Council on Academic Computing
Joint Research Projects with IBM
Dr. Klinzing summarized a recent meeting with former University students. Several faculty members were approached by former students, who are now at IBM, regarding research collaborations. A meeting of eight faculty members (including the CAC Chair) from across the University was convened to explore the question: “What is computing going to be like in the next 30 years?” At the outset, it was agreed that 30 years was “too long a time period” and decided that five years is a more reasonable timeframe.
Discussions among the group included the following topics: general acceptance of the Web and data sharing; changes in the use of cyber infrastructure; the expansion of computing into home environments and appliances, grid computation, and imbedded systems; data centric issues; security; the sociology of doing science and long distance collaboration; standardization of hardware and software and the lack of middleware in many applications; and the education and training of students in high performance computing. The group agreed to think about these topics, as well as suggest others, for further discussion of research collaborations with IBM.
Council members were interested in the training of students and discussed this topic briefly. Dr. Klinzing will forward to the Council a copy of the minutes for their information.
Network Connections Proposals
Council subcommittee members recommended nine proposals for funding this year. Due to the availability of funding, it was determined that only three awards could be given now; however, after the next fiscal year budgets have been complete, there may be additional money available for other worthy projects. Dr. Klinzing thanked Drs. Dick, Galletta, and Hoelzeman, who commented that the proposals, as a whole, were more focused this year. Dr. Klinzing will inform Council of the funded projects as soon as the final decision has been made.
CAC Activity Report
Dr. Klinzing noted that the Communications Subcommittee has been working on a report that could be the basis for the annual activity report prepared for the Provost and asked for suggestions for next year’s agenda. Continuing topics for Council’s review are faculty training programs, to be explored with the Advisory Council on Instructional Excellence’s Faculty Development Committee. A second, ongoing area for Council’s agenda is high performance computing. Additional suggestions for topics were requested from CAC members, who should contact Dr. Klinzing.
Dr. Chandra has already met with Dr. Diane Davis (Director, CIDDE and Staff Resource to the ACIE), who is seeking ideas from CAC as to what areas the faculty may be lacking in training. He noted that CIDDE regularly offers training programs in the University’s Courseweb program (Blackboard), as well as sponsoring the annual Summer Institutes for faculty. This year, two workshop sessions were offered on designing academic tests and teaching large classes; the third workshop is individual course design consultation services.
Dr. Klinzing informed CAC members that Provost Maher had informed both deans and department chairs about computing charges for home access to University accounts outlined the circumsta ’ department chair or dean
The original schedule of meetings distributed in the fall did not include a meeting in June. It was agreed that, unless there is an emergency, another meeting will not be scheduled.