TOMORROW: NSF Exploiting Parallelism & Scalability Webinar

The Exploiting Parallelism and Scalability (XPS) program (http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=504842) aims to support groundbreaking research leading to a new era of parallel computing.   Theorists who work on issues related to parallel computing are encouraged to consider applying to XPS program.

Tomorrow’s webinar (1:30-2:30pm EST, Friday January 10) will cover the objectives of the XPS program, award types, and submission requirements.  It will conclude with a question and answer session.  Questions about the solicitation can also be submitted in advance to Tracy Kimbrel (tkimbrel@nsf.gov).

Register for webinar at https://nsf.webex.com/nsf/j.php?ED=232884922&RG=1&UID=0&RT=MiMxMQ%3D%3D by 11:59pm EST on Thursday January 9, 2014.

The webinar will be archived for later viewing and linked to the XPS  program web page at http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=504842  within a few days.

See http://www.nsf.gov/events/event_summ.jsp?cntn_id=129984 for more information the webinar.

 

NSF Deadlines

NSF has extended the deadline for CCF Deputy Division Director position applications to January 10.

And here are some upcoming TCS-related NSF grant proposal deadlines:

Cybersecurity Education proposals: December 19.

Algorithmic Foundations small proposals: January 14.

Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace (SaTC) small proposals: January 14.  

Exploiting Parallelism and Scalability exploratory and full proposals: February 24.

Expeditions in Computing preliminary proposals: March 1

Deadline for NSF CCF Deputy Division Director position

NSF is searching for a new Deputy Division Director for Computer & Communications Foundations.  The deadline to apply is in just a few days: December 6. 

See https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/354640300 for more details, and we (CATCS) are happy to help in finding out more about the position.

Resumption of NSF Operations

See letter below from Farnam Jahanian about the resumption of operations at NSF.   In addition to the revised deadlines listed in his email, the new deadline for Mathematical Sciences Postdoctoral Research Fellowships is tomorrow, October 25.

From: CISE Announcements [mailto:CISE-ANNOUNCE@LISTSERV.NSF.GOV] On Behalf Of Jahanian, Farnam

Sent: Wednesday, October 23, 2013 8:38 AM
To: CISE-ANNOUNCE@LISTSERV.NSF.GOV
Subject: Resumption of Operations at NSF – Update from CISE

Dear Colleagues,

We are happy to resume normal operations, and look forward to working with the community in advancing our research and education mission.  NSF is currently operating under a Continuing Resolution (CR) that will fund the federal government through January 15, 2014.

In our efforts to resume our normal operations and to meet stringent deadlines on several programs, we are working to establish priorities and create guidance for all activities. It is our priority to focus on re-establishing core functions, such as receiving, reviewing and awarding/declining proposals, as well as oversight and management of existing awards.

Important information regarding the resumption of operations at NSF is posted on the NSF website at: http://www.nsf.gov/bfa/dias/policy/postshutdown.jsp.

This site currently includes an important notice issued by Acting NSF Director Cora B. Marrett, a FastLane Advisory, FAQs on revised proposal due dates, and the revised proposal due date listing.

A few important items to note:

  • NSF systems, including FastLane, are up and operational.
  • NSF has revised proposal due dates for funding opportunities with dates between October 1 – 25, 2013. For the complete listing of revised proposal due dates, please visit NSF’s Resumption of Operations website.  Changes to CISE program due dates include:
  • The Smart and Connected Health Exploratory (EXP) proposals for this year are now due November 6, 2013.
  • Research Experience for Teachers (RET) in Engineering and Computer Science are due on November 6, 2013.
  • Proposals for Networking Technology and Systems (NeTS: JUNO) Japan-US Network Opportunity: R&D for “Beyond Trillions of Objects” are due November 6, 2013.
  • The Secure and Trustworthy Computing MEDIUM project proposals are now due November 1- 12, 2013.
  • The CISE Core Programs MEDIUM project proposals are due November 1- 12, 2013 for each division (Computing and Communication Foundations, CCF; Computer and Network Systems, CNS; and Information and Intelligent Systems, IIS).
  • Project reports that became overdue during the shutdown should be submitted via Research.gov as soon as possible.
  • All panels that were canceled due to the shutdown will be rescheduled to a later date by the cognizant Program Officer.
  • Continuing Grant Increments (CGIs) that could not be processed during the shutdown are being issued by NSF as early as practicable.

NSF will continue to provide updates as more information becomes available.  Please direct questions regarding specific funding opportunities to the cognizant NSF program officer(s) identified in the funding opportunity.  General shutdown questions should be directed to policy@nsf.gov.

Thank you for your support as we recover from the funding lapse.  We are fully committed to restoring normal operations as quickly as possible.

Sincerely,

Farnam

Farnam Jahanian
NSF Assistant Director for CISE
National Science Foundation

tel: (703) 292-8900

email: fjahania@nsf.gov

web: http://www.nsf.gov/cise/about.jsp

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Simons Institute Fellowships

The Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing at UC Berkeley invites applications for Research Fellowships for academic year 2014-15.

Simons-Berkeley Research Fellowships are an opportunity for outstanding junior scientists (up to 6 years from PhD by Fall 2014) to spend one or two semesters at the Institute in connection with one or more of its programs.  The programs for 2014-15 are as follows:

* Algorithmic Spectral Graph Theory (Fall 2014)
* Algorithms and Complexity in Algebraic Geometry (Fall 2014)
* Information Theory (Spring 2015)

Applicants who already hold junior faculty or postdoctoral positions are welcome to apply. In particular, applicants who hold, or expect to hold, postdoctoral appointments at other institutions are encouraged to apply to spend one semester as a Simons-Berkeley Fellow subject to the approval of the postdoctoral institution.

Further details and application instructions can be found at http://simons.berkeley.edu/fellows2014.  Information about the Institute and the above programs can be found at http://simons.berkeley.edu.

Deadline for applications: 15 December, 2013.

CCC Call for Visioning Proposals

[A CCC visioning workshop in 2008 led to the TCS vision nuggets hosted here.  It would be great to have another TCS-oriented visioning workshop, perhaps focused on a particular direction in the field.]

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From the CCC website:

The Computing Community Consortium (CCC) solicits proposals for workshops that will create exciting visions and agendas for research at the frontiers of computing.  Successful workshops will articulate new research visions, galvanize community interest in those visions, and mobilize support for those visions from the computing research community, government leaders, and funding agencies.  Past examples can be found at www.cra.org/ccc/visioning/visioning-activities.

Workshop organizers will be expected to bring together a group of scientists and practitioners in the area of interest, and to formulate a program that encourages new ideas, innovative thinking, and broad discussion. Workshops can be of varying sizes, typically ranging from 20 to 100 participants.  CCC will help to support both workshop organization and subsequent communication of the results.  The output of a successful workshop will be one or more white papers and reports for the CCC to post on its website. The CCC will work with the workshop organizers to communicate to other stakeholders and funding agencies.

Proposals are encouraged across the full spectrum of theoretical and applied work related to the creation and application of information technologies as well as their use in addressing important scientific or societal challenges.

Proposals with start dates prior to September 2014 should be submitted by 1 December 2013.

Simons Math+X Program

The Simons Foundation’s Math+X program is designed to encourage novel collaborations between mathematics and other fields in science or engineering by providing substantial operating funds to create new chairs at U.S. universities that join mathematics departments with chosen partner departments through matching grants for endowment.

Number of Awards: The foundation may award up to two Math+X grants per year.

Mathematics and X Departments: The X partner should be a department of science or engineering that will engage in significant collaboration with the mathematics department in an area where such collaboration is not the norm. Both departments must have doctoral programs.

X partners in finance and business will not be considered. Areas where there are already well-established links with mathematics, such as economics, string theory or computational complexity, will also not be considered unless the proposal involves particularly unusual collaborations.

Letter of Intent Deadline: September 30

NSF Graduate Research Fellowships

NSF Graduate Research Fellowships provide 3 years of funding for US citizens and permanent residents pursuing research-based master’s and doctoral degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are at accredited US institutions.    Students can apply as late as the fall term of their second year of graduate school.    The deadline for applications in computer science is November 4; applications in mathematical sciences are due November 5.

NSF appointment of Rao Kosaraju as CCF Division Director

See message below from Farnam Jahanian (head of CISE at NSF).  Thanks in advance to Rao Kosaraju for taking on this very important position, and to Susanne Hambrusch for all she has done as CCF Division Director!

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From: CISE Announcements [mailto:CISE-ANNOUNCE@LISTSERV.NSF.GOV] On Behalf Of Jahanian, Farnam
Sent: Thursday, August 29, 2013 4:27 PM
To: CISE-ANNOUNCE@LISTSERV.NSF.GOV
Subject: Appointment of Dr. Rao Kosaraju as CCF Division Director at NSF

Dear CISE Community,

I am delighted to announce the appointment of Professsor Rao Kosaraju to the position of Director of the CISE Division of Computing and Communication Foundations (CCF), effective January 2014.

Prof. Kosaraju will be joining the National Science Foundation (NSF) from the Johns Hopkins University (JHU), where he is currently the Edward J. Schaefer Professor of Computer Science. He has been on the JHU faculty since 1969, where he has served in the departments of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering, including as Department Chair for Computer Science. Prof. Kosaraju has made significant contributions to the design and analysis of parallel and sequential algorithms. His current research interests span a wide range of topics, from efficient pattern-matching algorithms to computational biology and immune system theory. A prolific scholar, he is a widely recognized leader in the computer science community.  His research has been supported by NSF, the U.S. Army Research Office, and the National Bureau of Standards (now the National Institute of Standards and Technology).

Prof. Kosaraju holds a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania, an M. Tech from the Indian Institute of Technology, and a B. Eng. from Andhra University. He is a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and has been an editor for a number of journals, including the SIAM Journal on Computing. He is known for his enthusiasm for service and excellence in computing education, for which he has received numerous awards. He has served on Advisory Committees and External Review Boards for a variety of universities. From 1985-1991, he served on NSF’s Advisory Committee for Computer and Computation Research (now the CISE Advisory Committee), which he chaired from 1989-1991. We are confidant that he will successfully represent the diverse spectrum of research areas covered in CCF and that he will significantly contribute to CISE’s mission in advancing the frontiers of computing, communications and information science and engineering.

I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Professor Susanne Hambrusch for her many contributions to CISE and the computing community. She served as DD from 2010 to 2013, leading CCF in its mission to support research and education projects that explore the foundations of computing and communications devices and their usage. In addition to her stewardship of the CCF core programs, Susanne successfully led the development of several crosscutting programs and initiatives at NSF including CyberSEES, the interdisciplinary Faculty Program in Quantum Information Science, eXploiting Parallelism and Scalability (XPS), and the US-Israel Collaboration in Computer Science. Furthermore, during her tenure at NSF, she worked tirelessly to increase the number of Graduate Research Fellowships for students pursuing CISE disciplines. She returns to Purdue University at the end of August 2013.  Susanne has been an invaluable member of the CISE leadership team. NSF greatly appreciates Susanne’s many contributions and her efforts on behalf of the CISE community.

On behalf of the CISE Directorate, I would like to thank the external search committee members (http://www.nsf.gov/cise/ccf/CCF_DD_SearchCommittee.pdf) for their excellent work in identifying an extraordinary pool of candidates for this important position. Their service was invaluable in helping NSF identify the right candidate for this job.

I enthusiastically welcome Prof. Kosaraju to the CISE Directorate, and look forward to working with him to advance the frontiers of knowledge in computing and communication foundations. Together, we will ensure that the CISE community continues to lead in the discovery and innovation required to meet our most pressing societal challenges.

Best regards,
Farnam

Farnam Jahanian
NSF Assistant Director for CISE
National Science Foundation

tel: (703) 292-8900
email: fjahania@nsf.gov
web: http://www.nsf.gov/cise/about.jsp

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Call for ACM Award Nominations

See below for upcoming deadlines for ACM Award Nominations.  As usual, the CATCS is available to help with the nomination process (in the form of providing advice, connecting you with others who might help, etc.); just contact a member of the committee.

Note that for ACM Fellow Nominations, the candidate must have been a Professional Member of ACM (not just SIGACT member) for at least 5 years continuously.  Similarly, becoming an IEEE Fellow requires 5 years of continuous IEEE membership (not just IEEE Computer Society Membership).

In addition to the awards below, note that there are also several SIGACT-specific awards.

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From: Rosemary McGuinness
Sent: Friday, August 16, 2013 3:51 PM
Subject: Call for Award Nominations

AWARD NOMINATIONS SOLICITED

As part of its mission, ACM brings broad recognition to outstanding technical and professional achievements in the computing and information technology community. Each year our award committees evaluate the contributions of candidates in a wide spectrum of professional and technological arenas.

We welcome nominations by ACM members of those who deserve recognition for their accomplishments. Please refer to the ACM Awards website at http://awards.acm.org for:

• award descriptions and information on former winners

• nomination procedures, members of the 2013 Award Committees, and contact information

Each award has its own nomination cycle. The following nominations are due this Fall.

Nominations due September 5:

Fellows:  ACM’s most prestigious member grade which recognizes the top 1% of members

Nominations due October 31:

ACM Doctoral Dissertation Award:   best doctoral dissertation in computer science and engineering

Nominations due November 30, 2013:

A.M. Turing Award:   major contributions of lasting importance to computing

ACM – Infosys Foundation Award:   personal contributions by young scientists and system developers

Distinguished Service Award:    service contributions to the computing community at large

Grace Murray Hopper Award:   outstanding young computer professional, based on a single recent major technical or service contribution

Paris Kanellakis Theory and Practice Award:   theoretical accomplishments that have had significant impact on practice

Karl V. Karlstrom Outstanding Educator Award:   advancing new teaching methodologies, curriculum development in computing, or significant contributions to ACM’s educational mission

Outstanding Contribution to ACM Award:   outstanding contributions to ACM, in both value and degree

ACM/AAAI Allen Newell Award:   career contributions with breadth or that bridge computer science and other disciplines

Software System Award:    developing a software system that has had a lasting influence

For SIG-specific Awards, please visit http://awards.acm.org.

Cherri Pancake (pancake@nacse.org), ACM Awards Committee Chair
Elisa Bertino (bertino@cerias.purdue.edu), SIG Governing Board Awards Committee Liaison
Rosemary McGuinness (mcguinness@acm.org), ACM Awards Committee Liaison

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