The Noah Harding Professor of Computer Science and Professor of Bioengineering at Rice University, Lydia E. Kavraki, has been named the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) 2017-2018 Athena Lecturer. Each year, the Athena Lecturer award celebrates women researchers who have made fundamental contributions to computer science. Kavraki has been cited for the invention of randomized motion-planning algorithms in robotics and the development of robotics-inspired methods for bioinformatics and biomedicine. From the ACM Press Release: Kavraki’s 1996 doctoral dissertation proposed the Probabilistic Roadmap Method (PRM), a technique to plan the motion of robots, which had been an enduring challenge in the field. The Probabilistic Roadmap Method was immediately hailed for its simple […]
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.
The Computing Research Association (CRA), in consultation with the National Science Foundation (NSF), has appointed six new members to the Computing Community Consortium (CCC) Council: Nadya Bliss, Arizona State University Elizabeth Churchill, Google Juliana Freire, New York University Keith Marzullo, University of Maryland Greg Morrisett, Cornell University Manuela Veloso, Carnegie Mellon University Beginning July 1, the new members will each serve three-year terms. The CCC Council is comprised of 20 members who have expertise in diverse areas of computing. They are instrumental in leading CCC’s visioning programs, which help create and enable visions for future computing research. Members serve staggered three-year terms that rotate every July. The CCC and CRA thank those Council members whose terms […]
CCC Council Member Kevin Fu from the University of Michigan contributed to this post. On April 12th, the Computing Community Consortium (CCC) and MForesight: Alliance for Manufacturing Foresight (MForesight), in conjunction with the House Manufacturing Caucus, held a Congressional briefing on Cybersecurity for Manufacturers that highlighted the outcomes of the March workshop of the same name and discussed the challenges to cybersecurity and potential next steps for its improvement in the U.S. manufacturing space. The briefing featured members of the CCC and MForesight, as well as experts from government, academia, and the private sector: Ann Drobnis, CCC Director Robert Frazier, Lockheed Martin Kevin Fu, University of Michigan/CCC Council Member Sridhar […]
The registration of 2017 Global City Teams Challenge Expo (GCTC) is now open. The Expo will take place at Walter E. Washington Convention Center on August 28-29, 2017 in Washington, DC. It will bring together over 100 cities and communities around the world in partnership with more than 300 companies, universities, non-profits, and federal government agencies to share and exhibit their smart city projects and the impacts to their communities. The Expo will include: Keynotes from senior federal and local government leaders and industry stakeholders. Announcements of SuperClusters blueprints and playbooks to help cities and communities to jumpstart planning and deployment of best practices. Registered action clusters will be offered […]
The National Science Foundation (NSF) has released a new program solicitation for the Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) Research Initiation Initiative (CRII). The CRII program aims to award grants that support independent research to new PhDs in their first academic position in order to support the growth of future scientists and researchers in computing. The grants are intended to support untenured faculty and researchers for their first three to five years after the completion of their PhD. From the solicitation: This solicitation provides the opportunity for early-career researchers to recruit and mentor their first graduate students (or undergraduate students, in the case of faculty at undergraduate and two-year […]
Dawn Tilbury, professor of mechanical engineering and former associate dean for research at the University of Michigan‘s College of Engineering, will become the Assistant Director for Engineering (ENG) at the National Science Foundation in June. She has been a professor at the University of Michigan since 1995 and has a wide range of active research projects in the theory and application of control. Recently, she has been conducting research in manufacturing systems, mobile robotics, and modeling of physiological systems. She is the inaugural chair of the Robotics Steering Committee at the University of Michigan, and has identified and capitalized on opportunities to advance robotics research at the university. NSF Director France […]