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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Addressing Privacy Issues at Davos

February 12th, 2015 / in policy, research horizons, Research News, workshop reports / by Shar Steed

Recently, the world’s top leaders and thinkers gathered for the World Economic Forum’s annual conference in Davos, Switzerland. In addition to the great variety of world issues discussed, there were a few discussions on how technology is impacting the economy, laws, and society. Margo Seltzer, a CRA Board Member, traveled to Switzerland for the conference and participated in a panel discussion, “New Cyber World Order,” organized by Harvard University. Since then, the discussion has attracted a lot of attention. While articles in  Digital Journal  and Daily Mail led with the dramatic headline, “Privacy is dead,” Seltzer emphasized to me that the main points conveyed during the session were more practical. Today we share an […]

Tech Trends for 2015: In the Know

January 22nd, 2015 / in research horizons, Research News, resources / by Shar Steed

A few weeks ago, The Wall Street Journal posted the article, “The Tech That Will Change Your Life in 2015: Gadgets and Ideas With the Best Chance of Making an Impact … and What You Can Do to Prepare for Them.” It offered predictions on cutting edge tech trends for the new year. Here are some of the highlights: Windows 10: Scheduled for release in the fall “The beloved Start menu is resurrected and modernized, and multiple virtual desktops will improve multitasking.…you may want to wait for the great assortment of new Windows 10 PCs that will appear in late 2015.” Apple Watch: Debuting in the coming months “It will undoubtedly […]

Highlights from the New Class of TED Fellows

January 13th, 2015 / in awards, research horizons, Research News / by Shar Steed

The new class of Fellows for TED2015 has recently been released, and among the 21 “game-changing thinkers” are Laura Boykin, a biologist and Jonathan Home, a physicist. We’ve chosen to highlight them here because even though they have very different backgrounds and goals, both use advanced computing techniques to transform the world.   Laura is a biologist who uses genomics and supercomputing to tackle food security in sub-Saharan Africa. She’s especially interested in figuring out what to do about whiteflies, which are devastating local cassava crops, a staple food in many countries.       Jonathan is a physicist working to build a quantum computer, attempting to achieve high-precision control of […]

New Look for CRA Unveiled at the 2014 CRA Conference at Snowbird

July 29th, 2014 / in Announcements, CCC, CRA / by Shar Steed

We are proud to announce the launch of a new brand for CRA and its committees. As the impact of CRA’s activities are becoming more widely recognized and valued across our industry, we decided to develop a new brand identity that reinforces and amplifies our mission, objectives and programs.  Our new brand is part of our larger effort to create a comprehensive communications strategy for CRA and its many activities. After updating our mission statement, last fall we began developing a brand that positions CRA as dynamic and collaborative, while preserving the unique identities of CRA’s distinct committees. The new CRA symbol is designed to represent great minds coming together. […]

CCC Sponsors Blue Sky Ideas Track at AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence 

June 12th, 2014 / in Uncategorized / by Shar Steed

The Computing Community Consortium (CCC) is sponsoring another track in its Blue Sky Ideas Conference Track series at the AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence on January 25-29, 2015 in Austin, Texas.The “Senior Member Presentation Track” provides an opportunity for established researchers in the AI community to give a broad talk on a well-developed body of research, an important new research area, or a promising new topic. These presentations should provide a “big picture” view, in contrast to regular papers, which may focus on a specific contribution. There are two subtracks for submissions of talk proposals for the Senior Member Presentation Track: Summary talks: broad talks on a well-developed body of research or an important […]

Computing Community Consortium Announces New Council Members and Executive Committee

June 11th, 2014 / in CCC / by Shar Steed

The Computing Research Association (CRA), in consultation with the National Science Foundation (NSF), has appointed six new members to the Computing Community Consortium (CCC) Council: Lorenzo Alvisi, University of Texas at Austin Vasant Honavar, Pennsylvania State University Jennifer Rexford, Princeton University Debra Richardson, University of California—Irvine Klara Nahrstedt, University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign Ben Zorn, Microsoft Research Beginning July 1, the new members will each serve three-year terms, and a new executive committee will be formed. Gregory Hager, Johns Hopkins University, will become Chair; Elizabeth Mynatt, Georgia Tech, will become Vice Chair; and Susan Graham, University of California, Berkeley, will become Chair Emeritus. The new executive committee includes the Chair […]