letter from acm china council
Yunhao Liu and Vincent Shen
acm china council
The ACM China Council was launched in June 2010
as a key component of ACM’s China initiative.
The goal of ACM China Council is threefold:
to increase the number of high-quality ACM activities
in China, to raise ACM’s visibility
throughout China, and to contribute
to advancing computing as a science
and profession in China. In the process, we work to increase ACM membership in China.
We can report significant progress
in these areas since our 2010 launch.
Indeed, before the existence of the
ACM China Council, most, if not all,
Chinese professionals thought ACM
was an American organization. In addition, Chinese membership in ACM
was low—less than 1,500 total.
The first two major tasks for ACM
China were educating the computing
community about ACM—what it is and
what it offers—and recruiting more
members in China. Early on, ACM
China initiated conversations with the
China Computer Federation (CCF).
With more than 15,000 members, CCF
has a dominant position among computer professionals and students in
China and is very much like ACM in
terms of its mission and focus on publications, conferences, and chapters.
The discussions between ACM China
and Zide Du, the General Secretary of
CCF, and other officials in CCF were
quite productive, partly because many
of the members-at-large of ACM China
are also senior members of CCF.
During CCF’s 2010 China Nation-
al Computer Conference (CNCC) at
Hang Zhou, Zhejiang, China, ACM
President Alain Chesnais delivered
a keynote speech to 1,500 attend-
ees, introducing ACM, its activities
worldwide, and the nature of volun-
teer work within the Association. His
talk was well received. ACM CEO John
White and CCF’s Zide Du then signed
a Memorandum of Understanding
(MOU) between the two organiza-
tions. This MOU established a special
Speakers from this program visited
more than 90 universities last year.
ACM co-sponsored CNCC 2011,
held at Shenzhen, Guangdong Province last November. ACM Turing
Award winner, Joseph Sifakis, and
ACM’s past president, Dame Wendy
Hall, delivered keynote talks; Yunhao
Liu addressed the opening ceremony.
More than 2,000 computing academics, students, and professionals attended this event. At that conference,
the CCF Executive Committee voted
to continue the joint-membership arrangement with ACM by increasing the
cost of CCF membership to include
ACM membership. In late February of
this year, more than 10,000 CCF members formally joined ACM.
We believe ACM China has reached
the original goals set during its first
meeting in 2010. In the next two years,
we expect to have 10–20 chapters in
China and 15,000 members. We plan
to organize more activities, especially
to improve communications and outreach in both academic institutions and
industry. We also plan to sponsor some
joint awards with CCF and to begin
translating selected articles from
Communications of the ACM into Chinese for
distribution to members in China.
Yunhao Liu ( firstname.lastname@example.org), Vice chair for
operations of acm china council, is a professor in the
Department of computer science and engineering at
tsinghua university, beijing, china. Vincent Shen (shen@
cse.ust.hk), Vice chair for Publications and conferences
of acm china council, is professor emeritus in the
Department of computer science and engineering
at hong Kong university of science and technology,
Kowloon, hong Kong. to learn more about acm china,
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