Data Science


May 1, 2014


Data Science

Moderator: Dennis Gannon, Microsoft Research

Data Publishing and Data Analysis Tools on the Cloud: Dataverse and Consilience

Merce Crosas, Harvard

Data Science Environment at the University of Washington eScience Institute

Bill Howe, University of Washington

Scalable Data-Intensive Processing for Science on Azure Clouds: A-Brain and Z-CloudFlow

Gabriel Antoniu, INRIA, France

Deploying a CKAN Data Repository in Azure

Alex Wade, Microsoft Research


Dennis Gannon, Merce Crosas, Bill Howe, Gabriel Antoniu, and Alex Wade

Dennis Gannon is a professor in the department of Computer Science at Indiana University which he chaired from 1997 to 2004. His previous positions include the department of Computer Science at Purdue University. He was also a senior visiting research scientist at the Center for Supercomputer Research and Development, University of Illinois. He was a partner in the NSF Computational Cosmology Grand Challenge project. He is a founding member of the DOE Common Component Architecture software group and the NCSA Alliance. From 1998-2000 he worked on the NASA Information Power Grid. He is on the steering committee for the Global Grid Forum. Gannon is also the Science Directory for the Indiana Pervasive Technologies Labs.

Dr. Mercè Crosas is the director of product development for the Institute of Quantitative Social Science (IQSS) at Harvard University. Dr. Crosas first joined IQSS in 2004 (then referred to as the Harvard-MIT Data Center) as manager of the Dataverse Network project. The product development team at IQSS now includes the Dataverse Network project, the Murray Research Archive, and the statistical and web development projects (OpenScholar and Zelig). Before joining IQSS, she worked for five years in the educational software and biotech industry, initially as a software developer, and later as manager and director of IT and software development. Prior to that, she was at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics where she completed her doctoral thesis as a student fellow with the Atomic and Molecular Physics Institute, and afterwards she was a post-doctoral fellow, a researcher, and a software engineer with the Radioastronomy division. Dr. Crosas holds a PhD in Astrophysics from Rice University and graduated with a BS in Physics from the Universitat de Barcelona, Spain.

Alex Wade is Director for Scholarly Communication at Microsoft Research, where he oversees a portfolio of researcher-focused products and services to explore emerging trends in the ways that research is disseminated, archived, and re-used. Alex holds a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from U.C. Berkeley, and a Masters of Librarianship degree from the University of Washington. During his career at Microsoft, Alex has managed the corporate search and taxonomy management services; and served as Senior Program Manager for Windows Search. Prior to joining Microsoft, Alex was Systems Librarian at the University of Washington, and held technical library positions at the University of Michigan and the University of California at Berkeley.


  • Portrait of Alex D. Wade

    Alex D. Wade

    Principal Program Manager

  • Portrait of Dennis Gannon

    Dennis Gannon