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.


2018 SIGMOBILE Outstanding Contribution Award

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.

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2018 SIGMOBILE RockStar Award

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.

Johan Håstad to Receive 2018 SIGACT Donald E. Knuth Prize

The 2018 Donald E. Knuth Prize will be awarded to Johan Torkel Håstad of the KTH Royal Institute of Technology for his long and sustained record of milestone breakthroughs at the foundations of computer science, with major impact on many areas including optimization, cryptography, parallel computing, and complexity theory. The award will be presented at the 59th Annual Symposium on Foundations of Computer Science (FOCS 2018) in Paris, October 7 - 9.

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2018 Knuth Prize recipient Johan Torkel Håstad

2017 SIGMM Award Recognizes Outstanding PhD Thesis

ACM's Special Interest Group on Multimedia (SIGMM) has named Chien-Nan (Shannon) Chen the recipient of its Outstanding PhD Thesis Award for his dissertation entitled “Semantics-Aware Content Delivery Framework For 3D Tele-Immersion,” the first to consider semantic information in full-aspect with 3DTI systems.  

ACM SIGMM Outstanding PhD Thesis Award recipient Chien-Nan (Shannon) Chen

2017 SIGSAM Jenks Prize Recognizes Stephen Wolfram

Stephen Wolfram has received the 2017 SIGSAM Richard D. Jenks Memorial Prize for Excellence in Software Engineering Applied to Computer Algebra. He was recognized for the development of the computation/knowledge engine Wolfram|Alpha, which is the world's first, largest, and most-used web and mobile symbolic computation engine, making symbolic computation and curated knowledge freely available to the world.

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SIGAda Names Peter Chapin 2017 Robert Dewar Award Recipient

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.

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2017 SIGACT Distinguished Service Prize Recognizes UC Berkeley Professor

ACM’s Special Interest Group on Algorithms and Computation Theory (SIGACT) has named Alistair Sinclair the recipient of its 2017 Distinguished Service Prize for playing an indispensable role in making The Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing at the University of California, Berkeley the world's leading venue for collaborative research in theoretical computer science.

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2018 SIGACT/SIGOPS Edsger W. Dijkstra Prize in Distributed Computing

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.

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2018 SIGMOBILE Doctoral Dissertation Award

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.

2018 SIGMOBILE Test-of-Time Paper Award

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.

SIGKDD Impact Program Awards

ACM SIGKDD announced seven recipients for its inaugural KDD Impact Program, which aims to fund projects that have the potential for maximum impact on society. The proposals covered training data scientists; a hackathon; use of algorithms by government; women data science leaders; a summer school for high school students; data science for social good; and promoting community understanding of Big Data.