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 @ 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, […]

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Computer Science Tries to Predict March Madness

March 16th, 2017 / in Uncategorized / by Khari Douglas

Need some last minute help with your bracket before March Madness tips off? Check out the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s (UIUC) Bracketodds, which uses probability theory and statistics to predict and analyze the success of teams in the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament based on seeding. The website was created in 2011 as an educational project with undergraduate computer science students at UIUC and is intended to be used as “a tool to evaluate and compare various seed combinations in later rounds of your bracket and to assess your bracket odds” as the model does not have the accuracy to give probabilities for games before the Sweet Sixteen. If you’re […]

NY Times Article: It’s Possible to Hack a Phone With Sound Waves, Researchers Show

March 14th, 2017 / in Announcements, CCC, research horizons, Research News / by Helen Wright

The New York Times recently released an article called It’s Possible to Hack a Phone With Sound Waves, Researchers Show, which highlights CCC Council Member Kevin Fu’s work on embedded computer systems. Kevin and his team at the University of Michigan and collaborators at the University of South Carolina have found a vulnerability that allows them to take control of devices through the tiny accelerometers that are standard components in consumer products like smartphones, fitness monitors and even automobiles. Accelerometers, which measure acceleration, are used for navigating, determining the orientation of a tablet computer, and measuring distance traveled in devices such as Fitbits. The research team used precisely tuned acoustic […]

Great Innovative Idea- Scaling Maps To Zettabytes and Beyond

March 9th, 2017 / in Announcements, CCC, Great Innovative Idea / by Helen Wright

The following Great Innovative Idea is from Mohamed Sarwat, Assistant Professor in Computer Science and Engineering at Arizona State University. Sarwat presented his poster, GeoExpo-Interactive and Scalable Exploration of Big GeoSpatial Data, at the CCC Symposium on Computing Research, May 9-10, 2016. The Idea GIS software packages are useful tools to make sense of spatial data. Such data includes but is not limited to: weather maps, vegetation indices, and geological maps. In addition, technology allows hundreds of millions of users to frequently use their GPS-enabled devices to access their healthcare information and bank accounts, interact with friends, buy items online, search interesting places to visit on-the-go, ask for driving directions, and […]

NSF WATCH TALK- Securing the Network Time Protocol

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

The next WATCH talk, called Securing the Network Time Protocol is Thursday, March 16th, from 11 AM-12 PM EST. The presenter is Sharon Goldberg, an associate professor in the Computer Science Department at Boston University. Her research uses tools from theory (cryptography, game-theory, algorithms), and networking (measurement, modeling, and simulation) to solve practical problems in network security. She received her Ph.D. from Princeton University in 2009, her B.A.Sc. from the University of Toronto in 2003, has worked as a researcher at IBM, Cisco, and Microsoft, as an engineer at Bell Canada and Hydro One Networks, and has served on working groups of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the Internet Engineering Task […]

Call for Proposals: Creating Visions for Computing Research

March 7th, 2017 / in Announcements, CCC, research horizons, Research News / by Helen Wright

The mission of Computing Research Association’s (CRA) Computing Community Consortium (CCC) is to catalyze the computing research community and enable the pursuit of innovative, high-impact research. CCC conducts activities that strengthen the research community, articulate compelling research visions, and align those visions with pressing national and global challenges. CCC communicates the importance of those visions to policymakers, government and industry stakeholders, the public, and the research community itself. In accordance with the mission, CCC is issuing a new call for proposals for workshops that will catalyze and enable innovative research at the frontiers of computing. From the solicitation: Successful activities will articulate new research visions, galvanize community interest in those visions, mobilize support for those visions from the […]