Archive of articles published in the 2023 issue.

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CRA 2022 Taulbee Survey: Record Doctoral Degree Production; More Increases in Undergrad Enrollment Despite Increased Degree Production


This article and the accompanying figures and tables present the results from the 52nd annual CRA Taulbee Survey. The survey, conducted annually by the Computing Research Association, documents trends in student enrollment, degree production, employment of graduates, and faculty salaries in academic units in the United States and Canada that grant the Ph.D. in computer science (CS), computer engineering (CE), or information (I). Most of these academic units are departments, but some are colleges or schools of information or computing. In this report, we will use the term “department” to refer to the unit offering the program.

CRA Senior Communications Specialist Shar Steed is Moving On!


This issue of CRN marks the last of Shar Steed’s tenure at CRA, as she’s leaving us to pursue other opportunities. Shar has handled the bulk of CRA’s communications responsibilities since 2012, when she joined us as a Communications Specialist from AAAS. In the intervening 10+ years, she rose to Senior Communications Specialist and helped facilitate a complete rebranding of CRA, presided over the revamping of the CRA website, socials, and our newsletters, helped launch several new publications – including the CRA Member Book and the initial version of the CV Database, and just in general made CRA communications work. We will miss all her contributions, and her role as an amazing member of the CRA staff.

CRA Update: Keeping you in the Know


Each year, the CRA Board launches a number of working groups that focus on timely topics of interest to the computing research community. Sometimes a working group is launched for just a short time (a year or less), while other times a working group meets regularly for much longer. In this month’s CRA Update, we provide the current status (written by the chair(s)) of all six of CRA’s current working groups. All CRA committees and working groups (and their membership) are available here:  https://cra.org/committees/.

Call for Nominations! — 2023 CRA-CCC Leadership in Science Policy Institute


As part of its mission to develop the next generation of leaders in the computing research community, the Computing Research Association’s Computing Community Consortium (CCC) announces the sixth offering of the CCC Leadership in Science Policy Institute (LiSPI). The workshop is intended to educate computing researchers on how science policy in the U.S. is formulated and how our government works. We seek nominations for participants.

LiSPI will be centered around a two-day workshop to be held November 16–17 2023, in Washington, DC. (Full details of LiSPI are available here.)

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Expanding the Pipeline: The CRA-WP 2023 IDEALS Workshop


The CRA-WP 2023 Grad Cohort Workshop for Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Leadership Skills (IDEALS) was held in Honolulu, Hawaii March 23-25.  The workshop is part of an effort to widen the participation, access, opportunities, and experience of individuals in computing research by building and mentoring nationwide communities throughout their graduate studies. The workshop has […]

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CRA-E Research Highlight: Undergrad talks about mentorship and Quantum research


This Q&A highlight features Jay Zou, an Honorable Mention in the 2022 CRA Outstanding Undergraduate Researchers award program. Jay is a senior in a combined B.A. and M.S. program at Northwestern University. He recently finished a term at Apple and is now working as a visiting researcher at Stanford University. He will be returning to Apple this summer as a camera architecture intern, and then beginning his PhD in Applied Physics at Yale University in the fall, focusing on unconventional computing architecture and quantum nonlinear optics. This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

CCC Releases Mechanism Design for Improving Hardware Security Workshop Report


The Computing Community Consortium (CCC) is pleased to release the Mechanism Design for Improving Hardware Security Workshop Report. On August 24-25, 2022, the CCC held a visioning workshop on Mechanism Design for Improving Hardware Security in Washington, D.C. Led by Simha Sethumadhavan and Tim Sherwood, the workshop brought together experts in hardware and software security, economics, and government policy to investigate ways to improve the design and uptake of hardware security mechanisms.

The CCC Releases Mid-cycle Update to the US National Robotics Roadmap


In honor of National Robotics Week, the Computing Community Consortium is releasing a mid-cycle update to the US National Robotics Roadmap. The US National Robotics Roadmap is updated every four years. Since the last update in September 2020, the world has changed significantly. The COVID pandemic has slowed, there is another administration in Washington, the National Robotics Initiative has officially ended, and the political climate for international trade is constantly changing. Given all these aspects, the Computing Community Consortium (CCC) is publishing a minor revision of the roadmap before the next regular update in 2024.

CCC Releases the Artificial Intelligence/Operations Research Workshop II Report Out


The CCC just released the 2nd Report Out in the three part Artificial Intelligence/Operations Research Visioning Workshop series. In September of 2021, the CCC along with the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS) and ACM SIGAI, held the first AI/OR workshop virtually, during which they reviewed the current state of AI/OR research and developed a strategic vision for increased collaboration between the two fields. You can view the Report Out from the first workshop here.