Computing Community Consortium Blog

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 White House Frontiers Conference

October 11th, 2016 / in Announcements, pipeline, policy, research horizons, Research News / by Helen Wright

White House Frontiers ConferenceThis Thursday President Obama will host the White House Frontiers Conference, a national convening co-hosted with the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) to explore the future of innovation here and around the world.

The Computing Community Consoritum (CCC) Chair Beth Mynatt and Director Ann Drobnis and are excited to participate in the conference. It will focus on building U.S. capacity in science, technology, and innovation through a number of different tracks, including Personal, Local, National, Global, and Interplanetary.

The CCC has done a lot of work in the Local track space, which is on smart inclusive communities. One of the presenters, Charlie Catlett from the University of Chicago and Argonne National Lab, was one of the presenters at the Computing Research Symposium in May. He talked about Instrumenting Cities: The array of Things and Open Data. You can see the video from his panel here. Another one of the presenters Rayid Ghani, from the University of Chicago, was a presenter at the Artificial Intelligence for Social Good Workshop in June. He talked about Doing and Teaching Data Science for Social Good: Challenges, Opportunities, and Lessons LearnedYou can see the video from his panel here.

The CCC has also done a lot of work in the National track space, which is on artificial intelligence, machine learning, automation, and robotics. Three of the presenters in this track, Tanya Berger-Wolf from the University of Illinois-Chicago, Stephen F. Smith from CMU, and Suchi Saria from Johns Hopkins, were all panelists in the Artificial Intelligence for Social Good Workshop. You can see their slides and videos here. Other presenters from the National track who have been involved with the CCC include, Yann LeCun from Facebook who presented at the BRAIN Workshop, Robin R. Murphy from Texas A&M who is a past CCC Council Member and presented at the Computing Research Symposium, and Deirdre Mulligan from UC Berkeley who organized the Privacy by Design workshop series.

Finally, the CCC has done a lot of work in the Personal track space, which is focused on health innovation. One of the lightening talks is by Rafael Yuste, from Columbia University, who will be talking about the BRAIN Initiative. In 2014, the CCC co-sponsored a workshop with the National Science Foundation (NSF) called Research Interfaces between Brain Science and Computer Science. The workshop brought together brain researchers and computer scientists for a scientific dialogue aimed at exposing new opportunities for joint research in the many exciting facets, established and new, of the interface between the two fields. You can see videos from the workshop here and read the workshop report here.

To see the live streams from all the tracks, Personal, Local, National, Global, and Interplanetary, click on the track titles. To learn more about the conference, see the conference website.

The White House Frontiers Conference