Making all research data accessible, discoverable, and usable

Globus Labs is a research group led by Prof. Ian Foster and Dr. Kyle Chard that spans the Department of Computer Science at the University of Chicago and the Data Science and Learning Division at Argonne National Laboratory. Our modest goal is to realize a world in which all research data are reliably, rapidly, and securely accessible, discoverable, and usable. To this end, we work on a broad range of research problems in data-intensive computing and research data management. Our work is made possible by much-appreciated support from the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, Department of Energy, National Institute of Standards and Technology, and other sources, and in addition to computer science, engages fields as diverse as materials science, biology, archaeology, climate policy, and social sciences. We work closely with the team developing the Globus research data management platform, who often challenge us to think bigger—and sometimes implement our less crazy ideas.


Deep learning workflow and dataset for toxicity prediction.

We are developing methods to automate the scientific data lifecycle.

funcX is a Function as a Service platform for scientific computing.


Globus World ‘22 takes place on May 10 and 11 in both 3D (in person in Chicago) and 2D (virtual attendance). Ian will co-present the keynote at 9:00AM (Central) on May 10 and Kyle will co-present “Shaping the Future: To Globus Compute and Beyond!” at 4:00PM.

Student researchers Jim and Nathan along with Marcus, Ben and Ian co-authored “3D Convolutional Neural Networks for Dendrite Segmentation Using Fine-Tuning and Hyperparameter Optimization.” Pre-print is available on Arxiv with journal publication to follow.

Ian co-authored "Efficient high-dimensional variational data assimilation with machine-learned reduced-order models" which appears in [_Geoscientific Model Development_](

Kyle gave a Presentation on Parsl at Indico.