The Awards Committee is responsible for the conduct of the currently existing award prizes, fellowships and other symbols of recognition of merit bestowed by ACM as a whole. This includes making appointments to the various award committees, soliciting nominees, selecting winners from among the nominees, and arranging for the formal conferring of the awards, and exploring possibilities of funding awards with outside organizations. The Policies and Guide for establishing an ACM award can be found on: http://www.acm.org/awards/policies.html
The Committee is further responsible for defining and updating the awards structure of ACM and its units by recommending to Council, when appropriate, the establishment of new programs for the recognition of merit, or the modification or discontinuance of existing ones, with the goal of maintaining a balance among the awards recognizing different kinds of meritorious activities.
All ACM awards must be approved by the ACM Awards Committee. Approval by ACM Council is required before any proper name may be attached to any such award or prize. This authority may not be delegated. Subunit-wide awards, excluding Named Awards, generally do not require ACM Council approval.
The Committee will provide advice to subunits of ACM regarding any award programs conducted by them. Subunits engaging in award activities should consult with the Awards Committee concerning the nature and balance among the programs of ACM and its subunits.
The Committee will maintain contact, and as appropriate, exchange information with other professional or technical organizations concerning their awards programs.
1.3 Committee Organization
The Awards Committee is a standing committee of Council, reporting through the President. The ACM Awards Committee consists of the ACM President, the CEO/Executive Director (ex-officio), the Co-Chairs of the Awards Committee, the current chairs of the individual ACM award selection committees, and the ACM SIG Chairs Liaison with the Awards Committee.
A.M. Turing Award
2006 Chair – Ruzena Bajcsy 2007 Chair – Maria Klawe
ACM's most prestigious technical award is accompanied by a prize of $100,000. It is given to an individual selected for contributions of a technical nature made to the computing community. The contributions should be of lasting and major technical importance to the computer field. Financial support of the Turing Awards is provided by the Intel Corporation. Starting with the 2007 award, the amount will be $250,000 and financial support will be provided by the Intel Corporation and Google Inc.
2006 Chair – Valerie Taylor 2007 Chair – Bryant York
Awarded on the basis of value and degree of service to the computing community. The contributions should not be limited to service to the Association, but should include activities in other computer organizations and should emphasize contributions to the computing community at large.
2006 Recipient: Susan L. Graham, University of California, Berkeley Outstanding Contribution to ACM Award
2006 Chair – Barbara Ryder 2007 Chair – Ronald Boisvert
This award is given to individuals who are selected on the value and degree of service to ACM.
2006 Recipient: David S. Wise, Indiana University Software System Award
2006 Chair – Frank Tompa 2007 Chair – Carlo Ghezzi
Awarded to an institution or individual(s) recognized for developing a software system that has had a lasting influence, reflected in contributions to concepts, in commercial acceptance, or both. The Software System Award carries a prize of $35,000 which is provided by IBM. IBM increased the amount of the award from $10,000 to $35,000 effective with the 2006 award.
2006 Recipient: Eiffel
Bertrand Meyer, Eiffel Software and ETH Zurich Grace Murray Hopper Award
2006 Chair – Patrick Cousot 2007 Chair – Gabriel Silberman
Awarded to the outstanding young computer professional of the year, selected on the basis of a single recent major technical or service contribution and includes a prize of $35,000 - financial support of the award is provided by Google (Google increased the amount from $15,000 to $35,000 effective with the 2006 award). The candidate must have been 35 years or age or less at the time the qualifying contribution was made.
2006 Recipient: Daniel Klein, University of California, Berkeley Karl V. Karlstrom Outstanding Educator Award
2006 Chair – Jeff Ullman 2007 Chair – Andries van Dam
Awarded annually to an outstanding educator who: is appointed to a recognized educational baccalaureate institution; is recognized for advancing new teaching methodologies, or effecting new curriculum development or expansion in computer science and engineering; or who is making a significant contribution to the educational mission of the ACM. Those who have been teaching for ten years or less will be given special consideration. A prize of $5,000 is supplied by the Prentice-Hall Publishing Company.
2006 Recipient: no award was given
Paris Kanellakis Theory and Practice Award
2006 Chair – Anna Karlin 2007 Chair – Edmund Clarke
The Kanellakis award honors specific theoretical accomplishments that have had a significant and demonstrable effect on the practice of computing. This award is accompanied by a prize of $10,000 (from $5,000) and is endowed by contributions from the Kanellakis family, and financial support which has been provided by ACM’s SIGACT, SIGDA, SIGMOD, SIGPLAN, the SIG Project Fund, and individual contributions.
2006 Recipient: Robert Brayton, University of California, Berkeley
Doctoral Dissertation Award
2006 Chair – Don Towsley 2007 Chair – Priya Narasimhan
Presented annually to the author(s) of the best doctoral dissertation(s) in computer science and engineering and is accompanied by a prize of $5,000. The winning dissertation is published by Springer. Effective with the 2006 award, Google agreed to be the financial sponsor and has increased the award to $20,000, and has also provided funding for a $10,000 award for the Honorable Mention winner.
2006 Recipient: Yi-Ren Ng, Refocus
Dissertation nominated by Stanford University
2006 Honorable Mention: Aseem Agarwala, University of Washington/
Dissertation nominated by the University of Washington
ACM/IEEE CS Eckert-Mauchly Award
2006 Chair - Alan Berenbaum 2007 Chair – Walid Najjar
Administered jointly by ACM and IEEE Computer Society. The award of $5,000 is given for contributions to computer and digital systems architecture where the field of computer architecture is considered at present to encompass the combined hardware-software design and analysis of computing and digital systems. The award is presented at the annual ISCA (International Symposium on Computer Architecture) conference.
2007 Recipient: Mateo Valero, Technical University of Catalonia ACM/AAAI Allen Newell Award
2006 Chair - John Seely Brown 2007 Chair – Hal Abelson
The Allen Newell Award is presented to an individual selected for career contributions that have breadth within computer science and other disciplines. This endowed award is supported by the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI – formerly the American Association for Artificial Intelligence), and by individual contributions.
2006 Recipient: Karen Spärck Jones, Cambridge University
ACM Eugene L. Lawler Award for Humanitarian Contributions
within Computer Science and Informatics
2005-07 Chair – Nina Bhatti
The Lawler Award recognizes an individual or a group who have made a significant contribution through the use of computing technology. The amount of this biennial award is $5,000, and it is financially supported by individual contributions.
2005 Recipients: Nakuru Local Urban Observatory Project
Albrecht Ehrensperger, Centre for Development
Solomon Mbuguah, Municipal Council of Nakuru
Ernest Siva, Municipal Council of Nakuru The SIAM/ACM Prize in Computational Science and Engineering
2007 Chair - John Bell 2009 Chair – Mary Wheeler
This biennial, endowed award recognizes an individual(s) for outstanding research contributions to the field of computational science and engineering. The contribution(s) for which the award is made must be publicly available and may belong to any aspect of computational science in its broadest sense. The award includes a cash prize of $5,000. Financial sponsorship is provided by SIAM (Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics).
The 2007 award was presented at the SIAM Conference on Computational Science and Engineering (CSE07) in February 2007, in Costa Mesa, California, to Chi-Wang Shu, Brown University.
ACM Gordon Bell Prize
2006 Chair - David Keyes 2007 Chair – David Bailey
The Gordon Bell Prizes are awarded each year to recognize outstanding achievement in high-performance computing. The purpose of the awards is to track the progress over time of parallel computing, with particular emphasis on rewarding innovation in applying high-performance computing to applications in science. Prizes are awarded for peak performance, special achievements in scalability and time-to-solution on important science and engineering problems and low price/performance. The awards are presented during the SuperComputing Conference and include a total of $10,000 in prize money. The award has been endowed by Gordon Bell, a pioneer in high-performance and parallel computing.
2006 Peak Performance Award
Large-scale Electronic Structure Calculations of High-Z Metals on the BlueGene/L Platform Francois Gygi
Erik W. Draeger
Bronis R. de Supinski
John A. Gunnels
James C. Sexton
Christoph W. Ueberhuber
2006 Special Achievement Award
The BlueGene/L Supercomputer and Quantum Chromodynamics
A 185 Tflop/s Simulation of Amyloid-forming Peptides from Yeast Prion Sup35 with the Special-purpose Computer System MD-GRAPE3
2006 Chair – Victor Basili 2007 Chair – David Harel
The ACM Fellows Program was established by Council in 1993 to recognize and honor outstanding ACM members for their achievements in computer science and information technology and for their significant contributions to the mission of the ACM. The ACM Fellows serve as distinguished colleagues to whom the ACM and its members look for guidance and leadership as the world of information technology evolves. Forty-one new Fellows were inducted in 2006 bringing the total number of ACM Fellows to 594. The 2006 Fellows are:
Eric W. Allender, Rutgers University
John Guttag, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Laura M. Haas, IBM Almaden Research Center
Alon Halevy, Google, Inc.
Anthony C. Hearn, IDA Center for Computing Sciences/RAND Corp.
Thomas Henzinger, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale, Lausanne
Norman P. Jouppi, Hewlett Packard Labs.
John E. Laird, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
James R. Larus, Microsoft Research
Charles E. Leiserson, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Ming Li, University of Waterloo
Nick McKeown, Stanford University
J Strother Moore, The University of Texas at Austin
Alan F. Newell, University of Dundee
Peter Norvig, Google, Inc.
Dianne P. O’Leary, University of Maryland
Dan R. Olsen, Jr., Brigham Young University
Kunle Olukotun, Stanford University
M. Tamer Özsu, University of Waterloo
Vern Paxson, International Computer Science Institute/
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Michael L. Scott, University of Rochester
Heung-Yeung Shum, Microsoft Research Asia
Alfred Z. Spector, IBM, Retired
Victor D. Vianu, University of California, San Diego
Marianne Winslett, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Alexander L. Wolf, Imperial College London/
University of Colorado at Boulder
Bryant W. York, Portland State University
Stanley B. Zdonik, Brown University
Lixia Zhang, University of California, Los Angeles
This new advanced member grade was approved by Council in October 2005. This program recognizes those ACM members with at least 15 years of professional experience that have made significant accomplishments or achieved a significant impact on the computing field. Candidates must have been ACM Professional members for a minimum of 5 years prior to the deadline. The deadline for the first group was July 31, 2006. 49 were selected from the first group.
This new advanced member grade was approved by Council in October 2005. This program recognizes those ACM members with at least 10 years of professional experience that have demonstrated performance and accomplishment that sets them apart. Candidates must have been ACM Professional members for a minimum of 5 years prior to the deadline. The deadline for the first group was May 31, 2006. 77 were selected from the first group.
Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF)
2007 Chair – Abbe Mowshowitz 2008 Chair – David S. Wise
ISEF is administered by Science Service and is for students in the 9th through 12th grades. ACM's first place award is $1,000, second place is $500, and third place is $300, the honorable award winners (a maximum of 3) receive a prize of $200. All receive complimentary Student subscriptions memberships (Portal Package) for the duration of their undergraduate studies. The 2007 ISEF was held in May 2007, in Albuquerque, NM, and ACM was represented by its judges Abbe Mowshowitz and David S. Wise.
The 57th Intel ISEF ACM winners are:
First Place Winner ($1,000): Nat Piyapramote, Sarasit Phithayalai School, Banpong, Ratchaburi, Thailand: Statistical-based Adaptive Binarization for Document Imaging
Second Place Winner ($500): Alex Buchanan, Myers Park High School, Charlotte, North Carolina: Stereovision Correspondence Using Wavelet Based Dynamic Programming
Third Place Winner ($300): Liu Liu, Shanghai Datong High School, Shanghai, China: Facool: Convenient Internet Face Retrieval System
Honorable Mention ($200): Vidya Ganapati, Sunset High School, Portland, Oregon: Building a Power-Optimized MIPS Pipeline.
Huseyin Gurkan, Galatasaray High School, Istanbul, Turkey: Musical Instrument Recognition on Monophonic Musical Phrases.
Justin M. Solomon, Thomas Jefferson Higher School for Science and Tech, Virginia
Three-dimensional Face Recognition from Video: Facial Surface Reconstruction and Analysis Using Tensor Algebra and Differential Geometry.
The 58th Intel ISEF ACM winners are:
First Place Winner: John Dorminy, Sola Fide Home School, McDonough, GA, Improper Fraction Based Encryption.
Second Place Winner: Ram Raghunathan, Sishya, Chennai, India,
FDIS: A Fast Frequency-Distribution-Based Interpolation-Search Algorithm.
Third Place Winner: Lucia Mocz, Mililani High School, Mililani, HI, Robot Vision: A mutual Entropy-based Algorithm Through Scene Recognition from Image Sequences for Terrestrial and Planetary Exploration.
Honorable Mention: Erika A. DeBenedictis, St. Pius X High School, Albuquerque, NM, Ping Me! Optimizing Code for Cluster Computing.
David C. Liu, Lynbrook High School, San Jose, CA, Acoustic Music Similarity Analysis.
Grigoriy N. Romanowskiy, College of East Ukrainian National University, Lugansk, Ukraine, Organization of Multiboot in Windows NT.
Recognition of Service Certificates
The Recognition of Service Certificate Program is the responsibility of Headquarters Staff to issue certificates to those eligible volunteers who have completed service to ACM of at least one year in an elective or appointed position and who have received endorsement of their superiors in the ACM volunteer organization; 301 certificates were issued in FY’07.
1.4 Awards Committee Meeting
The Awards Committee meeting was held Friday, June 8, 2007, at the Hotel del Coronado in San Diego. Seventeen people were in attendance including: Nina Bhatti (Lawler Award-2003-07); Ron Boisvert (OCA-2006); Patrick Cousot (GMH-2006); President Stuart I. Feldman; Calvin C. (Kelly) Gotlieb (Awards Committee Co-Chair); Jim Horning (Awards Committee Co-Chair); Maria Klawe (Turing Award-2007); David Harel (Fellows Committee-2007); Rosemary McGuinness (Awards Committee Liaison); Pat Ryan (ACM COO); Gabby Silberman (GMH-2007); Frank Tompa (Software System-2006); Robert A. Walker (Senior Member); John White (ACM CEO); Telle Whitney (Distinguished Member); David S. Wise (ISEF-2008); Bryant York (DSA-2007).
Highlights of the meeting follow:
Report from the ACM Awards Committee Co-Chairs
The Award program has been receiving a higher profile within ACM as evidenced by increased recognition with the following awards:
This year was notable in that Fran Allen, IBM Fellow Emerita, was awarded the Turing Award, and this was the first time that a woman has been selected for the award.
President Stuart Feldman honored Gene Spafford with the ACM President’s Award.
Prior to the meeting, the Awards Committee voted via email to recommend approval of two SIG named awards so that their recommendation could be presented to Council for its June 7 meeting. These awards were SIGPLAN’s John Vlissides Award, and SIGMOD’s Alberto O. Mendelzon Test-of-Time Award.
The third SIG named award, the “A. Richard Newton Technical Impact Award in Electronic Design Automation,” has been rescinded until further notice (SIGDA and the IEEE Council on EDA had proposed the award).
In addition, shortly before the June 9 Awards Banquet, the prize amounts of the following awards were increased:
Grace Murray Hopper from $15K to $35K – the financial sponsor is Google.
Software System Award from $10K to $35K – the financial sponsor is IBM.
Beginning with the 2006 Doctoral Dissertation Award Google has agreed to provide financial sponsorship for the winner of $20K, and $10K for the honorable mention winner (the winner had previously received $5K which was provided by ACM, and there was no monetary prize associated with the honorable mention award).
The annual ACM Awards Banquet was held on Saturday, June 9, 2007 at the Hotel del Coronado in San Diego, California during the week of FCRC (Federated Computing Research Conference). The reception immediately preceding the banquet was hosted by the Intel Corporation. Fran Allen presented the Turing Lecture Sunday, June 10, 2007.
In the banquet audience of over 200 people were 26 of the 41 new Fellows as well as most of the ACM award winners. ACM’s President Stuart Feldman served as Master of Ceremonies. Among the corporate representatives were: Andrew Chien, Vice President in the Corporate Technology Group and Director of Research at Intel, for the Turing Award; Charles Lickel, IBM Vice President, Software, representing IBM for the Software System Award; Peter Norvig, new ACM Fellow, representing Google; and Rina Dichter University and AAAI Fellow, representing AAAI for the Allen Newell Award.
The 2007 winning team from the 31st World Finals of the ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC), which took place in Tokyo, March 15, 2007, was recognized at the banquet. The members of the winning team from Warsaw University are Filip Wolski, Marcin Pilipczuk, and Marek Cygan. Also recognized on stage were Professor Jan Madey, the team’s Coach, and their Co-Coach Professor Krzysztof Diks. IBM was represented by one of the new ACM Fellows, Alfred Z. Spector (IBM - retired).
In addition, the following winners of the ACM Student Research Competition Grand Finals were recognized:
First Place: Eugene Borodin, Stony Brook University
Second Place: Emerson Murphy-Hill, Portland State University
Third Place: Bowen Hui, University of Toronto
First Place: Anselm Grundhoefer, Bauhaus University, Weimar
Second Place: Maria Kazandijeva, Mount Holyoke College
Third Place: Yuan-Ting E. Huang, University of British Columbia
Ann Sobel, of Miami University, represented SRC, and Mark Lewin, of Microsoft’s University Relations Group, represented SRC’s financial sponsor, Microsoft Research.
CRA also presented its 2007 Distinguished Service Award to Peter Freeman, Washington Advisory Group, and John E. Hopcroft, Cornell, and its A. Nico Habermann Award to Jan Cuny, University of Oregon/CISE-NSF. Dr. Hopcroft was not able to attend. These awards were presented by ACM Past President and former CRA Chair, David A. Patterson.
ACM President’s Award
The ACM President’s Awards are awarded to leaders of IT whose actions and achievements serve as paragons for our field. The 2007 recipient is Eugene H. Spafford, Purdue University.
Dr. Spafford was recognized “for his long and effective leadership on issues of computer security and policy, professional responsibility and the Internet.”
Athena Lecturer Award
The Athena Lecturer Award celebrates women researchers who have made fundamental contributions to Computer Science.
ACM’s Committee on Women in Computing (ACM-W) selected Karen Spärck Jones as the second recipient of the Athena Lecturer Award. Dr. Spärck Jones had been Professor Emerita at Cambridge University until her death on April 4, 2007, and was the widow of ACM Fellow Roger Needham.
The Athena Lecture took place at the 30th International SIGIR’07 Conference July 23-27, 2007 in Amsterdam. Dr. Spärck Jones had videotaped her presentation shortly before her untimely death; a portion of the videotape was shown at the ACM Awards Banquet.
Recruitment Plans for New/Younger Members
The Awards Committee Co-Chairs continue to seek recommendations from the outgoing award subcommittee chairs for members to replace those whose terms are expiring. In addition to seeking new members whose expertise falls within the criteria for the various awards, the expectation for diversity was typically implied. The request for recommendations in the future will be more explicit in seeking a more diversified representation over the collection of subcommittees, including taking into account age, gender, and international representation.
In addition to its efforts to achieve a greater diversity within the award subcommittees, the Awards Committee will seek the assistance of the SIG Chairs to help ensure that the award nominations reflect the diversity in the ACM membership.