Featured ACM Member: David Atienza Alonso

David Atienza Alonso is a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Head of the Embedded Systems Laboratory (ESL) and Scientific Director of the EcoCloud Sustainable Computing Center at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL). His research interests include system-level design methodologies for high-performance multi-processor system-on-chip (MPSoC) and low-power Internet-of-Things (IoT) systems, as well as ultra-low power edge AI architectures for wireless body sensor nodes and smart embedded systems.

In his interview, he discusses the common thread that runs through his work, innovations in thermal management in computer design, making computing more sustainable, and more. Read Alonso’s interview here.

Featured ACM Member: Briana Morrisson

Briana B. Morrison is an Associate Professor at the University of Virginia. Her research focuses on computer science education, broadening participation in computing, and increasing K-12 access to qualified computing teachers. Morrison’s honours include a University of Nebraska Omaha Outstanding Teaching Award and a Georgia Tech College of Computing Dissertation Award. Morrison is a member of the ACM Education Board, which oversees ACM’s curricular guidelines for university-level education. She is the Co-Editor-in-Chief of EngageCSEdu, an ACM-sponsored online repository of high-quality, classroom-tested resources for the computer science education community. She also served on the ACM SIGCSE Board (2016-2019).

In her interview, she discusses how the learning of computer science is similar to other disciplines, effective strategies for reducing dropout and failure rates for introductory CS classes, her work with EngageCSEdu and more. Read Morrison’s interview here.

ACM ByteCast: Kush Varshney

In this episode of ACM ByteCast host Bruke Kifle interviews Kush Varshney, a distinguished research scientist and manager at IBM Research in New York. He leads the machine learning group in the Foundations of Trustworthy AI Department, where he applies data science and predictive analytics to the fields of healthcare, public affairs, algorithmic fairness and international development. He is also the founding co-director of the IBM Science for Social Good initiative. He has contributed to the development of several open-source toolkits such as AI Fairness 360 and AI Explainability 360. 

Kush shares a few key moments which have helped to shape the course of his career thus far, defines responsible AI and talks about operationalising RAI principles. He also discusses some of the risks inherent in emerging technologies such as generative AI and how various stakeholders can play a role in coordinating AI safety.

MICRO 2023, 28 October—1 November

The IEEE/ACM International Symposium on Microarchitecture is the premier forum for presenting, discussing, and debating innovative microarchitecture ideas and techniques for advanced computing and communication systems. This symposium brings together researchers in fields related to microarchitecture, compilers, chips, and systems for technical exchange on traditional microarchitecture topics and emerging research areas. Workshops include “Data Processing Unit for Computer Architects,” “Hardware and Architectural Support for Security and Privacy,” and more The event will be held in Toronto, Canada.

ACMMM 2023, 22 October—2 November

The ACM Multimedia Conference is the worldwide premier conference and a key world event to display scientific achievements and innovative industrial products in the multimedia field. The conference will offer an extensive program of sessions, presentations, tutorials, panels, exhibits, demonstrations, and workshops including: “Revisiting Learning Paradigms for Multimedia Data Generation,” “Disentangled Representation Learning for Multimedia” “Efficient Multimedia Computing: Unleashing the Power of AutoML on Multimedia Data,” “Advanced Multimedia Computing for Smart Manufacturing and Engineering,” and more. The event will be held in Ottowa, Canada.