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.

Archive for the ‘research horizons’ category


Sociotechnical Cybersecurity Call for White Papers

August 17th, 2016 / in Announcements, CCC, research horizons, Research News / by Helen Wright

The Computing Community Consortium (CCC) will be sponsoring a visioning activity on Sociotechnical Cybersecurity. As a part of this effort, the workshop organizing committee has released a call for white papers in order to both assist us in organizing the workshop and in selecting attendees. Authors of informative and well-crafted white papers may be invited to the Sociotechnical Cybersecurity workshop. Read the full call for proposals below: Sociotechnical Cybersecurity Workshop Call For White Papers We are holding two CCC-sponsored workshops, on December 12th-13th and in the first half of 2017, with the goal of developing a small set of grand challenges to set research directions for the discipline of cybersecurity, with the understanding that […]

NSF DCL: Supporting Fundamental Research in Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS)

August 10th, 2016 / in Announcements, NSF, policy, research horizons, Research News, robotics / by Helen Wright

The following is a Dear Colleague Letter from the National Science Foundation‘s Directorates for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) and Engineering (ENG), announcing their support of research that advances the positive use of Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS).  August 8, 2016 Dear Colleagues, With this Dear Colleague Letter (DCL), the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Directorates for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) and Engineering (ENG) announce their intention to support, foster, and accelerate fundamental research that advances the positive use of Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) to save lives, increase safety and efficiency, and enable more effective science and engineering research. These research investments will be made through existing […]

Whistling Past the Graveyard: What the End of Moore’s Law Means to All of Computing

August 8th, 2016 / in CRA, research horizons, Research News / by Helen Wright

The following is a guest blog post from Tom Conte of Georgia Tech. Is “Moore’s Law” ending? If so, what does this mean to all of us in the field of Computing? These questions were discussed at a July 2016 panel at Computing Research Association Conference at Snowbird that included a technologist (Paolo Gargini, Intel fellow-emeritus), three computer architects (Profs. David Brooks of Harvard, Mark D. Hill of Wisconsin-Madison, and Tom Conte of Georgia Tech), and a quantum computer scientist (Dr. Krysta Svore of Microsoft Research), organized by Conte and Margaret Martonosi of Princeton. Is “Moore’s Law” ending? The answer depends on what you think Moore’s Law means. First, if Moore’s […]

NIH Study on Big Data and Imaging Analysis Yields High-Res Brain Map

July 28th, 2016 / in Announcements, big science, research horizons, Research News / by Helen Wright

National Institutes of Health (NIH) funded researchers have more than doubled the knowledge of the functional areas of the human brain. NIH Director, Francis Collins, posted a Director’s Blog about a recent NIH funded study that was reported in the journal Nature, which brings the map of the human brain into much sharper focus. From the blog post: By combining multiple types of cutting-edge brain imaging data from more than 200 healthy young men and women, the researchers were able to subdivide the cerebral cortex, the brain’s outer layer, into 180 specific areas in each hemisphere. Remarkably, almost 100 of those areas had never before been described. This new high-resolution […]

The “Tire Tracks” Diagram Corrected and Humanized by National Academy Workshop Report

July 27th, 2016 / in Announcements, pipeline, policy, research horizons, Research News / by Helen Wright

The following blog post is by CCC Vice Chair and University of Wisconsin-Madison Professor Mark D. Hill.  I write about a recent Computer Science and Telecommunications Board (CSTB), an operating unit within the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, workshop report “Continuing Innovation in Information Technology.” This report updates famous “Tire Tracks” diagram for IT (Figure I.1, P. 5). Literally, “tire tracks” is a dense illustration of how federally-funded university research and industrial research and development (R&D) precede the emergence of large IT industries by decades. On one hand, this diagram shows “old” areas like Personal Computers that exceeded $1G annual revenue in the mid-1980s and then exceeded $10G the early 2000s. On the other hand, it […]

CCC Computing Research Symposium- Computing in the Physical World

July 21st, 2016 / in Announcements, CCC, research horizons, Research News / by Helen Wright

The following is a guest blog post by CCC council member Klara Nahrstedt from the University of Illinois at Urbana – Champaign and past CCC council member Ross Whitaker from University of Utah.  ‘Computing in the physical world’ themes are emerging rapidly within our urban and rural areas. Cyber-physical systems, Internet of Things technologies, Big Data analytics algorithms, and new computing sustainability paradigms are being discussed across government, industry, foundations, and academia. This was also the purpose of discussions during the ½ day event, called “Computing in the Physical World” at the Computing Community Consortium (CCC) Symposium on Addressing National Priorities and Societal Needs. The “Computing in the Physical World” event […]