This article is published in the January 2022 issue.

CCC 2021 Highlights

The Computing Community Consortium (CCC), like the rest of the world, continued to adapt and restructure our activities due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite the unique issues this year brought, with the help of the computing research community, we were able to continue making an impact and provide support. Some highlights from the year are described below; please see our website for more details, as well as plans and opportunities for new activities in the coming new year.

In spring of 2021, the Computing Research Association (CRA), with strong support from the National Science Foundation (NSF), announced a new Computing Innovation Fellows (CIFellows) cohort for 2021. As before, this program aids recent and soon-to-be PhD computing graduates whose job search was hampered by the continued disruption COVID-19 has had on academic job hiring practices and the economy. The 2021 class of CIFellows is composed of 69 diverse researchers – 52% of whom are women – coming from 49 universities, and beginning their CIFellowships at 48 different universities. You can find out more about each CIFellow here.

We held two research visioning workshops this year, one virtual and one hybrid:

We would like to give a special thank you to all CCC workshop participants, organizers, white paper authors, and—most importantly—the CCC Council members. It has been a challenging year, but we managed to get important and critical work done and share it with the computing research community. Here’s to a productive, peaceful, and healthy 2022.

Stay safe, everyone.