Contact Info
Phone
(773) 702-1493
Office
Crerar 219

Michael J. Franklin is the inaugural holder of the Liew Family Chair of Computer Science. An authority on databases, data analytics, data management and distributed systems, he also serves as Senior Advisor to the Provost on Computation and Data Science and is Faculty Co-Director of the Data Science Institute.

Previously, Franklin was on the faculty at the University of California, Berkeley, where he was Thomas M. Siebel Professor of Computer Science and served a term as Chair of the Computer Science Division. He was Director of the Algorithms, Machines and People Laboratory (AMPLab) and was Principal Investigator of the lab’s National Science Foundation CISE “Expeditions in Computing” award. He is one of the original creators of Apache Spark, a leading open source platform for data analytics and machine learning that was developed at the lab.

In addition to his academic work, Franklin founded and was chief technology officer of Truviso, a data analytics company acquired by Cisco Systems. He currently serves as a technical advisor to various data-driven technology companies and organizations, including AMPLab spin-out Databricks and Chicago-based Ocient. Franklin recently completed terms as a member of the NSF CISE Advisory Committee and a Board Member of the Computing Research Association and currently serves on the ACM Fellows Committee. He is a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery and a two-time recipient of the ACM SIGMOD (Special Interest Group on Management of Data) “Test of Time” award and numerous Best Paper awards at leading Systems and Database conferences. He received the Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin in 1993, a Master of Software Engineering from the Wang Institute of Graduate Studies in 1986, and the B.S. in Computer and Information Science from the University of Massachusetts in 1983.

Research

Focus Areas: Big Data, Databases, Distributed and Streaming Database Technology, Systems

Research

AI & Machine Learning

Foundations and applications of computer algorithms making data-centric models, predictions, and decisions

Data & Databases

Systems and algorithms for managing and analyzing data at scale

Systems, Architecture & Networking

Design and analysis of computing systems: cloud, edge, Internet, quantum, and beyond

Labs & Groups

ChiDATA

Michael Franklin, Aaron Elmore, Sanjay Krishnan, Raul Castro Fernandez
Conducting research on all things data, including large-scale video analysis, efficient data processing systems, and the economics of data.

Systems Group

A vibrant, collaborative research community with diverse, synergistic research interests spanning systems, programming languages and software engineering, software and hardware...

Machine Learning Group

Researchers at the University of Chicago and partner institutions studying the foundations and applications of machine learning and AI.

CERES Center for Unstoppable Computing

Andrew A. Chien
A dynamic community focused on reducing the fragility and complexity of computing systems, while also increasing their efficiency and lifetime.

News & Events

UChicago CS News

UChicago London Colloquium Features Data Science, Quantum Research

Jul 01, 2022
UChicago CS News

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

Jun 15, 2022
Past Event

Data Value: Assessment and Evolution Workshop

Jun 06, 2022
UChicago CS News

UChicago CS Chair Michael J. Franklin Named AAAS Fellow

Jan 26, 2022
UChicago CS News

University of Chicago, City Colleges of Chicago Join Forces to Increase Diversity in Science Careers

Dec 14, 2021
UChicago CS News

Asst. Prof. Aaron Elmore Receives CAREER Award for Resource-Efficient Databases

Sep 03, 2021
UChicago CS News

New College Data Science Major: From Foundations to Insight to Impact

Aug 29, 2021
Past Event

Future of AI and Data-Driven Business Applications

Jan 22, 2021
UChicago CS News

UChicago CS Alums Go On To Exciting Futures in Academia, Industry, and Startups

Nov 24, 2020
Past Event

Chenhao Tan (Colorado) – Towards Human-Centered AI: Understanding Language in Social Contexts

Apr 09, 2020
Past Event

Ruoxi Jia (UC Berkeley) – Towards an Equitable and Trustworthy Economy of Data

Feb 26, 2020
UChicago CS News

From Wearable Tech to AI, UChicago Builds Future of Computer Science

Apr 12, 2019
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