The flagship conference
for academic and research laboratory
administrators interested in computing research issues.
The CRA Conference at Snowbird brings together the chairs of Ph.D.-granting
departments of computer science and computer engineering, as well as leaders
from U.S. industrial and government computing research laboratories. A
number of other senior people from research groups, government, academia, and
professional societies also attend. It is a relatively small (200-250 people)
but very influential group. The goal of the conference is to provide a
context in which attendees discuss practical and strategic issues facing
their organizations. This opportunity to network with peers is one of the
most valuable aspects of the conference.
The major theme of the CRA Conference at
Snowbird 2000 was "Computer Science in the New Millennium." What
will computer science departments, research, and teaching look like? What
are the potential issues that may arise, and how will they be addressed? The President of the National Academy of Engineering, William A.
Wulf, addressed the topic, "Some Challenges for Computer Science as it Enters the
21st Century." Three plenary sessions, two of which were joint
industry/academic sessions, included: 1) Important Research Areas for the
New Millennium; 2) Impact of the Economic Development Imperative on the
Universities; and 3) Educational Challenges for the New Millennium. The
program offered a workshop for new department chairs, as well as a workshop
for deans (new this year).
Industrial research directors attended regular conference sessions and events, including two joint industry/academic plenary sessions (mentioned above) and one joint workshop, "University Venture Capital/Incubation Initiatives." Other workshops were specifically oriented toward issues of concern to industry, such as: "Using Spin-offs and Venture Capital to Market New Ideas" and "Managing Industrial Research Labs."
Members of the CRA Conference at Snowbird 2000 Committee:
|Co-Chairs:|| John A. Stankovic (University
of Virginia), Academic
Frances E. Allen (T. J. Watson Research Center), Industry
|Members:|| James Foley (Georgia Tech
and the Yamacraw Mission)
David S. Johnson (AT&T Labs--Research)
James Kurose (University of Massachusetts, Amherst)
Eric Manning (University of Victoria)
Barbara Ryder (Rutgers University)
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