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CRA-Industry Call for Council Nominations

Please submit your nominations before Tuesday, February 14th! 

The Computing Research Association – Industry (CRA-I) is charged with increasing interaction between industry partners and other organizations involved in computing research for the benefit of all. Established in 2020 as a committee of the Computing Research Association (CRA), CRA-I is a growing community of computer science researchers from industry who are interested in collaborating with other researchers from industry, academia, and government to improve societal outcomes.

To fulfill its mission, CRA-I needs visionary leaders — people with great ideas, sound judgment, and the willingness to work collaboratively to see things through to completion. To that end, CRA-I is starting a Council of eventually 21 researchers representing the breadth and diversity of industry today.

Given the support you have provided us in the past, please consider submitting a self-nomination for the Council and help us by nominating outstanding colleagues.

Currently, CRA-I carries out its work through an active and engaged seven member Steering Committee (SC), co-chaired by Vivek Sarkar (Georgia Tech) and Ben Zorn (Microsoft Research). CRA-I is fully supported by a Senior Program Associate at CRA, Helen Wright.

Our expectation is that Council members will serve for a three year term.

Here are some activities that we hope CRA-I Council members will participate in:

  • Develop and lead new activities that you are passionate about that CRA-I should pursue, for the benefit of the computing research industry community
  • Identify areas where CRA-I should focus its efforts
  • Shepherd and participate in roundtable discussions and/or workshops
  • Write whitepapers and reports
  • Coordinate CRA-I activities with the rest of CRA
  • Think about ways CRA-I should grow as a committee
  • Participate in monthly virtual meetings
  • Handle other requests from and for the community (e.g., responding to agency RFIs), as needed

Please send nominations, together with the information below, to industryinfo@cra.org by 11:59 PM EST on February 14th, 2023.

Please include:

  • Name, affiliation, and email address of the nominee.
  • Technical areas of interest.
  • Previous significant service to your professional community and other relevant experience (no more than *five* items).
  • Nominee’s resume (link to a webpage is fine).
  • A few sentences about why this candidate would be a great addition to the CRA-I Council.
  • The names and contact information (email and phone) for 2-3 people who would be knowledgeable about the nominee’s potential for such a service role.

If you have any questions, please direct them to the CRA-I Senior Program Associate Helen Wright (hwright@cra.org).

CRA-I Computing Research in Industry Roundtable

Computing Research Association – Industry (CRA-I) held a roundtable in November organized by Jaime Teevan (Microsoft) and Ben Zorn (Microsoft) on Computing Research in Industry, which was based on the very successful and well attended session of the same name at the CRA Conference at Snowbird 2022. The roundtable was moderated by Fatma Özcan (Google) and the speakers were Lisa Amini (IBM Research Cambridge), Ben Carterette (Spotify), Jaime Teevan (Microsoft), and Manuela Veloso (J.P. Morgan Chase AI Research). 

One of the interesting questions that Özcan asked is how each company thinks of problems and how they are selected. As in, are they top down or bottom up? 

Teevan described Microsoft Research as supporting bottom-up research, driven by the creativity and innovation of each of its researchers and labs. Questions such as “what does the world want to know, what does the literature suggest, and what is interesting?” The impact driven research that Microsoft also does, as Teevan explained, tends to be more top down and driven to directly address the challenges. 

Amini said at IBM individual researchers are always also bringing forward ideas, hopefully ideas that could drive an entire new field, new line of research, and/ or big efforts. Sometimes they are smaller. It can be something that needs to incubate for a while. As research matures, Amini said they often work with the product groups to transfer the new technology and collaboratively refine. 

Carterette mentioned that Spotify gets their priorities top down. “Leadership informs teams what the priorities are for the company, but then within those priorities we’re free to find what we want to work on and where we want to have impact,” he said, adding that research teams work closely with product teams for the entire lifecycle of a research question. 

Veloso and her team initiate their own projects that are motivated by the company’s goals. Once they discover something, they can help the company refine their business practices and directions.

It is clear that all researchers enjoy applying their creativity to new problems and these companies whether top down or bottom up allow them to do just that. Learn more and see the full recording from the roundtable here.

CRA-Industry Call for Council Nominations

The Computing Research Association – Industry (CRA-I) is charged with increasing interaction between industry partners and other organizations involved in computing research for the benefit of all. Established in 2020 as a committee of the Computing Research Association (CRA), CRA-I is a growing community of computer science researchers from industry who are interested in collaborating with other researchers from industry, academia, and government to improve societal outcomes.

To fulfill its mission, CRA-I needs visionary leaders — people with great ideas, sound judgment, and the willingness to work collaboratively to see things through to completion. To that end, CRA-I is starting a Council of eventually 21 researchers representing the breadth and diversity of industry today.

Given the support you have provided us in the past, please consider submitting a self-nomination for the Council and help us by nominating outstanding colleagues.

Currently, CRA-I carries out its work through an active and engaged seven member Steering Committee (SC), co-chaired by Vivek Sarkar (Georgia Tech) and Ben Zorn (Microsoft Research). CRA-I is fully supported by a Senior Program Associate at CRA, Helen Wright.

Our expectation is that Council members will serve for a three year term. 

Here are some activities that we hope CRA-I Council members will participate in:

  • Develop and lead new activities that you are passionate about that CRA-I should pursue, for the benefit of the computing research industry community 
  • Identify areas where CRA-I should focus its efforts 
  • Shepherd and participate in roundtable discussions and/or workshops
  • Write whitepapers and reports 
  • Coordinate CRA-I activities with the rest of CRA
  • Think about ways CRA-I should grow as a committee 
  • Participate in monthly virtual meetings
  • Handle other requests from and for the community (e.g., responding to agency RFIs), as needed

Please send nominations, together with the information below, to industryinfo@cra.org by 11:59 PM EST on February 14th, 2023

Please include:

  • Name, affiliation, and email address of the nominee.
  • Technical areas of interest.
  • Previous significant service to your professional community and other relevant experience (no more than *five* items).
  • Nominee’s resume (link to a webpage is fine).
  • A few sentences about why this candidate would be a great addition to the CRA-I Council.
  • The names and contact information (email and phone) for 2-3 people who would be knowledgeable about the nominee’s potential for such a service role.

If you have any questions, please direct them to the CRA-I Senior Program Associate Helen Wright (hwright@cra.org).