This post was originally published in the CCC Blog.
In October 2020, the Computing Research Association (CRA) and the Computing Community Consortium (CCC) released more than a dozen white papers exploring areas and issues around computing research with the potential to address national priorities over the next four years. Called “Quadrennial Papers,” the white papers attempt to portray a broad picture of computing research detailing potential research directions, challenges, and recommendations for policymakers and the computing research community.
As a continuation of our 2020 series, we are delighted to release two more papers titled: “Taking Stock of the Present and Future of Smart Technologies for Older Adults and Caregivers” and “Imagine All the People: Citizen Science, Artificial Intelligence, and Computational Research.”
Baby Boomers are aging in place using consumer technologies to meet their needs. These technologies, however, are not always accessible or as useful as they could be. The first paper on “Taking Stock of the Present and Future of Smart Technologies for Older Adults and Caregivers” advocates for older adults to be involved in the design process – from initial ideation to product development to deployment. “We encourage federally funded researchers and industry to create compensated, diverse older adult advisory boards to decrease incorrect stereotypes about aging while ensuring their needs are considered.”
The second paper, “Imagine All the People: Citizen Science, Artificial Intelligence, and Computational Research” highlights that while machine learning, artificial intelligence, and deep learning have advanced significantly over the past decade, to successfully tackle pressing scientific and societal challenges, we need the complementary capabilities of both humans and machines. “The Federal Government could accelerate its priorities on multiple fronts through judicious integration of citizen science and crowdsourcing with artificial intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT), and cloud strategies.”
The CRA and CCC would like to thank all the authors, contributors, and reviewers who were part of the effort to bring these papers to fruition. See all of the Quadrennial papers here.