Archive for November, 2010


Call for CCC Council Nominations

November 29th, 2010

The Computing Community Consortium today issued a call for nominations for individuals to serve on the CCC Council for the next three years.  The deadline for nominations is December 15.  See complete details -- including nominating instructions -- below. What questions shape our intellectual future? What attracts the best and brightest minds of a new generation? ...

CNN Labs: Sensors in Healthcare

November 20th, 2010
CNN Labs:  Sensors monitor older people at home []

CNN's John Sutton has written a really great article describing sensor networks -- and how they're radically altering the way older patients lead their lives.  John describes how sensor networks -- installed in mattresses or on doors, refrigerators, etc. -- are being used to monitor motion and vital signs, and to look for breaks in people's ...

The future of social networking

November 19th, 2010
IEEE Computer November 2010 special issue:  Technology Mediated Social Participation [Courtesy IEEE]

To Facebook message or to e-mail? Facebook message. At least that was the conclusion of a report from Nielsen Online published earlier this year, which found that, through 2008, people spent more time on social networking websites than they did in their e-mail accounts.  While the revelation wasn't too surprising, it was an important milestone in the ...

Presidential Early Career Awards… The Value of a CS Education… and More

November 12th, 2010

Lots of interesting stories this past week of relevance to the field: Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers On Tuesday, the White House announced the names of 85 early-career researchers who will receive the government’s highest honor for young scientists and engineers -- the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE). The ...

Ed Felten Named FTC’s First Chief Technologist

November 5th, 2010
Ed Felten, Princeton University (image courtesy Princeton)

Our colleague Ed Felten, Professor of Computer Science and Public Affairs and the founding Director of the Center for Information Technology Policy (CITP) at Princeton University, yesterday was named the first Chief Technologist of the Federal Trade Commission. He starts this full-time gig January 1, 2011. Ed, who has been advising the FTC as a ...

A Review of NITRD

November 4th, 2010

The President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) today unanimously approved a draft report reviewing the 14-agency, $4 billion Networking and Information Technology Research and Development (NITRD) program. The 14-person working group that assisted with the biannual review, completed this summer, was co-chaired by Ed Lazowska (full disclosure: Ed is Chair ...