Today’s computing research is increasingly shaped by forces and trends that separate it from the simpler circumstances of the field’s founding era. Among these, three that stand out are
- Emergence of computing as a fundamental underpinning of modern society
- Intellectual maturing of the discipline
- Complexity and sophistication of the future research environment
Taken together, these forces are motivating a dramatic, qualitative shift in viewpoint about the expectations and demands placed on computing research in upcoming years. With this symposium, we hope to snapshot a moment in time in this transformation, capture and clarify the fundamental forces driving it, and discuss key strategies and approaches available to our research community as it shapes both its own and society’s future.