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CRA-Industry Virtual Roundtable on Best Practices on Using the Cloud for Computing Research


A major focus in computing research across industry, academia, and government is to advance the frontiers of computing by experimenting with leading-edge compute platforms. This was initially at odds with early instances of cloud/warehouse computing that focused on deploying commodity rather than state-of-the-art systems. However, cloud computing platforms have advanced significantly during the last two decades to the point where there are now many notable examples of their use in research. Further, the cloud’s “pay as you go” model has proved attractive for research related to machine learning and data analytics that benefit from elastic provisioning of resources. It is noteworthy that NSF has extended its CloudBank portal with a CloudBank Catalog with links to commercial cloud services that can be paid from NSF grants. Hence, increased use of the cloud for computing research could offer new revenue opportunities to cloud providers, in addition to joint research across industry and academia. There will also likely be a crossover from the use of cloud computing for research to its use in teaching, thereby making future generations of computing professionals more accustomed to cloud platforms.

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CRA Industry Roundtable: Corporate Responsibility and Computing Research


Today, more companies are deliberately extending their social responsibility initiatives at the behest of investors, customers, and employees. How should industry be viewing and factoring societal equity into its research agendas? This roundtable will explore the concept, principles, and best practices of socially responsible computing research. Ideally, participants will gain a sense of considerations that might apply to their strategic research planning by developing a broad framework for the concept of research equity that goes beyond recent examples in machine learning.

2020 Career Mentoring Workshop


The eleventh biennial Career Mentoring Workshop was held by the Computing Research Association on February 27 and 28, 2020 in Washington, DC. This exciting workshop provides advice and mentoring activities for those starting an academic computing research career. Most attendees are in their first or second year as assistant professors. The workshop, consisting of a series of panels, is interspersed with opportunities to network with senior researchers and representatives from government agencies.

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2019 URMD Grad Cohort


At the CRA URMD Grad Cohort Workshop, participants will spend two days interacting with senior computing researchers and professionals, who will share pertinent information on graduate school survival skills, as well as more personal information and insights about their experiences. The workshop includes a mix of formal presentations and informal discussions and social events. By attending URMD Grad Cohort, participants will build mentoring relationships and develop peer networks that will form the basis for ongoing activities during their graduate career and beyond.

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Summit on Technology and Jobs


The goal of the summit was to put the issue of technology and jobs on the national agenda in an informed and deliberate manner. The summit brought together leading technologists, economists, and policy experts who offered their views on where technology is headed and what its impact may be, and on policy issues raised by these projections and possible policy responses. The summit was hosted by the Computing Research Association, as part of its mission to engage the computing research community to provide trusted, non-partisan input to policy thinkers and makers.

2018 CRA Grad Cohort Workshop for Underrepresented Minorities + Persons with Disabilities (URMD)


At the CRA URMD Grad Cohort Workshop, participants spent two days interacting with senior computing researchers and professionals, who shared pertinent information on graduate school survival skills, as well as more personal information and insights about their experiences. The workshop included a mix of formal presentations and informal discussions and social events. By attending URMD Grad Cohort participants were able to build mentoring relationships and develop peer networks that will form the basis for ongoing activities during their graduate career and beyond.