Archive for February, 2010


FOSS Workshop, Day 2

February 11th, 2010

The attendees at the CCC-supported workshop on Free/Open Source Software met today at UC Irvine’s Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences to work in break-out groups on a refined classification scheme for open-source software development.   The group will work tomorrow morning to synthesize the results of today’s efforts into elements that can be reported out.

John L. King, CCC Council liaison

FOSS Workshop Kicks Off: Day 1

February 10th, 2010

Forty-five people met today in Newport Beach, CA for the first day of a three-day workshop supported by the CCC on Free/Open Source Software.  For more background information, see  (Note that about five participants who were supposed to come were snowed in by the big storms in the east, and couldn’t make it.)

Today’s discussion was structured around four perspectives on FOSS, with moderators, main presenters, and discussants:

Users/Producers: Moderator — Greg Madey (Notre Dame University); Main Presenter — Ralph Morelli (Trinity College); Discussants — Stormy Peters (GNOME Foundation), John Wallin (George Mason University).

Human-Centered Computing: Moderator — Walt Scacchi (UC Irvine); Main Presenter: Chris Kelty (UCLA); Discussants — Charles Schweik (UMass Amherst), Chris Kelty (UCLA).

Social/Behavioral/Economic: Moderator — Kevin Crowston (Syracuse University); Main Presenter — Les Gasser of University of Illinois-Urbana/Champaign; Discussants — Kalle Lyytinen (Case-Western), Shobha Chengalur-Smith (UC Irvine), Pat Wangstrum (IBM Research).

Software Engineering:  Moderator — Megan Squire (Elon University); Main Presenter Tony Wasserman (Carnegie-Mellon Silicon Valley); Discussants — Prem Devanbu (UC Davis),  Audris Mockus (AVAYA Labs).

The Twitter stream is #foss2010   Follow along!

John L. King, CCC Council liaison

Nominations Sought for Extraordinary Student Stories Award

February 6th, 2010

The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation is sponsoring an award for K-12, undergraduate,  graduate students, and recent graduates who have done something remarkable to  address the Grand Challenges our world faces.   The National Academy of Engineering has identified 14 specific NAE Grand Challenge problem areas in Sustainability, Health, Vulnerability, Joy of Living.  Many of these problems potentially have a significant computational component.

If you know of a student has already made a special contribution in one of these areas, please nominate them!Nominations may REUSE existing materials such as videos, essays, articles, business plans, posters, presentations, photo essays or can be newly created.

  • Nominations are due 1 March 2010.

Peter Lee on the future of DARPA, and the Transformational Convergence Technology Office

February 4th, 2010

Five months ago, Peter Lee took a leave of absence as Head of the Computer Science Department at Carnegie Mellon University to begin a stint at DARPA as the Director of the new Transformational Convergence Technology Office (DARPA/TCTO).  TCTO is re-establishing basic research programs in a broad range of rapidly emerging computing-enabled technology areas such as social media, synthetic biology, high-performance computing, and networking, as well as employing a diverse range of innovation strategies including broad community programs, competitions/challenges, and crowd sourcing.

Peter spoke on DARPA and TCTO at the University of Washington on February 2.  The talk is inspiring and informative.  Watch the streaming video here.

Obama’s Proposed Budget Increases Spending in Science and Education

February 2nd, 2010

The New York Times reports that President Obama’s proposed budget includes substantial increases for science research, including an 8% increase for the National Science Foundation from last year’s budget, rising to $7.4 billion.  The Department of Education is also targeted for an increased discretionary budget to $49.7 billion from $46.2 billion in 2010.