ACM and Infosys Technologies Announce New Award to Recognize Contemporary Computing Research and Innovation
Infosys to Fund US$ 150,000 Annual Award for Contributions of Young Computer Scientists and Systems Developers
NEW YORK - Aug. 20, 2007: The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) has signed an agreement with Infosys Technologies Limited to create a new annual award that recognizes young scientists and system developers whose contemporary innovations are having a dramatic impact on the computing field. The award, to be known as the ACM-Infosys Foundation Award in the Computing Sciences, will seek candidates globally and will carry a prize of US$ 150,000. The first recipient will be announced as part of the ACM Awards program in early 2008.
"ACM welcomes this new category of recognition to its awards program," said Stuart I. Feldman, president of ACM. "By adding to our portfolio of prestigious awards, we are helping to advance the science and the profession of computing. With the extremely generous support of Infosys, we are able to provide encouragement and support to the best work of our contemporaries in this dynamic field."
Instituted by Infosys through the company's philanthropic arm, the Infosys Foundation, the ACM-Infosys Foundation Award joins the roster of ACM awards that honor outstanding contributors to a range of computing applications, including computer architecture, theory and practice, education, humanitarian initiatives, software, and major technical advances of an enduring nature.
Infosys Technologies Chief Executive Officer S. Gopalakrishnan said Infosys wanted to work with ACM to recognize major research contributions in a timely manner. “We want to honor contemporary innovation to ensure that the award goes to younger individuals whose scientific contributions in the computing sciences are significantly impacting the field. Our goal is to identify breakthroughs that have broad implications well beyond the scope of the innovation itself, and that reflect an underlying scientific or engineering methodology that is remarkable for its rigor or for its sheer audacity,” he said. “Even more importantly, we hope winners of the ACM-Infosys Award in the Computing Sciences will, by example, inspire students worldwide to consider careers in computing science, and continue the impressive history of innovations and contributions achieved in the field.”
A selection committee to administer the award will be formed and led by Juris Hartmanis, the Walter R. Read Professor of Engineering at Cornell University. He is a co-recipient of the 1993 ACM A.M. Turing Award for his contributions in establishing the foundations for computational complexity theory.