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 Responds to New York Times Article- Society Needs Computer Science (and Math and Social Sciences) Now More Than Ever

November 28th, 2017 / in Announcements, CCC, research horizons, Research News / by Helen Wright

The following blog post was drafted by CCC Chair Beth Mynatt, CCC Exec Member Ben Zorn, and CCC Council Members Elizabeth Bradley, Sampath Kannan, and Cynthia Dwork. Beth Mynatt, CCC Chair, recently submitted the following letter to the Editor of the New York Times: In her November 14th Op-Ed, Cathy O’Neil makes the case that technology is impacting people’s lives at an accelerating pace and that computer scientists have been “asleep at the wheel” in dealing with emerging challenges. Computing research advances have had sweeping societal effects, but not without problems (e.g. racial bias in facial recognition). Careful design is critical to heading off “unintended consequences” resulting from one-sided research […]

TIME’s 25 Best Inventions of 2017

November 27th, 2017 / in Announcements, research horizons, Research News, robotics / by Helen Wright

TIME’s 25 best inventions of 2017 are a mixture of fun little gadgets like the fidget spinner, a DIY cooking companion called Tasty One Top, and delicious treats like Halo Top ice cream. What is surprising, however, is that most of the inventions from the list this year are either a product of computer science research or have been greatly influenced by it. Here are some examples: Jibo – A robot that “experiences the world and reacts with expressive movements and responses.” While that technology may seem merely amusing (or creepy), it could as TIME points out be fundamentally reshaping the way we interact with machines. eSight 3– A powerful pair of glasses that […]

DataScience@NIH Updates

November 21st, 2017 / in Announcements / by Helen Wright

Check out the following updates from Data Science at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Important this week: Big Data Science with the BD2K-LINCS Data Coordination and Integration Center – MOOC on Coursera. November 27, 2017, 12am – 12am. Learn various methods of analysis including unsupervised clustering, gene-set enrichment analysis, interactive data visualization, and supervised machine learning with application to data from the Library of Integrated Network-based Cellular Signature (LINCS) program, and other relevant Big Data from high content molecular omics data and phenotype profiling of mammalian cells. The BD2K Guide to the Fundamentals of Data Science: Data Science Needs for Biomedical Research. Ian Foster, University of Chicago. December 1, 2017, 9am – 10am. For more information, please visit […]

Intelligent Infrastructure for our Cities and Communities

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

Contributions to this post were provided by CCC Chair Beth Mynatt, CCC Executive Council Member Daniel Lopresti, and the participants from the Intelligent Infrastructure for our Cities and Communities Panel.  Recently the Computing Community Consortium (CCC) posted an overview blog about our recent 2017 Symposium on Addressing National Priorities and Societal Needs. Over the next few weeks, we will highlight each panel session on the blog. This week we are highlighting the Intelligent Infrastructure for Our Cities and Communities Panel. The plenary speaker, Director of the National Incident Management Systems and Advanced Technologies (NIMSAT) Institute Michael Dunaway from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, presented on the Blueprint for Current […]

Great Innovative Idea- Big Graph Analytics Systems and Their Applications

November 15th, 2017 / in Announcements, CCC, Great Innovative Idea, research horizons, Research News / by Helen Wright

The following Great Innovative Idea is from Da Yan, an assistant professor in the Department of Computer and Information Sciences (CIS) at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). Yan presented his poster, Big Data Frameworks: Bridging High Performance of HPC Community with Programming Friendliness of Data Science Community, at the CCC Symposium on Computing Research, October 23-24, 2017. The Idea Existing Big Data frameworks such as Hadoop, Spark and Google’s Pregel emphasize on programming simplicity, where a distributed algorithm can be written with just a few lines of code. However, they only target data-intensive analytics, where the workloads are mainly generated by data volume, and network communication is the performance bottleneck. For compute-intensive tasks where the […]

Smart and Secure Cities and Communities Challenge Conference on Feb 6-7, 2018 in Washington, DC

November 14th, 2017 / in Announcements, Research News, resources / by Helen Wright

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate are co-hosting the 2018 kickoff conference for the GCTC – Smart and Secure Cities and Communities Challenge (SC3) on February 6-7, 2018 in Washington, DC. The GCTC-SC3 conference will be immediately followed by IES-City Framework Release Workshop on Feb 8. GCTC community members may choose to stay one more day and join the IES-City Workshop as well. The agenda of GCTC-SC3 kickoff conference will be made available in a few weeks. 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 […]