Remarks by Jeannette Wing, head of the CS department at Carnegie Mellon, posted last week at Computerworld.com:
Wing sees her job as making esoteric research issues real, immediate and relevant to users. “Today in security, we are patching systems and fighting viruses and worms and doing source code analysis using techniques that the basic research community invented 20 years ago, or even longer than that,” she said.
Consequently, users “are basically putting Band-Aids on our software and trying to build better intrusion-detection systems,” said Wing, while the basic research needed to protect against future threats isn’t being done.
Dr. Wing is set to take over NSF’s computing research spending on July 1. The NSF funds 87% of all federally funded CS research out of a budget that runs a paltry $530M.