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CRA Conference at Snowbird 2006


June 25 - 27, 2006

Cliff Lodge, Snowbird Resort

 Snowbird, Utah


Agenda and Slides

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Sunday, June 25
8:00 am - 2:45 pm CRA Board of Directors Meeting (begins Saturday 6PM)
2:00 pm - 7:30 pm Conference Registration
3:00 pm - 6:00 pm Workshop for New Department Chairs 


J Moore (University of Texas at Austin)
Mary Lou Soffa (University of Virginia)
Speakers: Suzanne Hambrusch (Purdue University)
Marc Snir (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign)
Valerie Taylor (Texas A&M University)

3:00 - 4:00 pm:  Role of a department chair:
Faculty (Taylor); Education (Hambrusch);
Vision and strategic planning (Snir, Moore)

4:00 - 5:00 pm:  Dealing with administration:
Deans/provosts (Snir, Taylor)
Administrative staff in Dept. (Hambrusch)
Technical staff in Dept. (Moore)

5:00 - 6:00 pm:  Other Important issues:
Research Funding (Snir, Hambrusch)
Decreasing enrollments (Taylor)
Diversity (Soffa)

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm Welcome Reception
7:00 pm - 9:30 pm Dinner


CRA’s Distinguished Service Award
CRA’s Habermann Award
CRA Special Recognition Award

Keynote Speaker:

Genevieve Bell, PhD
Director, Domestic Designs and Technologies Research, Intel

Topic: Computing for Many Futures
Dr. Bell will draw on her recent ethnographic research in Asia and beyond to illustrate a range of different kinds of computing futures. From issues around power and access to those of emerging usage models, this talk will shine new light on the many technology trajectories already at play around the world, and hint at their possible evolutions.

Monday, June 26
7:00 am - 8:30 am Breakfast Buffet

7:30 am - 6:00 pm

8:30 am - 8:40 am Welcome


David Notkin, University of Washington (Academic Snowbird Chair)
Wim Sweldens, Lucent Technologies, Bell Labs (Labs/Centers Snowbird Chair)
8:40 am - 10:00 am Plenary Session I

Computing Research Funding: Circling the Wagons or Expanding the Frontiers?


Craig Wills (Worcester Polytechnic Institute)


Ed Lazowska (University of Washington), 4.5 MB. Also at
10:00 am - 10:30 am Break
10:30 am – Noon Workshop I (four parallel sessions)
  Interdisciplinary Courses


Ann Gates (University of Texas at El Paso)
Ann Sobel (Miami University)


Randy Pausch (Carnegie Mellon University)
Jon Muzio (University of Victoria)
Jaswinder Pal Singh (Princeton University)

Although computers have long been used as tools in the sciences and engineering, computer science has recently become a crucial part of the intellectual content of other disciplines. In response, colleges and universities have created new courses designed primarily for students in other disciplines, or have launched integrated courses intended to create connections among disciplines and break down traditional barriers. This session will explore the latest experiences in teaching computer science in conjunction with other disciplines, and discuss the interplay (and occasional tensions)  between "core" computer science topics and interdisciplinary work within computer science departments.

  What’s Going on Outside of North America


Andy Bernat (CRA)


Rae Earnshaw (University of Bradford, GB), 35 KB, and slides 1 (190 KB), slides 2 (55 KB), slides 3 (120 KB), slides 4 (260 KB)
Jenny Edwards (University of Technology, Sydney, Australia), 50 KB
Willy Zwaenepoel (Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne), 1.4 MB

CRA is chartered only in North America, so this session provides a view of the issues in computing education and research in the remainder of the world. Presenters on this panel will come from CRA-like organizations that are concerned with the same issues we are facing. They will describe their efforts and activities, many of which impact us as well.

  Opportunities for Computing Research with Government Labs


Juan Meza (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory)


Bill Camp (Sandia National Laboratory)
Deborah Frincke (Pacific Northwest National Laboratory), 2.2 MB
Bill Gropp (Argonne National Laboratory), 1.6 MB
Kathy Yelick (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory; and UC Berkeley CS)

This workshop involves government laboratory representatives reporting about their Computer Science research activities, in particular pointing out opportunities for collaborations, funding, student support and careers at the labs.

  Achieving Success in Interdisciplinary Research


Margaret Wright (New York University)


Steven Fortune (Bell Labs, Lucent Technologies), 210 KB
Daniel Hitchcock (DOE Office of Advanced Scientific Computing Research), 615 KB
Linda Petzold (UC Santa Barbara), 525 KB

For at least ten years, national and international attention has been focused on analyzing the ingredients in success and failure of interdisciplinary research in academia. A 2004 National Academies report describes an array of communication and cultural obstacles, at the same time citing industry and national laboratories as institutions that strongly nurture interdisciplinary research. This session will consider ideas for creating academic environments that support interdisciplinary research, addressing both generic principles and issues specific to computer science.

Noon - 1:30 pm Luncheon
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm PLENARY SESSION II
  The Changing Dynamics of University/Industry Relations


J Moore (University of Texas at Austin)


Robert Miller (University of California, Santa Cruz), 70 KB
3:00 pm - 3:30 pm Break
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm Workshop II (four parallel sessions)

ACM Offshoring Study and Beyond 


Moshe Vardi (Rice University), 215 KB


William Aspray (Indiana University), 15 KB
Seymour Goodman (Georgia Institute of Technology), 65 KB
Richard Waters (Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratory), 155 KB

This workshop reports the findings from an international ACM study on offshore outsourcing and gives some updates on what has happened since the report was published. Topics include the globalization of research, education as an enabler and a response to offshoring, and risks and exposures concerning intellectual property, privacy, and security through offshoring.


Rethinking CS101: Engaging Students from the Arts and Sciences in Computer Science


Anne Condon (University of British Columbia), 205 KB


Duane Bailey (Williams College)
Kim Bruce (Pomona College), 55 KB
Panagiotis Metaxas (Wellesley College), 180 KB
Randy Pausch (Carnegie Mellon University)
Andy van Dam (Brown University), 145 KB, and slides 1 (50 KB)

"If you figure out a way to make technology work for you, you can explore curved shapes and make them possible ... you can do this because of the computer"
—Frank Gehry, Architect

Wouldn't it be great to instill this level of excitement about computer technology in our students? This panel will explore innovative ways to convey an appreciation of computer science to students in the Arts and Life Sciences. The low cost of computer technology makes it possible now to experiment with genomic databases, laptop orchestras, or computer analysis of dance movement in the undergraduate classroom. Is it realistic to expose students to substantive computer science concepts in such courses? Can such interdisciplinary curricular approaches be used to draw students to computer science?

  Open Source as a Medium of Interaction between Corporations and the Academy


Chris DiBona (Google)


Bill Coughran (Google)
Jeff Jaffe (Novell)
Barton Massey (Portland State University)
Tony Wasserman (Carnegie Mellon University)

The Open Source movement is an appealing alternative to conventional commercial licensing of software. Among the tenets of the movement are access to source code, methods of insuring the integrity of the original authors' source code, provisions for the use of such code in derivative works, and provisions for restricting (or not) the distribution of code. However, a fundamental question is, “What are some viable business models to support an organization devoted to open source licensing?” In this panel discussion we will present a variety of models used in academia and industry.

  Federal Research Sources for Computing


Craig Wills (Worcester Polytechnic Institute)
Jeannette Wing (Carnegie Mellon University


Fred Chang (National Security Agency)
Michael Foster (National Science Foundation), 610 KB
Peter Highnam (National Institutes of Health, NCRR), 730 KB


This workshop reports on federal research funding for computing initiatives. Current developments and expectations for the future will be discussed by participants from NSF-CISE and NIH and NSA.

6:30 pm - 9:00 pm Dinner and State of the CRA Address


Dan Reed (CRA Board Chair; University of North Carolina), 1.6 MB
Andrew Bernat (CRA Executive Director)

Tuesday, June 27

7:00 am - 8:30 am Breakfast Buffet
8:30 am - 10:00 am PLENARY SESSION III

The Image of Computing: How Do We Get the Romance Back?


Jeannette Wing (Carnegie Mellon University)


Rick Rashid (Microsoft)

10:00 am - 10:30 am

10:30 am – Noon Workshop III (four parallel sessions)

Undergraduate Research: Best Practices in Universities, Colleges, and Industry


Ran Libeskind-Hadas (Harvey Mudd College)


Carolyn Ash (Caltech)
Jan Cuny (National Science Foundation)
Ann Gates (University of Texas at El Paso)

Undergraduate research is receiving considerable attention at major research universities, undergraduate institutions, and industrial laboratories. This panel session will address the merits and benefits of undergraduate research, best practices in undergraduate research programs, and funding opportunities.

  The Influence of Globalization on Computer Science Education


Jennifer Rexford (Princeton University)


Lester Gerhardt (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute), 415 KB
Bobby Schnabel (University of Colorado at Boulder), 385 KB

Should the globalization of the information-technology workforce change the way we teach computer science to future students? If so, how? This panel will explore the way universities are responding to changes in how and where industry employs IT workers, and the educational background companies would like to see from new graduates.


Finding the Next $1B Opportunity


Wim Sweldens (Lucent Technologies, Bell Labs)


Robert C. Miller (University of California, Santa Cruz)
Frank Rimalovski
(New Venture Partners LLC)
Francis Zane (Lucent Technologies, Bell Labs), 45 KB

In this workshop we will discuss various mechanisms for finding large novel business opportunities from current day computing research work. We will go into the university, industrial, and entrepreneurial models and discuss what works and what does not.

  Filling in the Gap: Industrial Research Funding for Computing


Craig Wills (Worcester Polytechnic Institute)
Jeannette Wing (Carnegie Mellon University)


Andrew Chien (Intel), 150 KB
Stuart Feldman (IBM Research)
Stephen Wolff (Cisco Systems), 740 KB
Jeff Walz (Google)

With less federal funding available, one direction as an alternate source is industrial companies. However, industrial support for research is ultimately linked to sales, which hinders funding of basic research at the same levels as federal funding.  Industrial workshop participants with knowledge of academic research funding practices will present the current situation as well as lead discussion on how the situation can be improved for both industry and academia.

Noon - 1:30 pm Luncheon
  [CRA Board Interaction with Conference Participants]
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm Workshop IV (four parallel sessions)
  Alternative Entry Courses/Sequences That Work 


Jim Foley (Georgia Institute of Technology)


Lecia Barker (University of Colorado), 330 KB
Charlie McDowell (University of California, Santa Cruz), 510 KB
Randy Pausch (Carnegie Mellon University
Robert Sloan (University of Illinois at Chicago), 950 KB

The traditional approach to CS1 has been found to discourage many prospective computing majors and, in general, to give incorrect views of what computing is all about. In this workshop we will learn of several proven approaches to teaching introductory computing concepts in ways that will attract students rather than discouraging them.

  Equal Access: Making your Department Accessible to Students with Disabilities


Richard Ladner (University of Washington), 700 KB


Sangyun Hahn (University of Washington, Seattle), 40 KB, or visit
Christian Vogler (Gallaudet University), 55 KB

This workshop will address the problem of making your computer science, computer engineering, or information technology program more accessible to disabled students, faculty, and staff. What are best practices in helping disabled students reach their goals? How do we mentor disabled faculty to achieve success? The workshop will also describe activities of the new NSF-funded project, AccessComputing Alliance.

  Industrial Affiliate Programs


Valerie Taylor (Texas A&M)


Andrew Chien (Intel), 170 KB
Eric Grimson (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), 35 KB
Akhtar Lodgher (Prairie View A&M University), 65 KB
Dan Marcek (Hewlett-Packard), 255 KB

Industrial affiliate (IA) programs are often considered to be effective ways to both increase academic/industrial collaboration and generate discretionary income for CS departments. What are viable models for such programs? How do the models change as a function of the local industrial base? In this panel we will have representatives from both industry and academia to explore various models of IA programs.


Deconstructing the Current Models of CS publications


Azer Bestavros (Boston University), 250 KB


Gerald L. Engel (IEEE Computer Society), 15 KB
Michael Pazzani
(Rutgers University, formerly NSF), 335 KB
Jennifer Rexford
(Princeton University), 140 KB
Moshe Vardi
(Rice University), 45 KB
John White (ACM), 105 KB

This panel will discuss the state of affairs of publications in CS. Specifically, it will consider: 1) The interplay between various stakeholders, e.g., the tenure pressure of publish or perish, the diminishing quality of reviews, the role of and effects on funding, value and impact of conference versus journal publications, the perception and reality of cliquishness of top-ranked conferences, the premise and impact of open-access publications, conferences as money-making propositions, among others; 2) The impact of the above aspects on the scientific record of CS research; and 3) The role, if any, that organizations such as CRA or NSF could or should play, including sponsoring studies that could educate or inform various stakeholders, or which may result in better models for publication and/or evaluation of scholarly impact.


Conference Sponsors: ACM
CA Labs
Lucent Technologies, Bell Labs
Mitsubishi Electric Research Labs
Panasonic Princeton Laboratory
Sun Microsystems

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