Thursday, May 15, 2014

MemberNet India


Remember to Vote for ACM India Council Members—Your Vote Is Important!
from ACM India Council President P.J. Narayanan


Dear ACM Member,

It is time for the second round of elections for the ACM India Council. We have an array of very able candidates and it is your turn to elect the best among them. ACM India has come a long way from 2009 towards representing the computing community in India. ACM India has initiated several very high-quality activities in India, in keeping with ACM's image. This includes the ACM India Best Doctoral Dissertation Award, the annual PhD Production Survey, and several workshops to train teachers of CS. Several Turing Award winners have visited and lectured at the ACM India Annual Events.

This is just a beginning. There is much more to do in the future along these lines in the coming years. The ACM name is associated with premium quality in its Digital Library, curriculum recommendations, SIGs, conferences, awards, etc. I urge you to vote for the candidates who you think have the right ideas, the track record, and the enthusiasm to carry forward ACM's mission in India for the next term. It will not take more than 1 to 2 minutes to vote using our easy online system. But do understand your candidates, their professional experience, their preparedness for the jobs, and their plans for ACM India before you start the process. I solicit your enthusiastic participation in the elections and in ACM's future activities in India. See below for specific information on the voting process.
  • On 7 May, all Professional ACM members (as of 24 April 2014) residing in India were sent voting information via an email message or post mail from Helios Labs. If you have not received an email from Helios Labs, and your email address is on file with ACM, please contact acm-support@heliosvoting.org. Ballots are due by 6 June at 21:30 IST. You can view the candidate slate here.
With best regards,

P.J. Narayanan
President, ACM India Council
P.J. Narayanan is Professor and Director of IIIT, Hyderabad.


TOP STORIES
ACM India Council
ACM-W India Update: CODhER Hackathon
Awards
2013 ACM Doctoral Dissertation Award Winner: Sanjam Garg
Member Recognition
Call for ACM Senior and Distinguished Member Nominations
Distinguished Speakers Program
Featured ACM Indian Distinguished Speaker: Biplav Srivastava
Education
Summer Faculty Development Programs (FDPs) by ACM Pune Chapter
Conferences and Events
Travel Grants for Conferences
  Upcoming Events:
MOBILESoft 2014, June 2 - 3, Hyderabad
ICONIAAC 2014, August 9 - 10, Kerala
ACM India Regional Event, September 13, Pune
ACM-W India Regional Celebration of Women in Computing, September 25 - 26, Goa
COMPUTE 2014, October 9 - 11, Nagpur (Call for Participation)
HiPC 2014, December 17 - 20, Goa (Call for Participation)
POPL 2015, January 15-17, 2015, Mumbai (Call for Participation)
Student News
ACM-W Student Scholarships for Attendance at Research Conferences
Chapters News
Welcome New ACM India Chapters
ACM in the News
"Hyderabad to host global meet on software engineering this month"
"Game developers say success hinges on more than just programming skills: Interpersonal skills also key"

ACM India Council

ACM-W India Update: CODhER Hackathon by Sheila Anand, ACM-W India Chair
The CODhER Hackathon, held on 23 March, 2014 in Chennai, a first-of-its-kind initiative to promote participation among women in technical events. The event was organized and hosted by the ACM Student Chapter, College of Engineering, Guindy, Anna University, Chennai. This event was exclusively for women programmers who have a passion for application development and coding in general. The event was supported by Jugadoo.com and sponsored by ACM-W India and Indix. There were 92 registrations from various colleges all through India. On the actual day, there were 19 teams (46 participants). The task was to develop either a web application or a mobile application. Time was allotted for each team to present their idea and code. The best three ideas (teams) were awarded prizes. Please visit the ACM-W India events page for photos and information about past and future events.


Awards

2013 ACM Doctoral Dissertation Award Winner: Sanjam Garg
Sanjam Garg has won the 2013 Doctoral Dissertation Award presented by ACM for developing tools that enable the first secure solution to the problem of making computer program code "unintelligible" while preserving its functionality. This problem, known as software obfuscation, conceals the program's purpose or its logic in order to prevent tampering, deter reverse engineering, or as a challenge to readers of the source code. His approach makes it impossible to reverse-engineer the obfuscated software without solving mathematical problems that could take hundreds of years to work out on today's computers. Garg, a Josef Raviv Memorial Postdoctoral Fellow at IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, completed his dissertation at the University of California, Los Angeles, which nominated him. A graduate of the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, he will receive the Doctoral Dissertation Award and its $20,000 prize at the annual ACM Awards Banquet on June 21 in San Francisco. Financial sponsorship of the award is provided by Google Inc.

In his dissertation "Candidate Multilinear Maps," Garg described new mathematical tools that serve as key ingredients for transforming a program into a "jigsaw puzzle" of encrypted pieces. Corresponding to each input is a unique set of puzzle pieces that, when assembled, reveal the output of the program. Security of the obfuscated program hinges on the fact that illegitimate combinations of the puzzle pieces do not reveal anything.

Read the ACM news release.


Member Recognition

Call for ACM Senior and Distinguished Member 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 June 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.


Distinguished Speakers Program

Featured ACM European Distinguished Speaker: Biplav Srivastava
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 Biplav Srivastava. Biplav is based out of IBM Research - India at New Delhi. His research deals with enabling people to make rational decisions despite real-world complexities of poor data, changing goals and limited resources. This has led to expertise in Artificial Intelligence, Services and Sustainability, where he has a proven track record of high-quality innovation in the global business environment. His current focus is on open APIs and data, and their real-world usage in enterprise integration. As part of this, he represents IBM at W3C's working group on Government Linked Data and is active in Data.gov.in circles. Previously, he had explored influential web services approaches in this space.

Biplav received his Ph.D. in 2000 and M.S. in 1996 from Arizona State University, and B.Tech. in 1993 from Indian Institute of Technology (Banaras Hindu University) (IIT-BHU), India, all in Computer Science. He has 18 years of experience in industrial and academic research as well as commercial, deadline-oriented, software development in both India and the US. Biplav has 100+ research papers published including all top fora in his fields, 23 US patents issued and 40+ applications. Biplav actively participates in professional services globally including running the AI in India virtual Google group, organizing conference tracks and workshops, and as a Program Committee member for more than 50 events.

For more information on Biplav, please visit his DSP speaker information page.
Biplav Srivastava'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:
MOBILESoft 2014, June 2 - 3, Hyderabad
The First International Conference on Mobile Software Engineering and Systems will cover many aspects of mobile systems design, including mobile app development, user gesture interaction, and payment systems. Keynote speakers are Anirudha N. Jos on "Interaction Design for People with Less Education," Satish Chandra on "JavaScript in the Small," and Gabi Zodik on "MobileFirst—Mobile Development & Runtime Challenges for Today and Tomorrow."

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.

ACM-W India Regional Celebration of Women in Computing, September 25 - 26, Goa
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. Keynote speaker Shafi Goldwasser, 2012 ACM Turing Award recipient, will give insights on her life and work. For more information contact Maria Choudhary. 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.

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. Conference paper submissions are due May 30. Please see the website for student submission deadlines and other important dates.

POPL 2015, January 15-17, 2015, Mumbai (Call for Participation)
The 42nd ACM SIGPLAN-SIGACT Symposium on Principles of Programming Languages is a forum for the discussion of all aspects of programming languages and programming systems. Both theoretical and experimental papers are welcome, on topics ranging from formal frameworks to experience reports. Papers discussing new ideas and new areas are encouraged, as are papers (often called "pearls") that elucidate existing concepts in ways that yield new insights. We are looking for any submission with the potential to make enduring contributions to the theory, design, implementation or application of programming languages. The first paper deadline is July 3, 2014. Please see the Call for Papers page for complete submission information.

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. Recent awardees came from Bangladesh, Nigeria, Peru, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, and the United States.

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

Welcome New ACM India Chapters
ACM India welcomes these new Student Chapters in India that have been chartered since January 2014:
  • Ahmedabad University ACM-W Student Chapter, Ahmedabad
  • AMU ACM Student Chapter, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh
  • BVB ACM Student Chapter, B V Bhoomaraddi College of Engineering and Technology, Vidyanagar
  • CEC ACM Student Chapter, College of Engineering Cherthala
  • DA-IICT ACM Student Chapter, Dhirubhai Ambani Institute of Information and Communication Technology, Gujarat
  • DDUC ACM Student Chapter, Deen Dayal Upadhyaya College, New Delhi
  • IEM ACM Student Chapter, Institute of Engineering & Management, Kolkata
  • IIT Roorkee ACM Student Chapter, Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee
  • JBIET ACM Student Chapter, J.B. Institute of Engineering and Technology, Hyderabad
  • Jayamukhi ACM Student Chapter, Warangal
  • JNEC Aurangabad ACM Student Chapter, Jawaharlal Nehru Engineering College, Aurangabad
  • JUIT ACM Student Chapter, Jaypee University of Information Technology, Solan
  • MHSSCOE ACM Student Chapter, M.H. Saboo Siddik College of Engineering, Mumbai
  • Oxford College ACM Student Chapter, Bangalore
  • Sree Vidyanikethan Engg.College ACM Student Chapter, Tirupati
  • Thapar University ACM-W Student Chapter, Patiala
  • UEM Jaipur ACM Student Chapter, University of Engineering & Management, Chomu
ACM Student Chapters in India
ACM Professional Chapters in India


ACM in the News

"Hyderabad to host global meet on software engineering this month"
The Hindu Business Line, May 5, 2014
The ICSE conference in Hyderabad, May 31-June 7, is the first time for India to host the conference. The next edition will be held at Firenze in Italy from May 16-24, 2015, and in Austin, Texas, US in the same month the following year.

"Game developers say success hinges on more than just programming skills: Interpersonal skills also key"
Science Daily, May 5, 2014
A new study finds that game developers need a suite of non-programming skills—including communication skills—that are considered less important in other fields of software development. The paper detailing this research will be presented at ICSE in Hyderabad.

Read news articles about ACM.