Randal Burns

Research Interests

  • Large Data Sets for Scientific Applications
  • Query Processing for Data-Intensive Science Applications
  • Redundancy Coding and Auditing of Outsourced Storage Services
  • Adaptive Performance Management for Network Data Protocols
  • Scalable Systems that Support Neuroscience Imaging Analysis and Annotation

Randal Burns is the Department Chair for the Computer Science Department. His research interests lie in building the high-performance, scalable data systems that allow scientists to make discoveries through the exploration, mining, and statistical analysis of big data.  Recently, he has focused primarily on high-throughput neuroscience, but retains a vigorous interest in high-performance computing numerical simulations.

Randal is both a member of and on the steering committee of the Kavli Neuroscience Discovery Institute. He is a member of the Institute for Data-Intensive Science and Engineering. He is on the Steering Committee of the Science of Learning Institute. He was a research staff member in storage systems at IBM’s Almaden Research Center from 1996-2002. He earned his bachelor’s in geophysics at Stanford University (1993), and his master’s (1997) and doctorate (2000) in computer science at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

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