Each year, Chicago Magazine publishes it’s “Who’s Got Next” list of local luminaries in arts, politics, sports, and science. Among the 17 Chicagoans on this year’s list of “emerging power players” is a familiar face for UChicago CS: Liew Family Chair of Computer Science Michael Franklin.

Dubbed by the magazine as “The Big Data Guru”, Franklin talks about the pervasive role of data in modern society, and what it may mean for businesses and fields such as medicine, finance, education, and government.

Ask Franklin to get specific about the big data analysis and artificial intelligence research he and his colleagues are doing, and the affable 57-year-old Boston native demurs: “The problem is, it works for everything. Our lives are being modulated by and lived through networks and computing, and all our activities are spitting out tremendous reams of data about what works and what doesn’t work in the world.”

Franklin’s blurb also highlights the new computer science space in the John Crerar Library and the Center for Data and Computing, an incubator for multidisciplinary data science collaboration at the University of Chicago. The magazine writes that Franklin is “putting Chicago at the center of the data science map,” playing “matchmaker” between data science researchers and students and scholars studying urban planning, medicine, and other areas.

“I think that’s the way you do impactful computer science research,” he tells reporter Princess Ojiaku. “You work with people who are trying to solve real problems.”

See the full list at Chicago Magazine.

Related News

More UChicago CS stories from this research area.
UChicago CS News

UChicago London Colloquium Features Data Science, Quantum Research

Jul 01, 2022
Video

Is it Ethical to Use Facial Imaging in Decision-Making?

Jun 28, 2022
UChicago CS News

Faculty Bill Fefferman and Chenhao Tan Receive Google Research Scholar Awards

Jun 21, 2022
UChicago CS News

Two Incoming UChicago CS PhD Students Receive Department of Energy Fellowship

Jun 16, 2022
UChicago CS News

UChicago CS Chair Michael Franklin Part of SIGMOD Award-Winning Team

Jun 15, 2022
Video

Data Science Institute Summit

Jun 15, 2022
UChicago CS News

DSI Summer Lab Returns In-Person With 49 Students From Across the U.S.

Jun 14, 2022
In the News

Nick Feamster Talks Internet Equity on Light Reading Podcast

Jun 09, 2022
UChicago CS News

University of Chicago Named in National Science Foundation’s $20 Million CONECT Award under the Forthcoming ACCESS Program

Apr 27, 2022
UChicago CS News

UChicago CS Labs Join Museum of Science & Industry For Robot Block Party

Apr 20, 2022
UChicago CS News

Three UChicago CS Security Projects Receive Funding From c3.ai Institute

Mar 25, 2022
UChicago CS News

Junchen Jiang Wins CAREER Award to Study Using ML to Optimize Video Experiences

Mar 24, 2022
arrow-down-largearrow-left-largearrow-right-large-greyarrow-right-large-yellowarrow-right-largearrow-right-smallbutton-arrowclosedocumentfacebookfacet-arrow-down-whitefacet-arrow-downPage 1CheckedCheckedicon-apple-t5backgroundLayer 1icon-google-t5icon-office365-t5icon-outlook-t5backgroundLayer 1icon-outlookcom-t5backgroundLayer 1icon-yahoo-t5backgroundLayer 1internal-yellowinternalintranetlinkedinlinkoutpauseplaypresentationsearch-bluesearchshareslider-arrow-nextslider-arrow-prevtwittervideoyoutube