About the ACM Prize in Computing

The ACM Prize in Computing recognizes an early to mid-career fundamental innovative contribution in computing that, through its depth, impact and broad implications, exemplifies the greatest achievements in the discipline. The award carries a prize of $250,000. Financial support for the award is provided by Infosys Ltd.

The ACM Prize in Computing was previously known as the ACM-Infosys Foundation Award in the Computing Sciences from 2007 through 2015.


Recent ACM Prize News

ACM Honors David Silver with ACM Prize in Computing

ACM has named David Silver of University College London and Google's DeepMind the recipient of the 2019 ACM Prize in Computing for breakthrough advances in computer game-playing. Recognized as a central figure in the growing and impactful area of deep reinforcement learning, Silver’s most well-known achievement was leading the team that developed AlphaGo, a computer program that defeated the world champion of the game Go. AlphaGo is recognized as a milestone in artificial intelligence research.

2019 ACM Prize recipient David Silver

Papers by a Gaming Pioneer

David Silver is a central figure in deep reinforcement learning. The papers outlining Silver’s visionary algorithms AlphaGo and its subsequent enhancements represent the foundational research underpinning this growing and impactful area. These works include “Mastering the Game of Go with Deep Neural Networks and Tree Search,” “Mastering the Game of Go without Human Knowledge,” “A General Reinforcement Learning Algorithm that Masters Chess, Shogi, and Go Through Self-play” and “AlphaStar: Grandmaster Level in StarCraft II Using Multi-agent Reinforcement Learning.”