Talking With PCAST

I told three stories at PCAST — The Google Story, Model Checking, and Machine Learning — as a way to illustrate the importance of sustained federal funding of basic research in computer science, the rapid pace of innovation in our field, and the deep scientific contributions we offer besides our obvious technological ones. 

Why Peer Review Matters

At the most recent Snowbird conference, there was a plenary session during which the panelists and audience discussed the peer review processes in computing research, especially as they pertain to a related debate on conferences versus journals. It’s good to go back to first principles to see why peer review matters, to inform how we then would think about process.

Breaking the Cycle

Today's practice of a deadline-driven approach to research is potentially bad for our field. Instead, our focus should be on the quality of the research we do. And our goal should be on advancing the frontiers of science and engineering.

Windmills in the Water

A call to the computer science community for what a research agenda might look like for the role of information and communications technologies in energy, the environment, climate science, and more broadly, sustainability.
In February, President Obama pegged Melissa Hathaway of the National Security Council to do a 60-day review of the nation’s cybersecurity policy. Midway through the 60 days, her office called me at the National Science Foundation asking me to reach out to the academic community of researchers and educators for their input.

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