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.

CCC Welcomes New Council Members and Leadership!

July 1st, 2016 / in Announcements, CCC / by Helen Wright

Today, July 1st, is the start of a new term at CCC! The new Computing Community Consortium (CCC) leadership, Elizabeth Mynatt and Mark Hill will assume their roles as Chair and Vice Chair respectively for two-years, while Greg Hager is stepping down after two years as Chair. The other members of the CCC Executive Committee include Jennifer Rexford, Princeton University, and Ben Zorn, Microsoft Research. In addition to a new Exec Committee, four new CCC Council members will us join us for the start of their three-year terms, Sampath Kannan, University of Pennsylvania, Maja Matarić, University of Southern California, Nina Mishra, Amazon Research, and Holly Rushmeier, Yale University. The CCC and CRA thank Greg Hager and those Council members […]

Computer Architecture 2030 Visioning Workshop

June 30th, 2016 / in CCC, policy, Research News / by Helen Wright

The following blog post is by CCC executive council member and University of Wisconsin-Madison Professor Mark D. Hill, who was loosely involved in the planning this workshop. I just attend the fantastic Architecture 2030 Visioning Workshop, organized by Luis Ceze of the University of Washington and Thomas Wenisch of the University of Michigan, and partially sponsored by the Computing Community Consortium (CCC). The workshop was open to the public and was held in conjunction with ISCA’16 in Seoul, South Korea on June 19. It had over 130 attendees and included breakout sessions with five groups. The goal of the Architecture 2030 Workshop was to kick off a new round of visioning activities in a public forum, getting input on where our constituents believe […]

100 Examples of Obama’s Leadership in Science, Technology, and Innovation

June 29th, 2016 / in Announcements, CS education / by Khari Douglas

The White House recently released their list of 100 examples of President Obama’s leadership in science, technology, and innovation. The list includes many computing related commitments such as supported millions of students with ConnectEd, created a new pipeline for well-paying tech jobs, and called for computer science education for all. The Computing Community Consortium (CCC) has contributed to many of these examples. #34 is the National Robotics Initiative (NRI). In June 2011, the Administration established the National Robotics Initiative to spur research and development in a variety of robotics applications, including healthcare, agriculture, manufacturing, space exploration, and national security. The CCC’s 2008 Robotics Roadmap was a key catalyst for the NRI and […]

White House OSTP Request for Information on Artificial Intelligence

June 28th, 2016 / in Announcements, CCC, policy, research horizons, Research News, robotics / by Helen Wright

The Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) just released a Request For Information (RFI) on Artificial Intelligence. Artificial intelligence (AI) technologies offer great promise for creating new and innovative products, growing the economy, and advancing national priorities in areas such as education, mental and physical health, addressing climate change, and more. Like any transformative technology, however, AI carries risks and presents complex policy challenges along a number of different fronts. The Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) is interested in developing a view of AI across all sectors for the purpose of recommending directions for research and determining challenges and opportunities in this field. The views of the […]

Accelerating Accelerating Artificial Neural Networks at ISCA 2016

June 27th, 2016 / in CCC, Research News / by Helen Wright

The following is a special contribution to this blog by CCC Executive Council Member Mark D. Hill of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Even with the slowing of Moore’s Law and the end of Dennard scaling, computer chips can still get dramatically better performance—without dramatically more power—by using specialized “accelerator” blocks to perform key tasks much faster (> 100x) and/or at lower power. Classic accelerators include floating-point hardware (a separately chip back in the days of the Intel 8087), graphics processing units (GPUs), and field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs). The recent explosion in the progress and importance of deep learning makes artificial neural networks a promising target for hardware acceleration. To this end, at least NINE papers at the recent International […]

Computing Research Symposium Poster Session

June 27th, 2016 / in CCC, research horizons, Research News / by Helen Wright

The following is a guest blog post by Liz Bradley from the University of Colorado and a member of the CCC Executive Committee. Last week we summarized the Computing Community Consortium (CCC) May 2016 Symposium, Computing Research: Addressing National Priorities and Societal Needs. This is the second of a series of blogs that will be posted about the symposium and the four different themes that were presented. One of the most dynamic and forward-looking events at the symposium was a poster session involving 38 early career faculty members, postdoctoral scholars, and graduate students. The interests of this group, which represents the future of the field, spanned the full range of computing research. A number of their posters described novel technologies for computer-human […]