Sigaccess fy’10 Annual Report

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SIGOPS continues to be a vibrant community of people with interests in “operating systems” in the broadest sense, including topics such as distributed computing, storage systems, security, concurrency, middleware, mobility, virtualization, networking, datacenter software, and Internet services. We sponsor a number of top conferences, provide travel grants to students, present yearly awards, disseminate information to members electronically and through our web site, and collaborate with other SIGs on important programs for computing professionals.

The SIGOPS officers are Doug Terry as Chair, Frank Bellosa as Vice Chair, Jeanna Matthews as Treasurer (and Editor of our newsletter), and Stefan Saroiu as the Information Director. Their terms expire in June 2011, and so new SIGOPS elections will be held next spring.

Highlights from the past year include:

  • The ACM Symposium on Operating Systems Principles (SOSP), our flagship conference, was held in Big Sky, Montana, on October 11-14, 2009 with a record attendance of 565. The conference was under the leadership of Jeanna Mathews, the General Chair, and Tom Anderson, the Program Chair. Nine SIGOPS-sponsored workshops were held in conjunction with SOSP, including workshops on cloud computing, storage and file systems, power aware computing, systems for developing regions, and diversity. The next SOSP is being planned for October 2011 in Cascais, Portugal with Ted Wobber as the General Chair and Peter Druschel as the Program Chair.

  • A new annual ACM Symposium on Cloud Computing (SOCC) was started with joint sponsorship from SIGMOD and SIGOPS, and the first instance was held in Indianapolis, Indiana in June following the SIGMOD 2010 conference. This new conference attracted over 200 attendees. SOCC 2011 is being co-located with SOSP in Portugal.

  • The annual SIGOPS Asia-Pacific Workshop on Systems (APSys) was started, and the first instance is planned for August 30, 2010 in New Delhi, India, immediately before the SIGCOMM 2010 conference. The goal of this new workshop is to encourage and catalyze systems work in the Asia-Pacific region by providing a forum for systems researchers and practitioners across the world to present their work in computer systems and for locals to meet, interact, and collaborate with top researchers in the field.

  • SIGOPS members produced the Cloud Computing Tech Pack, the first in a series of integrated learning packages on specific topics designed especially for practitioners and managers.


SIGOPS presents several awards on a yearly basis, and here are this past year’s recipients:

  • Eric Brewer received the Mark Weiser Award for creativity and innovation in operating systems research.

  • Tushar Chandra, Vassos Hadzilacos, and Sam Toueg received the Edsger W. Dijkstra Prize in Distributed Computing.

  • The SIGOPS Hall of Fame Award, which recognizes the most influential systems papers, was presented to three papers:

    • Cary G. Gray and David R. Cheriton, Leases: An Efficient Fault-Tolerant Mechanism for Distributed File Cache Consistency, Proceedings of the Twelfth ACM Symposium on Operating Systems Principles (SOSP), December 1989, Litchfield Park, AZ, USA.

    • Butler W. Lampson and David D. Redell, Experience with processes and monitors in Mesa, Proceedings of the Seventh ACM Symposium on Operating Systems Principles (SOSP), December 1979, Pacific Grove, CA, USA.

    • Nancy P. Kronenberg, Henry M. Levy, and William D. Strecker, VAXclusters: A Closely-Coupled Distributed System, Proceedings of the Tenth AMC Symposium on Operating Systems Principles (SOSP), December 1985, Orcas Island, USA, USA.

Programs and Services

Professional SIGOPS membership dues remain at $15, and student membership is just $5 per year. We offer a “member plus” package (for $20) for those who wish to continue receiving printed proceedings for the SOSP, ASPLOS, and EuroSys conferences; thus far, demand for this package is low, but this could partly stem from it not being well advertised.

Several widely respected conferences were sponsored or co-sponsored by SIGOPS this year. This includes the EuroSys Conference (with our European SIGOPS Chapter), the International Conference on Architectural Support for Programming Languages and Operating Systems (ASPLOS), co-sponsored with SIGARCH and SIGPLAN, the Symposium on Principles of Distributed Computing (PODC), co-sponsored with SIGACT, the International Conference on Embedded Networked Sensor Systems (SenSys), co-sponsored with SIGCOMM, SIGARCH, SIGBED, SIGMOBILE, and SIGMETRICS, the International Conference on Virtual Execution Environments (VEE), co-sponsored with SIGPLAN, and the new Symposium on Cloud Computing (SOCC), co-sponsored with SIGMOD.

SIGOPS encourages participation in conferences and career building activities for young members of the community. For example, substantial funding was provided this year as travel grants for students to attend conferences and diversity workshops, with many of these grants targeted at women and underrepresented minorities.

SIGOPS also publishes a quarterly newsletter, Operating Systems Review, which focuses on specific research topics or research institutions, manages an electronic mailing list, which is used for announcements, and maintains a web site:

Key Issues

Although the number of SIGOPS members is substantially lower than ten years ago, this is not a serious concern for our organization. We still have a committed core of researchers and volunteers, have a healthy fund balance, and are able to continue sponsoring a broad spectrum of popular conferences. Our challenge is to convince active members of the community to become SIGOPS members, to increase student memberships, to reach out to practitioners, and to expand our global outreach. Given our low yearly membership dues, financial concerns should not be a barrier to membership. We simply need to make it easy for new members to join and demonstrate how their involvement strengthens our community. By providing travel grants to conferences, we allow students to experience the benefits of belonging to the SIGOPS family. We also provide the opportunity for members of our European chapter to automatically become SIGOPS members through a joint registration process. Based on our success with EuroSys, a yearly systems conference in Europe, we are now exploring holding conferences and workshops in other parts of the world, particularly Asia, Australia, and South America. We expect the new APSys workshop to become a yearly event in the Asia-Pacific region and to lead to the formation of a SIGOPS Chapter with the long-term goal of highlighting and supporting systems research in the region.

SIGPLAN FY '10 Annual Report

July 2009—June 2010

Submitted by: Philip Wadler, Chair

SIGPLAN had another very strong year with excellent attendance at conferences and workshops. We have continued to see high rates of student participation. Conference submissions rates have remained

high. The SIGPLAN Executive Committee reported on the state of SIGPLAN at the annual open meeting at PLDI in Toronto on Monday 7 June 2010. The slides for the open meeting are available on the web at In general, the SIGPLAN web site ( contains useful information on SIGPLAN activities and policies.

The financial state of SIGPLAN is strong because our conferences do well financially. We budget them conservatively to break even, which generally results in small profits for each conference.
SIGPLAN has a healthy rotation of conferences between the United States and Europe. We are beginning to also see conferences in Asia. PPoPP took place in Bangalore in January 2010, ICFP is planned for Tokyo in September 2011, and PLDI is considering locating in China in 2012.
OOPSLA continues to face turbulence while adjusting to a changing world. For many years, OOPSLA attracted major industrial participation and earned substantial income for SIGPLAN---SIGPLAN's

healthy surplus can be attributed largely to OOPSLA earnings. In recent years, OOPSLA has retained a strong academic reputation but seen declining industrial participation. The SIGPLAN and OOPSLA

leadership believe it is desirable to retain a venue that attracts industry participation. This year the collection of events centred around OOPSLA has rebranded itself as SPLASH, retaining the name

OOPSLA for the conference at its centre. OOPSLA broke even in 2008 but suffered substantial losses in 2009. This year considerable attention was paid to revamping the budget structure of SPLASH, for

which we thank its general chair William Cook. The SIGPLAN executive and OOPSLA leadership have been in close communication throughout the year and this will continue until SPLASH has reached a stable footing.
We have a decreasing number of members who receive physical copies of SIGPLAN Notices each month (print members), but a growing number of whom receive the newsletter electronically (electronic members). Previously, our pricing structure broke even for online members, but lost about $45 per print member. This year, after surveying the membership, SIGPLAN raised its rate for print members by $45. The new prices reflect the costs of printing and postage, based on current print runs. We expect print membership may further decline, in which case reduced print runs will cause a further increase in per unit cost. By setting the costs as low as possible, we aim to permit circulation to settle slowly to its natural level. It may be a while before we reach the appropriate balance, as print membership decreases and printing costs increase.
This year SIGPLAN funded a number of initiatives to help the community, including our PAC Program, a summer school for PhD students, and the OOPSLA (now SPLASH) Educator's Symposium.
The PAC Program provides scholarships to attend conferences to students, members who need travel companions (parents of small children and people with disabilities) to attend events, and members

who often have to travel extreme distances to attend SIGPLAN meetings (e.g., people in Australia and Asia). In 2010, the PAC committee made awards to 76 individuals for a total of $67,000. This year a

supplement to the PAC basic budget was obtained by a generous support from NSF and Google, and this money was handled and distributed according to the PAC guidelines and using the standard PAC

infrastructure. The PAC workflow website ( continues to be enormously useful in managing the program.

For Ph.D. students, SIGPLAN provided $5,000 in scholarship money to support attendance at a summer school on "Logic, Languages, Compilation, and Verification" held 15--25 June 2010 at the University of Oregon. The school consists of 39 tutorial-level lectures from nine world-class researchers over eleven days with 86 participants. In addition to SIGPLAN, sponsors of the school included the NSF, Google, Microsoft Research, INRIA, Jane Street Capital, and Galois. More information on the workshop is available from:
The Educators' Symposium at OOPSLA strives to improve the quality of object-oriented education and give educators a voice in the premier conference for object-oriented research. In support of this program, SIGPLAN gave $5,000 to fund travel scholarships for educators from two- and four-year colleges to attend the conference and the Educators' Symposium.
SIGPLAN made the following awards in FY 2010.
2010 SIGPLAN Programming Languages Achievement Award: Gordon Plotkin

(announced at PLDI in Toronto). The award includes a cash prize of $5,000.

2010 SIGPLAN Distinguished Service Award: Jack W. Davidson

(presented at PLDI in Toronto). The award includes a cash prize of $2,500.

2010 SIGPLAN Programming Languages Software Award: Chris Lattner for the LLVM

Compiler Infrastructure (announced at PLDI in Toronto).

The award includes a cash prize of $2,500. This is the first year this award was given.
2009 SIGPLAN Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award: two awards were given,

to Akash Lal, University of Wisconsin, for "Interprocedural Analysis and the Verification of

Concurrent Programs" and to

William Thies, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, for "Language and Compiler Support

for Stream Programs" (both presented at PLDI in Toronto).

The award includes a cash prize of $1,000.

Most Influential 1999 ICFP Paper Award: to Malcolm Wallace and Colin Runciman for
"Haskell and XML: Generic combinators or type-based translation?"

(presented at ICFP in Edinburgh). The award includes a cash prize of $1,000.

Most Influential 1999 OOPSLA Paper Award to Bowen Alpern, C. R. Attanasio, Anthony

Cocchi, Derek Lieber, Stephen Smith, Ton Ngo, John J. Barton, Susan Flynn Hummel, Janice

C. Shepherd, and Mark Mergen for "Implementing Jalapeno in Java"

(presented at OOPSLA in Orlando). The award includes a cash prize of $1,000.

Most Influential 2000 POPL Paper Award to Luca Cardelli and Andrew D. Gordon for

"Anytime, Anywhere: Modal Logics for Mobile Ambients" (presented at POPL in Madrid).

The award includes a cash prize of $1,000.
Most Influential 2000 PLDI Paper Award to Vasanth Bala, and Evelyn Duesterwald,

Sanjeev Banerji for "Dynamo: A Transparent Dynamic Optimization System"

(presented at PLDI in Toronto). The award includes a cash prize of $1,000.
2009 John Vlissides Award to Tudor Dumitras

(presented at OOPSLA in Orlando). The award includes a cash prize of $2,000.

Information about SIGPLAN awards, including citations for all the awards above, is available from the web page:
Other programs
The SIGPLAN CACM Research Highlights Nomination Committee, chaired by Ben Zorn, nominated three additional papers for consideration by the CACM Research Highlights editorial board. More information about the committee is available from the web:

The SIGPLAN Education Board was formed in Spring 2009 to promote and develop programming-languages curricula, particularly for undergraduates. Board members include: Kim Bruce (chair, Pomona College), Kathi Fisler (WPI), Steve Freund (Williams College), Dan Grossman (University of Washington), Matthew Hertz (Canisius College), Gary Leavens (University of Central Florida), Andrew Myers (Cornell University), and Larry Snyder (University of Washington). This year, the Board created a short document broadly aimed at computer scientists titled, "Why Undergraduates Should Learn the Principles of Programming Languages." The Board has a new ACM-hosted web-site and blog, inviting comments on this and ongoing work: Board member Dan Grossman has also been appointed the SIGPLAN representative to the ACM Education Council. The next goal is to specify a curriculum unit covering essential topics in functional programming.
Key issues for next 2-3 years
As mentioned above, the balance between print and online membership will continue to evolve, and we need to monitor the situation closely. Some of our members strongly value print membership, and we aim to keep price rises minimal so as to stabilize at the highest viable print membership while not asking online members to subsidize print. It has proven increasingly hard to locate material for SIGPLAN Notices, and we need to consider alternatives. We also plan to investigate a stronger online presence, perhaps through a blog.
Having initiated the Programming Language Software Award, the executive is now looking into initiating a new award for young researchers, perhaps named in honour of Robin Milner who passed away


An issue of continuing concern to many members is the inclusion of a programming language material in the ACM Curriculum standard. SIGPLAN's Education Board produced one document to this end

(see above), and is continuing to work on this problem. We also intend to explore whether the Education Board's document "Why Undergraduates Should Learn the Principles of Programming Languages" can serve as the basis for a white paper aimed at explaining the importance of programming languages to the broader community, including funding agencies and government.

SIGSAC FY’10 Annual Report
July 2009- June 2010
Submitted by: Elisa Bertino, SIGSAC Chair


SIGSAC’s mission is to develop the information security profession by sponsoring high quality research conferences and workshops. SIGSAC’s first sponsored event was the ACM Conference on Computer and Communications Security (CCS) in 1993. Since then, it has been held twice in Fairfax, Virginia (1993, 1994), and once each in New Delhi, India (1996), Zurich, Switzerland (1997), San Francisco (1998), Singapore (1999), Athens, Greece (2000) and Philadelphia (2001). In the period 2002-2008, CCS has been held in the Washington, DC metropolitan area (i.e., In Alexandria, VA). In November 2009, CCS was held in Chicago and had 529 attendees which represents about a 29% increase in attendees from 2008. The 2010 CCS conference will be also held in Chicago on October 4-8.
From its inception, CCS has established itself as among the very best research conferences in security. This reputation continues to grow and is reflected in the high quality and prestige of the program. In 2010, the CCS acceptance rate was 17% (i.e., 55 papers accepted from 325 submitted). Undoubtedly, CCS remains one of the most competitive conferences in the area. As in previous years, the program of CCS includes several co-located workshops. We expect the CCS submission rate and attendance to remain high in future years.

Starting in 2001, SIGSAC launched a second major annual conference called the ACM Symposium on Access Control Models and Technologies (SACMAT). The first three meetings were held in Chantilly, Virginia; Monterey, California; and Como, Italy. From 2002, SACMAT meetings have been co-located with the IEEE International Workshop on Policies for Distributed Systems and Networks. The 2006 SACMAT was held in Lake Tahoe, California, in 2007 in Nice – Sophia Antipolis, France, in 2008 in Estes Park, Colorado, in 2009 in Stresa, Italy. The 2010 SACMAT was held in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The symposium attracted 79 submissions of which 19 papers were accepted for presentation at the conference (a 24% acceptance rate).

In 2010, SIGSAC held the fifth instance of its third major conference, namely ACM Symposium on Information, Computer and Communications Security (AsiaCCS), in Beijing, China, on April 13-16, 2010. The first AsiaCCS was held in Taipei, Taiwan, on March 21-23, 2006, the second was held in Singapore on March 22-24, 2007, the third in Tokyo, Japan, from March 18-20, 2008, and the fourth in Sydney, Australia, from March 10-12, 2009. This year, AsiaCCS received 166 submissions and accepted 25 regular papers and 13 short papers yielding an acceptance rate of 15% for full papers and 23% for short papers. This suggests that there is sustained interest in the information security area outside North America. Next year, ASIA CCS will be held in Hong Kong, China, from March 22-24, 2011.
SIGSAC launched its fourth major conference, on Wireless Network Security (WISEC), in Alexandria, Virginia, from March 31-April 2, 2008. This conference merged two successful ACM workshops, namely WiSe (held in conjunction with Mobicom) and SASN (held in conjunction with CCS) in the US, and a successful European workshop (ESAS) held in conjunction with ESORICS in Europe. In 2009, WISEC was held in Zurich, Switzerland. This year the conference was held in Hoboken, New Jersey, from March 22-24, 2010. The conference received 99 submissions. Of these, 9 submissions were chosen for presentation as full papers, with an acceptance rate of 9%. Twelve submissions were accepted for presentation as short papers, for an overall conference acceptance rate of 21%. The location of this conference alternates between US and Europe every other year. Next year, WISEC will be held in Hamburg, Germany, from June 14-17, 2011.


ACM Transactions on Information and Systems Security (TISSEC) remains our major journal venue for research publications. We do not expect to sponsor another journal for the foreseeable future.


Two additional projects have started in 2010.
The first project is a conference focusing on data and applications security and privacy. With rapid global penetration of the Internet and smart phones and the resulting productivity and social gains, the world is becoming increasingly dependent on its cyber infrastructure. Criminals, spies and predators of all kinds have learnt to exploit this landscape much quicker than defenders have advanced in their technologies. Security and Privacy has become an essential concern of applications and systems throughout their lifecycle. Security concerns have rapidly moved up the software stack as the Internet and web have matured. The security, privacy, functionality, cost and usability tradeoffs necessary in any practical system can only be effectively achieved at the data and application layers. This new conference provides a dedicated venue for high-quality research in this arena, and seeks to foster a community with this focus in cyber security. The inaugural edition of the new annual ACM Conference on Data and Applications Security and Privacy (CODASPY 2011) will be held February 21-23 2011 in Hilton Palacio Del Rio, San Antonio, Texas. Professor Ravi Sandhu from the University of Texas at San Antonio will serve as general chair and Professor Elisa Bertino from Purdue University will serve as program chair.
The second project is the establishment of the SIGSAC Doctoral Dissertation Award for Outstanding PhD Thesis in Computer and Information Security. This annual award by SIGSAC will recognize excellent research by doctoral candidates in the field of computer and information security. The SIGSAC Doctoral Dissertation Award winner and up to two runners-up will be recognized at the ACM CCS conference. The award winner will receive a plaque, a $1,500 honorarium and a complimentary registration to the current year’s ACM CCS Conference. The runners-up each will receive a plaque. The award will be assigned starting from 2011.

The two SIGSAC awards started in 2005. The 2005 Outstanding Innovation Award was given to Dr. Whitfield Diffie of SUN Microsystems, and the Outstanding Contribution Award was given to Dr. Peter G. Neumann of SRI International. In 2006, the Outstanding Innovation Award was given to Dr. Michael Schroeder of Microsoft Research and the Outstanding Contribution Award was given to Dr. Eugene Spafford of Purdue University. The 2007 Outstanding Innovation Award was given to Dr. Martin Abadi of the University of California, Santa Cruz (and Microsoft Research) and the Outstanding Contribution Award was given to Professor Sushil Jajodia of George Mason University. The 2008 Outstanding Innovation Award was given to Professor Dorothy Denning of Naval Postgraduate School and the Outstanding Contribution Award was given to Professor Ravi Sandhu of the University of Texas at San Antonio.

The 2009 Outstanding Innovation Award was given to Dr. Jonathan Millen of The MITRE Corporation, and the Outstanding Contribution Award was given to Dr. Carl Landwehr of the University of Maryland.

The ACM Digital Library has become an important source of revenue for all SIGs. With the addition of several workshop proceedings, SIGSAC received a healthy share of the total revenue. SIGSAC will seek new ways to add to the library’s content (such as collecting speakers’ slides and videos of conference invited talks, tutorials, and paper presentations) to strengthen and broaden its appeal to all subscribers.

At CCS 2007, the SIGSAC membership approved the policy that any SIGSAC officer can serve for at most two, two-year terms. This policy is intended to demonstrate the depth of leadership talent within the ranks of the SIGSAC membership, and to give dedicated individuals an opportunity to serve the profession in leadership roles.
Following the elections hold in 2009, the following officers started their terms of office on July 1, 2009:

Professor Elisa Bertino of Purdue University (Chair),

Professor Vijay Atluri of Rutgers University (Vice-Chair), and

Professor Peng Ning of North Carolina University (Treasurer).

According to the bylaws of SIGSAC, the executive committee starting from July 2009 consists of the elected officers and the previous SIGSAC Chair, Professor Virgil Gligor of CMU. The chair of the executive committee is Professor Elisa Bertino.

SIGSAC is in excellent shape both in terms of successful technical activities and finances. We expect that, in the coming years, SIGSAC will continue to sustain and build on existing activities.


SIGSAM FY’10 Annual Report

July 2009- June 2010

Submitted by: Jeremy Johnson, Chair

SIGSAM Communications in Computer Algebra

The Communications in Computer Algebra has been published since 1965 (previously SICSAM Bulletin and SIGSAM Bulletin). The CCA is published quarterly; however, only two double-issues are printed and mailed per year, with the four electronic issues appearing through the digital library and the SIGSAM website. The change to two rather than four printing was made to prevent delays and save money and is consistent with the wishes of many of our members.

After serving as co-editor, with Ilias S. Kotsireas, for many years Austin Lobo stepped down and was replaced by Manuel Kauers from RISC J. Kepler University of Linz, Austria. Manuel was previously on the six member editorial board. His vacated board position was filled by Lihong Zhi, Academia Sinica, Beijing, China.
Conference and Event Sponsorship
ISSAC. The International Symposium for Symbolic and Algebraic Computation (ISSAC) for 2009 was held at the Korean Institute of Advanced Studies (KIAS) in Seoul, South Korea from July 28-31. The conference was co-sponsored by ACM SIGSAM and KIAS, each with a 50% financial sponsorship. The conference received $57,792 in revenue, including a generous donation from KIAS, and had $55,176 in expenses for a net surplus of $2,616. Proceedings were published by ACM Press, and digital proceedings were distributed on DVDs to SIGSAM members. The distributed DVDs contained slides, with author approval, of all of the talks. Poster and Software demo abstracts were published in the CCA.

ISSAC 2010 was held July 25-28, 2010 at the Technische Universität München, in Munich Germany. ISSAC 2010 was sponsored in full by Fachgruppe Computeralgebra, in cooperation with ACM SIGSAM. The proceedings were published by ACM Press.

ISSAC 2011 will be held June 8-11, San Jose, CA. ISSAC will be part of the Federated Computing Research Conference. It will be fully sponsored by ACM.

SIGSAM reserves a portion of its funds (referred to as the ISSAC contingency fund, and tracked by the SIGSAM treasurer to support the ISSAC conference series. The level of this contingency fund is currently USD 7070.99 and does not include surplus from ISSAC 2009.

ECCAD, PLMMS, PASCO. SIGSAM sponsored the East Coast Computer Algebra Day (ECCAD’10), in cooperation with ACM, on May 15, 2010, at Emory University in Atlanta Georgia. Poster abstracts from ECCAD’10 were published in CCA. In Summer 2010, SIGSAM sponsored a workshop on Programming Languages for Mechanized Mathematics Systems (PLMMS 2010), co-located with CICM (Conferences on Intelligent Computer Mathematics), in co-operation with ACM, at Paris France on July 8, 2010. Extended abstracts from this workshop were published in CCA. Also in the Summer of 2010, SIGSAM sponsored a conference on Parallel Symbolic Computation (PASCO 2010), in co-operation with ACM, in Grenoble France from July 21-23. Proceedings from this conference were published by ACM Press in the ACM Digital library.
SIGSAM sponsors prizes in computer algebra and nominates our best researchers for top-level awards and prizes.

ISSAC Awards. SIGSAM sponsors the ISSAC Distinguished Paper and Distinguished Student Author prizes. This is from an endowment with a value of USD 40,662 as of March 1, 2009.

  • The ISSAC 2009 Distinguished Paper award was given to Chris Brown, Department of Computer Science, United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland, USA, for the paper “Fast Simplifications for Tarski Formulas”.

  • The ISSAC 2009 Distinguished Student Author Award was given to

    • Wolf Daniel Andres, RWTH Aachen, Germany and Jorge Martìn Morales, University of Zaragoza, for the paper “Principal Intersection and Bernstein-Sato Polynomial of Affine Variety’’ (with V. Levandovskyy, RWTH).

    • Yong Jae Cha, Florida State University, USA, for the paper “Liouvillian Solutions of Irreducible Linear Difference Equations’’ (with M. van Hoeij, Florida State University).

    • Luca De Feo, 1 École Polytechnique and INRIA, France for the paper “Fast arithmetics in Artin-Schreier towers over finite fields’’ (with Eric Schost, ORCCA and CSD, The University of Western Ontario, London, ON Canada).

  • The ISSAC 2010 Distinguished Paper award was given to Ioannis Emiris, Bernard Mourrain and Elias Tsigaridas for the paper “The DMM bound: multivariate (aggregate) separation bounds.”

  • The ISSAC 2010 Distinguished Student Author Award was given to Pierre-Jean Spaenlehauer for the paper “Computing Loci of Rank Defects of Linear Matrices using Gröbner Bases and Applications to Cryptology” (with Jean-Charles Faugčre and Mohab Safey El Din).

Jenks Memorial Prize. SIGSAM also sponsors and administers the ACM SIGSAM Richard Dimick Jenks Memorial Prize for Excellence in Software Engineering applied to Computer Algebra. The prize was last given out in 2008 and was awarded to “The GAP Group". The prize will be given again at the 2011 ISSAC conference. This award is granted from an endowment with a value of USD 27,285 as of March 1, 2009.
ACM Fellow. SIGSAM successfully nominated Erich Kaltofen, Professor of Mathematics from NCSU for ACM Fellow for contributions to symbolic and algebraic computation, algebraic algorithms and complexity theory.
Transactions on Mathematical Software

SIGSAM has a seat on the editorial board of the ACM Transactions on Mathematical Software (TOMS). This position is currently held by Gene Cooperman of Northeastern University (USA); however, his term has completed and several candidates are being considered for his replacement.

Viability Review

At the SIG Board meeting on March 27, 2009, SIGSAM was found to be viable and given a renewal for the standard four-year period. For the previous two renewals, SIGSAM had only been given two-year renewals.

SIGSAM Elections

The current ACM/SIGSAM officers requested that they remain for a second term. The reason for the extension was the feeling that a two year term was insufficient, given the start up cost, to accomplish the goals they put forth in their election.

SIGSAM Membership

As of June 30, 2010, SIGSAM had 346 members, up from slightly from 292 in June 2009. The membership increase was largely due to providing membership to all non-SIGSAM members attending ISSAC 2009 will be given SIGSAM, a conscious effort to increase membership in our main target audience.

SIGSAM Advisory Board

The Advisory Board advises the Chair on matters of interest to SIGSAM. It consists of the officers, the Past Chair, the newsletter Editor(s) and up to ten Members at Large elected by ballot by the members of SIGSAM at the Annual General Meeting. Two members at large will be replaced at the end of 2010.

SIGSAM Finances

The following financial report was prepared by Agnes Szanto (SIGSAM Treasurer).

Revenue and Expenses for the 2009-10 Fiscal Year
Estimated revenue and expenses for the 2009-10 fiscal year are as follows. The figures given below are based on currently available data from the ACM Financial Management Reporting System. The revenue/expenses of the ISSAC 2009 conference are preliminary estimates only.

Required Fund Balance

ACM has set a target fund balance for each SIG of the sum of 50% of organization expenses and 40% of conference expenses. For the 2009-10 fiscal year this amounts to $18,350. If the above estimates are accurate then we are well above the required amount, by about $36,000. For the 2010-11 fiscal year the required balance decreases to $10,220, due to no conference expenses next year.


We inherited a financially robust SIGSAM, with an opening balance of over $47,000, well above what is minimally required, thanks to the fiscally conservative policies of our previous leaderships. SIGSAM was financially successful also during the 2009-10 fiscal year, adding another almost $7,000 to the balance, due in part to increased membership revenues, reductions in operational expenses, and an extremely successful ISSAC conference with generous external funding from KIAS and Maple. As a result, there is a significant surplus for the 2009-10 fiscal year.

SIGSIM FY’10 Annual Report

July 2009- June 2010

Submitted by: Osman Balci, Chair


  1. Roger D. Smith (U.S. Army PEO for Simulation, Training, and Instrumentation) was awarded the ACM SIGSIM Distinguished Contributions Award, which recognizes individuals based on their overall contributions to the field of modeling and simulation, including technical innovations, publications, leadership, teaching, mentoring, and service to the community. The recipient of the Award received a plaque and an honorarium of $1500.

  2. Claudia Szabo (National University of Singapore) was awarded the ACM SIGSIM Best Ph.D. Student Paper Award at the 2009 Winter Simulation Conference. The recipient of the Award received a plaque and an honorarium of $200.

Significant papers on new areas that were published in proceedings

SIGSIM sponsored the following two conferences and one workshop.

  • Winter Simulation Conference (WSC)

  • ACM International Conference on Modeling, Analysis, and Simulation of Wireless and Mobile Systems (MSWiM)

  • Workshop on Principles of Advanced and Distributed Simulation (PADS)

WSC, MSWiM, and PADS publish high quality papers in their proceedings. It is infeasible to identify which papers were significant since they all contribute to the state of the art in many different dimensions.

Significant programs that provided a springboard for further technical efforts

SIGSIM provided the following benefits to its members:

  1. SIGSIM-members-only access to ACM SIGSIM M&S Knowledge Repository

  2. Proceedings (CD) of the annual Winter Simulation Conference (WSC) mailed to each SIGSIM member

  3. Proceedings (hard copy) of the annual International Workshop on Principles of Advanced and Distributed Simulation (PADS) mailed to each SIGSIM member

  4. Reduced registration fees for many conferences including WSC and PADS

  5. SIGSIM members are granted full on-line access to the proceedings of the SIGSIM sponsored / supported conferences in the ACM Digital Library

SIGSIM provided the following benefits to its community:

  1. Distinguished Contributions Award

  2. Ph.D. Colloquium and Poster Session at the annual WSC

  3. Best Ph.D. Student Paper Award at the annual WSC

  4. Sponsorship of annual conferences: WSC, PADS, and MSWiM

  5. In-cooperation support of many conferences including: DEVS, DS-RT, EOMAS, MASCOTS, MSI, SIMUTools, SpringSim, and SW

  6. LinkedIn Professional Group named “ACM SIGSIM”, which provides professional networking among the Modeling and Simulation (M&S) professionals

  7. Announcements via a moderated email distribution list about events of interest, Calls for Papers, and Calls for Participation

SIGSIM’s benefits delivered to its members and community together with the two conferences and one workshop it has sponsored provided a springboard for further technical efforts.

Innovative programs which provide service to our technical community

SIGSIM’s Modeling and Simulation (M&S) Knowledge Repository (MSKR) at has been the innovative program which provided services to the SIGSIM technical community.

Summary of key issues that SIGSIM membership will have to deal with in the next 2-3 years

SIGSIM’s mission continues to promote and disseminate the advancement of high quality state‑of-the-art in Modeling and Simulation (M&S) across a broad range of interests and disciplines. The expansion of the M&S Knowledge Repository’s content to provide better technical service to the SIGSIM membership stands to be the most important issue. This expansion is very important for SIGSIM to accomplish its mission. Contributions are expected from all SIGSIM members as well as M&S community in general to expand the M&S Knowledge Repository’s content. How to motivate people to submit multimedia contributions for publication in the M&S Knowledge Repository remains to be a challenge.

SIGSOFT FY’10 Annual Report

July 2009 - June 2010

Submitted by: David S. Rosenblum, Chair
SIGSOFT had another excellent year, maintaining the technical excellence and financial health of its conferences despite increasingly difficult economic times, while continuing to reach out to the community, with increased attention given this year to the practitioner community.

The numerous conferences and workshops we sponsor and co-sponsor continue to be strong, both intellectually and financially. Our flagship conference, ESEC/FSE 2009, was held in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, with Hans van Vliet serving as General Chair and Valerie Issarny serving as Program Chair. Our largest conference, ICSE 2010 (co-sponsored with the IEEE Computer Society), was held in Cape Town, South Africa, with Judith Bishop and Jeff Kramer as General Co-Chairs, and Prem Devanbu and Sebastian Uchitel as Program Co-Chairs. The main social event at ICSE was the Awards Banquet, where the SIGSOFT Chair presented several important SIGSOFT awards and recognised the new ACM Distinguished Members and Fellows from the software engineering community.

FSE 2010 will be held in Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA, with Catalin Roman as General Chair and Andre van der Hoek as Program Chair, and ESEC/FSE 2011 will be held in Szeged, Hungary, with Tibor Gyimothy as General Chair and Andreas Zeller as Program Chair. Given the increasing number of submissions to FSE and the consequent increased workload for the Program Chair, for FSE 2012 we decided to name two Program Co-Chairs, with Tevfik Bultan and Martin Robillard filling these roles; a General Chair for FSE 2012 is expected to be named soon. ICSE 2011 will be held in Honolulu, Hawai'i, USA, with Richard Taylor as General Chair, and with Harald Gall and Nenad Medvidovic as Program Co-Chairs. Planning is underway as well for ICSE 2012, which will be held in Zurich, Switzerland, with Martin Glinz serving as General Chair, and with Gail Murphy and Mauro Pezze as Program Co-Chairs.

The problems and topics addressed in the papers presented at SIGSOFT meetings remain tremendously varied and timely, with papers on testing and analysis being predominant. This past year saw several papers on new and emerging topics, including several papers presenting important insights that can be gleaned through mining software repositories (such as source code and defect databases), increasing numbers of papers on probabilistic reasoning, and three papers at ICSE 2010 on legal and regulatory issues in software engineering.

The biggest challenge facing SIGSOFT and its membership in the coming years is conference budgeting. Operating and venue costs for conferences are rising, while the funds prospective attendees have for travel to conferences are decreasing. We recently began reducing the contingencies required of our more mature conferences, but more needs to be done. Maintaining financial viability involves an intricate series of tradeoffs among a number of goals that are not always compatible with each other, including, among other things, the desire to keep student registration fees low, to maintain the SIG services fee at an appropriate level to support the provisioning of services by ACM, and to allow SIGSOFT members to enjoy the benefit of our increasing Digital Library revenue.

Among the awards presented at the ICSE 2010 Awards Banquet were our annual service, research and education awards. This year's ACM SIGSOFT Distinguished Service Award was presented to Mary Lou Soffa of The University of Virginia. The ACM SIGSOFT Outstanding Research Award was presented to a group of recipients this year, the so-called "Gang of Four" responsible for the Design Patterns movement--Erich Gamma of IBM, Richard Helm of BCG, Ralph Johnson of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and (posthumously) John Vlissides. As in past years, the awardees will be provided the opportunity to deliver a keynote address at FSE 2010, with Ralph Johnson expected to make the presentation. And now in its second year, the ACM SIGSOFT Influential Educator Award was presented to Leon Osterweil of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, who at the Awards Banquet was greeted by the sight of a few dozen of his academic "descendants" standing in his honour. We also continued to present a number of ACM SIGSOFT Distinguished Paper Awards at our sponsored meetings.

For the second year we presented the SIGSOFT Impact Paper Award to recognize a paper published in a SIGSOFT conference at least 10 years earlier that has had exceptional impact on research or practice. The 2009 SIGSOFT Impact Paper Award committee, led by John Knight, selected the paper "Yesterday My Program Worked. Today It Does Not. Why?" by Andreas Zeller, from the Proceedings of ESEC/FSE 1999. The Award was presented at ESEC/FSE 2009 to Andreas, who gave a keynote presentation reflecting on the origins and impact of his paper. We also presented Retrospective Impact Paper Awards to papers from the first 23 years of SIGSOFT's history of conference sponsorship. For the 2009 Retrospective Impact Paper Awards, ACM Fellow Richard Adrion once again chaired the selection committee, which selected the following five papers:

McCabe, T.J. 'A Complexity Measure.' In Proc. Second International Conference on Software Engineering (San Francisco, California, USA, 13-15 October 1976).

Rapps, S., and Weyuker, E.J. 'Data Flow Analysis Techniques for Test Data Selection.' In Proc. Sixth International Conference on Software Engineering (Tokyo, Japan, 13-16 September 1982).

Reiss, S.P.'PECAN: Program Development Systems That Support Multiple Views.' In Proc. Seventh International Conference on Software Engineering (Orlando, Florida, USA, 26-29 March 1984).

Boehm, B.W.'A Spiral Model of Software Development and Enhancement.' In Proc. International Workshop on the Software Process and Software Environments (Coto de Caza, Trabuco Canyon, California, USA, 27-29 March 1985).

Royce, W.W. 'Managing the Development of Large Software Systems: Concepts and Techniques.' In Proc. Ninth International Conference on Software Engineering (Monterey, California, USA, 30 March-2 April 1987).

As in past years, we made dozens of awards totaling around $50,000 to support travel by students to SIGSOFT-sponsored conferences, under our CAPS Conference Attendance Program for Students (CAPS). We also continued to make CAPS awards to undergraduates and provided awards for childcare support at conferences. Regrettably we were unable to identify a suitable recipient this year from the SIGSOFT community for the SIGBED/SIGSOFT Frank Anger Memorial Award, and so we are developing plans to attract more nominees. One incentive we plan to introduce is to identify and assign a host to the awardee at the awardee's chosen conference. This host will be a senior member of the SIGBED community who will welcome the awardee to the conference, introduce him or her to other attendees, and generally try to integrate the awardee into the conference activities. We have suggested to our colleagues in SIGBED that they follow a similar practice for the awardees they send to SIGSOFT conferences.

This past year Will Tracz continued his outstanding service as editor of our newsletter, Software Engineering Notes (SEN). To maintain and increase SEN and SIGSOFT's relevance to the community, Will initiated plans for the dissemination of content through a blog, with Eric Bodden volunteering to manage the blog.

This year a new SIGSOFT Executive Committee (EC) took office, and the new Chair decided to make a more formal delegation of responsibilities for specific activity areas to individual EC members. In accordance with the SIGSOFT Bylaws, Laura Dillon, who was re-elected as Member At Large, was appointed as the new Secretary/Treasurer. Two new Members At Large, Gail Murphy and Joanne Atlee, were assigned responsibility for Awards and Educational Initiatives, respectively. Almost immediately after taking office, Bashar Nuseibeh, the fourth elected Member At Large, decided to resign his position in order to assume the heavy responsibilities of Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering. Bashar's departure was a great loss to the EC but also provided an opportunity to appoint a replacement who could serve the role of Practitioner Liaison. Thus, in accordance with the SIGSOFT Bylaws and ACM Policies on SIG governance, Mark Grechanik of Accenture was appointed as the replacement Member At Large. Mark has begun developing initiatives to increase practitioner participation in SIGSOFT's activities, including the creation of discussion groups on two social network sites, Linkedin and Facebook. He also was also instrumental in facilitating significant industrial involvement in a Workshop on the Future of Software Engineering Research to be held at FSE 2010, which helped dramatically increase industrial financial support for the conference.

In addition to the elected members of the EC, SIGSOFT continues to be supported by a cadre of unelected volunteers. Nels Beckman completed several years of dedicated service as our Information Director and turned the reins over in May 2010 to Greg Cooper. Roshanak Roshandel continued her excellent service as our CAPS Coordinator. And Tao Xie continues his role as History Liaison. As a result of the amazing energy and passion Tao has for historical initiatives, he was recently invited onto the ACM History Committee. This year Tao put together a SIGSOFT Chronology, modeled on SIGPLAN's successful Chronology, to document in as much detail and with as much completeness as possible the full history of SIGSOFT, including its officers, conferences and awardees, and its ACM Fellows and Distinguished Members and Turing Award winners. More recently Tao organised a SIGSOFT Community Directory that will soon be made public, allowing people to keep track of the doings of members of the SIGSOFT community. Finally, Tao completed the drafting of a proposal for a SIGSOFT Outstanding Dissertation Award, for which we hope to obtain approval from the ACM Awards committee in the coming year.

As a final note, SIGSOFT enthusiastically supported the successful re-appointment of David Notkin as Editor-in-Chief of the ACM Transactions on Software Engineering and Methodology.

SIGSPATIAL FY'10 Annual Report

July 2009-June 2010

Submitted by: Hanan Samet, SIGSPATIAL Chair
SIGSPATIAL's mission is to address issues related to the acquisition, management, and processing of spatially-related information with a focus on algorithmic, geometric, and visual considerations. The scope includes, but is not limited to, geographic information systems (GIS). These issues have become increasingly important in terms of public awareness with the growing interest and use of online mapping

systems such as Microsoft Virtual Earth and Google Maps and Google Earth as well as the integration of GPS into applications and devices such as, but not limited to, the iPhone. Presently, SIGSPATIAL is

fulfilling this mission by sponsoring high quality research conferences and workshops. As indicated by its mission, SIGSPATIAL's domain is much more than just geographic information systems and with

this in mind it tries to differentiate its conferences and workshop from others by focusing on the computer science aspects of the field rather than on the available commercial products. In addition, a major concern and focus of the SIGSPATIAL leadership is keeping its flagship conference, the ACM SIGSPATIAL International Conference on Advances in Geographic Information Systems (ACM SIGSPATIAL GIS), affordable so that it can continue to be of good value to its attendees and be

competitive price-wise with related conferences which are priced at considerably lower levels than most ACM SIG conferences. SIGSPATIAL has been able to achieve this goal by being very active in soliciting sponsor contributions as well as being vigilant at minimizing SIGSPATIAL's financial exposure in terms of contractual obligations when planning the conference by building reserves that can be used in years when the financial climate is not so healthy.
2009 was the second year of SIGSPATIAL and its main activity was its flagship conference (ACM SIGSPATIAL GIS) that was held in Seattle, Washington, USA, on November 4-6, 2009. ACM SIGSPATIAL GIS 2009 was the seventeenth event of an annual series of symposia and workshops with the mission to bring together researchers, developers, users, and practitioners carrying out research and development in novel systems based on geo-spatial data and knowledge. The conference fosters interdisciplinary discussions and research in all aspects of Geographic Information Systems and Science (GIS) and provides a forum for original research contributions covering all conceptual, design, and implementation aspects of GIS and ranging from applications, user interface considerations, and visualization to storage management, indexing, and algorithmic issues.
This was the second time that the conference was held under the auspices of the new ACM Special Interest Group on Spatial Information (SIGSPATIAL). The conference program attracted a record number of 210 attendees. The technical program lasted for two and half days, and based on the feedback of the participants, we can conclude that the conference was very successful in terms of new ideas presented and level of interaction provided.

The call for papers led to 212 paper submissions over four tracks: research, industry, PhD showcases, and demos. The research paper track attracted 185 research paper submissions, of which 38 were accepted as full papers and another 39 were accepted as poster papers. The industry track attracted five submissions, of which one was accepted as a full paper and another one as a poster paper. The Ph.D. Showcase track received 8 Ph.D. showcase submissions, of which 3 were accepted, while

the demonstrations track received 14 submissions, of which 10 were accepted. The submissions were reviewed by a program committee of 117 members. These numbers indicate the continued health, interest, and growth of the research field of geographic information systems, and the need to bring its researchers, students, and industrial practitioners together.

The conference program featured two outstanding invited speakers:

1. Pat Hanrahan, Stanford University, for a talk titled "Cartography and Information Presentation: A Graphics/Visualization Perspective"

2. Gur Kimchi, Microsoft Virtual Earth, for a talk titled "History and Lessons from Microsoft Virtual Earth"

The conference was run in a single track with one of the highlights being a fast forward poster session in the first afternoon where each poster author was given 2 minutes to present the highlights of their

work to the audience. This was followed by a poster reception in the evening where the conference participants had an opportunity to interact with the poster authors. Poster paper authors were

encouraged to do a good job by having two awards: one for best fast forward presentation and one for the actual poster. The poster component of the conference proved to be very popular with both the

conference audience and the poster authors.

The conference also included a business meeting for SIGSPATIAL which was open to all SIGSPATIAL members as well as to all conference attendees. The meeting included a discussion of budgetary issues, plans for next year's conference, and soliciting feedback from members.
The conference was preceded by a workshop day with the following four workshops:
1. QuEST 2009: The 1st ACM SIGSPATIAL GIS International Workshop on Querying and Mining Uncertain Spatio-Temporal Data

2. IWCTS 2009: The 2nd International Workshop on Computational Transportation Science

3. LBSN 2009: The 1st International Workshop on Location Based Social Networks

4. SPRINGL 2009: The 2nd ACM SIGSPATIAL GIS International Workshop on Security and Privacy in GIS and Location Based Service (LBS)

This year's conference was generously co-sponsored by ESRI, Google, Microsoft, National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA), and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) whose participation and generosity demonstrated what can be accomplished by a successful partnership between academia and industry. We are also grateful to Microsoft which was responsible for all of the local

arrangements and managed the conference logistics in their entirety including manning onsite registration. The sponsors also contributed to the conference program by participating in a very lively

Sponsor Demo session preceding the conference banquet.

The SIGSPATIAL leadership is currently planning for the 2010 ACM SIGSPATIAL GIS Conference which will be held in San Jose, California on November 3-5, 2010 with as many as 7 workshops on November 2. It has already secured a commitment from Google to be a sponsor at the Silver Level and also additional financial aid in the form of sponsorship for women to attend the conference. In addition, ESRI and Microsoft will also be sponsoring the conference at the Bronze Level. SIGSPATIAL has also been successful in securing $20,000 from the National Science Foundation for holding a Doctoral Symposium in conjunction with the flagship conference. This will augment the Ph.D. Showcase track of the conference.

SIGSPATIAL is participating in the 3rd International Workshop on Similarity Search and Applications (SISAP) on September 18-19, 2010 in Istanbul, Turkey on an in cooperation basis as it did with the

conference in 2009.

Similarly, SIGSPATIAL participated in the 2009 International Conference on Advances in Social Networks Analysis and Mining (ASONAM '09) on an in cooperation basis and will also do so in 2010 and 2011.

SIGSPATIAL also participated in the 6th Workshop on Geographic Information Retrieval on February 18-19, 2010 in Zurich, Switzerland on an in cooperation basis.

In addition, SIGSPATIAL is exploring sponsoring other conferences in the field as well as cooperating with other conferences (e.g., UBICOMP'11 which has already been approved on an in cooperation

basis), SIGs, and professional organization in the GIS area.

SIGSPATIAL is exploring the idea of starting an ACM Transactions on Spatial Systems and Algorithms or some mutually acceptable variant of this title, but this is still a year or two away as the current focus

of the SIG continues to be on maintaining the quality of the flagship conference, and getting the workshops organized. The model is based on the anticipation that the papers published in the workshops and conferences would be expanded upon and submitted to the Transactions for consideration for possible publication.

In 2009, SIGSPATIAL continued to offer a best paper award, and also, on a trial basis, a best student paper award. The winners were chosen by the 2009 ACM SIGSPATIAL GIS Best Paper Award Committee consisting of Amr El Abbadi (Chair), Mohamed Mokbel, Timos Sellis, Cyrus Shahabi,

and Peter Scheuermann. They made the following four awards:

Best Paper: Improved Visibility Computation on Massive Grid Terrains by Jeremy Fishman (Bowdoin College, USA) Herman Haverkort (Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands), and Laura Toma (Bowdoin College, USA)

Runner-Up for Best Paper Preventing Velocity-based Linkage Attacks in Location-Aware Applications by Gabriel Ghinita (Purdue University, USA), Maria Luisa Damiani (University of Milan, Italy), Claudio

Silvestri (University of Venezia, Italy), and Elisa Bertino (Purdue University, USA)
Two Best Student Paper Awards:
1. An Agenda for the Next Generation Gazetteer: Geographic Information Contribution & Retrieval Carsten Kessler (University of Munster, Germany), Krzysztof Janowicz (University of Munster, Germany), and Mohamed Bishr (University of Munster, Germany)
2. Reducing the Memory Required to Find a Geodesic Shortest Path on a Large Mesh by Vishal Verma (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA) and Jack Snoeyink (University of North Carolina at

Chapel Hill, USA)

Awards were also made at the conference by a pair of ad hoc committees for the best poster paper presentation and the best fast forward poster paper presentation:
Best Poster Paper Presentation:
Opportunistic Sampling in Wireless Sensor Networks by Muhammad Umer (University of Melbourne, Australia), Egemen Tanin (University of Melbourne. Australia), and Lars Kulik (University of Melbourne, Australia)
Best Poster Presentation Runners-up:
Early Warning Systems in Practice: Performance of the SAFE System in the Field

Michael Klafft (Fraunhofer ISST, Germany), Tobias Krntzer (Fraunhofer ISST, Germany), Ulrich Meissen (Fraunhofer ISST, Germany), and Agnes Voisard (Fraunhofer ISST and FU Berlin, Germany),

Multi-dimensional Phenomenon-aware Stream Query Processing

Ashish Bindra (University of Washington at Tacoma, USA), Ankur Teredesai (University of Washington at Tacoma, USA), Mohamed Ali (Microsoft Corporation, USA), and Walid Aref (Purdue University, USA)

Best Fast Forward Poster Paper Presentation:
Sea Floor Bathymetry Trackline Surface Fitting Without Visible Artifacts Using ODETLAP

Tsz-Yam Lau (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, USA), You Li (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, USA), Zhongyi Xie (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, USA), W Randolph Franklin (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, USA)

Best Fast Forward Poster Paper Presentation Runners-up:
Quality Assessment of Automatically Generated Feature Maps for Future Driver Assistance Systems

Sabine Hofmann (IKG, Leibniz Universitt Hannover, Germany) and Claus Brenner (IKG, Leibniz Universitt Hannover, Germany)

A Parallel Plane Sweep Algorithm for Multi-Core Systems

Mark McKenney (Texas State University, USA) and Tynan McGuire (Texas State University, USA)

SIGSPATIAL plans to expand its presence in the ACM Digital Library by soliciting workshop proposals both in its role as a sponsor and on an in cooperation status. This can be seen by the increased number of workshops that it sponsored in 2009. These workshops were proposed independently to SIGSPATIAL. In 2010, SIGSPATIAL has been actively soliciting even more workshop proposals and has designated its Treasurer, Markus Schneider, as the Workshops Chair for the 2010 ACM SIGSPATIAL GIS Conference, who has also been creating a uniform framework for them.
Fiscal year 2010 saw the chartering of the first two SIGSPATIAL Chapters:

2. SIGSPATIAL Australia

We have also had inquiries about starting a SIGSPATIAL Korea chapter. These chapters are representative of the amount in interest in SIGSPATIAL from members in these regions and are reflected by their participation in the flagship conference as authors and attendees.
SIGSPATIAL is working hard to fulfill its mission of sponsoring high quality research conferences and workshops. It will start to be more proactive in soliciting workshops and will also continue to seek out

more sponsors and try to devise activities that will increase its attractiveness to the potential sponsors. It will try to continue to maintain, as well as build on, the momentum of its first two years of existence.

SIGUCCS FY’10 Annual Report

July 2009- June 2010

Submitted by: Robert Haring-Smith, Chair
SIGUCCS (Special Interest Group for University and College Computing Services) continued to serve the community of professionals who provide computer support at institutions of higher education during 2009-2010 by sponsoring two useful conferences with five associated workshops, initiating a series of webinars on special topics, maintaining active mailing lists for discussion of issues of common concern, and generally facilitating networking among this group of individuals. In October 2009, the SIG was found viable for four more years, with the proviso that we must provide an interim financial report in 2011.

The Executive Committee members for 2009-2010 (Chair, Bob Haring-Smith; Vice Chair/Fall Conference Liaison, Kelly Wainwright; Secretary/Spring Conference Liaison, Tim Foley; Treasurer, Alex Nagorski; Information Director, Patti Mitch; and Past Chair Leila Lyons) completed the second year of a three-year term of office to which they were elected in the spring of 2008. Continuing to serve as appointed members of the board are Karen McRitchie (Tutorial Chair), Greg Hanek (coordinator of the Communication Awards program), and Christine Vucinich (chair of the Membership and Marketing Committee). Other volunteers too numerous to name individually contribute their energy and ideas to the organization through service on conference and program committees, on the Awards Committee, on the Membership and Marketing Committee, and as judges for the Communication Awards.

Awards Program

The SIGUCCS Awards Programs have been in place for a decade. The Penny Crane Award, renamed this year as the Penny Crane Award for Distinguished Service, recognizes significant multiple contributions to SIGUCCS and the profession from individuals over an extended period of time. The Hall of Fame awards recognize selected individuals who have contributed their time and energies to benefit SIGUCCS. For descriptions of the awards programs, please go to:

Penny Crane Award for Distinguished Service – Rob Paterson was the recipient of the 2009 Penny Crane Award. For more information please go to:

Hall of Fame – There were five people inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2009. They were: Nancy Bauer-Runyan, Jim Kerlin (posthumously), Theresa Lockard, Lynnell Lacy, and Glenn Ricart.

Conference attendance grants – The SIGUCCS Grant Program provides partial support for students and employees in institutions of higher education to participate in the SIGUCCS Management Symposium or the SIGUCCS Fall Conference. This support is funded by SIGUCCS and consists of a complimentary conference registration and hotel room accommodations. The program completed its second year in 2009-2010.

From 19 applicants for Fall Conference grants, the following five people received grants:

Yvonne Clark (Juniata College), Charles Hall (Alabama State University), Ted Wheeler (Northwest Nazarene University), and students Jeremy Henle (Illinois Wesleyan University) and Erik Kostka (University of San Diego).

From 7 applicants for SIGUCCS Management Symposium grants, the following five people received grants:

Melody Buckner (University of Arizona), Kristen Dietiker (University of Washington), Navneet Goyal (Birla Institute of Technology and Science, India), Marsha McGough (Bastyr University, Seattle), and Kim Tracy (Northeastern Illinois University).

In selecting grant recipients, we favor applicants from institutions that have not been represented at recent SIGUCCS conferences. This approach is intended to make the conferences more widely known and build future attendance.

On January 1, 2010, Dennis Mar became Chair of the SIGUCCS Awards Selection Committee and John Bucher became Past Chair, following the rotation of the committee’s membership described at Two new members, John Lateulere and Terry Lockard, replaced Linda Downing and Jennifer Fajman, who retired from the committee at the end of 2009. In June of 2010, John Lateulere stepped down from the committee to avoid a possible conflict of interest and was replaced by Jim Bostick.

2009 Communications Awards - As we have done for many years, we held our Communications Awards competition in conjunction with the Fall Conference. A description of these awards and the 2009 winners can be found at: Judging for this competition is led by Greg Hanek who has overseen the Communications Awards competition for several years. The Communications Awards Committee is formed each year from the previous year’s top award winners in each category.


The thirty-seventh Fall Conference was held October 11-14, 2009 in St. Louis, Missouri, with the theme of “Communication, Collaboration.” Several presentations focused on remote delivery of instruction, services, and training, while others looked at information security and staff development, to pick just a few common themes from the panoply of topics covered. In addition to papers and posters, the conference organizers introduced two new types of session to the Fall Conference. LeadIT sessions were led by experienced IT professionals who spoke on subjects related to management and leadership, while DiscussIT sessions allowed all participants in a program track to engage in a facilitated discussion of shared issues and problems. The keynote speakers were Jason Young of LeadSmart, Inc., and Cynthia Golden of the University of Pittsburgh, talking about customer service and leadership, respectively. For the complete program, see

The SIGUCCS Management Symposium was held from April 19-21, 2010 in Victoria, British Columbia. The theme was “IT – A Beacon for Innovation and Growth.” The program featured discussions of strategic planning, project management, leadership, and the implementation of new technologies on campus. Plenary addresses were given by Richard Katz of EDUCAUSE and Mark Roman of the University of Victoria. The complete program is available at

Special Projects

Two projects that were underway at the time of last year’s annual report have been completed, or at least reached the stage where continued work on them is part of the organizational routine. The revamped SIGUCCS web site went live early in October 2009. Paul Hyde of the University of Delaware provided much of the technical expertise for developing the new site, with the guidance of a subcommittee of the board.

The memorandum of understanding with ResNet was signed in July 2009. Because SIGUCCS and ResNet are both organizations of people providing IT services in higher education, close cooperation makes sense. However, that commonality also means that both of us are suffering from the same economic forces that have depressed university support for travel and professional development. As a result, not all aspects of the cooperation envisaged in the memorandum of understanding have been implemented yet. We have, at least, had the opportunity to promote SIGUCCS at each of the past two ResNet annual conferences.

One of the hallmarks of SIGUCCS conferences has been the opportunity to interact with colleagues at other institutions who are facing the same issues and problems. We have long been interested in finding ways to continue that interaction between conferences. This year, we have initiated two means of doing so.

First, we have established an on-line community using Ning’s social networking service and linked its portal to our new web site. The community has so far attracted 100 members who have to varying degrees taken advantage of the ability to initiate discussions, create groups, contribute to blogs, and share photographs and other information.

Second, we began a series of webinars which we intend to continue on a quarterly basis. The first took place in January 2010. The second one was scheduled for April but postponed when the presenter fell ill. (The rescheduled webinar took place just last week.) Each attracted more than 70 registrants, and the feedback to date has been very positive. The topics covered so far have both been in the realm of staff development, but we expect that the webinars will range widely over the interests of SIGUCCS members. We are considering using the same medium for other purposes, including periodic open SIG meetings and an informational session about the board’s role prior to formulating a slate of candidates for the next election. We already use our webinar service for our monthly Board conference calls.


The most important issue facing us now is the same one described in last year’s report: the economic downturn and its effect on college and university finances. Participation in our conferences, from submission of papers through attendance at the conference, depends on college and university support for staff travel and professional development—support which has been greatly curtailed over the past two years. Attendance at the fall conference in St. Louis was 100 people fewer than the smallest conference in the preceding 10 years. It is slight consolation that similar conferences (ResNet’s is an example) have experienced corresponding precipitous drops in attendance. More encouraging is that the Management Symposium saw a slight increase in attendance from 2009 to 2010, although both Symposiums were down from the four years preceding 2009.

We are working on this problem on two fronts: marketing to attract more registrants—especially among what we suspect is still a relatively large group of higher education IT professionals who are not familiar with SIGUCCS—and judicious adjustments to conference budgets to achieve better financial results without reducing the value and appeal of the events. We renewed our subscription to a mailing list of IT directors and managers in higher education and are using it to let them know about our conferences, grants, and award programs. We have made small increases in our conference registration fees and are looking carefully for ways to cut conference expenses without reducing the essential value of the conference.

A related development, setting another challenge for ourselves, is the decision made last fall to change our conference schedule so that each year we offer a single conference that combines the content of the two existing meetings. As described in last year’s report, the motivation for this change was not primarily financial, but it should enable us to lower our conference costs. The challenge will be to preserve the audience (and its associated revenue), especially during the transition to the new conference schedule.

The first combined conference, named simply SIGUCCS 2011, will occur in November 2011 in San Diego. We have been fortunate to attract an energetic group of experienced volunteers to the conference committee. Planning for the new event compels us to re-think our old practices and to devise new practices that exploit the combined structure.

SIGWEB FY’10 Annual Report

July 2009 - June 2010

Submitted by: Ethan Munson, Chair
SIGWEB represents a unique and interdisciplinary research community centered on augmenting the human intellect, a vision articulated by the legendary computing pioneer Douglas Engelbart nearly half a century ago. Engelbart, Ted Nelson, and other early researchers realized this vision through hypermedia systems, which are still of interest to the SIGWEB community today, including the World Wide Web, the largest hypermedia system ever built. Modern researchers have found a host of other realizations of this vision, ranging from digital libraries to knowledge management systems. SIGWEB includes more than just computer researchers and professionals, though. From cognitive psychologists to ethnographers to anthropologists to hypertext writers, SIGWEB embraces those researchers and practitioners that address how people use computers, so that better tools for augmenting the human intellect can be built. SIGWEB also balances the findings of the research world with the experiences of the practical world, in which our ideas and theories are tested daily.
SIGWEB (originally SIGLINK) was founded 19 years ago to provide a home for the hypertext community and the ACM Hypertext conference. Over the years, SIGWEB has changed its name and has begun to sponsor a wide range of conferences encompassing hypertext, the Web, digital libraries, and document engineering.
The current officers had their terms extended in 2009. Elections for new officers will be conducted in Spring 2011. The membership of the Executive Committee for the 2009-11 term is:
Ethan Munson (Chair)

Maria de Graça C. Pimentel (Vice-Chair)

Simon Harper (Secretary/Treasurer)

Yeliz Yesilada (Information Director)

Darren Lunn (Newsletter Editor)

Claus Atzenbeck (Interviews Associate Editor)

Peter Brusilovsky (Member-at-large)
The technical meetings sponsored by SIGWEB were:

  • ACM Symposium on Document Engineering (DocEng) 2009
    (held in September 2009 in Munich, Germany)

  • ACM Conference on Information and Knowledge Management 2009
    (held in October 2009 in Hong Kong, China)

  • ACM International Conference on Web Search and Data Mining (WSDM 2010)
    (held February 2010 in New York City, USA)

  • ACM/IEEE Joint Conference on Digital Libraries (JCDL) 2010
    (held June 2010 in Surfer’s Paradise, Australia)

  • ACM Conference on Hypertext and Hypermedia (HT) 2010
    (held June 2010 in Toronto, Canada)

The awards presented by SIGWEB in FY 2010 were:

  • The Douglas C. Engelbart Best Paper Award for 2010 (HT 2010)
    “Hyperorders and Transclusion: Understanding Dimensional Hypertext”
    James Goulding, Tim Brailsford and Helen Ashman

  • The Theodor Holm Nelson Newcomer Award for 2010 (HT 2010)
    “iMapping – A Zooming User Interface Approach for Personal and Semantic Knowledge Management”
    Heiko Haller and Andreas Abecker

  • The Vannevar Bush Award for 2010 (JCDL 2010)
    “Transferring Structural Markup Across Translations Using Multilingual Alignment and Projection”

  • David Bamman, Alison Babeu, and Gregory Crane

As recently as 2002, SIGWEB was sponsoring only two conferences, HT (100%) and JCDL (34%). About this time, SIGWEB’s leaders embarked on a plan to expand the SIG’s scope via a wider range of sponsorships. SIGWEB now sponsors five conferences regularly and is in the final stages of making an agreement with the Web Science Trust to sponsor the Web Science conference series.
SIGWEB’s finances have strengthened considerably over the past few years. The SIG’s fund balance stands at over $530,000, which is an increase of about $100,000 over June 2008.
SIGWEB’s conferences have generally been making profits and in some cases have made large profits. This has been the primary reason for the increasing fund balance. SIGWEB’s executive committee has also made sure that SIG operating budgets are in surplus. As a result, the SIG has started new initiatives and is providing somewhat more support for SIG activities.
In June 2010, SIGWEB had 666 members (466 professional, 57 student, and 143 affiliate). This is a substantial increase from June 2007 (535 total) and June 2008 (644 total), but a decline from June 2009 (699 total). The Executive Committee will track this trend in the next year.
Like many ACM SIGs, SIGWEB had seen falling membership in recent years. While the declines were not precipitous, they were a real cause for concern and the Executive Committee has taken several actions to successfully reverse this trend:

  • SIGWEB has been giving complimentary SIGWEB memberships to attendees at our two 100% sponsored conferences (Hypertext and DocEng). The hope is that members will continue their memberships in years that they do not attend. More importantly, we hope that more of them will be willing to be volunteers. Predictably, first year retention has dropped from about 47% to 40%, but overall retention looks acceptable. The Executive Committee continues to monitor this initiative.

  • SIGWEB has restarted its newsletter. The primary distribution medium is the Internet, but a one-page color flyer containing abbreviated articles with URLs is mailed to all members. This is done in the belief that a physical document is easier to share and provides a tangible reminder of membership. Overall, we consider this effort a success and we are considering expanding the format to a four-page format (single 11x17 sheet, folded), provided that we can do so at reasonable cost.

  • SIGWEB has initiated a Student Travel Award program, modeled on those of SIGIR and SIGAPP, for its 100%-sponsored conferences. In 2009, about $10,000 was given for students presenting at Hypertext 2009 and DocEng 2009 ($5000 each). In 2010, about $17,000 in total will be given for Hypertext, JCDL, and DocEng. This is a way that SIGWEB can return some of its surpluses to the community and it is certainly popular with the participants.

  • SIGWEB has worked to strengthen its traditional flagship conference by broadening its scope to include Social Linking and Networking. The meeting saw a dramatic increase in attendance in 2009 (from 90 to 150), but this was somewhat illusory, because the host institute allowed for many complimentary registrations. Attendance in 2010 was solid at about 100, so the conference appears stable, but may not be growing.

Volunteer development has been another challenge for SIGWEB. It has become particularly acute as the SIG’s sponsorships have become more diffuse and our flagship conference (Hypertext) has seen falling attendance. Starting in FY 2008, SIGWEB formed a SIGWEB Advisory Committee that is a proper superset of the Executive Committee. This Advisory Committee discusses policy issues and plans for SIGWEB via an online group. Formal policy decisions continue to rest with the Executive Committee. The Advisory Committee’s membership includes representatives from each sponsored conference, past officers, past candidates for office, and others who are active in SIGWEB projects. The goals of the Advisory Committee are multiple. It broadens the pool of people who are discussing SIGWEB policy and activities and can be prepared to serve as officers in the future. It should strengthen the connection between SIGWEB and the conferences that it sponsors. Finally, it helps ensure that SIGWEB listens to its constituents.

SIGWEB has continued to explore other conference sponsorships. In April 2010, the SIGWEB Chair attended the Web Science 2010 Conference where he reached a verbal agreement that SIGWEB will become the sponsor of the Web Science Conference series. Remaining work on this task includes the creation of a set of by-laws for a steering committee for the conference series that makes clear the roles of SIGWEB (as financial sponsor) and the Web Science Trust (as the founding research institution, for wont of a better description).
SIGWEB has successfully expanded its range of conference sponsorships and is continuing this trend. SIGWEB is also working hard on membership and volunteer development. SIGWEB is financially healthy and has solid leadership.


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