This article is published in the March 2020 issue.

Highlights of the 2020 CRA Computing Leadership Summit

On Thursday, February 27, the CRA hosted its annual Computing Research Leadership Summit for the senior leadership of CRA member societies (Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence, Association for Computing Machinery, CS-Can/Info-Can, IEEE Computer Society, Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics, and USENIX).

CRA is currently embarking on a strategic planning effort to think broadly and ambitiously about the future of the organization. How CRA works with its member societies is key part of the effort, and CRA used this gathering to discuss the strategic themes and priority outcomes that have emerged from the strategic planning sessions so far. The group considered opportunities for synergy, and areas where organizational priorities intersect. Further discussions on CRA strategic planning continued the next day at the CRA board meeting.

The Leadership Summit participants were also invited to attend an informal reception with participants of CRA’s Career Mentoring Workshop and CRA board members.

After the reception, two sessions were held jointly with the CRA board meeting:

  • Margaret Martonosi, assistant director of the CISE Directorate at NSF, addressed the CRA board for the first time in her new role and gave an update on current and new initiatives.
  • CRA Director of Government Affairs Peter Harsha discussed the current environment for science policy in D.C.
Highlights of the 2020 CRA Computing Leadership Summit