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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.

Computing Community Consortium Announces New Council Members and Executive Committee

June 11th, 2014 / in CCC / by Shar Steed

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:

  • Lorenzo Alvisi, University of Texas at Austin
  • Vasant Honavar, Pennsylvania State University
  • Jennifer Rexford, Princeton University
  • Debra Richardson, University of California—Irvine
  • Klara Nahrstedt, University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign
  • Ben Zorn, Microsoft Research

Beginning July 1, the new members will each serve three-year terms, and a new executive committee will be formed. Gregory Hager, Johns Hopkins University, will become Chair; Elizabeth Mynatt, Georgia Tech, will become Vice Chair; and Susan Graham, University of California, Berkeley, will become Chair Emeritus. The new executive committee includes the Chair (Hager), Vice Chair (Mynatt), Chair Emeritus (Graham), Liz Bradley, University of Colorado at Boulder, Bob Sproull, formerly Oracle, and Mark Hill, University of Wisconsin- Madison.

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, CRA and NSF thank those Council members whose terms end on June 30 for their exceptional dedication and service to the CCC and to the broader computing research community:

  • Edward Lazowska, University of Washington; founding Chair of CCC
  • Anita Jones, University of Virginia, founding member of CCC
  • Deborah Crawford, Drexel University
  • Fred Schneider, Cornell University
  • Josep Torrellas, University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign

Randy Bryant is taking a leave of absence while serving at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP).

The CCC encourages participation from all members of the computing research community. Each fall, the CCC issues a Call for Proposals for Visioning Activities.  Each spring, the CCC issues a call for nominations for Council members effective the following July.

For more information, please visit or contact Dr. Ann W. Drobnis, CCC Director, at

Full Bios of New CCC Council Members

Lorenzo Alvisi

IMG_0533Lorenzo Alvisi is a Professor of Computer Science at the University of Texas at Austin, where he co-leads the Laboratory for Advanced Systems Research (LASR). He received a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Cornell University, which he joined after earning a Laurea degree in Physics from the University of Bologna, Italy.  His research interests are in the theory and practice of distributed computing, with a particular focus on dependability. He is a Fellow of the ACM, an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellow, the recipient of a Humboldt Research Award from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and of an NSF Career Award, and was named Visiting Chair Professor by Shanghai Jiao Tong University. For additional information visit:

Vasant Honavar

Photo on 5-19-14 at 12.00 PMVasant Honavar is a Professor and Edward Frymoyer Chair of Information Sciences and Technology and Professor of Bioinformatics and Genomics and of Neuroscience at Pennsylvania State University where he currently leads the Artificial Intelligence Research Laboratory and the Big Data Analytics and Discovery Informatics Initiative. Honavar has served as a Program Director in the Information and Intelligent Systems Division at the National Science Foundation (during 2010-2013) where he contributed to multiple programs including Information Integration and Informatics, Smart and Connected Health, and led the Big Data Science and Engineering Program. Prior to joining Pennsylvania State University, Honavar was Professor of Computer Science and of Bioinformatics and Computational Biology and Director of the Artificial Intelligence Research Laboratory (during 1990-2013), and Chair of the Bioinformatics and Computational Biology Ph.D. program (during 2003-2005) at Iowa State University. He served on the National Institutes of Health study section on Biological Data Management and Analysis during 2002-2007. Honavar’s current research and teaching interests span Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Bioinformatics, Big Data Analytics, Computational Molecular Biology, Data Mining, Discovery Informatics, Information Integration, Knowledge Representation and Inference, Semantic Technologies, Health Informatics, Neuroinformatics, Social Informatics and Security Informatics. His research (documented in over 250 peer-reviewed publications) has contributed scalable approaches to learning predictive models from “big data” – including in particular, very large, distributed, semantically disparate, richly structured data (including tabular, sequence, network, relational, time series data); knowledge-based, statistical and network-based approaches to integrating information, Eliciting causal information from multiple sources of observational and experimental data; Selective sharing of knowledge across disparate knowledge bases; Representing and reasoning about preferences;  Composing complex services from components; and applications in bioinformatics and computational molecular and systems biology. Honavar has graduated over 30 PhD students, many of whom are leaders in academia and industry. Honavar currently serves on the editorial boards of several journals including IEEE/ACM Transactions on Computational Biology and Bioinformatics. He has served as a general co-chair of the IEEE International Conference on Big Data (2014).  Honavar earned his Ph.D. degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1990. Complete bio can be found at

Jennifer Rexford

jrex-headshotJennifer Rexford is the Gordon Y.S. Wu Professor of Engineering in the Computer Science department at Princeton University.  Before joining Princeton in 2005, she worked for eight years at AT&T Labs–Research. Jennifer received her BSE degree in electrical engineering from Princeton University in 1991, and her PhD degree in electrical engineering and computer science from the University of Michigan in 1996. She is co-author of the book “Web Protocols and Practice” (Addison-Wesley, May 2001). She served as the chair of ACM SIGCOMM from 2003 to 2007.  Jennifer was the 2004 winner of ACM’s Grace Murray Hopper Award for outstanding young computer professional.  She is an ACM Fellow (2008), and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (2013) and the National Academy of Engineering (2014).  For more information visit:

Debra J. Richardson

shapeimage_1Debra J. Richardson is founding Ted and Janice Smith Dean of the Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences at the University of California—Irvine.  She joined the UCI faculty in 1987, and became chair of the ICS department in July 2000. Under her leadership, the department was promoted to the first computing-focused school in the UC system in December 2002, and she was appointed the founding dean.  She was instrumental in securing a transformational six-figure endowment for the school, resulting in naming the school after philanthropist Donald Bren.  She served as dean through June 2010.

Richardson is a Professor of Informatics.  She pioneered research in “specification-based testing” and recently shifted her attention to adapting software engineering techniques to socially relevant domains, specifically focusing on sustainability. Her research has been recognized by designation as a Fellow of Automated Software Engineering, and also with two retrospective impact awards from ACM SIGSoft.

A long-time advocate of increasing the participation of women and other underrepresented minorities in computing, she has served on the leadership team of the National Center for Women and Information Technology since its inception and leads UCI’s NCWIT PaceSetter team. She chairs the Alliance for California Computing Education for Students and Schools, focusing on equitable access to K-16 computing education. She chairs the Advisory Council for ACM’s Computer Science Teachers Association, chaired CSEdWeek during its second and third years, and serves on the ACM Education Board.

Richardson received her B.A. in Mathematics from the University of California—San Diego, and her M.S. and Ph.D. in Computer and Information Science at the University of Massachusetts—Amherst. For more information visit:

Klara Nahrstedt

NahrstedtKlara-2013Klara Nahrstedt is the Ralph and Catherine Fisher Professor in the Computer Science Department, and Acting Director of Coordinated Science Laboratory in the College of Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her research interests are directed towards 3D teleimmersive systems, mobile systems, Quality of Service (QoS) and resource management, Quality of Experience in multimedia systems, and real-time security in mission-critical systems. She is the co-author of widely used multimedia books `Multimedia: Computing, Communications and Applications’ published by Prentice Hall, and ‘Multimedia Systems’ published by Springer Verlag. She is the recipient of the IEEE Communication Society Leonard Abraham Award for Research Achievements, University Scholar, Humboldt Award, IEEE Computer Society Technical Achievement Award, and the former chair of the ACM Special Interest Group in Multimedia. She was the general chair of ACM Multimedia 2006, general chair of ACM NOSSDAV 2007 and the general chair of IEEE Percom 2009.

Klara Nahrstedt received her Diploma in Mathematics from Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany in numerical analysis in 1985. In 1995 she received her PhD from the University of Pennsylvania in the Department of Computer and Information Science. She is an ACM Fellow, IEEE Fellow, and Member of the Leopoldina German National Academy of Sciences. Click here for more information:

Ben Zorn

BenZorn-MSR2014Ben Zorn is a Research Manager and Principal Researcher, co-managing the Research in Software Engineering (RiSE) group, a group of over 30 researchers and developers working on programming languages and software engineering in Microsoft Research, Redmond.  After receiving a PhD in Computer Science from the University of California at Berkeley in 1989, he served eight years in the Computer Science faculty at the University of Colorado in Boulder, receiving tenure and being promoted to Associate Professor in 1996.  Dr. Zorn left the University of Colorado in 1998 to join Microsoft Research, where he currently works.  His research interests include programming language design and implementation for reliability, security, and performance.  Dr. Zorn has served as both Program and General Chair of the ACM SIGPLAN Programming Language Design and Implementation (PLDI) Conference, as an Associate Editor of the ACM journals Transactions on Programming Languages and Systems and Transactions on Architecture and Code Optimization.  Dr. Zorn as also served seven years as a Member-at-Large of the SIGPLAN Executive Committee and currently serves on the ACM Software Systems Award Committee.   For more information, visit his web page at:

Computing Community Consortium Announces New Council Members and Executive Committee

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