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Doctoral Dissertation Award Recognizes Young Researchers

Chuchu Fan of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has received ACM's 2020 Doctoral Dissertation Award for contributions to the verification of embedded and cyber-physical systems and their applications in industrial-scale autonomous systems. Honorable Mentions went to Henry Corrigan-Gibbs of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Ralf Jung of the Max Planck Institute for Software Systems and MIT.

Chuchu Fan, Henry Corrigan-Gibbs and Ralf Jung

ACM Honors Jennifer Chayes with Distinguished Service Award

Jennifer Chayes was named recipient of the ACM Distinguished Service Award for her effective leadership, mentorship, and dedication to diversity during her distinguished career of computer science research, teaching, and institution building. Her contributions include leadership at Microsoft Research and the University of California, Berkeley; service to computing organizations; mentorship of women, underrepresented racial minorities and other disadvantaged groups; and important research.

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Richard Anderson Receives 2020 ACM Eugene L. Lawler Award

Richard Anderson received the 2020 ACM Eugene L. Lawler Award for Humanitarian Contributions within Computer Science and Informatics for contributions bridging the fields of computer science, education, and global health. With his students and collaborators, Anderson developed a range of innovative applications in health, education, the internet, and financial services, benefiting underserved communities around the globe.

2020 ACM Eugene L. Lawler Award recipient Richard Anderson

ACM Recognizes Chris Hankin for Outstanding Contributions

Chris Hankin was named recipient of the Outstanding Contribution to ACM Award for fundamental contributions to ACM Europe and for bringing a European perspective to critically important ACM committees and activities. As Chair of the ACM Europe Council from 2017 to 2019, Hankin made it a priority to strengthen the visibility of ACM among younger generations in Europe. As a member of its policy committee, he co-authored two white papers: one on cybersecurity and one on automated decision making.

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Karlstrom Educator Award Goes to Andrew McGettrick

Andrew McGettrick was named recipient of the Karl V. Karlstrom Outstanding Educator Award for his scholarship and tireless volunteer work and contributions, which have fundamentally improved rigorous computer science as a field of professional practice and as an academic pursuit. His work in curricula, standards and evaluation guidelines improved the quality and rigor of undergraduate, Master’s, and doctoral programs around the world.

Photo of ACM Karl V. Karlstrom Outstanding Educator Award recipient Andrew McGettrick

ACM Honors Marc Rotenberg with Policy Award

Marc Rotenberg receives the 2020 ACM Policy Award for long-standing, high-impact leadership on privacy and technology policy. A leading advocate for privacy and data protection, Rotenberg has testified before the US Congress and European Parliament, and is active in several international policy organizations. Rotenberg has mentored two generations of public interest attorneys through internships at EPIC, as an adjunct professor at Georgetown Law, and as the author of many textbooks and articles.

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Margaret Martonosi Receives 2021 Eckert-Mauchly Award

Margaret Martonosi, the Hugh Trumbull Adams '35 Professor of Computer Science at Princeton University, was named the recipient of the 2021 ACM - IEEE CS Eckert-Mauchly Award for contributions to the design, modeling, and verification of power-efficient computer architecture. Martonosi has made significant contributions in computer architecture and microarchitecture, and her work has led to new fields of research.

2021 Eckert-Mauchly Award recipient Margaret Martonosi

Shyamnath Gollakota Receives ACM Grace Murray Hopper Award

ACM has named Shyamnath Gollakota of the University of Washington the recipient of the 2020 ACM Grace Murray Hopper Award for contributions to the use of wireless signals in creating novel applications, including battery-free communications, health monitoring, gesture recognition, and bio-based wireless sensing. His work has revolutionized and reimagined what can be done using wireless systems.

2020 Grace Murray Hopper Award recipient Shyamnath Gollakota

Software System Award Goes to Three for Pioneering Open Source Initiatives

ACM named Margo Seltzer, Michael Olson and Keith Bostic recipients of the 2020 ACM Software System Award for Berkeley DB, which was an early exemplar of the NoSQL movement and pioneered the “dual-license” approach to software licensing. Seltzer and Bostic founded Sleepycat Software to continue development of Berkeley DB and provide commercial support. Olson joined in 1997, and for 10 years, Berkeley DB was the de facto data store for major web infrastructure.

2020 ACM Software System Award recipients Margo Seltzer, Michael Olson and Keith Bostic

Creators of Balanced Allocations Paradigm Receive Kanellakis Award

Yossi Azar, Andrei Broder, Anna Karlin, Michael Mitzenmacher, and Eli Upfal have been named 2020 ACM Paris Kanellakis Theory and Practice Award recipients for the discovery and analysis of balanced allocations, known as the power of two choices, and their extensive applications to practice. The Balanced Allocations paper and the follow-up work on the power of two choices are elegant theoretical results, and their content will continue to have a demonstrable effect on the practice of computing.

2020 ACM Paris Kanellakis Award recipients Yossi Azar, Andrei Broder, Anna Karlin, Michael Mitzenmacher, and Eli Upfal

ACM, AAAI Recognize Levesque and Vardi for Theoretical and Logic Contributions

The 2020 ACM – AAAI Allen Newell Award honors Hector Levesque and Moshe Vardi. Levesque is recognized for fundamental contributions to knowledge representation and reasoning, and their broader influence within theoretical computer science, databases, robotics, and the study of Boolean satisfiability. Vardi is cited for contributions to the development of logic as a unifying foundational framework and a tool for modeling computational systems.

2020 ACM-AAAI Allen Newell Award recipients Hector Levesque and Moshe Vardi

ACM Names Ayanna Howard 2021-2022 Athena Lecturer

ACM has named Ayanna Howard of The Ohio State University as the 2021-2022 Athena Lecturer. Howard is recognized for fundamental contributions to the development of accessible human-robotic systems and artificial intelligence, along with forging new paths to broaden participation in computing through entrepreneurial and mentoring efforts. Her contributions span theoretical foundations, experimental evaluation, and practical applications.

2021-2022 ACM Athena Lecturer Ayanna Howard

ACM Breakthrough in Computing Award Goes to Michael Franz

ACM has named Michael Franz of the University of California, Irvine the recipient of the ACM Charles P. "Chuck" Thacker Breakthrough in Computing Award. Franz is recognized for the development of just-in-time compilation techniques that enable fast and feature-rich web services on the internet. Every day, millions of people around the world use online applications such as Gmail and Facebook. These web applications would not have been possible without the groundbreaking compilation technique Franz developed in the mid 1990s.

2020 ACM Thacker Breakthrough in Computing Award recipient Michael Franz

Scott Aaronson Honored with ACM Prize in Computing

ACM has named Scott Aaronson of the University of Texas at Austin the recipient of the 2020 ACM Prize in Computing for groundbreaking contributions to quantum computing. Aaronson showed how results from computational complexity theory can provide new insights into the laws of quantum physics, and brought clarity to what quantum computers will, and will not, be able to do. His quantum supremacy experiments allow scientists to give convincing evidence that quantum computers provide exponential speedups without having to first build a full fault-tolerant quantum computer.

2020 ACM Prize recipient Scott Aaronson

ACM Announces 2020 Turing Award Recipients

ACM has named Alfred Aho, Lawrence Gussman Professor Emeritus at Columbia University, and Jeffrey Ullman, Stanford W. Ascherman Professor Emeritus at Stanford University and CEO of Gradiance Corporation, recipients of 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.

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

ACM, CSTA Announce Cutler-Bell Prize Student Winners

ACM and the Computer Science Teachers Association have announced the 2020-2021 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 2020-2021 winners are Sahithi Ankireddy, James B. Conant High School, Hoffman Estates, Illinois; Maurice Korish, Rae Kushner Yeshiva High School, Livingston, New Jersey; Brian Minnick, Loudoun Valley High School, Purcellville, Virginia; and Emily Yuan, Thomas S. Wootton High School, Rockville, Maryland.

SIAM, ACM Announce 2021 Computational Science & Engineering Prize Winner

George Em Karniadakis of Brown University was awarded the 2021 SIAM/ACM Prize in Computational Science and Engineering at SIAM's CSE 2021 conference. Karniadakis was recognized for advancing spectral elements, reduced-order modeling, uncertainty quantification, dissipative particle dynamics, fractional PDEs, and scientific machine learning, while pushing applications to extreme computational scales and mentoring many leaders. A Fellow of SIAM, Karniadakis's work has been cited more than 53,500 times.
Read the SIAM news release.

George Karniadakis, 2021 SIAM/ACM Prize in Computational Science & Engineering recipient

ACM Names 2020 Fellows

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 Names 2020 Distinguished Members

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.

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