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 ‘robotics’ category


DARPA Broad Agency Announcement- Lifelong Learning Machines (L2M)

May 8th, 2017 / in Announcements, research horizons, Research News, robotics / by Helen Wright

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) just released a Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) on Lifelong Learning Machines (L2M) with a June 21, 2017, response date. DARPA is soliciting highly innovative research proposals for the development of fundamentally new machine learning approaches that enable systems to learn continually as they operate and apply previous knowledge to novel situations. Current artificial intelligence (AI) systems only compute with what they have been programmed or trained for in advance; they have no ability to learn from data input during execution time, and cannot adapt on-line to changes they encounter in real environments. The goal of the Lifelong Learning Machines (L2M) program is to develop substantially more […]

AI for Good: Maximizing the economic and societal benefits of AI

May 3rd, 2017 / in Announcements, research horizons, Research News, robotics / by Helen Wright

Contributions to the following blog were made by former CCC Chair Greg Hager and Tom Kalil, former Deputy Director for Technology and Innovation in the Office of Science and Technology Policy.   It is clear that Artificial Intelligence is having an impact on society and will continue to do so in the foreseeable future, in ways we cannot even imagine today. Through its AI and Robotics Task Force, the Computing Community Consortium (CCC) seeks to articulate the unique research challenges and under-recognized opportunities in AI. This includes a recent addition to the website entitled “AI for Good: Maximizing the economic and societal benefits of AI” authored by Tom Kalil, former […]

Eric Horvitz, Former CCC Council Member, is New Head of Research at Microsoft

May 2nd, 2017 / in Announcements, research horizons, Research News, robotics / by Helen Wright

It was just announced that Eric Horvitz, former Computing Community Consortium (CCC) Council member and current Co-Chair of the AI and Robotics Task Force, is the new head of Microsoft Research. Yesterday, it was announced that Jeannette Wing was leaving to lead Columbia’s Data Science Institute. Horvitz has long been a leading voice in AI safety and ethics. Recently, he announced the new Partnership on AI that consists of a consortium including Microsoft, Google, Amazon, Facebook, and IBM. The goal of the partnership is to bring industry together to talk about the use of AI for humanity’s benefit. From Quartz: Horvitz wants to fundamentally change the way humans interact with machines, whether that’s building a new way […]

Robotics Researcher Named ACM 2017-2018 Athena Lecturer

April 26th, 2017 / in Announcements, awards, Research News, robotics / by Helen Wright

The Noah Harding Professor of Computer Science and Professor of Bioengineering at Rice University, Lydia E. Kavraki, has been named the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) 2017-2018 Athena Lecturer. Each year, the Athena Lecturer award celebrates women researchers who have made fundamental contributions to computer science. Kavraki has been cited for the invention of randomized motion-planning algorithms in robotics and the development of robotics-inspired methods for bioinformatics and biomedicine. From the ACM Press Release: Kavraki’s 1996 doctoral dissertation proposed the Probabilistic Roadmap Method (PRM), a technique to plan the motion of robots, which had been an enduring challenge in the field. The Probabilistic Roadmap Method was immediately hailed for its simple […]

CCC @ AAAS 2017- The Technology of the Future

March 16th, 2017 / in CCC, research horizons, Research News, robotics / by Helen Wright

Contributions to this post were provided by Computing Community Consortium (CCC) Council members Maja Matarić and Shwetak Patel.   Recently, we have been highlighting CCC’s role at the 2017 Annual Meeting of the American Association for the Advance of Science (AAAS) and have posted blogs about Health in Your Pocket: Diagnosing and Treating Disease with Smartphones and What Happens When Everyday Objects Become Internet Devices: A Science Policy Agenda. The focus of this post is on the Technology of the Future flash talks that CCC Council members Maja Matarić and Shwetak Patel presented. In Matarić’s Socially Assistive Robotics: Creating Robots That (Provide) Care talk, she described work in the new field of socially assistive robotics, […]

Tom Kalil Awarded the 2017 CRA Distinguished Service Award

March 6th, 2017 / in Announcements, CCC, CRA, Research News, robotics / by Helen Wright

Greg Hager, former Computing Community Consortium (CCC) chair and Mandell Bellmore Professor of Computer Science at The Johns Hopkins University, contributed to this post. Last week, the CRA Board of Directors announced that Tom Kalil was selected as the 2017 recipient of the CRA Distinguished Service Award for “his long history of leading national initiatives that have had a transformational impact on the computing research community and as an exemplary spokesperson, advocate, and collaborator for the computing research community.” According to Greg Hager, former CCC chair, “Tom has a unique ability to envision and articulate the impact of major science and technology initiatives and, even more importantly, to find mechanisms to bring them […]