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Outreach in Computer Science

Mario Montagud, postdoctoral researcher at the Campus Gandia UPV (Immersive and Interactive Media Group, IIM), has recently been named Communication Ambassador and Communication Editor of ACM SIGCHI (Special Interest Group on Computer-Human Interaction) and Communication Editor of ACM SIGMM (Interest Group on Multimedia Records).

ACM (Association for Computing Machinery) is the most important educational, professional and scientific association in the world, with more than 100,000 members with an interest in Computer-Human Interaction (HCI). Among other things, it provides resources and news of interest, educational services, oversees scientific journals, organizes conferences and awards prizes.

ACM is structured in territorial delegations and interest groups or communities.

Additionally, ACM SIGCHI is the premier international society focusing on human-technology interaction. It recently chose approximately twenty members to serve as Communication Ambassadors, including Mario Montagud, the sole ambassador from Spain. Among other things, this initiative seeks to strengthen ties between territorial delegations and the international community, as well as to foster the mission and inform about relevant news, contributions and events. Moreover, ACM SIGMM is the most relevant community for multimedia technologies and applications.

Moreover, ACM SIGMM  is the most relevant community for multimedia technologies and applications. SIGMM Records, the communication channel for this community (ISSN 1947-4598) has named Mario Montagud  Communication Editor, working alongside a multidisciplinary team of editors of recognized standing that will jointly cover the following areas:

  1. Events and Publications. Information will be published about conferences and journals in the field.  In this action area the community will be encouraged to provide articles/summaries on the conferences organized by SIGMM, awarding the best contributions with free inscriptions to future editions.
  2. Open Science. Open-source tools and datasets will be published.
  3. Standards. News items will be published about standardization bodies (such as MPEG or JPEG).
  4. Opinion. Interviews, opinion columns and articles on emerging research topics will be published.

In addition, news, research project summaries, calls and awards decisions, as well as job opportunities will be published.

In particular, Montagud will take part in the editorial team coordination, content publication, social media manager, as well as form part of of the jury that will award the best articles/abstracts for each conference.


The first issue put out by the new team will be published in June. For this issue, the Campus Gandia researcher will cover the TVX 2017, conference, the leading event on interactive television to be held soon in Amsterdam.

According to Mario Montagud, his role in these projects will mainly focus on, “stimulating interaction between members of the scientific community as well as industry; reporting on contributions, advances, opportunities and the major events of  interest in the respective areas of research,  and promoting and popularizing science, bringing it closer to society.”

The scientist is convinced of the importance of the project to achieve greater and better access to information and promote scientific dissemination. “It’s a great opportunity to collaborate with a prestigious research team and extend the network of international contacts,” says Montagud.

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