A lot of ACM-W activity has happened during the first quarter of this calendar year, some of which was previously reported via blog postings and listserv announcements, but is included in this edition of our newsletter in case you missed those earlier reports. Articles below highlight our latest Rising Star award winner (Minlan Yu), our most recent Celebrating Technology Leaders webinar (Mental Health, Well-being, and Self Care), recent ACM-W chapter activity, happenings from ACM-W North America, and exciting news about ACM-W work happening in Africa.
Thanks to the hard work of our many ACM-W volunteers and the generous support of many sponsors, we have also had several ACM Celebration events – some virtual, some in-person, and some hybrid.
It has been such a pleasure and honor to lead this amazing organization for nearly five years. My term as ACM-W chair will be ending as of June 30th of this year. As we look ahead to the future, I am thrilled to announce that Ruth Lennon, current Chair of ACM-W Europe and lecturer at the Letterkenny Institute of Technology, has been named the next ACM-W Chair. Ruth has already begun to engage with our ACM-W global leadership team and I am confident that she will continue to build upon and advance our efforts world-wide as we continue to support, celebrate and advocate for women in computing. Congratulations, Ruth!
Thanks for standing with us as we work to fulfill our mission.
ACM Student Chapter Excellence Awards – Apply by March 24th
It is that time of year again! The ACM Student Chapter Excellence Awards recognize outstanding ACM and ACM-W student chapters. All student chapters in good standing are encouraged to apply for this award in one or more of the following five key areas:
- Chapter Activities
- Chapter Website
- Recruitment Program
- Community Service
- School Service
To be eligible, active chapters must have all required officers and at least 10 active chapter members listed on the Chapter Admin Interface. Each category has its own online application. To be considered for one or more of these awards, complete the applications found at: www.acm.org/chapters/student-chapter-excellence-awards by Thursday, March 24, 2022 at 11:59 pm EST.
Winning chapters in each of these categories will receive $500 and a “best of” icon to proudly display on their chapter’s website. Also, these chapters will be recognized on the ACM website and in ACM MemberNet.
Chapter Spotlight: Cyprus ACM-W Chapter
Cyprus ACM-W Chapter launched the FeSTEM community platform (festem.network) on International Day of Girls and Women in Science (February 11).
While there’s a growing representation of women in science, several structural, social, and institutional barriers still remain. FeSTEM network is an e-mentoring platform that aims to link Higher Education (HE) students in Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) with experienced mentors in the field. The platform was developed as part of the FeSTEM project (festemproject.eu) that is co-funded by the Erasmus+ program and supported by the Cyprus ACM-W Chapter (acmwomencyprus.wordpress.com).
Welcome to Our Newest Chapters
- AITR ACM-W Student Chapter – Indore, India (Student)
- GEU ACM-W Student Chapter – Dehradun, India (Student)
- ITU ACM-W Student Chapter – Istanbul, Turkey (Student)
- MUJ ACM-W Student Chapter – Jaipur, India (Student)
- PSU-H ACM-W Student Chapter – Middletown, PA (Student)
- Sathyabama Institute ACM-W Student Chapter – Chennai, India (Student)
- Western Colorado University ACM-W Student Chapter – Gunnison, CO (Student)
ACM-W would like to announce Dr. Minlan Yu as this year’s recipient of the ACM-W Rising Star Award. The ACM-W Rising Star Award recognizes a woman whose early-career research has had a significant impact on the computing discipline.
Minlan Yu is a Gordon McKay Professor at the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Harvard University. Dr. Yu’s research focuses on redesigning the large-scale network infrastructure and making it fundamentally easier to manage many heterogeneous devices while achieving high performance and reliability for diverse applications. In particular, Dr. Yu has made groundbreaking contributions to network telemetry, performance diagnosis at fine timescales, offloading L4-L7 functions to programmable switches, and SDN-based network management. Dr. Yu’s work goes a full circle from important practical problems, transformative architectural design, creative algorithms and data structures, to end-to-end system design and implementations.
Dr. Yu was recognized by various awards such as the NSF CAREER award, 10 Women in Networking/Communications That You Should Know in 2016, faculty awards from Google, Facebook, VMWare, and SIGCOMM doctoral dissertation award. Many of her works have led to deployed systems in the world’s largest production networks and adopted designs in commercial switch chips. Her work has also resulted in IETF standards, patents, and open-source tools for developers and researchers. Before Harvard, Dr. Yu was faculty at Yale University and University of Southern California, a postdoctoral researcher at UC Berkeley, and obtained her Ph.D. in Computer Science from Princeton University.
ACM-W would like to announce Dr. Munmun De Choudhury as this year’s recipient of the ACM-W Rising Star Award. The ACM-W Rising Star Award recognizes a woman whose early-career research has had a significant impact on the computing discipline. Dr. De Choudhury will receive a framed certificate and $1,000 stipend. ACM-W would like to thank Dr. Andrea Goldsmith for her donation, which was used to establish this award.
Munmun De Choudhury, PhD is an Associate Professor at the School of Interactive Computing, Georgia Tech. Dr. De Choudhury’s research develops novel computational techniques, and technologies powered by these techniques, to responsibly and ethically employ social media in quantifying, understanding, and improving personal and societal health and well-being. She is credited to have laid the foundation of this new line of research – a topic that now constitutes a full-fledged research pursuit among scholars and practitioners worldwide. Towards this goal, Dr. De Choudhury’s research program adopts a highly interdisciplinary and collaborative approach involving over 150 coauthors from more than 10 disciplines, that balances methodological contributions with practical impact. Her research group at Georgia Tech – the Social Dynamics and Well-Being Laboratory, combines the power of social computing, machine learning, and natural language analysis with insights and theories from the social and behavioral sciences, such as psychology, sociology, psychiatry, medicine, and public health. Dr. De Choudhury evaluates the developed computational techniques using diverse, trans-disciplinary human-centered methods, deriving conclusions grounded in human behavior.
Dr. De Choudhury’s work has been the recipient of many awards, including 13 best paper and honorable mention paper awards from the ACM and AAAI, the 2019 Complex Systems Junior Scientific Award, and faculty awards from Mozilla, Microsoft, Facebook, and Yahoo!. Her research has raised over $14 million in research grants, gifts, and contracts from federal, industry, and non-profit sponsors, demonstrating the breadth of her research impact and interest from diverse stakeholders. Dr. De Choudhury’s research has also been extensively covered by prominent popular press like the New York Times, BBC, NPR, NBC News, Wired, Atlantic, Scientific American, and the Time magazine. She has advised social media companies, non-profits, advocacy and governmental organizations, including Facebook, Twitter, Google, The Aspen Institute, The Civic Signals Initiative, Everytown for Gun Safety, The United Nations Foundation, The Pacific Northwest National Lab, The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine. In 2020, Dr. De Choudhury served as the General Chair of International AAAI Conference on Web and Social Media (ICWSM), the leading interdisciplinary conference on social media. Earlier, Dr. De Choudhury was a faculty associate with the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard, a postdoctoral researcher at Microsoft Research, and obtained her PhD in Computer Science from Arizona State University in 2011.
The ACM-W Chair Dr. Jodi Tims will be presenting the award (pending logistics) to Dr. De Choudhury at a conference of her choice. We would like to congratulate Dr. De Choudhury on her early career success and contributions to the field of computing!
The ACM-W Rising Star Selection Committee
Pamela Wisniewski (Chair), Samaher Al-Janabi, Lilia Georgieva, Heli Helskyaho, Bimlesh Wadhwa, and Tao Xie
ACM-W would like to announce Dr. Vivienne Sze as the winner of the inaugural ACM-W Rising Star Award. The ACM-W Rising Star Award recognizes a woman whose early-career research has had a significant impact on the computing discipline. Dr. Sze will receive a framed certificate and $1,000 stipend. ACM-W would like to thank Dr. Andrea Goldsmith for her donation, which was used to establish this award.
Dr. Sze is an Associate Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department. Dr. Sze develops new techniques that bridge algorithm and hardware design, enabling designs optimized across multiple layers of abstraction for greatly improved performance. Her efforts focus on algorithms, circuits, and systems for a broad set of applications, including machine learning, computer vision, robotics, image processing, and video coding. Examples of her groundbreaking work include customized accelerators that provide substantial power reduction in computer vision and deep learning applications and new video coding algorithms that provide order-of-magnitude throughput improvements.
Dr. Sze is widely recognized and has received many awards, including the AFOSR and DARPA Young Faculty Award, faculty awards from Google, Facebook, and Qualcomm, the Edgerton Faculty Award, the 2018 Symposium on VLSI Circuits Best Student Paper Award, the 2017 CICC Outstanding Invited Paper Award, and the 2016 IEEE Micro Top Picks Award. She received the Jin-Au Kong Outstanding Doctoral Thesis Prize in electrical engineering at MIT in 2011. From September 2010 to July 2013, she was a Member of Technical Staff in the Systems and Applications R&D Center at Texas Instruments (TI), Dallas, TX, where she designed low-power algorithms and architectures for video coding. She also represented TI in the JCT-VC committee of ITU-T and ISO/IEC standards body during the development of High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC), which received a Primetime Engineering Emmy Award.
The ACM-W President Dr. Jodi Tims will be presenting the award (pending logistics) to Dr. Sze at the International Symposium on Computer Architecture (ISCA 2020) in Valencia, Spain. We would like to congratulate Dr. Sze on her early career success and contributions to the field of computing!