Beth is the Michael A and Laurie Burns McRobbie Bicentennial Professor of Computer Engineering in the Luddy School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering at Indiana University Bloomington (IUB).
Pervasive Technology Institute at Indiana University is an Indiana University institute advancing innovation in computational science and cyberinfrastructure in areas of artificial intelligence, large scale data, workforce development, and computational infrastructure and software services. Indiana University is internationally known for its cyberinfrastructure in support of national scale science and scholarship. I am proud to be at the helm of the institute and take it and IU forward as PTI’s Executive Director.
I served at the National Science Foundation (NSF) (2017 – 2020) working on open science policy. Federal policies for open science are expanding access to the products of federally-funded research thus creating substantial new opportunities for scientific discovery.
My research in open science is three-fold: first, a global data fabric for machine discovery of data is a massively distributed and disruptive system that relies on Persistent IDs (PIDs) for objects. This is such as the work of the FAIR Digital Objects (FDO) initiative. Second, coupled technical-organizational solutions are needed for open science of protected or restricted data, our earlier research on this is now in production as the HathiTrust Research Center Data Capsule. Finally, models for building and sustaining a scientific consortium has motivated my contributions to the Research Data Alliance (RDA) and other consortium like scientific activities.
I am interested in artificial intelligence (AI) knowledge representation and AI trustworthiness, specifically the role that knowledge graphs can play in accountability. Accountability obligates the cyberinfrastructure (CI) stack as well as the AI application, and has implications for reproducibility and explainability. Here I additionally explore technical innovations that contribute to human involvement. See the NSF funded ICICLE AI Institute for the context of this work.
I am one of a small group of a dozen international researchers that founded the now 10,000+ member strong Research Data Alliance (RDA) whose mission is to reduce barriers to data sharing.
I am singularly proud to contribute to the IUB Center of Excellence for Women in Technology (CEWIT), first as part of small group of founders, and now in an advisory board role. I contribute to better outcomes for all through diversity, equity, and inclusion; workforce development; and broadening participation in computing efforts.