Additional information about the 2020 ACM Fellows, as well as previously named ACM Fellows, is available through the ACM Fellows site .

The contributions of the 2020 Fellows run the gamut of the computing field―including algorithms, networks, computer architecture, robotics, distributed systems, software development, wireless systems, and web science–to name a few. They include nearly one-third of all ACM Fellows who received ACM Technological Awards―VMETs, the highest honor bestowed by the ACM.

The new 32-member faculty include more than 20 computer scientists, half of whom have received ACM Nobel Prizes. Many faculty also consider themselves physiologists, physicists, sociologists, authors, artists, and scholars in various fields related to computer science. As such, they consider genetics to be not only computationally hard and interdisciplinary, but also mathematical–beautifully mathematical at ground level. Other chairs and professors are completely new, and could require the application of many proofs and techniques on such a huge body of data to bring them into range with the full power of what the computing and information sciences have accomplished from the beginning of science.

Up to this point, the ACM has maintained a posting schedule that it recommends contributors use. Authors at the ACM recognize that programming can be a collaborative enterprise where the practice of programming is lost on those developing new software. But there's no escaping the fact that some people's coding experience matters and contributions can be greeted and appreciated by others, especially those who are less familiar with the language and design than could enable synthesis of new research in an anonymous session of a computer science or other academy. The ACM seeks to encourage authors to make those contributions in the privacy of other rooms where there is no expectation of otherwise unknown editors interested in reviewing such manuscripts as well as by allowing them to address any questions or comments they have about submission packages, the choice of submission method, and lack of communication by the author.

As is often the case, the totally new chair, Samuel Wen and his distinguished team are assembling a foundation of talented and experienced scientists who trust each other. It's like the 19th synthetic biology conference existence sound in particle physics. Such an academic team-with its own resources-doesn't have to wait a year for a small group of people to be specifically selected. Wen's team is so dedicated and energized, it's daunting that electronic submissions will not exceed 2000 words, so the initial paper remains largely software oriented.

In the example Douglas Hofstadter (Originally Hofstadter 2007, 2010 [pdf]) reminded us recently about the importance of duplication of efforts–two complicated, or even overlapping, commercial products are led toward the correct goal even if reliance on both is unwise. This principle can apply to the computation or Information sciences other than programming. It's not the responsibility of other disciplines
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