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Getting Recognized by ACM Awards and Honors


Oct 1, 2021 02:46 PM

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Gabriele Kotsis (Speaker)
ACM President; Chair of ACM Council
Gabriele Kotsis is Full Professor in computer science at Johannes Kepler University, Linz, Austria, and President of ACM. Her master’s thesis, submitted at the University of Vienna in 1991, was honored with the student sponsorship award of the Austrian Computer Society, and her PhD in 1995 was honored with the highly prestigious Heinz-Zemanek award). In 2002, she was one of the co-founding chairs of the working group for professors in computer science within the Austrian Computer Society (OCG). From 2003 to 2007 she was President of the Austrian Computer Society, being the first female holding this position in Austria. In addition to her two-term presidency at OCG, Gabriele takes an active part in the Editorial Board of the OCG Book Series, in the working group Fem-IT (Association of Female University Professors in IT), and in the OCG award committee. From 2007 to 2015 she served as Vice-Rector for Research at Johannes Kepler University (JKU).
Panagiota Fatourou (Speaker and Panel Moderator)
Chair of ACM Europe Council; Chair of ACM Europe RAISE
Panagiota Fatourou is a Professor of Computer Science at the University of Crete and the Foundation for Research and Technology - Hellas, as well as Chair of the ACM Europe Council. Her research interests focus on the principles of parallel and distributed computing. Fatourou has served in leadership for conferences such as PODC, OPODIS, and SSS. She has been awarded a Marie Curie Individual Fellowship, a Distinguished Professor Fellowship from the Foundation Sciences Mathématiques de Paris, and excellence grants from the Greek Ministry of Education and the European Commission. She founded and chairs the Greek ACM-W Chapter, co-organized and co-chaired the first two Summits on Gender Equality in Computing (GEC), and has been the scientific director and organizing committee chair of the 1st Summer School on Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (WiSTEM 2019) in Greece. She is also an ACM Distinguished Speaker.
James Larus (Panelist)
Chair of ACM Fellows Committee
James Larus is Professor and Dean of the School of Computer and Communication Sciences (IC) at EPFL (École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne). Before joining IC in October 2013, Larus was a researcher, manager, and director in Microsoft Research for over 16 years and an Assistant and Associate Professor in the Computer Sciences Department at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Larus has been an active contributor to numerous communities. He published more than 100 papers (with 9 best and most influential paper awards), and has received more than 40 US patents. Larus received a National Science Foundation Young Investigator award in 1993 and became an ACM Fellow in 2006. Larus received his MS and PhD in Computer Science from the University of California, Berkeley in 1989, and an AB in Applied Mathematics from Harvard in 1980.
Roy Levin (Panelist)
Co-Chair of ACM Awards Committee
Roy Levin is a former Distinguished Engineer and Managing Director of Microsoft Research Silicon Valley, leading approximately 65 researchers in distributed computing and related fields. Before that, Levin was a senior researcher and subsequently director of the Digital/Compaq Systems Research Center in Palo Alto. His research included operating systems, distributed computing, and tools for large-scale software development. Before joining Digital, Levin co-led development of the experimental programming environment Cedar at Xerox’s Palo Alto Research Center. He was also a developer of Grapevine, a landmark electronic mail system. In retirement, Levin serves as co-chair of the ACM Awards program, which includes the Turing Award and approximately 20 others. He also serves on the ACM’s History Committee with a focus on oral history. He is an ACM Fellow and a former chair of SIGOPS. He has authored or co-authored approximately 25 technical publications and several patents.
John R. White (Panelist)
Co-Chair of ACM Awards Committee
John R. White served as ACM Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer from November 1998 to August 2015. During his tenure, ACM membership grew to an all-time high, its scholarly publishing program doubled in size, and the Association was increasingly involved in issues related to the image and health of computing worldwide. Prior to joining ACM, he was Manager of the CS Laboratory at the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (PARC). White spent 17 years at Xerox PARC leading several research groups, including the one that developed DocuPrint, Xerox’ series of high-end, high-speed networked printing products. White served as ACM President from 1990-92. Since his retirement in August 2015, he has served as co-chair of the ACM awards program. He is an ACM Fellow, a recipient of the Outstanding Contribution to ACM award, an ACM Presidential award, and a Xerox PARC Excellence in Science and Technology Award. White has served on the boards of the CRA, CSAB, and CrossRef.
Nuria Oliver (Panelist)
Member of ACM Fellows Committee
Nuria Oliver is Co-Founder and VP of the European Laboratory for Learning and Intelligent Systems, Co-founder and Scientific Director of the ELLIS Unit Alicante, Chief Data Scientist at Data-Pop Alliance, and Chief Scientific Advisor to the Vodafone Institute. She is a Fellow of ACM, IEEE, and EurAI. With more than 25 years of research experience in human-centric AI, Oliver has authored 160+ widely cited scientific articles and holds 40+ patents. She received the Spanish National CS Award, the MIT TR100 Young Innovator Award; 2020 Data Scientist of the Year by ESRI, the 2021 King Jaume I award in New Technologies, and the 2021 Abie Technology Leadership Award. In 2020, she was appointed Commissioner to the President of the Valencian Government on AI Strategy and Data Science against COVID-19. In that role, she has recently co-led ValenciaIA4COVID, the winning team of the 500k XPRIZE Pandemic Response Challenge. Twitter: @nuriaoliver, LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/nuriaoliver/.
Geraldine Fitzpatrick (Panelist)
Member of ACM Distinguished Member Committee
Geraldine Fitzpatrick is Professor of Technology Design and Assessment and heads the Human Computer Interaction Group in the Informatics Faculty at TU Wien Austria. She is an ACM Distinguished Scientist, ACM Distinguished Speaker, IFIP Fellow, and IFIP TC-13 Pioneer Award recipient. She has a diverse background, with degrees in both Computer Science and Applied Positive Psychology/Coaching Psychology and experience working in industry as a UX consultant. In all her work she takes a concern for people-led perspectives, quality of experience, and developing potential. Her research is at the intersection of social and computer sciences, with a particular interest in collaboration, health, and well-being, and community building. Her most recent service roles include the ACM Distinguished Member Committee, ACM SIGCHI CHI Steering Committee, CHI2019 general co-chair, CSCW2018 papers co-chair, and various international advisory boards. She also hosts the Changing Academic Life podcast series.
Anastasia Ailamak (Panelist)
Chair of the ACM Europe Fellows Working Group
Anastasia Ailamaki is a Professor of Computer and Communication Sciences at EPFL and the CEO and co-founder of RAW Labs SA, a Swiss company that develops and enables digital transformation for enterprises through real-time analysis of heterogeneous big data. Previously, she was on the faculty of the Computer Science Department at CMU, where she held the Finmeccanica endowed chair. She has received the 2019 ACM SIGMOD Edgar F. Codd Innovations Award, the 2019 EDBT Test of Time award, the 2018 Nemitsas Prize in Computer Science, an ERC Consolidator Award (2013), the European Young Investigator Award from the European Science Foundation (2007), an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship (2005), and 10 best-paper awards in database, storage, and computer architecture conferences. She is an ACM Fellow, an IEEE Fellow, and an elected member of the Swiss, Belgian, and Cypriot National Research Councils.