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35 Innovators Under the Age of 35

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Every year the MIT Technology Review publishes a list of 35 innovators under the age of 35.They recently published the list for 2017. Of the 35 innovators, 14 are working on problems related to computer science.This list includes Suchi Saria from Johns Hopkins University, who was one of the presenters at the Computing Community Consortium’s (CCC) Artificial Intelligence For Social Good workshop in June 2016. Her talk Making ‘Meaningful Use’ more meaningfulwas about her work of putting existing medical data to work to predict sepsis risk.Some of the other computer scientists include Ian Goodfellow, Google Brain, invented a way for neural networks to get better by working together; Lorenz Meier, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, created an open-source autopilot for drones; Franziska Roesner, University of Washington, is preparing for the security and privacy threats that augmented reality might bring; Olga Russakovsky, Princeton University, employed crowdsourcing to vastly improve …

DataScience@NIH Updates

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Check out the following updates from Data Science at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).Data Science Opportunities:Big Data Neuroscience Workshop 2017 Organized by the Advanced Neuroscience Network (ACNN)September 8 – 9, 2017 in Bloomington, IN.Register or learn more about the workshop here.BD2K Training Coordinating Center has been creating the Educational Resource Discovery Index (ERuDIte)Database of 10,000+ data science educational resources from collective BD2K activities and from around the web.Learn more here. Find the ERuDite search box at the top of the page to access the database.To contribute your feedback, contact John Van Horn at: jvanhorn@usc.edu.Data Science Events:Registration is open for the California Big Data to Knowledge WorkshopSeptember 15, 2017 in Huntington Beach, CA. Register or learn more about the workshop here.Data Science Rotation for Advancing Discovery Trip (RoAD-Trip)The BD2K Training Coordinating Center (TCC) has developed the Data Science Rotation…

Global City Teams Challenge Expo 2017

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The 2017 Global City Teams Challenge (GCTC) Expo on August 28-29 in Washington, DC will bring together over 100 cities and communities around the world in partnership with more than 300 companies, universities, non-profits, and federal government agencies to share and exhibit their smart city projects and the impacts to their communities.See the agenda here.There will be over 200 speakers at the Expo, including the industry speakers below:Wilfred Pinfold, CEO, Urban Systems
Ken Thompson, Deputy Director, Intelligent Water Solutions, CH2M
Steve Wimsatt, Senior Director, Strategic Alliances, Ruckus Wireless
Jennifer Robinson, Director of Local Government Solutions, SAS
Derick Lee, Founder and Chief Architect, PilotCity
Scott Pomeroy, President, Scalable StrategiesRegistration is free. To register for the event, please visit this website or email GCTCExpo@energetics.com. Please RSVP with the name, title, affiliation, and email address for all registrants.For general questions regarding t…

NSF Data Corps

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Contributions to this post were provided by Joanna Chan, the Big Data AAAS Fellow in the National Science Foundation’s Directorate for Computer & Information Science & Engineering (CISE).The National Science Foundation (NSF) has launched a new idea called Data Corps, which is envisioned as an effort to help unleash the power of data at the local, state, national, and international levels in the service of science and society by providing practical experiences, teaching new skills, and offering teaching opportunities in data science to U.S. data scientists and data science students.The mission of the Data Corps is to:Enable U.S. data scientists and data science students to obtain practical experience with data intensive applications;Promote a better understanding of the power of data, and the role that data can play in addressing issues at the local, regional, national, and international levels;Teach data literacy and provide basic training in data science to the existing workf…

How do we forge a new frontier in advanced computing?

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How do we forge a new frontier in advanced computing? With Stampede 2! Recently, the National Science Foundation funded a new super computer called Stampede 2, which will advance the nation’s science and engineering agenda using the latest technology at an unprecedented scale.Stampede 2 is based at the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) at The University of Texas at Austin, but it will serve tens of thousands of researchers and educators across the U.S.Building on the success of the initial Stampede system, Stampede 2 is the newest strategic supercomputing resource for the nation’s research and education community. It will offer more than twice the overall memory, storage capacity, bandwidth and system performance of the initial Stampede system. Yet Stampede2 will consume only half as much power and occupy just half the physical space of its predecessor.When Stampede2 is fully operational later this fall, the system will have roughly the processing power of 100,000 desktop compute…

NSF Issues Awards to Advance a National Research Infrastructure for Neuroscience

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The National Science Foundation (NSF) has made 17 Next Generation Networks for Neuroscience (NeuroNex) awards to aid the research community as it pursues one of its grandest challenges: understanding the brain.These projects will support the development of innovative, accessible and shared capabilities and resources, as well as theoretical frameworks and computational modeling to advance neuroscience research. The overall goal of this activity is to establish a coherent national infrastructure to enhance our understanding of brain function across organizational levels and a diversity of species.NeuroNex is one element of Understanding the Brain, NSF’s multi-year effort to enable a scientific understanding of the full complexity of the brain. Nine of the new awards are for NeuroNex Neurotechnology Hubs, which will focus on the development, refinement, and dissemination of innovative neurotechnologies.Some of the award titles, principal investigators, and sponsor institutions are listed…

Advanced Cyberinfrastructure for Science, Engineering, and Public Policy

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The Computing Community Consortium (CCC) Convergence of Data and Computing Task Force responded to the National Science Foundation (NSF) Dear Colleague Letter: Request for Information on Future Needs for Advanced Cyberinfrastructure to Support Science and Engineering Research (NSF CI 2030) in April 2017. You can see their response here. Recently, the NSF released all the responses to NSF CI 2030 RFI.This response led to the CCC’s Advanced Cyberinfrastructure for Science, Engineering, and Public Policy white paper.From the white paper:Progress in many domains increasingly benefits from our ability to view the systems through a computational lens. These advances would not be possible without the advanced data and computational cyberinfrastructure and tools for data capture, integration, analysis, modeling, and simulation. However, despite, and perhaps because of advances in “big data” technologies for data acquisition, management, and analytics, the other largely manual, and labor-inten…

City-Scale Intelligent Systems and Platforms

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Roughly 12% of the global population today lives in 28 megacities, and at least 40 megacities are projected by 2030. Cost-effective management and sustainability of these growing urban areas will be one of the most critical challenges to our society, motivating the concept of science- and data-driven urban design, retrofit, and operation—that is, “Smart Cities”.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. Today, we highlight the final paper from the series called City-Scale Intelligent Systems and Platforms.A Smart City will require intelligent infrastructure that provides: 1) measurement of system performance and impact on other systems; 2) connectivity enabling data exchange and cooperative operation among intelligent objects; 3) access to data in order to support innovation in informat…

Material Robotics (MaRo) Workshop at 2017 Robotics Science and Systems (RSS)

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Contributions to this post were made byYigit MengucfromOregon State University.The Computing Community Consortium (CCC) recently sponsored a workshop at the 2017 Robotics Science and Systems Conference called Material Robotics (MaRo).The goal of the workshop was to bring together researchers in robotics and materials science to learn from each other and identify the research challenges and applications of robotic materials.The original vision of a “robot” introduced by playwright Karel Čapek in 1920 was that of an autonomous machine molded in the image of humans. Interestingly, the play begins with a discussion of the materials that make up the robots and introduces the techniques used to spin and extrude such materials into synthetic body parts. Apparently, it was intuitive to imagine robots not just in our image but also from the same kind of active squishy materials. Considering robots as closely influenced by and contributing to the study of materials can make this vision a realit…

Amazon Research Awards Call For Proposals

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The Amazon Research Awards (ARA) program has opened a call for proposals for the 2017 round of Amazon Research Awards in a number of areas, including computer vision, general AI, knowledge management and data quality, machine learning, machine translation, and natural language understanding. For the full list of topics, please see this website. The program is open to faculty members in North America and Europe and awards up to $80,000 in cash and $20,000 AWS promotional credits.Submission RequirementsProject proposals should be a maximum of 4 pages (single column, minimum 10 pt font), plus 1 page for references, plus CV. All content components (proposal, references, CV) should be composed into a single PDF file.
For additional submission requirements, please see this website.DeadlineProposal submissions are accepted until September 15, 2017.The ARA program funds projects conducted primarily by PhD students or post docs, under the supervision of the faculty member awarded the funds. To…

NSF CISE Core Program Solicitations Released

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Three divisions at the National Science Foundation (NSF) Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) have just released new solicitations for their core programs.Computing and Communication Foundation (CCF) CCF supports the following three core programs:Algorithmic Foundations (AF)Communications and Information Foundations (CIF)Software and Hardware Foundations (SHF)Proposals submitted to this solicitation must be consistent with one of two project classes defined below:Small Projects Total budgets up to $500,000 for durations of up to three yearsSubmission window- November 01, 2017 – November 15, 2017Medium Projects Total budgets up to $500,001 to $1,200,000 for durations up to four yearsSubmission window- September 20, 2017 – September 27, 2017Information and Intelligent Systems (IIS)IIS supports the following three core programs:Cyber-Human Systems (CHS)Information Integration and Informatics (III)Robust Intelligence (RI)Proposals submitted to this solic…

NSF DCL Pursuing Meaningful Actions in Support of Broadening Participation in Computing (BPC)

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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 for pursuing meaningful actions in support of Broadening Participation in Computing (BPC).Dear Colleague:

The National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) is committed to broadening the participation of underrepresented populations in computing and closely-related disciplines. Indeed, CISE supports meaningful actions that address the longstanding underrepresentation of various populations including women, minorities (African Americans/Blacks, Hispanic Americans, American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, Native Pacific Islanders, and persons from economically disadvantaged backgrounds), and persons with disabilities, in the computing field.

With this Dear Colleague Letter (DCL), CISE announces a pilot effort to enhance …

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

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The next WATCH talk, called 35 Years of Cyberwar: The Squirrels are Winningis 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 such as Wired, MSNBC and even MTV. Before joining IBM he worked at such ground breaking companies as @Stake, Guardent, Trustwave Tenable and others. Cris currently works for IBM X-Force Red where he helps clients understand their risks and how they can meet compliance an…

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

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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 author Solon Barocas, Cornell University;AI for Social Good workshop speaker Tanya Berger-Wolf, University of Illinois, and AI for Social Good report authors Milind Tambe, Universit…

DataScience@NIH Updates

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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: http://ift.tt/2uiILAZ.Sign up to be a learner: http://ift.tt/2uiP1ID.For more information: http://ift.tt/2uizitcThe 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 Educational Resource Discovery Index (ERuDite), a database of 10,000+ data science educational resources from collective BD2K activities and from around the web. To access the database, follow the link a…

Intelligent Infrastructure for Smart Agriculture

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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 next few weeks.Today, we highlight an intelligent infrastructure paper called Intelligent Infrastructure for Smart Agriculture: An Integrated Food, Energy and…

Science Article- ‘AI, people, and society’

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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 when the phrase “artificial intelligence” (AI) was used for the first time in a 1955 proposal for a study on using computers to “…solve kinds of problems now reserved for humans.” Over the half-century since that study, AI has matured into subdisciplines that have yielded a constellation of me…

Blue Sky Ideas Track at Thirty-Second AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence in February 2018

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The Thirty-Second AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence will be held in New Orleans, Louisiana on February 2-7, 2018.The purpose of the AAAI conference series is to promote research in Artificial Intelligence (AI) and foster scientific exchange between researchers, practitioners, scientists, students, and engineers in AI and its affiliated disciplines. AAAI-18 will continue the tradition of previous AAAI conferences with technical paper presentations, invited speakers, workshops, tutorials, poster sessions, senior member presentations, competitions, and exhibit programs, all selected according to the highest standards. AAAI-18 will also include additional programs for students and young researchers.Important Dates for the AAAI-18 ConferenceJuly 1 – September 8, 2017: Authors register on the AAAI web siteSeptember 8, 2017: Electronic abstracts due at 11:59 PM UTC-10 (midnight Hawaii)September 11, 2017: Electronic papers due at 11:59 PM UTC-10 (midnight Hawaii)October 16–19, 2017: …

CCC Welcomes New Council Members and Leadership!

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Saturday, July 1st, was the start of a new term at CCC!The Computing Community Consortium (CCC) Chair Elizabeth Mynatt and Vice Chair Mark Hill are continuing in their respective roles for another year. The other members of the ’17-’18 CCC Executive Committee include Daniel P. Lopresti, Lehigh UniversityJennifer RexfordPrinceton University, and Ben ZornMicrosoft Research.In addition to a new Exec Committee, six new CCC Council members have joined us for the start of their three-year terms, Nadya BlissArizona State UniversityElizabeth ChurchillGoogleJuliana FreireNew York UniversityKeith MarzulloUniversity of MarylandGreg MorrisettCornell University, and Manuela VelosoCarnegie Mellon University.The CCC and CRA thank those Council members whose terms ended on June 30th for their exceptional dedication and service to the CCC and to the broader computing research community:Lorenzo AlvisiUniversity of Texas at AustinRandal BryantCarnegie Mellon UniversityGrego…

Research Opportunities and Visions for Smart and Pervasive Health

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The Computing Community Consortium (CCC) has released a white paper, Research Opportunities and Visions for Smart and Pervasive Health. This paper is an outgrowth of the December 2016 workshop Discovery and Innovation in Smart and Pervasive Health convened to inform leading researchers and policymakers on the successes of Smart and Pervasive Health research activities, the evolution of relevant computing capabilities, and the application of these technical innovations to health and wellness goals. Following that workshop, draft recommendations were presented and discussed at the AAAS annual meeting and the ACM/AMIA Workshop of Interactive Health Systems.The newly released white paper highlights these paradigms and concludes with specific recommendations for the successful future implementation of an impactful smart and pervasive health research agenda.The white paper describes three critical areas for basic computing research: heterogeneous sensing and data analytics; integrated cyber…