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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Stanford AI Course Goes Online

August 16th, 2011 / in Uncategorized / by Ran Libeskind-Hadas

Today’s New York Times reports on a Stanford AI course that will be available online and has already attracted nearly 60,000 students.

“Rescue Robots Don’t Replace People or Dogs, but People and Dogs Can’t do it All by Themselves”

May 31st, 2011 / in Uncategorized / by Ran Libeskind-Hadas

I’ve been interacting with the international press quite a bit with the spate of disasters in Japan and here in the US. I’m thrilled with the “where are the robots?” questions for a couple of reasons. First, there’s the Sally Fields effect- they like robots! Finally, I was getting tired of hearing about the Terminator and robot uprisings. Second, I get to point that out that there is a set of land, sea, and marine vehicles sufficiently hardened to be of use- while putting in a pitch for the government to fund acquisition. (But no worries, these robots are the first generation and need lots of improvements and fundamental research […]

Robots and Disasters: The Last 10 Years, The Next 2 Years

April 11th, 2011 / in policy, research horizons / by Ran Libeskind-Hadas

I’ve just returned from Japan advising the “Mt. Fuji” team on UAVs for the Fukushima nuclear situation and I’ll be going back next week with a team of experts and robots to assist several prefectures with tsunami damage inspection and the grim task of underwater victim recovery.  (Read more about this in The New York Times.)  This will be the Center for Robot-Assisted Search and Rescue’s (CRASAR) twelfth response since the first use of rescue robots at the 9/11 World Trade Center collapse just short of a decade ago. What has changed in rescue robotics in the last 10 years?  The robots, of course!  Rescue robots originally meant small ground vehicles […]

Postdocs in Computing

February 12th, 2011 / in pipeline / by Ran Libeskind-Hadas

The CRA website has an interesting white paper on the role of postdocs in computer science.  The paper is relatively short and very readable.  Right under the white paper is an area for readers to post their thoughts and reactions.  The authors of the white paper plan to write a follow-on report that synthesizes the views of the computing community, so please share your thoughts by March 15.

Computer Scientist Maja Mataric Receives Presidential Mentoring Award

February 10th, 2011 / in awards / by Ran Libeskind-Hadas

Professor Maja J. Matarić, a computer scientist at USC’s Viterbi School of Engineering, has been awarded the the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM). Professor Mataric was recognized for her outstanding efforts in mentoring at all levels — K-12 students, students at USC, and young faculty colleagues. It is exciting to see mentoring acknowledged and rewarded at this level! Congratulations Maja! Read the White House announcement here.

Computer Scientist Dawn Song wins Macarthur “Genius” Grant

September 28th, 2010 / in awards / by Ran Libeskind-Hadas

Dr. Dawn Xiadong Song, Associate Professor of Computer Science at U.C. Berkeley, is one of 23 recipients of the 2010 Macarthur Grants awarded by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.  An article on this year’s grants recipients appeared in today’s New York Times.