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.


Blue Sky Ideas Conference Track held at AAMAS 2017

May 23rd, 2017 / in Announcements, CCC / by Helen Wright

The Computing Community Consortium (CCC) recently sponsored a Blue Sky Ideas Conference Track at the Sixteenth International Conference on Autonomous Agents and MutliAgent Systems (AAMAS), May 8-12, 2017 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The emphasis of this track was on visionary ideas, long-term challenges, and new research opportunities. This track was designed to overcome the constraints of the traditional review process and served as an incubator for innovative approaches, risky and provocative ideas, and to propose challenges and opportunities for the field in the near future. The winning paper is Progressing Intention Progression: A Call for a Goal-Plan Tree Contest by Brian Logan (University of Nottingham), John Thangarajah (RMIT University), and Neil Yorke-Smith (American University of Beirut). CCC provides travel awards to […]

A Rural Lens on a Research Agenda for Intelligent Infrastructure

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

We hear all about “smart cities” but what about smart rural communities? We cannot forget about our rural populations, which we depend on for agriculture, fishing, forestry, manufacturing, and mining. Recently, the Computing Community Consortium (CCC) in collaboration with the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department Heads Association (ECEDHA) released eight 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 Rural Lens on a Research Agenda for Intelligent Infrastructure paper. Sparse population densities drive many of the challenges facing rural areas; these are problems that differ from high-density urban areas. They often lack the range of services that a city […]

DARPA’s Discover DSO Day (D3)

May 18th, 2017 / in Announcements, research horizons, Research News / by Helen Wright

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Defense Sciences Office (DSO) is sponsoring a Discover DSO Day (D3) on June 15, 2017, to familiarize attendees with DSO’s mission and research areas of interest, promote understanding of how to do business with DSO, and facilitate discussions with potential performers. The mission of the DSO is to identify and pursue high-risk, high-payoff research initiatives with the objective to prevent and create scientific and technical surprise. DSO Program Managers have started to develop program concepts in the following areas and plan to discuss as many as time permits during D3. Complexity Engineering: Understanding the principles of organization and control, the transformation or harnessing […]

New NSF Program Solicitation on Semiconductor Synthetic Biology for Information Processing and Storage Technologies (SemiSynBio)

May 17th, 2017 / in Announcements, NSF, research horizons, Research News / by Helen Wright

The following is a guest blog post by Mitra Basu, Program Director in the Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) Directorate at the National Science Foundation. The National Science Foundation (NSF) recently issued a new program solicitation, Semiconductor Synthetic Biology for Information Processing and Storage Technologies (SemiSynBio), aiming to support transformative research that will advance information processing and storage through the integration of synthetic biology concepts with semiconductor technologies. The program is a partnership among NSF’s Directorates for Biological Sciences (BIO), Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE), and Engineering (ENG), with the Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC) and Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA). The program synopsis reads as […]

Call for Blue Sky Papers at RSS 2017 Conference

May 17th, 2017 / in Announcements, CCC, robotics / by Helen Wright

The Computing Community Consortium (CCC) is sponsoring a Blue Sky Ideas Conference Track at the Material Robotics (MaRo) – Bridging Materials Science and Robotics Workshop on July 15, 2017, which is part of the 2017 Robotics: Science and Systems Conference in Cambridge, MA. Description of the MaRo Workshop:  The original vision of a ”robot” introduced by Karel Capek in 1920 was that of an autonomous computing machine molded in the image of humans. Interestingly, the play begins with a discussion of the materials that make up the robots and introduces the techniques used to spin and extrude such materials into synthetic body parts and squishy computers. Apparently, it was intuitive to […]

Research Agenda in Intelligent Infrastructure to Enhance Disaster Management, Community Resilience and Public Safety

May 16th, 2017 / in Announcements, CCC, research horizons, Research News, workshop reports / by Helen Wright

Contributions to this blog were made by Michael Dunaway from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and CCC Council Member Daniel Lopresti from Lehigh University.  What if a Category 5 hurricane were heading towards New Orleans right now? What would happen in 2017 that did not happen in 2005? We have learned a great deal from the lessons of Hurricane Katrina and other major incidents, and disaster prevention and recovery has dramatically improved in the last 12 years. Much of the improvement can be attributed to the integration of technology with a “whole of community” approach to emergency management that combines FEMA’s National Incident Management System, with advanced data visualization, […]