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.

New Data Sets from the Next Generation Simulation (NGSIM) Program are Now Available in the Research Data Exchange

May 25th, 2016 / in Announcements, research horizons, Research News / by Helen Wright

The Research Data Exchange (RDE) is a web-based data resource provided by the USDOT Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Program. It collects, manages, and provides access to archived and real-time multi-source and multi-modal data to support the development and testing of ITS applications. The RDE now houses four data sets from the Next Generation Simulation (NGSIM) Program. The NGSIM program was initiated by the United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to develop traveler behavioral algorithms that could be used in microscopic traffic simulation models. The validated data sets and documentation describing these algorithms which replicated the interactions of multimodal travelers, vehicles and highway systems (e.g., traffic control […]

Blue Sky Ideas Track Held at ICSE 2016

May 24th, 2016 / in Announcements, CCC, Research News / by Helen Wright

The Computing Community Consortium (CCC) recently sponsored a Blue Sky Ideas Conference Track at the 38th International Conference on Software Engineering (ICSE), May 14-22, 2016 in Austin, TX. The purpose of this conference was to bring together the world’s leading software engineering researchers and practitioners to share cutting-edge results and visionary ideas, attend inspirational talks, and engage in lively conversation. The goal of this Blue Sky Ideas Track called Visions of 2025 and Beyond was to encourage researchers to present truly visionary concepts on long-term challenges in software engineering research and ideas for attacking these challenges. Visions of 2025 and Beyond Co-Chairs David Rosenblum, National University of Singapore and Gail Murphy, University of British Columbia presented the awards to the […]

Administration Issues Strategic Plan for Big Data Research and Development

May 23rd, 2016 / in Announcements, policy, research horizons, Research News / by Helen Wright

Big Data has been a major theme of the Computing Community Consortium (CCC) over the years. In addition to having a Convergence of Data and Computing Task Force, the CCC held two events for Big Data that coalesced the research community and the usage community in 2008. A number of CCC’s white papers have also focused on the topic, including Challenges and Opportunities with Big Data (2012), Opportunities and Challenges for Next Generation Computing (2015), Accelerating Science: A Computing Research Agenda (2016), and a series of white papers on Big Data and National Priorities (2010) that were instrumental in the creation of the Big Data Initiative.   The following is a White House Blog Post by Keith Marzullo, the Director of the Networking […]

Computer-Aided Personalized Education Report

May 23rd, 2016 / in conference reports / by Khari Douglas

The organizing committee for the Computing Community Consortium (CCC) sponsored Computer-Aided Personalized Education has released their workshop report. The workshop, held in November 2015, brought together over 50 researchers in the fields of education, computer science, human-computer interaction, and cognitive psychology to address the challenges and future directions of computing-based educational tools. This growing agenda in computing research includes formalizing tasks such as assessment and feedback as computational problems, developing algorithmic tools to solve resulting problems at scale, and incorporating these tools effectively in learning environments. The report examines emerging trends, such as logical reasoning, machine learning, student-computer interaction, and learning science in order to come up with a research […]

Store your (Big) Data in the Code of Life?

May 19th, 2016 / in CCC, research horizons, 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. Full disclosure: He is working with one of the authors—Luis Ceze—and Tom Wenisch on visioning via Architecture 2030 at ISCA 2016.   The invention of writing enabled us to reliably transmit information into the future. Stone tablets, papyrus, velum, and paper can be read centuries if not millennia later. But how much of the digital information that we created over the last 75 years will be readable much later? How much is even readable now? Wouldn’t it be valuable if we could record digital information in a medium that […]

National Academies Final Report on Future Directions for NSF Advanced Computing Infrastructure

May 18th, 2016 / in Announcements, NSF, Research News / by Helen Wright

National Science Foundation (NSF) Assistant Director for the Directorate of Computer & Information Science & Engineering (CISE) James Kurose and Irene Qualters, Division Director for Advanced Cyberinfrastructure, have issued the following letter to the community to announce that the final report from the National Academies on Future Directions for NSF Advanced Computing Infrastructure to Support U.S. Science and Engineering in 2017-2020 is now available.  Dear Computing and Information Science and Engineering Community, It is our great pleasure to inform you that the final report from the National Academies on Future Directions for NSF Advanced Computing Infrastructure to Support U.S. Science and Engineering in 2017-2020 is now available for download at This study was commissioned by CISE’s […]