One of the great new NSF programs in recent years is the introduction of the “Algorithms in the Field” program, which is a joint initiative from the CCF, CNS, and IIS divisions in CISE. It’s goal is almost a direct match with what I try to do with my research: it “encourages closer collaboration between (i) theoretical computer science researchers [..] and (ii) other computing and information researchers [..] very broadly construed”. The projects it funds are meant to push the boundaries of theoretical tools and apply them in a application domain.
Of course this is perfectly suited to what we do in RSRG at Caltech! We missed the first year of the call due to bad timing, but we submitted this year and I’m happy to say it was funded (over the summer when I wasn’t blogging)!
For those who are curious, here’s the quick and dirty summary of the goal…taken directly from the proposal.