Grand Challenges Workshop

Grand Challenges in Computer Systems Research

An NSF-Sponsored Community Visioning Workshop
Co-located with ASPLOS’2018
3/24–3/25/2018, Williamsburg Lodge, Williamsburg, Virginia, USA


Tentative Schedule Posted
* Call for Position Papers (due on 2/10)


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;
  •   Complexity Management;
  •   Any additional topics that attendees wish to put forward.
The workshop will take place on Saturday March 24 and Sunday March 25, 2018 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).

Call for Position Papers

Researchers who would like to be invited to participate in the second day are encouraged to send a one-page position paper outlining their thoughts on research agendas around one of the topics listed above—with an emphasis on interdisciplinary research. The attendees will be picked based on the submitted position papers. (The workshop will try to cover the travel expenses to a certain degree.)
Submit a 1-page PDF file to by
Monday Feb 12th, 2018  (deadline updated).

Tentative Schedule

Saturday March 24 (Open to Public)
8:00  Introduction
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/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)
***** Open Session Ends *****
6:30 Dinner (Invitation Only):
      Summary points
      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