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CCC Releases White Paper on Fostering Responsible Computing Research


This week, Computing Community Consortium (CCC) released a white paper titled, “Fostering Responsible Computing Research Report Recommendations for Computing Research Institutions: Actionable Steps.” The white paper outlines the conclusions of the National Academies report Fostering Responsible Computing Research: Foundations and Practices and presents community-generated ideas about implementing its findings at computing institutions. The paper also details CRA’s recently formed Socially Responsible Computing Working Group, led by co-chairs Ran Libeskind-Hadas and Ellen Zegura.

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CRA Welcomes Two New CRA Board Members


CRA would like to welcome two new members to its Board of Directors: Alan Edelman (MIT) and Dezhen Song (Texas A&M University). Edelman is the new SIAM Representative on the CRA Board replacing Eric de Sturler (who’s term as the SIAM Representative ended in 2022). Song replaces Ayanna Howard who has ended her term early due to new service appointments in 2022 (e.g., the National Artificial Intelligence Advisory Committee). CRA thanks both de Sturler and Howard for their service and contributions on the CRA Board.

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CRA-Industry Call for Council Nominations


To fulfill its mission, CRA-I needs visionary leaders — people with great ideas, sound judgment, and the willingness to work collaboratively to see things through to completion. To that end, CRA-I is starting a Council of eventually 21 researchers representing the breadth and diversity of industry today.

Given the support you have provided us in the past, please consider submitting a self-nomination for the Council and help us by nominating outstanding colleagues.

Analysis of Current and Future Computer Science Needs via Advertised Faculty Searches for 2023


This work uses the same methodology applied over nine years to study where Computer Science departments are choosing to invest faculty positions using data obtained from advertised tenure-track searches for the current hiring season.  While the number of and areas for faculty searches does not necessarily translate into the same for faculty hires, we believe […]

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CRA-Industry Announces New Blog!


Computing Research Association-Industry (CRA-I) is pleased to announce the new CRA-I Blog! 

As the committee grows, we would like to share interesting articles, updates, and industry related events in the community with you. If you have any articles you would like us to share on the blog, please let Helen Wright (hwright@cra.org) know. 

Please make sure to check the website regularly and subscribe to our CRA-I blog email here. If you subscribed to CRA-I’s updates within the past year, you will already be receiving the blog email. 

We look forward to sharing ideas through this blog with you!

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2023 Outstanding Undergraduate Researcher Award Recipients


Congratulations to the recipients of the 2023 Outstanding Undergraduate Researcher Award. This year’s nominees are a very impressive group. A number of them were commended for making significant contributions to more than one research project, several are authors or coauthors on multiple papers, others have created papers for major conferences, as well as producing software, apps and algorithms.

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Applications Open for Scholarships for Women Studying Information Security (SWSIS): Deadline February 1


The SWSIS program provides scholarships of $2,000 or more for women studying for their Bachelors and Masters degrees in fields relating to information security. The purpose of these scholarships is to provide assistance to women at the formative stages of their careers in these fields.

SWSIS is a partnership of Applied Computer Security Associates (ACSA) and CRA-WP.  Its long-term goal is to contribute to increasing the representation of women in the information security workforce.

Application Period: December 15 – February 1

Apply to SWSIS Now!

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CRA Board Member Diana Franklin Named Distinguished Member of ACM


Today, ACM named 67 Distinguished Members for outstanding contributions to the field. CRA Board Member Diana Franklin was among those recognized for work that has spurred innovation, enhanced computer science education, and moved the field forward. From the announcement: “The ACM Distinguished Members program honors both accomplishment and commitment,” said ACM President Yannis Ioannidis. “Each […]

Call for White Papers: Mid-cycle Robotics Roadmap Update


Our objective is to develop a short mid-cycle update, identifying gaps that are not being addressed in current research, in funding opportunities, at companies, and in the government, which need to be addressed sooner than the next full roadmap update. To meet this objective, we want to engage a broad swath of researchers from academia and industry to ensure that the update is representative of the community’s view of what is needed in robotics research so that national priorities are met. 

We are asking researchers to submit a white paper / position statement, no longer than two pages, that addresses the following: What are the current gaps in robotics research and its ecosystem – and what are potential opportunities to fill those gaps? The white paper can focus on gaps across sectors or within one sector.  

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Inaugural CRA Leadership Academy Accepting Nominations: Due January 30


The CRA Leadership Academy seeks to help inform and cultivate future leaders in computing and computing research through a one-day in-person workshop, and a few follow-up virtual meetings among the Leadership Academy cohort.  Participants will learn new skills and perspectives on leadership, hear from leaders in the field, test out leadership skills with scenarios, and build up their network of fellow leaders.

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Undergraduate BPC Literature Database Launch


UCLA’s Momentum and CRA are excited to launch an Undergraduate BPC Literature Database that compiles scholarship on broadening participation in undergraduate computing. The focus of the included papers ranges from the implementation and evaluation of BPC interventions to theoretical pieces around broader social forces that cause longstanding inequalities in computing.

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Outcomes of Advertised Computer Science Faculty Searches for 2022


This work directly follows previous work that analyzed current and future Computer Science needs via advertised tenure-track faculty searches for 2022.  This follow-on work looked to understand the relative success of institutions in hiring the tenured/tenure-track faculty in the areas of Computer Science that were being sought.  This work also follows on a similar study of tenure-track faculty hiring outcomes last done in the pre-Covid impacted year of 2019. Survey respondents reported filling a total of 289 tenure-track faculty for an aggregate success rate of 76%, which is comparable to the 2019 study. 

View the full report at: https://web.cs.wpi.edu/~cew/papers/outcomes22.pdf

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Industry Report from CRA’s Conference at Snowbird


One of the tracks during the July 2022 Computing Research Association’s (CRA) flagship conference at Snowbird, Utah was “Computing in Industry,” which covered how research is conducted in industry and the partnership between industry and academia. This fall CRA-Industry (CRA-I) has been processing the discussions, slides, and notes from this track and our Inaugural CRA-I Meeting at Snowbird. We are pleased to release a report highlighting the common themes that emerged. It is clear that there is a much needed role for CRA-I in the community. The presentations and subsequent discussions showcased where the industry community is right now and what needs to be worked on with CRA-I’s help.

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Candidates Sought for CRA Board of Directors


The Computing Research Association seeks your help in recruiting candidates for its Board of Directors. We want individuals who have time, energy, initiative, and resources to work on CRA issues on behalf of the entire CRA community. We have a working Board, and all members are expected to work on community issues.

Members of the computing research community who are interested in serving on the CRA Board should nominate themselves by completing this form by December 16, 2022.  Nominees do not need to be affiliated with a CRA member organization.

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Upcoming Virtual CCC Workshop: Building Resilience to Climate Driven Extreme Events with Computing Innovations: A Convergence Accelerator Workshop


On November 10, 2022 from 12:00-3:00pm EST, the Computing Community Consortium (CCC) is hosting a virtual workshop sponsored by the National Science Foundation’s Convergence Accelerator program. This workshop will be the second of a two part workshop series titled, Building Resilience to Climate Driven Extreme Events with Computing Innovations: A Convergence Accelerator Workshop, the first of which will be held in late October.

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CRA Workshop on “Accessible Technology for All”


The Computing Research Association (CRA) is planning an Accessible Technology for All workshop co-hosted by CRA-Industry (CRA-I), Computing Community Consortium (CCC), and CRA-Widening Participation (CRA-WP) on February 22-23, 2023 in Washington, DC.  This workshop is one of the activities CRA is currently pursuing under the umbrella of Socially Responsible Computing, one of the topics identified in the recent CRA Strategic Planning Effort.

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Applications Open for Grad Cohort 2023 Workshops: November 30 Deadline


CRA-WP will host two Graduate Cohort Workshops in 2023! The Grad Cohort Workshop for Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Leadership Skills (GC-IDEALS) is designed specifically for graduate school populations underrepresented in computing research. The Grad Cohort Workshop for Women is designed for women students in their first, second, or third year of graduate school in computing fields.

Grad Cohort participants will have an opportunity to build mentoring relationships and develop peer networks intended to form the basis for ongoing activities during their graduate career and beyond.