I am a computer scientist with a predilection for building software systems (and, more recently, for deploying services) that solve problems in the sciences. I like to think that I am part of a movement that is re-inventing scholarship and education in an era of massive and pervasive computation–much as happened after the dawn of printing (1450) and the calculus (1687).
I am a Distinguished Fellow and Senior Scientist at Argonne National Laboratory and a Professor at the University of Chicago–two wonderful institutions where science and scholarship are cherished, and the importance of new forms of instrumentation as enablers of discovery is appreciated. I am also affiliated with the Department of Computer Science, Mathematics and Computer Science Division, and Institute for Molecular Engineering at the University and Argonne.
My research group, Globus Labs, engages talented students, postdocs, and staff in the challenge of making all research data accessible, discoverable, and usable. We work closely with Globus, which builds and operates cloud data services for the research community.
Fun fact: I have sailed around 15,000 miles in my lifetime, including trans-Pacific (Auckland-Tahiti-Hawaii-Victoria), trans-Atlantic (St Thomas-Bermuda-Azores-Spain), circumnavigation of New Zealand’s South Island, and much else besides.
Geography: I am originally from Wellington, New Zealand but have lived for many years in Chicago, USA. I have also lived for extended periods in Christchurch, New Zealand; Tours, France; and London, UK. I have visited Andorra, Antigua, Argentina, Australia, Austria, the Bahamas, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cuba, Dominican Republic, England, France, Germany, Greece, Haiti, India, Israel, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Scotland, Slovakia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, the Vatican, and Wales.