The Computing Systems Research (CSR) program of the NSF funds a wide range of systems research including (but not limited to) systems for Internet-of-Things (which makes our homes and city smarter), systems to make more affordable and energy-efficient our Supercomputers (which furthers medical research, our understanding of the universe, and warns the population of tornadoes and hurricanes, to name a few), systems to improve the usefulness, security, and reliability of our smartphones, and systems to secure and scale the cloud (which has expanded the capabilities of IT systems while dramatically decreasing the associated costs).

The landscape of computer systems research has changed significantly fueled by the burgeoning of Internet of Everything (IoE), e.g., wearables, lights, and vehicles, and expected 5G deployment this eyar. As computing technology has gradually immersed into our daily life, we have witnessed two radical changes in the past decade: rapidly growing cloud computing and pervasive mobile devices, sensors and Internet of Things. Cloud Computing, an alternative to the traditional model of owning and managing private resources by customers, provided centralized computing services and pay-as-you-use convenience to the clients. While there are many emerging issues to be solved, Cloud Computing has reaped its field from enterprises to personal end users. Meanwhile, mobile devices, such as smartphones and tablets, have become pervasive and are driving the development of many new applications, powered by the ever-improving wireless networking and mobility support. According to Cisco’s conservative estimate, there will be 50 billion connected devices by 2020, forming an Internet of Things. Things across all industry domains, from transportation to healthcare to manufacturing to smart cities to smart grids, are being connected to address a growing range of needs for businesses and consumers. Enabling these future Internet of Things imposes unique challenges. For example, many devices will have limited battery power and processing capabilities, and hence cannot support computational-intensive tasks.

At this event, the researchers funded by the CSR program and aspiring PIs will have the opportunity to meet at-large and share and discuss their research, identify systems research challenges and directions. Specifically, we want to solicit your input in four predefined themes and work together to provide a report back to NSF and community. The four themes are: (1) Security by Systems Design; (2) Systems Challenges of Internet of Things (IoT); (3) Reproducibility in Systems Research; and (4) Women in Computing.

The objective of the workshop is to provide input to NSF and Computer Systems Research Community on two key questions:

(1) What is the vision of computer systems research in the next 5 years?
(2) What are the grand challenges to achieve the vision?