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Eric Horvitz, recipient of the ACM - AAAI Allen Newell Award for contributions to artificial intelligence and human-computer interaction spanning the computing and decision sciences through developing principles and models of sensing, reflection, and rational action. This award is accompanied by a prize of $10,000, provided by ACM and the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI), and by individual contributions.

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Brent Waters, an associate professor at the University of Texas at Austin, has received the 2015 ACM Grace Murray Hopper Award for the introduction and development of the concepts of attribute-based encryption and functional encryption. Traditionally, public-key encryption makes use of a public key that targets ciphertexts to a specific user that holds one secret key. Waters’ introduction of attribute-based encryption presented a new design where an administrator can create a policy-specific decryption key that will enable decryption of only the underlying files that satisfy the policy.

This award is accompanied by a prize of $35,000 with financial support offered by Microsoft. http://ow.ly/4nfTci
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Twitter’s #AI team, known as #Cortex, has developed an algorithm that can instantly recognize what’s happening in a live feed. The algorithm can tell, for instance, if the star of a clip is playing guitar, demoing a power tool, or is actually a cat hamming it up for viewers.

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Richard Stallman, whose work has enabled extensive software and hardware innovation, has received the ACM Software System Award for the development and leadership of GCC (GNU Compiler Collection) -- a lynchpin of the free software movement. GCC compiles code in various programming languages, including Ada, C, C++, Cobol, Java, and FORTRAN, it produces machine code for many kinds of computers, and it can run on Unix and GNU/Linux systems as well as others. The GNU system is entirely free (libre) software, which means users are free to run its programs, study and change their source code, and redistribute copies with or without changes.

Stallman has previously been recognized with ACM’s Grace Murray Hopper Award. The ACM Software System Award carries a prize of $35,000 thanks to financial support for the Software System Award is provided by IBM. http://ow.ly/4nfSmB
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In the UK, over 8,000 people have signed an e-petition calling for Alan Turing -- the WWII era code-breaker and namesake of the ACM AM Turing Award -- to be featured on the next £10 note. http://ow.ly/4nfu2C
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#Applicative2016 speaker Scott Long has a bachelor of science degree in aviation. While working at Yahoo keeping YBSD running and moving from FreeBSD 4 to FreeBSD 9, Long somehow found time to have a brief stint as an airline pilot. Long is now a kernel engineer, FreeBSD evangelist, and contributor to OpenConnect.netflix.com at Netflix, where he has been since 2012.

Find out more about Scott and the Applicative conference at #NYU, June 1-2: http://ow.ly/4n7mSi
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New Mexico's Supercomputing Challenge has helped state high school graduates go on to college in STEM areas for more than a quarter of a century. This year, students from Los Alamos Middle School took top prize for their project “Solving the Rubik’s Cube 2.0,” -- a three-dimensional simulation of a Rubik’s cube, as well as an implementation of a cube-solving algorithm. http://ow.ly/4nfR4b
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Michael Luby, recipient of the ACM Paris Kanellakis Theory and Practice Award for groundbreaking contributions to erasure correcting codes, which are essential for improving the quality of video transmission over the Internet. His work on erasure correcting codes has had an especially significant impact on the ability to stream videos, including mobile broadcast TV channels. Luby’s contributions have been applied to military technology as well as consumer devices in both wired and wireless networks. Luby is a vice president of technology at Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated, and an ACM Fellow.

This award is accompanied by a prize of $10,000 and is endowed by contributions from the Kanellakis family, with additional financial support provided by ACM's Special Interest Groups on Algorithms and Computation Theory (SIGACT), Design Automation (SIGDA), Management of Data (SIGMOD), and Programming Languages (SIGPLAN), the ACM SIG Projects Fund, and individual contributions.

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The flame graph is a visualization of software execution that is a new necessity for performance profiling and debugging. Read Brendan Gregg's article on this versatile new technique in acmqueue: http://ow.ly/4nfZIp

And don't miss Gregg's presentation on flame graphs at #Applicative2016, hosted at NYU, June 1-2! Sign up for early bird registration now. http://ow.ly/4nfZPH
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Many A.I. researchers consider generalizing -- the ability for an algorithm to deal with both speech and imagery -- to be the biggest hindrance to human-level intelligence. Overcoming this challenge is the driving force behind #OpenAI Gym, a new platform for artificial intelligence research announced earlier this year.

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On Wednesday, Eric Horvitz, a technical fellow and managing director of Microsoft’s Redmond, Washington, research lab, received the ACM-AAAI Allen Newell Award for his groundbreaking contributions to the fields of #ArtificialIntelligence and #HCI.

“His impact is immeasurable,” said Jeannette Wing, and ACM Fellow and a corporate vice president overseeing Microsoft’s core research lab. “He asks big questions: How do our minds work? What computational principles and architectures underlie thinking and intelligent behavior?... How can we deploy computation systems that deliver value to people and society?”

Read Microsoft's tribute to Horvitz in which his colleagues speak to the measure of his contributions: http://ow.ly/4nf13j
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At the Georgia Institute of Technology, administrators have decided to expand online master's program in computer science despite the fact that that it was not the generator the institute originally hoped it would be. http://ow.ly/4na3u8
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