Published: September 2013,  Issue: Vol. 25/No.8, Download as PDF

Archive of articles published in the September 2013, Vol. 25/No.8 issue.

Updates from the Computing Community Consortium

The mission of CRA’s Computing Community Consortium is to catalyze the computing research community and enable the pursuit of innovative, high-impact research. In its six years of existence, the CCC has conducted activities aimed at strengthening the research community, articulating compelling research visions, and aligning those visions with pressing national and global challenges. CCC has developed white papers and organized events to communicate the importance of those visions to policymakers, government and industry stakeholders, the public, and the research community itself.

Announcing the 2014 Microsoft Research Faculty Fellowship Program

Microsoft Research is inviting nominations for its 2014 Faculty Fellowship program, starting on August 28, 2013. This program recognizes and supports exceptional early-career faculty engaged in innovative computing research. Only one (1) application will be accepted per research institution. The potential Fellows for the Microsoft Research Faculty Fellowship program must be nominated by their research institution, and their nominations must be confirmed by a letter from the head of the institution. Nominations and applications deadline: September 30, 2013

The 2013 Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing Conference

The annual Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing (GHC) is a multi-day conference focused exclusively on the research and career interests of women in computing. GHC is the flagship conference of the Anita Borg Institute and is presented in partnership with the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM). Inspired by the legacy of Rear Admiral Grace Murray Hopper, the architect behind COBOL, GHC was first held in 1994, led by Anita Borg, founder of the Anita Borg Institute (ABI), and Telle Whitney, current CEO of ABI. GHC encourages women to pursue and remain in the field of computer science by providing a wide range of role models, peer-networking opportunities, and up-to-date information on advanced technical opportunities and career paths in computing. The conference offers multiple sessions designed to address specific career development needs of women in computing.

Collaborative Research Experience for Undergraduates: the CREU program still going strong at 15

The Collaborative Research Experience for Undergraduates (CREU) program has evolved in a number of ways since it was introduced by CRA-W under the name “CREW” in 1998. But several key ingredients – collaboration, cohort, and strong mentoring – remain central to the program. Administered jointly by CRA-W and the Coalition to Diversify Computing (CDC) since 2004, CREU encourages and supports undergraduates and minorities in computing research. The goal of the program is to increase the number of women and minorities who continue on to graduate school in computer science and computer engineering.

CISE Looks Ahead to 2014

As October approaches and we transition to a new federal fiscal year (FY), it’s a great opportunity to pause to reflect on FY 2013 and look ahead to FY 2014. It has been an exciting year for the Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) Directorate at the National Science Foundation (NSF). In FY 2013, CISE’s budget surpassed $850 million. The directorate received nearly 7,500 research proposals and plans more than 1,500 grant awards. These investments are estimated to support the work of nearly 8,000 senior researchers and over 7,000 graduate and undergraduate students.As we embark upon FY 2014 and a new academic year, let me share with you key updates and describe some of the opportunities the CISE community can expect as we continue our commitment to advancing the frontiers of our discipline.

Nominations Open for 2014 CRA Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Researchers

The Computing Research Association is pleased to announce the annual CRA Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Researchers, which recognizes undergraduate students in North American colleges and universities who show outstanding research potential in an area of computing research. The award is a terrific way to recognize your best student researchers and your department. The deadline for nominations is Friday, October 25, 2013.

CCC Calls for New Visioning Proposals

The Computing Community Consortium (CCC) solicits proposals for workshops that will create exciting visions and agendas for research at the frontiers of computing. Successful workshops will articulate new research visions, galvanize community interest in those visions, and mobilize support for those visions from the computing research community, government leaders, and funding agencies.