Sunday, February 15, 2009

Sunday Musings

* I searched my gmail for "cpm". Bad idea! I was looking for CPM 09 conference related email, but ad auction researchers know what my mailer pulled out in large numbers.

* After flip-flop-flips, exactly how much does the stimulus package provide for basic research? Blogs reveal: $1 billion total for NASA; $3 billion total for National Science Foundation (NSF); $2 billion total for Science at the Department of Energy including $400 million for the Advanced Research Projects Agency—Energy (ARPA-E); $830 million total for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA). There is a clause that gets the money spent quickly, like in a few months, I hear.

* Sunday without Times? Neah. What are great green CS problems? I was reminded of this by Thomas Friedman's OP-ED piece about a ride through India in an electric car, discovering local, green innovations. (btw, where in India can you charge an electric car for 6 hours a day? :))
“Why did this tour happen?” asked Ringwald. “Why this mad, insane plan to travel across India in a caravan of solar electric cars and jatropha trucks with solar music, art, dance and a potent message for climate solutions? Well ... the world needs crazy ideas to change things, because the conventional way of thinking is not working anymore.”



Blogger atri said...

At the ITA workshop, there was a panel discussion on funding and Sampath Kannan mentioned the following. The house version wanted NSF to spend the 3B in 4 months, while the senate version wanted NSF to spend the money in a year. The final version was passed the day of the panel discussion, so Sampath did not know the final time frame set by the congress to spend the money.

1:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Any more details about the impact of stimulus on NSF funding in theory of computing?

4:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks to Atri for the update. Wonder if Sampath mentioned anything specific to theory. I am not in the loop and dont have any specific info.
-- metoo

6:17 PM  
Blogger atri said...

Here are some other things that Sampath mentioned:

(*) Someone asked about the increase in funds for specific units at NSF. The 3B is about a 50% increase in the annual NSF budget, which Sampath said would translate to roughly the same increase for each unit. He did not say anything specific about ToC as far as I remember.

(*) Almost all of the grant proposals for 2009 are already in. He said that most probably this would mean that they'll try to fund those proposals at a higher rate and augment existing grants with more students/postdoc. However, they might also post fresh cfp's.

8:01 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Muthu asks "What are great green CS problems?" If anyone would like to contribute to the process of answering this question for NSF, I encourage to attend the NSF Workshop on the Science of Power Management: The output of the workshop will be a report that will presumably form the basis for a call for proposals in this area in the Fall. Email me if you are interested.

Kirk Pruhs

2:35 PM  

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