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 automatically extract scientific facts buried in scientific publications

Parallel scripting in Python

We are developing methods to automate the provisioning of cloud computing infrastructure


Ian Foster gives a keynote address at Multicore World 2019 entitled “Learning Systems for Science”.

Ricardo Lourenco received an Outstanding Student Paper Award from the American Geophysical Union for his work titled Cloud Characterization with Deep Learning.

Globus Labs will be giving a talk on DLHub at the 2019 IEEE International Parallel & Distributed Processing Symposium (IPDPS)

Matt Baughman, Ryan Chard, Logan Ward, Jason Pitt, Kyle Chard and Ian Foster publish paper, “Profiling and Predicting Application Performance on the Cloud”, at UCC 2018.