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.


Ben Blaiszik will deliver the keynote at the SciPy 2022 on software and services to fully realize the impact of AI, Machine Learning, automation, and community engagement in science.

Ben Blaiszik spoke at the FAIR for AI Workshop on the relationship between data and artificial intelligence.

Kyle spoke at the NREL Connections Seminar on Scalable Scientific Computing with funcX and Parsl

Ian was one of the distinguished speakers at National Science Data Fabric, speaking on “How Globus Services Enable Scientific Discovery” (recording here).