Special Interest Group (SIG) Awards
ACM's Special Interest Groups (SIGs) regularly cite outstanding individuals for their contributions in more than 30 distinct technological fields. Click on the links below to see descriptions of the awards from each SIG. For information on the selection criteria for these awards, please contact the Chair of the sponsoring SIG directly.
ACM's Special Interest Group on Multimedia (SIGMM) has named John R. Smith the recipient of its 2020 Outstanding Technical Contributions to Multimedia Computing, Communications and Applications Award in recognition of his outstanding and pioneering and continued research contributions to multimedia content analysis and retrieval and for outstanding and continued service to the multimedia community.
ACM's Special Interest Group on Multimedia (SIGMM) has named Liqiang Nie of Shandong University the recipient of the 2020 Rising Star Award in multimedia computing, communications and applications for his significant contributions in data-driven multimodal learning and knowledge-guided multimodal reasoning. His research interests lie primarily in multimedia content analysis and search.
Kyle Jamieson received the 2018 SIGMOBILE RockStar Award in recognition of his outstanding early-career contributions and impact in the field of wireless computer networks. Jamieson is an Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science at Princeton University.
Teresa Meng has received the 2018 SIGMOBILE Outstanding Contribution Award for groundbreaking research, engineering and entrepreneurial leadership to make Wi-Fi faster, lower power, and lower cost. Meng is the Reid Weaver Dennis Professor in Electrical Engineering, Emerita at Stanford University.
These recipients were recognized for six papers that have had a sustained and significant impact in the SIGMOBILE community over at least a decade: M. Satyanarayanan; Charles E. Perkins and Elizabeth M. Royer; Eugene Shih, Paramvir Bahl and Michael J. Sinclair; Jitendra Padhye, Victor Firoiu, Don Towsley and Jim Kurose; Rudolf Ahlswede, Ning Cai, Shuo-Yen Robert Li and Raymond W. Yeung; Bret Hull, Vladimir Bychkovsky, Yang Zhang, Kevin Chen, Michel Goraczko, Allen K. Miu, Eugene Shih, Hari Balakrishnan and Samuel Madden.
Fadel Adib of MIT received the 2018 SIGMOBILE Doctoral Dissertation Award for his dissertation, "Wireless Systems that Extend Our Senses," which proposes ways in which Wi-Fi signals, traditionally used for communication, can be extended for use as sensing tools that enable us to learn about our environment without physically reaching out to the various objects in it.
Cynthia Dwork has received ACM SIGACT's 2020 Donald E. Knuth Prize for her sustained record of contributions to theoretical computer science over the past four decades. Her research has transformed several ﬁelds, most notably distributed systems, cryptography, and data privacy, and, more recently, fairness in algorithmic decision making.
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ACM PODC and EATCS have awarded the 2018 Edsger W. Dijkstra Prize in Distributed Computing to Bowen Alpern and Fred B. Schneider for their paper "Defining Liveness." The Prize is awarded for outstanding papers on the principles of distributed computing, whose significance and impact on the theory and/or practice of distributed computing have been evident for at least a decade.
SIGAda has named Peter Chapin, a professor at Vermont Technical College, as the recipient of the 2017 Robert Dewar Award for Outstanding Ada Community Contributions, formerly known as the Ada Community Contributions Award. Chapin was recognized for developing software for small spacecraft, among other contributions.