Vivek Sarkar Named 2020 ACM-IEEE CS Ken Kennedy Award Recipient

ACM and the IEEE Computer Society (IEEE-CS) have named Vivek Sarkar of Georgia Institute of Technology as the recipient of the 2020 ACM-IEEE CS Ken Kennedy Award. Sarkar was recognised for foundational technical contributions to the area of programmability and productivity in parallel computing, as well as leadership contributions to professional service, mentoring, and teaching. The award will be presented to Sarkar at the International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis (SC20) virtual awards plenary session on 16 November 2020.

An ACM Fellow and an IEEE Fellow, Sarkar is Chair of the School of Computer Science and the Stephen Fleming Chair in the College of Computing at Georgia Institute of Technology.

The Kennedy Award was established in 2009 to recognise substantial contributions to programmability and productivity in computing and significant community service or mentoring contributions. It was named for the late Ken Kennedy, founder of Rice University’s computer science program and a world expert on high performance computing.


ACM-IEEE Names 2020 CS George Michael Memorial HPC Fellowships

 Kazem Cheshmi of the University of Toronto, Madhurima Vardhan of Duke University, and Keren Zhou of Rice University are the recipients of the 2020 ACM-IEEE CS George Michael Memorial HPC Fellowships. Cheshmi is recognised for his work building a Sympiler that automatically generates efficient parallel code for sparse scientific applications on supercomputers. Vardhan is recognised for her work developing a memory-light massively parallel computational fluid dynamic algorithm using routine clinical data to enable high-fidelity simulations at ultrahigh resolutions. Zhou is known for his work developing performance tools for GPU-accelerated applications. The Fellowships are jointly presented by ACM and the IEEE Computer Society.



Featured ACM Distinguished Speaker: Elad Yom-Tov

 Elad Yom-Tov is a Senior Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research and a Visiting Assistant Professor at the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology. His primary research interests are in applying large-scale Machine Learning and Information Retrieval methods to improve medicine. Elad studied at Tel-Aviv University and the Technion. He is a member of the World Health Organization’s Roster of Experts in Digital Health, the Advisory Board of the Roybal Center for Therapeutic Optimization Using Behavioral Science (Harvard University), the Advisory Committee of the Jockey Club Online Youth Emotional Support “Open Up” (Hong Kong), and is an advisor to two startup companies. Elad has published four books and more than 150 academic papers, and was awarded more than 20 patents.



Upcoming Online Conferences

VRST 2020, November 1-4

 The ACM Symposium on Virtual Reality Software and Technology is an international forum for the exchange of experience and knowledge among researchers and developers concerned with virtual and augmented reality software and technology. Doug Bowman (Virginia Tech) will deliver the opening keynote, on “Preparing for an Always-on Augmented Reality Future.” Mary Whitton (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) will deliver the closing keynote, on “Seeing and Touching: Hands in VR.”




SIGSPATIAL 2020, November 3-6

The ACM SIGSPATIAL International Conference on Advances in Geographic Information Systems provides a forum for original research contributions covering all conceptual, design, and implementation aspects of geospatial data ranging from applications, user interfaces, and visualisation to data storage and query processing and indexing. Keynotes will be delivered by Ross Maciejewski (Arizona State University/Homeland Security Center for Accelerating Operational Efficiency) and Aya Soffer (IBM Research).




ESEC/FSE 2020, November 6-13

 The ACM Joint European Software Engineering Conference and Symposium on the Foundations of Software Engineering is a forum for researchers, practitioners, and educators to present and discuss the most recent innovations, trends, experiences, and challenges in SE. Scheduled keynote speakers are Pernille Bjørn (University of Copenhagen) on “ATARI Women: Retro Gaming and the Women Pioneers behind Them” and Mira Lane (Microsoft) on “Real-world Approaches to Human-computer Collaboration.”




CCS 2020, November 9-13

The ACM Conference on Computer and Communications Security brings together information security researchers, practitioners, developers, and users to explore cutting-edge ideas and results. Keynotes will be delivered by Wenke Lee (Georgia Tech) on “Machine Learning and Security: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly,” and Alex Stamos (Stanford University) on “Realistic Threats and Realistic Users: Lessons from the Election.”




SPLASH 2020, November 15-20

 The ACM SIGPLAN conference on Systems, Programming, Languages and Applications: Software for Humanity embraces all aspects of software construction and delivery to make it the premier conference at the intersection of programming, languages, and software engineering. Jonathan Bell, Jan Vitek (both of Northeastern University), Sriram Rajamani (Microsoft Research India); Mary Lou Soffa (University of Virginia), and Vikram S. Adve (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) will keynote.




SC 2020, November 16-19

 At the International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis, panels will address Task-based Algorithms and Applications; HPC Agility in the Age of Uncertainty; Lossy Compression for Scientific Data; and more. A special plenary session will highlight the efforts of the community in fighting COVID-19. Bjorn Stevens (Max Planck Institute for Meteorology) will deliver the keynote.