Randal Burns Data-Intesive Systems and NeuroData Plumber

Randal Burns

email: randal(at)jhu.edu
phone: I don’t answer
office: 227 Malone Hall
mailing: 160 Malone Hall, 3400 N. Charles St, Baltimore, MD 21218

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Recent CV


As of July 1, I am the Interim Chair of the Department of Computer Science. While I enjoy the term Congratudolences, I’m quite looking forward to dipping my toe in the leadership water, seeing how the sausage gets made, etc. I represent a great group of faculty at an interesting time. Interim means that CS@JHU is actively seeking a Head of Computer Science, please apply.

Here are a couple of interesting recent items:


Randal Burns is a Professor and Interim Chair of Computer Science in the Whiting School of Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. 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.

In recent years, he has focused on data-systems for high-throughput neuroscience. He is a co-founder of NeuroData along with Joshua Vogelstein. NeuroData democratizes access to world-class data sets, including electron-microscopy connectomics, CLARITY, MRI, and array tomography data.

Randal is a core 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.

At Johns Hopkins, 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.

Prior to arriving at JHU in 2002, Randal was Research Staff Member at IBM’s Almaden Research Center in San Jose. He earned his Ph.D. in 2000 and M.S. in 1997 from the Department of Computer Science at the University of California at Santa Cruz (Go Slugs!). He earned his B.S. degree from the Department of Geophysics at Stanford University (Go Cardinal!)