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NSF CAREER Awards Given To Two CS Education Researchers

March 27th, 2015

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The following is a guest blog post by Ran Libeskind-Hadas, R. Michael Shanahan Professor and Computer Science Department Chair at Harvey Mudd College

This year, the National Science Foundation (NSF) Computer and Information Science and Engineering Directorate (CISE) CISE made its first CAREER awards for research in computer science education.  The awardees are  Kristy Boyer, Assistant Professor of Computer Science at North Carolina State University, and Ben Shapiro, Assistant Professor of Engineering Education at Tufts University.

Dr. Boyer’s work explores collaborative learning among computer science undergraduates.  Students collaborate through a system that supports text-based natural language dialog, synchronized code ending, and shared repository control.  Her research   uses techniques in machine learning to analyze the student interactions through this system and construct models that explain the aspects of collaborative learning that are most effective for students from different backgrounds, interests, and other characteristics.  Ultimately, she seeks to develop evidence-based pedagogical strategies for tailoring collaborative learning to student characteristics.

Dr. Shapiro’s work seeks to attract underrepresented youth to computer science through novel distributed computing curricula that include the design and implementation of compelling cyber-physical systems that communicate with one another.  He plans to study how youth transition from these domain-specific environments that are designed for novices into more general languages, concepts, and techniques that are taught at the university level used in industry and open-source environments.

It’s exciting to see this investment in computer science education research.  The Computing Community Consortium (CCC) is working with members of the CS education community to develop a whitepaper that describes the major intellectual challenges and a vision for the future of this field.  Stay tuned for more in the coming months!  In the meantime, you can read more about Dr. Boyer’s and Dr. Shapiro’s research at Mark Guzdial’s Computing Education Blog.


Michael Stonebraker Receives 2014 ACM Turing Award

March 25th, 2015

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The Computing Community Consortium (CCC) congratulates Michael Stonebraker from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) on receiving the 2014 ACM Turing Award for fundamental contributions to the concepts and practices underlying modern database systems.

From the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) Website:

An adjunct professor of computer science and engineering at MIT and a principal investigator at CSAIL, Stonebraker sometimes jokes that he didn’t know what he was researching for more than 30 years. “But then, out of nowhere, some marketing guys started talking about ‘big data,’” he says. “That’s when I realized that I’d been studying this thing for the better part of my academic life.”

From the Turing Award website: 

Stonebreaker is the inventor of many concepts that were crucial to making databases a reality and that are used in almost all modern database systems. His work on INGRES introduced the notion of query modification, used for integrity constraints and views. His later work on Postgres introduced the object-relational model, effectively merging databases with abstract data types while keeping the database separate from the programming language.

The A.M. Turing Award, the ACM’s most prestigious technical award, is given for major contributions of lasting importance to computing. Recipients are invited to give the annual A.M. Turing Award Lecture. This year marks the first time that the Turing Award comes with a Google-funded $1 million prize.

See the full press release here.

Nominate Your Students for the Paul Baran Young Scholar Awards!

March 13th, 2015

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Please help the Marconi Society identify outstanding Young Scholars.

The Marconi Society was established in 1974 to honor Guglielmo Marconi, the Nobel laureate who invented radio (wireless telegraphy). Each year the Society gives out the Marconi Prize to a living scientist or scientists whose contributions in the field of information and communications science have benefited. They also recognize young scientists and engineers who have the potential to make game-changing contributions in the field of communications and the Internet through the Paul Baran Young Scholar Awards.

The Society is now seeking nominations for the 2015 Paul Baran Young Scholar Awards, which will be presented in London on Oct. 20th at the Royal Society. Young Scholars receive a $4000 cash prize plus $1000 in expenses to attend the event. This is an opportunity for them to gain well-deserved recognition, meet, and network with some of the industry’s best-known scientists and engineers.

If you know a student who has demonstrated outstanding research capability, entrepreneurial spirit and technical vision, nominate them for this year’s award. Complete nomination instructions and the online application are accessible through this link. The deadline is June 30, 2015. 

2015 NSF Early-Career Investigators Workshop on Cyber-Physical Systems in Smart Cities

February 18th, 2015

U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF).The 2015 NSF Early-Career Investigators Workshop on Cyber-Physical Systems in Smart Cities will be held in Seattle, WA on April 13-17, 2015. This year’s workshop is implemented in conjunction with the IEEE/ACM CPS Week 2015 – the idea is that participants of the 2015 ECI-CPS workshop will also be able to attend CPS Week 2015.

The purpose of the early-career workshop is to identify, develop, and strengthen the CPS research community, particularly in the emerging area of Smart Cities. Participation in this workshop is thus prioritized for early-career researchers (i.e., senior Ph.D. candidates, postdoctoral fellows, research scientists, and assistant professors).

Participation and contribution is encouraged from all research disciplines, including computer and information science, engineering, social, behavioral and economic sciences, and beyond. International contributions -especially case-study reports of Smart City implementations- are also welcomed.

Invited attendees (selected based on position paper submission) from outside the Seattle area will be provided with a stipend of $1,500 to subsidize expenses. Support may be available for international participants based on their contributions to the workshop content (evaluated by the workshop program committee).

Some important dates/deadlines include:

27 February 2015: Submission of position paper

6 March 2015: Notification of invitation

10 March 2015: Workshop and CPS Week registration

1317 April 2015: Workshop days

Complete information on this event can be found here.


30 Under 30: Young Scientists Who Are Changing The World

February 11th, 2015


The Forbes 30 Under 30, is a tally of the brightest stars in 20 different fields under the age of 30. What these young men and women have accomplished in their lifetime is astonishing.

Now is the time to be young and ambitious!

Here are just a few examples:

Sophie Milam, 26, Chief Engineer at HI-SEAS, designs control systems for so-called tensegrity robots (held together by tension).


Elizabeth Beattie, 24, a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Pennsylvania School of Engineering and Applied Science, designed the Titan Arm, an exoskeleton that gives the wearer an extra forty pounds of bicep strength.


John Mittermeier, 29, a Ph.D. candidate at Oxford University, is applying big data analytics to conserving endangered species.

Three of the 20 fields include Science, Enterprise Technology, and Consumer Technology.

To see the full list of 30 Under 30 in all 20 fields, click here.


NAE Elects CCC Council Member Daniela Rus!

February 6th, 2015

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The National Academy of Engineering (NAE) has elected 67 new members and 12 foreign members. Computing Community Consortium (CCC) council member Daniela Rus is one of the newly elected members. Daniela is a Professor of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science (EECS) and Director of the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Hari Balakrishnan, the Fujitsu Chair Professor in the EECS Department at MIT was also elected.

From the NAE press release:

Election to the National Academy of Engineering is among the highest professional distinctions accorded to an engineer. Academy membership honors those who have made outstanding contributions to “engineering research, practice, or education, including, where appropriate, significant contributions to the engineering literature,” and to the “pioneering of new and developing fields of technology, making major advancements in traditional fields of engineering, or developing/implementing innovative approaches to engineering education.”

Please see the NAE press release for the full list of newly elected members.

Congratulations, Daniela!