Thursday, December 4, 2014

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Another Successful Year for ACM India
from ACM India Council President Srinivas Padmanabhuni

Dear ACM India Members,

I am very proud of the progress ACM India has made over the past year. We have elected a new Council; we have energized our efforts to promote education and the status of women in technology in India; and our conferences continue to grow into more dynamic and far-reaching events. ACM is also increasingly recognizing the achievements of our researchers, students, and leaders in academia and industry. Read here about the eight Indian Distinguished Members who were just recently named by ACM for their accomplishments.

We have launched our own Eminent Speakers Program, which promises to gain visibility for ACM in India as well as putting Chapter members in direct contact with thought leaders in a variety of sub-disciplines.

I wish you all the best as this year draws to a close, and look forward to continued progress in 2015.

With best regards,

Srinivas Padmanabhuni
President, ACM India Council
Srinivas Padmanabhuni is Principal Research Scientist and Associate Vice President at Infosys Labs.

Eminent Speaker Program
Announcing New Eminent Speaker Program
Member Recognition
2014 ACM Distinguished Members Include Eight from India
ACM Survey on PhD Production in India for Computer Science and Information Technology
Conferences and Events
  Recent Events:
COMPUTE 2014, October 9 - 11, Nagpur
GHC India 2014, November 19 - 21, Bangalore
Travel Grants for Conferences
  Upcoming Events:
POPL 2015, January 12 - 18, Bombay
ACM India Annual Event 2015, February 5 - 7, Goa
ISEC 2015, February 18 - 20, Bangalore
Student News
ACM-W Student Scholarships for Attendance at Research Conferences
Chapters News
Chapters Summit Focuses on Strengthening ACM Professional and Student Chapters in India
Welcome New ACM India Chapters
Publications News
ACM Transactions on Algorithms Welcomes Aravind Srinivasan as New Editor-in-Chief
ACM in the News
"'Compute-2014' Begins Today"

Eminent Speaker Program

Announcing New Eminent Speaker Program
The newly established ACM India Eminent Speaker Program (ESP) provides local ACM professional and student chapters in India with direct access to top technology leaders and innovators who will give talks on issues that are important to the computing community. Through the ESP, you can arrange for one of nearly 20 speakers from leading academic institutions and industry to visit your professional or student ACM chapter, enlighten audiences on a topic in their research area, and network informally with members of your chapter.

Current Eminent Speakers: Please visit the Guidelines for Chapters on how to host an event, and Guidelines for Speakers on what's involved in giving a talk.

Member Recognition

2014 ACM Distinguished Members Include Eight from India
The Distinguished Member Grade recognizes those ACM members with professional experience and continuous Professional Membership who have achieved significant accomplishments or have made a significant impact on the computing field. ACM India congratulates these 2014 Distinguished Members:

Sreeranga P. Rajan
Fujitsu Laboratories of America

Ganesh Gopalakrishnan
University of Utah

Somesh Jha
University of Wisconsin

Manish Parashar
Rutgers University

Nitendra Rajput
IBM Research, New Delhi

Rajeev Shorey
IT Research Academy, Media Lab Asia, New Delhi

Biplav Srivastava
IBM Research, India

Krishna Moorthy Sivalingam
Indian Institute of Technology Madras

Read more about the 2014 ACM Distinguished Members in the news release.


ACM Survey on PhD Production in India for Computer Science and Information Technology
The purpose of this study was to collect reasonably reliable data on PhD production in CS in India, and then use it to identify useful trends. This exercise was motivated by the Taulbee Report in the US, and Pankaj Jalote of IIIT-Delhi has been leading it. The 2012–2013 study found that research-focused institutes produced a total of 148 PhDs and other institutions produced 46. The total number of PhDs produced last year from all institutions was 194. A detailed report including breakdown by gender and areas of research is available on the ACM India website.

Conferences and Events

COMPUTE 2014, October 9 - 11, Nagpur
For the past five years, COMPUTE, the annual conference organized by various ACM chapters in India, has provided an excellent forum for computer science and information technology researchers from both academia and industry to present and share their work. This year, COMPUTE 2014, in its seventh edition as an ACM India event, was organized by the ACM Nagpur Chapter and hosted at the Computer Science and Engineering Department of Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology (VNIT). The theme was "Advances in Information Management and High Performance Computing" and the keynote speakers gave talks on aspects of this theme:
  • Robert Schumaker (Central Connecticut State University), "Evaluating Sentiment in Financial News Articles"
  • Krithi Ramamrithm (IIT Bombay; Fellow, ACM and IEEE), "Smart Energy—The Role of Ubiquitous Small Data"
  • Sriram Raghavan (IBM Research Labs, Bangalore), "Transforming Industries and Markets Using Big Data Analytics"
  • Yogish Sabharwal (IBM Research Labs, New Delhi), "Graph Exploration on Massively Parallel Distributed Memory Machines"
Tutorials covered various aspects of HPC technology:
  • Santonu Sarkar (BITS-Pilani Goa), Sayantan Mitra and Ravindranath Manumachu (Siemens Technologies and Services), "Making Application Ready for HPC Platform—Software Engineering Challenges and Techniques"
  • Arijit Mukherjee, Himadri Sekhar Paul (TCS Innovation Labs Kolkata) and Ansuman Banerjee (ISI Kolkata), "Mobile Cloud Computing"
  • Pethuru Raj Chelliah and Anupama Raman (IBM India), "High Performance Big Data Analytics"
The 21 papers covered a wide range of topics, from Recommender Systems to Hindi Word Sense Disambiguation.

Robert Schumaker delivers opening keynote address

Santonu Sarkar and Sayantan Mitra conduct tutorial on HPC platforms while P. S. Deshpande from ACM Nagpur chapter (left) looks on

GHC India 2014, November 19 - 21, Bangalore
The 2014 Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing India hosted a sold-out group of 1,600 attendees. The program featured many events to support women in computing in India, including sessions on entrepreneurship, building confidence, and professional development, as well as technical presentations on topics ranging from wearable technology to machine learning. Leading women in industry giving keynote talks were Jayshree Ullal, President and CEO, Arista Networks; Lakshmi Pratury, Host, The INK Conference; and Jane Moran, CIO, Unilever.

GHC India also hosted the final round of the All Women Hackathon (the previous round was in Chennai in July). More than 100 women developers built apps according to the theme "Tech For Good"; the three award-winning apps were a platform for job-seekers, an app to reduce fetal and neonatal mortality in a rural community, and one to reduce time spent on apps for gaming and social networking and help with donations for social causes.

On the final day, the Women Entrepreneur Quest gave budding entrepreneurs the opportunity to compete for prizes by making pitches for their technology ventures to a panel of judges composed of investors, technology experts, entrepreneurs and mentors.

Grace Hopper India was co-presented by ACM and the Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology.

Travel Grants for Conferences
ACM India and the Indian Association for Research in Computing Science (IARCS) jointly offer partial travel grants to faculty, students and postdocs from India to present papers co-authored by them at premier international conferences. For more information, please visit the ACM India-IARCS Travel Grants page.

POPL 2015, January 12 - 18, Bombay
The 42nd ACM SIGPLAN-SIGACT Symposium on Principles of Programming Languages will feature papers on all aspects of programming languages, including Types, Security, Program Analysis, Domain-specific Languages, Dynamic Verification, Concurrency, Compiler Correctness, Regular Languages and Automata, Programming Models, Semantics, Probabilistic Programs, Verification, and Synthesis. Six tutorials will cover different aspects of programming languages. Invited Talks are "Coding by Everyone, Every Day," by Peter Lee, and "Databases and Programming: Two Subjects Divided by a Common Language?" by Peter Buneman. POPL also includes the presentation of the Robin Milner Young Researcher Award, given by ACM SIGPLAN in recognition of outstanding contributions by young investigators in the area of programming languages.

ACM India Annual Event 2015, February 5 - 7, Goa
The ACM India Annual Event 2015 will provide ACM India members, researchers, and IT professionals with an opportunity to meet with and learn from ACM Turing Award winners, ACM Office Bearers and other luminaries. Co-located with this event will be IRISS 2015, the 9th Inter-Research-Institute Student Seminar in Computer Science. This is a unique event to showcase PhD CS research in India, and all CS PhD students in India are invited to attend the talks and the poster sessions.

ISEC 2015, February 18 - 20, 2015, Bangalore
The 8th India Software Engineering Conference is the annual conference of India software engineering community ISOFT, the Indian chapter of ACM SIGSOFT. ISEC aims to bring together researchers and practitioners in software engineering-related areas from around the world.

Co-located with this event will be a Symposium on Modelling (ModSym), whose aim is to help form an active community working on various aspects of modelling and its applications, and to showcase the latest tools (via demonstrations) and posters in the Software Modelling world. The focus will be on problems that would be critical 3-5 years out in future. Poster submissions are invited and are due December 31.

Also co-located wtih ISEC will be SEED 2015, the 1st International Workshop on Software Engineering Education.

Student News

ACM-W Student Scholarships for Attendance at Research Conferences
The ACM Women's Council (ACM-W) provides support for women undergraduate or graduate students in computer science and related programs who wish to attend research conferences. This exposure to the Computer Science research world can encourage a student to continue on to the next level (Undergraduate to Graduate, Masters to Ph.D., Ph.D. to an industry or academic position). The student does not have to present a paper at the conference she attends. Students can apply an unlimited number of times; however, once a student receives an award, she is no longer eligible for future ACM-W scholarships.

The ACM-W scholarships are divided between scholarships of up to $600 for intra-continental conference travel, and scholarships of up to $1200 for intercontinental conference travel. Scholarship applications are evaluated in six groups each year, in order to distribute awards across a range of conferences.

ACM-W encourages the student's home department to match the scholarship award and recognize the student's achievement locally within their department. In addition, if the award is for attendance at one of several ACM Special Interest Group conferences (SIGACCESS, SIGACT, SIGARCH, SIGCOMM, SIGCHI, SIGCSE, SIGDA, SIGECOM, SIGEVO, SIGGRAPH, SIGHPC, SIGIR, SIGITE, SIGMM, SIGMOBILE, SIGOPS, SIGPLAN, and SIGSOFT), the SIG will provide complimentary conference registration and a mentor during the conference. The number of free registrations available varies from SIG to SIG.

The 2013-2014 scholarships are made possible by generous support from Google.

For application form, notification dates and more information, please visit the scholarships page.

Chapters News

Chapters Summit Focuses on Strengthening ACM Professional and Student Chapters in India
The second ACM India Chapters Summit was held on October 11 during COMPUTE 2014, with four professional chapters and 17 student chapters participating. All chapters summarized their activities and plans for the coming year. ACM President Alexander Wolf highlighted the role of chapters in a video keynote. ACM India President Srinivas Padmanabhuni in his address to the chapters urged them to get more proactive in collaborating via social media channels, and to work toward leveraging the Eminent Speakers program. The ACM Goa chapter highlighted the facilities at Goa for the upcoming ACM India Annual Event in February. Some proposals for COMPUTE 2015 were presented.
The following chapters were represented:
Professsional Chapters:

       Student Chapters:
BIT Patana
JNEC Aurangabad
VIT Vellore
ABESEC Ghaziabad
ISM Dhanbad
JBIET Hyderabad
Pradnyan DYPCOE--AK Pune
Goa University
MITS Gwalior
Jayamukhi Warangal
NIT Warangal

ACM India President Srinivas Padmanabhuni addresses the Chapters

21 Chapters in all participated

Welcome New ACM India Chapters
ACM India welcomes these new Chapters in India that have been chartered since July 2014:

Student Chapters:
  • Bharath University ACM Student Chapter, Chennai
  • BUEST ACM Student Chapter, Baddi University of Emerging Sciences and Technologies, Solan
  • Easwari ACM Student Chapter, Chennai
  • GITAM ACM Student Chapter, Gandhi Institute of Technology and Management, Visakhapatnam
  • GKM ACM Student Chapter, GKM College of Engineering and Technology, Chennai
  • Goa University ACM Student Chapter, Goa
  • Gogte Institute of Technology ACM Student Chapter, Belgaum
  • IFTM University ACM Student Chapter, Institute of Foreign Trade and Management, Moradabad
  • ITM University ACM Student Chapter, Gurgaon
  • MIT India ACM Student Chapter, Maharashtra Institute of Technology, Pune
  • MITS ACM Student Chapter, Mody Institute of Technology & Science, Gwalior
  • Muthoot Institute of Technology and Science ACM Student Chapter, Puthencruz
  • Narasaraopeta Engineering College ACM Student Chapter, Narasaraopeta
  • NMIMS Shirpur ACM Student Chapter, Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies, Shirpur
  • SPMC ACM Student Chapter, Shyama Prasad Mukherjee College, University of Delhi, New Delhi
  • St. Martins Engineering College ACM-W Student Chapter, Secunderabad
  • SV College ACM Student Chapter, Sri Venkateswara College of Engineering, Tirupati
  • SXCCE ACM Student Chapter, St. Xavier's Catholic College of Engineering, Tamil Nadu
Professional Chapter:
  • Udaipur ACM Chapter
ACM Student Chapters in India
ACM Professional Chapters in India

Publications News

ACM Transactions on Algorithms Welcomes Aravind Srinivasan as New Editor-in-Chief
ACM Transactions on Algorithms (TALG) has chosen as its new Editor-in-Chief Aravind Srinivasan, a Computer Science Professor at University of Maryland, College Park. His three-year term began on September 1. Aravind received his undergraduate degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, and his PhD from Cornell University, both in Computer Science. He was a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton and at DIMACS. He has also worked in industrial research at Bell Labs. His research interests are in randomized algorithms, networking, social networks, and combinatorial optimization, as well as in the growing confluence of algorithms, networks, and randomness, in fields including the social Web, public health, biology, and energy.

ACM in the News

"'Compute-2014' Begins Today"
Times of India, October 9, 2014
Two main tracks of COMPUTE 2014 "mega conference" were research talks, and tutorials on the latest cutting-edge technology in the computing field.

Read news articles about ACM.