SIGACCESS continues to grow in membership and expand its activities. The SIG boasts members from 18 countries worldwide. Also continuing the pattern of growth, the ASSETS’06 conference attracted even more attendees than the previous high set by the 2005 conference. SIGACCESS is also pleased to announce that the ACM has Publications Board has established a new journal, Transactions on Accessible Computing, which focuses on the interests of SIG members.
ASSETS Conference Updates
Typically, the highlight of our year is the ASSETS conference. ASSEST’06, held in Portland, Oregon, was no exception. It attracted a record number of attendees and paper submissions. The move to an annual conference appears to have been highly successful and we look forward to ASSETS’07 in Tempe, Arizona, USA, October 15 – 17.
Two ACM Best Paper Awards were presented at ASSETS’06:
SIGACCESS Best Paper Award: Rick Kjeldsen, IBM T. J. Watson Research Center, “Improvements in vision-based pointer control”
SIGACCESS Best Student Paper Award: Anna Cavender, Richard E. Ladner, Eve A. Riskin, University of Washington, “MobileASL: Intelligibility of sign language video as constrained by mobile phone technology”
For the third year, the conference featured an NSF sponsored Doctoral Consortium (see http://www.acm.org/sigaccess/newsletter/sept06.php). This consortium allowed advanced doctoral students to present their dissertation topics and receive feedback during formative stages of their work. Several students from the previous year’s Consortium returned to the conference and also participated in the event.
The conference also launched the ACM Student Research Competition (SRC) event for SIGACCESS. The SRC, sponsored by Microsoft Research, allows students from diverse ACM areas to present their work and get recognized for achievement. The three winners of the ASSETS SRC were Joshua M. Hailpern (University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign), Yevgen (Eugene) Borodin (State University of New York – Stony Brook), and Murni Mahmud (University of Manchester). We are pleased to announce that across all ACM SIGs and conferences participating, Eugene Borodin was awarded first place in the Graduate Student Category for his paper “A flexible VXML interpreter for non-visual web access”. Eugene was invited to the ACM Awards ceremony on June 9th and was officially recognized for his winning entry. For more information, see http://www.acm.org/src/
Finally, a SIGACCESS Business Meeting was held at ASSETS. Attendees were updated on SIG activities and discussed ideas for the future. The annual Business Meeting is a great place to meet other SIGACCESS members and learn how to get involved in SIG activities. Everyone is welcome to attend the Business Meeting at the upcoming ASSETS’07 conference.
Transactions on Accessible Computing (TACCESS) is now accepting submissions and is expected to have its first issue early 2008, see http://www.is.umbc.edu/taccess/index.html. TACCESS is a quarterly journal that publishes refereed articles addressing issues of computing as it impacts the lives of people with disabilities. It provides a technical forum for disseminating innovative research that covers either:
* applications of computing and information technologies to provide assistive systems to persons with disabilities, or
* investigations of computing technologies and their use by persons with disabilities.
A Special Issue of the ACM Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction (TOCHI) on the topic of Web Accessibility is scheduled for the journal’s June, 2007 issue.
The SIGACCESS newsletter continues with its regular online publications with a new Editor-in-Chief, see http://www.acm.org/sigaccess/newsletter/. We thank Simeon Keates for his artful editorship for issues spanning the last three years. The job is an often demanding one that he accepted with grace, diligence, and professionalism. While appreciating his service, we recognize his desire to move on. SIGACCESS is extremely pleased that Sri Kurniawan of the University of Manchester has agreed to assume the position as Editor-in-Chief.
Also available on the SIGACCESS website is the monthly ‘left field’ column (see http://www.acm.org/sigaccess/leftfield/). This column, initiated by Simon Harper, brings up topics and issues related to accessibility that arise from ACM publications not part of the SIGACCESS publications. As with the newsletter, the ‘left field’ column has undergone a change in editor. Yeliz Yesilada of the University of Manchester assumed the writing of the column a few months ago. We thank her for stepping up to this. At the same time, we wish to thank Simon Harper for all his efforts in launching the successful column and keeping SIGACCESS members apprised of a wide range of ACM publications that gave our community new perspectives on our work.
A key focus for SIGACCESS is developing new researchers. The SIG has taken many steps to address this goal. Among those activities are the following that were part of our 2007 initiatives:
The SIGACCESS website has a new repository of information about Ph.D. and Master’s theses related to assistive technologies, computer access, and the application of computing and information technology in solving relevant disability problems. This information is available on the SIGACCESS website at http://www.acm.org/sigaccess/phd/index.php. This site can be used not only to learn about this work (sometimes in advance of its publication), but also as a resource for locating universities and faculty active in the area. Students wishing to publish their work can find an online submission form on the website.
SIGACCESS hosted an ACM Student Research Competition (SRC) event for the first time at ASSETS’06 (see above).
SIGACCESS is grateful to the National Science Foundation for again sponsoring the Doctoral Consortium at ASSETS’06 (see above). The highly successful event will be continued at the upcoming ASSETS’07 conference.
SIGACESS participated in cooperation with the ITiCSE’07 conference. This conference on Computer Science Education had a focus on inclusive education, see http://iticse2007.computing.dundee.ac.uk/.
SIGACCESS Advisory Panel
The SIGACCESS By-Laws allow for the appointment of an Advisory Panel to work with the SIG’s elected officers, http://www.acm.org/sigaccess/mission.php. This past year, a new panel was appointed, consisting of the following members:
Clayton Lewis, USA
Constantine Stephanidis, Greece
Marilyn Tremaine, USA
SIGACCESS began some work on policy issues this year. Clayton Lewis from the University of Colorado serves as Policy Coordinator for the SIG.
SIGACCESS continues to partner with National Alliance for Access to Computing Careers (AccessComputing) for the purpose of increasing the representation of people with disabilities in a wide range of computing careers, including those in computer science, information systems, software development, computer engineering, systems management and maintenance, and teaching. More information about AccessComputing can be found at http://www.acm.org/sigaccess/newsletter/june06/june06_01.php and http://www.washington.edu/accesscomputing/
SIGACCESS provided financial support for the International Cross Disciplinary Workshop on Web Accessibility 2007 (W4A) at the WWW Conference in Banff this past May (see http://www.w4a.info/2007/ ). The workshop had the theme ‘Web 2.0 and the Semantic Web: Hindrance or Opportunity?”
SIGACCESS participated in cooperation with the following two conferences:
The 12th Annual ACM Conference on Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education (ITiCSE’07), with the theme of “Inclusive Education in Computer Science”. http://iticse2007.computing.dundee.ac.uk/
i-CREATe07: International Conference for Rehabilitation Engineering & Assistive Technology, Singapore http://www.i-create2007.org/
SIGACT FY’07 Annual Report
July 2006 - June 2007
Submitted by: Richard E. Ladner, SIGACT Chair
Gödel Prize: Alexander A. Razborov and Steven Rudich for Prize for "Natural Proofs", Journal of Computer and System Sciences, Vol. 55, No. 1, 1997, pp. 24-35. It was first presented at STOC in the Montreal, Quebec, Canada. 1994, pp. 204 - 213. The Gödel Prize is awarded jointly by SIGACT and EATCS.
Donald E. Knuth Prize: Nancy Lynch for seminal and influential contributions to the theory of distributed computing. The Knuth Prize is given jointly by SIGACT and IEEE Computer Society TCMFC.
Paris Kanellakis Theory and Practice Award: Robert Brayton for leading the development and practical realization of algorithms for logic synthesis and for electronic system simulation, thereby helping to create key enabling technologies for the Electronic Design Automation industry. This award is an ACM award sponsored in part by SIGACT.
Edsger W. Dijkstra Prize in Distributed Computing: John M. Mellor-Crummey and Michael L. Scott for "Algorithms for scalable synchronization on shared-memory multiprocessors," ACM Transactions on Computer Systems, 9(1), 1991.The Dijkstra Prize is given jointly by SIGACT and SIGOPS.
Best Paper Award at STOC 2007: Martin Fürer and Sergey Yekhanin for the Best Papers at STOC 2007 titled “Faster Integer Multiplication” and “Towards 3-Query Locally Decodable Codes of Subexponential Length,” respectively.
SIGACT Danny Lewin Best Student Paper Award at STOC 2007: Sergey Yekhanin for “Towards 3-Query Locally Decodable Codes of Subexponential Length.”
2. Significant papers on new areas published in proceedings
This section was prepared with the help of Uri Feige, Hal Gabow, and Roger Wattenhofer.
The ACM Symposium on Theory of Computing (STOC 2007) covers much of computer science theory. Two award winning papers stood out at the conference.
``Towards 3-Query Locally Decodable Codes of Subexponential Length" by Sergey Yekhanin. This paper shared best paper award, and also received the Danny Lewin Best Student paper award.
Yekhanin’s paper changes the perception of what researchers believe is doable. It introduces a new approach to constructing Locally Decodable Codes (LDC) and Private Information Retrieval (PIR) schemes. This method leads to constructions with dramatically improved parameters compared to previously known constructions, better than what many researchers in the field thought was possible. We shall give a few more details on the result for LDCs. A 3-query LDC encodes an n-bit message x as an N-bit codeword C(x), such that one can probabilistically recover any bit xi of the message by querying only three bits of the codeword C(x), even after some constant fraction of codeword bits has been corrupted. Previous constructions required N to be exponential in n1/2. The new approach offers a family of constructions with progressively better parameters, based on Mersenne primes p=2t-1. In the new constructions, it suffices that N is exponential in n, where depends on the value of p. Based on the largest known Mersenne prime, can be taken as small as 10-7. Under the conjecture that there are infinitely many Mersenne primes, can tend to 0 as n grows. The results for PIRs offer improvements of a similar flavor in communication complexity.
``Faster Integer Multiplication" by Martin Fürer. This paper shared best paper award.
This paper returns to an old and basic computational problem, and provides the first improvement in several decades. Integer multiplication is one of the most basic arithmetic operations. The natural multiplication algorithm takes O (n2) time. It has long been known that fast Fourier transform (FFT) can be used in order to obtain multiplication algorithms that are asymptotically much more efficient. Using this approach, Schönhage and Strassen designed a multiplication algorithm with a running time of O(n log n loglog n). This is almost best possible (under certain natural models of computation), except for the loglog n term. Despite the fact that multiplication is such a basic problem and that the multiplication algorithm appeared in textbooks already 30 years ago, there has been essentially no progress in closing this remaining loglog n gap. The current paper achieves such progress, replacing the loglog n term by 2O(log* n). The new algorithm offers new insights about how FFT can be used.
SODA 2007 The ACM-SIAM Symposium on Discrete Algorithms (SODA 2007) covers many topics in discrete algorithms and mathematics. A number of papers stood out at the conference.
“Deterministic pivoting algorithms for constrained ranking and clustering problems” by Anke van Zuylen and Rajneesh Hegde and Kamal Jain and David P.Williamson.
“Aggregation of Partial Rankings, p-Ratings and Top-m lists” by Nir Ailon.
These first two papers attacked the problem of how to combine rankings s from independent sources to produce the best overall ranking. For example, how does a committee rank competing proposals? How to order a set of stocks that have been rated by Moody and other rating agencies? How a meta-search engine orders the hits provided by various search engines? This area has attracted research at a number of recent conferences, and these two papers obtain the very best results.
“Island Hopping and Path Colouring with applications to WDM Network Design” by Andrew McGregor and Bruce Shepherd
WDM (wavelength division multiplexed) networks transmit information using lightbeams through optical fibers. These networks are being deployed, starting in the last 20 years. Multiplexing allows different wavelengths to be transmitted on the same fiber, e.g. current systems use up to 160 different wavelengths. This paper improves previous strategies for designing such networks.
“Model-driven Optimization using Adaptive Probes” by Sudipto Guha and Kamesh Munagala.
Suppose a network of sensors is deployed in a forest, and we need to find the maximum temperature. Each sensor has reported an estimated temperature, but these estimates need to be made more accurate, at the expense of dedicating sensors to refining their estimates.
How can we get the most reliable estimate, when we can only afford to dedicate a small number of the sensors?
“Sandpile transience on the grid is polynomially bounded” by Laszlo Babai and Igor Gorodezky.
The Abelian Sandpile Model has been proposed by statistical physicists to model diffusion processes and other dynamic systems. Grains of sand are dropped onto cells, and when a cell has as many grains as it has neighboring cells, its grains move to the neighbors, by giving 1 grain to each neighbor. But 1 special cell digests every grain it gets, never returning them. This paper contributes to the argument for the realism of this model, by showing that the system quickly settles into its long term behavior, without wasting too much time passing through "transient" states.
“Speed scaling for weighted flow time” by Nikhil Bansal, Kirk Pruhs and Cliff Stein.
“Energy efficient online deadline scheduling” by Chan, Chan, Lam, Lee, Mak and Wong.
Modern computer architectures and operating systems try to utilize power in the best possible way. They can change processing speed to prolong battery life (slower speed uses far less power). These 2 papers give strategies for managing power that are provably good:
“Line-of-Sight Networks” by Alan Frieze and Jon Kleinberg and R. Ravi and
Most previous work on wireless networks models the fact that only physically close units can directly communicate with each other. But previous work doesn’t model obstacles that prevent close units from communicating. This paper introduces a model where units
In line-of-sight position can communicate. It shows that many of the desirable properties for establishing global communication that hold in the traditional model can also be achieved in the new, more realistic model.
“Minimizing Movement”, Erik D. Demaine and Mohammad Taghi Hajiaghayi and
Hamid Mahini and Amin Sayedi and Shayan Oveisgharan and Morteza
How do you coordinate movement of independent agents to efficiently achieve a given goal? A group of firefighters are scattered over a hillside. They need to communicate with each other via walkie-talkies, but many are out of range. So they need to move to new positions as quickly as possible so that every 2 firefighters can talk to each other. What is the quickest way to do it?
“Near-Optimal Algorithms for Maximum Constraint Satisfaction Problems”, by Moses Charikar and Konstantin Makarychev and Yury Makarychev.
Suppose you have a complicated day to schedule, and you can’t possibly get everything done. This paper shows how you can find the best possible set of activities to schedule. Like buy groceries, go to the bank, pick up the kids, work out, meet Bob for lunch, meet Alice for lunch, get the car fixed, listen to Talk of the Nation. (CSP: (pick up the kids and don’t fix the car), (meet Bob for lunch and don’t meet Alice for lunch and don’t listen to ToTN), etc.
PODC 2007 The ACM SIGACT-SIGOPS Symposium on Principles of Distributed Computing (PODC) cover a wide variety of topics in the theory of distributed computing. The following paper stood out.
“A near-optimal fully dynamic distributed algorithm for maintaining sparse spanners” by Michael Elkin.
This paper proposed a new line of attack for dynamic systems. Traditionally, dynamic distributed algorithms are based on maintaining the history of communication, and undoing operations based on this history. This approach places a significant burden on the network devices that run the algorithm at hand, and may be infeasible if the deployed devices are not sufficiently sophisticated. Michael Elkin devises a novel dynamic algorithm for a fundamental distributed problem that maintains no history of communication. Instead the network devices deduce their behavior from the current state of affairs, and as a result the proposed algorithm is significantly more efficient, simple and robust than the previous state-of-the-art algorithm for the studied problem.
3. Significant programs that provided a springboard for further technical efforts
SIGACT sponsored or co-sponsored a number of important conferences including the Symposium on Theory of Computation (39th STOC), Symposium on Principles of Distributed Computing (25th PODC), Symposium on Computational Geometry (23rd SOCG), and Symposium on Parallel Algorithms and Architectures (19th SPAA). SIGACT also supports several conferences in-cooperation including Symposium on Principles of Database Systems (PODS), Symposium on Discrete Algorithms (SODA), Symposium on Foundations of Computer Science (FOCS), Symposium on Principles of Programming Languages (POPL).
SIGACT has endorsed a proposal to start the ACM Transactions on Computation Theory which will complement the ACM Transactions on Algorithms and the ACM Transactions on Computational Logic to provide coverage of almost all of theoretical computer science. The new journal is now going through the approval process.
SIGACT sponsored its first Undergraduate Student Research Competition at STOC 2007.
4. Innovative programs which provide service to our technical community
The Committee for the Advancement of Theoretical Computer Science sponsored by SIGACT has been very active this past year. The committee meets by conference call every two weeks and has developed and executed action plans increase the visibility of theoretical computer science and to increase the funding base for theory of computation at the NSF. As an example the committee spearheaded the effort to hold two workshops on the Computational Worldview and the Sciences at Princeton and Cal Tech. These workshops brought together top people in theoretical computer science and various sciences to discuss how the computational view of science can change the nature of these sciences proceed. This effort inspired in part the new NSF program Cyber-Enabled Discovery and Innovation (CDI).
SIGACT, with the help of ACM headquarters, produced two press releases for the Gödel and Knuth Prizes. This effort is intended to make our research more accessible to the general public.
SIGACT continues to support student attendance at SODA, FOCS, and STOC by funding Student Best Paper Awards, travel, lunches, and reduced registration fees. This helps ensure that the maximum number of students can attend these conferences.
5. Summary of key issues that the membership of the SIGACT will have to deal with in the next 2-3 years
As was mentioned over the past few years, the key issue for our community is funding for research. The Committee for the Advancement of Theoretical Computer Science (CATCS) is tackling this problem directly.
Related to the funding issue is the image of theoretical computer science within computer science, the science community as a whole, and the public. Articulating the importance of theoretical computer science research is essential so that these outside communities understand and appreciate what we are all about. The expanded role of the CATCS includes working on this problem.
There is also concern about the academic job market which is affected by the lack of growth in computer science majors. After five years of decline in enrollment there seems to be a slight upturn this year.
The rising costs of proceedings and journals and the move toward electronic publication is of concern. University libraries are cancelling subscriptions to some journals completely and are moving toward electronic, non-paper, access to save money. SIGACT’s efforts to expand the ACM journal offerings in competition with for-profit journals is helping attack this problem.
SIGAda FY’07 Annual Report
July 2006- June 2007
Submitted by: John McCormick, SIGAda Chair
Started in 1994, the ACM SIGAda Awards recognize individuals and organizations that have made outstanding contributions to the Ada community and to SIGAda. The two categories of awards are:
1. Outstanding Ada Community Contribution Award for broad, lasting contributions to Ada technology & usage.
2. ACM SIGAda Distinguished Service Award for exceptional contributions to SIGAda activities & products.
This year the Outstanding Ada Community Contribution Award was awarded to two individuals:
This year the ACM SIGAda Distinguished Service Award was awarded to
SIGAda also makes the Outstanding Student Paper Award at its annual conference. At SIGAda 2006 this award was presented to Bechir Zalila for the paper "An Improved IDL Compiler for Optimizing CORBA Applications". Jérôme Hugues, and Laurent Pautet coauthored this paper.
Significant Papers published in proceedings
This year's conference proceedings included a significant increase in the number of papers on the use of Ada in education. This increase reflects the 40% membership increase in AdaCore's GNAT Academic Program (GAP). Currently 140 educational organizations in 25 countries participate.
"Catch that Speeding Turtle: Latching onto Fun Graphics in CS1" by Tanya Markow, Eugene Ressler, and Jean Blair of the United States Military Academy. The paper shows that Ada is competitive with other languages in teaching novice programmers.
"Developing Safety Critical Software for an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Situational Awareness Tool" by Ricky E. Sward and Mark Gerken of the US Air Force Academy. It demonstrates that the Ada language can be used by students to develop formally verified safety critical software.
Significant Programs that provided a springboard for further technical efforts
A formal liaison exists between SIGAda and WG9. ISO/IEC JTC1/SC22 WG9 is that body of international representatives responsible for the maintenance and evolution of the Ada International Standard. The National Bodies represented on WG9 are Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
In March 2007 the ISO (the International Organization for Standardization) in Geneva, Switzerland announced the formal completion of the process to revise the Ada 95 language, with the publication of the Ada 2005 standard — officially named ISO/IEC 8652:1995/Amd 1:2007. This announcement culminates a collaborative international effort under ISO's Ada Working Group (WG9) to enhance the 1995 version of the Ada language.
Innovative Programs which provide service to some part of our technical community
Since 1994 SIGAda has conducted an "Ada Awareness Initiative". Its centerpiece has been our SIGAda professional booth display unit in exhibition halls at important software engineering conferences. This lets folks know that Ada is very much alive and a sound part of any software engineering effort having real-time, high integrity, high-assurance, and highly distributed requirements. This year we purchased a new display booth which was exhibited at two conferences. Via this exhibiting, SIGAda sustains Ada visibility ("name recognition"), provides various Ada-advocacy materials and makes available Ada experts (our booth staff volunteers) who can intelligently answer questions, provide pointers and help, and debunk the misinformation about Ada that many attendees at these shows have. This program continues to be extremely successful and viewed as a highly important thrust by the SIGAda membership. SIGAda graciously acknowledges and thanks the Ada Resource Association (ARA), a consortium of Ada vendors, for their financial support of SIGAda's Ada Awareness Initiative and our booth activities.
Summary of key issues to deal with in the next 2-3 years
Although our retention rate is higher than most ACM SIGs, our membership numbers continue to decline. While we saw another increase in young people presenting papers at our 2006 conference, the "graying" of SIGAda is a continuing problem for the vitality of the organization. We need to find some way to encourage these people to participate in the SIGAda organization.
While gender imbalances are common in the computing disciplines, SIGAda seems to have a greater imbalance than other areas.
We need to increase the proportion of SIGAda members who actively participate in our conference and journal.
SIGAPL FY’07 Annual Report
July 2006 - June 2007
Submitted by: Dr. Guy R. Larocque, SIGAPL Chair * Executive summary of SIGAPL activities in 2006-07:
- The steering committee met 8 times during the 2006-07 period.
- The former SIGAPL Chair, Antonio Annibali, resigned as Chair on February 6 due to other commitments. Guy R. Larocque was appointed as new Chair following a motion of the steering committee.
- A survey was conducted in the fall of 2006 to understand the needs and composition of the membership.
- The following issues of APL Quote Quad were published: vols. 34, # 2, 3, 4, and vol. 35, # 1 & 2. The September 2007 issue (vol. 35, # 3) was sent to the printer on July 13. The issue 35(4) will contain the proceedings of APL 2007. Planning is under way for the publication of vol. 36(1), which is planned for March 2008.
- Bi-monthly letters to the members were sent to the members. Different issues were addressed and the most important ones included revitalization of SIGAPL, publication of APL Quote Quad (e.g., special issue on Ken Iverson), membership survey results, motion to dissolve SIGAPL, volunteer efforts, APL teaching, APL 2007 and modifications of the SIGAPL web site.
- A coordinator for volunteer efforts was recruited in the spring of 2007.
- The SIGAPL web site was updated and now hosts the Waterloo archives on APL and J material.
- The conference APL2007 will take place in Montreal on October 21-23, 2007. Members of the steering committee negotiated successfully with the OOPSLA organizers to meet jointly with them in Montreal. However, APL2007 is organized as a separate entity, with its own organizing committee and program.
- A committee was created to nominate potential recipients of the Iverson award that will be presented at APL 2007.
- The SGB EC brought forward a motion to dissolve SIGAPL. A call was made to the membership in the March letter to the members to challenge the motion. As many SIGAPL members challenged the motion, the dissolution motion was delayed.
- The APL Quote Quad issue 35(1-2) was dedicated to the developer of APL, Dr. Ken Iverson.
- Major accomplishments were achieved during the 2006-07 period. Additional work will be required to increase the volunteer efforts and strengthen the sense of membership to APL.
* The future - The members of the steering committee all agree that SIGAPL should assume a leadership role for all the users of Array Programming Languages, which include, in addition to original APL, J, K, Matlab, Gauss, A+, etc. It is expected that APL 2007 will be a unique opportunity to increase contacts among users of Array Programming Languages.
- The volunteer efforts are expected to increase in amplitude in the forthcoming year. The appointment of a coordinator is a significant move in the right direction to manage the efforts of different SIGAPL members who indicated to the steering committee their interest.
- SIGAPL will also play a leadership role to improve the communications among different APL user’s groups. An important issue will be to improve the visibility of APL as an efficient tool of thought.
SIGAPP FY’07 Annual Report
July 2006-June 2007
Submitted by: Barrett R. Bryant, SIGAPP Chair
The SIGAPP mission is to further the interests of the computing professionals engaged in the development of new computing applications and applications areas and the transfer of computing technology to new problem domains.
Chair - Barrett R. Bryant, University of Alabama at Birmingham, USA
Vice Chair - Sung Shin, South Dakota State University, USA
Secretary - Ronaldo P. Menezes, Florida Institute of Technology, USA
Treasurer - Lorie Liebrock, New Mexico Institute of Technology, USA
Web Master - Hisham Haddad, Kennesaw State University, USA
ACM Program Coordinator, Irene Frawley, ACM HQ
Status of SIGAPP The main event that took place within SIGAPP over the past year was the premiere of the Symposium on Applied Computing (SAC) in Asia. In the new venue, this year's SAC was very successful. More details about SAC will follow in the next section. We also supported several additional conferences with in-cooperation status, and will continue to support additional conferences in the coming year. Another important event within SIGAPP was the chartering of our first chapter, the France Chapter. This chapter has also been very active in establishing in-cooperation status with several conferences.
In 2007, the award for Distinguished Service to SAC was awarded to Barrett Bryant. This award had been established some time ago but was first granted in 2005 and is now an annual event, with an awards committee now firmly in place. The Student Travel Award Program continues to be successful in assisting SIGAPP student members in attending conferences sponsored by or in-cooperation with SIGAPP. 22 students were granted awards to attend SAC 2007, including 7 from North America, 2 from South America, 2 from Australia, and 7 from Europe. This was more than last year and we have increased the budget for these awards still further for 2008 with the goal of increasing the amounts of the awards.
SIGAPP continues to have a stable membership. An enhanced benefit provides a CD-ROM of the SAC proceedings to each member, which will hopefully increase retention for those members who don't attend SAC every year.
SIGAPP's and SAC's strength and uniqueness among ACM SIGs continues to be the opportunity for scientific diversity and crosscutting multiple disciplines within the ACM community. The officers look forward to continue working with the ACM SGB to further develop the SIG by increasing membership and developing a new journal on applied computing.
Status of SAC SAC 2007 was held in Seoul, Korea, March 11-15, 2007, hosted by Suwon University. Thanks to a great organizing committee, it was extremely successful. The number of SAC papers submitted was 786 in 42 tracks with 256 papers accepted based upon extensive Track reviews, for a 33% ratio. The poster session featured 60 posters.
SAC 2008 will be held in Fortaleza, Brazil, March 16-20, 2008, and will be hosted by the University of Fortaleza and the Federal University of Ceará. The web site http://www.acm.org/conferences/sac/sac2008 has further details such as symposium committee, technical tracks, and track chairs. This will be the first time SAC has been held in South America.
SAC 2009 is being planned for the United States which will be a return for the first time in 4 years.
Summary 1. Awards that were given out
a. Distinguished Service to SAC Barrett Bryant
b. Student Travel Awards 22 awards granted, totaling $11,000
2. Significant papers on new areas that were published in proceedings - new tracks in SAC 2007 on Autonomic Computing, Computer Networks, Geoinformatics and Technology, Semantic Web and Application, System On Chip Design and Software Supports, Web Technologies
3. Significant programs that provided a springboard for further technical efforts - established France chapter, held SAC 2007 in Asia and will hold SAC 2008 in South America for the first time to further develop participation from researchers in those regions of the world
4. Innovative programs which provide service to some part of your technical community - expansion of Student Travel Award Program for SIGAPP student members
5 A very brief summary for the key issues that the membership of that SIG will have to deal with in the next 2-3 years - continuation of awards and development of a refereed journal in Applied Computing
SIGARCH FY’07 Annual Report
July 2006- June 2007
Submitted by: Norm Jouppi, SIGARCH Past Chair Overview
The primary mission of SIGARCH continues to be the forum where researchers and practitioners of computer architecture can exchange ideas. SIGARCH sponsors or cosponsors the premier conferences in the field as well as a number of workshops. It publishes a quarterly newsletter and the proceedings of several conferences. It is financially strong with a fund balance of over one million dollars. The SIGARCH bylaws are available online at http://www.acm.org/sigs/bylaws/arch_bylaws.html.
Officers and Directors During the past fiscal year Norm Jouppi served as SIGARCH Chair, Margaret Martonosi served as Vice Chair, and Matt Farrens served as Secretary/Treasurer. Alan Berenbaum, Joel Emer, Bill Dally, and Mark Hill served on the board of directors, and Alan Berenbaum also served as Past Chair. In addition to these elected positions, Doug DeGroot continues to serve as the Editor of the SIGARCH newsletter Computer Architecture News, and Doug Burger serves as Information Director, providing SIGARCH information online. Rob Schreiber serves as SIGARCH’s liaison on the SC conference steering committee.
A SIGARCH election was held in the spring of 2007. Elected to new terms starting July 1, 2007 and continuing for two years were Doug Burger as Chair, David Wood as Vice Chair, Kevin Skadron as Secretary/Treasurer, and Sarita Adve, Krste Asanovic, Bill Dally, and Margaret Martonosi as board members. Norm Jouppi will serve as Past Chair.
Awards The Eckert-Mauchly Award, cosponsored by the IEEE Computer Society, is the most prestigious award in computer architecture. SIGARCH endows its half of the award, which is presented annually at the Awards Banquet of ISCA. Mateo Valero received the award in 2007, "For extraordinary leadership in building a world class computer architecture research center, for seminal contributions in the areas of vector computing and multithreading, and for pioneering basic new approaches to instruction-level parallelism.”
SIGARCH has endowed the Maurice Wilkes Award, an award established to recognize computer architects early in their careers, named after one of the pioneers of computer architecture who began making significant contributions early in his career. The award is selected by a vote of the Executive Committee and Board of SIGARCH, from a list of nominees supplied by a three person nominating committee. The 2007 award went to Todd Austin of the University of Michigan, "For innovative contributions to computer architecture including the SimpleScalar Toolkit and the DIVA and RAZOR architectures."
SIGARCH also cosponsors, along with the IEEE-CS TCCA, the Influential ISCA Paper Award which is presented annually at the ISCA conference. This award recognizes the paper, presented at the ISCA conference 15 years previously, which has had the most impact on computer architecture. The fifth Influential ISCA Paper Award was presented to Pohua Tse-Yu Yeh and Yale N. Patt for their paper "Alternative Implementations of Two-level Adaptive Branch Prediction" which appeared in the proceedings of the 19th ISCA (1992).
All three awards, the Eckert-Mauchly Award, the Maurice Wilkes Award, and the Influential ISCA Paper Award, were presented at ISCA 2007 in San Diego.
In 2007 the ACM Awards Committee approved the establishment of the SIGARCH Distinguished Service Award. This will be an annual award starting in 2008 to be presented to an individual who has contributed important service to the computer architecture community (not just to SIGARCH). The award will be presented each year at ISCA. Nominations are due February 15th, and can be sent to the SIGARCH Secretary/Treasurer at any time. Many other SIGs have similar awards.
Conferences SIGARCH is a 50% cosponsor of ISCA, the International Symposium on Computer Architecture, which is the premier conference in the field of computer architecture. The 34th annual ISCA (ISCA 2007) was held in San Diego. Dean Tullsen was General Chair and Brad Calder was Program Chair. ISCA 2008 will be held in Beijing, with Kai Li and Jesse Fang serving as General Co-Chairs, and Wen-Mei Hwu serving as Program Chair. ISCA 2009 will be held in Austin, with Steve Keckler as General Chair. ISCA 2010 will be held in Paris, with André Seznec as General Chair.
The SC'XY Conference is jointly sponsored by SIGARCH and the IEEE Computer Society. Formerly known as the Supercomputing Conference, the conference has successfully evolved away from its focus on supercomputers and is now the High Performance Networking and Computing Conference. In addition to its technical success, SC'XY is large enough that it must be scheduled many years in advance. SC 2007 will be held in Reno.
SIGARCH is a cosponsor of the Conference on Architectural Support for Programming Languages and Operating Systems, commonly known as ASPLOS, along with SIGPLAN and SIGOPS. The conference had been held biannually since 1982, alternating its location between San Jose and Boston. Starting in 2008 the conference will be held annually, due to recent increased interdisciplinary work in hardware/software tradeoffs for multicores, virtualization support, etc. ASPLOS 2008 will be held in Seattle, with Susan Eggers serving as General Chair and Jim Larus serving as Program Chair, and will be collocated with Virtual Execution Environments (VEE) 2008. ASPLOS steering committee representatives of SIGPLAN and SIGOPS pointed out that their premier conferences are historically held within a week of ASPLOS’s recent date in the fall. This conflict created a danger of ASPLOS degenerating into merely another architecture conference. This problem and a decision by the ASPLOS steering committee to move the 2008 conference to a date between but not including President’s Day week and the first week with a significant number of spring breaks (the second week of March) was discussed at ASPLOS 2006. This time window allows papers rejected from OOPSLA or SOSP to be revised and resubmitted to ASPLOS, and papers rejected from ASPLOS to be revised and resubmitted to ISCA. Unfortunately, since there are over a dozen architecture conferences a year, moving any conference creates conflicts. The steering committee has done their best to minimize conflicts given the constraints above, and picked the dates furthest from HPCA within the window described above.
SIGARCH sponsors the International Conference on Supercomputing (ICS). ICS 2007 took place in Seattle in June. Burton Smith was the General Chair and Eduard Ayguade and Mateo Valero were the Program Co-Chairs.
The nineteenth Symposium on Parallel Algorithms and Architectures (SPAA 2007), jointly sponsored by SIGARCH and SIGACT, was held in San Diego as part of FCRC in June. Phil Gibbons was General Chair and Christian Scheideler was Program Chair.
SIGARCH is one-half cosponsor of the IEEE/ACM International Conference on Grid Computing. Grid ’07 will be held in Austin. Warren Smith and Valerie Taylor are the General Co-Chairs and Thomas Fahringer is the Program Chair.
SIGARCH is one-half cosponsor of the International Symposium on High Performance Distributed Computing. HPDC ’07 was held in Monterey, California. Carl Kesselman was the General Chair and Jack Dongarra and David Walker were the Program Co-Chairs.
SIGARCH is one-third cosponsor of the Conference on Parallel Architectures and Compiler Techniques (PACT), along with the IEEE Computer Society and IFIP, and annually held in the fall. PACT 2007 will take place in Brasov, Romania in September. Marc Snir is the General Chair and Lawrence Rauchwerger is the Program Chair.
SIGARCH is one-fourth co-sponsor of the Symposium on Architectures for Networking and Communications Systems (ANCS). The third ANCS, ANCS 2007, will be held in Orlando in December. Raj Yavatkar is General Chair and K. K. Ramakrishnan and Dirk Grunwald are Program Co-Chairs. ACM SIGCOMM and the IEEE are also co-sponsoring this conference.
In 2007 SIGARCH was a founding co-sponsor of the International Symposium on Networks-on-Chips (NOCS). SIGARCH also became a cosponsor of the International Conference on Autonomic Computing (ICAC) in 2007. The areas covered by these two conferences are both important new growth areas for our field.
In addition to the above conferences, SIGARCH has taken a small sponsorship position, or in-cooperation status, with several other conferences. For the last several years SIGARCH has been a minor sponsor of the International Conference on High Performance Computing (HiPC), held annually in December and alternating between Bangalore and Hyderabad, India. SIGARCH also has a small sponsorship position in SenSys, a conference on Sensor Systems. In addition, SIGARCH has in-cooperation status with Euro-Par, Cool Chips, GridNets, Nanonet, Infoscale, and the International Conference on Grid Computing (ICG).
Travel Grants SIGARCH gives travel grants to students who attend ISCA or ASPLOS. The grants are restricted to student members of SIGARCH, following several votes of the SIGARCH membership. The precise amount of the grants depends on the number of students who apply, but we have made an attempt to give at least a modest grant to every student coauthor who applied. SIGARCH has also funded significant education programs at SC'05 and SC'06.
In 2007 SIGARCH sponsored a companion travel grant program for ISCA. This program provides funds for travel grants to attend ISCA 2007 for a companion care-provider for a SIGARCH member who are either (1) a person with a physical disability necessitating a companion, or (2) a parent of an infant less than one year old who cannot travel without the infant and a care-provider for the infant. To our knowledge this program is unique among SIGs. This program was presented to other SIGs at a SIG Governing Board (SGB) meeting, and may be adopted by other SIGs in the future as a best practice.
High-Performance Computing (HPC) Fellowship Endowment
In 2006 SIGARCH made a one-time grant of $100K towards the endowment of a fellowship for Ph.D. students in high-performance computing. This program will be run by the SC steering committee. The SIGARCH special project funds used for this endowment were originally derived from the success of the SC conference series. SIGARCH is happy to help support future generations of this community.
Publications CAN (Computer Architecture News), SIGARCH's newsletter, is published 4 times a year. In addition, the ISCA Proceedings form a special fifth issue, and the ASPLOS Proceedings is likewise distributed as a special sixth issue. The newsletter consists of technical contributions, reports of panels, Internet nuggets (the most interesting or controversial articles from the comp.arch newsgroup), book reviews, and calls for papers. There are occasional single topic special issues. Proceedings of SC, SPAA and ICS are available through the Member Plus program.
Finances SIGARCH enjoys a healthy fund balance that is currently larger than the roughly one million dollar fund balance required by the ACM for sponsorship of SIGARCH conferences. SIGARCH actually loses money on each member, but makes money on average from conferences. The SC conference often has a large surplus due to its exhibition component. SIGARCH and the SC Steering Committee have agreed that future profits from SC'XY will be in large part returned to the SC community, in the form of a series of large project-oriented grants (to be matched by the other sponsor of SC'XY, the IEEE Computer Society). In 2006 the grants provided funds for mentoring and education programs for the community.
Membership SIGARCH membership has been essentially flat at around 1,500 members over the past several years. However SIGARCH's membership retention rate was one of the highest among all of the ACM’s SIGs in 2007, at 79%.
SIGARCH remains a financially healthy institution with an enthusiastic membership. The interest of its members can be gauged by the health of all of its major conferences in the past year. The challenges remain as they have in previous years: how to better serve our members, how to encourage other members of the architecture community to join, and how to use our fund balance most effectively.
SIGART FY’07 Annual Report
July 2006 - June 2007
Submitted by: Maria Gini, SIGART Chair
The scope of SIGART consists of the study of intelligence and its realization in computer systems. These includes areas such as autonomous agents, intelligent user interfaces, knowledge discovery, human-language technology, cognitive modeling, knowledge representation, planning, scheduling, logic programming, problem solving, search, connectionist models, machine learning, robotics, and computer vision. During 2006/2007:
We finalized an agreement with the International Foundation for Autonomous Agents and MultiAgent Systems (IFAAMAS) on the management of the AAMAS conference. IFAAMAS takes over full responsibility (financial and otherwise) for all future AAMAS conferences, starting with the 2007 conference. In the period 2007-2010, the AAMAS conference proceedings are to be published by a publisher who will allow them to reside in the ACM Digital Library. SIGART is allowed to continue to send CDROMs of the Proceedings to its members. The management of the Autonomous Agents Research Award, in particular the appointment of the selection committee, will remain with SIGART. The agreement establishes the foundations for continued cooperation between SIGART and IFAAMAS, as both groups work to serve the agents community.
The ACM SIGART Autonomous Agents Research Award is an annual award for excellence in research in the area of autonomous agents. The 2007 SIGART Autonomous Agents Research Award was presented in May 2007 to Dr. Sarit Kraus, of Bar-Ilan University, Israel. Prof Kraus is well known for her work on formal models of multi-agent systems. In particular, she pioneered the development of techniques for computational negotiation, automated coalition formation, cooperative search, and the logical formalization of cooperation and multi-agent shared plans. She has also made significant and lasting contributions to the wider field of AI, in areas such as search and non-monotonic reasoning. A video of her award talk will be posted to the SIGART Web page and possibly included in the Digital Library.
SIGART co-sponsored the conferences ASE (Automated Software Engineering, September 2006, Tokyo, Japan), IUI (Intelligent User Interfaces, January 2007, Hawaii), HRI (Human Robot Interaction, March 2007, Washington, DC), and IAT (Intelligent Agent Technology, December 2006, Hong Kong). In addition, SIGART cooperated with many international conferences, such as AAMAS (Autonomous Agents and Multi-Agent Systems, May 2007, Hawaii), CIA (Cooperative Information Agents, September 2006, Edinburgh, UK), ICAIL (Artificial Intelligence and Law, June 2007, Stanford, Ca), ICICS (Intelligent Computing and Information Systems, March 2007, Cairo, Egypt), ICINCO (Informatics in Control, Automation and Robotics, August 2006, Setubal, Portugal), IEA/AIE (Industrial & Engineering Applications of Artificial Intelligence & Expert Systems, June 2007, Kyoto, Japan), IVA(Intelligent Virtual Agents, August 2006, Marina del Rey, Ca), ISGCT (Grand Challenges in Traceability, March 2007, Lexington, KY), SG (Smart Graphics, June 2007, Kyoto, Japan and July 2006, July 2006, Vancouver, BC).
We awarded a number of scholarships to students to attend the conferences co-sponsored by SIGART. The amounts of scholarships varied from $1,000 to $15,000 per conference, depending on the conference size.
We co-sponsored, with AAAI, the SIGART/AAAI Doctoral Consortium. The Doctoral Consortium, held in conjunction with the AAAI conference, provides an opportunity for a group of 12-15 Ph.D. students to discuss and explore their research interests and career objectives with a panel of established AI researchers.
The SIGART Web site has been revamped with a new design and new contents. We are working to add more material and to engage the community more. We want to make the SIGART Web page a place the members will visit often.
We have completed the SIGART elections and elected a new board, with Maria Gini (Chair), Kiri Wagstaff (Vice Chair), and Gautam Biswas (Secretary/Treasurer). This is the first election for SIGART in a number of years, which indicates the vitality of SIGART and its membership.
Plans for the future include:
Increase services for members: We will continue adding contents to the Web page, continue conversation on possibly restarting a Newsletter, and look for other ways to increase member interactions.
Continue supporting the communities of SIGART-sponsored conferences: SIGART is actively trying to expand the areas covered by co-sponsored conferences. This is now especially important considering that AAMAS has become independent of SIGART. SIGART will continue to provide support to the communities represented by the SIGART co-sponsored conferences in a manner that is commensurate to the fees and surpluses contributed by the conferences.
SIGBED FY’07 ANNUAL REPORT
July 2006 - June 2007
Submitted by: Rajeev Alur, SIGBED Past Chair
SIGBED continued to grow and develop its identity during the past year.
SIGBED has made a conscious effort to bring together related meetings. As a result, in October 2006, Embedded Systems Week (ESWEEK) in Seoul brought together three complementary meetings:
EMSOFT (ACM Conf on Embedded Software), CODES-ISSS (a conference focused on low-level issues of design and implementation of embedded systems), and CASES (a conference with emphasis on architecture and compiler aspects of embedded systems).
ESWEEK attracted over 400 participants. This year ESWEEK will be held in Salzburg, Austria, and will include these 3 meetings along with additional workshops. As a complementary Spring event, we will be organizing CPSWEEK in St. Louis in April 2008, and this will include 3 meetings:
IPSN (ACM/IEEE Conf on Information Processing in Sensor Networks), RTAS (IEEE Conf on Real-time and embedded systems), and HSCC (Hybrid Systems: Computation and Control).
Recently, we instituted our first award, Frank Anger Memorial SIGBED/SIGSOFT Student Award.
This award is to promote interdisciplinary research between embedded systems and software engineering. In October 2006, we chose and announced the recipients for the first year: Cesar Sanchez (Stanford U) and Bernhard Egger (Seoul National U). The call for nominations for this year has already been circulated.
SIGBED research continues to grow along two interdependent themes. On the applications side, sensor networks has emerged to be an exciting new area that has the potential to transform our society.
IPSN (jointly sponsored by SIGBED and IEEE) has become a key forum for researchers in this area, and this meeting is witnessing amazing growth in terms of attendance and submissions.
In terms of foundations, EMSOFT is maturing to be an important conference drawing researchers studying programming languages, real-time scheduling, model-based design, and formal methods.
Going forward, we will continue to be a catalyst for integrating various research themes in embedded systems into a coherent academic subdiscipline. We have a new set of officers in place for SIGBED leadership following elections earlier this summer: Lothar Thiele (Chair), Jens Palsberg (vice-chair), and George Pappas (Treasurer).
SIGCAS FY’07 ANNUAL REPORT
July 2006 - June 2007
Submitted by: Flo Appel, SIGCAS Chair
1. Awards that were given out
The 2007 SIGCAS "Making a Difference" award and the 2007 SIGCAS "Outstanding Service" award process has been put on hold, pending the launching of our revised website. Due to the resignation of our information director, we were unable to update the site in a timely manner to reflect last year’s winners. It is our hope that our site will be launched within this month.
2. Significant papers on new areas that were published in proceedings
3. Significant programs that provided a springboard for further technical efforts
4. Innovative programs which provide service to some part of your technical community
The SIGCAS Executive Committee (see below for composition) has continued to pursue collaborative activities with two other SIGs, namely SIGCSE and SIGITE, both involved in the computing education arena. We are beginning to have a formal and visible presence at their conferences, and hope to serve both our SIGCAS membership and the membership of these cooperating organizations in furthering study in the areas of the social impact of computing and computer ethics. We are also making connections with various regions of the CCSC (Consortium for Computer Science in Colleges). Also in the spirit of making connections, Carol Spradling from Northwest Missouri University is our SIGCAS representative on the newly formed ACM Education Council, while Don Gotterbarn from Eastern Tennessee State University continues to represent SIGCAS on the USACM. Don is also the ACM representative to IFIP’s TC9 Group on computers and society.
5. A very brief summary of the key issues that the membership of that SIG will have to deal with in the next 2-3 years.
The SIGCAS Executive Committee has just completed its second term with Flo Appel, Saint Xavier University, as Chair; Bill Hefley, Carnegie Mellon University, as Vice-Chair; Mark Perry, University of Western Ontario, as Member-at-large; and Tom Jewett, California State University, Long Beach, as past Chair.
The challenges identified last year continue to exist. While we have made inroads into collaboration with other organizations, we have much work to do to develop and sustain these relationships, especially in the area of mobilizing our current membership to become more actively involved in these liaisons.
Our newsletter, online since 2002, must be stabilized from the perspective of both its editorial board and its publication. The migration to electronic format only has had a great cost-saving benefit, but we have lost our ability to provide our members with a cohesive and tangible quarterly publication, and we have had difficulty with timely publication. We addressed this lack with the publication of a print edition at the beginning of this year. Our newsletter editor Alison Adam then stepped down, and she was replaced by Karen Mather, who produced one excellent issue but then had to vacate the position as well. We are in the process of finding a replacement editor, and in the meantime, are devising ways to fill our article pipeline. We are hoping to print selected articles from the recent conference of Computer Ethics – Philosophical Enquiry (CEPE), with a guest editor. We are also planning to leverage the online character of the newsletter by providing discussion links for each current article.
Tom Jewett’s statement of four years ago remains relevant to us today: "...the social problems of computerization are simply increasing. Gaps in access to technology according to gender, social and economic standing, and disability are only slowing being addressed. Abuse of technology for commercial purposes, special interests, and fraud are widespread and growing. Legislative and judicial systems are frequently slow and ineffective in responding to technical innovations. As a profession, we still lack the cohesiveness and public influence of older disciplines such as medicine or law. Education of both practitioners and the general public remains a key to progress. SIGCAS will continue to address these and other topics of relevance to our charter."
SIGCHI FY2007 Annual Report
July 2006 - June 2007
Submitted by: Julie Jacko, SIGCHI President
1.1 SIGCHI made the following awards in 2006-2007:
Lifetime Achievement Award: James D. Foley
CHI Academy Inductees: Joëlle Coutaz, Karen Holtzblatt, Gerhard Fischer, Robert J.K. Jacob, Jun Rekimoto, and Christopher Schmandt
Lifetime Service Award: Richard I. Anderson
SIGCHI Social Impact Award: Gregory Abowd and Gary Marsden
Three SIGCHI members were inducted as ACM Fellows: Susan T. Dumais, Alan F. Newell, and Dan R. Olsen.
1.2 SIGCHI Conference awards:
CHI 2007 awarded six best paper awards:
1. Sustainable Interaction Design: Invention & Disposal, Renewal & Reuse
Eli Blevis, Indiana University (USA)
2. Authoring Sensor-Based Interactions by Demonstration with Direct Manipulation and Pattern Recognition
Björn Hartmann, Stanford University (USA), Leith Abdulla, Stanford University (USA), Manas Mittal, MIT Media Laboratory (USA), Scott R. Klemmer, Stanford University (USA)
Vaiva Kalnikait, Sheffield University (UK), Steve Whittaker, Sheffield University (UK)
4. MultiView: Improving Trust in Group Video Conferencing through Spatial Faithfulness
David Nguyen, University of California, Berkeley (USA), John Canny, University of California, Berkeley (USA)
5. Consuming Video on Mobile Devices
Kenton O’Hara, Hewlett-Packard Labs (UK), April Slayden Mitchell, Hewlett-Packard Labs (USA), Alex Vorbau, Hewlett-Packard Labs (USA)
6. Shift: A Technique for Operating Pen-Based Interfaces Using Touch
Daniel Vogel, University of Toronto (Canada), Patrick Baudisch, Microsoft Research (USA)
2. Significant Programs and Key Issues 2.1 Membership:
4,842 total members
3,329 professional members
636 student members
876 affiliate members
1 institutional member
2.2 Member Benefits Provided to SIGCHI Members:
Subscription to interactions magazine, published six times per year
On-line subscription to SIGCHI Bulletin
Reduced registration at sponsored and co-sponsored conferences
Access to the ACM Digital Library
2.3 Community Benefits Provided by SIGCHI:
Sponsorship of the leading conferences in the field
Support for students - student volunteer and scholarship programs
A wide range of electronic forums including the SIGCHI web site, & popular e-mail lists on multitudinous CHI-centric topics
Support for activities worldwide, including over 60 chapters on 5 continents and programs to support HCI in developing countries
Awards program that recognizes outstanding contributions to the field
Support for a variety of volunteer activities addressing issues ranging from public policy to education to mentorship
SIGCHI continues to sponsor a mix of long-running and newer conferences which provide the highest-prestige outlets for research while also serving as venues for emerging work (e.g., the workshop programs and poster sessions in many of our conference), promoting student education (e.g., the doctoral colloquia and student volunteer programs in our conferences), and promoting continuing professional education and networking (e.g., the tutorial and course programs and our special interest group gatherings and recruiting and networking events). Most of our conferences are stable, and are well run by the communities they serve. We put substantial direct effort into our flagship CHI conference, which has undergone substantial redesign in the past few years.
CHI 2007. CHI 2007 was one of our most successful conferences in history. No doubt location and a recovering technology sector play a role in our continued success. However, the new conference model which was implemented in 2006 (a one day longer conference with more diversity in the program and courses incorporated into the conference appears to be working well. Some highlights include:
Attendance continues upward trend
Conference revenue increased
Concerns about a drop in student attendance were assuaged
Feedback from conference survey continues to be positive
Attendance is diverse and communication across disciplines is noted by attendees
Attendance continues upward trend.
Conference attendance has been growing in recent years and CHI 2007 had the third highest attendance in history with over 1800 paid attendees. Compared to 2006 (which had the highest attendance in 5 years), attendance by SIGCHI members increased from 874 to 1036. Attendance by non members increased from 682 to 762. Compared to 2006 cancellations were also down from 167 to 121. This upward trend was uninterrupted by an increase of 200.00 in conference fees which we instituted in 2006.
Conference revenue increases
Compared to 2006 we see increases in all revenue categories except revenue generated by student attendance (student attendance and revenue is discussed in detail below). Revenue from members was up from 690K to 806K. Non member revenue was up from 628K to 681K. All categories of “sponsorship” increased.
Type of “sponsorship”
In 2006 we increased cost for student attendance by $200, which was a large percentage. This was motivated by two factors: 1) we had not raised student fees in several years, 2) students were an ever increasing proportion of conference attendance. The community expressed concerns that students could not afford to come. In 2007 we provided several ways to mitigate this cost without jeopardizing revenue. We did three things, we reduced student fees slightly, we increased the number of student volunteers (who attend for free) and we provided for slots students nominated by associate chairs. These measures seemed to work. We saw no appreciable drop in student attendance. In 2006, 706 students attended and in 2007, 703 attended. There was about a 10% drop in student revenue from 280K to 265K but given the overall financial success of the conference this appears to be a good tradeoff.