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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Data, Algorithms, and Fairness Panel

January 11th, 2018 / in Announcements, research horizons, Research News, resources / by Helen Wright

Contributions to this post were provided by CCC Council member Nadya Bliss, Solon Barocas, Nick Diakopoulos, and Kelly Jin. Every few weeks we have been highlighting different panels from the Computing Community Consortium (CCC) Symposium on Computing Research: Addressing National Priorities and Societal Needs. This week we are looking at the Data, Algorithms, and Fairness panel. This panel looked at how data-driven and algorithmic decision-making increasingly determines how businesses target advertisements to consumers, how police departments monitor individuals or groups, how banks decide who gets a loan and who does not, how employers hire, how colleges and universities make admissions and financial aid decisions, and much more. As data-driven decisions […]

Great Innovative Idea- Pragmatic-Pedagogic Value Alignment

January 10th, 2018 / in Announcements, CCC, Great Innovative Idea, research horizons, Research News, robotics / by Helen Wright

The following Great Innovative Idea is from Jaime Fernandez Fisac, a Ph.D. Candidate in Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences Department at the University of California, Berkeley, in the area of Control, Intelligent Systems and Robotics. Fisac was one of the Blue Sky Award winners at the International Symposium on Robotics Research (ISRR 17) in Puerto Varas, Chile for his paper, Pragmatic-Pedagogic Value Alignment. The Idea Advances in robotics and AI are making robots increasingly capable and autonomous, but how will we ensure they understand what things they should or should not do? Our insight is that a competent robot collaborator should behave like a keen apprentice: humans are naturally skilled at social collaboration, and robots can exploit this fact to tap into […]

Global City Teams Challenge Updates

January 9th, 2018 / in Announcements, research horizons, Research News / by Helen Wright

The 2018 kickoff conference for the GCTC – Smart and Secure Cities and Communities Challenge (SC3) is February 6-7, 2018 in Washington, DC. You can see preliminary agenda and speakers list here. Event website here Free registration here The goal of kickoff conference is to encourage smart community/city and Internet of Things (IoT) stakeholders to build teams to address shared issues in various sectors such as transportation, public safety, utility, wireless, city data, agriculture & rural, and data governance/exchange. 2018 round will encourage participating teams to have an additional focus on security and privacy as the first order concern, as well as all existing GCTC goals such as replicability, scalability, and sustainability. Call for Papers: […]

NSF Distinguished Lecture: Visualizing Science and Technology

January 8th, 2018 / in Announcements, NSF, policy, research horizons, Research News / by Helen Wright

Professor Katy Börner of Indiana University will present “Visualizing Science and Technology,” part of the NSF National Strategic Computing Initiative (NSCI) lecture series on January 16, 2018, from 10:30AM to 11:30AM ET. Katy Börner is the Victor H. Yngve Distinguished Professor of Engineering and Information Science, School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering; Adjunct Professor in the Department of Statistics, College of Arts and Sciences; and Core Faculty of Cognitive Science at Indiana University, Bloomington, Ind. Abstract In the information age, high-performance computing (HPC), big data, and advanced data mining, modeling and visualization algorithms are employed to solve major health, energy, environmental, and other challenges. Well-designed data visualizations make it possible to rapidly explore, understand, […]

Two Hardware Security Design Flaws Affect Billions of Computers

January 5th, 2018 / in Announcements, CCC, pipeline, research horizons, Research News / by Helen Wright

The following blog was written by CCC Vice Chair Mark D. Hill from the University of Wisconsin and CCC Cybersecurity Task Force Chair Kevin Fu from the University of Michigan. In recent days, several sources—listed below—have reported on two security design flaws in computer hardware that involve undesirable interactions between processor speculative execution and memory protection, but whose implications are still emerging. With speculative execution, a processor core uses heuristics to guess the next step for execution. Programs execute faster when the guess is correct. When speculation picks an incorrect direction, a core should hide any learned information from user-level software. With these newly disclosed flaws, incorrect outcomes from speculation […]

Microsoft Research Podcast on How Programming Languages Quietly Run the World with CCC Exec Member Ben Zorn

January 4th, 2018 / in CCC, Research News, robotics / by Helen Wright

Contributions to this post were provided by CCC Exec member Ben Zorn.  Do you worry that the Bluetooth-enabled smart fork you just got for Christmas is trying to steal your password? Do you wonder what software was used to implement your smart fork and when it was last updated? These are questions we’ve never had to ask until now. Microsoft Research Podcast recently interviewed Computing Community Consortium (CCC) Executive Council member and CCC Intelligent Infrastructure (II) Task Force Co-Chair Ben Zorn, from Microsoft Research, on programming languages and how they are impacting the world. In the Podcast, Zorn talked about the Internet of Things. When we embed computing into infrastructure, […]