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

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

ACM has named John L. Hennessy, former President of Stanford University, and David A. Patterson, retired Professor of the University of California, Berkeley, 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. View a video of the Lecture.

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

Dina Katabi Receives 2017 ACM Prize in Computing

ACM has named Dina Katabi of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (MIT CSAIL) the recipient of the 2017 ACM Prize in Computing for creative contributions to wireless systems. She and her team pioneered the use of wireless signals in applications that can sense humans behind walls, determine their movements and even surmise their emotional states. These trailblazing human-sensing technologies hold out promise for use in several applications of daily life.

2017 ACM Prize in Computing recipient Dina Katabi

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.

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.

Sarita Adve Recognized with Ken Kennedy Award

Sarita Adve of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has been named the recipient of the 2018 ACM-IEEE CS Ken Kennedy Award. Adve is recognized for her research contributions and leadership in the development of memory consistency models for C++ and Java; for service to numerous computer science organizations; and for exceptional mentoring. The award was presented at SC 18: The International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis.

2018 Ken Kennedy Award recipient Sarita Adve

ACM Names 2018 Distinguished Members

ACM has named 49 Distinguished Members for outstanding contributions to the field. The 2018 ACM Distinguished Members are exemplars for their peers, and represent ACM’s worldwide geographic reach, as well as the exciting range of subdisciplines that constitute today’s technology landscape. 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 Names 2017 Fellows

ACM has named 54 of its members as ACM Fellows for major contributions in areas including database theory, design automation, information retrieval, multimedia computing and network security. The accomplishments of the 2017 ACM Fellows lead to transformations in science and society. Their achievements play a crucial role in the global economy, as well as how we live and work every day. “To be selected as a Fellow is to join our most renowned member grade and an elite group that represents less than 1 percent of ACM’s overall membership,” says ACM President Vicki L. Hanson.

2017 ACM Fellows

Two Research Teams Receive 2018 Gordon Bell Prize

Two research teams share the 2018 ACM Gordon Bell Prize: the Oak Ridge National Laboratory team for their work in combating opioid addiction, and a team affiliated with the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory for their work in applying AI to understanding climate change. The award was bestowed during the SC18 supercomputing conference.

Project Jupyter Team Honored for Developing Open Source Tools for Interactive Computing

Fernando Pérez , Brian E. Granger, Min Ragan-Kelley, Paul Ivanov, Thomas Kluyver, Jason Grout, Matthias Bussonnier, Damián Avila, Steven Silvester, Jonathan Frederic, Kyle Kelley, Jessica Hamrick, Carol Willing, Sylvain Corlay, and Peter Parente received the 2017 ACM Software System Award for developing Jupyter, a broad collaboration that develops open source tools for interactive computing, with a language-agnostic design.

ACM Names Andrea Goldsmith 2018-2019 Athena Lecturer

ACM has named Andrea Goldsmith of Stanford University as the 2018-2019 Athena Lecturer. Goldsmith was cited for contributions to the theory and practice of adaptive wireless communications, and for the successful transfer of research to commercial technology. She introduced innovative approaches to the design, analysis and fundamental performance limits of wireless systems and networks, and helped develop technologies used in long-term evolution cellular devices, and Wi-Fi standards for wireless local area networks.

2018-2019 ACM Athena Lecturer Andrea Goldsmith

ACM and AAAI Recognize Thought Leader in Cognitive Science

Margaret Boden is the recipient of the 2017 ACM – AAAI Allen Newell Award for her contributions to the philosophy of cognitive science, particularly in the cognitive study of human creativity, and to its historiography. For four decades, Boden has been one of the world’s premiere thought leaders on the intersection of artificial intelligence, cognitive science and the humanities.

2017 ACM – AAAI Allen Newell Award recipient Margaret Boden

Kanellakis Award Honors Pioneer in Network Queueing

Scott Shenker has been named the 2017 ACM Paris Kanellakis Theory and Practice Award recipient for pioneering contributions to fair queueing in packet-switching networks, which had a major impact on modern practice in computer communication. His work was fundamental to helping the internet grow from a tool used by a small community of researchers, to a staple of daily life used by billions.

2017 ACM Paris Kanellakis Theory and Practice Award recipient Scott Shenker

Researcher in Simulation of Human Circulatory System Receives Hopper Award

Amanda Randles has been named the recipient of the 2017 ACM Grace Murray Hopper Award for developing HARVEY, a massively parallel circulatory simulation code capable of modeling the full human arterial system at subcellular resolution and fostering discoveries that will serve as a basis for improving the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of human diseases. The Hopper Award recognizes outstanding young computing professionals.

Read a People of ACM interview.

2017 ACM Grace Murray Hopper Award recipient Amanda Randles

ACM Honors Jan Cuny with Distinguished Service Award

Jan Cuny has been named recipient of the 2017 ACM Distinguished Service Award for the establishment and tireless promotion of projects that have nationally transformed computer science education by increasing and diversifying access to high-quality CS education. Her contributions included development of a new national Advanced Placement computer science course and exam.

Photo of ACM Distinguished Service Award recipient Jan Cuny

ACM Recognizes William Wulf with Policy Award

William Wulf has received the 2017 ACM Policy Award for his pioneering work in computing policy, including his service as Board Chair of the National Research Council’s (NRC) Computer Science and Telecommunications Board, Director of the National Science Foundation’s Computer & Information Science and Engineering Division, and President of the National Academy of Engineering.

2017 ACM Policy Award recipient William Wulf

ACM Recognizes Steve Bourne for Outstanding Contributions

Steve Bourne has received the 2017 Outstanding Contribution to ACM Award for significant contributions to ACM, particularly for reaching out to practitioners through the development of the Practitioners Board and ACM Queue, and for his support of students worldwide through his engagement with, and support of, the ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC).

2017 Outstanding Contribution to ACM Award recipient Steve Bourne

ACM President Honors Three with 2018 Presidential Award

ACM President Vicki L. Hanson has recognized three individuals for their time and talents in service to ACM with the ACM Presidential Award: Donald Gotterbarn for his role as chief architect of ACM’s Code of Professional Ethics; Andrew McGettrick for his commitment to computer science education; and Fabrizio Gagliardi for ensuring the organization’s activities, services, and influence extend throughout Europe.

Donald Gotterbarn, Andrew McGettrick, and Fabrizio Gagliardi

Susan Eggers First Woman to Receive Eckert-Mauchly Award

Susan Eggers was named the recipient of the 2018 ACM - IEEE CS Eckert-Mauchly Award for outstanding contributions to simultaneous multithreaded processor architectures and multiprocessor sharing and coherency. Widely recognized as one of the leading computer architects in the field, Eggers will be the first woman to receive the Eckert-Mauchly Award in its 39-year history.

2018 Eckert-Mauchly Award recipient Susan Eggers

Karlstrom Educator Award Goes to Judith Gal-Ezer

Judith Gal-Ezer was named recipient of the 2017 ACM Karl V. Karlstrom Outstanding Educator Award for her central role in developing a groundbreaking high school computer-science curriculum; her outstanding computer science education research; and her extensive service to the education community. Her approach moved away from conventional pedagogies, which prioritized coding, to emphasizing the underlying ideas of computer science.

Photo of ACM Karl V. Karlstrom Outstanding Educator Award recipient Judith Gal-Ezer

Doctoral Dissertation Award Recognizes Young Researchers

Aviad Rubinstein of Stanford University has received ACM's 2017 Doctoral Dissertation Award for establishing the intractability of the approximate Nash equilibrium problem and other important problems between P and NP-completeness. Honorable Mentions went to Mohsen Ghaffari of ETH Zurich for novel distributed algorithms, and Stefanie Mueller of MIT for demonstrating how to make personal fabrication machines interactive.

Aviad Rubinstein, Mohsen Ghaffari and Stefanie Mueller

ACM India 2018 Doctoral Dissertation Award

Palash Dey of Department of CSA, IISc Bangalore has received the ACM India Council's 2018 Doctoral Dissertation Award for resolving complexity of fundamental problems in computational social choice. Honorable Mentions went to Swagato Sanyal of School of Technology and Computer Science, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research Mumbai, for complexity measures of Boolean functions; and Manoj Agarwal of IIT Bombay Department of CSE, for data as graph.

2018 ACM India Doctoral Dissertation Award recipient and Honorable Mentions

ACM, CSTA Announce Cutler-Bell Prize Student Winners

ACM and the Computer Science Teachers Association have announced the 2017-2018 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.

ACM Announces 2018 ACM-IEEE CS George Michael Memorial HPC Fellowship Recipients

Linda Gesenhues of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro and Markus Höhnerbach of RWTH Aachen University have been named recipients of the 2018 ACM-IEEE-CS George Michael Memorial HPC Fellowships. The Fellowships will be formally presented at SC18 in November.

Read the ACM news release.

2018 ACM-IEEE CS George Michael Memorial HPC Fellowship recipients Linda Gesenhues and Markus Höhnerbach

ACM Presents Special Awards to Intel Science Fair Finalists

ACM presented Special Awards to finalists in the 2018 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF), the world's largest high school science research competition, held May 17-18 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Nearly 1,800 high school students from more than 75 countries, regions, and territories competed to reach the finals. In addition to monetary prizes, ACM also provides complimentary ACM Student Lite Memberships for the duration of the award recipients' undergraduate education.

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

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.