SIGARCH/TCCA statement about the doctoral student’s death

Dear members of the computer architecture community,

The ACM SIGARCH and IEEE TCCA Executive Committees, and the ISCA Steering Committee express their deepest condolences to the family, friends, and colleagues of Huixiang Chen, a doctoral student at the University of Florida who recently passed away. It is our understanding that the University of Florida administration is currently investigating this case. ACM SIGARCH and IEEE TCCA will follow our respective processes to assist with this investigation.

IEEE TCCA has recently launched the TCCA Student Advocates initiative to provide help and advice to students who are experiencing difficulties ( In response to this tragic event, ACM SIGARCH is working into broadening CARES ( to include support beyond discrimination and harassment. To the student members of our community who need support we encourage you to reach out where you feel comfortable. To all members, please contact the SIGARCH Chair ( or the TCCA Chair ( for any questions, concerns or feedback.

Babak Falsafi and Josep Torrellas