Sigaccess fy’09 Annual Report

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John Impagliazzo became Editor-in-Chief of the SIGCSE Bulletin in 1997. The consistent high quality of inroads led to the approval by the ACM Publications Board for SIGCSE to transition inroads to ACM magazine status and the unbundling of the conference proceedings from inroads beginning in 2010. Currently inroads is classified as a newsletter, but this in no way reflects the scholarly work that appears in it. John Impagliazzo and a Board-appointed committee are to be congratulated for this endeavor.
SIGCSE has also been hard at work establishing criteria for the nomination of its best papers for inclusion in the newly revamped CACM.

Additional Activities

Through the past seven years, the Board has sought to continue, regularize, and/or expand programs, as SIGCSE tries to support a full range of interests within the field of computing education. Our healthy surplus has allowed us to fund many important endeavors and our strong volunteer base has allowed for participation in many volunteer supported efforts. Details for many of these projects may be obtained at We present a few for information purposes

Outreach: SIGCSE has provided funds for presenters from SIGCSE conferences to lead similar sessions at regional conferences. Although few conferences have taken advantage of this offer, SIGCSE is still strongly committed to this.
Doctoral Consortium: Since 1998, SIGCSE has sponsored a Doctoral Consortium with three main goals:

"To offer a friendly forum for students to discuss their work and receive constructive feedback",

"To offer relevant information on issues important to doctoral candidates", and

"To nurture a community of researchers."

This annual event had been held the Wednesday before SIGCSE symposia and has continued to have SIGCSE financial support. Capable leadership came from Josh Tenenberg (University of Washington at Tacoma) and Donald Joyce (Unitec New Zealand) in 2008 and consortium will be led by Beth Simon (UC San Diego) in August of 2009.
Since the Doctoral Consortium focuses on research issues, we began holding the Doctoral Consortium in conjunction with the ICER conference. Then, beginning in September 2008 and subsequent years, the Doctoral Consortium may meet in conjunction with the ICER conferences. A major logic for this plan was to afford more easy access to students from outside the United States. We will be assessing the advisability of this move.
Workshop for Department Chairs: SIGCSE held its fourth annual Roundtable for Department Chairs at SIGCSE 2008, under the capable guidance of Sandra DeLoatch (Norfolk State University), Dianne Martin (George Washington University) and Joyce Currie Little (Towson University).
Workshop for New Teaching Faculty. The 2009 Symposium hosted for the first time a Board-supported activity for new teaching faculty, spearheaded by Dan Garcia and Julie Zelenski.
Special Projects: SIGCSE has funding available “to support members who wish to investigate and introduce new ideas in the learning and teaching of computing." Grants are possible up to $5,000 USD per proposal, and successful recipients are expected to present their results at a SIGCSE conference.
SIGCSE Committees: The SIGCSE Committee Initiative was created in 2001-2002 to encourage "all SIGCSE members to participate in substantive discussions on areas of community interest, with the goals of investigating topics in depth and culminating with substantive reports." Three committees are active –women in computing, research methods and faculty evaluation. The committee on discrete math completed its work, publishing its final report in inroads and a collection of teaching materials on the SIGCSE web site. The effectiveness of this structure will have on-going review by the Board.
Web Site/Internet Presence: Scott Grissom (Grand Valley State University) continues to monitor and update the SIGCSE Web site at Also, Frank Young (Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology) and William Turner (Wabash College) served ably as Information Directors, working to improve electronic communications between SIGCSE members. A concerted effort was begun this year to adopt the look-&-feel of the ACM web presence and utilize Plone to continue the update process. Samuel Mann of Otago Tech in New Zealand is championing this endeavor beginning with a course project with his students at Otago. Scott Grissom surpassed his usual fantastic job of keeping the website updated while the redesign effort is underway by smoothing the transition and design of the new website. SIGCSE was one of the SIGs who elected to have its past conference sites archived by ACM.
Local Chapters: Several groups have indicated an interest in organizing as local SIGCSE Chapters, and the Board has provided an appropriate framework. Although no new chapters were started in 2008, a North Africa site is under consideration.
Collaborative Efforts
Even with its expanded role in supporting computing education at all levels, SIGCSE also celebrates that various groups have emerged to focus on specific areas.
As SIGCSE Chair, I was pleased to have participated in the Rebooting Computing Workshop held in Mountain View, California in January. I was also an active participant in m June at the Future of Computing Workshop in Washington, DC led by Boots Cassel and Mark Guzdial.
Since ACM launched the Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA) in 2005 with a focus on K-12 computing education, SIGCSE and CSTA have worked to collaborate on areas of common interest. Chris Stephenson, the executive director of CSTA has been a regular visitor at the SIGCSE Board meetings and in June 2009, the SIGCSE Chair, Barbara Owens visited with the CSTA Board at their annual meeting.
In cooperation conferences and venues. SIGCSE has granted in-cooperation status to a variety of efforts. We have many in cooperation conferences including the Australasian Computing Education Conference, the New Zealand NACCQ Conference, the Scandinavian Koli Calling Conference, the South African Computing Lecturers Association Conference, the Game Development in Computer Science Education Conference, and all of the Consortium for Computing Sciences in Colleges (CCSC) regional conferences.

Summary and Conclusion
As this review of activities and events indicates, SIGCSE is a vibrant and expanding organization due to the activities of hundreds of people. Many, many thanks to each and every SIGCSE member for your many contributions that make SIGCSE so successful.

SIGDA FY’09 Annual Report

July 2008 - June 2009

Submitted by: Patrick Madden, Chair

----------- Awards Given Out:

SIGDA Distinguished Service Awards

Prof. Nikil Dutt, UC Irvine, for many years of service to SIGDA, in particular as editor-in-chief for ACM TODAES

Prof. Eli Bozorgzadeh, for coordinating the PhD Forum at DAC Dr. Vikas Chandra, for the Design Automation Summer School
ACM Outstanding PhD Dissertation Award in EDA

to Kai-Hui Chang from the University of Michigan

SIGDA Outstanding New Faculty Award

to Prof. Yu Kevin Cao from Arizona State

TODAES Best Paper Award to

Sivaram Gopalkrishnan and Priyank Kalla from University of Utah

ACM/IEEE A. R. Newton Award to

Robert Brayton, Richard Rudell, Alberto Sangiovanni-Vincentelli, and Albert R. Wang

Pioneering Achievement Award to

Edward J. McCluskey

SIGDA Service Awards

Bryan Preas, Diana Marculescu, Robert Walker, Alex Jones, Patrick Madden, Igor Markov, Matt Guthaus, Qing Wu,

Massoud Pedram (all outgoing board members, or involved in significant programs).
--------- Significant Papers

Each of our major conferences and symposia have had best paper awards.

The major award for a related transaction is:

"Optimization of Polynomial Datapaths using Finite Ring Algebra." Sivaram Gopalakrishnan and Priyank Kalla. ACM Trans. on Design Automation of Electronic Systems (ACM-TODAES), vol 12, issue 4, article 49, September 2007.

--------- Significant Programs

University Booth: SIGDA sponsors a booth on the exhibit floor of the Design Automation Conference (DAC, the major conference in the area, with a total attendance of around 7000 people). Students from a wide range of universities have their travel expenses at least partially supported, and present their research projects along side industry vendors.

Around 45 research groups were represented.
PhD Forum: Also at DAC are presentations from a carefully selected set of PhD dissertations. 27 students were supported to present at DAC, and were featured during the annual member meeting.
SIGDA CADathlon: At the International Conference on Computer Aided Design (ICCAD), student teams compete in a set of design automation related programming problems. The contest is modeled after the ICPC, and attracts around twenty teams.
--------- Innovative Programs

Design Automation Summer School. While this program has been active for several years, we consider it to be innovative. At the Design Automation Conference, we invite students from a range of universities to attend short courses taught by leading academic and industry researchers.

Design automation is something of a niche field, and only a handful of universities have departments large enough to cover the full range of design automation topics. The objective is to broaden the education opportunities, such that we can keep more students in the field.
The DASS was partially supported by NSF and SRC.
--------- Brief Summary
This was an election year for SIGDA, with a new board beginning its term on July 1, 2009. The new board members are Patrick H. Madden (chair), Alex Jones (vice-chair, conferences), Igor Markov (communications), Tony Givargis (finance), Naehyuck Chang (technical activities), Iris Ruth Bahar (educational activities), and Diana Marculescu (past chair).
SIGDA is under financial pressure. The major conference, DAC, has shifted from an event that brought in large surpluses (in the range of $200,000 or more), to one where we expect a loss (in the range of $25,000). The conference has not covered the allocation to ACM for the past few years, and we have observed a declining fund balance. The prior board moved aggressively to scale back expenses and programs; this has slowed the fund balance decline, but it is not clear if it can be stopped without a major change to DAC.
DAC is jointly sponsored by IEEE, and EDAC (and industry consortium). At this point in time, it is not clear if EDAC can sustain their share of the financial burden, and the SIGDA board is working with the IEEE counterparts to address the situation. All conferences and workshops encountered difficulty due to the economy, but DAC is the most significant problem.
A secondary issue of concern for SIGDA is the relationship to a set of IEEE groups (CAS, CS, CANDE, DATC, some of which are being reorganized as part of a new group, CEDA). As IEEE groups have changed, there has been a "turf war" in some respects; some of the IEEE-affiliated volunteers are seeking greater control and sponsorship of ACM-sponsored events (in particular, the events that are profitable).

SIGDOC FY’09 Annual Report

July 2008 – June 2009

Submitted by: Brad Mehlenbacher, Chair
_SIGDOC Purpose

The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Special Interest Group (SIG) on the Design of Communication (DOC) — ACM SIGDOC — emphasizes the design of communication for computer-mediated information products and systems. SIGDOC fosters the study and publication of processes, methods, and technologies for communicating and designing communication artifacts such as printed and online information, documentation designs and applications, multimedia and Web-based environments.

_SIGDOC Mission Statement

Until 2003, SIGDOC focused on documentation for hardware and software. With the shift in focus from documentation to the “design of communication,” SIGDOC better positioned itself to emphasize the potentials, the practices, and the problems of multiple kinds of communication technologies, such as Web applications, user interfaces, and online and print documentation. SIGDOC focuses on the design of communication as it is taught, practiced, researched, and theorized in various fields, including technical communication, software engineering, information architecture, and usability.

The mission of SIGDOC includes

• Promoting the professional development of its members

• Encouraging interdisciplinary problem solving related to online and print documentation and communication technologies

• Providing avenues for publication and the exchange of professional information

• Supporting research that focuses on the needs and goals of humans in technological contexts, and

• Supporting the development and improvement of communication technologies, including applications, interfaces, and documentation.

_SIGDOC Officers

• Brad Mehlenbacher, NC State University, USA Chair

Awards Chair

2009 General Co-Chair

Rob Pierce, IBM Rational Software, USA Vice-Chair

Newsletter Editor

2009 Local Arrangements

• Liza Potts, Old Dominion University, USA Secretary/Treasurer

• Shaun Slattery, DePaul University, USA 2009 Program Co-Chair

• Ashley Williams, Bridgeline Software, USA Information Director

2009 Program Co-Chair

Michael Albers, East Carolina University, USA Graduate Competition Chair

2009 Poster Sessions Chair

• Gloria Reece, Researcher, New Media & IT, USA INTECOM Representative

• Aristidis Protopsaltis, City University, UK 2009 General Co-Chair

• Scott Tilley, Florida Institute of Technology, USA Past Chair

Kathy Haramundanis, Compaq, USA Member-at-Large

• Susan Jones, MIT, USA Member-at-Large

• David Novick, University of Texas at El Paso, USA Member-at-Large

• Clay Spinuzzi, University of Texas at Austin, USA Member-at-Large

• Henrique O’Neill, ISCTE, Portugal 2008 General Co-Chair

• Manuela Aparicio, ISCTE, Portugal 2008 General Co-Chair

• Carlos J. Costa, ISCTE, Portugal 2008 Program Chair

• Irene Frawley, ACM HQ, USA ACM Program Coordinator


SIGDOC was found viable in 1992, 1996, 2000, and 2004. In 2008, SIGDOC’s viability review resulted in the following feedback:

The SGB congratulates SIGDOC on its operational performance and finds it viable to continue its status for the next 2 years. The SGB requests that SIGDOC undertake an evaluation of its decrease in membership and conference participation during that time, and that it present its conclusions and plan as part of its Spring 2010 viability review.

_SIGDOC Conference Updates

SIGDOC’08 was hosted by the Instituto Superior de Ciências do Trabalho e da Empresa (ISCTE) or the Higher Institute for Work and Enterprise Sciences at the University of Lisbon, Portugal, from September 22nd-24th, 2008. The conference was the second ACM SIGDOC conference held outside North America and the first conference held in a non-English speaking country. Henrique O’Neill and Manuela Aparicio served as General Co-Chairs and Carlos J. Costa served as Program Chair. The program committee had 37 members — 23 from the USA, 11 from Europe, 1 from Africa, 1 from South America, and 1 from Australia.

The conference surplus was approximately $7500.00.

Seventy-four papers were submitted from 13 countries, 33 full papers and technical papers, and — for the first time — 11 posters. The acceptance rate was 45 percent, a drop from 71 percent the previous year. The conference papers were published in the Proceedings of the 26th Conference on Design of Communication (ACM P) and emphasized documentation and design, usability, accessibility, evaluation and experimentation, document modelling, information design and learning, information systems and architecture, version control, aesthetics and creativity, knowledge management

The Invited Keynote Speaker was Dr. José Miguel Sales Dias, an internationally recognized expert in multimodal user interfaces, computer graphics, and augmented and mixed reality. Dr. Dias is director of the Microsoft Language Development Center in Porto Salvo, Portugal, and Associate Professor in the Department of Sciences and Information Technologies at ISCTE. Dr. Dias has BS in electrical engineering, a Msc in electrical and computer engineering from IST-UTL, and a Ph.D. in sciences and information technologies, specializing in computer graphics and multimedia, from ISCTE.

The co-recipients of the 2008 Rigo Award (for individual lifetime achievement in the field of communication design) were Dr. Susanne Bødker and Dr. Pelle Ehn. Dr. Susanne Bødker is a professor of human-computer interaction in the Computer Science Department at the University of Aarhus. Her research areas include participatory design and computer-supported cooperative work. She is associate editor of ACM ToCHI and the International Journal of Human-Computer Studies. Dr. Pelle Ehn is a professor of design in the School of Arts and Communication at Malmö University. His numerous books include Work-Oriented Design of Computer Artifacts (1988), Manifesto for a Digital Bauhaus (1998), Participatory Design and the Collective Designer (2002), Participation in Interaction Design (2006), and Out of the Box (2007). In particular, Drs. Bødker and Ehn were especially noted for their influential collaboration on Computers and Democracy (1987) which has influenced user and documentation testing approaches for several decades.

Arrangements for our upcoming annual conference, SIGDOC’09, are well underway (see SIGDOC’09 is being co-sponsored by the Indiana University School of Informatics ( and the Kelley School of Business ( and is being held at Biddle Hotel and Conference Center in the Indiana Memorial Union at Indiana University Bloomington, IN, USA ( The conference organizers include Brad Mehlenbacher (NC State University, USA) and Aristidis Protopsaltis (City University, UK) as General Co-Chairs, Shaun Slattery (DePaul University, USA) and Ashley Williams (Bridgeline Software, USA) as Program Co-Chairs, and Rob Pierce (IBM Rational Software, USA) as Local Arrangements Chair. Pierce and Mehlenbacher visited the Bloomington site and established conference sponsorship from the Indiana University School of Informatics and the Kelley School of Business; in particular, arrangements were made that should encourage increased student attendance at the conference.

The conference Website is and lists the conference theme, invited speakers, and recipients of the 2009 Diana Award, Apple, Inc. (

SIGDOC’10 is in the information-planning stages and discussions have centered around holding the conference in either São Paulo or São Carlos, Brazil. The SIGDOC Board is optimistic about our relationship with our Brazilian colleagues and it is encouraging that we had 11 people from Brazil submit 12 proposals for the SIGDOC’09 conference this year. Our primary contacts are Renata Fortes and Junia Anacleto, Department of Computer Science, Federal University of São Carlos-Brazil.

Discussions have also begun for SIGDOC’11 which the SIGDOC Board hopes will be held in Cambridge, MA, and SIGDOC’12 which might be held in Paris, France. Contact has been initiated with colleagues in India about a potential conference there. These efforts to plan further in advance are related to our goals of increasing SIGDOC membership.


Rob Pierce continues to serve in the critical role of General Editor of SIGDOC’s quarterly newsletter ( The newsletter is e-mailed to all SIGDOC members, and archived versions of past newsletters are also available ( The newsletter consists of news from members (notes from the chair and from the general conference chair), future conference information, interesting items, feature articles, and job market information.


This year, SIGDOC committed to the following in cooperation agreements:

• CNSR’09: Communications Networks and Services Research Conference

• DocEng 09: ACM Symposium on Document Engineering

• IWCMC’09: International Wireless Communications and Mobile Computing Conference


SIGDOC had 316 members last year and this number has been dropping a little for the last several years. The SIGDOC Website now explicitly details the benefits of joining SIGDOC ( in addition to encouraging existing members to volunteer ( We have also password-protected our quarterly newsletter to encourage membership for this added benefit. Following last year’s viability review, the SIGDOC Board has made it a priority to examine its membership and conference numbers and to write a plan for increasing them over the next several years. To that end, we have formed a membership committee and will establish its priorities and goals we this year. Conference planning for the next several conferences is currently ahead of schedule, reflecting this commitment. Finally, we have been exploring social networking spaces such as Wikipedia, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Ning; the implications of creating an organizational presence in these environments is under review.

._Key Issues for 2009-2010

Key issues for SIGDOC in the coming year include the following:

• To finalize plans for addressing the current falling membership numbers for our 2010 viability review. Additional strategies for accomplishing this goal will be discussed at this year’s annual SIG board meeting.

• To submit minor revisions of the SIGDOC Bylaws to reflect the 2003 renaming and orientation of the SIG.

• To establish conference locations and dates several years in advance.

• To continue to refine methods of carrying experiences and lessons learned in previous conferences into current and upcoming conferences.

• To return to our proposal for initiating an ACM SIGDOC journal and discuss re-submitting to the ACM Publications Board.

SIGecom FY’09 Annual Report

July 2008 – June 2009

Submitted by: David Pennock, Chair

SIGecom's two primary activities are its annual Conference on Electronic Commerce and its electronic newsletter SIGecom Exchanges.

The Tenth ACM Conference on Electronic Commerce (EC'09) was held in July 2009 in Stanford, CA. The conference attracted 161 submissions, the second most in our history. The forty accepted papers formed a very strong technical program covering a range of topics from core theoretical foundations to practical innovations in the multi-billion dollar online advertising industry. About 180 people attended the main conference or the associated workshops and tutorials, at or near a record high. The healthy attendance combined with substantial corporate support, including from Google, HP, Microsoft, and Yahoo!, raised by the Conference Chair (John Chuang, Berkeley) made this a financial as well as a technical success.
Topics covered included areas of typical strength for the conference like auction design, traffic pricing, online advertising, and economic computations. Newer topics included voting, eliciting answers, crowdsourcing, and social lending.
Two co-located workshops -- the Fifth Workshop on Ad Auctions and the 2009 Workshop on The Economics of Networks, Systems, and Computation -- were well attended. Four tutorials and two fascinating keynote speeches prominent scholars and business leaders rounded out the program.
Nicolas Lambert and Yoav Shoham won the Best Paper award for "Eliciting Truthful Answers to Multiple-Choice Questions". Lambert, a student at Stanford, won the award for the second year in a row, one of a number of brilliant young students representing the future of the SIG and the field.
Next year's Program co-Chairs, Moshe Tennenholtz (Technion) and Chris Dellarocas (Boston University), will aim to continue the momentum, in conjunction with David Parkes (Harvard) as Conference Chair. EC'10 will be held June 7-11 2010 in Cambridge, MA.
Our newsletter, "SIGecom Exchanges", is published three times per year as a free online resource for members and others. Under the stewardship of Editor-in-Chief Vincent Conitzer (Duke University), the newsletter has undergone a number of rejuvenating changes, including the addition of survey issues with articles written by invited leaders in the field, a re-design of the website with the help of Daniel Reeves (Yahoo!), and a mathematical puzzle accompanying each issue. The latter addition has proven very popular, with solutions often flowing in within hours of publication.
Our main challenge for next year is to maintain our strength in research at the intersection of economics and computer science and at the same time keep connected to practice, and include more application-related contributions in the conference program. Maintaining this balance and reaching out for opportunities in emerging areas will be a key focus of the conference officials for next year and beyond. Key SIG leaders and advisors met at EC'09 and continue to discuss online the best approach to broadening the SIG's scope without threatening its core strengths.
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