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ACM AWARDS HONOR ADVANCES IN INTERNET, PROGRAMMING,
SOFTWARE TECHNOLOGY

NEW YORK, March 1, 2005  --  ACM, the Association for Computing Machinery, today announced the winners of four prestigious awards honoring advances in computing technology. The awards reflect outstanding achievements ranging from improving Internet communications to innovative programming language and software designs to creative applications of computer science in the fine arts. This year's winners represent innovative research teams and new luminaries as well as renaissance thinkers in the computing field. ACM will present these and other awards at the annual ACM Awards Banquet on June 11, 2005, in San Francisco, CA.

The 2004 ACM awards winners include:
  • Jennifer Rexford of Princeton University -- the Grace Murray Hopper Award for her work on assuring stable and efficient Internet routing. The Hopper Award recognizes the outstanding young computer professional of the year.

  • Yoav Freund of Columbia University and Robert Schapire of Princeton University -- the Paris Kanellakis Theory and Practice Award for their contribution to highly accurate prediction rules used in web search engines. The Kanellakis Award honors specific theoretical accomplishments that significantly affect the practice of computing.

  • Secure Network Programming -- the Software System Award for SNP, the first secure sockets layer designed for Internet applications, aimed at achieving secure network programming for widespread use.  SNP was designed and implemented by Raghuram Bindignavle, Simon Lam, Shaowen Su, and Thomas Woo in 1993, while at the University of Texas at Austin Networking Research Laboratory.  This work was funded by the National Security Agency and the National Science Foundation.  The Software System Award is given to an institution or individual(s) recognized for developing software systems that have had a lasting influence, reflected in contributions to concepts and/or commercial acceptance.

  • Richard Gabriel of Sun Microsystems -- the ACM/AAAI Allen Newell Award for his role in shaping the growth and impact of object technology, and his influence in developing a software design community that cares about clear communication of ideas. A published poet and musician, Gabriel conceived of java.net as a self-creating and self-governed web place where communities join to build a city of diverse interests engaged in using the Java language and technology in routine and innovative ways. The Newell Award recognizes career contributions that have breadth within computer science, or that bridge computer science and other disciplines.
"These awards highlight the essential role of computing in today's technology-driven world," said ACM President David Patterson. "Like the recently announced winners of ACM's A.M. Turing Award, these contributions all recognize ground breaking innovations that influence how we communicate through the Internet. They also serve to illustrate the integral role for computer science skills in disparate callings like Internet traffic, network programming, architecture and poetry," he noted.

About the Awards

Grace Murray Hopper Award is given to the outstanding young computer professional of the year, selected on the basis of a single recent major technical or service contribution. This award is accompanied by a prize of $15,000. The candidate must have been 35 years of age or less at the time the qualifying contribution was made. Financial support for this award is provided by Google.

Paris Kanellakis Theory and Practice Award honors specific theoretical accomplishments that have had a significant and demonstrable effect on the practice of computing. This award is accompanied by a prize of $5,000 and is endowed by contributions from the Kanellakis family, with additional financial support provided by ACM's Special Interest Groups on Algorithms and Computational Theory (SIGACT), Design Automaton (SIGDA), Management of Data (SIGMOD), and Programming Languages (SIGPLAN), the ACM SIG Projects Fund, and individual contributions.

Software System Award honors an institution or individual(s) recognized for developing a software system that has had a lasting influence, reflected in contributions to concepts, in commercial acceptance, or both. This award carries a prize of $10,000. Financial support for the award is provided by IBM.

ACM/AAAI Allen Newell Award is presented to an individual selected for career contributions that have breadth within computer science, or that bridge computer science and other disciplines. This endowed award is accompanied by a prize of $10,000, and is supported by the American Association for Artificial Intelligence, and by individual contributions.

About ACM
ACM (http://www.acm.org/) is widely recognized as the premier organization for computing professionals, delivering a broad array of resources that advance the computing and IT disciplines, enable professional development, and promote policies and research that benefit society. For further information, contact Virginia Gold 212-626-0505 or vgold@acm.org.


ACM/Press Release. Last updated March 7, 2005 by Edwin Rodriguez



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