CIS Distinguished Speaker Series


Victoria Stodden

University of Illinois Urbana-Champagne


April 6, 2018

Time: 10:15-11:15 am
Location: Center for the Arts, Gore Recital Hall

The Science of Computational Reproducibility

Abstract: The rate of production, collection, and analysis of data, and the speed at which computational infrastructure is changing (e.g. technologies for cloud computing, network capabilities, and high performance computing systems) implies a need for extreme agility in computationally-enabled research. I will outline a research agenda for the science of reproducibility that responds to the opportunities created by this rapid evolution in research environments addressing, for example, reliability and robustness of machine learning discoveries, quantification of variability in data and cyberinfrastructure on scientific findings, and new facets of the research pipeline that impact our ability to generalize and use the products of scientific research.

Bio: Victoria Stodden is an associate professor in the School of Information Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, with affiliate appointments in the School of Law, the Department of Computer Science, the Department of Statistics, the Coordinated Science Laboratory, and the National Center for Supercomputing Applications. In addition, she is an affiliate scholar with the Center for Internet and Society at Stanford Law School, a faculty affiliate of the Meta-Research Innovation Center at Stanford (METRICS), and a visiting scholar at the Social and Decision Analytics Laboratory at the Biocomplexity Institute at Virginia Tech. Victoria completed both my PhD in statistics and my law degree at Stanford University. Her research centers on the multifaceted problem of enabling reproducibility in computational science. This includes studying adequacy and robustness in replicated results, designing and implementing validation systems, developing standards of openness for data and code sharing, and resolving legal and policy barriers to disseminating reproducible research. Victoria created the "Reproducible Research Standard," a suite of open licensing recommendations for the dissemination of computational results, and winner of the Kaltura Prize for Access to Knowledge Writing.