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Robotics Researcher Named ACM 2017-2018 Athena Lecturer

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The Noah Harding Professor of Computer Science and Professor of Bioengineering at Rice University, Lydia E. Kavraki, has been named the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) 2017-2018 Athena Lecturer.Each year, the Athena Lecturer award celebrates women researchers who have made fundamental contributions to computer science. Kavraki has been cited for the invention of randomized motion-planning algorithms in robotics and the development of robotics-inspired methods for bioinformatics and biomedicine.From the ACM Press Release:Kavraki’s 1996 doctoral dissertation proposed the Probabilistic Roadmap Method (PRM), a technique to plan the motion of robots, which had been an enduring challenge in the field. The Probabilistic Roadmap Method was immediately hailed for its simple implementation and its ability to scale (that is, return reliable results when applied to increasingly large datasets). PRM and the subsequent advances on the original approach are now included as a fundamental te…

CCC Announces New Council Members

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The Computing Research Association (CRA), in consultation with the National Science Foundation (NSF), has appointed six new members to the Computing Community Consortium (CCC) Council:Nadya Bliss, Arizona State UniversityElizabeth Churchill, GoogleJuliana Freire, New York UniversityKeith Marzullo, University of MarylandGreg Morrisett, Cornell UniversityManuela Veloso, Carnegie Mellon UniversityBeginning July 1, the new members will each serve three-year terms. The CCC Council is comprised of 20 members who have expertise in diverse areas of computing. They are instrumental in leading CCC’s visioning programs, which help create and enable visions for future computing research. Members serve staggered three-year terms that rotate every July.The CCC and CRA thank those Council members whose terms end on June 30 for their exceptional dedication and service to the CCC and to the broader computing research community:Lorenzo Alvisi, University of Texas at AustinRandal Bryant, Carnegie Mellon…

Congressional Briefing on Cybersecurity for Manufacturers Recap

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CCC Council Member Kevin Fu from the University of Michigan contributed to this post. On April 12th, the Computing Community Consortium (CCC) and MForesight: Alliance for Manufacturing Foresight (MForesight), in conjunction with the House Manufacturing Caucus, held a Congressional briefing on Cybersecurity for Manufacturers that highlighted the outcomes of the March workshop of the same name and discussed the challenges to cybersecurity and potential next steps for its improvement in the U.S. manufacturing space.Mike Russo introduces the panel The briefing featured members of the CCC and MForesight, as well as experts from government, academia, and the private sector:Ann Drobnis, CCC DirectorRobert Frazier, Lockheed MartinKevin Fu, University of Michigan/CCC Council MemberSridhar Kota, University of Michigan/MForesight DirectorKirk McConnell, Senate Armed Services CommitteeMichael Russo, GLOBALFOUNDRIES/MForesight Chair of Executive CommitteeThe panel stressed the need for a national i…

Global City Teams Challenge (GCTC) Community Updates

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The registration of 2017 Global City Teams Challenge Expo (GCTC) is now open. The Expo will take place at Walter E. Washington Convention Center on August 28-29, 2017 in Washington, DC. It 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.The Expo will include:Keynotes from senior federal and local government leaders and industry stakeholders.Announcements of SuperClusters blueprints and playbooks to help cities and communities to jumpstart planning and deployment of best practices.Registered action clusters will be offered an exhibit space and a speaking opportunity free of charge (pending availability). Each action cluster should have a municipal government partner and technology innovators to demonstrate the benefits of the smart city solutions.Learn more and register here!Publi…

New Program Solicitation for the CISE Research Initiation Initiative (CRII)

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The National Science Foundation (NSF) has released a new program solicitation for the Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) Research Initiation Initiative (CRII).The CRII program aims to award grants that support independent research to new PhDs in their first academic position in order to support the growth of future scientists and researchers in computing. The grants are intended to support untenured faculty and researchers for their first three to five years after the completion of their PhD.From the solicitation: This solicitation provides the opportunity for early-career researchers to recruit and mentor their first graduate students (or undergraduate students, in the case of faculty at undergraduate and two-year institutions), which is one critical step in a career pathway that is expected to lead to research independence and a subsequent stream of projects, discoveries, students and publications.CRII awards will be given to researchers to undertake exploratory…

Robotics Experts to Lead Engineering Directorate at the National Science Foundation (NSF)

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Dawn Tilbury, professor of mechanical engineering and former associate dean for research at the University of Michigan‘s College of Engineering, will become assistant director for engineering (ENG) at the National Science Foundation in June.She has been a professor at the University of Michigan since 1995 and has a wide range of active research projects in the theory and application of control. Recently, she has been conducting research in manufacturing systems, mobile robotics, and modeling of physiological systems. She is the inaugural chair of the Robotics Steering Committee at the University of Michigan, and has identified and capitalized on opportunities to advance robotics research at the university.NSF Director France Córdova said that she is “…thrilled to have that kind of leadership for the Engineering Directorate, which makes imagination real and future technologies possible. She is also passionate about mentoring junior faculty, particularly junior women faculty, in their c…

NAS Releases Information Technology and The U.S. Workforce Report

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The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and MedicineCommittee on Information Technology, Automation, and the U.S. Workforce released a report last week called Information Technology and the US Workforce: Where are we and Where Do We Go From Here. The report, co-chaired by Eric Brynjolfsson (MIT) and Tom Mitchell (CMU), highlights the impacts of information technology on the current and future US workforce.Recent advances in computing and communication technologies have had and will continue to have a profound impact on our society. Soon technology will affect almost every occupation. This is creating large economics benefits but is also leading to significant changes for our workforce.From the Report Description:“IT and automation can change the way work is conducted, by augmenting or replacing workers in specific tasks. This can shift the demand for some types of human labor, eliminating some jobs and creating new ones. Information Technology and the U.S. Workforce explores …

NSF Awards Early Career Researchers

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The National Science Foundation (NSF) Engineering Directorate‘s Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) program has awarded 156 early career engineering faculty with at least $500,000 for their plan to make advances in engineering.The CAREER program, which extends across all of the agency’s science and engineering directorates, allows promising junior faculty to pursue outstanding research and excellence in education while integrating both. Awardees have the flexibility to explore unexpected new terrain uncovered in the course of their research.A number of these CAREER winners have ties to computer science:CAREER: Integrated Research and Education on Delta-Sigma Based Digital Signal Processing Circuits for Low-Power Intelligent SensorsPrincipal Investigator: Wei TangNew Mexico State UniversityFrom the Abstract: The research objective of this CAREER proposal is to apply Delta-Sigma based Integrated Circuit (IC) design in Digital Signal Processing (DSP) to solve circuit power and ar…

DataScience@NIH Updates

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Check out the following updates from Data Science at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) Guide to the Fundamentals of Data Science Webinar Series hosts “Open Science” by Dr. Brian Nosek, University of Virginia, April 14, 2017. The BD2K Guide is a webinar series given by experts from across the country covering a range of diverse topics in data science, Fridays, 12:00pm – 1:00pm ET/9:00am – 10:00am PT. The webinars are free to attend and open to the public, no registration required.To join the webinars or to view archived presentations, visit this website.The Mobilize Center and the Mobile Sensor Data-to-Knowledge Center (MD2K), two of the BD2K Centers of Excellence, will host the “mHealth: Moving Toward Impact” symposium, April 18, 2017, at Stanford University. The symposium seeks to spark new ideas and collaborations to advance the use of consumer wearable devices for clinical purposes. This event is part of mHealth Connect, which aims to improve…

NSF WATCH TALK- The Jekyll and Hyde of Smart Contracts

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The next WATCH talk, called The Jekyll and Hyde of Smart Contractsis Thursday, April 20th, from 12 – 1 PM ET.The presenter is Ari Juels, a Professor of Computer Science at the Jacobs Institute at Cornell Tech in New York City. He is also Co-Director of the Initiative for CryptoCurrencies and Contracts (IC3). He was previously Chief Scientist at RSA, and received his PhD from UC Berkeley in 1996.AbstractSmart contracts are autonomous programs that run on and inherit the properties of blockchains. They may be viewed as emulating trusted third parties, in that they enforce fair play between parties without preexisting trust relationships. This capability promises to transform industries as diverse as supply chain management, finance, insurance, and digital rights management. Smart contracts promise comes with technical and social challenges, however. In this talk, I’ll outline the Five Grand Challenges identified by the Initiative for CryptoCurrencies and Contracts (IC3) as critical to b…

Congressional Briefing on Cyber Security for Manufacturers

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The Alliance for Manufacturing Foresight (MForesight) and the Computing Community Consortium (CCC) in conjunction with the House Manufacturing Caucus is hosting a Congressional Briefing on Cyber Security for Manufacturers on Wednesday, April 12th from 1-2PM ET at the Congressional Visitors Center, room CVC-217.Space is limited. Please RSVP here Cyber-attacks pose a growing threat not only to national security but also to U.S. economic competitiveness. The manufacturing sector and its expansive, interconnected supply chain presents special security challenges because of the unique nature of operational technology and industrial control systems, which consist of networked machines, sensors, data, and software. Manufacturing firms, in particular, are vulnerable to threats including sabotage of operations, alteration of data and product designs, and theft of intellectual property.This Congressional Manufacturing Caucus briefing will discuss a range of cyber-security issues, including:Emer…

Sir Tim Berners-Lee Receives 2016 ACM Turing Award

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Contributions to the following blog were made by past CCC Council member Daniela Rus, Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and Director of the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) at MIT.The Computing Community Consortium (CCC) congratulates Sir Tim Berners-Lee, a Professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of Oxford, on receiving the 2016 ACM A.M. Turing Award for inventing the World Wide Web, the first web browser, and the fundamental protocols and algorithms allowing the Web to scale.Tim’s innovative and visionary work has transformed virtually every aspect our lives, from communications and entertainment to shopping and business. Few people have changed the world as profoundly as he has, and all of us at CSAIL are so very proud of him for being recognized with the most esteemed honor in all of computer science. – Daniela RusBerners-Lee, who graduated from Oxford University with a degree in Physics, submitted …

Great Innovative Idea- Report Now, Report Often: Overcoming the Challenges within Cybercrime Reporting

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The following Great Innovative Idea is from Morvareed Bidgoli, a Ph.D. candidate in the College of Information Sciences and Technology at the Pennsylvania State University. Bidgoli presented her work at the Computing Community Consortium (CCC) workshop on Sociotechnical Cybersecurity Workshop 1 on December 12-13, 2016.The IdeaWhen a crime occurs, a crucial next step that is taken is the reporting of the crime to law enforcement; however, this action becomes particularly difficult when a cybercrime occurs for a number of reasons (e.g., lack of awareness that a cybercrime occurred). After conducting an exploratory study on understanding how cybercrimes affect undergraduate students, I discovered that despite the fact that undergraduate students expressed having access to cybercrime victimization statistics and cybercrime reporting to be important, they did not know how to report cybercrimes. The issues revolving around cybercrime reporting ignited my interest to further investigate this…

DARPA Turning to Chemistry for New “Computing” Concepts

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The following is a press release from Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). As the complexity and volume of global digital data grows, so too does the need for more capable and compact means of processing and storing data. To address this challenge, DARPA has announced its Molecular Informatics program, which seeks a new paradigm for data storage, retrieval, and processing. Instead of relying on the binary digital logic of computers based on the Von Neumann architecture, Molecular Informatics aims to investigate and exploit the wide range of structural characteristics and properties of molecules to encode and manipulate data.

“Chemistry offers a rich set of properties that we may be able to harness for rapid, scalable information storage and processing,” said Anne Fischer, program manager in DARPA’s Defense Sciences Office. “Millions of molecules exist, and each molecule has a unique three-dimensional atomic structure as well as variables such as shape, size, or even colo…

Call for Proposals: Creating Visions for Computing Research

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The mission of Computing ResearchAssociation’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 computing research community, government leaders, and funding agencies, and encourage broader segments of society to participate in comput…

International Symposium on Robotics Research 2017 Call for Papers

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The 18th International Symposium on Robotics Research (ISRR ‘17) has released a call for papers.ISRR ‘17, will take place December 11-14 in Puerto Varas, Chile. The symposium is seeking papers that offer new ideas and directions for the field of robotics.The program will comprise a combination of invited talks and open submissions organized into interactive panels, keynotes, and debates. Accepted papers will be organized into topical panels, and the panel moderators will work with the authors of accepted papers to coordinate the presentations and maximize the interactivity of the session.The papers and panel discussions will be edited into a proceedings volume after the workshop, and will appear as a Springer Star Series volume.We encourage submissions from all areas of robotics research and research-based applications, including control, design, haptics, HRI, learning, manipulation, motion, perception, planning, and systems.Papers can be submitted in two formats: Long Format, of up t…

U.S. Department of Transportation Webinar on Regional Intelligent Transportation Systems Data Sharing

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The Department of Transportation (DOT) is hosting a free webinar on regional intelligent transportation systems (ITS) data sharing this Friday, March 31st.The webinar will focus on a planned Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) opportunity on regional ITS data sharing and will take place from 10-11 AM ET.Public agencies are planning, developing, and deploying capabilities to capture, integrate, and manage data generated from connected and automated vehicles, mobile devices, advanced roadside technologies, and other sources. Few early deployers of advanced ITS technologies are prepared to share real-time data outside local jurisdictions while protecting privacy and proprietary interests as needed. New, low-cost, interoperable data management methods that enable on-demand data sharing and integration with third-party data and applications are needed.Ariel Gold, ITS Joint Program Office (JPO) Data Program Manager, will discuss ITS data sharing between local jurisdictions, the importance of ex…

NSF CISE Distinguished Lecture- Improving the Reproducibility of Computational Research

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The National Science Foundation (NSF) Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) is pleased to announce a distinguished lecture on Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at 2:00 PM EDT by Russell Poldrack, from Stanford University, called Improving the Reproducibility of Computational Research.Russell A. Poldrack is the Albert Ray Lang Professor in the Department of Psychology at Stanford University, and Director of the Stanford Center for Reproducible Neuroscience.  His research uses neuroimaging to understand the brain systems underlying decision making and executive function.  His lab is also engaged in the development of neuroinformatics tools to help improve the reproducibility and transparency of neuroscience, including the OpenfMRI.org and Neurovault.org data sharing projects and the Cognitive Atlas ontology.Abstract:As the data collection ability of nearly every area of science has ballooned, so has the potential for problematic research practices that can lead…

Artificial Intelligence (AI) For Social Good

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The organizing committee for the AI for Social Good Workshop has released their workshop report called Artificial Intelligence for Social Good.The Computing Community Consortium (CCC), along with the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), and the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI), co-sponsored this workshop in June 2016 in Washington, DC. This was one of five workshops that OSTP co-sponsored and held around the country to spur public dialogue on artificial intelligence, machine learning, and to identify challenges and opportunities related to AI.The workshop highlighted successful deployments of AI systems directed at addressing specific societal needs. Subsequent discussions explored broader questions as to how the use of AI technologies could be enabled and expanded in several areas of broad societal benefit. The new report focuses on the four areas as well as cross-cutting issues that are common to advancing all of them. The four…

CCC Council Member Cynthia Dwork is One of the Recipients of the 2017 Gödel Prize

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The Gödel Prize for outstanding papers in the area of theoretical computer science is sponsored jointly by the European Association for Theoretical Computer Science (EATCS) and the Association for Computing Machinery, Special Interest Group on Algorithms and Computation Theory (ACM SIGACT). The Prize is named in honor of Kurt Gödel in recognition of his major contributions to mathematical logic and of his interest, discovered in a letter he wrote to John von Neumann shortly before von Neumann’s death, in what has become the famous “P versus NP” question. Gödel’s work has had an immense impact upon scientific and philosophical thinking in the 20th century. The award recognizes his major contributions to mathematical logic and the foundations of computer science.The 2017 Gödel Prize is awarded to Computing Community Consortium (CCC) Council member Cynthia DworkFrank McSherryKobbi Nissim and Adam Smith for their paper, Calibrating Noise to Sensitivity in Private Data Analysis.Dwork …