On October 29-30, 2009, 97 people gathered at the Parc 55 Hotel in San Francisco, CA, for the “Discovery and Innovation in Health IT” workshop. This invitation-only event, co-sponsored by several federal agencies and non-profit organizations, sought—through a series of plenary and breakout sessions—to explore and define fun-damental research challenges and opportunities in using information technology to improve health and healthcare.
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Federal investment in university-based research produces the ideas and the people that make the United States the world leader in innovation. If our nation wants researchers tomorrow, then our nation must support the education of researchers today. Educating researchers is commonly viewed as an apprenticeship process. Every Ph.D. dissertation breaks new ground, of course, but relatively few are game-changing.
The Network Science and Engineering (NetSE) Council of CRA’s Computing Community Consortium, led by Georgia Tech’s Ellen Zegura, released an agenda for networking research at the GENI Engineering Conference in Seattle in late July. CCC charged the NetSE Council with developing a comprehensive research agenda that would support the development of better networks. Through a series of workshops and a tremendous amount of community input, the NetSE Council evolved the current draft.
Over the last year, as part of CRA’s CCC program, a group of researchers has formulated a national roadmap for robotics. Robotics programs over the past decade have been scattered across agencies with little or limited cohesion. In 2006, a group of senior community members requested support from the Computing Community Consortium (CCC) to generate a roadmap that would address not only basic research, but national needs ranging from basic research to industrial needs. A series of four workshops were organized during the summer of 2008 to formulate the roadmap.
In this difficult economic time many Ph.D. graduates would be lost to the research and education track if—due to severely reduced hiring by universities and research labs—they accepted positions that would not permit them to pursue their independent scholarly interests. Doing this would diminish dramatically the possibility of a future research career.
On March 25, federal policy-makers and computing researchers came together for the CCC-organized symposium “Computing Research that Changed the World: Reflections and Perspectives” (http://www.cra.org/ccc/locsymposium) to examine the game-changing computing research advances of the past two decades and to extract lessons for structuring future programs to sustain that remarkable track record. Through the kind auspices of Congressman Bart Gordon (D-TN), Chair of the House Science Committee, the symposium was held in the Members Room of the Library of Congress, a spectacular venue.
The Computing Community Consortium was established by the National Science Foundation (NSF) two years ago to identify new visions and opportunities, build and expand communities, and increase support for computing research. The CCC has been busy and productive in the first two years of its existence.
What is a “better Internet?” The current Internet has been a remarkable success, providing a platform for innovation that far exceeds its original vision as a research instrument. It is well documented that the Internet has transformed the lives of billions of people in areas as diverse as education, healthcare, entertainment and commerce. Yet many of these successes are threatened by the increasing sophistication of security attacks and the organizations that propagate them. A materially more secure Internet would be “better.”
The CCC and CRA have launched a new “Computing Research Highlight of the Week” (see: http://www.cra.org/ccc/rh-IM2GPS.php) that highlights recent press releases showcasing high-impact computing research results. When your institution issues a press release describing a particularly noteworthy accomplishment, use our web form to submit it for consideration. Our goal is to draw broader attention to these accomplishments, and to encourage institutions to write press releases that are as interesting and broadly accessible as possible.
The Computing Community Consortium (http://www.cra.org/ccc/) was established by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to enable the computing research community to build research communities focused on exciting new visions for computing research. One piece of this effort is the funding of area-specific workshops in which researchers and potential funders come together to discuss research visions, lay out research road maps, and increase momentum for the area. Here we provide a brief synopsis of the ongoing efforts.
The last week of March 2008 saw the emergence of a significant new era in the world of data-intensive scalable computing. Co-sponsored by the Computing Community Consortium (CCC) and Yahoo!, the first ever Hadoop Summit took place on March 25 in Santa Clara, followed by the first Data-Intensive Computing Symposium on March 26 at the Sunnyvale headquarters of Yahoo!