Knuth and Gödel Prizes Awarded at STOC Conference

SIGACT, ACM’s Special Interest Group on Algorithms and Computation Theory, presented the Donald E. Knuth Prize to Avi Wigderson of the Institute for Advanced Study and the Gödel Prize to Irit Dinur of the Weizmann Institute of Science, at the 51st Annual Symposium on the Theory of Computing (STOC 2019) in June. Widgerson was cited for fundamental and lasting contributions to the foundations of computer science in areas including randomized computation, cryptography, circuit complexity, proof complexity, parallel computation, and our understanding of fundamental graph properties. Dinur was cited for her proof of the PCP Theorem in the paper “The PCP Theorem by Gap Amplification”.

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Featured ACM Distinguished Speaker: Geraldine Fitzpatrick

Geraldine Fitzpatrick

Geraldine Fitzpatrick is a full Professor of Technology Design and Assessment and leads the Institute for Technology Design and Assessment and the Human Computer Interaction group at Vienna University of Technology. Geraldine serves as a member of the ACM CSCW Steering Committee. She has also served on the organizing committees of several CHI conferences, as well as CSCW, PDC, Group, and others.

For more information on Geraldine, please visit her DSP speaker information page.



Apply by 8 July for EPI Tutorial on HPC 

The European Processor Initiative’s first tutorial will be held on 17 July at Universita Politècnica de Catalunya, Barcelona. Distinguished experts from EPI will give lectures on the HPC processor landscape and EPI’s plans. The tutorial, “First steps towards a made-in-Europe high-performance microprocessor,” is co-located with the ACM 2019 Summer School on HPC Architectures for AI and Dedicated ApplicationsRegistration closes 8 July.


ACM Europe Policy Committee Well-Represented at EC’s Bucharest Digital Assembly 

The ACM Europe Technology Policy Committee was well represented this month at the European Commission’s 2019 Digital Assembly in Bucharest, Romania sponsored by the Commission’s Directorate General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology (DG CNECT). The annual invitation-only event brings together senior EC officials and their staffs, stakeholders from the public and private sectors, and tech media for two days of networking and a series of programs on multiple matters within ACM members’ expertise (e.g., AI, robotics, encryption, cybersecurity and quantum computing). The Committee’s informal “delegation” to the Assembly included Founding Chair Fabrizio Galgliardi, Lynda Hardman and Gerhard Schimpf.