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.

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

Parallel scripting in Python


The DOE Secretary’s Honor Award names multiple Globus Labs members for numerous recent computing accomplishments surrounding COVID-19.

Ian was on the team that wrote “Fast and accurate learned multiresolution dynamical downscaling for precipitation” (Jiali Wang, et al). Check out the preprint here!

Course materials for Logan’s new class, “Applied Artificial Intelligence for Materials Science and Engineering,” at University of Chicago, have been posted. Check them out here!

The Exaworks project has been funded for another year. Congratulations, exaworks team!