Computing Community Consortium Blog

The goal of the Computing Community Consortium (CCC) is to catalyze the computing research community to debate longer range, more audacious research challenges; to build consensus around research visions; to evolve the most promising visions toward clearly defined initiatives; and to work with the funding organizations to move challenges and visions toward funding initiatives. The purpose of this blog is to provide a more immediate, online mechanism for dissemination of visioning concepts and community discussion/debate about them.


Digital Grid: Transforming the Electric Power Grid into an Innovation Engine for the United States

June 28th, 2017 / in Announcements, CCC, research horizons, Research News / by Helen Wright

In a world where digital Internet technology (Amazon, Ebay, Uber, Airbnb) is transforming traditional industries, the traditional electric energy market is lagging significantly. A move towards a true digital grid is needed. Recently, the Computing Community Consortium (CCC) in collaboration with the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department Heads Association (ECEDHA) released white papers describing a collective research agenda for intelligent infrastructure. We will be blogging about each paper over the next few weeks. Today, we highlight the Digital Grid: Transforming the Electric Power Grid into an Innovation Engine for the United States white paper. A new and substantial investment is needed to develop the new Digital Grid. Radical reductions in the cost of sensors, communication, information processing, […]

Big Data, Data Science, and Civil Rights

June 27th, 2017 / in Announcements, CCC, research horizons, Research News / by Helen Wright

The Computing Community Consortium (CCC) has been working hard on various white papers over the past couple of months and slowly releasing them. You can see all of them here. Today, we highlight another paper, called Big Data, Data Science, and Civil Rights by Solon Barocas, Elizabeth Bradley, Vasant Honavar, and Foster Provost. Government, academia, and the private sector have increasingly recognized that the use of big data and data science in decisions has important implications for civil rights. However, a coherent research agenda for addressing these topics is only beginning to emerge and the need for such an agenda is critical and timely. Big data and data science have begun […]

Democratizing Design for Future Computing Platforms

June 26th, 2017 / in Announcements, CCC, research horizons, Research News / by Helen Wright

The Computing Community Consortium (CCC) has been working hard on various white papers over the past couple of months and slowly releasing them. You can see all of them here. Today, we highlight one paper in particular, called Democratizing Design for Future Computing Platforms by Luis Ceze, Mark D. Hill, Karthikeyan Sankaralingam, and Thomas F. Wenisch. Information and communications technology (ICT) is changing our world. And yet, even more transformative advances are possible. With advances in machine learning and cloud computing, future ICT improvements will likely exceed past advances, bringing improved quality of life and enhanced competitiveness for the USA as world leader. Past ICT gains have been facilitated by […]

Microsoft Research and NSF Big Data Hubs Collaboration Passes the One-Year Mark

June 23rd, 2017 / in Announcements / by Khari Douglas

The cloud computing partnership between the Big Data Regional Innovation Hubs (BD Hubs) and Microsoft Research has just passed the one-year anniversary mark. In June 2016, Microsoft dedicated $3 million in cloud computing credits to support the BD Hubs and the associated Big Data Spokes (BD Spokes) projects. The four Big Data Hubs – split by region into Northeast, South, Midwest, and West – apply data science resources to address regional challenges like agriculture, healthcare, and smart cities. Each Hub is partnered with a set of Spokes, multi-sector teams that focus on research themes with real world impact. The cloud computing credits were given to the hubs as part of the Microsoft Azure for Research […]

ACM Turing 50 Year Celebration Live Stream

June 22nd, 2017 / in Announcements, research horizons, Research News / by Helen Wright

The Association for Computing Machinery‘s (ACM) celebration of 50 years of the A.M. Turing Award is tomorrow and Saturday (June 23-24th, 2017) in San Francisco, CA. You can watch the live stream of the celebration here starting at 8:30 AM Pacific Time.  Day 1, Friday, June 23 Impact of Turing Recipients’ Work (8:55 – 9:15AM) Speaker: Barbara Liskov (2008 Turing laureate) Advances in Deep Neural Networks (9:15 – 10:30AM) Deep neural networks can be trained with relatively modest amounts of information and then successfully be applied to large quantities of unstructured data. Their capabilities, in some domains, rival those of human beings. How are deep neural networks changing our world and our jobs […]

Smart Wireless Communication is the Cornerstone of Smart Infrastructures

June 22nd, 2017 / in Announcements, CCC, research horizons, Research News / by Helen Wright

Contributions to this post were made by CCC Council member Jennifer Rexford and Mary Ann Weitnauer.    Today’s wireless networks cannot meet the demands of emerging smart infrastructure, such as Smart Cities, Smart Grids, Smart Health, and Smart Transportation. We are desperately in need of wireless networks that have more agility, reliability, security, scalability, and partnerships. Recently, the Computing Community Consortium (CCC) in collaboration with the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department Heads Association (ECEDHA) released white papers describing a collective research agenda for intelligent infrastructure. We will be blogging about each paper over the next few weeks. Today, we highlight a newly release intelligent infrastructure paper called Smart Wireless Communication is the Cornerstone of Smart Infrastructures. Some of the […]