2025 Roundtable

The Visions 2025 initiative is intended to inspire the computing community to envision future trends and opportunities in computing research. Where is the computing field going over the next 10-15 years? What are potential opportunities, disruptive trends, and blind spots? Are there new questions and directions that deserve greater attention by the research community and new investments in computing research?

In this roundtable, we discussed research themes that emerged from the first two 2025 workshops and pull insights from a number of relevant CCC workshops (Extensible Distributed Systems, Aging in Place, Uncertainty in Computing). The output from the roundtable will be a report that summarizes the Visions 2025 initiative that can inform (and perhaps inspire) efforts by agencies and the computing computing in identifying the next generation of visions that will collectively motivate tremendous research by our community and by our community in collaboration with many other disciplines.

Graphic Recorder, Joe Azar, was in attendance during the roundtable and captured the conversation in the following three pictures. 

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Date: January 22-23, 2015
Location: Arlington, VA


January 23, 2015

7:30 AM Breakfast
8:30 AM

Welcome and Introductions

8:45 AM

Visions 2025: A brief history and the importance of renaissance thinking

9:30 AM Round the table: What visions inspired your early career?
10:30 AM Break
11:00 AM
Intelligent Assistants - Maja Mataric
Maker - Prabal Dutta and James Landay
Aging and the Home - Dan Siewiorek and Beth Mynatt
BRAIN and Uncertainty - Greg Hager
Extensible Distributed Systems - Lorenzo Alvisi
12:00 PM Lunch
12:30 PM

Open Discussion

What are interesting points in common for these visions?
What are striking challenges? Contentious issues? Interesting tradeoffs?

What does this mean for our community? Research funding? Training?

2:30 PM

Next Steps


David Culler 
Chair of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences at the University of California at Berkeley

James Landay 
Professor of Computer Science at Standord University

Elizabeth Mynatt 
Vice Chair, Computing Community Consortium 
Executive Director of the Institute for People and Technology (IPaT)

Ann Drobnis
Director, Computing Community Consortium