A Short Biography

I'm an associate professor in the School of Information Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, with affiliate appointments in the School of Law, the Department of Computer Science, the Department of Statistics, the Coordinated Science Laboratory, and the National Center for Supercomputing Applications. I am also a faculty affiliate of the Center for Informatics Research in Science and Scholarship (CIRSS) in the School of Information Sciences at the University of Illinois.

I completed both my PhD in statistics and my law degree at Stanford University, and graduated magna cum laude from the University of Ottawa.

External Appointments
I'm an Affiliate Scholar with the Center for Internet and Society at Stanford Law School, a Faculty Affiliate of the Meta-Research Innovation Center at Stanford (METRICS), and a Visiting Scholar at the Social and Decision Analytics Laboratory at the Biocomplexity Institute at Virginia Tech.

Research

I'm a data scientist working on open data and its implications. My group focuses on understanding the effect of big data and computation on scientific inference, for example studying adequacy and robustness in replicated results, designing and implementing validation systems, developing standards of openness for data and code sharing, and resolving legal and policy barriers to disseminating reproducible research.

I created the "Reproducible Research Standard," a suite of open licensing recommendations for the dissemination of computational results, and winner of the Kaltura Prize for Access to Knowledge Writing.

I am PI on the NSF grant #1649555: EAGER: Collaborative Research: Supporting Public Access to Supplemental Scholarly Products Generated from Grant Funded Research,

and I am co-PI on the NSF grant #1541450: CC*DNI DIBBS: Merging Science and Cyberinfrastructure Pathways: The Whole Tale.

I was PI on the NSF grant EAGER: Policy Design for Reproducibility and Data Sharing in Computational Science,

and I was PI on the Sloan Foundation grant Facilitating Transparency in Scientific Publishing.

Software Projects

I founded the open source project ResearchCompendia.org, designed as a pilot project to study the verification of code and data associated with published results, and enable independent and public cloud-based validation of methods and findings. I am a co-founder of RunMyCode.org, a platform connecting data and code to published articles.

I also created SparseLab, a collaborative platform for reproducible computational research in underdetermined systems.

Service, Boards, and Conflicts of Interest

The service aspects of my job are among those I enjoy the most. Of course I endeavor to minimize any potential influence this service could have on other areas where I am active, however I'm disclosing my relationships to let people know of any possible influences.

Financial

I am an advisor to Code Ocean and Authorea. Both are companies striving to increase research transparency and re-use in computational science and are making a positive impact on scholarly communication.

Non-financial

Professional

Editorial Service
My Institution
My employer is the University of Illinois and I am a member of its Senate IT Committee.

Previous Service

Fun Facts

My ORCID ID is 0000-0003-2015-7825 and my Erdös Number is 3.

I was a varsity crew member for the first two years of my undergraduate degree, then competed at the Club level for the next two years with the Ottawa Rowing Club. I'd race in any boat but my speciality was the lightweight eight, port or starboard.

Photo

A 705x990 jpg image is available here, and a 1749x1662 jpg here.