For over sixty years the ACM has been the world’s leading computing society, having maintained this reputation by providing an international community of scientists, practitioners, educators, and students with the highest quality publications, conferences, and knowledge resources available and a commitment to serving the needs of this community and advancing the fields of computer science and information technology above all else.
Today, ACM is the world’s largest educational and scientific computing society uniting the world's computing educators, researchers and professionals to inspire dialogue, share resources and address the field's challenges. ACM strengthens the profession's collective voice through strong leadership, promotion of the highest standards, and recognition of technical excellence. ACM supports the professional growth of its members by providing opportunities for life-long learning, career development, and professional networking. ACM is widely recognized as the premier membership organization for computing professionals, delivering resources that advance computing as a science and a profession; enable professional development; and promote policies and research that benefit society.
ACM carries out its mission through conferences, publications, educational programs, public awareness activities, and special interest groups. It sponsors over 170 conferences annually, for professionals working in computer graphics (SIGGRAPH); data communications (SIGCOMM); mobile computing (SIGMOBILE); knowledge discovery and data mining (KDD); software engineering (SIGSOFT); high performance computing (SC); human computer interaction (SIGCHI); object-oriented programming (SPLASH); computer and communications security (CCS), and approximately 25 other areas within the broader computer science community.
In addition to this new series of advanced level books, ACM publishes, distributes and archives more than 50 periodicals that provide original research and first-hand perspectives from the world's leading thinkers in computing and information technologies. Many of these publications are considered the leading publications in their respective disciplines, as a result of the impact they have had on the field over an extended period of time.