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 News’ category


Microsoft Research Podcast on Quantum Computing

January 18th, 2018 / in Announcements, CCC, research horizons, Research News / by Helen Wright

The terms superposition, entanglement, and interference might sound like they are from a superhero movie, but they are in fact very important terms in the field of quantum computing. Quantum computing is very different from classical digital on/off computing, which you might be more familiar with. It relies on the principles of quantum mechanics to compute and uses these terms to store information in a quantum state. Recently, the Microsoft Research Podcast interviewed Microsoft Principal Research Manager, Dr. Krysta Svore about her field of quantum computing. In the podcast, Svore talks about how quantum computing can do so much more than digital computing. With quantum algorithms we can “solve real […]

Nominations Sought for New CCC Council Members

January 16th, 2018 / in Announcements, CCC, Research News / by Helen Wright

The Computing Community Consortium (CCC) is charged with catalyzing and empowering the U.S. computing research community to articulate and advance major research directions for the field. To do so, the CCC needs truly visionary leaders — people with great ideas, sound judgment, and the willingness to work hard to see things to completion. Please help the computing community by nominating such people for the Council. Established in 2006 through a cooperative agreement between the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Computing Research Association (CRA) — representing over 220 North American academic departments, industrial research labs, and professional societies with computing research interests, the CCC provides a voice for the national computing research community, and facilitates the […]

Data, Algorithms, and Fairness Panel

January 11th, 2018 / in Announcements, research horizons, Research News, resources / by Helen Wright

Contributions to this post were provided by CCC Council member Nadya Bliss, Solon Barocas, Nick Diakopoulos, and Kelly Jin. Every few weeks we have been highlighting different panels from the Computing Community Consortium (CCC) Symposium on Computing Research: Addressing National Priorities and Societal Needs. This week we are looking at the Data, Algorithms, and Fairness panel. This panel looked at how data-driven and algorithmic decision-making increasingly determines how businesses target advertisements to consumers, how police departments monitor individuals or groups, how banks decide who gets a loan and who does not, how employers hire, how colleges and universities make admissions and financial aid decisions, and much more. As data-driven decisions […]

Great Innovative Idea- Pragmatic-Pedagogic Value Alignment

January 10th, 2018 / in Announcements, CCC, Great Innovative Idea, research horizons, Research News, robotics / by Helen Wright

The following Great Innovative Idea is from Jaime Fernandez Fisac, a Ph.D. Candidate in Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences Department at the University of California, Berkeley, in the area of Control, Intelligent Systems and Robotics. Fisac was one of the Blue Sky Award winners at the International Symposium on Robotics Research (ISRR 17) in Puerto Varas, Chile for his paper, Pragmatic-Pedagogic Value Alignment. The Idea Advances in robotics and AI are making robots increasingly capable and autonomous, but how will we ensure they understand what things they should or should not do? Our insight is that a competent robot collaborator should behave like a keen apprentice: humans are naturally skilled at social collaboration, and robots can exploit this fact to tap into […]

Global City Teams Challenge Updates

January 9th, 2018 / in Announcements, research horizons, Research News / by Helen Wright

The 2018 kickoff conference for the GCTC – Smart and Secure Cities and Communities Challenge (SC3) is February 6-7, 2018 in Washington, DC. You can see preliminary agenda and speakers list here. Event website here Free registration here The goal of kickoff conference is to encourage smart community/city and Internet of Things (IoT) stakeholders to build teams to address shared issues in various sectors such as transportation, public safety, utility, wireless, city data, agriculture & rural, and data governance/exchange. 2018 round will encourage participating teams to have an additional focus on security and privacy as the first order concern, as well as all existing GCTC goals such as replicability, scalability, and sustainability. Call for Papers: […]

NSF Distinguished Lecture: Visualizing Science and Technology

January 8th, 2018 / in Announcements, NSF, policy, research horizons, Research News / by Helen Wright

Professor Katy Börner of Indiana University will present “Visualizing Science and Technology,” part of the NSF National Strategic Computing Initiative (NSCI) lecture series on January 16, 2018, from 10:30AM to 11:30AM ET. Katy Börner is the Victor H. Yngve Distinguished Professor of Engineering and Information Science, School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering; Adjunct Professor in the Department of Statistics, College of Arts and Sciences; and Core Faculty of Cognitive Science at Indiana University, Bloomington, Ind. Abstract In the information age, high-performance computing (HPC), big data, and advanced data mining, modeling and visualization algorithms are employed to solve major health, energy, environmental, and other challenges. Well-designed data visualizations make it possible to rapidly explore, understand, […]