Ian Foster Recognised With ACM-IEEE CS Ken Kennedy Award

Ian Foster, a Professor at the University of Chicago and Division Director at Argonne National Laboratory, has been named the recipient of the 2022 ACM-IEEE CS Ken Kennedy Award. The Ken Kennedy Award recognises pathbreaking achievements in parallel (high-performance) computing. Foster is cited for contributions to programming and productivity in computing via the establishment of new programming models and foundational science services. The award will be formally presented to Foster in November at The International Conference for High-Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis (SC22).

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ACM ByteCast: Nuria Oliver

ACM ByteCast is ACM’s series of podcast interviews with researchers, practitioners, and innovators who are at the intersection of computing research and practice. In the latest episode, host Rashmi Mohan interviews Nuria Oliver, the first female Science Director at Telefonica R&D and Chief Data Scientist at Data-Pop Alliance. Oliver highlights her experience with teams and why a flat structure seems to work best, and shares her experience with the Data-Pop Alliance, an initiative created by MIT in order to use data for social good. She also discusses her passion—inspiring young girls in computer science—and her belief that we have a societal challenge to tackle in the underrepresentation of women in technology and the failure to inspire young girls into this field. Oliver also tells what most excites her about her future career. 

Featured ACM Member: Raluca Ada Popa

Raluca Ada Popa is an Associate Professor at the University of California, Berkeley, where she is Co-Director of RISELab and SkyLab, two labs aiming to build secure intelligent systems for the cloud and for the sky of clouds, respectively. Her research interests include security, systems and applied cryptography. Popa received the 2021 ACM Grace Murray Hopper Award for the design of secure distributed systems. The ACM Grace Murray Hopper Award is given to the outstanding young computer professional of the year. In her interview, Popa discusses what inspired her to work in security and cryptography, the challenges and innovations in working with encrypted data, and the role of open-sourcing artifacts in her field.

Read Popa’s interview here.