Randal Burns

Randal Burns, professor and head of the Department of Computer Science, was recently appointed as one of six new members on the Computing Community Consortium (CCC) Council, which is affiliated with the Computing Research Association (CRA).

In addition to Burns, the new appointees include, David Jensen, University of Massachusetts Amherst; Rada Mihalcea, University of Michigan; Raj Rajaraman, Northeastern University; Matthew Turk, Toyota Technological Institute at Chicago;  and Pam Wisniewski, University of Central Florida. 

Beginning July 1, the new members will each serve three-year terms. The CCC Council is comprised of 20 members who have expertise in diverse areas of computing. They are instrumental in leading CCC’s visioning programs, which help catalyze and enable ideas for future computing research.

Burns’s research has pushed the scalability limits of data science based on emergent storage technologies. This has ranged from engineering file systems for storage area networks, building scientific web services on scale-out cloud storage, and developing graph and sparse-matrix engines for machine learning. His work has been inspired by high-throughput science, including numerical simulations for turbulence and neuroscience microscopy. 

At Johns Hopkins, Burns 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  and a member of the JH Turbulence Database Group. He and his students have built Open Numerical Laboratories in which anyone can explore, mine, and analyze world-class turbulence simulations. Burns is also a co-founder of NeuroData, which democratizes access to world-class data sets, including electron-microscopy connectomics, CLARITY, MRI, and array tomography data.