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Young Researchers: Apply for the Seventh Heidelberg Laureate Forum – September 22-27, 2019

By Helen Wright, CCC Senior Program Associate

Apply to come to the seventh Heidelberg Laureate Forum in September 2019!

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World’s Largest Technology Companies Create Historic Partnership on AI

By Greg Hager, CCC Past Chair and Johns Hopkins University, with contributions from Eric Horvitz, Microsoft Research and a past President of AAAI

In a recent blog post, we summarized the report of an academic/industry roundtable, which, among other recommendations, advocated for mechanisms to support long-term, strategic, and sustained conversation between academics and industry representatives. Recently, one such mechanism came into being with the announcement of the Partnership on AI by a consortium consisting of Microsoft, Google, Amazon, Facebook, and IBM.

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Workshop on Opportunities in Robotics, Automation, and Computer Science

By CCC Staff

Manufacturing currently comprises about 12% of the US GDP — roughly 1.8 trillion USD. Although there is a perception (and some truth) to the fact that manufacturing is leaving the US for low wage countries, there are many manufacturers that are interested in innovating in ways that would grow manufacturing (and jobs!) in the US. There are many efforts, such as the recently announced National Network for Manufacturing Initiative (NNMI), to accelerate this trend. How can the robotics and computing research communities support these efforts? To answer this question, the Robotics VO, National Science Foundation (NSF), The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), and the Computing Community Consortium (CCC) brought together 28 participants from industry, academia and government to discuss opportunities in advanced manufacturing for robotics, automation and computer science October 21, 2013, at the White House Conference Center.

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Are you working on the Taulbee Survey?

The CRA Taulbee Survey is in progress. The deadline for the salary section is November 18 and the deadline for the rest of the survey is January 18, 2017.

If you are the academic unit head of a U.S. or Canadian department granting doctoral degrees in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, and/or Information, you should have received emails about the survey. If you did not, please check with the CRA Director of Statistics, Dr. Betsy Bizot, at bizot@cra.org.

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Women More Likely Than Men to Leave Intro CS Courses Due to Teaching Style and Rigor

By Jane Stout, CERP Director

CERP recently collected data from Intro CS students as part of the “booming enrollments” research underway at the CRA. Within this dataset, a sample of undergraduate students (N = 50) who had recently dropped an Intro CS course reported their reasons for doing so. Women were significantly more likely than men to report they did not enjoy their Intro CS professor’s teaching style, and that the course content was too challenging, p < .05. These findings suggest that the “weed out” technique in Intro CS may have a more negative impact on women than men, and that the current “boom,” if left unchecked, has the potential to impair diversity efforts in CS.

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Women and Men Ph.D. Students Have Different Experiences in the Computing Community

By Jane Stout, CERP Director

CERP data indicate, among Ph.D. students, women feel more like an outsider, more like their ideas or opinions were minimized or ignored by others in their department, and are less confident in their ability to discuss theory with senior members in their field compared to men.

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