Tuesday, July 8, 2014

MemberNet India


Welcome to Our New ACM India Council Members!
from ACM India Council President Srinivas Padmanabhuni

Dear ACM Member,

With the second ACM India Council election completed, I thank all voters who participated in this important event. Your new ACM India Council leaders will help shape the envrionment of computing in India, during their terms and beyond. Get to know them—they are working for you.

ACM India has developed its own voice and mission since its formation in 2009. Our local and international events are increasing in number and visibility, as you can see from the impressive list of conferences featured in this issue. We have hosted award-winning speakers at our events and have established our own Doctoral Dissertation Award to recognize the achievements of young researchers in India. We have begun education initiatives that included workshops to help train teachers in core computer science concepts, and held a summit exploring the state of academics, research and innovation in Indian institutions. And ACM-W India has held several events that provided an opportunity for young students and professionals to listen to, interact with, and be motivated by leading women professionals around the world.

I'm sure you'll agree that 2014 marks the start of an exciting new chapter for ACM India.

With best regards,

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


TOP STORIES
ACM India Council
New ACM India Council Elected
Member Recognition
Call for ACM Senior and Distinguished Member and Fellows Nominations
Distinguished Speakers Program
Featured ACM Indian Distinguished Speaker: Vijay Agneeswaran
Education
Summer Faculty Development Programs (FDPs) by ACM Pune Chapter
Conferences and Events
Travel Grants for Conferences
  Upcoming Events:
ICONIAAC 2014, August 9 - 10, Kerala
ACM India Regional Event, September 13, Pune
COMPUTE 2014, October 9 - 11, Nagpur
GHC India 2014, November 19 - 21, Bangalore
HiPC 2014, December 17 - 20, Goa
ISEC 2015, February 18 - 20, 2015, Bangalore
ACM-W News
ACM-W India Regional Celebration of Women in Computing, September 25 - 26, Goa
Student News
ACM-W Student Scholarships for Attendance at Research Conferences
ACM in the News
"36th International Software Summit to Boost IT Sector"

ACM India Council

New ACM India Council Elected
ACM India is pleased to announce the new ACM India Council Members:



President (1 July 2014 - 30 June 2016)
Srinivas Padmanabhuni is Principal Research Scientist and Associate Vice President at Infosys Labs. He has four granted patents and has over 15 pending patent applications. He co-authored the book Distributed Systems Security: Issues, Processes and Solutions (Wiley), and has written several refereed articles and given several invited talks in areas of software engineering and artificial intelligence. "I believe in Vint Cerf's words: 'Being an ACM member means being a professional.' I visualize ACM India as a force for institutionalizing the culture of research, and as a vehicle for enhancing access of global ACM resources to computing professionals, students and faculty of India."



Vice President (1 July 2014 - 30 June 2016)
Madhavan Mukund is Dean of Studies at Chennai Mathematical Institute. His main research area is formal verification. He has active collaborations within and outside India and regularly serves on international conference programme committees. "ACM India should take the lead in bringing together academia, industry and government to formulate policies for enhancing the quality of computing activity in the country."



Secretary (1 July 2014 - 30 June 2016)
Mangala Gowri Nanda is a Senior Researcher at IBM Research, India, where she has worked in Web Services and in Programming Languages and Software Engineering. Currently her technical work has shifted to visualization of big data. "I would like to help ACM meet the needs of professionals who are solving real problems, and make connections to emerging trends in computing."



Treasurer (1 July 2014 - 30 June 2016)
Mukesh Mohania is an IBM Distinguished Engineer and Chief Architect for Education Transformation area in IBM Research. He has worked extensively in the areas of distributed databases, data warehousing, data integration, and autonomic computing. He has published 120+ papers and has more than 25 patents in his name. He is an IBM Master Inventor, a member of IBM Academy of Technology, and ACM Distinguished Scientist. "I plan to help ACM Chapters to organize many events, have better coordination and discipline with regards to accounts and elections, expand membership base, strengthen student branch activities and also start some new chapters."

Members-at-Large (1 July 2014 - 30 June 2018):
  • Supratik Chakraborty (IIT Bombay)
  • Hemangee Kapoor (IIT Guwahati)
  • Rashmi Mohan (Yahoo! India, Bangalore)
  • Sukumar Nandi (IIT Guwahati)
  • V. Krishna Nandivada (IIT Madras)
  • Ganesan Ramalingam (Microsoft Research India, Bangalore)
  • Gautam Shroff (TCS, Delhi)

Member Recognition

Call for ACM Senior and 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. 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 September 3. Please see the nomination guide for more information. Also please read Advice to Those Seeking ACM Senior Members by former Senior Member Committee Chair Susan Rodger on how to submit a strong nomination package.

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. Also please read Advice to Members Seeking ACM Distinction, by past Committee Co-chairs Marc Snir and Telle Whitney.

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. Also please read late James Horning's article, Making the Case for an ACM Fellow.


Distinguished Speakers Program

Featured ACM Indian Distinguished Speaker: Vijay Agneeswaran
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 Vijay Agneeswaran. Vijay has a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science and Engineering from SVCE, Madras University, and MS (by research)and PhD degrees from IIT Madras. He was a post-doctoral research fellow in the LSIR Labs, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne (EPFL) for a year. He has spent the last seven years with Oracle, Cognizant and Impetus, contributing significantly to Industrial R&D in the big data and cloud areas. He is currently Director Technology/Principal Architect as head of the Big-Data R&D at Impetus. The R&D group provides thought leadership through patents, publications, invited talks at conferences and next-generation product innovations. The main focus areas for his research include big-data governance, batch and real-time analytics, and paradigms for implementing machine learning algorithms for big data. He has been a professional member of ACM and IEEE for more than eight years. He has filed patents with US, European and Indian patent offices (with two issued US patents). He has published in leading journals and conferences, including IEEE transactions. He has been an invited speaker in several national and international conferences, such as O'Reilly's Strata big data conference series. His recent publications have appeared in the big data journal Liebertpub.

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


Education

Summer Faculty Development Programs (FDPs) by ACM Pune Chapter
The ACM Pune Chapter has planned two FDPs for the current summer vacation. The first one is on Design and Development of Algorithms, which is supported by TCS. The second session is on Mathematical Modelling. Both the programs are planned for June and July. In addition to faculty from Pune, faculty from all the nearby places like Goa, Nagpur, Nasik and Aurangabad will be provided an opportunity to attend. For more information contact Arati Dixit.


Conferences and Events

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.

UPCOMING EVENTS:
ICONIAAC 2014, August 9 - 10, Kerala
The International Conference on Interdisciplinary Advances in Applied Computing provides an international forum for discussion and dissemination of recent interdisciplinary advances and innovations in applied computing towards improvement in the quality of human life. The proceedings will be published in ACM's ICPS International Conference Proceedings Series.

ACM India Regional Event, September 13, Pune
The ACM Pune Chapter is organizing an ACM India Regional Event on cybersecurity. Eminent ACM speakers Ponnurangam Kumaraguru, Ashutosh Saxena, and Sachin Lodha will present their work and views on security in cyberspace. A demonstration workshop that brings out the practical applications of research and development in cybersecurity is aimed at bridging the research-level work with practice. Finally, a panel comprising a mix of practitioners and researchers will discuss the impact of the current work, and some future trends to look for in cybersecurity. For more information contact Abhijat Vichare. Also look for updates in emails and future issues of MemberNet India, and on the ACM India website.

COMPUTE 2014, October 9 - 11, Nagpur (Call for Participation)
Each year COMPUTE is held at an ACM India chapter. COMPUTE 2014 will be hosted by the ACM Nagpur Chapter. Papers are invited for two tracks: Information and Knowledge Management, and High Performance Computing. The Information and Knowledge Management Track aims to identify challenging problems facing the development of future knowledge and information systems, and to shape future research directions through the publication of high quality, applied and theoretical research findings in the general areas of databases, information retrieval, and knowledge management. The High Performance Computing Track explores the state of the art in high performance and large-scale computing systems, their use in modeling and simulation, their design, performance and use, and their impact. The deadline for paper submissions is August 1. Please visit the Call for Papers page for more information. Submissions for tutorial sessions are also encouraged. The deadline for tutorial proposal submissions is July 19. Please visit the Tutorials page for more information.

GHC India 2014, November 19 - 21, Bangalore (Call for Participation)
The Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing India (GHC India 2014) is a great opportunity to gain professional visibility as a subject matter expert, expand your network and inspire other women in computing. Be a part of the India's largest conference for women technologists by submitting a session proposal. Submissions are encouraged from professionals at all levels—entry-level to senior women in industry, academia—and from students—undergraduate, graduate and post-doc fellows. Women technologists and those who work with them (including technical men, corporate recruiters, nonprofit advocates, etc.) are all welcome to submit session proposals. The deadline for submissions is August 10. Find submission information here.

HiPC 2014, December 17 - 20, Goa (Call for Participation)
The 21st IEEE International Conference on High Performance Computing (in cooperation with ACM SIGACT and ACM SIGART) will serve as a forum for researchers from around the world to present their current research efforts and findings, and will act as a venue for stimulating discussions and highlighting high performance computing related activities in Asia. The conference has a history of attracting participation from reputed researchers from all over the world, and will include a strong single-track technical program of peer reviewed papers and three invited keynote lectures. The conference will also feature a student research symposium for fostering student research and providing an international forum to highlight student research accomplishments. Student symposium submissions are due September 16.

ISEC 2015, February 18 - 20, 2015, Bangalore (Call for Participation)
The ISEC 2015 8th ACM 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 across the world. Technical papers describing original and unpublished results of conceptual, empirical, and experimental software engineering research are invited. The conference provides a forum for researchers and practitioners from both academia and industry to meet and share cutting-edge advancements in the field of software engineering. Paper abstracts are due September 15, 2014. For details on submission of workshop and tutorial proposals, contact the respective chairs, Raghu Reddy and Atul Gupta and visit the workshop submissions page.


ACM-W News

ACM-W India Regional Celebration of Women in Computing, September 25 - 26, Goa
The ACM-W India Regional Celebration of Women in Computing will gather more than 150 women in computer science from India on the campus of Goa University for two days of professional development, networking and inspirational activities. The conference will bring together present and and future women leaders in computing from all over the country and abroad for inspiration and practical guidance in pursuing meaningful and satisfying careers. Female students will also get a chance to hear from, interact with and be mentored by industry professionals, researchers and faculty members. The All India Programming Contest Finals for Girls will be the culmination of the first two rounds, which will be conducted online by Reliscore, Pune. A student poster session and student paper presentations will also engage the students. Also there will be a presentation on the life and work of Shafi Goldwasser, 2012 ACM Turing Award recipient. For more information contact Maria Choudhary.


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.


ACM in the News

"36th International Software Summit to Boost IT Sector"
The New Indian Express, June 5, 2014
ICSE 2014, for the first time taking place in India, draws more than 1,200 delegates from more than 50 countries.

Read news articles about ACM.