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Announcements from the Computing Research Association.

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Ruzena K. Bajcsy Receives NAE Founders Award


Ruzena K. Bajcsy, the 2003 recipient of the CRA Distinguished Service Award, recently received the 2016 Simon Ramo Founders Award from the National Academy of Engineering.

The award webpage states: “Her current research is in the use of robotic technology, namely measuring and extracting noninvasively kinematic and dynamic parameters of individual in order to assess their physical movement capabilities or limitations. If there are limitations, her students have designed assistive devices that can compensate for the lack of kinematic agility and /or physical strength.”

2016 CRA Taulbee Survey Schedule


The 2016 CRA Taulbee Survey will be starting soon. As we did last year, the survey will be split into two parts, salary and main (everything else). This allows us to set an earlier deadline for the salary section in order to produce a preliminary salary report in December, while giving departments more time to collect and enter the information in the rest of the survey.

The schedule will be as follows:

  • By September 9: All doctoral departments will be contacted to update Taulbee user information. The academic unit head will receive an email and so will the Taulbee primary contact, if separate.
  • September 13: PDF will be available for data gathering.
  • September 27: Both sections of the Taulbee will open for input.
  • November 18: Due date for salary section.
  • December 19: Preliminary salary report available.
  • January 18, 2017: Due date for the main Taulbee section.
  • April 2017: Full Taulbee report to CRA members and participating departments.
  • May 2017: Published in CRN.
  • Save the Dates: Next Two CRA Conferences at Snowbird


    The next two CRA Conferences at Snowbird have been scheduled.
    2018: Monday, July 16 – Wednesday, July 18.
    2020: Tuesday, July 21 – Thursday, July 23.

    The upcoming conference dates are revised somewhat from past schedules with the intent of making the Conference more family friendly by avoiding weekends. Because of the long lead time for reserving space at Cliff Lodge, this is being implemented gradually.

    We do not record the conference presentations in order to encourage free-flowing discussions, but we do post the presentations by every speaker who provides them to us. For 2016 click: here. Names and sessions highlighted in blue have an associated presentation.

    And a special thank you to everyone who submitted evaluations of the 2016 conference. We read this carefully and do our best to improve the conference based upon feedback.

    Announcements


    CRA Welcomes Visa Research as its Newest Industry Member
    Visa Research has recently joined CRA as one of its Lab and Center Members.

    Martonosi Named Cornell’s Andrew D. White Professor-at-Large
    CRA board member Margaret Martonosi has been appointed one of Cornell University’s Andrew D. White Professors-at-Large.

    ACM Athena Lecturer Award 
    The ACM Athena Lecturer Award  celebrates women researchers who have made fundamental contributions to computer science. Two CCC Council members have received the award in recent years: Jennifer Rexford of Princeton University (2015) and Katherine Yelick of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (2013).
    Deadline:  November 30, 2016

    National Science Foundation Awards
    The National Science Foundation is currently accepting nominations for two prestigious awards. The Alan Waterman Award recognizes an outstanding young researcher in any field of science or engineering supported by NSF.  The Vannevar Bush Award honors truly exceptional lifelong leaders in science and technology who have made substantial contributions to the welfare of the Nation through public service activities in science, technology, and public policy. Nomination forms are available at: https://www.fastlane.nsf.gov/honawards/.

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    New CRA Board Member: Mario A. Nascimento


    Mario A. Nascimento is a full professor at the University of Alberta’s Department of Computing Science and since July 2014 serves as chair of the Department. Before joining the University of Alberta in 1999, he was a researcher with the Brazilian Agency for Agricultural Research and also an adjunct faculty member with the Institute of Computing of the University of Campinas. Mario has also been a visiting professor at the National University of Singapore’s School of Computing (Fall 2005), Aalborg University’s Department of Computer Science (Winter 2006), LMU Munich (Fall 2013-Winter 2014) and at the Federal University of Ceara in Brazil (2013 and 2014). In 2007 he was recognized as a Senior Member of the ACM.

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    New CRA RSS Subscription Center


    CRA has several RSS feeds available, and now you can view them all on a single webpage. Visit this page to view and subscribe to resources that interest you most. When you subscribe to a resource, you will receive an email when new content is posted. CRA will add more customized email options in the future, so stay tuned.

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    In Memoriam: David S. Johnson


    CRA regrets to report that former CRA board member David S. Johnson, 70, passed away on March 8. He was a leader and advocate for algorithms and all of theoretical computer science. David wrote the NP-completeness column for the Journal on Algorithms and later the ACM Transactions on Algorithms, as well as “A Catalog of Complexity Classes” for the 1990 Handbook of Theoretical Computer Science. He founded the Symposium on Discrete Algorithms (SODA), a conference that is now often mentioned with STOC and FOCS as a top theory venue. He also created the DIMACS algorithms challenges, and led SIGACT from 1987-1991, during which time he transformed the organization. David also served as its face for many years thereafter.

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    Fred Schneider Receives Service to CRA Award


    The Computing Research Association (CRA) is pleased to honor Fred Schneider, the Samuel B. Eckert Professor and Chair of Computer Science at Cornell University, with a Service to CRA Award for his work with the organization. Fred was a member of the CRA Board from 2007 to 2016, during which time he thought deeply about how to have positive impact on the computing research community and spearheaded several key initiatives.

    Introducing the CRA-E Undergraduate Research Faculty Mentoring Award Winners


    The Education Committee of the Computing Research Association (CRA-E) is proud to announce three winners of the inaugural CRA-E Undergraduate Research Faculty Mentoring Award. Congratulations to the 2016 award recipients: Pieter Abbeel, from the University of California, Berkeley; Marie desJardins, from the University of Maryland Baltimore County; and Judy Goldsmith from the University of Kentucky. These outstanding individuals are recognized for providing exceptional mentorship, undergraduate research experiences, and, in parallel, guidance on admission and matriculation of these students to research-focused graduate programs in computing. The 2016 selection committee included Nancy Amato (Texas A&M University, committee chair); Eric Aaron (Vassar College); Pat Morreale (Kean University); and Barbara Ryder (Virginia Tech). This year’s awards will be presented at the 2016 CRA Conference at Snowbird.