Thursday, 12 November, 2015

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from Past ACM Europe Council Chair Fabrizio Gagliardi 

Dear ACM Europe Members,

I am pleased to announce the new ACM Europe Council officers, who officially took office on 1 September:
  • Chair: Wendy Hall, University of Southampton, UK
  • Vice Chair: Matthias Kaiserswerth, Hasler Stiftung, Switzerland
  • Secretary: Per Stenström, Chalmers University, Sweden
  • Treasurer: Joaquim Jorge, University of Lisbon, Portugal
This past spring, you elected 10 excellent Council members to serve for a four-year term. You'll see many new faces! Get to know them in this issue.

As I hand the baton to Wendy, I look forward to staying involved as Chair of EUACM and continuing to work with this very dedicated and talented group of people on future projects that will touch on public policy, education, local chapters, women in computing, recognition of achievements and contributions, and more.

Regards,
Fabrizio

Message from New Chair Wendy Hall

I have been working with the executive team to confirm our task force leaders in the second incarnation of the ACM Europe Council.

I am delighted to announce that Gerhard Schimpf has agreed to take over as Chair of CECL (Council of European Chapter Leaders) for the duration of my term of office. Gerhard was a founding member of ACM Europe. He is no longer a member of Council but was a very active member of CECL over the last two years. In making this announcement, I want to say a big thank you to George Eleftherakis, who was the previous CECL Chair. He will continue to serve on CECL as Vice Chair.

I have asked Reyyan Ayfer to continue as Chair of ACM Women Europe (ACM-WE). The ACM womENcourage 2015 conference was a considerable success, and I have asked Reyyan to initially focus the ACM-WE team on creating an annual event usually associated with the ACM Europe annual meeting, as well as supporting regional celebrations of women in computing on the model firmly established by ACM-W in the US.

I have asked Fabrizio to continue to serve as ACM Europe representative on CECE (Committee on European Computing Education). He has established a very good rapport with Informatics Europe on this and I am very grateful that he is willing to continue to spend time working with them on our behalf in this very important area. Andrew McGettrick is also still an important voice for us in CECE and we will invite him to attend future ACM Europe Council meetings and to report back to us on CECE activity.

As Chair of ACM Europe, I will be our representative on the Informatics Europe Board, and Lynda Hardman, the newly elected President of Informatics Europe, will be their representative on our Council.

Finally, we are grateful for our new research assistant, Amalia Hafner of the Barcelona Supercomputing Center, who is helping Fabrizio to organize EUACM and other activities, including the organisation of the ACM Europe annual conference in Barcelona in 2017 under the chairmanship of Mateo Valero.

We will continue our forward progress on all this and more at our next Council meeting in Lisbon on 8 March 2016. Stay tuned!

Professor Dame Wendy Hall DBE FRS FREng
Director, Web Science Institute
University of Southampton



TOP STORIES
ACM Europe Council
New ACM Europe Council Members
Policy Issues: EUACM
EUACM Cooperates with Government, ACM Groups to Expand Activities
Education
Committee on European Computing Education Expands Mapping of Informatics Education
Chapters News
Council of European Chapter Leaders (CECL) Progress Report
Featured ACM European Chapter: ISCTE-IUL ACM Student Chapter, University Institute of Lisbon, Portugal
Distinguished Speakers Programme
Featured ACM European Distinguished Speaker: Joaquim Jorge
ACM-WE News
Second womENcourage Celebration a Success
Conferences and Events
ACM DEV 2015, 30 November-2 December, London
CoNext 2015, 1-4 December, Heidelberg
Ada Lovelace Symposium, 9-10 December, Oxford
ACM Europe Council 2016, 8 March, Lisbon
DATE 2016, 14-18 March, Dresden

ACM Europe Council

New ACM Europe Council Members
ACM Europe welcomes these new Council members who were elected for the term of 1 July 2015 to 30 June 2019:

Hervé Bourlard
Idiap Research Institute, Martigny, Switzerland

Michel Yves Cosnard
INRIA, France

Panagiota Fatourou
University of Crete & ICS FORTH, Greece

Judith Gal-Ezer
The Open University of Israel

Oliver Grau
Intel, Saarbruecken, Germany

Chris Hankin
Imperial College London, UK

Natasa Milic-Frayling
Microsoft Research Ltd., Cambridge, UK

Enrico Nardelli
University of Rome "Tor Vergata," Italy

Harald Störrle
Technical University of Denmark, Lyngby

Mateo Valero
Barcelona Supercomputing Centre, Spain



Policy Issues: EUACM

EUACM Cooperates with Government, ACM Groups to Expand Its Activities
The ACM Europe Public Policy Committee (EUACM) is a standing committee of ACM Europe focussed on being a part of multistakeholder and collaborative policy processes with the European Commission and member states' governmental bodies and informatics and computer science communities. EUACM seeks to model its work on that of ACM's policy bodies USACM (for issues such as security and privacy), and EPC (for education issues).

Other initiatives include drafting a position about copyright text and data mining for the European Commission; volunteering EUACM members to be part of an Advisory Committee on Research at the EC; advising the EC on education and IT skills matters; and monitoring of Juncker's Plan, the new EC stimulus investment plan.

EUACM participated in ICT 2015 in Lisbon on 20–22 October, and plans to organize its own policy events, one of which will be held at the ACM-Europe event in Barcelona in 2017. Another possible event in Brussels in cooperation with the European Commission is being discussed.

EUACM also began issuing regular newsletters on current topics in the EU community and related ACM activities. Read the October issue.


Education

Committee on European Computing Education Expands Mapping of Informatics Education
The Committee on European Computing Education (CECE) is built on a joint effort by ACM Europe and Informatics Europe, with four members in CECE from each group. Mirko Westermeier (University of Münster) was recently hired as a research assistant.

CECE is currently developing a map of Informatics in European schools, following the previous joint work published in the report Informatics Education: Europe Cannot Afford to Miss the Boat (2013). The research and map development were scheduled for a 24-month period (from April 2014 to March 2016). Although the first plan was to focus on secondary education and present case-studies, it was agreed by Informatics Europe and ACM Europe that the map should have a broader view.

The data presented were gathered by sending a detailed questionnaire to relevant contacts in all European countries. The questionnaire was broadly divided in two main sections: one collecting information about the status of Digital Literacy teaching and another about the status of Informatics teaching. Digital Literacy is defined here as "the skills to use IT and its devices intelligently, and basic mathematics". Informatics is defined here as "the scientific discipline enabling IT, with its own concepts, methods, body of knowledge and open issues". The first version of the map was presented at the European Computer Science Summit (ECSS) in Vienna last month.

CECE is also working to create a high-profile European computer education conference.


Chapters News

Council of European Chapter Leaders (CECL) Progress Report
The CECL has scheduled a 3rd workshop in Prague, Czech Republic, for February 2016. It plans to promote networking among chapter leaders, helping them to build and grow more sustainable chapters. To this end, the CECL plans to expand the mentoring pilot programme; develop a sustainable programme for identifying and growing a key volunteer base in Europe; and replicate growth of European DSP speaker list via SIGGRAPH using the same approach as with SIGCHI.

Featured ACM European Chapter: ISCTE-IUL ACM Student Chapter, University Institute of Lisbon, Portugal
By Nuno Cancelo, Student Chapter Chair, ISCTE-IUL ACM Student Chapter

For many years I've been involved with computer science and information systems community activities, providing attendees a fresh view of what is happening in these fields. In 2014 I was invited to start a new student association by our faculty sponsor, and when he told me that would be an ACM Student Chapter, I didn't think twice. Our chapter started in small steps, focused on helping to organize local tech communities, but early on we understood that we had more to give, so we started working on more activities. We launched "SmartTalks," a weekly 90-minute event where a speaker brings his or her expertise and knowledge to a session and attendees can learn new technologies or subjects and have their questions answered. Later, we started similar events focusing on one topic (such as computer security), workshops, and support for entrepreneurs.

Since we started from scratch, we had to do a lot of hard work to establish our events in the context of school and professional circles, and thanks to our partner the chapter voice has reached beyond the school frontier. Now, SmartTalks is by far our most successful event, bringing in over 20 attendees from both school and outside every Wednesday night.

In the future we intend to keep these events going, maintaining their interest and quality, but we are also working on more ambitious goals, such as hosting an international Student Chapter, publishing articles and hosting conferences, and developing entrepreneurship/internship/job programs, thus providing the best resources to our fellow students.


Distinguished Speakers Programme

Featured ACM European Distinguished Speaker: Joaquim Jorge
The Distinguished Speakers Programme (DSP) is one of ACM's most valued outreach programmes, providing universities, corporations, event and conference planners, and local ACM chapters with direct access to top technology leaders and innovators from nearly every sector of the computing industry.

Joaquim Jorge is Full Professor of Computer Graphics and Multimedia in the Department of Informatics Engineering, Instituto Superior Técnico at the University of Lisbon, and Scientific Coordinator of the Research Group on Visualization and Multimodal Interfaces of the Institute for Computer and Systems Engineering. He has been a visiting assistant professor at the Technical University of Darmstadt, and a visiting professor at the Technical University of Vienna. He has been adjunct professor at the University of Calgary since 2006.

He received a BS in Electrical Engineering (Major in Telecommunications) from Instituto Superior Técnico and MS and PhD degrees in Computer Science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He received his Habilitation in Computer Graphics from IST, Technical University of Lisbon.

Joaquim is a member of Eurographics and SIGGRAPH, and has served on several SIGGRAPH and conference program committees. He is currently serving as Treasurer for the ACM Europe Council. He is Editor-in-Chief of Computers & Graphics (Elsevier). He has been an invited speaker at many venues, including Visual Computing Trends Symposium (Vienna, 2013), the Spring Conference on Computer Graphics (Smolnice, Slovakia 2015) and the Expressive Modeling talk at the Collège de France (Paris, 2015). He is a Senior Member of ACM and IEEE, and a Fellow of the Eurographics Association.

Joaquim's research areas include Visual Computing, Geometric Modeling, Visualization and Intelligent Multimodal Interfaces and Pattern Recognition. He has been working on Calligraphic Interfaces for Geometric Modeling and Collaborative Approaches to Design Review.

Joaquim Jorge's DSP speaker information page.
Joaquim Jorge's ACM Digital Library author page.

Nominate a colleague as a Distinguished Speaker.


ACM-WE News

Second womENcourage Celebration a Success
The second ACM-W Europe womENcourage Celebration of Women in Computing held in September exceeded the expectations of both the participants and the organizers, from the lively socializing during the career fair and poster session and opening hackathon to the ending keynote. ACM President Alex Wolf spoke on women in computing, and keynotes by ACM Vice President Vicki Hanson, Asa Cajander of conference host Uppsala University, and Marie-Paule Cani of Grenoble University explored the human side of computing. womENcourage also included four sessions of technical talks that shared research ideas and discussed exciting new research directions on the topics of assistive computing, graphics, HCI, and gender issues in education. An "unconference" organized, structured, and led by its attendees had five sessions on feminism in computing, work/life balance, imposter syndrome, data mining, and learning analytics. Read a recap of womENcourage here.


CECL member Božena (Boba) Mannová with women from Prague at womENcourage

Read our newsletters for the latest on our activities.


Conferences and Events

ACM DEV 2015, 30 November-2 December, London
The 6th Annual ACM Symposium on Computing for Development will provide a premier venue to present original and innovative work on the applications, technologies, architectures, and protocols for computing in developing regions.

CoNext 2015, 1-4 December, Heidelberg
The International Conference on Emerging Networking Experiments and Technologies will be a major forum for presentations and discussions of novel networking technologies that will shape the future of Internetworking.

Ada Lovelace Symposium, 9-10 December, Oxford
The Ada Lovelace Symposium will feature current scholarship on Lovelace's life and work, and linking her ideas to contemporary thinking about mathematics, computing and artificial intelligence. Several ACM leaders will join the roster of Symposium speakers, session chairs and panelists. Please register by November 23.

ACM Europe Council 2016, 8 March, Lisbon
First 2016 ACM Europe Council meeting to be held in Portugal. A collocated event to celebrate International Women's Day involving ACM-WE and possibly European Commission and other local partners from both industry and academia is being considered.

DATE 2016, 14-18 March, Dresden
Design, Automation and Test in Europeis the major international event for design and engineering of systems-on-chip, systems-on-board and embedded systems software.