Tag Archive: CCC Blog

Items from the Computing Community Consortium (CCC) Blog.

Origami-Inspired Robots Spring to Life


Inspired by the traditional Japanese art form of origami, researchers from Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have figured out how to take flat sheets of specialized paper and plastic and make it self-fold into a complex machine that can “get-up and go”.

Extreme Scale Design Automation


The following is a special contribution to this blog by Josep Torrellas, Professor at the Departments of Computer Science and (by courtesy) Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is the Director of the Center for Programmable Extreme Scale Computing, and the Director of the Illinois-Intel Parallelism Center (I2PC). Josep is a member of the Computing Community Consortium (CCC) Council.

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Computer Science for Non-Majors


I’m on sabbatical this year and have been visiting computer science departments at colleges and universities, small and large. One of the recurring stories that I hear is that a growing number of non-majors are choosing to take introductory CS courses. And, some of these students get so excited that they choose to take a second CS course. Although this results in large courses and staffing headaches, it is generally viewed as a good “problem” to have.

Career Paths Shaped by Computing Innovation Fellowship


Last month, Google announced the recipients of its Summer 2013 Research Awards, and two former Computing Innovation Fellows (CIFellows) were among the winners: Mohit Tiwari and Katrina Ligget. These awards are made to researchers in computer science which cover tuition for graduate students and provide the opportunity to work with Google scientists and engineers. Tiwari was a 2011 – 2013 CIFellow at the University of California, Berkeley. He is now an Assistant Professor at University of Texas at Austin. He discusses his path as a CIFellow and his Google Research Award below.

2013 Microsoft Research Faculty Summit – OFF THE CHARTS


From the CCC Blog post on July 16: It’s impossible to convey how great this year’s Microsoft Research Faculty Summit has been: a “who’s who” of attendees from academia; heavy participation by top people from Microsoft Research; superb presentations on a range of research topics; and a total absence of marketing.

What is a “Better Internet?”


What is a “better Internet?” The current Internet has been a remarkable success, providing a platform for innovation that far exceeds its original vision as a research instrument. It is well documented that the Internet has transformed the lives of billions of people in areas as diverse as education, healthcare, entertainment and commerce. Yet many of these successes are threatened by the increasing sophistication of security attacks and the organizations that propagate them. A materially more secure Internet would be “better.”