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.


We are developing methods to automate the scientific data lifecycle.

An open source machine learning platform for scientists

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


Tyler was named a UChicago Data Science Institute Rising Star in their Autumn 2021 cohort. Congratulations Tyler!

In collaboration with Cardiff University, Kyle’s paper “Greedy Nominator Heuristic (GNH): Virtual Function Placement on Fog Resources” was accepted to the Concurrency and Computation: Practice and Experience journal!

Check out tutorials, papers, and presentations by Globus Labs members at SC21! A full schedule of Globus and Globus Labs events at SC21 is available at