QMB methods with the efficiency of Density-Functional Theory (DFT) to access larger length scales at quantum accuracy. The award was bestowed during the SC23 conference.

2022 Gordon Bell Prize Awarded

2023 Gordon Bell Climate Modelling Prize Awarded

A 19-member research team was awarded the ACM Gordon Bell Prize for Climate Modelling for their project, "The Simple Cloud-Resolving E3SM Atmosphere Model Running on the Frontier Exascale System,” proving that by using exascale supercomputers along with a new algorithmic model they have introduced, the longstanding challenge of developing efficient and accurate simulations of deep convective clouds can be accomplished. The award was bestowed during the SC23 conference.

ACM Breakthrough in Computing Award Goes to David Papworth

ACM has named David B. Papworth, formerly of Intel (retired), as the recipient of the ACM Charles P. “Chuck” Thacker Breakthrough in Computing Award. Papworth is recognized for fundamental groundbreaking contributions to Intel’s P6 out-of-order engine and Very Long Instruction Word (VLIW) processors. Papworth was a lead designer of the Intel P6 (sold commercially as the Pentium Pro) microprocessor, which was a major advancement over the existing state-of-the-art, not just for Intel but for the broader computer design community.

2022 ACM Thacker Breakthrough in Computing Award recipient David Papworth

Kunle Olukotun Receives 2023 Eckert-Mauchly Award

Kunle Olukotun, a Professor at Stanford University, is the recipient of the 2023 ACM-IEEE CS Eckert-Mauchly Award for contributions and leadership in the development of parallel systems, especially multicore and multithreaded processors. In the early 1990s, Olukotun became a leading designer of a new kind of microprocessor known as a “chip multiprocessor”—today called a “multicore processor.” His work demonstrated the performance advantages of multicore processors over the existing microprocessor designs at the time.

2023 Eckert-Mauchly Award recipient Kunle Olukotun

Doctoral Dissertation Award Recognizes Young Researchers

Aayush Jain is the recipient of the 2022 ACM Doctoral Dissertation Award for establishing the feasibility of mathematically rigorous software obfuscation from well-studied hardness conjectures. Honorable Mentions for the 2022 ACM Doctoral Dissertation Award go to Alane Suhr whose PhD was earned at Cornell University, and Conrad Watt, who earned his PhD at the University of Cambridge.

Aayush Jain, Alane Suhn, Conrad Watt

ACM Announces 2023 ACM-IEEE CS George Michael Memorial HPC Fellowship Recipients

James Gregory Pauloski of the University of Chicago and Rohan Basu Roy Of Northeastern University are the 2023 ACM-IEEE CS George Michael Memorial HPC Fellowships recipients. Hua Huang of the Georgia Institute of Technology received an Honorable Mention. The Fellowships will be formally presented at the International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage, and Analysis (SC23) in November.

2023 ACM-IEEE CS George Michael Memorial HPC Fellowship recipients James Gregory Pauloski, Rohan Basu Roy, and Hua Huang
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SIAM, ACM Announce 2023 Computational Science & Engineering Prize Recipient

The SUNDIALS Core Development Group, consisting of Carol S. Woodward, Cody J. Balos, Peter N. Brown, David J. Gardner, Alan C. Hindmarsh, Daniel R. Reynolds, and Radu Serban, are the recipients of the 2023 SIAM/ACM Prize in Computational Science and Engineering at SIAM's CSE 2021 conference.The group received the award for innovative research and development of nonlinear and differential/algebraic equation solvers for high-performance computing that provides unique, critical capabilities in the scientific software ecosystem.

Geoffrey Hinton Talks AI on 60 Minutes

2018 A.M. Turing Award recipient Geoffrey Hinton appeared on 60 Minutes to discuss the risks and promise of artificial intelligence. Hinton—one of the "Godfathers of AI" along with Yoshua Bengio and Yann LeCun—wants governments, companies and developers to carefully consider the best ways to safely advance the technology. He also believes that AI has the potential for both good and harm, that now is the moment to run experiments to understand AI and pass laws to ensure the technology is ethically used, and that AI does have the potential to one day take over from humanity.

Jack Dongarra Gives His A.M. Turing Award Lecture at SC22: View On Demand

2021 ACM A.M. Turing Award recipient Jack Dongarra delivered his Turing Lecture, "A Not So Simple Matter of Software," at SC22 on Tuesday, November 15. In it, he examines how high-performance computing has changed over the last 40 years, looks toward future trends, and discusses how a new generation of software libraries and algorithms is needed to use dynamic, distributed, and parallel environments effectively. Learn more about Dongarra's contributions on the ACM AM Turing website. View his Turing Lecture on demand on ACM's YouTube.

2019 AM Turing Award Recipients Ed Catmull and Pat Hanrahan Delivered Their Turing Lectures at SIGGRAPH 2022 - View the Recording

Ed Catmull and Pat Hanrahan received 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. They presented their Turing Lectures, "Shading Languages and the Emergence of Programmable Graphics Systems" and "The Wild, Unexpected, Exponential Ride Through Computer Graphics," at SIGGRAPH 2022 on Monday, August 8, 2022. View the recording.

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Jack J. Dongarra - 2021 ACM A.M. Turing Award

Jack J. Dongarra of University of Tennessee and Oak Ridge National Laboratory received the 2021 ACM A.M. Turing Award for pioneering contributions to numerical algorithms and libraries that enabled high performance computational software to keep pace with exponential hardware improvements for over four decades.

Alfred Aho and Jeffrey Ullman - 2020 ACM A.M. Turing Award

Alfred Aho, Professor Emeritus at Columbia University, and Jeffrey Ullman, Professor Emeritus at Stanford University received the 2020 ACM A.M. Turing Award for fundamental algorithms and theory underlying programming language implementation, and for synthesizing these results and those of others in their highly influential books, which educated generations of computer scientists.

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

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 received 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.

Yoshua Bengio, Geoffrey Hinton, and Yann LeCun - 2018 ACM A.M. Turing Award

Yoshua Bengio of the University of Montreal, Geoffrey Hinton of Google, and Yann LeCun of Facebook received the 2018 ACM A.M. Turing Award for conceptual and engineering breakthroughs that have made deep neural networks a critical component of computing.

John Hennessy and David Patterson - 2017 ACM A.M. Turing Award

John L. Hennessy, former President of Stanford University, and David A. Patterson, retired Professor of the University of California, Berkeley, received 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.

Sir Tim Berners-Lee - 2016 ACM A.M. Turing Award

Sir Tim Berners-Lee of Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of Oxford 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.

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