Imperial prof named Chair for European arm of world's largest computing society


Professor Chris Hankin

Professor Chris Hankin, Co-Director of the Institute for Security Science and Technology, was named Chair of the ACM Europe Council.

The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), headquartered in New York, is the world's largest educational and scientific computing society with a global membership over 100,000. It delivers resources that advance computing as both a science and a profession. The ACM Europe Council aims to increase the level and visibility of ACM’s activities across Europe, where they have around 15,000 members.

Professor Chris Hankin was elected Chair of the ACM Europe Council Executive by fellow Council members last week, supported by a nomination from the outgoing Chair, Professor Dame Wendy Hall. 

Over the past two years as a member of the Council, Chris was an active member of EUACM; the policy arm for ACM in Europe. This has already proved influential with their first White Paper on cybersecurity, which Chris co-authored, being referenced by the European Commission’s top scientific advisory group.

As Chair of ACM Europe Council, Professor Hankin intends to continue this policy work, and is currently Co-Editor on the second White Paper which focuses on algorithmic decision making. 

Other priority areas under Professor Hankin’s two-year term include; making membership more attractive to younger people, increasing diversity of the membership, increasing industry involvement, and continuing to build the educational work.

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Max Swinscow-Hall

Max Swinscow-Hall
Institute for Security Science & Technology


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