CRA Conference on "Grand
June 23-26, 2002
Some people say that computer science and engineering research has become "incremental." That is wrong! Deep and exciting challenges remain. But those challenges are not articulated in a compelling way. The Computing Research Association sponsored a conference to ask: What are the "grand research challenges" in computer science and engineering? By articulating them clearly and addressing them in a focused way, the field can continue to make revolutionary progress.
The purpose of the conference was to provoke "out-of-the-box" thinking. Because the scope of computer science and engineering is broad, the organizing committee selected systems as an overall theme for the focus of the first conference. The conference was a prototype for a series of conferences on grand research challenges.
Many trends suggest the opportunity for dramatic advancements: miniaturization, micro-electro-mechanical devices, nano-technology, and wireless communications are some building blocks. New research agendas and paradigms need to be clarified-- and this was the main thrust of the conference.
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