ACM has recognized 84 members as 2009 Distinguished Members. The number of honorees has more than doubled from a year ago, and ACM says the increase is a reflection of the growth of its membership and its initiatives around the world. About one third of the designees come from Europe, Asia, Russia, Australia, South America, and other areas outside of North America.
"As an international society, ACM is pleased to recognize the growing number of nominees from countries across the globe who have met the stringent criteria required for the Distinguished Member grade," says ACM President Dame Wendy Hall. "These prominent men and women have demonstrated creativity, leadership, and dedication to computing and computer science."
The Distinguished Members Program was created to recognize computer scientists, engineers, and educators who have made computing contributions that have sparked innovation. Thirty-six recipients come from international high-technology companies and have made achievements in areas such as data mining, systems engineering, memory and storage systems, processor designs, artificial intelligence, and mobile services platforms. Forty-eight recipients come from academia and have made achievements in areas such as programming languages, design automation, neural network techniques, grid computing, and natural language programming.
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