Thursday, February 9, 2012

MemberNet India


Vote for Your ACM India Council Members!
from ACM India Council Co-Chairs Anand S. Deshpande and P.J. Narayanan

Special notice: ACM Professional Members in India can participate in two elections in the coming months.
  1. There will be elections for Office Bearers and Council Members of ACM. Statements and biographical sketches of all candidates will appear in the May 2012 issue of Communications of the ACM. Visit the ACM Elections page for more information and to view the slate.
  2. There will be the first elections for Council Members for ACM India. Statements and biographical details can be found on the ACM India site.
We urge all ACM Professional Members in India to vote in both elections.

Dear ACM Member,

We are pleased to share with you this issue of ACM India MemberNet. 2012 is an important year for ACM as we celebrate the birth centenary of Alan Turing. A special event which will include more than 30 Turing Award winners is being organized in San Francisco in June as part of the celebrations. ACM India has decided to provide scholarships to five computer science students to attend this important event. ACM India will also organize events to celebrate Alan Turing's centenary during the year.

On January 25, the Pune Chapter successfully organized the ACM India Annual Event. We had an excellent set of speakers which included N. R. Narayana Murthy, the founder and Chairman Emeritus, Infosys; Frans Kaashoek, MIT, 2010 ACM-Infosys Foundation Award Winner; Ramesh Mengawade, Opus Software; Ravi Kannan, Microsoft Research; and Dame Wendy Hall, University of Southampton, former ACM President. Alain Chesnais, the current ACM President, John White, ACM CEO, and Pat Ryan, ACM COO, also attended. We had an audience of nearly 500 including 200 students. In conjunction with this event, the Pune Chapter of ACM also hosted Compute 2012. At this event, we announced that the ACM India Doctoral Dissertation Award will be awarded to the the best doctoral dissertation in the field of computing granted during the year from an Indian university. Nominations for the award can be sent in September 2012 and the award will be given to the winner at the next ACM India Annual event which will be held in Chennai in 2013. Watch for announcements on the Doctoral Dissertation Award and the Turing centenary event on the ACM India site and via email.

We invite you to vote in the ACM India elections which will be held through an electronic ballot this spring. Being the first year, the nominations committee decided to nominate just one person for each of the four posts of office bearers.
  • President: PJ Narayanan (IIIT Hyderabad)
  • Vice-President: Srinivas Padmanabhuni (Infosys, Bangalore)
  • Secretary: Mangala Gowri Nanda (IBM Research, Delhi)
  • Treasurer: Shekhar Sahasrabudhe (Persistent Systems, Pune)
The nominations committee has a slate of 10 excellent candidates for 6 positions for ACM India Council Member. The elected team will have a two-year term from July 2012 to June 2014. (View their CVs, photos and statements on the ACM India site.)
  • Sangeeta Bhattacharya (Intel, Bangalore)
  • Supratik Chakraborty (IIT Powai)
  • Madhavan Mukund (CMI Chennai)
  • Ganesh Ramalingam (MSR India, Bangalore)
  • Maneesha Ramesh (Amrita U, Kollam)
  • S Ramesh (GM ISC, Bangalore)
  • Rajeev Rastogi (Yahoo India, Bangalore)
  • Dheeraj Sanghi (IIT Kanpur)
  • Srikant Sundararajan (Persistent, Kolkata)
  • R. Venkatesh (TRDDC)
We have made a modest beginning to get ACM started in India. The potential for ACM to contribute in India is enormous and I am counting on your help and as we make ACM relevant to the computing community in India and around the world.

With best regards,

Anand S. Deshpande and P.J. Narayanan Co-Chairs, ACM India Council

Anand S. Deshpande is Founder, Chairmain and Managing Director of Persistent Systems, Ltd., Pune.   P.J. Narayanan is Professor and Dean of Research and Development at IIIT, Hyderabad.
TOP STORIES
ACM India Council
Introducing the New ACM-W India Chair, Sheila Anand
Member Recognition
Call for ACM Senior Member, Distinguished Member, and Fellows Nominations
Distinguished Speakers Program
Featured ACM Indian Distinguished Speaker: Mukesh Mohania
ACM Events
Report from COMPUTE 2012: Annual Conference of the ACM Pune Professional Chapter, January 23–24, Pune
Report from ACM India Annual Meet Following COMPUTE 2012
Upcoming Conferences
ICIC 2012: 4th ACM International Conference on Intercultural Collaboration, March 21–23, Bengaluru
International Workshop on Advanced Data Structures and Algorithms, June 4–15, Thapar University, Patiala
ICACCI 2012: International Conference on Advances in Computing, Communications and Informatics, August 3–5, Chennai
Chapters News
Outstanding ACM Chapter: SVCE Student Chapter

ACM India Council

Introducing the New ACM-W India Chair, Sheila Anand


Sheila Anand has over two decades of experience in information technology and its applications, both in the industry and in the field of cutting-edge academic research. She is presently the Chair of ACM-W India and a member of the core committee of the Chennai Professional Chapter of ACM.

She has completed her doctoral research in Information Security from Anna University in Chennai. She received her Masters' degree in Computer Science Engineering and her Bachelors' degree in Electronics and Communication Engineering from Madras University. She holds many professional qualifications/certifications including CISA, CSQA and CISM. She has also completed the ITIL foundation course in IT Service Management.

She is a Senior Member of IEEE, a member of IEEE Computer Society and Treasurer of the IEEE Computer Society Madras Chapter. She is a member of ISACA, IETE, and Computer Society of India.

She is presently the Dean (Research) of Computer Studies at Rajalakshmi Engineering College, Chennai. In her present role, she guides a number of research scholars in doctoral research and is intimately involved in their professional growth. She believes that her prior work experience, both in private consultancy and in responsible positions across the breadth of industry, have stood her in good stead to help drive changes in computing research and curriculum. Her current areas of research interest include information security, data mining, semantic web, sensor networks and distributed computing. She has presented many papers at national and international conferences and has published many research papers in leading international journals.

Of ACM-W India, Sheila Anand says, "The primary objective of ACM-W India is to provide social and professional support for women in computing in India and empower women through technology. ACM-W aims to facilitate technical growth of women by organizing invited lectures, seminars, workshops and informal meetings and provide a platform for the sharing of information, resources, ideas and experience. ACM-W's focus is not only to support women in their professional career growth but also to encourage them to participate in computer-related studies and research. ACM-W India's goal would be to also to promote computer literacy, particularly in rural India, with the objective of empowering underprivileged women and children, to enable them to be independent and self-reliant."


Member Recognition

Call for ACM Senior Member, Distinguished Member, and Fellows Nominations
The Senior Member Grade recognizes those ACM members with professional experience and continuous Professional Membership who have demonstrated performance that sets them apart from their peers. There were 8 Indian Senior Members named in 2011. Please consider nominating an ACM member in your community who you feel merits this recognition. Nominations are accepted throughout the year; the deadline for the current cycle is March 1. Please see the nomination guide for more information.

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. The deadline for nominations is August 1. Please see the nomination guide for more information.

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. The deadline for nominations is September 5. Please see the nomination guide for more information.


Distinguished Speakers Program

Featured ACM European Distinguished Speaker: Mukesh Mohania
The Distinguished Speakers Program (DSP) is one of ACM's most valued outreach programs, providing universities, corporations, event and conference planners, and local ACM chapters with direct access to top technology leaders and innovators from nearly every sector of the computing industry.

This month's featured speaker is Mukesh Mohania. He received his Ph.D. in Computer Science and Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, in 1995. He was a faculty member at University of South Australia from 1996 to 2001. Currently, he is an STSM and IBM Master Inventor at the IBM India Software Lab, and leads the Information Management Software and Research Group. He has worked extensively in the areas of distributed databases, data warehousing, data integration, and autonomic computing. He has published more than 100 papers and also filed more than 30 patents in these or related areas. He received the best paper award for his XML and data integration work at the CIKM 2004 and CIKM 2005 conferences, respectively. He received an award from IBM Tivoli Software in 2004 for his research contribution to the Policy Management for Autonomic Computing product. He was also a recipient of the "Excellence in People Management" award from IBM India in 2007. He received the Outstanding Innovation Award from IBM in 2008 for his Context-Oriented Information Integration work, and Technical Accomplishment Award in 2009 for his Policy work. He is also an IEEE Distinguished Speaker.

For more information on Mukesh, please visit his DSP speaker information page.
Mukesh Mohania's Digital Library author page.


ACM Events

Report from COMPUTE 2012: Annual Conference of the ACM Pune Professional Chapter, January 23–24, Pune
Compute started off as an annual conference of the ACM Bangalore Chapter. Its purpose was to bring together researchers and practitioners working in the area of information management and knowledge services. Compute 2012 marks the first time it was held outside Bangalore, at the ACM Pune Professional Chapter. The 2012 edition (the fifth Compute conference) was inaugurated by ACM Fellow Padmashree. Dr. Vijay Bhatkar. The conference was attended by more than 150 participants from academia and industry. "Intelligent and Scalable System Technologies" was the theme, with two tracks: Knowledge and Information Retrieval, and High Performance Computing. The KIR track keynote was delivered by Deepak Khemani (IIT Madras), and the HPC track keynote was delivered by R. K. Shyamasundar (TIFR, Mumbai), both conference chairs. Along with the paper presentations, the program had a series of interesting talks, tutorials, and panels on subjects such as "Seismic Imaging with High Performance Computing" and "Domain-driven Data Mining." Anand Deshpande, ACM India Co-Chair, spoke on "ACM in India," and a panel addressed the "Role of ACM for Computer Education in India." For a complete report please visit the ACM India site.

Report from ACM India Annual Meet Following COMPUTE 2012
The ACM Annual Meet has become a flagship event of ACM India, giving ACM members in India the oppotunity to meet and interact as well listen to leading researchers and workers in various fields. Following the Compute 2012 conference, about 500 participants comprising professionals, researchers, academics and students attended the meet. ACM President Alain Chesnais stressed the importance of volunteers in ACM's work, and encouraged attendees to volunteer and either work with existing chapters or create new chapters and Special Interest Groups (SIGs) in their location and area of interest. ACM CEO John White then spoke about how ACM India members could leverage ACM as the premier worldwide society for computer science researchers, connecting Indian researchers with the rest of the world, leading to more ACM fellows and award winners in India. Special guest N.R. Narayana Murthy, Chairman Emeritus of Infosys, related how information technology and computer science is uplifting the lives of all Indians through providing better access to information, emphasizing ACM's rich network and resources. Other speakers were 2010 ACM-Infosys Foundation Award winner Frans Kaashoek of MIT; Ramesh Mengawade of Opus Software; Ravi Kannan of Microsoft Research; ACM Past President Dame Wendy Hall; and Sangeet Bhattacharya of Intel, who spoke about ACM-W initiatives for Indian women in computer science. ACM India Co-Chairs Anand Deshpande and P.J. Narayanan opened and closed the event. For a complete report please visit the ACM India site


Upcoming Conferences

ICIC 2012: 4th ACM International Conference on Intercultural Collaboration, March 21–23, Bengaluru
The main theme of ICIC 2012 is intercultural collaboration, from both technical and socio-cultural perspectives. Topics will includecollaboration support (such as natural language processing, Web, and Internet technologies), social psychological analyses of intercultural interaction, and case studies from activists working to increase mutual understanding in our multicultural world. The conference is sponsored by ACM SIGCHI, the Special Interest Group on Computer Human Interaction.

International Workshop on Advanced Data Structures and Algorithms, June 4–15, Thapar University, Patiala
The objective of this workshop/summer school is to promote the discovery and dissemination of high-quality teaching and research in theoretical computer science and computational algorithms. The need of sophisticated algorithms is increasing in all areas of applications due to increasing size and complexity of the problems. Introductory and advanced topics will be covered. The workshop is intended for professionals, teachers, research scholars and software engineers and is organized in part by ACM SIGACT North India.

ICACCI 2012: International Conference on Advances in Computing, Communications and Informatics, August 3–5, Chennai
ICACCI 2012 aims to provide an international forum for exchange of ideas among interested researchers, students, developers, and practitioners in the areas of computing, communications, and informatics. The conference proceedings will be published by ACM, and all accepted papers in the main track as well as workshops will be archived in the ACM Digital Library. Paper abstracts are being accepted until March 5. Scheduled keynote speakers will address a variety of topics including security in networked systems, sensor networks, and bio-inspired robotics.


Chapters News

Outstanding ACM Chapter: SVCE Student Chapter
The ACM student chapter at Sri Venkateswara College of Engineering (SVCE), Sriperumbudur was chartered in August 2011. The chapter aims at developing students' passion and interest in diversified computing technologies. Among its current activities are a one-day seminar on "The Quest for Artificial Intelligence" with chapter Chair Sarath Chandar, and a one-day workshop on SQL basics. The chapter is organizing the National Level Programming Contest (NLPC '12) March 2 and 3. The chapter has its own newsletter highlighting the activities of its Research, Publicity, Web, Student Welfare, and other committees, along with fun facts ("[Ironically] enough, Bill Gates' home was designed using a Mac!"), interviews, training and conference events, and unique perspectives on technology. The chapter plans to set up learning groups to help students gain knowledge in various fields such as cloud computing, parallel computing, and multimedia.
ACM Student Chapters in India
ACM Professional Chapters in India