Meet Merrie Morris

Meredith “Merrie” Ringel Morris is the Director and Principal Scientist at the People + AI Research Team at Google Research, and an Affiliate Professor at the University of Washington. She was named an ACM Fellow for contributions to human-computer interaction, information retrieval, computer-supported cooperative work, and accessibility. A member of ACM SIGCHI's CHI Academy, Morris has received several awards from SIGCHI conferences. She has been recognized as one of Technology Review’s “35 under 35” for her work on collaborative web search.

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HLF 2021, September 20 to 23 (online)

The 2021 Heidelberg Laureate Forum will introduce new components, including the laureate debate and speed-networking. The timely Hot Topic for this year is “Spread of Infectious Diseases.” As in past HLFs, many of the laureate lectures will be delivered by ACM A.M. Turing Award and ACM Prize recipients, such as Vint Cerf and Daphne Koller. Workshops will include a pitch session to science news and magazine editors, and panel discussions will cover "The Scientific Vocation Revisited" and other topics.

Meet Jennifer Chayes

Jennifer Chayes is a Professor and Associate Provost of the Division of Computing, Data Science, and Society and Dean of the School of Information at the University of California, Berkeley. She spent more than 20 years at Microsoft as a Technical Fellow and as Managing Director of labs at Microsoft Research. The labs she founded have roughly three times the percentage of women compared to corporate labs, and a high percentage of people of color and members of the LGBTQ community. Chayes received the 2020 ACM Distinguished Service Award for her leadership, mentorship and dedication to diversity.

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Listen to ACM ByteCast!

ACM's Practitioner Board has created ACM ByteCast, a new podcast series in which hosts Rashmi Mohan, Jessica Bell, and Scott Hanselman interview researchers, practitioners, and innovators who are at the intersection of computing research and practice. In each monthly episode, guests will share their experiences, the lessons they’ve learned, and their own visions for the future of computing.

Listen to the latest episode featuring Ayanna Howard, Dean of the College of Engineering at The Ohio State University and founder and President of the Board of Directors of Zyrobotics. Previously she was chair of the Georgia Institute of Technology School of Interactive Computing in the College of Computing, where she founded and led the Human-Automation Systems Lab (HumAnS). Before that, she worked at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). She is a Fellow of AAAI and IEEE. Among her many honors, Howard received the Computer Research Association’s A. Nico Habermann Award and the Richard A. Tapia Achievement Award. Forbes named her to its America's Top 50 Women in Tech list.

Discover the Latest "Selects," Shortlists of Learning Resources Curated by Experts

ACM Selects are themed shortlists curated by subject matter experts for both serious and emerging computing professionals, with the goal of providing new ways to discover relevant resources, either through ACM or authenticated by ACM-affiliated specialists. The latest Selects cover Getting Started with HPC, Getting Started with Networks, Getting Started with Data Science #2, and People in Computing #7: Women in Hardware and Programming Languages.

ACM-W's Webinar Series Celebrates Women in Computing

By highlighting successful technical women who are leading diverse careers in the technology industry, ACM-W’s webinar series, “Celebrating Technology Leaders,” aims to inform students and early-career professionals about the multitude of career options open to them. Episodes have featured tech returnships, tech entrepreneurship, UI/UX, data science, robotics, and cybersecurity. Visit to view on-demand.

Introducing ACM Focus

ACM Focus is a new way to explore the breadth and variety of ACM content, and to stay current with the latest trends in your technical community. ACM Focus consists of a set of AI-curated custom feeds by subject, each serving up a focused set of the latest relevant ACM content that provides overall awareness of relevant ACM activities, people, talks and a variety of published works. Examples of topic categories include AI, Web, Applied Computing, Society, Graphics, and more. The feeds are built in an automated fashion and are refined as you interact with them. Explore ACM Focus today!

Tapia 2021, September 14 to 18 (online)

The ACM Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing features panels, workshops, poster sessions, networking opportunities and a career fair. Tapia will bring together undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, researchers, and professionals in computing from all backgrounds and ethnicities. Plenary speakers are Omar U. Flórez (Twitter Cortex); Jenny Lay-Flurrie (Microsoft); NASA astronaut John B. Herrington; and Cecelia Aragon (University of Washington).

womENcourage 2021, September 22 to 24 (online)

womENcourage 2021 will be virtually hosted by czechitas in Prague, Czech Republic. Keynote speakers and panel discussions will include Jaya Balloo (Avast), Justine Sass (UNESCO), Margaret-Anne Storey (University of Victoria) and Danica Kragic (Royal Institute of Technology). Conference participants can attend ask-me-anything sessions with some of the speakers, workshops, tutorials, a hackathon and a career fair.

UbiComp 2021, September 21 to 26 (online)

The 2021 ACM International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing will feature workshops on mental health; emotion sensing; pervasive systems; ubiquitous health monitoring; computing for well being; and more. UbiComp is collocated with the ACM International Symposium on Wearable Computers (ISWC), which includes a design exhibition and student competition.

The Computing Research Association Seeks New Executive Director

The Computing Research Association (CRA) -- the premier member organization of academic departments, laboratories, and industry centers aimed at advancing computing research to change the world -- seeks an inclusive, transparent, and enterprising leader to serve as its next Executive Director. The next Executive Director has a unique opportunity to lead CRA to effect change that benefits both computing research and society at large. Learn more here.

2021 ACM SIGGRAPH Election Results

The 2021 ACM SIGGRAPH election results are available. Click here to view the election results and contact information for the newly elected Directors.

The Future Is Big Graphs

Read "The Future Is Big Graphs," by Sakr, Bonifati, Voigt, Iosup, Ammar, Angles, Aref, Arenas, Besta, Boncz, Daudjee, Valle, Dumbrava, Hartig, Haslhofer, Hegeman, Hidders, Hose, Iamnitchi, Kalavri, Kapp, Martens, Özsu, Peukert, Plantikow, Ragab, Ripeanu, Salihoglu, Schulz, Selmer, Sequeda, Shinavier, a contributed article in the September 2021 issue of Communications of the ACM.

Differential Privacy: The Pursuit of Protections by Default

As privacy violations have become rampant and calls for better measures to protect sensitive, personally identifiable information have primarily resulted in bureaucratic policies satisfying almost no one, differential privacy is emerging as a potential solution. In “Differential Privacy: The Pursuit of Protections by Default,” a Case Study in ACM Queue, Google’s Damien Desfontaines and Miguel Guevara reflect with Jim Waldo and Terry Coatta on the engineering challenges that lie ahead for differential privacy, as well as what remains to be done to achieve their ultimate goal of providing privacy protection by default.

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The most comprehensive collection of full-text articles and bibliographic records covering computing and information technology includes the complete collection of ACM's publications. 

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Lifelong Learning

ACM offers lifelong learning resources including online books from O'Reilly, online courses from Skillsoft, TechTalks on the hottest topics in computing and IT, and more.


ACM Updates Code of Ethics

ACM recently updated its Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct. The revised Code of Ethics addresses the significant advances in computing technology since the 1992 version, as well as the growing pervasiveness of computing in all aspects of society. To promote the Code throughout the computing community, ACM created a booklet, which includes the Code, case studies that illustrate how the Code can be applied to situations that arise in everyday practice and suggestions on how the Code can be used in educational settings and in companies and organizations. Download a PDF of the ACM Code booklet.