Professor and Executive Director, Pervasive Technology Institute
Beth A Plale is the Executive Director of IU’s Pervasive Technology Institute and Michael A and Laurie Burns McRobbie Bicentennial Professor of Computer Engineering both at Indiana University Bloomington (IU). Plale recently completed a 3-year term as a science advisor at the National Science Foundation (NSF) (2017-2021) working on open science within NSF, across federal funding agencies, and with the NSF community. Dr. Plale has a long career studying issues around use of data in scientific research, and how trust in science and engineering research can be strengthened through technology and policy. Her earlier contributions are in scientific workflow systems, science gateways, data and metadata management systems, and data provenance. Dr. Plale’s current research and policy interests are in open science and reproducibility: novel software and policy solutions that amplify science rigor and transparency, drawing on the FAIR principles, persistent IDs, and machine actionability of data as FAIR digital objects; scientific research infrastructure that democratizes access to the resources particularly that fuel AI development; and AI accountability: software that can measure the accountability of an AI entity in accordance with properties exhibited at all levels of the software stack.
Indiana University Bloomington