Randal Burns is an Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science in the Whiting School of Engineering at the Johns Hopkins University. He directs the Hopkins Storage Systems Lab, serves on the advisory board of the Institute for Data Intensive Engineering and Science, and writes code for the Open Connectome Project.
His research focuses on the management, performance, and security of large data sets, for scientific applications. His recent results address query processing for data-intensive science applications, redundancy coding and auditing of outsourced storage services, and adaptive performance management for network data protocols.
Randal's current focus is to build scalable systems that support neuroscience imaging analysis and annotation with the goal of reverse engineering the neurophysiology of mamalliam brains. This work is more fully described at the Open Connectome Project.
Randal was formerly a Research Staff Member in Storage Systems 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. He earned his B.S. degree from the Department of Geophysics at Stanford University.