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.

CCC Council Member Kathy Yelick Elected to the National Academy of Engineering

February 10th, 2017 / in Announcements, CCC, research horizons, Research News / by Helen Wright

This week the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) announced that they had elected 84 new members and 22 new foreign members. This brings the total U.S. membership to 2,281 and the number of foreign members to 249. As noted in the CRA Bulletin earlier this week, a number of computer scientists were elected including CCC Council member Katherine (Kathy) Yelick, a Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences at UC Berkeley and the Associate Laboratory Director (ALD) for Computing Sciences at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Kathy has been a vibrant and influential member of the CCC Council since she joined in July 2015. She is on the Convergence of Data and Computing Task Force, […]

CCC White Paper- Advances in Artificial Intelligence Require Progress Across all of Computer Science

February 9th, 2017 / in Announcements, CCC, research horizons, Research News, robotics / by Helen Wright

The following is a guest blog post by CCC AI and Robotics Task Force Co-Chair Greg Hager from Johns Hopkins University.  Artificial intelligence (AI) has emerged into the public view as an important frontier of technological innovation with potential influences in many realms. Many recent symposia and workshops including AI for Social Good, Computing Research: Addressing National Priorities and Societal Needs, and Discovery and Innovation in Smart and Pervasive Health have highlighted both the progress and opportunities for AI and its potential to contribute to new products, services, and experiences. However, we should not lose sight of the fact that fielding real-world systems that realize these innovations will also drive significant advances […]

NSF WATCH Talk- Industry Leaders and Academic Privacy Researchers: Adversaries or Partners?

February 9th, 2017 / in NSF, research horizons, Research News / by Helen Wright

The next WATCH talk, called Industry Leaders and Academic Privacy Researchers: Adversaries or Partners? is Thursday, February 16th, from Noon-1pm EST. The presenter is Jules Polonetsky, CEO of the Future of Privacy Forum (FPF), which is a Washington, D.C. based think tank that seeks to advance responsible data practices. FPF is supported by the chief privacy officers of more than 110 leading companies, several foundations, as well as by an advisory board comprised of the country’s leading academics and advocates. FPF’s current projects focus on Big Data, Mobile, Location, Apps, the Internet of Things, Wearables, De-Identification, Connected Cars and Student Privacy. Jules previous roles have included serving as Chief Privacy Officer at AOL […]

NSF CISE Distinguished Lecture- Emerging Role of Mobile Phones in Health

February 8th, 2017 / in Announcements, CCC, NSF, Research News / by Helen Wright

The National Science Foundation (NSF) Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) is pleased to announce a distinguished lecture on Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at 2:00PM EST by Computing Community Consoritum (CCC) Council Member Shwetak Patel titled Emerging Role of Mobile Phones in Health.  Shwetak Patel is the Washington Research Foundation Endowed Professor in Computer Science & Engineering and Electrical Engineering at the University of Washington, where he directs the Ubicomp Lab. His research is in the areas of Human-Computer Interaction, Ubiquitous Computing, and Sensor-Enabled Embedded Systems, with a particular emphasis on the application of computing to health and sustainability. He received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Georgia Tech in 2008. […]

NSF Dear Colleague Letter: Request for Input on Federal Datasets with Potential to Advance Data Science

February 7th, 2017 / in Announcements, NSF / by Helen Wright

National Science Foundation (NSF) Assistant Director for the Directorate of Computer & Information Science & Engineering (CISE) James Kurose has issued the following letter to the community to request input on federal datasets with potential to advance data science.  Dear Colleague: Through this Dear Colleague Letter (DCL), the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) requests input on possible datasets held by federal departments, agencies, and offices that would be useful in furthering research in data science, including machine learning. Over the past few years, Project Open Data ( has sought to identify and share best practices, examples, and software code to assist federal agencies with […]

Research Implications of the Report from the President’s Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity

February 6th, 2017 / in CCC, research horizons, Research News / by Helen Wright

The following is a blog post from CCC Executive Council Member Ben Zorn from Microsoft Research.  On December 1, 2016, the President’s Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity released its comprehensive report containing 53 recommendations that address cybersecurity challenges, in Obama’s words, “… one of the greatest threats we face as a nation.” Over the course of last year, the Commission held numerous public hearings on the topic, which are available in their entirety here. While the report covers many operational challenges that can and should be addressed without the need for new cybersecurity research, there are many challenges discussed in the report that cannot be addressed with existing approaches. Continuing and expanding research in […]