Creating Visions for Computing Research: An Open Call for Workshop Proposals
The Computing Community Consortium (CCC) invites proposals for visioning workshops that will catalyze and enable innovative research at the frontiers of computing. 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 computing research and education.
The majority of visioning activities have been in-person workshops, and we feel strongly that in-person activities are the best way to engage in the topics as a community. However, the pandemic has taught us how to be flexible and brought to light benefits of meeting remotely as well. Our preference is still to hold in-person visioning activities, but we also encourage organizers to think about hybrid modalities, perhaps with two meetings – one in-person and one virtual, that can engage a broader audience. Activity organizers are expected to bring together a diverse group of scientists and practitioners who can inform the area of interest, and to formulate a program that encourages new ideas, innovative thinking, and broad discussion. Workshops can be of varying sizes, typically ranging from 20 to 100 participants (though we have found that 30-50 is typically the ideal size). It is important that the participants cover a broad spectrum to ensure full coverage of the area, both in terms of content area representation, employment setting (academia, industry, research labs, and policy and funding organizations) and participants (seniority, gender, race).
Workshop Structure and Criteria
Workshops are required to have a tangible output – for example, a whitepaper (or set thereof) or workshop report. Workshop outcomes should be targeted to multiple audiences (the research community, science policy groups or funding agencies, the general public), and the deliverables should be tailored for easy dissemination. CCC will help to support both workshop organization and the subsequent generation and communication of the output.
The CCC can also support smaller gatherings, like roundtables, on timely topics as well as colocating workshops at existing conferences as long as the plan includes bringing new perspectives into the workshop and roundtable discussions.
The CCC encourages creative ideas from all segments of the computing research community on topics ranging from the formulation of new research areas and technologies to the use of new or existing research ideas and technologies to address important scientific or societal challenges.
Review Process and Criteria
Each proposal will be reviewed based on its potential to engage a segment of the research community, policy, and funding agencies around a compelling vision and need. Feedback from the CCC will be provided in a timely manner (typically within 4-8 weeks). The final proposal will require approval by the entire CCC Council.
Proposals may be submitted by email anytime to firstname.lastname@example.org as an attachment in PDF, Postscript, or Word. For CCC planning purposes, proposals must be submitted at least six months before the proposed date for the workshop.
Questions about this RFP should also be sent to email@example.com.
CCC/CRA Staff Support
CCC/CRA staff supports workshops so that workshop organizers can use their talents most effectively and function more like a technical program chair than a general chair. Staff handle logistics like obtaining venue, inviting participants, arranging hotel rooms, implementing meeting logistics (rooms, A/V, and meals), and handling travel reimbursements. Organizers—in consultation with CCC—determine meeting topics and goals, prepare lists of invitees, arrange workshop schedule including choosing any speakers, run the workshop, and prepare follow-up (talks and report) to enhance the workshop’s impact.