Workshop on Inter-Disciplinary Research Challenges in Computer Systems

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 Inter-Disciplinary Research Challenges in Computer Systems 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.

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).


Saturday March 24 (Open to Public)
7:00 Breakfast [Room: Colony E]
8:00  Introduction (Workshop organizers and Samee Khan, NSF) [Room: Colony D]
8:30 – 10:10: Internet of Things and Infrastructure
      8:30 –  9:00  Keynote: Marilyn Wolf (Georgia Tech)
      9:00 – 10:10  Panel Moderators: Rajesh Gupta (UCSD) and Lin Zhong (Rice)
10:00 – 10:30 Break
10:30 – 12:15:  Security and Privacy
      10:30 – 11:00  Keynote: Dawn Song (UC Berkeley)
      11:00 – 12:15  Panel Moderators: Sam King (UC Davis) and Yan Solihin (NC State Univ)
12:15 – 1:45 Lunch [Room: Colony E]
1:45 – 3:30:Augmenting Human Abilities/AI
      1:45 – 2:15  Keynote: Trishul Chilimbi (Amazon)
      2:15 – 3:30  Panel Moderators: Hillery Hunter (IBM), Yuan Xie (UC Santa Barbara)
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)

7:00 Breakfast [Room: Colony E]
8:30 – 9:30 [Room: TideWater AB]

            Recap of the previous day
9:30 – 10:45 Breakout into groups
10:45 – 11:15 Break (make slides)
11:15 – 12:15pm Plenary: Presentations from each group
12:15 – 1:30  Lunch [Room: Colony E]
1:30 – 2:15  Plenary: Continuation of presentations
2:15 – 3:30 Breakout into groups. Incorporate feedback and initial writing
3:30 – 4:00 Break
4:00 – 5:30 Continue writing
5:30 – 6:15 Plenary: Status report and feedback

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).

Visioning Committee

IoT (Josep Torrellas shepherds):
Brandon Lucia (Carnegie Mellon University)
Erik Elmroth (Umeå University)
Haibo Chen (Shanghai Jiao Tong University)
Hank Hoffman (University of Chicago)
Jian Huang (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
Lin Zhong (Rice University)
Marilyn Wolf (Georgia Institute of Technology)
Michael Scott (University of Rochester)
Rajesh Gupta (University of California, San Diego)
Saurabh Bagchi (Purdue University)

Security (YY Zhou shepherds):
Ali Butt (Virginia Tech)
Chen Liu (Clarkson University)
Dawn Song (University of California, Berkeley)
Jakub Szefer (Yale University)
Jishen Zhao (University of California, San Diego)
John Criswell (University of Rochester)
John Kim (Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology)
Mihai Christodorescu (Visa Research)
Rajeev Balasubramonian (University of Utah)
Sam King (University of California, Davis)
Somnath Mazumdar (Simula)
Yan Solihin (North Carolina State University)
AI (Xipeng Shen shepherds):
Hillery Hunter (IBM)
Iulian Neamtiu (New Jersey Institute of Technology)
Luis Ceze (University of Washington)
Paolo Rech (Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul)
Rajkishore Barik (Uber)
Saeed Maleki (Microsoft Research)
Trishul Chilimbi (Amazon)
Yiran Chen (Duke University)
Yuan Xie (University of California, Santa Barbara)
Yuhao Zhu (University of Rochester)
Complexity (Alberta Cohen/James Tuck shepherd):
Bhuvan Urgaonkar (Pennsylvania State University)
Chen Ding (University of Rochester)
Dan Tsafrir (Technion – Israel Institute of Technology and VMware Research)
Gernot Heiser (University of New South Wales)
Ismail Akturk (University of Missouri)
James Larus (École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne)
Keshav Pingali (University of Texas at Austin)
Micah Beck (University of Tennessee)
Ras Bodik (University of Washington)
Sandhya Dwarkadas (University of Rochester)
Sarita Adve (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
Shan Lu (University of Chicago)