CRA Conference

This invitation-only biennial conference is for chairs of departments of Computer Science, Computer Engineering, and Information Technology, and leaders from U.S. industrial and government computing research laboratories and centers interested in computing research issues.

After careful consideration of the current and projected situation surrounding the pandemic, CRA’s 2020 Conference at Snowbird planning committee has unfortunately decided to cancel the in-person conference scheduled to take place at Snowbird, Utah, July 21-23, 2020.

We trust you find this decision as disappointing as we do. For nearly 50 years, we have had the honor of bringing the leadership of the computing research community together every other year at Snowbird for the benefit of the community. But given the uncertainty surrounding travel and large gatherings this summer, and the need to come to a decision in sufficient time to allow our participants to make plans, we cannot commit to holding the in-person portion of the conference this year.

In place of the in-person event, we are currently exploring options to provide a virtual conference during the dates of July 22-23. The virtual conference agenda will be specialized to include content we feel is necessary for the community to hear and engage with, useful in understanding and operating in the current environment, or of sufficient general interest to merit inclusion. We are now moving forward with plans to hold a full in-person Conference at Snowbird in late July/early August 2021 and will resume our regular conference pattern of every other year with a conference in 2022 and subsequent even number years. Future dates are subject to change.

We’ll share additional details on our plans in the coming weeks. In the meantime, thanks for your patience and understanding during this unprecedented time.

If you have any questions about the conference, please direct them to

Invitees: Computer science, computer engineering, and information technology department chairs; assistant, associate, and prospective chairs; directors of graduate or undergraduate education; directors of industry or government research labs/centers; and professional society or government leaders in computing.

Questions: may be addressed to

2020 Conference
July 22-23, 2020

Future Conferences: 2021, 2022, 2024

Past Conferences: 2018 – 2016 – 2014 201220102008200620042002

Images from the 2018 Conference:

2018 CRA Snowbird