Association for Computing Machinery

The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM ) was founded in 1947 as the first scientific society for computer science. The aim of the organization is to promote the "art", science and application of information technology ( " advancing the arts, sciences, and applications of information technology "). These various magazines and publications are published and organized meetings.

According to information the ACM operates with its approximately 78,000 members in over one hundred countries. The German section is the 1969 founded German Chapter of the ACM. Made to various national organizations collaborations, as in Germany to society for computer science (GI ).

Structure of the organization

The main office of the organization is in New York City. The working there mostly full-time employees are also responsible for membership administration and settlement of the publications.

The organization is run by volunteers who are elected by the members in the various commissions and advisory councils. President for the period from 2008 to 2010 was Wendy Hall of the University of Southampton. Her successor was Alain Chesnais von 2010 to 2012. Vinton G. Cerf is currently for the period 2012-2014 President.

Special Interest Groups

Thematically, the ACM is divided into so-called Special Interest Groups ( SIG ), which are each dedicated to specific subjects. For this purpose, organized by the SIG various conferences. Each SIG has its own governing body which is elected by the members of the SIG. At the moment there are 34 special interest groups on the following topics:

  • SIGACCESS Accessibility and Computing
  • SIGACT Algorithms and Computation Theory
  • SIGAda Ada Programming Language
  • SIGAPL APL Programming Language
  • SIGAPP Applied Computing
  • SIGARCH Computer Architecture
  • SIGART Artificial Intelligence
  • SIGBED Embedded Systems
  • SIGCAS Computers and Society
  • SIGCHI Computer - Human Interaction
  • SIGCOMM Data Communication
  • SIGCSE Computer Science Education
  • SIGDA Design Automation
  • SIGDOC Design of Communication
  • SIGecom Electronic Commerce
  • SIGGRAPH Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques
  • SIGGROUP Groupware
  • SIGIR Information Retrieval
  • SIGITE Information Technology Education
  • SIGKDD Knowledge Discovery in Data
  • Sigmetrics Measurement and Evaluation
  • SIGMICRO Microarchitecture
  • SIGMIS Management Information Systems
  • SIGMM Multimedia
  • SIGMOBILE Mobility of Systems, Users, Data and Computing
  • SIGMOD Management of Data
  • SIGOS Operating Systems
  • SIGPLAN Programming Languages
  • SIGSAC Security, Audit and Control
  • Symbolic and Algebraic Manipulation SIGSAM
  • SIGSOFT Software Engineering
  • SIGUCCS University and College Computing Services
  • SIGWEB Hypertext, Hypermedia and Web

Regular publications

In addition to the conference proceedings, ACM published a number of regular publications, which can be divided into three categories.


The following magazines appear several times a year and are aimed at a wide audience:

  • Communications of the ACM ( CACM )
  • Computers in Entertainment ( CIE)
  • Crossroads: The International ACM Student Magazine
  • Queue
  • Ubiquity
  • ELearn
  • Interactions: new visions of human -computer interaction
  • NetWorker

No further published:

  • Intelligence: New Visions of AI in Practice


  • Computing Surveys
  • Journal of the ACM ( JACM )
  • Journal of Experimental Algorithmics ( JEA )
  • Journal on Educational Resources in Computing ( JERIC ) (from 1 January 2009: ACM Transactions on Computing Education ( TOCE ) )


Transactions are scientific magazines that are aimed at a specific audience. The articles were reviewed by a committee and have been mostly revised thereafter. Currently, the following transactions shall be disclosed:

  • ACM Transactions on Applied Perception (TAP )
  • ACM Transactions on Architecture and Code Optimization ( TACO )
  • ACM Transactions on Asian Language Information Processing ( talip )
  • ACM Transactions on Computational Logic ( TOCL )
  • ACM Transactions on Computer Systems ( TOCS )
  • ACM Transactions on Computer - Human Interaction ( Tochi )
  • ACM Transactions on Database Systems ( TODS )
  • ACM Transactions on Design Automation of Electronic Systems ( TODAES )
  • ACM Transactions on Embedded Computing Systems ( TECS )
  • ACM Transactions on Graphics ( TOG )
  • ACM Transactions on Information Systems ( TOIS )
  • ACM Transactions on Information and System Security ( TISSEC )
  • ACM Transactions on Internet Technology ( TOIT )
  • ACM Transactions on Mathematical Software ( TOMS )
  • ACM Transactions on Modeling and Computer Simulation ( Tomacs )
  • ACM Transactions on Programming Languages ​​and Systems ( TOPLAS )
  • ACM Transactions on Software Engineering and Methodology ( TOSEM )
  • IEEE / ACM Transactions on Networking ( TON)
  • ACM Transactions on the Web ( tweb )

Is no longer being published:

  • ACM Letters on Programming Languages ​​and Systems ( LOPLAS ) was integrated after two years in TOPLAS

Digital Library

In the Digital Library ( digital library ), the ACM publications dating back to their establishing a consideration available online. The Digital Library is the world's largest collection of its kind

Other Activities

In addition, the ACM awards once a year the Turing Award. In addition, it offers its members services such as online courses, job offers and insurance.