The biennial CRA Conference at Snowbird is the flagship invitation-only conference for the leadership of the North American computing research community. A preliminary program is now available and will be updated on the CRA website as additional information becomes available.
Congratulations to the recipients of the 2018 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 made presentations at major conferences, and some have produced software artifacts that were in widespread use. Click on the article for the full list of awardees, runners-up, finalists, and honorable mentions.
On December 12, 2017, CRA hosted the Summit on Technology and Jobs in Washington, DC. The day was packed with sessions that explored issues surrounding the impact of artificial intelligence and the future of work. Leading technologists, economists, and policy experts offered their views on where technology is headed and what its impact may be, and on policy issues raised by these projections and possible policy responses. Videos and slides from the event are now available.
The salary report is available for academic units that completed the salary section of the survey. Taulbee users in responding academic units can download the report from within the CRA Taulbee system at https://taulbee.cra.org.
The deadline for the main Taulbee Survey, collecting student and faculty data, has been extended to January 16 for all academic units.
Teaching Position Survey
The one-time teaching position survey is collecting information about academic unit policies and practices concerning full time teaching faculty who are not on the traditional tenure track. The due date is January 22. Results from this survey will be made public later this year.
My research focuses on empowering individuals through computing technologies that more effectively match their knowledge, experience, abilities, and goals. The majority of my recent research has focused on accessibility-related issues. Working with my students, our research employs a broad definition of accessibility, seeking to empower individuals with disabilities as well as individuals who may experience challenges due to the environment in which they are using computing technologies.
Microsoft Research Podcast recently interviewed Computing Community Consortium (CCC) Executive Council member and CCC Intelligent Infrastructure (II) Task Force Co-Chair Ben Zorn, from Microsoft Research, on programming languages and how they are impacting the world.
In recent weeks, several sources have reported on two security design flaws in computer hardware that involve undesirable interactions between processor speculative execution and memory protection, but whose implications are still emerging.
The conference featured several inspiring keynotes, including one by CRA-W board member Ayanna Howard, Georgia Institute of Technology. CRA-W also presented career mentoring content for GHC attendees interested in research.
This work uses the same methodology as work from previous years to study where Computer Science departments are choosing to invest faculty positions by examining data obtained from advertised faculty 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 that they provide insight into current and future needs within the discipline.
Ph.D. students’ interest in a faculty position at a research university declined over time. This may be cause for concern for the academic community given that almost half all Ph.D. granting institutions with open searches for the 2017-2018 academic year were not able to fill all of the positions advertised.
Diverse perspectives foster innovation and ensure the needs of many are met. At present, tech companies lack demographic diversity. As the director of the Center for Evaluating the Research Pipeline (CERP) at CRA, Jane Stout studies factors that often encourage (or discourage) people from underrepresented groups from pursuing technical careers. Recently, Stout led an interactive and insightful webinar exploring the issues.
Greg Byrd Joins the CRA Board of Directors
Greg Byrd has been appointed the new IEEE-CS representative on the CRA board of directors.
CRA Executive Director Andrew Bernat Elected 2017 AAAS Fellow
CRA Executive Director Andrew Bernat, has been named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). In addition, CRA board member H.V. Jagadish and former board member M. Tamer Özsu were also named AAAS Fellows.
Congratulations to the 2017 ACM Fellows
The ACM recently named 54 of its members as ACM Fellows for transformative contributions and advancing technology in the digital age.
CRA-E Graduate Fellows Program Accepting Nominations
Faculty members are invited to nominate a graduate student by January 29, 2018.