Michael Franklin is the inaugural holder of the Liew Family Chair of Computer Science and Chairman of the Computer Science Department at the University of Chicago. An authority on databases, data analytics, data management and distributed systems, he also serves as senior advisor to the Provost on Computation and Data Science, and was founding Director of UChicago's Center for Data and Computing. At Chicago he is co-leading a joint effort between Computer Science and the Department of Statistics to establish educational and research programs in Data Science.
He previously was the Thomas M. Siebel Professor of Computer Science at UC Berkeley and served as Chair of the Berkeley CS Division. He was a founding Principal Investigator of the West Big Data Innovation Hub, an Executive Committee member for the Berkeley Institute for Data Science, and PI of the Berkeley AMPLab NSF CISE Expeditions Award. This latter project developed a suite of well-known open source Big Data systems including Apache Spark and its associated data processing and machine learning libraries. He is one of the original team members of the Spark project.
Franklin founded and was Chief Technology Officer of Truviso, a data analytics company acquired by Cisco Systems. He serves an advisor to various data-driven technology companies and organizations including AMPLab spinouts Databricks, Alluxio, and Determined.ai, and Chicago's Ocient. He is an ACM Fellow and two-time winner of the ACM SIGMOD Test of Time Award. He currently serves as a Board Member of the Computing Research Association and on the Advisory Committees for the NSF CISE Directorate and the newly formed NSF CloudBank initiative.