Our people are leaders in the fields of human genetics, sociology, mathematics, history, evolutionary biology, English literature and psychology, from the nations most prestigous institutions. About a third come from a computational modeling background who are interested in identifying and modeling knowledge generation and transmission processes. The remaining two thirds take the long view of science and scholarship and bring their expertise into meaningful conversations and research on topics that are of interest to them and to the Lab as a whole.
In the Limelight
Director, Computation Institute; Senior Scientist, Mathematics and Computer Science (MCS) at Argonne National Laboratory; Executive Advisory Committee Member and Senior Fellow, Institute for Genomics and Systems Biology (IGSB); Professor, Computer Science, University of Chicago; Professor, Physical Sciences, University of Chicago; Distinguished Fellow, Argonne National Laboratory, University of Chicago
Ian Foster is Director of the Computation Institute, a joint institute of the University of Chicago and Argonne National Laboratory. He is also an Argonne Senior Scientist and Distinguished Fellow and the Arthur Holly Compton Distinguished Service Professor of Computer Science.
Alumnus, University of Chicago
I graduated from the University of Chicago, studying Statistics, Economics, and Mathematics. I am very much interested in the intersection of machine learning and the social sciences. At the Knowledge Lab, I worked on the Concept Lives project using methods from NLP and Time Series Forecasting to study the emergence of different concepts in different fields. In my free time, I enjoy watching reruns of "Whose Line Is It Anyway" and listening to the comedic stylings of George Carlin, Richard Pryor, and Louis C.K.