This award is given at the discretion of the ACM President, to individuals whose contributions in computing fall within the goals of the ACM.

ACM Honors International Leaders Who Helped Advance Computer Science In The Digital Age

Mehran Sahami of Stanford University, recipient of the ACM Presidential Award for leading the revision of an innovative computer science curriculum that reflects the application of computing tools in a wide variety of disciplines. Sahami led the effort by ACM and the IEEE Computer Society to develop guidelines for undergraduate degree programs that redefine essential computing topics and set the standards for computer science education worldwide for the next decade. The report includes examples of flexible courses and curricula models for a broad range of higher education institutions worldwide.

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ACM Names International Computing Visionaries for Advances in Research and Education

The 2012 ACM Presidential Awards recognize three leaders who are extending ACM's profile and promoting its role in advancing computing as a science and a profession around the globe:

Fabrizio Gagliardi, Microsoft Research.  As the chair of ACM Europe Council, he sharpened ACM’s visibility and its professional and educational activities throughout Europe.  His leadership has helped to grow ACM European chapters, membership, and conferences.  He successfully built integral relationships with Informatics-Europe and the European Union to further raise global awareness of ACM initiatives.  He also played a leading role in creating the first Heidelberg Laureate Forum, a collaborative initiative between the computing and math disciplines to bring young researchers together with winners of the highest scientific awards, including the ACM Turing Award.

Yunhao Liu, professor at Tsinghua University.  As an active researcher and a member of the ACM China Council, he has spread the word and shared the value that ACM offers to China’s vast computing community.  As a result of his efforts, ACM membership in China has grown significantly.  ACM is now a co-sponsor of the annual China National Computer Congress, China’s largest event of its kind in the computer field.  The gathering focused on green computing, system software, sensor network, information security, high-performance computing, mobile internet and intelligent terminals.

PJ Narayanan, professor and dean at IIIT, Hyderabad.  As president of the ACM India Council, he helped establish an ACM presence in this burgeoning technology mecca.  His efforts were instrumental in launching ACM as a scholarly society and starting several activities under the ACM banner in India.  He facilitated top conferences in the region and encouraged students to pursue careers in computing. Narayanan helped create an ACM Doctoral Dissertation Award in 2012.  Under his guidance, ACM India is creating initiatives to improve the quality of computing education and strengthen the Indian computing research enterprise as a way to bolster the next generation’s technology leaders in India.

See all of the 2012 - 2013 ACM Award Winners.