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.


Day 1 Computing Research: Addressing National Priorities and Societal Needs Symposium

October 23rd, 2017 / in CCC, Research News / by Helen Wright

So far the 2017 hurricane season has been disastrous, however, as we learned today at Day 1 of the Computing Research: Addressing National Priorities and Societal Needs Symposium, it could have been even more disruptive if not for current computing research. Plenary speaker Michael Dunaway, from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, explained that hurricane tracks have been very accurate this year. This is because computational models have gotten very good at predicting the direction of the hurricane at the upper atmosphere level. As a result of better predictions, officials decided not to evacuate the city of New Orleans for Hurricane Nate on October 4th because they could trust the predicted track of the storm. This ended up saving the city millions […]

Computing Research: Addressing National Priorities and Societal Needs Symposium Livestream

October 19th, 2017 / in Announcements / by Khari Douglas

This post features contributions from the upcoming Computing Research Symposium Intelligent Infrastructure for our Cities and Communities and Data, Algorithms, and Fairness panel members. On October 23-24, 2017, the Computing Community Consortium (CCC) will hold the Computing Research: Addressing National Priorities and Societal Needs Symposium in order to address the current and future contribution of computing and its role in addressing societal needs. The two days are organized around four main themes: Intelligent Infrastructure for our Cities and Communities: Intelligent infrastructure is already transforming our nation’s cities and communities, but the technological revolution is just now beginning. This session will highlight some of the major advances taking place now, while at the same time emphasizing […]

US Ignite Releases Video Showcase from the 2017 US Ignite Application Summit

October 18th, 2017 / in Announcements / by Khari Douglas

US Ignite, a nonprofit whose mission is to push the creation of next-generation applications and services that utilize networking technologies to build smart communities, recently released a video showcase of select US Ignite Smart Gigabit Community application teams from their 2017 US Ignite Application Summit. The videos include: Compute for Cancer: Compute for Cancer is where the Internet of things meets distributed computing. The world is full of unused or underutilized computing power. Using the Berkeley Open Infrastructure Network Computing, these application developers are working to collect idle computing power from any device such as a phone, computer or data center and donate it to cancer research supercomputers. 
Watch the video or learn more. […]

2017 MacArthur Fellows Class Includes 2 Computer Scientists

October 16th, 2017 / in Announcements / by Khari Douglas

The MacArthur Foundation recently announced its 2017 MacArthur Fellows – 24 individuals whose achievements show “exceptional creativity, promise for important future advances based on a track record of significant accomplishments, and potential for the fellowship to facilitate subsequent creative work.” The MacArthur Fellows program grants each recipient a no-strings attached stipend of $625,000 in order to support his or her own creative and professional ambitions. The program features scientists, artists, historians, and writers. The 2017 Fellows class features two computer scientists: Regina Barzilay, Delta Electronics professor and a member of the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Stefan Savage, professor of computer science […]

CCC Computing Research: Addressing National Priorities and Societal Needs Symposium

October 12th, 2017 / in Announcements / by Khari Douglas

On October 23-24, 2017, the Computing Community Consortium (CCC) will hold the Computing Research: Addressing National Priorities and Societal Needs Symposium in order to address the current and future contribution of computing and its role in addressing societal needs. The two days are organized around four main themes: Intelligent Infrastructure for our Cities and Communities: Intelligent infrastructure is already transforming our nation’s cities and communities, but the technological revolution is just now beginning. This session will highlight some of the major advances taking place now, while at the same time emphasizing the substantial body of research, much of it crossing disciplinary boundaries, that still needs to be done. Security and Privacy for Democracy:Computing research […]

NSF Awards $36.6 million in New Food-Energy-Water System Grants

October 11th, 2017 / in Announcements / by Khari Douglas

The National Science Foundation (NSF) recently announced a partnership with the Department of Agriculture’s National Institute for Food and Agriculture (NIFA) to create the joint program on Innovations at the Nexus of Food, Energy and Water Systems (INFEWS). Of the $46.6 million in new grants for the INFEWS program, $36.6 million is NSF grants. The INFEWS program will be supported by a cross-cutting segment of NSF directorates, including the Directorates for Geosciences (GEO); Engineering (ENG); Computer & Information Science & Engineering (CISE); Mathematical & Physical Sciences (MPS); Social, Behavioral & Economic Sciences (SBE); Office of International Science and Engineering (OISE); and Office of Integrative Activities (OIA). From the program announcement: […]