ACM Europe Council
The ACM Europe Council was created by ACM to recognize and support European ACM members and activities.
About the ACM Europe Council
The ACM Europe Council aims to increase the level and visibility of ACM activities across Europe. The Council is comprised of European computer scientists committed to fostering the visibility and relevance of ACM in Europe, and is focused on a wide range of European ACM activities, from high-quality ACM conferences in Europe, to expanding ACM chapters, to encouraging greater participation of Europeans in all dimensions of ACM.
- Join with other computing and scientific organizations in Europe to offer new programs and activities
- Encourage nominations of ACM European members for the advanced member grades of Senior Member, Distinguished Member, and Fellow
- Work with ACM SIGs to increase the number of ACM conferences in Europe
- Increase the number of ACM chapters and level of chapter activity in Europe
The ACM Europe Council and Informatics Europe have collaborated on a report that builds on an earlier document, "Informatics Education in Europe: Are We All in the Same Boat?". The report, "Informatics for All: The Strategy," aims to establish Informatics as an essential discipline for all, a subject available at all levels throughout the educational system. The strategy is also summarized in a one-page document.
The white paper "When Computers Decide: European Recommendations on Machine-Learned Automated Decision Making" presents the views of the ACM Europe Technology Policy Committee and Informatics Europe (IE) on the challenges posed by the increasing presence of Machine Learning and Automated Decision Making (ADM) systems in almost every aspect of modern human life.
After an extensive two-year process, a joint task force led by the ACM, IEEE Computer Society (IEEE-CS), Association for Information Systems Special Interest Group on Security (AIS SIGSEC), and the International Federation for Information Processing Technical Committee on Information Security Education (IFIP WG 11.8) has released a first-ever set of global curricular recommendations for post-secondary degree programs in cybersecurity education.
The ACM US Technology Policy Committee and the ACM Europe Technology Policy Committee have released a Statement on Internet of Things Privacy and Security addressing existing and expected privacy and security concerns in the IoT ecosystem. The principles in the statement propose policy and technical approaches to tackle privacy and security challenges while ensuring that the technology continues to move forward.
Meet Natasa Milic-Frayling, ACM-WE Chair
Natasa Milic-Frayling is Chair of the ACM Women Europe Executive Committee and a member of the ACM Europe Council. She is Professor and Chair of Data Science at the School of Computer Science, University of Nottingham. Following her involvement in EU projects PLANETS and SCAPE, she is actively involved with the UNESCO PERSIST initiative, working on the technical and economic solutions to sustain digital computation and preserve digital heritage.
Luca Chittaro is Professor of Human Computer Interaction (HCI) in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at the University of Udine, Italy, where he heads the HCI Lab. He has been involved in organizing many ACM conferences in HCI, and is a strong advocate of its societal impact, working with clinicians in various fields of health and with safety experts to create innovative applications for real-world use.
ACM Europe Council Names Panagiota Fatourou as New Chair
The ACM Europe Council has named Panagiota Fatourou as its new Chair. Fatourou, who will serve a two-year term through 30 June 2021, is an Associate Professor of Computer Science at the University of Crete and at the Foundation of Research and Technology-Hellas (FORTH ICS), Greece. She has worked as a visiting Professor at Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland, as a full-time faculty member at the University of Ioannina in Greece, and as a postdoc researcher at Max-Planck Institut für Informatik in Germany and at the University of Toronto in Canada. She is an elected member of the ACM Europe Council and she has been an ACM Distinguished Speaker.
Also elected to two-year terms were Vice Chair Tom Crick, Professor in Digital Learning and Technology at Swansea University, UK; and Secretary/Treasurer Valerie Issarny, Senior Research Scientist at Inria, France.
Brett Becker is an Assistant Professor in the School of Computer Science at University College Dublin. He is an Associate Program Chair of the 2020 SIGCSE Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education and will serve as its International Liaison. He is also Chair of the Steering Committee for SIGCSE’s new conference, CompEd. Becker is an Associate Editor of ACM Transactions on Computing Education. He is Chair of the Ireland ACM SIGCSE Chapter.
ACM-W Europe (ACM-WE) supports, celebrates, and advocates internationally for the full engagement of women in all aspects of the computing field, as well as advancing the contributions of technical women. Among its goals are promoting the image of computing among women, promoting awareness of career options, and establishing partnerships with similar existing organizations in Europe.
In its Annual Report for 2018-2019, the ACM Europe Council reports on the group's efforts to advance the computing profession in Europe. Initiatives included presentations at two events at which audiences including significant numbers of senior staff of the European Commission were present; an Informatics for All workshop and website; ACM-WE panels on Interdisciplinary Research and Diversity in HPC and Advances in Computational Biology; ACM Summer Schools on HPC and Data Science; and Best Paper awards presented at ACM conferences.