CRA Industry Committee

Our mission: CRA-Industry convenes industry partners on computing research topics of mutual interest and connects our partners with CRA’s academic and government constituents for mutual benefit and improved societal outcomes.

The CRA-Industry standing committee was created in the Fall of 2020 with the goal of reaching out to industry partners involved in computing research and giving them new opportunities to convene and connect on topics of mutual interest.  As a part of the CRA, CRA-Industry also facilitates the interaction between industry partners and other organizations deeply involved in computing research including academic institutions and government agencies.

The CRA-Industry committee recognizes the diversity of companies that participate in the computing research ecosystem and seeks to enable those companies, big and small,  to get the greatest benefit from sharing their experiences with each other.  Furthermore, CRA-Industry recognizes that many companies not traditionally contributing or benefitting from computing research are now actively engaging with the computing research community.  We seek to help such companies engage, contribute, and participate in the computing research community for the benefit of all.

While CRA-Industry is a new committee, we envision activities including hosting virtual round tables, in-person workshops, seeding industry partnerships in collaborations across academia and government, and authoring white papers on topics of interest to our partners.  We also coordinate closely with other CRA committees, such as CRA-WP and the CCC, which have a long history of engaging with industry partners on matters of shared interest.

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CCC Report on the landscape of industry-academic interaction (2015-16)

CCC white paper and CRA Board slides that focuses on the specific increases in faculty interaction that prompted CRA forming the Industry Working Group (June/July 2019)

CRA Industry Working Group white paper reporting survey results from CS departments about industry interaction (August 2020)

CRA Industry Committee Report to CRA Board (February 2021)

Steering Committee

Vivek SarkarVivek Sarkar

Co-Chair

Georgia Tech

ben zornBen Zorn 

Co-Chair

Microsoft

Lorrie-CranorLorrie Cranor

Carnegie Mellon University

Fatma OzcanFatma Özcan

Google

Chris RammingChris Ramming

VMware

DiveshDivesh Srivastava

AT&T

Gilroy_VandentopGil Vandentop

Intel

YY-ZhouYY Zhou

University of California, San Diego