The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) is a U.S.-based international learned society for computing. It was founded in 1947 and is the world's largest scientific and educational computing society. It is a not-for-profit professional membership group. Its membership is more than 100,000 as of 2011. Its headquarters are in New York City. The ACM and the IEEE Computer Society are the umbrella organizations for academic and scholarly interests in computing. Unlike the IEEE, the ACM is solely dedicated to computing. ACM, the world’s largest educational and scientific computing society, delivers resources that advance computing as a science and a profession. ACM provides the computing field's premier Digital Library and serves its members and the computing profession with leading-edge publications, conferences, and career resources. ACM chapters help to retain and recruit those who are interested in computing by providing a forum for discussion, debate, and dialogue about the issues facing our industry today. ACM hopes the local chapters will empower ACM Chapter Members and prospective members to become involved in various activities and promote the field of computing and computer science within their communities.
ACM Chapters provide a range of activities and services including talks by local practitioners,visits from prominent speakers on the ACM Distinguished Lectureship Program circuit, technical and career workshops, field trips to computing installations, and social activities. ACM is organized into over 170 local chapters and 35 Special Interest Groups (SIGs), through which it conducts most of its activities. Additionally, there are over 500 college and university chapters. The first student chapter was founded in 1961 at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Many of the SIGs, like SIGGRAPH, SIGPLAN, SIGCSE and SIGCOMM, sponsor regular conferences which have become famous as the dominant venue for presenting innovations in certain fields. The groups also publish a large number of specialized journals, magazines, and newsletters. ACM also sponsors other computer science related events such as the worldwide ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest(ICPC), and has sponsored some other events such as the chess match between Garry Kasparov and the IBM Deep Blue computer.
Forming an ACM Chapter helps members focus on
Engage students in stimulating computing activities. Connect students with leaders in the field. Encourage students to advance the field of computing. Join mentoring programs for career opportunities. Broaden the computing community through ACM. Network with other ACM Chapter leaders and members.
Professional Membership Benefits
Timely access to relevant information Communications of the ACM, the essential source for computing professionals. ACM Digital Library, optional subscription to full text articles from all ACM publications. ACM Queue, for core content and quality sources for practitioners. 50+ ACM journals and magazines. TechNews, tri-weekly email digest of the latest IT news. Resources to enhance your career ACM Tech Packs, annotated reading lists on current topics compiled by experts exclusively for ACM. Learning Center with resources for lifelong learning. Online courses targeted toward essential IT skills and popular certifications. Online Books from Safari® Books Online, Books24x7®, Morgan Kaufmann and Syngress. Learning Paths in Ruby and Python, as well as podcasts of interviews with many of today's innovators. Option to join 37 Special Interest Groups (SIGs) and hundreds of local chapters. ACM Career & Job Center for career-enhancing benefits Communications tools and benefits. Email Forwarding and Filtering Service. Table-of-Contents Alerts option to receive email and RSS feeds to new issues of publications as they are posted to the DL, and other tools to enhance your use of the ACM DL. MemberNet, a monthly e-newsletter on people and programs. CareerNews, an email digest of career-related topics. ACM discounts and special offers and Member Recognition Programs.
ACM Press publishes a prestigious academic journal, Journal of the ACM, and general magazines for computer professionals, Communications of the ACM (also known as Communications or CACM) and Queue. Other publications of the ACM include: ACM XRDS, formerly "Crossroads", was designed in 2010 and is the most popular student computing magazine in the US. ACM Interactions, an interdisciplinary HCI publication focused on the connections between experiences, people and technology, and the third largest ACM publication. ACM Computing Surveys (CSUR). ACM Computers in Entertainment (CIE). A number of journals, specific to subfields of computer science, titled ACM Transactions. Some of the more notable transactions include:
:: ACM Transactions on Computer Systems (TOCS)
:: IEEE/ACM Transactions on Computational Biology and Bioinformatics (TCBB)
:: ACM Transactions on Computational Logic (TOCL)
:: ACM Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction (TOCHI)
:: ACM Transactions on Database Systems (TODS)
:: ACM Transactions on Graphics (TOG)
:: ACM Transactions on Mathematical Software (TOMS)
:: ACM Transactions on Multimedia Computing, Communications, and Applications (TOMCCAP)
:: IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking (TON)
:: ACM Transactions on Programming Languages and Systems (TOPLAS)
ACM has made almost all of its publications available to paid subscribers online at its Digital Library and also has a Guide to Computing Literature. Individual members additionally have access to Safari Books Online and Books24x7. The ACM also offers insurance, online courses and other services to its members.