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A Report From the Visions and Grand Challenges Conferences

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Edinburgh University recently hosted the ACM-BCS Visions of Computer Science 2010 and UKCRC Grand Challenges conferences.

The Visions conference featured invited plenaries and submitted talks focusing on research visions for the future. Ross Anderson discussed how the combination of social issues and computing are impacting the design of systems, while Nicolo Cesa-Bianchi explored the future of machine learning. Jon Kleinberg focused on social networks, and Barbara Liskov provided a retrospective on the work that led to her 2008 A.M. Turing Award, while offering lessons for the future.

The UKCRC conference presented a mixed status report, showing areas such as dependable systems evolution as active and self-sustaining, but others, such as ubiquitous computing, are no longer a focus of the grand challenges. There were discussions on new areas such as tele-health, information technology & global climate change, and computing for nine billion people. Recent proposals focus more on societal issues, and it is unclear whether research funding has increased.

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