About ACM Eugene L. Lawler Award for Humanitarian Contributions within Computer Science and Informatics

This award is to recognize an individual or a group who have made a significant contribution through the use of computing technology. It will be given once every two years, assuming that there are worthy recipients. The award amount is $5,000 plus travel expenses to the Awards banquet.

The award is intentionally defined broadly. The professional credentials of the recipient(s) are not important. The recipient(s) need never to have earned a degree or published a paper, or even be considered to be a computer professional. The emphasis of the Award Committee will be on the significance of the contribution itself, within the prescribed areas of technology for humanitarian contributions in the field of computing.

Some examples of the types of contributions that this award is created to recognize are: application of computer technology to aid the disabled; making an educational contribution using computers or Computer Science in inner city schools; creative research concerning intellectual property issues; expansion of educational opportunities in Computer Science for women and underrepresented minorities; application of computers or computing techniques to problems of developing countries.

 

Recent Eugene L. Lawler Award News

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