Archive for April 26th, 2012


21st Century Cities — and Microsoft’s Energy-Smart Buildings

April 26th, 2012

Elizabeth Grossman, Microsoft ResearchThe following is a special contribution to this blog from Elizabeth L. Grossman, a member of Microsoft Corporation’s Technology Policy Group.

Yesterday, Microsoft’s Innovation & Policy Center, in Washington, DC, hosted a panel discussion on “21st Century Cities” as part of the @Microsoft Conversations series. The panel explored the technology and policy opportunities and challenges around making our cities smarter and more energy efficient, such as how information technology (IT) can link people, transportation, and buildings. This blog post provides information about some of the Microsoft sustainability activities in this area — particularly how we use our campus and facilities as a living lab — and future directions in computing and policy to realize these benefits at scale [more following the link].

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ACM Honors Innovators for Research, Education Advances

April 26th, 2012

The four computing innovators named as recipients of prestigious ACM awards today: Luis von Ahn, Carnegie Mellon University (top left); Hanan Samet, University of Maryland (top right); Hal Abelson, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (bottom left); and Stephanie Forrest, University of New Mexico (bottom right).Congratulations to Luis von Ahn, Hanan Samet, Hal Abelson, and Stephanie Forrest, who today were named recipients of four prestigious awards issued by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)The awards, which honor the recipients for the significant contributions that they have made to enable computer science to solve real-world challenges, “reflect achievements in human-computer interaction, computer science education, geographical information science, and computer simulation for biological research.”

According to ACM’s press release:

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NSF’s Arctic SEES Program

April 26th, 2012

U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF)The National Science Foundation (NSF), in partnership with the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), and a consortium of French agencies, has announced a new program under its Science, Engineering, and Education for Sustainability (SEES) initiative focused on the Arctic. This program — dubbed Arctic SEES, or simply ArcSEES — seeks “fundamental research that improves our ability to evaluate the sustainability of the Arctic human-environmental system as well as integrated efforts which will provide community-relevant sustainability pathways and engineering solutions.” As with several SEES solicitations issued in FY 2012, the FY 2013 ArcSEES solicitation offers opportunities for computing researchers.

In particular, from the solicitation (following the link, emphasis added):

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