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.

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City-Scale Intelligent Systems and Platforms

July 27th, 2017 / in CCC, research horizons, Research News / by Helen Wright

Roughly 12% of the global population today lives in 28 megacities, and at least 40 megacities are projected by 2030. Cost-effective management and sustainability of these growing urban areas will be one of the most critical challenges to our society, motivating the concept of science- and data-driven urban design, retrofit, and operation—that is, “Smart Cities”. Recently, the Computing Community Consortium (CCC) in collaboration with the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department Heads Association (ECEDHA) released white papers describing a collective research agenda for intelligent infrastructure. Today, we highlight the final paper from the series called City-Scale Intelligent Systems and Platforms. A Smart City will require intelligent infrastructure that provides: 1) measurement of system performance and impact on […]

Great Innovative Idea- Modeling of Robotic Artificial Muscles

July 26th, 2017 / in Announcements, CCC, Great Innovative Idea, robotics / by Helen Wright

The following Great Innovative Idea is from Jun Zhang and Michael Yip. Their paper called Three-Dimensional Hysteresis Modeling of Robotic Artificial Muscles with Application to Shape Memory Alloy Actuators was one of the featured talks at the Computing Community Consortium (CCC) sponsored Material Robotics (MaRo) Workshop at the 2017 Robotics Science and Systems (RSS) Conference. The Idea Robotic artificial muscles are actuators that can make robots move. Unlike electric motors, robotic artificial muscles are compliant and can generate straight contractions just like our biological muscles. Recently, they are increasingly popular in many exciting areas, such as biomimetic robots, soft robots, and safe human-robot interaction. To practically use robotic artificial muscles, it is crucial to have an accurate model […]

Material Robotics (MaRo) Workshop at 2017 Robotics Science and Systems (RSS)

July 25th, 2017 / in research horizons, Research News, robotics / by Helen Wright

Contributions to this post were made by Yigit Menguc from Oregon State University. The Computing Community Consortium (CCC) recently sponsored a workshop at the 2017 Robotics Science and Systems Conference called Material Robotics (MaRo). The goal of the workshop was to bring together researchers in robotics and materials science to learn from each other and identify the research challenges and applications of robotic materials. The original vision of a “robot” introduced by playwright Karel Čapek in 1920 was that of an autonomous machine molded in the image of humans. Interestingly, the play begins with a discussion of the materials that make up the robots and introduces the techniques used to […]

Amazon Research Awards Call For Proposals

July 24th, 2017 / in Announcements, awards, Research News / by Helen Wright

The Amazon Research Awards (ARA) program has opened a call for proposals for the 2017 round of awards in a number of areas including computer vision, general AI, knowledge management and data quality, machine learning, machine translation, and natural language understanding. For the full list of topics, please see this website. The program is open to faculty members in North America and Europe and awards up to $80,000 in cash and $20,000 AWS promotional credits. Submission Requirements Project proposals should be a maximum of 4 pages (single column, minimum 10 pt font), plus 1 page for references, plus CV. All content components (proposal, references, CV) should be composed into a single PDF file. […]

NSF CISE Core Program Solicitations Released

July 19th, 2017 / in Announcements, NSF, research horizons, Research News / by Helen Wright

Three divisions at the National Science Foundation (NSF) Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) have just released new solicitations for their core programs. Computing and Communication Foundation (CCF)  CCF supports the following three core programs: Algorithmic Foundations (AF) Communications and Information Foundations (CIF) Software and Hardware Foundations (SHF) Proposals submitted to this solicitation must be consistent with one of two project classes defined below: Small Projects Total budgets up to $500,000 for durations of up to three years Submission window- November 01, 2017 – November 15, 2017 Medium Projects Total budgets up to $500,001 to $1,200,000 for durations up to four years Submission window- September 20, 2017 – September 27, 2017 Information and Intelligent Systems (IIS) […]

NSF DCL Pursuing Meaningful Actions in Support of Broadening Participation in Computing (BPC)

July 18th, 2017 / in Announcements, NSF, research horizons, Research News / by Helen Wright

National Science Foundation (NSF) Assistant Director for the Directorate of Computer & Information Science & Engineering (CISE) James Kurose has issued the following letter to the community for pursuing meaningful actions in support of Broadening Participation in Computing (BPC). Dear Colleague: The National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) is committed to broadening the participation of underrepresented populations in computing and closely-related disciplines. Indeed, CISE supports meaningful actions that address the longstanding underrepresentation of various populations including women, minorities (African Americans/Blacks, Hispanic Americans, American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, Native Pacific Islanders, and persons from economically disadvantaged backgrounds), and persons with disabilities, in the computing field. With this Dear […]