Talk by Claudia Bauzer: Reproducibility – eScience and scientific processes

On 13 February, Claudia Bauzer Medeiros, professor of Computer Science at the Institute of Computing, University of Campinas (Unicamp), Brazil, will give a talk at DIKU in the context of the International Network Programme project Modeling and Developing Actor Database Applications.


Reproducibility – eScience and scientific processes


eScience can be defined as joint research in Computer Science and other domains, to let scientists from these domains conduct their research faster, better or in a different way, while at the same time advancing the state of the art in Computer Science. As such, it involves joint cooperation of computer scientists with researchers from,e.g., (A)rchaeology to (Z)oology, covering all knowledge domains.

Though this offers many exciting research opportunities for computer scientists, it also poses very many challenges, including those inherent to the very nature of interdisciplinary research – such as issues of distinct work methodologies, very different vocabularies, and heterogeneity at all levels (from work profiles to infrastructures, from data to devices,software and people-ware).

This talk will discuss one of these challenges – that of enabling experiment reproducibility for such heterogeneous research environments – and the many open problems whose solution benefits from innovative computer science research. It will draw from real life examples, and concentrate on the design and development of a suite of workflow-centered tools.


Claudia Bauzer Medeiros is full  professor of Computer Science at the Institute of Computing, University of Campinas (Unicamp), Brazil. She has received Brazilian and international awards for excellence in research, in teaching, and work in fostering the participation of women in computing, including the Change Agent Anita Borg Award, and the award from Google Brazil. She is a Commander of the Brazilian Order of Scientific Merit and a former Distinguished Speaker of ACM. She was awarded a Doctor Honoris Causa by the Universidad Antenor Orrego, Peru, and by the University Paris-Dauphine, France.

Her research is centered on the management and analysis of scientific data, to face the challenges posed by large, real world applications. This involves handling distributed and very heterogeneous data sources, at varying scales in space and time, ranging from satellite data to earthbound sensor networks. For the past 25 years, she has coordinated large multi-institutional, multidisciplinary projects in biodiversity, climate change and in agricultural and environmental planning, involving universities in Brazil, Germany, and France. In 1994, she created the Laboratory of Information Systems at Unicamp, one of first research laboratories in Brazil dedicated to solving interdisciplinary problems involving scientific data. From 2003 to 2007 she was the President of the Brazilian Computer Society. Since 1998, she has served as member of permanent scientific evaluation panels in Brazil, both at the national level (CAPES and CNPq) and at the state of São Paulo (FAPESP), where she coordinates the eScience program.