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 Computation Institute, Department of Computer Science, and Math and Computer Science Division at the University of Chicago and 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.

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

Parallel scripting in Python


Tyler SKluzacek’s paper titled “Serverless Workflows for Indexing Large Scientific Data” was accepted to 5th Workshop on Serverless Computing (WoSC ‘19).

Tyler SKluzacek’s paper titled “Dredging a Data Lake: Decentralized Metadata Extraction” was accepted to Middleware ’19 Doctoral Symposium.

Takuya Kurihana’s abstract titled “Cloud Characterization With Deep Learning II” was accepted to American Geophysical Union (AGU) 2019 Fall Meeting.

Congratulations to Ian Foster for being honored as one of five DOE Office of Science Distinguished Scientists Fellows! The Department of Energy will provide $1 million in funding to support Ian’s pioneering research on data, computing and artificial intelligence.