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.


NSF WATCH TALK- 35 Years of Cyberwar: The Squirrels are Winning

July 17th, 2017 / in Announcements, NSF, research horizons, Research News / by Helen Wright

The next WATCH talk, called 35 Years of Cyberwar: The Squirrels are Winning is Thursday, July 20th, from 12 PM-1 PM ET. The presenter is Cris Thomas (aka Space Rogue) from IBM. Cris has an uncanny ability to link disparate events, read between the lines and distill complex, technical information into readily understandable, accessible and actionable intelligence. He and his colleagues created the first security research think tank, L0pht Heavy Industries, and the widely popular video news show The Hacker News Network. Eager to share his wealth of knowledge on security trends, Cris has testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, and has been interviewed by media organizations […]

Microsoft Research Faculty Summit to Be Live Streamed July 17-18

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

The Microsoft Research Faculty Summit will be live streamed from Redmond, Washington on Monday, July 17 and Tuesday, July 18. This free online event offers keynotes and selected presentations from the Faculty Summit on artificial intelligence research, “The Edge of AI.” Panels on both days will cover a range of AI topics, including machine learning; human language technologies; perception and sensing; AI and society; systems, tools and platforms; Integrative intelligence; cyber-physical systems and robotics; human/AI collaboration; and decision making. Speakers will include: former Computing Community Consortium (CCC) Council member Eric Horvitz, Head of Microsoft Research Labs; Computing Research Symposium Keynote speaker Carla Gomes, Cornell University; CCC Big Data, Data Science, and Civil Rights white paper […]

DataScience@NIH Updates

July 13th, 2017 / in Announcements / by Khari Douglas

Check out the following updates from Data Science at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Data Science Opportunities: The NIH is looking for mentors for the Friday Afternoon Data Science Mentorship Program (FAM). The mentorship program was created to address the increased interest in one-on-one instruction in data science needed for biomedical research. Sign up to be a mentor: https://goo.gl/forms/DECl87E3oYsuEXcj2. Sign up to be a learner: https://goo.gl/forms/Q6kyNqNp8NCk5FPX2. For more information: https://goo.gl/forms/bRQGMTpNTRUCfe0n2 The Center for Open Science is giving away $1,000 to 1,000 researchers who pre-register their research before they publish. This opportunity is available to projects that are entering the data collection phase. Learn more here. The BD2K Training Coordinating Center has been creating and populating the […]

Computer Architecture Visioning — Why Not Emulate?

July 12th, 2017 / in Announcements, big science, CCC, policy, research horizons, Research News / by Helen Wright

The following blog was written by CCC Vice Chair Mark D. Hill, with contributions from Sarita Adve and Alvin Lebeck.  As readers of the Computing Community Consortium (CCC) blog know, CCC seeks to promote information technology research by exposing and developing synergies among researchers, research beneficiaries, and research funders. CCC does this through visioning activities, white papers, a blog, etc. CCC is pleased to see some of its efforts amplified by specific research communities, e.g., artificial intelligence. Here I highlight my own computer architecture community to encourage you to emulate this amplification in your community. Over the years, CCC has conducted a number of visioning activities related to computer architecture including 2012’s 21st Century Computer Architecture, 2016’s Arch2030: A Vision of Computer Architecture […]

Intelligent Infrastructure for Smart Agriculture

July 11th, 2017 / in Announcements, CCC, research horizons, Research News, resources / by Helen Wright

Agriculture provides approximately 1 in 10 U.S. jobs and supports food and nutrition security as well as energy independence. However, U.S. global competitiveness is at risk because of accelerated investments by many other countries in agriculture, food, energy, and resource management. A renewed private-public effort is needed to build next-generation farm-infrastructures to stay competitive, protect and grow workforce, as well as manage risks of market and environmental shocks jeopardizing food, energy, and water security. So how do we start? Recently, the Computing Community Consortium (CCC) in collaboration with the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department Heads Association (ECEDHA) released white papers describing a collective research agenda for intelligent infrastructure. We will be blogging about each paper over the […]

Science Article- ‘AI, people, and society’

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

The following is a Science Editorial from former CCC Council member and AI and Robotics Task Force Co-Chair Eric Horvitz, Head of  Microsoft Research Labs. He is also a past president of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI) and cofounded the One Hundred Year Study on AI at Stanford. In an essay about his science fiction, Isaac Asimov reflected that “it became very common…to picture robots as dangerous devices that invariably destroyed their creators.” He rejected this view and formulated the “laws of robotics,” aimed at ensuring the safety and benevolence of robotic systems. Asimov’s stories about the relationship between people and robots were only a few years old […]