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CSTB Releases Report Fostering Responsible Computing Research: Foundations and Practices

The National Academies’ Computer Science and Telecommunications Board (CSTB) released a new report, Fostering Responsible Computing Research: Foundations and Practices. The report outlines recommendations for the computing research community to ensure ethical and societal impacts are thought through and a part of the conversation from the start.

The National Academics’ CSTB was created to advise the nation on technical and public policy issues pertaining to computing. This includes social and economic implications, sustaining leadership in computing innovation, and using computing in desirable and beneficial ways. The board is comprised of leading experts in the field, one of which is CCC Council Member David Danks.

On May 2nd, the project’s Committee Chair, Barbara Grosz, discussed the key findings and recommendations from the report. You can see the webinar recording here. In Grosz’s talk, she stressed that the report and its recommendations carry no expectation that computer scientists and engineers become experts in areas of scholarship such as ethics, psychology, sociology etc.


CRA Opportunity Board

Last year the Computing Research Association (CRA) launched an Opportunity Board to enable recent new PhD graduates and members of the community that are looking for postdocs to connect. This is a continuation of the Opportunity Board used to match potential postdocs and mentors during the CIFellows 2021 process. The board allows for the posting of postdoc opportunities by potential mentors and posts by those looking for a postdoc opportunity. We encourage members of the community to use this as a resource.

You are able to search for potential postdocs and available postdoc positions by research area. This board is monitored by CRA, but we will not endorse any posts or make any recommendations. Posts will remain for six months before being removed. If you find a match, please remove your profile from the Opportunity Board. You can view the board here.


NITRD 30th Anniversary Symposium Recap

The NITRD 30th Anniversary Symposium was held in Washington D.C. at the National Spy Museum. The event provided an opportunity for the computing research community to come together and celebrate the impact that federal funding has had on computing technologies, innovations and the world at large. The day featured insightful remarks from key leaders in the community including Alondra Nelson (Deputy Assistant to the President Deputy Director for Science and Society White House Office of Science and Technology Policy), Barbara McQuiston (Director of Defense Research and Engineering for Research and Technology in the Department of Defense), Kamie Roberts (Director of the National Coordination Office for the Networking and Information Technology Research and Development Program), Sethuraman (“Panch”) Panchanathan (Director of the National Science Foundation), Erwin Gianchandani  (NSF) and the Computing Community Consortium’s Chair Elizabeth Bradley.

The event consisted of five panels, each composed of four to five experts discussing the impact federal funding has had on their field and what entities funding should focus on going forward.

AAAS Annual Meeting 2022 – Robotics: Empowering not Replacing People

As further advancements in Artificial Intelligence are made, automated processes and robotics are becoming a ubiquitous entity in the workforce. As a result, there is a growing concern among the public that robots will replace humans and cause a massive job shortage. The Computing Community Consortium (CCC) organized the “Robotics: Empowering not Replacing People” scientific session at the 2022 American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Annual Meeting in February to address this concern in the public perception.


NITRD 30th Anniversary Commemoration

The Networking and Information Technology Research and Development (NITRD) Program is the Nation’s primary source of federally funded work on pioneering information technologies (IT) in computing, networking, and software. On December 9th, 2021 the 30th Anniversary of the NITRD program occurred during the height of the pandemic, and accordingly a virtual commemoration was held on December 2nd, 2021 to celebrate the incredible achievements of the last 30 years while maintaining social distancing measures. While the anniversary has passed we will be hosting an in-person event on May 25th, 2022 in Washington, D.C. to commemorate this milestone.

Submit a Proposal for the 2023 AAAS Annual Meeting

After two years of being virtual, the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) is thrilled to announce the 2023 AAAS Annual Meeting will be held in person March 2-5, 2023 in Washington D.C. AAAS is the world’s largest multidisciplinary scientific society dedicated to the advancement of science for societal good and each year they hold a Annual Meeting featuring lectures, flash talk sessions, e-poster presentations and international exhibit hall to bring together experts form a broad range of disciplines to discuss new research and developments in science, technology and policy.

The theme for next year is Science for Humanity and will aim to highlight groundbreaking multi-disciplinary research that advances knowledge and responds equitably to the needs of humanity. The Computing Community Consortium (CCC) has attended and hosted sessions since 2013. You can find out more about the CCC’s past contributions on our website.

They have just announced they are now accepting proposals for 2023 meeting sessions. Proposals are due before June 16th, 2022.

Community Response to RFI on Incentives, Infrastructure, and Research and Development Needs To Support a Strong Domestic Semiconductor Industry

The Computing Community Consortium (CCC) with input from CRA-Industry recently responded to the Department of Commerce and the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Request for Information on Incentives, Infrastructure, and Research and Development Needs to Support a Strong Domestic Semiconductor Industry. The RFI was seeking information in order to inform
the planning and design of potential programs to: Incentivize investment in semiconductor manufacturing facilities and associated ecosystems; provide for shared infrastructure to accelerate semiconductor research, development, and prototyping; and support research related to advanced packaging and advanced metrology to ensure a robust domestic semiconductor industry.

CCC Releases “Meta Hybrid” Report Out

The Computing Community Consortium (CCC) sponsored a hybrid workshop “Best Practices for Hybrid Workshops” where around 30 participants from the fields of academia, industry, and government were given the opportunity to discuss the costs, benefits, and risks of Hybrid conferences, which have become increasingly prevalent since the beginning of Covid-19.

Organized by Sujata Banerjee (VMware), Maria Gini (University of Minnesota), Daniel P. Lopresti (Lehigh University), and Holly Yanco (University of Massachusetts Lowell), this workshop focused on discussing the increased inequities introduced by hybrid conferences, such as difficulties for visually and verbally impaired individuals to follow presentations, the loss of social interaction between conference participants, and problems with incompatible technologies, such as outdated software on participants’ computers.

We are very pleased to release the Meta Hybrid Visioning Report Out that synthesizes the findings and best practices from the visioning activity. The report focuses on sustainability, social factors, technology and accessibility in the context of hybrid settings.

You can view the full report here.

Mechanism Design for Improving Hardware Security Orientation Recap

On January 13th, the Computing Community Consortium (CCC) held an orientation webinar as an introduction for a CCC visioning workshop on Mechanism Design for Improving Hardware Security to be held in the summer of 2022 (exact date and location TBD). Hosted by workshop organizers Simha Sethumadhavan (Columbia University) and Tim Sherwood (University of California Santa Barbara), the orientation consisted of pre-recorded presentations and a Q&A with the speakers. The slide deck, pre-recorded presentation video, recording of the Q&A session and a transcript of the Q&A are linked and posted on the workshop webpage.
For participation in this workshop, we request white papers of no more than two pages. Please fill out this wufoo submission form to submit a white paper, by April 10th.