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ACM - Association for Computing Machinery ACM, the Association for Computing Machinery is the world's largest educational and scientific computing society.
We're an international society of educators, scientists, technologists and engineers dedicated to the advancement of computer science. We offer world-class publications, conferences, and more.

ACM, the world’s largest educational and scientific computing society with 100,000+ members, unites computing professionals, educators, and researchers from industry, academia, and government, to inspire dialogue, share resources and address the field’s challenges. ACM strengthens the profession’s collective voice through strong leadership, promotion of the highest standards, supporting members’ professional development, and promoting policies and research that benefit society.

Mission: ACM accomplishes its mission of advancing computing as a science and profession by disseminating computing research, recognizing technical excellence, and providing forums for the exchange of ideas and opportunities for life-long learning and networking. It also defines professional and ethical standards of practice.

Welcome to the July 2019 issue of The Blue Diamond, ACM's Publications Newsletter. Learn about recent updates to the ACM...
07/19/2019

Welcome to the July 2019 issue of The Blue Diamond, ACM's Publications Newsletter. Learn about recent updates to the ACM Digital Library and other exciting developments in ACM publications: http://bit.ly/2JQKR0V

Facial recognition technology has advanced rapidly in recent years, in large part due to massive data sets facial images...
07/19/2019
Facial Recognition Tech Is Growing Stronger, Thanks to Your Face

Facial recognition technology has advanced rapidly in recent years, in large part due to massive data sets facial images compiled without the knowledge or consent of those faces' owners. The Brainwash database, created by Stanford University researchers, contained more than 10,000 images and nearly 82,000 annotated heads:

Large databases, built with images from social networks and dating services, contain millions of pictures of people’s faces. Some are shared worldwide.

The ACM FCA consists of talented early-career professionals from academia, research labs, established companies, and sta...
07/19/2019

The ACM FCA consists of talented early-career professionals from academia, research labs, established companies, and startups who are committed to making a positive and lasting impact on ACM and the global computing profession. They are good at leading and excellent at executing. They realize that true leadership involves sacrifice, and that making change involves extensive effort. In its first two years, ACM FCA created podcasts, organized summits, developed research manifestos, and created a new CrashCourse on AI (to be released August 2019).

If you want to join a group of talented peers who are passionate about impacting the world through computing, apply today! (Deadline is 23 August): https://bit.ly/2xrx5fm

The Atlantic League of Professional Baseball was the first U.S. professional baseball league to use a "robot" umpire at ...
07/19/2019

The Atlantic League of Professional Baseball was the first U.S. professional baseball league to use a "robot" umpire at its recent All-Star Game. The umpire wore an AppleAirPod, which was connected to an iPhone that received ball and strike calls from a computer in the press box.

The system is run via an elevated panel behind home plate in each of its ballparks for use in the second half of its regular season. As part of a three-year agreement with the MLB, officials were permitted to install experimental rules to gauge their impact on game-play, strategy, pace, and prospect development.

Read more via Washington Post: https://wapo.st/2xRXq6F

Gracie Arenas Strittmatter is a Technical Art Director at BioWare, a division of the video game company Electronic Arts....
07/18/2019

Gracie Arenas Strittmatter is a Technical Art Director at BioWare, a division of the video game company Electronic Arts. She has worked on games including Anthem, Star Wars: The Old Republic, Madden NFL, NBA Live, and Tiger Woods PGA Tour. She holds a BS in Computer Science (Mathematics minor) and an MS in Visualization Sciences from Texas A&M University.

Read a fascinating People of ACM interview with Strittmatter here: http://bit.ly/2Ya2270

Robots are adept at making identical repetitive movements, such as simple tasks on an assembly line. However, what they ...
07/18/2019

Robots are adept at making identical repetitive movements, such as simple tasks on an assembly line. However, what they last is the ability to perceive objects as they move through an environment (e.g. a human picks up a cup, puts it down in a random location, and the robot must retrieve it).

A team of researchers from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign , University of Washington, Stanford University and NVIDIA recently conducted a study on 6D object pose estimation to give robots greater spatial perception so they can manipulate objects and navigate more accurately. The new filter examines each piece of image information collected by cameras to help reduce judgement errors.

Read more via The Grainger College of Engineering: http://bit.ly/2LQ6WPU

San Francisco: Join us on Wednesday, July 17th for our event, “Inside the Black Box: How Does a Neural Network Understan...
07/17/2019

San Francisco: Join us on Wednesday, July 17th for our event, “Inside the Black Box: How Does a Neural Network Understand Names?,” featuring speaker Kfir Bar, Chief Scientist, Basis Technology.

Kfir will explore the latest Named Entity Recognition (NER) research and provide real-life examples of how these cutting-edge techniques can be applied to ten different languages, including Spanish, English, Arabic, Persian, Korean, and Japanese. Attendees will examine accuracy, speed, and memory footprint, while comparing some of the best known deep architectures with a basic statistical approach. Kfir will highlight the interpretation of the network when assigned to learn names across many languages.

Register now: http://bit.ly/2JyhDnp

ACM Local Meetups help thousands of smart technical people connect with peers and solve challenges together. Learn about meetups in your area and how to organize ACM Local Meetups in your city and expand your network: http://bit.ly/2WR7kiS

#ACMTuringAward recipient Martin Hellman recently served as the Heidelberg Lecturer at the 69th Lindau Nobel Laureate Me...
07/17/2019

#ACMTuringAward recipient Martin Hellman recently served as the Heidelberg Lecturer at the 69th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting (#LINO19): http://bit.ly/2XL9Bla

Hellman’s lecture, “The Technological Imperative for Ethical Evolution,” called for scientists and laureates to accelerate the trend toward more ethical behavior. Hellman drew parallels between global and personal relationships as a foundation to build trust and security – regardless of past adversarial history. He shared eight lessons from his own personal and professional evolution.

#ACMTuringAward recipient Fernando Corbató, whose work on computer time-sharing in the 1960s helped pave the way for the...
07/15/2019

#ACMTuringAward recipient Fernando Corbató, whose work on computer time-sharing in the 1960s helped pave the way for the personal computer, as well as the computer password, died on Friday at a nursing home in Newburyport, Mass. He was 93. http://bit.ly/2NV0XvH

The concept of “time-sharing,” in which a computer would switch rapidly between numerous programs, was proposed by several scholars at the end of the 1950s as a way to meet access management challenges. In 1961, Fernando J. “Corby” Corbato built the initial version of the Compatible Time-Sharing System (CTSS) and demonstrated it in November of that year. Later, working in an interdepartmental initiative at MIT known as Project MAC, Corbato was instrumental in developing a second-generation replacement for CTSS called Multics: Multiplexed Information and Computing Services. This went on to become a prototype of a "computer utility" that provides computing and storage service to a large user community.

GECCO 2019 is now underway in Prague! Since 1999, the Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference (GECCO) has been  ...
07/15/2019

GECCO 2019 is now underway in Prague!

Since 1999, the Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference (GECCO) has been presenting the latest high-quality results in genetic and evolutionary computation.Topics include: genetic algorithms, genetic programming, ant colony optimization and swarm intelligence, complex systems (artificial life/robotics/evolvable hardware/generative and developmental systems/artificial immune systems), digital entertainment technologies and arts, evolutionary combinatorial optimization and metaheuristics, evolutionary machine learning, evolutionary multiobjective optimization, evolutionary numerical optimization, real world applications, search-based software engineering, theory and more.

Find out more: http://bit.ly/2SgUPfJ

The Bank of England has revealed that the likeness of #AlanTuring -- the father of computer science and namesake of the ...
07/15/2019

The Bank of England has revealed that the likeness of #AlanTuring -- the father of computer science and namesake of the #ACMTuringAward -- will grace the new £50 note, which it expects to enter circulation in late 2021: http://bit.ly/2xQb4Hg

#turing50

The 2019 ACM Awards Banquet was held at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco on June 15, 2019. View a collection of photos ...
07/15/2019

The 2019 ACM Awards Banquet was held at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco on June 15, 2019. View a collection of photos from the evening here: http://bit.ly/2l6RMKJ

Dramatic transformations in the Information Technology enterprise means that there is a constant need to engage in the l...
07/15/2019

Dramatic transformations in the Information Technology enterprise means that there is a constant need to engage in the latest technological disciplines. IT team members likely have foundational skills, but navigating the future of the industry will require them to explore new paths.

Although training in a diverse range of programming languages is relevant, it may just be a starting point. New combinations of responsibilities, processes, and duties are taking shape across technical and business disciplines, leading to the rise of DevOps, DevSecOps, and machine learning in digital transformation plans.

Read more about the IT skills that executives at Egnite deem essential in competitive environments: https://ubm.io/2RR7jKU

The ACM Future of Computing Academy is a new initiative enabling early-career researchers, practitioners, educators, and...
07/15/2019

The ACM Future of Computing Academy is a new initiative enabling early-career researchers, practitioners, educators, and entrepreneurs to develop a strong and influential collective voice to help shape the future of computing. If you want to join talented peers in this endeavor, apply to join the FCA today: www.acm.org/fca

Applications are due 23 August: https://bit.ly/2xrx5fm

DNA isn’t the only molecule replacing hard drives: Brown University researchers are now experimenting with #datastorage ...
07/15/2019

DNA isn’t the only molecule replacing hard drives: Brown University researchers are now experimenting with #datastorage in even smaller and simpler molecules, such as solutions containing sugars and amino acids.

Jacob Rosenstein and his colleagues stored and retrieved pictures of an Egyptian cat, an ibex and an anchor using an array of these small molecules. Since metabolite molecules are much smaller and more abundant than DNA and proteins, they can represent small amounts of data more densely. As New Scientist explains, this approach makes data less susceptible to hacking, due to the large amounts of data being stored offline rather than in the cloud.

http://bit.ly/2XZ7b1r

Researchers at the @SUTD Singapore University of Technology & Designhave developed samara-inspired drones to help delive...
07/15/2019

Researchers at the @SUTD Singapore University of Technology & Designhave developed samara-inspired drones to help deliver airborne payloads in a simple, reliable, inexpensive manner. Inspired by the distinctive seed pods of the maple tree (samara), the drone’s movement exhibits enough controllability to aim for a specific point on the ground.

The researchers explored attaching five of the drones together and then disbanding them in mid air, and they developed a system to do just that. Once the device is in position, the five individual samara drones are able to split off. Read more about the unique design here: http://bit.ly/2l6IMFp

Not only is the demand for technical talent quickly rising, but the number of students enrolled in computer science majo...
07/13/2019

Not only is the demand for technical talent quickly rising, but the number of students enrolled in computer science majors is also increasing.

According to the Class of 2019 Student Survey Report from the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), class of 2019 seniors are experiencing the best job market for new college graduates since 2007. NACE reports that computer science, information science, management information systems, and computer engineering are among the top ten in-demand majors, with starting salaries for engineering majors increasing by four percent and computer science majors increasing by just over two percent compared to last year’s graduates.

Read about key strategies for computer science grads hitting the job market, including resume, employer, and interview tips: http://bit.ly/2NKXXC7

Researchers at Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systemshave developed a robotic jellyfish that can swim, burrow, and...
07/13/2019

Researchers at Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systemshave developed a robotic jellyfish that can swim, burrow, and transport objects. The robot is only about three millimeters in diameter and composed of a central body and eight bendable flaps.

Each of the flaps is made of silicone rubber embedded with magnetic microparticles of neodymium-iron-boron, enabling the researchers to steer the robot and change its behavior through the application of magnetic fields. Find out more here: http://bit.ly/2l2A0Ix

A team of researchers led by Princeton University's Margaret Martonosi compared #quantumcomputers from IBM, Rigetti Comp...
07/13/2019

A team of researchers led by Princeton University's Margaret Martonosi compared #quantumcomputers from IBM, Rigetti Computing and the University of Maryland, and found the UMD machine ran a majority of 12 test #algorithms with the most accuracy.

The UMD machine has an advantage because every ion interacts with all others in the system; in quantum computers that rely on superconducting chips (as IBM’s and Rigetti’s devices do), each qubit interacts only with its neighbors. As Science explains, these findings are particularly useful because current quantum computers lack the benchmarking standards that exist in supercomputing evaluation.

http://bit.ly/2LeNKf8

IBM was an early proponent of the cloud more than a decade ago, but the company fell behind as Amazon and Microsoft gobb...
07/12/2019
IBM Closes Its Red Hat Purchase, a Deal With High Stakes for Rometty

IBM was an early proponent of the cloud more than a decade ago, but the company fell behind as Amazon and Microsoft gobbled up the majority of the now-booming market. This week, IBM closed the most expensive deal in its history -- a roughly $34 billion acquisition of open-source software company Red Hat which the 108 year-old tech giant's CEO Ginni Rometty views as a "defining moment in IBM’s cloud journey."

IBM has closed its roughly $34 billion acquisition of open-source software company Red Hat, an unprecedented deal for the 108-year-old tech giant that will help define Chief Executive Ginni Rometty’s legacy.

TechTarget gives a great recap of the ACM-IMS Interdisciplinary Summit on the Foundations of Data Science, which took pl...
07/12/2019
Experts discuss pressing data science problems and solutions

TechTarget gives a great recap of the ACM-IMS Interdisciplinary Summit on the Foundations of Data Science, which took place in San Francisco on June 15:

In this feature, AI and machine learning experts shared their perspectives on some of the most common data science problems and solutions to help you get your AI project off the ground.

"The Morning Paper" explores "View-centric Performance Optimization for Database-backed Web Applications" from ACM ICSE ...
07/12/2019

"The Morning Paper" explores "View-centric Performance Optimization for Database-backed Web Applications" from ACM ICSE 2019: http://bit.ly/2ScCqkh

"The problem set-up in this paper discusses the importance of keeping web page load times low as a fundamental contributor to user satisfaction (See e.g. ‘Why performance matters’). Between client-side tools such as Google’s Lighthouse, back-end tools that can analyse ORM usage and database queries and point out issues such as N+1 selects, and the information provided by your favourite APM I was initially wondering what ground there was left to tread here. So I was pleasantly surprised when it turned out the authors were looking at the problem in a different way to most of these approaches."

A machine learning algorithm can determine authorship of Beatles songs known to be written primarily by John Lennon or P...
07/11/2019

A machine learning algorithm can determine authorship of Beatles songs known to be written primarily by John Lennon or Paul McCartney with 76% accuracy, which is only 24% less accurate than the "Who's singing lead?" algorithm fans have used for decades: https://on.ft.com/2S9UHi3

Barbara Simons, a former ACM President founder of ACM’s US Tech Policy Committee, will become the next Chair of the new ...
07/11/2019

Barbara Simons, a former ACM President founder of ACM’s US Tech Policy Committee, will become the next Chair of the new Election Security Committee of the Federal Election Assistance Commission's Board of Advisors. This committee will committee will play a key role in recommending measures for local governments in preparing for the 2020 election. Congratulations, Barbara!

Jeanna Matthews, a member of ACM's US Technology Policy Committee, an ACM Distinguished Speaker and a professor at Clark...
07/11/2019

Jeanna Matthews, a member of ACM's US Technology Policy Committee, an ACM Distinguished Speaker and a professor at Clarkson University, spoke with #SpitPodcast on the current state of data privacy: https://ihr.fm/2l68hXv

Read "The Added Challenge of Digital Reading: Exploring Young Children's Page Turning Behaviors," a Best SHORT Paper fro...
07/10/2019

Read "The Added Challenge of Digital Reading: Exploring Young Children's Page Turning Behaviors," a Best SHORT Paper from @IDC_ACM '19, by Ying Xu, Joanna C. Yau, and Stephanie M. Reich: http://bit.ly/2JCw4GT

Rebecca Hartman-Baker, a computer scientist at the Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) National Energy Research Scientific Co...
07/10/2019

Rebecca Hartman-Baker, a computer scientist at the Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC), is the inaugural recipient of the Krell Institute’s James Corones Award in Leadership, Community Building and Communication: http://bit.ly/2YOlMtY

Hartman-Baker, an ACM member, leads the User Engagement Group at NERSC, a DOE Office of Science user facility based at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. A selection committee representing the DOE national laboratories, academia and Krell cited Hartman-Baker’s “broad impact on high-performance computing (HPC) training; her hands-on approach to building a diverse and inclusive HPC user community, particularly among students and early-career computational scientists; and her mastery in communicating the excitement and potential of computational science.”

Last week, "The Morning Paper" dove into "Automating Chaos Experiments in Production," from ACM ICSE 2019: http://bit.ly...
07/09/2019

Last week, "The Morning Paper" dove into "Automating Chaos Experiments in Production," from ACM ICSE 2019: http://bit.ly/2XSHks2

"Are you ready to take your system assurance programme to the next level? This is a fascinating paper from members of Netflix’s Resilience Engineering team describing their chaos engineering initiatives: automated controlled experiments designed to verify hypotheses about how the system should behave under gray failure conditions, and to probe for and flush out any weaknesses. The ‘controlled’ part is important here because given the scale and complexity of the environment under test, the only meaningful place to do this is in production with real users."

If you haven't done so already, register now for the next free ACM TechTalk, "The Power and Limits of Deep Learning," pr...
07/09/2019

If you haven't done so already, register now for the next free ACM TechTalk, "The Power and Limits of Deep Learning," presented on Thursday, July 11 at 1 PM ET/10 AM PT by Yann LeCun, VP & Chief AI Scientist at Facebook, Silver Professor at NYU, and 2018 ACM A.M Turing Award Laureate. http://bit.ly/2YD8qRa

Mehran Sahami, Associate Chair for Education at Stanford’s Computer Science Department and Past Chair of the ACM Education Board, will moderate the questions and answers session.

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