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


CCC Council Member Kevin Fu Comments on FDA’s Postmarket Cybersecurity Guidance

April 26th, 2016 / in Announcements, CCC, research horizons, Research News / by Helen Wright

Contributions to this post were made by Computing Community Consortium (CCC) Council Member Kevin Fu, Associate Professor at the University of Michigan. Kevin also co-founded Virta Labs, a healthcare cybersecurity company. A growing number of medical devices are designed to be networked to facilitate patient care. However, as we have seen, networked medical devices and hospital records incorporate software that make them vulnerable to cybersecurity threats. Proactively addressing cybersecurity risks in hospitals reduces the patient safety impact and the overall risk to public health. On January 22, 2016, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a draft document to inform industry and FDA staff on recommendations for managing postmarket cybersecurity vulnerabilities for marketed medical devices. This document clarifies […]

Great Innovative Idea- Embedding Ethical Principles in Collective Decision Support Systems

April 6th, 2016 / in CCC, Great Innovative Idea, research horizons / by Helen Wright

The following Great Innovative Idea is from Francesca Rossi from the University of Padova. Rossi and her colleagues Joshua Greene (Harvard University), John Tasioulas (King’s College London), Kristen Brent Venable (Tulane University), and Brian Williams (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) published a paper called Embedding Ethical Principles in Collective Decision Support Systems which was one of the winners at the Computing Community Consortium (CCC) sponsored Blue Sky Ideas Track Competition at the 30th Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI) Conference on Artificial Intelligence (AAAI-16), February 12-17, 2016 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Innovative Idea We intend to model both ethical principles and safety constraints in (collective) decision making systems. We believe that current AI frameworks to model and reason with preferences, as well as risk-bound reasoning […]

International Conference on Software Engineering 2016

April 1st, 2016 / in Announcements, research horizons, Research News / by Helen Wright

The 38th International Conference on Software Engineering 2016 (ICSE) — the premier conference in software engineering sponsored by ACM and IEEE CS — is coming to Austin, Texas for a second time in May 14 – 22, 2016. There, the top minds in software engineering research and practice will convene for a week of inspirational talks, demos and conversation. A quarter-century after the Texas state capital first hosted ICSE, Austin has become a hub for technology, entrepreneurship, music, outdoor recreation and nightlife.  Please mark your calendars and register for the conference here, the early registration deadline is Monday, April 04, 2016! An overview of the ICSE 2016 week is available here. Keynotes Speakers  Mary Shaw (Carnegie Mellon University, USA) Stephen Ibaraki (IFIP Global Industry […]

Where The Jobs Are – 2016 Edition

March 31st, 2016 / in CCC, research horizons, Research News / by Helen Wright

The following is a guest blog post from Ed Lazowska, Bill & Melinda Gates Chair in Computer Science & Engineering at the University of Washington and Founding Chair of the Computing Community Consortium (2007-2013).  The 2016 U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) job projections have recently been released, covering the decade 2014-2024. As in all recent BLS projections, computing occupations dominate STEM: computing occupations are projected to account for 73% of all newly-created STEM jobs during the decade (488,500 jobs), and 55% of all available STEM jobs, whether newly-created or available due to retirements (1,083,800 jobs over the decade). Of course, there are asterisks associated with any projection. And there are double asterisks associated […]

Computer Future Beyond Technology Scaling

March 29th, 2016 / in research horizons, Research News / by Helen Wright

The following is a special contribution to this blog by CCC Executive Council Member Mark D. Hill of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. A key driver behind the amazing progress in computer performance and computer cost-performance has been Moore’s Law (doubling transistors per chip every two years) and Dennard Scaling (doing so at roughly constant power). Many have been warning that there are challenges with both and that new action is need to use transistors more efficiently. See for example the National Academies 2011 report “The Future of Computing Performance: Game Over or Next Level?” and the Computer Community Consortium 2012 white paper “21st Century Computer Architecture”. Intel has long been a contrarian […]

Affordable Technology to Mitigate Hearing Loss

March 24th, 2016 / in CCC, research horizons, Research News / by Helen Wright

Contributions to this post were made by Elizabeth Mynatt, CCC Vice Chair and Executive Director of the Institute for People and Technology at Georgia Tech. Dr. Mynatt was a member of the President’s Council of Advisors for Science and Technology (PCAST) working group on aging and technology and led the Computing Community Consortium’s (CCC) Aging in Place workshop. Recently, the New York Times published an article on A Push for Less Expensive Hearing Aids. The article highlighted the findings in a recent PCAST report on aging and technology. The report stated that almost two-thirds of Americans over the age of 70 have some kind of hearing loss, however many of them […]