The workshop brings together aspiring CSR investigators with the goal of familiarizing them with the scope and scale of CSR activities, the process of putting together compelling projects, suitably describing their research, development, education, and outreach goals, and focus on reproducibility and sustained impact. The workshop familiarizes attendees with crosscutting programs with major CSR components. The workshop program will include presentations by NSF personnel on various CSR programs/ solicitations, successful CSR investigators on the process of putting together compelling proposals, NSF personnel on putting together compelling education, broader impact, and outreach programs, and a session on the NSF panel review process. Workshop attendees also have open time for questions with the CSR program staff.


The workshop will be held on Thursday, June 20th and Friday, June 21, 2019 at the National Science Foundation at 2415 Eisenhower Ave, Alexandria, VA 22314. Please note the construction on DC Metro, and check with relevant web sites to plan your visit.

Application process

The workshop has space for a limited number of participants. Prospective faculty are encouraged to submit an application early. Applications are restricted to individuals who have not received a regular grant from the CSR division. Please note that CRII grants are exceptions to this -- i.e., individuals with CRII grants are allowed to apply to attend the workshop. Applications are due May 24, 2019 at 11:59PM EDT. Each application requires personal information (name, affiliation, email, etc.), a CV, and a one-page project summary.

The selection process will give preference to the faculty members from HBCU/MEI, and under-represented groups, as well as early or mid-career faculty members who present promising future research plans within the scope of Computer Systems Research.

Please submit your application as a single PDF document by email to nsf.aspiring.pi.csr.2019@gmail.com. The subject line of the email must be: CSR Workshop Application -- "lastname.firstname". Please replace lastname.firstname by your last and first names. The document must have the following format: the first page must have the applicants name, contact details (email and phone number), institutional affilication, and web page. The second page must have a one-page statement of interest. This statement should describe the applicants background in computer systems research, a brief description of their future goals, and what they expect to accomplish through the workshop. Applicants must include their cv (no specified format) after page two.

The deadline for applications is May 24, 2019 11:59 PM EDT.

Travel Support

We anticipate to offer travel support to a limited number of junior faculty, especially from HBCU/MEI and underrepresented groups, including women. This fellowship will be used to cover their travel expenses.

For more information, please contact us at nsf.aspiring.pi.csr.2019@gmail.com.

Invited Speakers

In addition to a number of NSF personnel from CSR and related directorates who will present their programs and answer questions, we have invited the following systems researchers to share their experiences and offer counsel to the attendees.

R. Iris Bahar Professor of Engineering, Professor of Computer Science, Brown University. Prof. Bahar received the B.S. and M.S. degrees in computer engineering from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and the Ph.D. degree in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Colorado, Boulder. Before entering the Ph.D program at CU-Boulder, she was with Digital Equipment Corporation, responsible for the hardware implementation of their latest processor. In 1996 she joined the Division of Engineering, Brown University, as an Assistant Professor. In 2003 she was promoted to Associate Professor and in 2012 to Full Professor. She is a recipient of the National Science Foundation CAREER award. Her research interests include computer architecture; computer-aided design for synthesis, verification and low-power applications; design, test, and reliability issues for nanoscale systems; and most recently, design of robotic systems.

Nitin Vaidya McDevitt Chair of Computer Science, Georgetown University. Prof. Vaidya received his Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He previously served as an Associate Head and Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Illiniois at Urbana-Champaign. He has co-authored papers that received awards at several conferences. He is a fellow of the IEEE. He has served as the Chair of the Steering Committee for the ACM PODC conference, as the Editor-in-Chief for the IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing, and as the Editor-in-Chief for ACM SIGMOBILE publication MC2R.

Tanu Malik Assistant Professor, Assistant Professor, College of Computing and Digital Media, co-Director of the Data Systems and Optimization Lab, DePaul University. Prof. Malik's research is in broad area of scientific data management, and currently spans topics such as efficient databases for scientific research, data provenance management, and data virtualization techniques for reproducible science. Tanu has actively collaborated with astronomers, geoscientists, and urban scientists across several institutions. Her research is funded by the National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy, and the Sloan Foundation. She has a doctorate from the Johns Hopkins University, and a bachelors from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur.

Yair Amir Professor of Computer Science, Director of the Distributed Systems and Networks lab (www.dsn.jhu.edu), Johns Hopkins University. Prof. Amir's goal is to invent resilient, performant and secure distributed systems that make a difference, collecting friends along the way. Prof. Amir served as Department Chair of Computer Science at Johns Hopkins (2015-2018), as Vice Chair of the IFIP 10.4 Working Group on Dependable Computing (2016-2018), and as Program co-Chair of the 2015 IEEE/IFIP Dependable Systems and Networks (DSN) conference. His awards include the Best Paper award in the 2017 IEEE International Conference on Distributed Computing Systems (ICDCS), the 2014 Alumni Association Excellence in Teaching Award, the highest teaching award in the School of Engineering, Johns Hopkins University, and the DARPA Dynamic Coalitions program Bytes-for-Buck trophy in 2002. He was nominated to the DARPA agency-wide "Performer with Significant Technical Achievement" award in 2004. He is a creator of the Spread toolkit (www.spread.org), the first scalable group communication system with strong semantics, the Spines overlay network platform (www.spines.org), the SMesh wireless mesh network (www.smesh.org), the first seamless 802.11 mesh with fast lossless handoff, the Prime Byzantine replication engine, the first to provide performance guarantees while under attack, and the Spire intrusion-tolerant SCADA for the power grid (www.dsn.jhu.edu), the first to protect against both system-level and network-level attacks and compromises. Some of these technologies are deployed in mission critical systems, support data center applications, are included in commercial products, and are used for research and teaching in universities and research labs around the world. Until 2016, Prof. Amir led the development of the LTN cloud (www.ltnglobal.com). He continues to provide technical leadership at LTN. LTN offers a global transport service for broadcast-quality live TV that is used by major broadcasters including CNN, Fox, Disney, ABC, Bloomberg, CBS, CNBC, ESPN, NBC, PBS, and Turner. Prof.. Amir holds B.Sc. (1985) and M.Sc. (1990) from the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology, and a Ph.D (1995) from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel.

Tinoosh Mohsenin Associate Professor, Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering, University of Maryland Baltimore County. Prof. Mohsenin directs the Energy Efficient High Performance Computing (EEHPC) Lab. She received her PhD from University of California, Davis in 2010 and M.S. degree from Rice University in 2004, both in Electrical and Computer Engineering. Prof. Mohsenin`s research focus is on the development of highly accurate high performance processors for signal processing, machine learning, sparse representation and recovery techniques that consume as little energy as possible. Prof. Mohsenin has over 70 peer-reviewed journal and conference publications. She currently leads a number of research projects including the design of next generation wearable biomedical processors, hardware accelerators for deep learning and convolutional neural networks, real time brain signal artifact removal and processing for brain computing interface and assistive devices, which are all funded by National Science Foundation (NSF), Army Research Lab (ARL), Northrop Grumman, Boeing, Nvidia and Xilinx. She has served as associate editor in IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems-I (TCAS-I) and IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Circuits and Systems (TBioCAS). She was the local arrangement co-chair for the 50th IEEE International Symposium on Circuits and Systems (ISCAS) in Baltimore. She has also served as technical program committee member of the IEEE International Solid-State Circuits Conference Student Research (ISSCC-SRP), IEEE Biomedical Circuits and Systems (BioCAS), IEEE International Symposium on Circuits and Systems (ISCAS) and IEEE International Symposium on Quality Electronic Design (ISQED). She also serves as secretary of IEEE P1890 WG on Error Correction Coding for Non-Volatile Memories.


June 20, 2019

8:30 - 9:00   Registration
9:00 - 9:10   Welcome Remarks by Division Director of CNS 
9:10 - 9:50   Overview of CSR Programs (CSR Program Directors)
9:50 - 10:00  Break
10:00 - 12:00 Presentations by CSR PIs (R. Iris Bahar, Nitin Vaidya, Tinoosh Mohsenin)
12:00 - 1:15  Lunch (Attendees are on their own) 
1:15 - 2:30   Presentations by CSR PIs (Yair Amir, Tanu Malik)
2:30 - 2:45:  Break
2:45 - 3:15   Building Effective Education and Diversity Plans (Fay Cobb Payton) 
3:15 - 3:45   Overview of Crosscutting Programs (Indrajit Ray (SaTC) and Jonathan M. Sprinkle (CPS))
3:45 - 5:30   Open Time with CSR Program Directors (for others, there is a set of presentations -- see below)

3:45 - 4:00:
Ghost Cars and Fake Obstacles: Automated Software Security Analysis of Emerging Smart Transportation Systems
Qi Alfred Chen

4:00 - 4:15:
Exploiting Modern Hardware Features via Lightweight Profiling
Probir Roy

4:15 - 4:30:
Distributed Inference Making via Crowdsensing
Swastik Brahma

4:30 - 4:45:
GPU Contracts: scalable prevention of programming errors
Tiago Cogumbreiro

4:45 - 5:00:
Breaking Architecture Dependence: Towards Efficient Cross-ISA Virtualization
Wenwen Wang

5:00 - 5:15:
In(Security) and Un(Availability) of 4G/5G Networked Systems
Taqi Raza

5:15 - 5:30:
Securing Computation with Trusted Hardware
Chia-Che Tsai

June 21, 2019
9:00 - 10:00  Mock Panel 
10:00 - 10:30 Question and Answer Session with CSR Program Directors 
10:30 - 11:00 Intellectual Property and commercialization Plans (Pamular McCauley, iCorp)
11:00 - 11:15 Nationwide Mentoring Program
11:15 - 11:30 Findings from Women in CSR Workshop (Leana Golubchik)
11:30 -       Closing Remarks by CNS Deputy Division Director

Web page credits: Prof. Howie Huang, Professor, Department of Computer Science, George Washington University.