NSF Designing Accountable Software Systems

Sponsor Deadline: 

Apr 19, 2021


National Science Foundation

UI Contact: 

Designing Accountable Software Systems (DASS)
NSF 21-554
Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering
 Directorate for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences
NSF url    https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2021/nsf21554/nsf21554.htm?WT.mc_id=USNSF_25&WT.mc_ev=click

The Designing Accountable Software Systems (DASS) program solicits foundational research aimed towards a deeper understanding and formalization of the bi-directional relationship between software systems and the complex social and legal contexts within which software systems must be designed and operate. The DASS program aims to bring researchers in computer and information science and engineering together with researchers in law and social, behavioral, and economic sciences to jointly develop rigorous and reproducible methodologies for understanding the drivers of social goals for software and for designing, implementing, and validating accountable software systems. DASS will support well-conceived collaborations between these two groups of researchers. The first group consists of researchers in software design, which, for the purposes of this solicitation, is broadly defined as formal methods, programming languages, software engineering, requirements engineering and human-centered computing. The second group consists of researchers in law and the social, behavioral, and economic sciences, who study social systems and networks, culture, social norms and beliefs, rules, canons, precedents, legal code, and routine procedures that govern the conduct of people, organizations, and countries.