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.

See Related Resources Below

Related Resources 

A Roadmap for Education Technology

Enhancing Teaching and Learning Through Educational Data Mining and Learning Analytics: An Issue Brief

Computing in the Physical World

The Computing in the Physical World Task Force operated from 2015-2017.

Task Force Overview: There is a lot of activity going on in the Internet of Things area.  The goal of this task force is to focus on the core research challenges, highlight what they are and that new research is needed, and communicate the value of leveraging the research community to solve them.

Internet of Things White Papers

From Kevin Fu’s presentation at the Information Security and Privacy Advisory Board Meeting, October 22, 2015

AAAS 2017 Meeting panels:

CCC Response to NITRD “Smart Cities and Communities Federal Strategic Plan: Exploring Innovation Together”

Related Resources

Below is a list of initiatives, documents, and web sites related to the topics in the Internet of Things white paper.

Robust and Secure Systems

Smart Cities

Related announcements/papers/videos:

Related Activities

Convergence of Data and Computing

The Convergence of Data and Computing Task Force operated from 2015-2017.

Task Force Overview: The CCC task force on the Convergence of Data and Computing lead activities at the intersections of Big Data, High Performance Computing, and the future of HPC.

Public materials produced and curated for this task force include:

The CCC task force on the Convergence of Data and Computing leads activities at the intersections of Big Data, High Performance Computing, and the future of HPC.

Big Data has been a major theme of CCC’s over the years. In 2008, the CCC held two events for Big Data that coalesced the research community and the usage community. A number of CCC’s white papers focused on the topic. These have been credited by the Office of Science Technology Policy (OSTP) with helping to shape the Federal Big Data Initiative. The CCC also partnered with AAAI for the 2016 Symposium on Accelerating Science: A Grand Challenge for AI.

On the other hand, computing challenges have been discussed in CCC and National Academy works, such as 21st Century Computer Architecture in 2012 and The Future of Computing Performance: Game Over or Next Level? in 2011.

Data and Computing White Papers

  • Opportunities and Challenges for Next Generation Computing 
    • Discusses potential opportunities enabled by radical increases in computing performance with decreased power, and which suggests some possible pathways to achieve these ends.  With increased performance and decreased power, computing could have major impacts on societal issues such as new search engines for science, better understanding of human-in-the-loop systems, monitoring and anticipating of extreme weather conditions, and understanding quantum effects in materials and chemistry.
  • Accelerating Science: A Computing Research Agenda
    • Seeks to articulate a research agenda for developing cognitive tools that can augment human intellect and partner with humans on the scientific process.

Related Workshops

  • Symposium on Accelerating Science: A Grand Challenge for AI: In November 2016, the CCC co-sponsored a AAAI Symposium that brought together researchers in relevant areas of artificial intelligence (e.g., machine learning, causal inference, knowledge representation and inference, planning, decision making, human computer interaction, distributed problem solving, natural language processing, multi-agent systems, semantic web, information integration, scientific workflows), high performance data and computing infrastructures and services, and selected application areas (e.g., life sciences, learning sciences, health sciences, social sciences, food energy and water nexus) to discuss progress on, and articulate a research agenda aimed at addressing, the AI grand challenge of accelerating science. A workshop report is in progress.

The Healthcare Task Force operated from 2015-2017.

Task Force Overview: The CCC task force on Healthcare organized and produced activities and content on the challenges and opportunities of computing in the field of healthcare.

Public materials produced and curated for this task force include:

The CCC’s HealthIT workshops include:

CCC at AAAS 2017- Health Related Press Links

This workshop will be held in Washington, DC on Monday and Tuesday, December 5th and December 6th. The workshop will bring together leading researchers and policymakers to generate a white paper on the successes of Smart and Pervasive Health research activities, the evolution of relevant computing capabilities (sensing, advanced analytics, networks, data infrastructure, advanced imaging, cyber-physical systems in health, privacy and security of health data and systems), the application of these technical innovations across a range of wellness and healthcare needs (aging, disabilities, chronic disease management and prevention, prosthetics and rehabilitation) and emerging paradigms (e.g., precision medicine and personalized treatment).

Read the Discovery and Innovation in Smart and Pervasive Health draft executive summary here.

Cyber-Social Learning Systems

Over the last decade, we have made great progress establishing scientific and engineering principles for cyber-physical systems (CPS). We are thus now on the threshold of a world of physical systems that are computational and connected at all scales, yielding radical improvements in function and performance.

The next major frontier in research and development is the integration of cyber-physical with complex human and social systems and phenomena at scale. Progress will catalyze the transformation of major existing systems into cyber-social learning systems (CSLS) that continually and rapidly improve in their function and performance in complex, evolving environments. Progress in the science and application of CSLS theory, technology, and practice has the potential to drive revolutionary advances across all sectors of our society, including health, healthcare, transportation, education, housing, justice, defense, and more.

The CCC will convene three workshops in order to develop and validate the propositions that there is a compelling opportunity and need for basic and applied research in cyber-social learning systems; there are communities that can be formed now to conduct this research; and success would enable dramatic improvements in the function and performance of the systems of the future on which our society will rely.

Inclusive Access

September 24-25, 2015 the CCC held the Promoting Strategic Research on Inclusive Access to Rich Online Content and Services  workshop in Washington, DC.

The workshop addressed challenges and opportunities surrounding access to online content and services, including rich, non-text content and brought together researchers and stakeholders from the disability community together with researchers from relevant areas of computing research (such as computer vision, or natural language processing) to identify strategic opportunities to solve pervasive accessibility challenges through computing.


On April 2, 2013, President Obama launched the Brain Research though Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative as a bold new research effort to revolutionize our understanding of the human mind and uncover new ways to treat, prevent, and cure brain disorders. The initiative is a joint program with funding through the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the National Science Foundation (NSF).

December 3-5, 2014 in Washington, DC, the CCC, in conjunction with the NSF held the BRAIN workshop to bring together these two communities to further explore the Interfaces between Brain Science and Computer Science.

Click here for the workshop program PDF and here for a Youtube playlist from the workshop.

Aging In Place

The Aging in Place workshop took place September 10-11, 2014 at the National Institute of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland and brought together a group of interdisciplinary experts to assess the state of the science at the human, medical, and technology levels, and articulate a research vision for a systems engineering approach to the development of technologies and solutions to support the home management of persons with significant chronic diseases and their family care providers.
Workshop participants agreed that there is a need for a new generation of research that addresses the complexity of supporting the quality of life and independence of a vast, diverse, and aging population. The workshop report charts a course for the research agenda needed to advance technologies that will allow seniors to age in place. It identifies a set of barriers that must be addressed in order to make actionable progress to meeting the needs of our aging population through innovations in home health technologies:
  • The need to better understand the target users
  • The need for actionable evidence
  • The need for information dissemination that bridges the gap between research and practice
  • The need for effective trans-disciplinary collaboration
  • The need for far-reaching test beds
  • The need for patient access to actionable technologies

See the full workshop report for more information.

Below is a list of related resources

Related Resources 

Quality of Life Technologies in Supporting Family Caregivers by Czaja et al.

Intelligent Systems for Assessing Aging Changes: Home-Based, Unobtrusive, and Continuous Assessment of Aging by Kaye et al.

Wireless Sensor Networks for Healthcare by Ko et al.

Sensor Technology to support Aging in Place by Rantz et al.

Generation Smart-phone by Dan Siewiorek

Computing and Healthcare: New Opportunities and Directions

October 11-12, 2012 in Bethesda, MD, the CCC held the Computing and Healthcare: New Opportunities and Directions. The goal of this workshop was to  bring together these diverse communities in order to foster learning, discussion, and, ultimately, collaboration among them.

Read the workshop report here and the white paper here.

Discovery and Innovation in Health IT

October 29-30, 2009 in San Francisco, the CCC held the Discovery and Innovation in Health IT workshop. The workshop was sponsored by the National Science Foundation, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology , the National Institute of Standards and Technology, the National Library of Medicine, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the Computing Community Consortium, and the American  Medical Informatics Association.

The goals of the workshop were to:

  • Explore and define fundamental research challenges and opportunities in healthcare IT in both the near- and long- term;
  • Explore and define fundamental research challenges and opportunities in healthcare IT in both the near- and long- term;
  • Identify a range of “model” proof-of-concept, integrative systems that might serve as motivating and unifying forces to drive fundamental research in healthcare IT and that might accelerate the transition of research outcomes into products and services;

Read the white paper produced from the workshop here and watch the Youtube playlist from the workshop here.