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

ACM Announces 2018 Turing Award Recipients

ACM has named Yoshua Bengio of the University of Montreal, Geoffrey Hinton of Google, and Yann LeCun of New York University recipients of the 2018 ACM A.M. Turing Award for conceptual and engineering breakthroughs that have made deep neural networks a critical component of computing. Working independently and together, Hinton, LeCun and Bengio developed conceptual foundations for the field, identified surprising phenomena through experiments, and contributed engineering advances that demonstrated the practical advantages of deep neural networks.

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

ACM Honors Shwetak Patel with ACM Prize in Computing

ACM has named Shwetak N. Patel of the University of Washington and Google the recipient of the 2018 ACM Prize in Computing for contributions to creative and practical sensing systems for sustainability and health. Patel and his students found highly creative ways to leverage existing infrastructure to make affordable and accurate monitoring a practical reality. He quickly turned his team’s research contributions into real-world deployments, founding companies to commercialize their work.

2018 ACM Prize recipient Shwetak N. Patel

Inaugural ACM Breakthrough in Computing Award Goes to Rosenblum

ACM has named Mendel Rosenblum of Stanford University the first recipient of the ACM Charles P. "Chuck" Thacker Breakthrough in Computing Award. Rosenblum is recognized for reinventing the virtual machine for the modern era and thereby revolutionizing datacenters and enabling modern cloud computing. With his students at Stanford, he brought virtual machines back to life by using them to solve challenging technical problems in building system software for scalable multiprocessors.

2018 ACM Thacker Breakthrough in Computing Award recipient Mendel Rosenblum

ACM Names Elisa Bertino 2019-2020 Athena Lecturer

ACM has named Elisa Bertino of Purdue University the 2019-2020 Athena Lecturer. Bertino was cited for pioneering and impactful contributions to data management and data security theory and systems, along with outstanding contributions to broadening participation in computing via professional leadership and mentoring. She is recognized as one of the top database security experts worldwide, and has made contributions to data security and privacy in many different contexts.

2019-2020 ACM Athena Lecturer Elisa Bertino

Karlstrom Educator Award Goes to Robert Sedgewick

Robert Sedgewick was named recipient of the Karl V. Karlstrom Outstanding Educator Award for developing classic textbooks and online materials for the study of algorithms, analytic combinatorics, and introductory computer science that have educated generations of students worldwide. Sedgewick is best known for his series of Algorithms textbooks, which have been bestsellers for four decades (12 books in four editions covering five programming languages).

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ACM Honors Victor Bahl with Distinguished Service Award

Victor Bahl was named recipient of the ACM Distinguished Service Awardfor significant and lasting service to the broad community of mobile computing and wireless networking, and for building strong linkages between academia, industry, and government agencies. His efforts have led to the creation of a prolific global community with a strong foundation that has created leaders and fostered and supported tens of thousands of researchers and engineers worldwide working in these areas.

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Balakrishnan Receives Humanitarian Award for Mobile Technology

Meenakshi Balakrishnan received the 2018 ACM Eugene L. Lawler Award for Humanitarian Contributions within Computer Science and Informatics for his research, development, and deployment of cost-effective embedded-system and software solutions addressing mobility and education challenges of the visually impaired in the developing world. These technologies are especially valuable in the developing world, where there are fewer resources for the visually impaired.

2018 ACM Eugene L. Lawler Award recipient Meenakshi Balakrishnan

ACM Recognizes Chris Stephenson for Outstanding Contributions

Chris Stephenson was named recipient of the Outstanding Contribution to ACM Award for advancing CS education by architecting and nurturing the Computer Science Teachers Association to incorporate more than 22,000 K-12 CS educators and partners into the ACM community. Her scholarly research contributions have been disseminated in several influential reports.

2018 Outstanding Contribution to ACM Award recipient Chris Stephenson

ACM Names 2018 Fellows

ACM has named 56 members ACM Fellows for significant contributions in areas including computer architecture, mobile networks, robotics, and systems security. The accomplishments of the 2018 ACM Fellows underpin the technologies that define the digital age and greatly impact our professional and personal lives. ACM Fellows are composed of an elite group that represents less than 1% of the Association’s global membership. "We are honored to add a new class of Fellows to ACM’s ranks and we look forward to the guidance and counsel they will provide to our organization," said ACM President Cherri M. Pancake. (Pictured are the 2017 ACM Fellows.)

2017 ACM Fellows

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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SIAM, ACM Announce 2019 Computational Science & Engineering Prize Winner

Jack Dongarra of the University of Tennessee was awarded the 2019 SIAM/ACM Prize in Computational Science and Engineering at the SIAM's CSE19 conference. Dongarra was recognized for his key role in the development of software and software standards, software repositories, performance and benchmarking software, and in community efforts to prepare for the challenges of exascale computing, especially in adapting linear algebra infrastructure to emerging architectures. He is a Fellow of AAAS, ACM, IEEE, and SIAM, and a member of the National Academy of Engineering. He also received the 2013 ACM/IEEE Ken Kennedy Award.

Jack Dongarra, 2019 SIAM/ACM Prize in Computational Science & Engineering recipient

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.

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