Past Task Forces

This page contains resources from previous years’ CCC task forces. The CCC task forces are made up of CCC Council members and influential members of the computing community and are organized around relevant national priorities. Some task forces exist continuously, while others only run for a limited time. To see the current task forces, visit here.


The Industry Task Force operated from 2015-2016.

Task Force Overview: We need to better understand the computer science research ecosystem in industry and see if more can be done for the entire research community. How can academia engage industry and vice versa?

Public materials produced and curated for this task force include:

Additional information on these materials can be found below.

Industry and Academia Survey

In spring 2015, the Computing Research Association (CRA) and the Computing Community Consortium (CCC) released two short surveys, one for the academic community and the other for industry, to learn about academic-industry interactions. The purpose was to provide a picture of the types of interactions currently taking place, and to identify common barriers to those interactions. In addition, the CRA and CCC were looking for feedback on ways that they could strengthen the relationship between the two.

Industry Roundtable

The CCC also held a community roundtable in the summer of 2015 to start the discussion between academia and industry and explore questions such as:

  • Where is the computing field going over the next 10-15 years?
  • What are potential opportunities, disruptive trends, and blind spots?
  • Are there new questions and directions that deserve greater attention by the research community and new investments in computing research?
  • What are the implications for teaching, training of students?
  • What is the role of industry in facilitating or supporting computing research?
  • We are at a crossroads where more PhD graduating students (and even some faculty) are going to work in industry rather than in academic jobs.  What are the implications for the future of the field?

Thirty individuals, mostly from industry but a few from academia, gathered in California for one day to discuss these questions. The introduction slides from the roundtable event can be found here.

A white paper about the roundtable and the academia and industry has been released. Read the white paper here.


The Education Task Force operated from 2014-2016.

Task Force Overview: Education is a National Priority. We need to determine what the CCC / CS research community can and should be doing to work in this area, while realizing that it is a crowded and difficult space since education is a “local issue.”

Public materials produced and curated for this task force include:

Additional information on these materials can be found below.

Education Research Whitepaper

The task force has produced a whitepaper for the computing research and policy community on The Importance of Computing Education Research.

Computer-Aided Personalized Education

On November 12-13, the CCC with be holding the Computer-Aided Personalized Education (CAPE) Workshop in Washington, DC. The goal of this workshop is to bring together researchers developing educational tools based on technologies such as logical reasoning and machine learning with researchers in education, human-computer interaction, and psychology to articulate a long-term research agenda. The focus will be on college-level courses in computer science, mathematics, and physics. The workshop is expected to foster new collaborations among participants from diverse disciplines, suggest new research directions in computer-aided education, inspire other researchers to work on these problems, and ultimately result in technology for effective and personalized learning.

Multidisciplinary Research for Online Education Workshop

February 11-12, 2013 in Washington, DC, the CCC held the Multidisciplinary Research for Online Education Workshop (MROE). Participants explored computer science and multidisciplinary research agendas designed to improve formal and informal education. The workshop built on CCC’s earlier visioning activities on Global Resources for Online Education (GROE), addressing education-relevant research in areas such as intelligent student modeling through data mining, mobile computing for data logging, social networking, serious games, intelligent learning environments, HCI to facilitate educational interactions, computer-supported collaborative learning, interactive visualizations and simulations, and many other areas, to include research at the interface of computing and the social/behavioral sciences.

This CCC visioning workshop addressed these and related questions on computing-relevant multidisciplinary research, looking 5-10 years out, for online education. Importantly, the workshop did not address shorter-term concerns such as credentialing and business models for online education ventures, except as these inform the workshop’s focus on longer-term research agendas.

Read the Workshop Report here.

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