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Welcome to the CRISP Grand Challenges Workshop 2023


Dates: November 14-15 (Tue-Wed); Recreational Sports Center

Welcome reception: November 13 (Mon); Wright Forestry Center

Where: Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana

What: Brochure


We are done. 2.5 days of energizing discussions, engaging panels and breakouts, and illuminating talks with 70+ active participants. Here's to some wonderful memories.



  1. Videos and slide decks (subset approved for release) are available. [ WWW ]
  2. Call for vision papers. [ Google Form ]
  3. Pictures from the event, live as we go along. [ Drive ]  
  4. Running document with logistics announcements, including connecting to projector, is available. [ WWW ]
  5. Poster competition winners are announced at the banquet. [ WWW ]
  6. Shuttle information is available. [ WWW ]
  7. The final program is available. [ WWW ]
  8. The external (to Purdue) attendee profiles are available. [ WWW ]
  9. Presentation slide decks. [ WWW ]


Our society is crucially dependent on several interdependent critical infrastructure systems and processes for operating these systems, such as, industrial control systems, IoT systems underlying our smart cities, large-scale cyber systems, and built environments like transportation and building infrastructures. These are subjected to various kinds of hazards and faults, both natural and malicious, often leading to user-visible failures. The technical communities supported by NSF’s CISE and Engineering Directorates have developed scientific methods to analyze the failure modes of the infrastructures and provide engineering tools to systematically build in resilience. This workshop is meant to bring together members of these communities who have focused on resilient and adaptive cyber-infrastructures, resilient cyber-physical systems, and scientific foundations of resilient socio-technical systems.

The participants will be thought and action leaders in the area of resilient systems, drawn from external academic researchers and industrial practitioners. This workshop will highlight the synergies among the domains through discussion of foundational techniques and case studies. Then it will present the salient research and practice challenges that can serve as a call-to-arms for the respective technical communities.

The workshop is made possible through funding by the National Science Foundation, Award #2140139.

Research Themes



Keynote Speakers

Christian Maciocco


An Open 5G Platform and AI/ML Enabled Edge Services & Optimizations for the Intelligent Edge

Christian is a Sr. Principal Engineer and Sr. Director of Telecom Systems Research in Intel Labs working on platform and communications research in Software Defined Network (SDN), Network Function Virtualization (NFV) and Cloud Native. Christian is Intel’s board member representative to the Open Networking Foundation (ONF) Technical Committee, chair of ONF Technical Supplier Advisory Board (T-SAB), steering team member of the Open Mobile Evolved Core ( He is also Intel’s Principal Investigator (PI) of an Intel Science and Technology Center (ISTC), co-funded with VMWare, on Edge Computing at UC Berkeley (, previously Intel’s PI of an ISTC co-funded with AT&T, at UC Berkeley on SDN/NFV ( with co-PIs at Stanford, CMU, Princeton, and EPFL. Previous work included wireless (WiFi/WiMax) communication, system energy efficiency, media streaming and IP telephony, DTV data broadcast, as well as representing Intel in standards organizations like the IETF, ATM Forum, and ATSC. Christian has 79 patents granted, on-going patent applications, co-authored 34 publications including three best paper awards, and received two Intel Achievement Awards, Intel’s highest award. He earned a Diplôme d’Ingénieur - Ecole Spéciale de Mécanique & Electricité – Paris.

Ramesh Govindan

University of Southern California

On Highly-Resilient Hyperscalers

In this talk, I will discuss resilience challenges facing hyperscalers and present some examples of techniques to improve their resilience and availability. I will conclude my talk with a brief discussion of the applicability of lessons learned by hyperscalers to connected cyber-physical systems.

Ramesh Govindan is the Northrop-Grumman Chair in Engineering and Professor of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles. He received his B. Tech. degree from the Indian Institute of Technology at Madras and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of California at Berkeley. Govindan co-directs the Networked Systems Laboratory at USC, and his research has focused on networked sensing systems and on understanding Internet routing and topology.


Organizing Committee