Special Interest Groups

ACM's Special Interest Groups (SIGs) represent major areas of computing, addressing the interests of technical communities that drive innovation. SIGs offer a wealth of conferences, publications and activities focused on specific computing sub-disciplines. They enable members to share expertise, discovery and best practices.

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Chapters are the "local neighborhoods" of ACM. They serve as activity hubs for ACM members and the computing community at large, offering seminars, presentations, and opportunities to meet peers and experts in many computing fields.

SIGPLAN 2023 Awards Announced

The ACM Special Interest Group on Programming Languages (SIGPLAN) has announced its award recipients for 2023: Kathryn S. McKinley (Programming Languages Achievement Award); Talia Ringer (Distinguished Service Award); Kathi Fisler and Shriram Krishnamurthi (Distinguished Educator Award); OCaml (Programming Languages Software Award); Nate Foster (Robin Milner Young Researcher Award); Sam Westrick (John C. Reynolds Doctoral Dissertation Award); Thomas Dinsdale-Young, Lars Birkedal, Philippa Gardner, Matthew Parkinson, and Hongseok Yang (Most Influential POPL Paper Award); Jonathan Ragan-Kelley, Connelly Barnes, Andrew Adams, Sylvain Paris, Frédo Durand, and Saman Amarasinghe (Most Influential PLDI Paper Award).

SIGPLAN Robert Milner Young Researcher Award Announced

The ACM Special Interest Group on Programming Languages has named Cornell University Professor Nate Foster to receive the 2023 Robin Milner Young Researcher Award for his contributions to coding languages. Foster aims to enable programmers to create secure and reliable systems through languages and tools developed from his research. The design and deployment of domain-specific languages for programming computer networks is the focus of his latest work. The award honors 1991 ACM A.M. Turing recipient Robin Milner, a pioneer of programming language research who originated many foundational ideas in the field.

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2024 Gödel Prize Recipient Announced

ACM’s Special Interest Group on Algorithms and Computation Theory (SIGACT) and the European Association for Theoretical Computer Science (EATCS) have named Ryan Williams as the recipient of the 2024 Gödel Prize for the paper "Non-Uniform ACC Circuit Lower Bounds," published in Journal of the ACM (JACM). Ryan's "algorithms to lower bounds" paradigm pioneered in the awarded paper opened the door to a rich two-way connection between algorithmic techniques and lower bound techniques.

2023 Edsger W. Dijkstra Prize in Distributed Computing

The 2023 Edsger W. Dijkstra Prize in Distributed Computing, sponsored jointly by the ACM Symposium on Principles of Distributed Computing (PODC) and the EATCS Symposium on Distributed Computing (DISC), has be awarded to Michael Ben-Or, 2012 A.M. Turing Award recipient Shafi Goldwasser, and Avi Wigderson for "Completeness Theorems for Non-Cryptographic Fault-Tolerant Distributed Computation," David Chaum, Claude Crépeau, and Ivan Damgård for "Multiparty Unconditionally Secure Protocols," and Tal Rabin and Michael Ben-Or for "Verifiable Secret Sharing and Multiparty Protocols with Honest Majority."

SIGHPC 2022 Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award

ACM’s Special Interest Group on High Performance Computing (SIGHPC) announced that Dr. Maciej Besta of ETH Zürich has won the 2022 SIGHPC Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award. This award is given each year for the best doctoral dissertation completed in high performance computing (HPC) in the previous year, and includes a $2,000 cash prize, a plaque, and recognition at the International Supercomputing Conference in November. Dr. Kazem Cheshmi of University of Toronto received Honorable Mention.

SIGAda Award Recipients

ACM’s Special Interest Group on Ada (SIGAda) announced the recipients of two awards recognizing outstanding technical contributions and distinguished service. Fabien Chouteau is the recipient of the 2022 ACM SIGAda Robert Dewar Award for Outstanding Ada Community Contributions for broad, lasting contributions to Ada technology & usage. Luis Miguel Pinho received the 2022 ACM SIGAda Distinguished Service Award for his exceptional contributions to SIGAda activities & products.

Design Automation Conference (DAC) Awards

The 2022 Design Automation Conference announced a pair of awards that have been conferred. The Marie R. Pistilli Women in Engineering Achievement Award was awarded to Michelle Clancy, CEO of Cayenne Global and marketing leader in the EDA sector. The Design Automation Conference Under-40 Innovators Award was received by Yanjing Li (University of Chicago), Luca Amaru (Synopsys), Hesham Omran (Ain Shams University), and Guangyu Sun (Peking University).

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SIGGRAPH: Seminal Graphics Papers, Volume 2

In recognition of its 50th year as the premier conference and exhibition on computer graphics and interactive techniques, the Special Interest Group on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques (SIGGRAPH) will be publishing Seminal Graphics Papers, Volume 2. This collection of 89 papers celebrates SIGGRAPH’s origins and continued success as a technical and professional society, and typifies the ground-breaking research that has been the conference’s hallmark since 1974. All articles will be open in the DL with a print-on-demand version available for purchase as well.

STOC Test of Time Awards Announced

The 2023 ACM Symposium on Theory of Computing (STOC) Test of Time Award recognizes papers published in the Proceedings of the Annual ACM Symposium on Theory of Computing. This is the third year of this annual award. There are three awards, targeting the STOC conferences 10, 20, and 30 years prior to the year in which the award is given. The subjects of this year's selected papers include introducing fundamental techniques for producing integral solutions, quantum mechanics in theoretical computer science, adding the powerful new technique of sieving to lattice algorithms, and more.

Virtual Conferences: A Guide to Best Practices

In March 2020 ACM formed a Presidential Task Force (PTF) to help conference organizers transition their events to online. The PTF is working on a guide to offer practical advice and shed light on the largely unfamiliar territory of online conferencing.

The report, available here, includes pointers to a live document with additional resources. We welcome comments, suggestions and experience reports from the community.

SIG Conference Planning Guide

Volunteer commitment and coordination is the foundation that makes an ACM conference successful. ACM provides a comprehensive planning guide with instructions and best practices to help create the best possible event.

Conferences Best Paper Awards

Best Paper Awards are presented at many ACM conferences to authors whose work represents groundbreaking research in their respective areas. By recognizing these select papers for their ingenuity and importance, ACM highlights some of the theoretical and practical innovations that are likely to shape the future of computing.

ZDNS: a fast DNS toolkit for internet measurement
By Liz Izhikevich, Gautam Akiwate, Briana Berger, Spencer Drakontaidis, Anna Ascheman, Paul Pearce, David Adrian, Zakir Durumeric
Community Contribution Award at IMC '22: ACM Internet Measurement Conference

Measurement and analysis of implied identity in ad delivery optimization
By Levi Kaplan, Nicole Gerzon, Alan Mislove, Piotr Sapiezynski
Distinguished Paper Award at IMC '22: ACM Internet Measurement Conference

The importance of contextualization of crowdsourced active speed test measurements
By Udit Paul, Jiamo Liu, Mengyang Gu, Arpit Gupta, Elizabeth Belding
Distinguished Paper Award at IMC '22: ACM Internet Measurement Conference

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