Call for Participation

Grand Challenges in Computer Systems Research


An NSF-Sponsored Community Visioning Workshop






It is now a time of wrenching changes in computer systems research. The community is researching an unprecedentedly broad range of topics, ranging from the small (internet of things) to the  large (exascale datacenters), simultaneously addressing technology discontinuities (End of Moore’s Law and Energy Wall), new challenges in security and privacy, and the rise of artificial intelligence.

It is in this context that NSF is sponsoring a community visioning workshop on Grand Challenges in Computer Systems Research on a 10-15 year horizon. This workshop will focus on architecture, operating systems, and programming systems, and be co-located with ASPLOS. The workshop will be organized around a few topics: Internet of Things and Infrastructure; Augmenting Human Abilities and AI; Security and Privacy; and Complexity Management.

The workshop will take place on Saturday March 24 and Sunday March 25 in Williamsburg, VA, as part of the ASPLOS workshops. It will have two parts. The first day will be open to everyone, and consist of keynotes and interactive panels. The second day will be open to invited researchers only, who will brainstorm and produce a report for NSF.


Organizing Committee


Albert Cohen (INRIA), Josep Torrellas (University of Illinois), Yuanyuan Zhou (University of California, San Diego), Xipeng Shen (North Carolina State University), and James Tuck (North Carolina State University).




Saturday March 24 (Open to Everyone)


8:00                Introduction   Workshop Organizers and Samee Khan, NSF

8:15 – 10:00:       Internet of Things and Infrastructure

8:15 –  8:45  Keynote: Marilyn Wolf (Georgia Tech)

8:45 – 10:00  Panel Moderators: Rajesh Gupta (UCSD) and Lin Zhong (Rice)

10:00 – 10:30       Break

10:30 – 12:15:      Augmenting Human Abilities and AI

10:30 – 11:00 Keynote: TBD

11:00 – 12:15 Panel Moderators: Hillery Hunter (IBM) and Yuan Xie (UC Santa Barbara)

12:15 – 1:45        Lunch (provided)

1:45 – 3:30:        Security and Privacy

1:45 – 2:15   Keynote: Dawn Song (UC Berkeley)

2:15 – 3:30   Panel Moderators: Sam King (UC Davis) and Yan Solihin (NC State Univ)

3:30 – 4:00         Break

4:00 – 5:45         Complexity Management

4:00 – 4:30   Keynote: Ras Bodik (University of Washington)

4:30 – 5:45   Panel Moderators: Gernot Heiser (University of New South Wales) and Keshav Pingali (UT Austin)

6:30                Dinner (Invitation Only): Summary points and open mike


Sunday March 25 (Invitation Only)


8:30 – 9:30         Recap of the previous day

Open mike for other topics

9:30 – 11:00        Breakout into groups

11:00 – 11:15       Break

11:15 – 12:15       Presentations from each group

12:15 – 1:45        Lunch (provided)

1:45 – 3:15         Breakout into groups

3:15 – 3:45         Presentations from each group

3:45 – 4:15         Break

4:15 – 5:45pm       Initial writing

5:45 – 6:15pm       Feedback and Adjourn to ASPLOS reception


Workshop on Grand Challenges in Computer Systems Research