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Media Advisory 18-015

Expeditions in Computing: 10 years transforming science and society

Media invited to attend Monday morning session of principal investigator meeting for NSF’s Expeditions in Computing program

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NSF’s Expeditions in Computing program recognizes 10-year milestone.

December 6, 2018

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The National Science Foundation's (NSF) Expeditions in Computing (Expeditions) program is recognizing a decade of investments in ambitious computing research. That research has included big data, computational neuroscience, quantum computing, computer vision and robotics. During the two-day principal investigator meeting, media are invited to join a morning session (only) on Monday, Dec. 10, 2018, from 7:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m., at the Newseum in Washington, D.C.

Expeditions projects constitute the largest individual research investments made by NSF's Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE), with each award providing up to $10 million over five years. Since the program's inception in 2007, CISE has funded 22 Expeditions projects. Those projects have yielded transformative breakthroughs in computing and information technology, catalyzed partnerships with industry to bring these technologies to bear and given rise to entirely new sectors of the U.S. economy.

WHAT: Expeditions in Computing - 10 Years of Transforming Science and Society

WHO: NSF-funded computer and information scientists and engineers spanning multiple departments and institutions working together on large, center-scale computing projects. Speakers will include: Jim Kurose, NSF assistant director for CISE, and Lorrie Cranor, professor at Carnegie Mellon University.

WHEN: The morning session open to media will take place Monday, Dec. 10, 2018, from 7:30 a.m.-11:45 a.m. ET.

Detailed schedule:

7:30 a.m.- 8:30 a.m. -- Registration/breakfast.

8:30 a.m.- 9:00 a.m. -- Welcome and overview of Expeditions projects.

9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. -- Keynote: Security and privacy for humans

10:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. -- Panel: Advancing Science and Society.

Moderator: Vipin Kumar, Professor, University of Minnesota

Panelists: Rajeev Alur, professor, University of Pennsylvania; Frederic Chong, professor, University of Chicago; Carla Gomes, professor, Cornell University; Vivek Sarkar, professor, Georgia Institute of Technology; Brian Scassellati, professor, Yale University; and Erik Winfree, professor, California Institute of Technology.

Expeditions principal investigators (PIs) and co-PIs will describe some of the computer and information science and engineering breakthroughs that have emerged from their research activities over the last decade and how these breakthroughs have enabled advances in science and society more broadly.

WHERE: Newseum, Knight Conference Center, 555 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20001

RSVP: Interested media should contact NSF's Linda McBrearty at or (703) 292-2251.


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