Tuesday, 29 April, 2014

MemberNet Europe


ACM Europe Panel Explores Future of Computer Science Research in Europe
from ACM Europe Council Chair Fabrizio Gagliardi 

Dear ACM Member,

A special open session at an ACM Europe Council meeting held at the Royal Society in London on 3 March included a panel discussion chaired and moderated by former ACM president Dame Wendy Hall on "The Future of Computer Science Research in Europe." This was a unique opportunity to address the funding, educational, and research issues facing computer science research in Europe. Most of the panel, which included representatives of government, industry, and academia, addressed some weaknesses in Horizon 2020, the largest research and innovation programme ever mounted by the European Union, in which the EU pledged to invest nearly 80 billion euros through 2020 in order to ensure Europe's global competitiveness in research and innovation. Read the Communications of the ACM article for comments on this pressing challenge by Wendy and the other panelists, including Chris L. Hankin of Imperial College, who is on the European Commission Directorate General for Communications Networks, Content & Technology (DG Connect) Advisory Forum; Robert Madelin, EC DG Connect's Director General; Paola Inverardi, the first female Rector of the University of L'Aquila, Italy, and Italy's representative to the EC for ICT; Microsoft Research Connections Vice President Tony Hey; and Andreas Reuter, Managing Director of the Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies.

At the Council meeting we also made initial plans for ECRC '17. The inaugural ACM European Computing Research Congress (ECRC '13), launched last year and based on the Federated Computing Research Conference (FCRC) that is held in the US every four years, was a good first step toward grouping like-minded events to generate increased audience participation, greater variety of talks to attend, and unique networking opportunities across sub-disciplines. ACM Europe is working with individual conference chairs to create a welcoming experience that encourages informal discussion. The topic areas that may be part of this event are systems, languages, and information retrieval, with these conferences planning to participate:
  • International Conference on Distributed-Event Based Systems (DEBS)
  • International Symposium on Memory Management (ISMM)
  • Programming Languages Design and Implementation (PLDI)
  • European Conference on Object Oriented Programming (ECOOP)
Other conferences that were part of ECRC '13 may also participate: SIGWEB HyperText and Web Science, and HiPEAC High Performance and Embedded Architecture and Compilation. The next ECRC will take place in late May or June of 2017. Updates will appear in future issues of MemberNet Europe and on the ACM Europe website.

Read on to learn more about education and ACM-W activities, and outstanding Europeans honored by ACM.

Regards,
Fabrizio

Fabrizio Gagliardi is Senior Strategy Advisor at the Barcelona Supercomputing Centre, Spain, and visiting professor at the Gran Sasso Scientific Institute, L'Aquila, Italy.


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Awards
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Education
Computing Education Committee to Expand on Informatics Education Report
Distinguished Speakers Program
Featured ACM European Distinguished Speaker: Bruno Michel
Conferences and Events
PLDI '14, 9-11 June, Edinburgh
ICS '14, 10-13 June, Munich
ITiCSE '14, 23-25 June, Uppsala
PODC '14, 15-18 July, Paris
Chapters News
Featured ACM European Chapter: Imperial College London ACM Student Chapter
ACM-W E News
Report from womENcourage 2014 at Manchester, UK
Student News
ACM-W Student Scholarships for Attendance at Research Conferences
Publications News
Featured ICPS Conference Proceedings: RTNS '13: Proceedings of the 21st International Conference on Real-Time Networks and Systems
ACM in the News
"What Happens in the Minds of Programmers?"
"Tech females from BP, American Express and Deutsche Bank win in everywoman awards"

Awards

Europeans Honored with ACM Software System and Distinguished Service Awards
Coq, a software tool for the interactive development of formal proofs, which is a key enabling technology for certified software, has earned its development team the ACM Software System Award. An open source product, Coq has played an influential role in formal methods, programming languages, program verification and formal mathematics. The team's primary members were: Read the ACM news release.

ACM also named three Europeans as recipients of the ACM Distinguished Service Award: Their stewardship as series editors of the Springer Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS), published since 1973, launched this series into a highly visible platform for disseminating research results from all areas of the nascent computing field. Goos and Hartmanis started editing the series in 1973 and were joined by van Leeuwen some years later.
Read the ACM news release.

These outstanding computer scientists will be honored along with other 2013 award recipients at ACM's annual Awards Banquet on June 21 in San Francisco.


Member Recognition

Nominate Your ACM European Colleagues for Senior Member Grade
The Senior Member advanced grade of membership recognizes ACM members with at least 10 years of professional experience and 5 years of continuous ACM Professional membership who have demonstrated performance and accomplishment that set them apart from their peers. Nominations are accepted on a quarterly basis. We encourage you to nominate your European peers. The deadline for nominations is June 3. Please read Advice to Those Seeking ACM Senior Members by Senior Member Committee Chair Susan Rodger on how to submit a strong nomination package.


Education

Computing Education Committee to Expand on Informatics Education Report
The Committee on European Computing Education (CECE) established by ACM Europe and Informatics Europe is planning to build on the report released in February 2013, Informatics Education—Europe Cannot Afford to Miss the Boat, by mapping out informatics education both for curricula and for teaching methodologies across Europe and by analyzing selected case studies. To ensure comparability across the continent, the focus will be on secondary education, although observations relating to primary education will be included where appropriate. The analyses will be based on the distinction between digital literacy and informatics as set by the report and will aim at identifying factors that facilitated the implementation of successful informatics curricula in schools as well as obstacles to be overcome en route.

The mandate of CECE also includes exploring the possibility of establishing a prestigious education conference in Europe jointly sponsored by ACM Europe, ACM SIGSCE, and Informatics Europe.
The members of CECE are:
  • Jan Vahrenhold (WWU Münster), Chair
  • Michael E. Caspersen (Arhus University), Co-chair
  • Cristina Pereira (Informatics Europe, Zurich), Secretary
  • G. Barbara Demo (University of Turin)
  • Michael Kolling (University of Kent
  • Antoine Petit (INRIA, Paris)
  • Serdar Tasiran (Koç University)
The project is organized in four major work packages: "Mapping," "Identification of Case Studies," "Data Collection and Interpretation," and "Reporting," which will take place during a 24-month period (April 2014 - March 2016).


Distinguished Speakers Program

Featured ACM European Distinguished Speaker: Bruno Michel
The Distinguished Speakers Program (DSP) is one of ACM's most valued outreach programs, 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.

Bruno Michel received a Ph.D. degree in biochemistry/biophysics from the University of Zurich. As part of his Ph.D. thesis he developed a processor main board, the operating system, a robotic control environment and a full suite of data analysis tools to improve biochemical analytics. Prior to his biochemistry studies he worked as a mechanical engineer gaining experience in mechanical, electronic, and electrochemical design and manufacturing processes. Upon completion of his Ph.D. thesis, he joined the IBM Zurich Research Laboratory to work on scanning probe microscopy and its applications to biological molecules and thin organic films. As part of this work he designed real-time, multithreading control and data-acquisition systems for video speed scanning probe microscopes. He then introduced microcontact printing for low-cost nanoscale patterning of self-assembled monolayers and biological molecules including immunoglobulins and DNA and led a world-wide IBM project for the development of accurate large-area soft lithography for the fabrication of LCD displays and air bearing surfaces of disk read-write heads. With this effort he also contributed to the application of micro-fluidics to biological analytics.

Michel started the Advanced Thermal Packaging group in Zurich in 2003 in response to the needs of the industry for improved thermal interfaces and better miniaturized convective cooling. Michel is member of USGEB (Biochemistry), IEEE (Engineering) and ACM. He has published over 150 research articles with more than 7000 citations and a Hirsch factor of 47. He is an IBM master inventor holding more than 50 granted patents. Bruno Michel received the IEEE Harvey Rosten award and several IBM outstanding technological achievement and IBM patent portfolio awards. His main research topics were micro-technology -fluidics for nature-inspired miniaturized tree-like hierarchical supply networks, hybrid liquid/air coolers, 3D packaging, and thermo-physics to understand heat transfer in nano-materials and structures. He recently started the energy aware computing initiative at IBM and triggered the Aquasar project to promote improved datacenter efficiency and energy re-use in future green datacenters. He leads experimental efforts on sustainable energy at the Zurich Research Laboratory. His main motto during his career is: How can computers help biology and how can biology help computers?

Bruno Michel's DSP speaker information page.
Bruno Michel's ACM Digital Library author page

Nominate a colleague as a Distinguished Speaker.


Conferences and Events

PLDI '14, 9-11 June, Edinburgh
The 35th annual ACM SIGPLAN conference on Programming Language Design and Implementation is a forum where researchers, developers, educators, and practitioners exchange information on the latest practical and experimental work in the design and implementation of programming languages.

ICS '14, 10-13 June, Munich
The 28th International Conference on Supercomputing is the premier international forum for the presentation of research results in high-performance computing systems.

ITiCSE '14, 23-25 June, Uppsala
The 19th Annual Conference on Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education includes keynote lectures, paper sessions, panels, working groups, tips and techniques, courseware demonstrations, posters, and exhibits as well as informal opportunities to meet and network with other attendees in this field.

PODC '14, 15-18 July, Paris
The ACM Symposium on Principles of Distributed Computing will include presentations on the theory, design, analysis, implementation, and application of distributed systems and networks and will feature the Turing Award lecture.


Chapters News

Featured ACM European Chapter: Imperial College London ACM Student Chapter
The Imperial College London ACM Student Chapter provides many opportunities for postgraduate students to meet each other as well as to network with professional mentors. Petr Hosek, a doctoral student in the Department of Computing and recipient of the Google European Fellowship in Software Engineering, is Chair. Here is a summary of chapter activities in Petr's own words:

"Over the past four years, a small group of doctoral students from our department organised a number of student activities focused on research, the most prominent of them being the Imperial College Computing Student Workshop (ICCSW) which has quickly established itself as a high-quality student-run academic event in Europe.

"I have been involved in all these activities from the very beginning, being one of the co-founding members of ICCSW, and as I was looking into a way to formalise our efforts, I came up with an idea to establish our own ACM Student Chapter, which would take the responsibility for running future ICCSW workshops as well as other research-oriented student activities in our department. The chapter was officially established in June 2013. As its first Chair, my goal was to create a strong presence, which would attract younger students to join the chapter and get involved in our activities.

"The focus on graduate students with an overarching goal of increased awareness and interest in each other's research is what I believe sets our chapter apart from other student chapters. It has quickly become the main body behind most graduate activities in our department.

"In the past few months, we've run several high-profile events including ICCSW '13, a weekly Student Seminar series, a local Hour of Code event, an annual Internship Event focused on research internships and a National Computing Museum visit. For the summer term, we are planning a series of student-run tutorials on a wide range of topics, such as networking and cloud infrastructure (and its use in research), advanced TeX skills, personal homepage 101, and others. We are also planning to take advantage of ACM's Distinguished Speaker Program and invite some of the high-profile researchers to our chapter. Preparations for ICCSW '14 are underway, with the submission deadline in June and the workshop itself taking place in September."

ACM Professional Chapters in Europe
ACM Student Chapters in Europe



ACM-W E News

Report from womENcourage 2014 at Manchester, UK
By ACM-W Europe Chair Reyyan Ayfer (Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey)


After 18 months of its establishment, ACM-W Europe held its first event at Manchester University, UK on 1 March, 2014. The main goal of this first ACM-W Europe womENcourage Celebration of Women in Computing was to encourage and inspire undergraduate and graduate female students and increase their commitment to pursuing their careers. Inspiring role models like Wendy Hall, Carole Goble, Yasemin Altun, amazing panelists and the unconference session have been followed and participated by the attendees with enthusiasm.



From the feedback and the messages and posts of the attendees it is clear that the women in computing event positively impacted the attendees. One student wrote that she was at the edge of dropping her PhD due to insufficient funding but attending womENcourage encouraged her to act immediately to find support so she could continue. She is one of the 80% of attendees that are more committed to their career because of the event. Feedback also shows that 95% of attendees left Manchester more inspired from the speakers and role models. Eighty-five percent of the attendees have learned the importance of increasing their network, for example another attendee wrote the following: "I am full of positive feelings after the conference. I don't feel alone any more, knowing that there are so many successful women all over the world with very similar experiences like mine."

With the generous support from Google, Intel, Microsoft, Bloomberg, Facebook, Yahoo and Cisco it has been possible to fund 54 students to attend the event. ACM-W Europe thanks all the organizers, volunteers, sponsors, supporters, speakers, panelists and the attendees for contributing to reach our goal.

Please add your contact information here to get on the womENcourage mailing list. The next ACM-W Europe womENcourage Celebration of Women in Computing will be held at Uppsala University, Sweden in September 2015.

ACM-W Europe has many volunteer opportunities open and welcomes new members to join and work together to make a difference. The contact email address is acm-w-europe@acm.org.


Student News

ACM-W Student Scholarships for Attendance at Research Conferences
ACM-W provides support for women undergraduate and graduate students in Computer Science and related programs to attend research conferences. This exposure to the CS research world can encourage a student to continue on to the next level (Undergraduate to Graduate, Masters to Ph.D., Ph.D. to an industry or academic position). The student does not have to present a paper at the conference she attends. Students can apply an unlimited number of times; however, once a student receives an award, she is no longer eligible for future ACM-W scholarships.

The ACM-W scholarships are divided between scholarships of up to $600 for intra-continental conference travel, and scholarships of up to $1200 for intercontinental conference travel. Scholarship applications are evaluated in 6 groups each year, in order to distribute awards across a range of conferences.

ACM-W encourages the student's home department to match the scholarship award and recognize the student's achievement locally within their department. In addition, if the award is for attendance at one of several ACM special interest group conferences (SIGACCESS, SIGACT, SIGARCH, SIGCOMM, SIGCHI, SIGCSE, SIGDA, SIGECOM, SIGEVO, SIGGRAPH, SIGHPC, SIGIR, SIGITE, SIGMM, SIGMOBILE, SIGOPS, SIGPLAN, and SIGSOFT) the SIG will provide complimentary conference registration and a mentor during the conference. The number of free registrations available varies from SIG to SIG.

For application form, notification dates and more information, please visit the scholarships page.


Publications News

Featured ICPS Conference Proceedings: RTNS '13: Proceedings of the 21st International Conference on Real-Time Networks and Systems
ICPS is ACM's International Conference Proceedings Series, which enables conferences and workshops to publish their proceedings in ACM's Digital Library, providing maximum dissemination of the material through electronic channels. In this issue we are featuring RTNS '13, held in October 2013 in Sophia Antipolis. The conference is the 21st edition of the conference formerly known as RTS (Real-Time Systems, Paris) and gathers academic researchers, developers and service providers in the field of real-time systems and networks.
See the full list of conferences in the ACM ICPS Series.


ACM in the News

"What Happens in the Minds of Programmers?"
Innovations Report, April 22, 2014 (in German)
Research into how the brain functions while learning programming by a team of German and American researchers will be presented at the ICSE conference in Hyderabad, India.

"Tech females from BP, American Express and Deutsche Bank win in everywoman awards"
ComputerWorld UK, March 20, 2014
The lifetime achievement award was presented to Professor Dame Wendy Hall, the first female professor of engineering at the University of Southampton in 1994. She has helped champion women in technology in a number of roles, including president of the Association of Computing Machinery, senior vice-president of the Royal Academy of Engineering and a member of the Prime Minister's Council for Science Technology.

Read news articles about ACM.