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ACM, the world’s largest educational and scientific computing society with nearly 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.

Software engineers looking for a new job -- obtaining an interview with a new company is just your first step. The next ...
04/30/2020

Software engineers looking for a new job -- obtaining an interview with a new company is just your first step. The next phase of the process is the technical interview, which is designed to measure your ability to do the most important parts of the job: writing clean, usable #code, and fixing redundant, buggy code!

A good interview is an opportunity for an individual and a company to figure out whether a long-term relationship is worth it for both sides. Read more tips and tricks for landing your new job here, via TechRepublic: ek.io/3aAwBoA

A "pandemic drone" being tested by police in Westport, CT, in cooperation with drone manufacturer Draganfly Inc.  will u...
04/30/2020

A "pandemic drone" being tested by police in Westport, CT, in cooperation with drone manufacturer Draganfly Inc. will use sensors to detect fever temperatures, heart rates, sneezing, and coughing in crowds. The drone can monitor body temperatures from altitudes of nearly 200 feet.

The drone will be helpful in reaching remote areas, as well as in giving officers the information they need to make decisions. It will not be used on private land, and is not equipped with facial recognition technology. Read more via The Hill: https://bit.ly/2yVefRG

2018-2019 ACM Athena Lecturer Andrea Goldsmith has received the 2020 Marconi Prize for her pioneering contributions to t...
04/30/2020

2018-2019 ACM Athena Lecturer Andrea Goldsmith has received the 2020 Marconi Prize for her pioneering contributions to the theory and practice of adaptive wireless communications. She is the first woman to win the award in the 45 years that it has been given. https://bit.ly/3bRA4Ad

Congratulations to ACM members Bonnie Berger, Vint Cerf, Ronald Fagin, Thomas A Henzinger, Yonggang Huang, Elizabeth Kel...
04/29/2020

Congratulations to ACM members Bonnie Berger, Vint Cerf, Ronald Fagin, Thomas A Henzinger, Yonggang Huang, Elizabeth Kellogg, Jennifer Rexford and Jeffrey Ullman on their election to the National Academy of Sciences! https://bit.ly/3cTGe37

A ball-shaped robot built by Airbus at the German Aerospace Center, DLR is helping astronauts on the International Space...
04/29/2020

A ball-shaped robot built by Airbus at the German Aerospace Center, DLR is helping astronauts on the International Space Station manage tasks, stress, and the isolation of living 200 miles above our planet’s surface.

The CIMON-2 robot can detect astronauts' emotions and tone during conversations and respond in different tones, from teasing to sad. It also can read instructions to guide the astronauts through various procedures. Said Matthias Biniok from IBM, "CIMON is a technology experiment to find out how virtual agents can support astronauts and increase the efficiency of their work." Read more here, via CNN: https://cnn.it/2VBAPI2

The nonprofit CTI League counts more than 1,400 volunteers throughout 76 nations, who are applying their experience in i...
04/28/2020

The nonprofit CTI League counts more than 1,400 volunteers throughout 76 nations, who are applying their experience in information security, telecommunications, and law enforcement to defend hospitals treating COVID-19 patients.

These white-hat hackers are offering their skills to thwart cybercriminals attempting to exploit healthcare organizations' increased reliance on networks. An initial progress report indicated that members have assisted law enforcement in eliminating almost 3,000 cybercriminal assets online and identified more than 2,000 cyber vulnerabilities at hospitals, healthcare groups, and supporting facilities. Read more via The Hill: https://bit.ly/3cPT6at

There are now online plans for a ventilator made from a #RaspberryPi computer. Marco Mascorro, a robotics engineer with ...
04/26/2020

There are now online plans for a ventilator made from a #RaspberryPi computer. Marco Mascorro, a robotics engineer with no prior experience creating medical equipment, developed and posted these plans.

The Raspberry Pi computer is critical to the control of the ventilator; it regulates air pressure, opens and closes valves, and can determine whether a patient needs full or partial breathing assistance. Researchers at Columbia University in the City of New York Hospital of the Pontifical Xavierian University and Los Andes University are preparing to put the machine through a fast-tracked round of tests so that it may be used to help combat the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more here, via BBC News: bbc.in/3cEImvB

The term of the current Editor-in-Chief (EiC) of the ACM Transactions on Information Systems (TOIS) is coming to an end,...
04/25/2020

The term of the current Editor-in-Chief (EiC) of the ACM Transactions on Information Systems (TOIS) is coming to an end, and the ACM Publications Board has set up a nominating committee to assist the Board in selecting the next EiC. Nominations are invited for a three-year term as TOIS EiC, beginning on August 1, 2020.

Find out more: https://bit.ly/2Y491ho

The COVID-19 pandemic has prompted teachers to utilize popular #videogames like Minecraftand Roblox to conduct lessons o...
04/25/2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has prompted teachers to utilize popular #videogames like Minecraftand Roblox to conduct lessons on a range of topics. Game publishers are facilitating this trend by making their platforms as accessible as possible to educators during the crisis.

In 2018, Ubisoft added a new mode to Assassin's Creed: Origins, which is set in ancient Egypt. This mode lets players embark on guided tours through famous historical sites and cities. This mode was recently adapted for Assassin's Creed: Odyssey—set in ancient Greece—complete with additional content like quizzes. Read more about the cooperation between the gaming world and education world here, via Washington Post: wapo.st/34Vfpsk

Despite the economic downtown that the COVID-19 pandemic has induced, some of the biggest #cloud giants, Amazon Web Serv...
04/24/2020

Despite the economic downtown that the COVID-19 pandemic has induced, some of the biggest #cloud giants, Amazon Web Services Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud are hiring.

Social distancing and quarantine measures have increased demand for online classes, video conferencing, gaming, e-commerce shopping and remote project collaboration -- spiking the demand for cloud computing specialists globally, including roles such as software development engineers, solutions architects, support engineers and system engineers. Read more here, via Datanami: https://bit.ly/3asS56K

Technologies intended to help us cope with wildfires in Australia are effective when they can reliably predict how fuel ...
04/24/2020

Technologies intended to help us cope with wildfires in Australia are effective when they can reliably predict how fuel types like eucalyptus trees will impact a given fire. The Phoenix #RapidFire software models this based on data provided by regional teams close to the fires.

Analysts are able to incorporate the uncertainty inherent in fire behavior, something “the computer just isn't able to grasp.” Phoenix excels in analyzing several fires at once and determining which poses the greatest risk. Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization has developed software called Spark in a bid to improve upon Phoenix by using unique equations for different fuel types. Read more here, via The New York Times : nyti.ms/3cQF6gP

The California Department of Motor Vehicles has authorized an autonomous technology startup to test two driverless deliv...
04/24/2020

The California Department of Motor Vehicles has authorized an autonomous technology startup to test two driverless delivery vehicles in nine cities. Startup Nuro will use its #driverless low-speed R2 vehicle to begin conducting deliveries with local retail partners.

The startup has been testing autonomous vehicles with safety drivers on the state's roads since 2017. Said Nuro employee, David Estrada, "Our R2 fleet is custom-designed to change the very nature of driving, and the movement of goods, by allowing people to remain safely at home while their groceries, medicines, and packages, are brought to them." Read more here, via Reuters : reut.rs/3elxK6h

ACM Transactions on Architecture and Code Optimization (TACO) has named David Kaeli Editor-in-Chief, for the term May 1,...
04/24/2020

ACM Transactions on Architecture and Code Optimization (TACO) has named David Kaeli Editor-in-Chief, for the term May 1, 2020 to April 30, 2023. David is COE Distinguished Professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at Northeastern University.

These ACM Members, most of whom are ACM Fellows, have been elected to the American Academy of Arts & Sciences class of 2...
04/23/2020

These ACM Members, most of whom are ACM Fellows, have been elected to the American Academy of Arts & Sciences class of 2020: Sarita Adve, Thomas A. Henzinger, Margaret Martonosi, Fernando C.N. Pereira, Ronnitt Rubinfield, Eugene Spafford, Mihalis Yannakakis, Alexander A. Razboroy: https://bit.ly/2yDLrxf

Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University are advancing brain-computer interface techno...
04/23/2020

Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University are advancing brain-computer interface technology to help improve the lives of amputees using neural prosthetics. The team has developed direct pathways from the brain to external devices, and recorded neural activity with electrodes to permit its use for control algorithms.

The brain-computer interface continually readjusts itself to guarantee the system is always in calibration and ready to use. The results of testing suggest that humans attempting to master a new skill must create new neural activity patterns. Read more here, via University of Pittsburgh: https://bit.ly/2RYKvdk

The Heidelberg Laureate Forum Foundation has resolved to postpone the annual meeting until 2021. The 8th HLF is now sche...
04/23/2020

The Heidelberg Laureate Forum Foundation has resolved to postpone the annual meeting until 2021. The 8th HLF is now scheduled for September 19–24, 2021. Read more: https://bit.ly/3eNo3O6

Scientists at QuTech an advanced research center created by TU Delft and the Netherlands Organization for Applied Scient...
04/23/2020

Scientists at QuTech an advanced research center created by TU Delft and the Netherlands Organization for Applied Scientific Research, working with colleagues at Australia's University of New South Wales, have demonstrated #quantum computer chips that operate at temperatures exceeding -272 degrees Celsius (1 kelvin).

Quantum systems typically operate at temperatures below -273.05 degrees Celsius (100 millikelvin), requiring storage of quantum bits (qubits) in refrigerators. The Australian researchers controlled the state of two qubits on a chip at temperatures up to 1.5 kelvin, and the QuTech group used two qubits at 1.1 kelvin in a logic gate. Read more via New Scientist: https://bit.ly/3evzZUH

Researchers from Penn State  Deakin University @Islamic Azad University Of Shahrekord and the non-profit Population Rese...
04/22/2020

Researchers from Penn State Deakin University @Islamic Azad University Of Shahrekord and the non-profit Population Research Institute studied Twitter data from users in Alaska, and found they could track changing opinions about #renewable energy over time. The researchers said they could also gauge which forms of renewable energy were more acceptable, and which generated the most conversations.

The information could be used to educate people about certain types of renewable energy, which could prove useful for policy makers, energy companies, and governments. Read more here, via Penn State News: https://bit.ly/34Jszsw

Michael Zimmer's current projects include PERVADE: Pervasive Data Ethics for Computational Research, Mapping Privacy and...
04/22/2020

Michael Zimmer's current projects include PERVADE: Pervasive Data Ethics for Computational Research, Mapping Privacy and Surveillance Dynamics in Emerging Mobile Ecosystems, and curating The Zuckerberg Files, a digital library of all the public utterances of Facebook’s founder and CEO, Mark Zuckerberg.

Read a #PeopleOfACM interview with Zimmer via the ACM homepage, acm.org.

The European Commission has launch a data-sharing platform for scientists to publish their coronavirus research, such as...
04/22/2020

The European Commission has launch a data-sharing platform for scientists to publish their coronavirus research, such as DNA sequences and data from pre-clinical studies: https://bit.ly/3cQ0dzR

Graduate students in data science and computational science are encouraged to apply for the ACM SIGHPC Computational and...
04/22/2020

Graduate students in data science and computational science are encouraged to apply for the ACM SIGHPC Computational and Data Science Fellowships, an international program of graduate fellowships created by SIGHPC, ACM's Special Interest Group on High Performance Computing. The ACM SIGHPC Fellowships aim to increase diversity in these fields. Recipients will be recognized at the annual SC conference awards presentation in November.

Apply by April 30: https://bit.ly/3b8enva

ACM and the International World Wide Web Conference Committee (IW3C2) announce that sponsorship of The Web Conference se...
04/21/2020

ACM and the International World Wide Web Conference Committee (IW3C2) announce that sponsorship of The Web Conference series, an annual international academic conference on the future direction of the World Wide Web, will be transferred from IW3C2 to ACM SIGWEB. https://bit.ly/3cwxvU8

COVID-19 tests are being transported with the help of #selfdriving shuttles! Autonomous vehicle operator Beep said the J...
04/21/2020

COVID-19 tests are being transported with the help of #selfdriving shuttles! Autonomous vehicle operator Beep said the Jacksonville, Florida Transportation Authority is supplying SUVs to shadow the autonomous shuttles to "ensure no traffic or pedestrians would potentially impact the delivery path of the COVID-19 samples and supplies."

With this deployment, the agency is collecting valuable information and experience. Shuttles are also reportedly being monitored from a "mobile command center" to ensure deliveries proceed without problems. Learn more here via TheVerge: https://bit.ly/2K0Z77T

Researchers at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) with help from engineers at Googletrained a ne...
04/20/2020

Researchers at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) with help from engineers at Googletrained a neural network to distinguish humpback whale songs from other ocean noise. The researchers then determined the occurrence of the species in islands in the Pacific, and how that may have changed over the last decade.

Meanwhile, researchers at the Charles Stark Draper Laboratory and the New England Aquarium Services are using data from satellites, sonar, radar, human sightings, ocean currents, and more to train a #machinelearning algorithm to create a probability model to help locate the endangered North Atlantic right whale. Learn more about how #AI is helping sustainability efforts here, via The New York Times: nyti.ms/3caPWxB

One unexpected way to target the coronavirus pandemic? Hackathons! The Johns Hopkins University Center for Bioengineerin...
04/19/2020

One unexpected way to target the coronavirus pandemic? Hackathons! The Johns Hopkins University Center for Bioengineering Innovation and Design ran a 5-day hackathon whose targets included communicating effectively about COVID-19, prevention of transmission within communities, and healthcare equipment shortages.

Meanwhile, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) hosted a two-day “Beat the Pandemic” hackathon in which 1,500 participants worked in 238 teams to produce a mobile machine learning app to score individuals' COVID-19 immunity according to location, age, interactions, and health history. Read more here, via The Wall Street Journal: on.wsj.com/3a9Ol9V

To help support parents during this difficult time, Code.org has launched Code Break: a global, live-interactive classro...
04/19/2020

To help support parents during this difficult time, Code.org has launched Code Break: a global, live-interactive classroom, an interactive tool to teach students of all ages to code, with and without computers: https://bit.ly/3ev47iW

With the help of supercomputers, Cornell Universityresearchers were able to project future scenarios for expanding insta...
04/18/2020

With the help of supercomputers, Cornell Universityresearchers were able to project future scenarios for expanding installed U.S. wind power capacity from 7% of the nation's electricity supply today, to a goal of 20% by 2030.

The researchers considered plans for expanding capacity without using additional land, and determined that the U.S. could double or even quadruple its wind power capacity with little change to system-wide efficiency, and with little impact on local climate—partly through next-generation turbine deployment. The team’s goal is to maximize the energy output from wind and thus continue to lower the cost of energy from wind. Read more here, via Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC): https://bit.ly/2K5s7ev

Researchers at TU Eindhoven in the Netherlands say they have induced the emission of light from silicon! Using gallium a...
04/17/2020

Researchers at TU Eindhoven in the Netherlands say they have induced the emission of light from silicon! Using gallium arsenide nanowires as a framework to grow nanowires with a hexagonal silicon lattice, in order to enable photons to propagate through the material was key to this achievement.

The researchers bombarded the nanowires with an infrared laser and quantified the amount of infrared light released, which was nearly equal to the amount of energy the laser pumped into the system. In the future, this might enable the production of microchips that combine both optical and electronic circuits. Read more here, via WIRED: https://bit.ly/2z6TYJn

This issue of the MIT Tech Review explores various aspects of the novel pathogen that is currently upending life on our ...
04/17/2020
The coronavirus issue

This issue of the MIT Tech Review explores various aspects of the novel pathogen that is currently upending life on our planet: https://bit.ly/3afBVxq

Navigating a world reshaped by covid-19

So far 33 German companies have purchased #5G licenses! These private 5G networks will be built by BMW Volkswagen Luftha...
04/17/2020

So far 33 German companies have purchased #5G licenses! These private 5G networks will be built by BMW Volkswagen Lufthansaand several other German industrial firms.

These networks are fast and reliable, all key factors for industrial applications like operating robots and driverless vehicles within factories that perform tasks in real time. The private networks will also allegedly improve cybersecurity, and avoid sharing bandwidth with other companies. Read more here, via The Wall Street Journal: on.wsj.com/2XlTvwJ

Boston: Join us on Thursday, April 16 for a meetup featuring speaker  Yaneer Bar-Yam. The presentation, entitled, “An Up...
04/16/2020

Boston: Join us on Thursday, April 16 for a meetup featuring speaker Yaneer Bar-Yam. The presentation, entitled, “An Update on COVID-19 Pandemic Status and Prognosis w Yaneer Bar-Yam” will provide an update on the current COVID-19 pandemic and describe analyses and modeling of the dynamics of the epidemic and relevant social interventions to predict/anticipate its course and advise all levels of government, communities, corporations and individuals.

Register now: https://bit.ly/2V4xp0q

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: https://bit.ly/2XvYcUH

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Register now for the next free #ACMTechTalk, "Data for Good: Ensuring the Responsible Use of Data to Benefit Society," presented on April 30 at 12:00 PM ET/9:00 AM PT by Jeannette Wing: https://bit.ly/2yogug4

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Call for Participation: ----------------------- Alzheimer's Dementia Recognition through Spontaneous Speech: The ADReSS Challenge at INTERSPEECH 2020 (Sep 15-18, Shanghai, China) Dementia is a category of neurodegenerative diseases that entails a long-term and usually gradual decrease of cognitive functioning. While a number of studies have investigated speech and language features for the detection of Alzheimer's Disease and mild cognitive impairment, and proposed various signal processing and machine learning methods for this prediction task, the field still lacks balanced and standardised data sets on which these different approaches can be systematically compared. The ADReSS Challenge has made available a benchmark dataset of spontaneous speech, which is acoustically pre-processed and balanced in terms of age and gender, defining a shared task through which different approaches to AD recognition in spontaneous speech can be compared. We invite researchers working on speech and language analysis methods for detection of AD and/or assessment of cognitive status to develop or test their approaches to these tasks on the ADReSS Challenge dataset, and to submit a paper for presentation at INTERSPEECH'2020, in the Challenge's special session. The relevant dates are: * January 24, 2020: ADReSS training data available * March 15, 2020: ADReSS test data made available * March 17, 2020: Period for submission of results opens * March 30, 2020: *INTERSPEECH'2020 paper submission deadline* * June 19, 2020: Paper acceptance/rejection notification * September 15-18, 2020: INTERSPEECH'2020, in Shanghai, China. For further details please see https://edin.ac/375QRNI Organizers - Saturnino Luz, Usher Institute, The University of Edinburgh - Fasih Haider, The University of Edinburgh - Sofia de la Fuente, The University of Edinburgh - Davida Fromm, Carnegie Mellon University - Brian MacWhinney, Carnegie Mellon University
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