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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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, […]

Nominations Sought for New CCC Council Members

January 4th, 2018 / in Announcements, CCC / by Helen Wright

The Computing Community Consortium (CCC) is charged with catalyzing and empowering the U.S. computing research community to articulate and advance major research directions for the field. To do so, the CCC needs truly visionary leaders — people with great ideas, sound judgment, and the willingness to work hard to see things to completion. Please help the computing community by nominating such people for the Council. Established in 2006 through a cooperative agreement between the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Computing Research Association (CRA) — representing over 220 North American academic departments, industrial research labs, and professional societies with computing research interests, the CCC provides a voice for the national computing research community, and facilitates the […]

Great Innovative Idea- Personalized Preference-based Service Selection and Recommendation

January 2nd, 2018 / in CCC, Great Innovative Idea / by Helen Wright

The following Great Innovative Idea is from Kenneth K. Fletcher, an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at the University of Massachusetts Boston. Fletcher presented his poster, A Method for Dealing with Data Sparsity and Cold-Start Limitations in Service Recommendation Using Personalized Preferences, at the CCC Symposium on Computing Research, October 23-24, 2017. The Idea The idea is to develop and improve on methods and algorithms that incorporate users’ preferences for service selection and recommendation. With the growing number of services (cloud, web, airline, etc) on the Internet having similar functionalities, it is now more challenging to select or recommend the best service(s) that meet(s) users’ needs. Rather than selecting or recommending services based only […]

Blue Sky Ideas Conference Track held at International Symposium on Robotics Research (ISRR) 2017

December 20th, 2017 / in Announcements, CCC, Research News / by Helen Wright

Contributions to the following blog were made by former CCC Chair Gregory Hager. The Computing Community Consortium (CCC) recently sponsored a Blue Sky Ideas Conference Track at the International Symposium on Robotics Research (ISRR) in Puerto Varas, Chile on December 11-14, 2017. The purpose was to encourage papers submissions that describe visionary ideas, long term challenges, and opportunities in research that are outside of the current mainstream topics of the field and which will provoke discussion or debate. The 15 submissions reflected the breadth of areas and interests in robotics. Organized into three sessions, the papers ranged from the basics of materials and control for new robot designs, to ideas […]

Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau Seeks Comment On Response Efforts Undertaken During 2017 Hurricane Season

December 19th, 2017 / in Announcements, CCC / by Helen Wright

The following is a public notice from the Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau, who are seeking comments on the 2017 hurricane season response efforts.  DA 17-1180 Released December 7, 2017 PUBLIC SAFETY AND HOMELAND SECURITY BUREAU SEEKS COMMENT ON RESPONSE EFFORTS UNDERTAKEN DURING 2017 HURRICANE SEASON PS Docket No. 17-344 Comments Due: January 22, 2018 Reply Comments Due: February 21, 2018 Introduction The Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau (PSHSB or Bureau) of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC or Commission) seeks comment on the resiliency of the communications infrastructure, the effectiveness of emergency communications, and government and industry responses to the 2017 hurricane season. Of particular note, the 2017 season […]

NSF DCL RAISE on Enabling Quantum Leap: Transformational Advances in Quantum Systems

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

The following is a  National Science Foundation (NSF) multi-directorate Dear Colleague Letter (DCL) on Quantum Leap and Convergent Research, which are two of the 10 NSF Big Ideas for Future Investment. December 14, 2017 Dear Colleagues: In 2016, the National Science Foundation (NSF) identified 10 Big Ideas for Future Investment. The opportunity described in this Dear Colleague Letter (DCL) overlaps with two of those Big Ideas: Quantum Leap, which is a multi-pronged effort to advance fundamental understanding of quantum phenomena, materials, communications, and systems, and Convergent Research, which fosters the merging of ideas and approaches from widely diverse fields. This DCL aims to encourage researchers to submit interdisciplinary research projects that must include […]