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


White House Roundtable on Cybersecurity of Hospitals and Medical Devices

February 3rd, 2016 / in research horizons, Research News / by Helen Wright

The following is a guest post from CCC Council Member Kevin Fu, the Associate Professor of EECS at the University of Michigan and Chief Scientist of Virta Labs, Inc. Last month, the White House quietly convened a group of medical device security stakeholders and domain experts to discuss the cybersecurity challenges faced by healthcare delivery organizations and medical device manufacturers. There were actually multiple meetings. Here I summarize just one that I attended in my role as a professor leading the Archimedes Center for Medical Device Security at the University of Michigan, and in my role as a member of the Computing Research Association’s Computing Community Consortium (CCC) Council. Convened by the […]

President Obama Announces a Historic Computer Science For All Initiative!

February 1st, 2016 / in Announcements, CS education, NSF, research horizons, Research News / by Helen Wright

This weekend the president unveiled a historic plan which will revolutionize the way students are taught in schools, by giving them a chance to learn computer science (CS). With the shifting economy, policy makers, business leaders, and educators are finally recognizing that CS is a basic skill necessary for economic opportunity and social mobility. This is a change that our community has recognized for many years. As we noted a few weeks ago with the release of our Computing Education Whitepaper, President Obama said in his final State of the Union Address, that “helping students learn to write computer code” was among his goals for the year ahead. A growing […]

NSF Data Science Seminar- Computational Thinking, Inferential Thinking and Data Science

January 27th, 2016 / in Announcements, NSF, research horizons / by Helen Wright

The AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellows at the National Science Foundation (NSF) have organized another talk in their Data Science Seminar Series from Michael I. Jordan on Computational Thinking, Inferential Thinking and Data Science. The talk will be on Thursday, January 28 from 11:00-12:00PM at NSF Stafford I, Room 110.  Michael I. Jordan is the Pehong Chen Distinguished Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and the Department of Statistics at the University of California, Berkeley. His research interests bridge the computational, statistical, cognitive and biological sciences, and have focused in recent years on Bayesian nonparametric analysis, probabilistic graphical models, spectral methods, kernel machines and applications to problems in […]

Forecasting the East Coast Storm

January 26th, 2016 / in policy, research horizons, Research News / by Helen Wright

Well, that was a whopper! The Washington, DC area received its first blizzard in many years this past weekend. For a city that normally only receives 15.4 inches of snow spread out over an entire season, the two plus feet of snow has been overwhelming for the city. DC is not equipped to handle this amount of snow. But, we were warned. And, for the most part, the weather forecasters were right on target. All thanks to amazing computer models that predicted the storms path and total accumulation with stellar accuracy 8 days before the storm hit the region. This was highlighted by the Washington Post: This forecast success would […]

Feb. 3 deadline for Blue Waters Graduate Fellowships

January 25th, 2016 / in Announcements, research horizons, Research News / by Helen Wright

The Blue Waters Graduate Fellowship Program lets graduate students from across the country immerse themselves in a year of focused high-performance computing (HPC) and data-intensive research using the Blue Waters supercomputer to accelerate their research. This unique program, funded by the National Science Foundation, is designed to support PhD students engaged in a program of study and research that is directly relevant to the use of Blue Waters as the fellowship provides up to 50,000 node-hours on the Blue Waters system. Blue Waters is a truly extraordinary supercomputer used by researchers across the country to gain new understanding of how viruses attack our bodies, the formation of galaxies and of […]

Global City Teams Challenge Tech Jam and Updates

January 14th, 2016 / in Announcements, NSF, research horizons, Research News / by Helen Wright

The Global City Teams Challenge (GCTC) will host its annual “Tech Jam” event in March 2016. Information about the dates and location of the event will be announced soon. Department of Transportation (DoT) Smart City Challenge The US Department of Transportation has announced a Smart City Challenge for city leaders across America to integrate emerging technology into their transportation networks and define what it means to be a smart city when it comes to transportation. The city that develops the most innovative plan to harness technology and data to reimagine how people move will receive up to $40 million to implement it. Interested cities should act fast – initial proposals are […]