National Science Foundation Appoints New Director for Division of Information and Intelligent Systems

by Ann Drobnis August 1st, 2014
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On July 31, 2014, Dr. Farnam Jahanian, Assistant Director of the National Science Foundation (NSF), announced the appointment of Dr. Lynne Parker as the new Division Director for the Information and Intelligent Systems (IIS) Division within the Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) Directorate.  Below is Dr. Jahanian’s letter to the CISE community. Dear CISE Community, […]

Social Therapeutic and Robotic Systems (STARS) Lab: a Computing Research in Action Showcase

by Ann Drobnis July 31st, 2014
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The Computing Community Consortium (CCC) is releasing its fourth segment in the Computing Research in Action Series.   Researchers at Mississippi State University are studying human-robot interaction − how people respond to robotic technology.  Professor Cindy Bethel started and oversees the Social Therapeutic and Robotic Systems (STARS) Lab.  She leads a team of 22 researchers including undergraduates, masters, and […]

The Berkeley Center for Law & Technology and Microsoft have released an RFP for Research on the Implications of Open Data

by Ann Drobnis July 30th, 2014
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In 2009, President Obama issued a Memorandum on Transparency and Open Government.  That memorandum has been followed by additional memorandums and Executive Orders resulting in the Open Government Initiative.  As a result of this initiative, governments (both federal and local) are releasing data feeds, which have enabled the creation and use of new applications, from […]

Farnam Jahanian’s tenure at NSF comes to an end

by Ann Drobnis July 30th, 2014
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July 31, 2014 marks Farnam Jahanian’s final day as Assistant Director for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) at the National Science Foundation (NSF). In this position, which he has held since February 1, 2011, Farnam has been a indefatigable champion for the computer science research community.  He led the launch of three Presidential Initiatives: the […]

New Look for CRA Unveiled at the 2014 CRA Conference at Snowbird

by Shar Steed July 29th, 2014
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We are proud to announce the launch of a new brand for CRA and its committees. As the impact of CRA’s activities are becoming more widely recognized and valued across our industry, we decided to develop a new brand identity that reinforces and amplifies our mission, objectives and programs.  Our new brand is part of […]

CCC at the 2014 CRA Conference at Snowbird

by Ann Drobnis July 29th, 2014
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The biennial CRA Conference at Snowbird took place last week for Chairs, Department Heads, and Lab Directors from across North America.  Nearly 300 people gathered to participate in sessions ranging in topics from issues in government surveillance using the Internet to creating a diverse Computer Science research community.  The Computing Community Consortium (CCC) led a […]