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 aimed at 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 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 affiliated, in particular, with the Computation Institute, Department of Computer Science, and Mathematics and Computer Science Division.
As Director of the Computation Institute, I work with wonderful people across many units of the University and Argonne. We are proud of our deeply interdisciplinary culture that underpins projects in life sciences, culture and society, planet and environment, and particles to cosmos—and on the data and computation tools that enable progress in these and other areas.
Surprising 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 Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Costa Rica, Croatia, England, France, Germany, Greece, India, Israel, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, Poland, Russia, Scotland, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Turkey, the Vatican, and Wales.