Robert Grossman, ’76
, has been one of the pioneers in big data and data science for more than 25 years. He is a faculty member and the Chief Research Informatics Officer in the Biological Sciences Division at the University of Chicago. He is the Principal Investigator of the NCI Genomic Data Commons (GDC), which is hosting all of the cancer genomics data of National Cancer Institute funded researchers so that personalized therapies can be developed for each cancer patient based upon the genomic signature of their cancer. The GDC is one of the world’s largest repositories for cancer genomics data and was launched by Vice President Biden in 2016 as part of the White House Cancer Moonshot.
Grossman developed open source software that is used as the basis for products by more than 15 companies, including VMware, EMC and Baidu. He co-founded and led two companies that developed predictive models that are used each day by millions of people, including anyone using a Visa card. He has served on advisory boards for several federal agencies, including NIH, DOD and NASA. He founded a not-for-profit that operates computational infrastructure to facilitate big data research. One of its projects is a collaboration with NASA that is developing models using satellite data to predict fires and floods for regions in Africa that don’t have access to other warning systems.
He has received several awards and recognitions, including being selected as one of Crain’s Chicago Tech 50 in 2016, being elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in 2013, and being selected as a Federal 100 Award Winner in 2013.