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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NSF CISE Distinguished Lecture- Improving the Reproducibility of Computational Research

March 24th, 2017 / in Announcements, NSF, Research News / by Helen Wright

The National Science Foundation (NSF) Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) is pleased to announce a distinguished lecture on Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at 2:00 PM EDT by Russell Poldrack, from Stanford University, called Improving the Reproducibility of Computational Research. Russell A. Poldrack is the Albert Ray Lang Professor in the Department of Psychology at Stanford University, and Director of the Stanford Center for Reproducible Neuroscience.  His research uses neuroimaging to understand the brain systems underlying decision making and executive function.  His lab is also engaged in the development of neuroinformatics tools to help improve the reproducibility and transparency of neuroscience, including the and data sharing projects and the Cognitive Atlas ontology. Abstract: As the […]

Artificial Intelligence (AI) For Social Good

March 23rd, 2017 / in Announcements, CCC, conference reports, research horizons, Research News, workshop reports / by Helen Wright

The organizing committee for the AI for Social Good Workshop has released their workshop report called Artificial Intelligence for Social Good. The Computing Community Consortium (CCC), along with the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), and the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI), co-sponsored this workshop in June 2016 in Washington, DC. This was one of five workshops that OSTP co-sponsored and held around the country to spur public dialogue on artificial intelligence, machine learning, and to identify challenges and opportunities related to AI. The workshop highlighted successful deployments of AI systems directed at addressing specific societal needs. Subsequent discussions explored broader questions as to […]

CCC Council Member Cynthia Dwork is One of the Recipients of the 2017 Gödel Prize

March 23rd, 2017 / in Announcements, research horizons, Research News / by Helen Wright

The Gödel Prize for outstanding papers in the area of theoretical computer science is sponsored jointly by the European Association for Theoretical Computer Science (EATCS) and the Association for Computing Machinery, Special Interest Group on Algorithms and Computation Theory (ACM SIGACT). The Prize is named in honor of Kurt Gödel in recognition of his major contributions to mathematical logic and of his interest, discovered in a letter he wrote to John von Neumann shortly before von Neumann’s death, in what has become the famous “P versus NP” question. Gödel’s work has had an immense impact upon scientific and philosophical thinking in the 20th century. The award recognizes his major contributions […]

Past CCC Chair Gregory D. Hager Inducted to American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering College of Fellows

March 21st, 2017 / in Announcements, CCC, Research News / by Helen Wright

The American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) just inducted the 2017 College of Fellows at their 2017 Annual Event at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, D.C., yesterday. Gregory D. Hager, past Computing Community Consortium (CCC) Chair, professor in the Department of Computer Science at Johns Hopkins, and director of the Malone Center for Engineering in Healthcare, was one of the inductees. Members of the College of Fellows are considered among the top two percent of the country’s medical and biological engineers and include distinguished and accomplished research directors, professors, engineering and medical school chairs, and successful entrepreneurs and innovators. Dr. Hager was recognized for his development of computationally enhanced imaging […]

WHISPER: A New Persistent Memory Benchmark Suite

March 20th, 2017 / in research horizons, Research News / by Helen Wright

The following is a special contribution to this blog by CCC Vice Chair Mark D. Hill of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. While he is coauthor of the paper discussed, he blogs anyway, because a benchmark suite can be valuable for driving better designs and comparisons.  Since the dawn of computing, memory has been volatile, byte-addressable, and directly accessed with user-level reads and writes, while storage has been durable, block-addressesable, and accessed via system calls. Persistent Memory (PM) can change this by allowing user-level reads and writes direct byte-addressable access to emerging non-volatile memory technologies. Nevertheless, many systems will continue to have volatile memory (DRAM) in parallel with PM for lower energy writes and perhaps faster access. Initial PM systems have been developed using […]

CCC @ AAAS 2017- The Technology of the Future

March 16th, 2017 / in CCC, research horizons, Research News, robotics / by Helen Wright

Contributions to this post were provided by Computing Community Consortium (CCC) Council members Maja Matarić and Shwetak Patel.   Recently, we have been highlighting CCC’s role at the 2017 Annual Meeting of the American Association for the Advance of Science (AAAS) and have posted blogs about Health in Your Pocket: Diagnosing and Treating Disease with Smartphones and What Happens When Everyday Objects Become Internet Devices: A Science Policy Agenda. The focus of this post is on the Technology of the Future flash talks that CCC Council members Maja Matarić and Shwetak Patel presented. In Matarić’s Socially Assistive Robotics: Creating Robots That (Provide) Care talk, she described work in the new field of socially assistive robotics, […]