“Innovation that Matters”

Meet 2 IBM Master inventors on November 9th 2017, 11 AM ET @ Ustream to learn about cool things that help us during critical needs. The situations may be during natural disasters or CyberSecurity events. David will share his personal work experience at his home town Police department and IBM that contributed to his project “The Networked Solar School from Space”.Mike will showcase “Project Havyn” that resulted from a collaboration with his 11 year old son.

Where : UStream ( http://www.ustream.tv/channel/xCRnvEuw9f3 )

Speakers :

  • The Networked Solar School from Space, David Kumhyr, Senior Engineer and IBM Master Inventor
  • Project Havyn, Mike Spisak, Senior Technical Staff Member, IBM Master Inventor

Topic 1 : The Networked Solar School from Space

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This is a school data link, web server, library and 2 TB file server in a small portable box. Designed for quick setup in places where natural disaster or strife has destroyed power and communications infrastructure. We use inexpensive portable solar panels and thermo (biomass) electric generators coupled with small batteries to store and provide power for IoT devices to download satellite and 2G cellular data to update an open source web server, file server with and create a local wifi network to support education computers.

Project Collaborators : David Kumhyr, Janani Janikiramen, Leucir Marin and Rhonda Childress.

Speaker : David Kumhyr, Senior Engineer and IBM Master Inventor

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“I went to North Carolina State University, from 1973-1986 on the “13 year plan” at night while working full time. I mixed history, political science, computer science and statistics. In IBM I’ve worked as a programmer on many different projects, internationalization of code, technical intelligence and now I help IBM developers and product groups get started using open source, using open source in IBM products and services, and contributing to external open source projects.

I initially dropped out of college to become a police officer, after a few years I ended up as Chief of Police in Holly Springs North Carolina. I started developing PC based solutions to some of the data management and statistical analysis questions that I had for managing the policing in Holly Springs. That work lead me into working with the District Attorney for Wake County NC and his problems in court case management. I ended up creating a felony case management system for the NC Conference of District Attorneys and then I figured I’d better go back to school to learn more! After that I never really stopped trying to learn more. Along the way I’ve picked up the title of IBM Master Inventor for 146 issued US patents, learned a bit of Spanish and built an airplane and learned to become a machinist.”

Topic 2 : Project Havyn

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Havyn is a really cool cyber security voice interface to IBM’s Watson system, developed by an IBMer and his 11 year old son. During this talk we will touch on the back-story of it’s origin, creation, and demonstrate it’s many uses.
Havyn is also hoping to help shape the young cyber-security professionals of tomorrow! Havyn can not only tell you about cyber-security, but it can be used to educate by engaging in an interactive Q&A dialog, cyber-security focused lessons, and gamification.  Come see how the future of cyber-security can be experienced using the power of your voice!

Speaker : Mike Spisak , Senior Technical Staff Member, IBM Master Inventor

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Mike Spisak is an IBM Senior Technical Staff Member, Master Inventor, Author, and Techie in IBM’s Security Services organization. Currently Mike is responsible for working on a variety of initiatives with customers leveraging IBM technology for security, patch, software distribution, and automation solutions. In his fabled spare time he enjoys blurring the lines between physical and digital worlds.

Mike’s first exposure to a computer was when he was 8 years old and his father rescued a Commodore PET (Personal Entertainment Terminal) from the trash. Ever since then, Mike has been fascinated with technology and how it grows and evolves into our daily lives.

When he’s not working, hacking, or speaking about how to dominate technology, you can find him playing soccer, serial eating chips and salsa, or brewing the perfect cup of coffee. Mike is also extremely passionate about promoting science, technology, engineering and math to future technologists everywhere!

These are the opinions of the author and while a distinguished member of our Academy and IBM, all thoughts expressed are solely his/her own.

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Infrastructure Designed for Cognitive Workloads: Why is it crucial?

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Xavier Vasques

Systems Hardware Technical Leader
IBM Systems Hardware
Research Publications: 89
Articles: 40
Books: 3
Patents: 1
Connect with Xavier: LinkedIN, Twitter, ResearchGate

The expression artificial intelligence (AI) appeared in 1956 with the objective to build systems to think and act as humans. Machine Learning (ML) came in the seventies with a more pragmatic and humble approach, with algorithms able to accumulate knowledge and intelligence based on experiences, and guided via their own learning, rather than explicitly programmed. But the technology’s growth was hampered due to a lack of data and computing power.

Today, data transforms industries and professions. When we look at cognitive algorithms, there is a classical loop starting with learning, transmitting and improving what needs to improve. AI can learn from expertise and existent knowledge such as books, images, videos or scientific papers.

And data is hardly a gap today. Data flows from every IoT device, replacing guessing and approximations with precise information (1).

Why IT infrastructure is key

Circuit board brain concept. Vector illustration.Let’s take an image and think about infrastructure in parallel. When we speak about transmitting, we speak about Systems; Systems able to process information, and Systems tuned for cognitive computing. A well-known system to process huge amounts of data and provide cognitive insights in real time is the human brain, with a memory of more than 2.5 million Giga Bytes, more than 80 billion neurons, and more than 100 thousand billion synapses. The brain only uses around 20 Watts continuously and is around 1450 cm3 in volume, and weighs an average of 1300g. Ideally, computing Systems should process data as efficiently and with the performance of the human brain.

What happens if the System doesn’t reach the expected speed and efficiency?

If the System lacks adequate capacity or efficiency, it will lose memory and thus data, will have I/O bottlenecks, will not store data in the right location, and will not provide answers when they are needed. In short, the System won’t be able to handle cognitive workloads.

Servers, storage and workload management need to be designed from the ground up for cognitive workloads. There are several critical requirements such as:

  • rapid access to data (low latency and fast storage)
  • faster time to insights (compute infrastructure designed for big data)
  • accelerated performance for complex analytics/machine learning algorithms (hardware acceleration) and
  • preventing data ingestion bottlenecks (unified access to block, file and object data).

Besides caches, memory bandwidth and IO bandwidth, other important components on the server design is to use new types of hardware accelerators, such as co-processors, hardware accelerator units in the processor, GPUs and FPGAs to offload processor-intensive tasks to more optimized hardware units.

Businesses today require cognitive systems that can gain insight from the structured and unstructured data flowing from their IT infrastructure. In our (2) latest study we provide information about cognitive workloads such as deep learning, machine learning or text mining, the main solutions in the market and open source community, and why infrastructure is a key element.

Read complete study

  • IBM Point of view, 2015; https://www.ibm.com/it-infrastructure/us-en/
  • Infrastructure Designed for Cognitive Workloads: Why is it crucial? Xavier Vasques, Laurent Vanel, Madeline Vega, Angshuman Roy, Gerd Franke, Jun Sawada, Raghava Reddy Kapu Veera, Shantan Kethireddy

Posted on behalf of Xavier Vasques.
These are the opinions of the author and while a distinguished member of our Academy and IBM, all thoughts expressed are solely his/her own.

Our Academy Badge Program

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Our IBM Academy of Technology (AoT) Badge Program has two types:

  • Awards: Lifetime Achievement, President, Honorary
  • Membership:  Member, Leadership Team

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Badges are awarded based on contributions to our AoT mission that result in outcomes with impact for our stakeholders and IBM clients:

  • AoT initiatives that advance IBM technical and business solutions to address and solve real world challenges.
  • Providing leadership and direction to IBM’s technical community.
  • Sharing technical thought-leadership in and outside of IBM on new technologies and emerging trends.

Recipients of AoT badges can share them with social networks (i.e., LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, or through email, and web embeds).

Visit the IBM Open Badge Program for more information.

Badge privacy statement: We share badge earners’ personal information, such as name and email address with Pearson VUE Acclaim, who IBM has partnered with to assist with administration of the IBM Open Badge Program and to issue any badge achieved. Pearson VUE Acclaim treats badge earners’ details in a manner consistent with IBM’s policies. Acceptance of these credentials is at the discretion of the recipient.

Romelia Flores

Humans of IBMAoT

A series on our inspiring and inclusive academy of eminent technology thought leaders who have an enduring impact in making the world better.

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Romelia Flores is an IBM Distinguished Engineer, an IBM Master Inventor, and a member of our IBM Academy of Technology’s Core Management Team.

Over the past couple of months, Romelia has received numerous awards and honors that showcase her technical eminence both inside and outside of IBM.  The impact that her client projects have had over the years is reflected in her intellectual capital.  She serves as a technical role model for students, Latinos and IBMers around the world.

We asked Romelia a few rapid fire questions to get to know this powerhouse of a technical leader better:

rapid fireWhat’s your favorite:

Mac or PC:  PC for my desktop, Apple iPad and mobile device.

Movie: Beauty & The Beast

New technology: Cognitive Business

Author/Book:  Harper Lee’s – To Kill a Mockingbird

Vacation: Anywhere with my family

Food:  Meat lover

Animal: Birds

Are you right or left-handed?  Right

Now, let’s review Romelia’s impressive awards and honors – all of which happened this year, and demonstrate why she is a “great mind” of our generation.

 

 

 

 

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2016 Great Minds in STEM Lifetime Achievement Award – This award is for individuals who are upper level technical executives with over 20 years of experience in STEM.  These individuals have contributed significantly to their organization and to society through their work.  Romelia was afforded this honor due to her significant Intellectual Capital contributions of twenty-five patents and another thirty patents pending.  These patents reflect the innovation resulting from the solutions she created with several of IBM’s leading clients. 

2016 AoT Lifetime Achievement Award – Romelia received this award for driving our Academy’s Affiliate Program Manager for the past four years.  This role is key to the IBM Academy of Technology’s (AoT) Core Operations team.  In this capacity, Romelia led a vibrant community of forty-five AoT Affiliates around the world and two Emerging Affiliates.  She created new initiatives for the Affiliates such as the Exemplary Affiliate initiative, the Affiliate Insights Best Practice Sharing and the foundation for the Affiliate Social Eminence initiative.  

 

Dallas Business Journal’s 2016 Women in Technology [more…] – The Women in Technology Award honors tech-focused women who drive innovation, lead technology companies and shape the local community.  Romelia’s Patent Portfolio, Chief Architect Role in the IBM Global Solution Center and role on various boards in the Dallas Fort Worth Metroplex and the Dallas Innovation Alliance were the basis for this honor.

IEEE MetroCon 2016 Keynote Speaker – MetroCon is an annual engineering conference hosted by the IEEE-Fort Worth.  Metrocon 2016 focused on enabling attendees to rapidly grasp the technical and societal implications of some of the most promising and innovative new developments and ideas.  In October 2016, Romelia was the first ever female keynote speaker for this conference.  Her keynote was entitled “Engineering Through Discovery” and focused on Cloud Based Watson Cognitive Services and the Quantum Experience. 

SWE’16 Plenary Speaker – Romelia Flores is a plenary speaker at the Society of Women Engineer’s Conference in 2016 on the topic of “Beyond Robots and Jetpacks:  The Next Decade of Engineering.”  The panelists will explore what the future holds for engineering beyond today’s 3D printing, virtual reality and self-driving cars.  They will discuss how the role of “engineer” will be increasingly central to reshaping the world we live in and the envisioned future for the practice of engineering, the engineering workforce, new trends in technology and disruptive technologies.

The postings on this site are our own and don’t necessarily represent IBM’s positions, strategies or opinions.

Lifetime Achievement Award: Romelia Flores

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Romelia Flores

IBM Academy of Technology’s Affiliate & Geography Leader

For inspirational leadership in transforming our Academy Affiliate Program 

On September 20, 2016, it was my pleasure to bestow our Academy’s first Lifetime Achievement Award to Romelia Flores with my deepest respect and admiration for her invaluable contributions.

 

Romelia is an IBM Distinguished Engineer and an exemplary role model of our Academy’s mission and goals.

Here are a few highlights:

  • Brilliant creator of the Exemplary Affiliate status
  • Ignited the spirit of affiliate leaders to transform their impact to address client needs
  • Devoted to increasing the eminence of our technical leaders in the local marketplace
  • Drove automation of affiliate quarterly reporting

Please join me in congratulating Romelia on this well-deserved honor on her  LinkedIn profile!

Thank you,

Susan Schreitmueller

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Susan Schreitmueller

President, IBM Academy of Technology
IBM Distinguished Engineer. Master Cloud Advisor
http://www.ibm.com/ibm/academy
http://www.linkedin.com/in/susan-schreitmueller-a9a9347,  Twitter: @RovrAllOvr

Lifetime Achievement Award: Richard Hopkins

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Richard Hopkins

IBM Academy of Technology’s

Chief Digital Provocateur

For Leadership, Persistence and Persuasion to Drive Impact

On September 20, 2016, it was my pleasure to bestow our Academy’s first Lifetime Achievement Award to Richard Hopkins with my deepest respect and admiration for his invaluable contributions.

 

Richard is an IBM Distinguished Engineer who is an exemplary role model of our Academy’s mission and goals.

Here are a few highlights:

  • Academy’s Digital Provocateur initiatives
  • Lead designer of sprint activities
  • Significant contributor to our Academy’s initiative re-invention
  • Creator of our Client Collaboration Council for the TCG
  • Tireless enthusiasm that continues to overcome any and all significant resistance.

Please join me in congratulating Richard on this well-deserved honor on his LinkedIn profile!

Thank you,

Susan Schreitmueller

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Susan Schreitmueller

 

President, IBM Academy of Technology
IBM Distinguished Engineer. Master Cloud Advisor
http://www.ibm.com/ibm/academy
http://www.linkedin.com/in/susan-schreitmueller-a9a9347,  Twitter: @RovrAllOvr

 

Agostinho de Arruda Villela

Humans of IBMAoT

A series on our inspiring and inclusive academy of eminent technology thought leaders who have an enduring impact in making the world better.

Agostinho de Arruda Villela

We did not need to look far for the first profile of our new series: Agostinho de Arruda Villela is an inspirational leader of our IBM Academy of Technology (AoT) who manages our Latin America Affiliate Region, aruguably the most prolific.

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In this 10 minute podcast, Agostinho shares his personal journey in IBM that led him into becoming a inspirational leader in IBM Latin America.

What does an IBM Academy of Technology (AoT) leader of an Affiliate Region do?  Here goes:

Agostinho oversees the Latin America AoT Affiliates which are  6 in total:

  • 3 affiliates – Brazil, Mexico and Argentina
  • 2 emerging affiliates – Colombia and Peru
  • 1 emerging affiliate candidate – Costa Rica

This entails, at least, biweekly calls (one with the affiliateibm latin americaleaders, one with the AoT Technology Themes focal points, and, sometimes, one for the Nurturing AoT Candidates initiative) which are, arguably, some of the most productive AoT affiliates in the world.

In this role, Agostinho also oversees and participates actively in 4 AoT initiatives – in pursuit of AoT Affiliate Exemplary Status, Affiliate Insights submissions, Nurturing of Latin America AoT Candidates and AoT Technology Themes (Environment & Sustainability and Future of Energy).

In addition, Agostinho is the Costa Rica AoT Champion, mentoring them to become an emerging affiliate next year. He’s been a member of the Global Selection Board for Latin America AoT candidates for 2 years in a row. For the second year in a row, he’s been an evaluator in Latin America for OTAA prize in the Innovation Category.

Moreover, he does presentations to clients as an AoT member multiple times a year at meetings such as the Brazil Innovation Reference Center and events in universities and schools.

And, he’s extremely active as a Brazil AoT Affiliate member, heading their  Outreach Committee and leading their Blockchain study – which successfully concluded on August 25th.

Whew!

All of these activities Agostinho does with a contagious passion for IBM’s technical community – a testament of his personal dedication and contribution to our IBM Academy of Technology’s mission and IBM values.

Bravo, Agostinho!

So, what does Agostinho do in his off time? Does he have time? We asked him a few rapid fire questions:

rapid fireMac or PC: I’m fine with a PC, as long as it has Windows 10 and an SSD drive

Movie:  The Fifth Element, Heavy Metal, A Good Year, The Sum of All Fears, The Last of the Mohicans, The Big Short, Trinity is My Name, La Armata Brancaleone

-New technology: Blockchain, IoT, AI, Quantum Computing

Author/Book: Isaac Asimov (Foundation Trilogy),  Clayton Christensen (The Innovator’s Dilemma), Michael Lewis (The Big Short), Geoffrey Moore (Crossing the Chasm), James Clavell (Shogun and Tai-pan)

Vacation:  Barcelona, Lisbon, Oporto, Ouro Preto, CuritibaAgostino bike

Food:  Sushi/Sashimi

Animal: Jaguar

 Sports – Bicycling, Soccer

-Hobbies:  Bicycling, Going to the movies (saw yesterday “Star Trek – Beyond”), Watch TV series (my favorites are “Person of Interest” and “The Blacklist”)

Yes: Agostinho finds time to balance it all.

The postings on this site are our own and don’t necessarily represent IBM’s positions, strategies or opinions.

Social and economic implications of Artificial Intelligence

 

podcast.pngOur six-minute podcast with Peter Williams provides a personal point of view to our Academy of Technology’s response on the social and economic implications of AI.

Momentum is building rapidly in the development of Artificial Intelligence (AI), or ‘cognitive’ systems. And its potential is being recognized by businesses and governments alike. To that end, IBM has delivered a detailed response to the White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) “Request for Information” outlining our point of view, available in full here.

About Peter Williams

Peter is an IBM Distinguished Engineer and the Chief Technology Officer for “Big Green Innovations”. In addition, he is a member of our IBM Academy of Technology’s leadership team, leading our strategic focus group on Cognitive Computing.

Peter blogs on LinkedIn.

We asked him a few unusual questions to get know his personal side:

What’s your favorite:

Mac or PC:  I am a heavy user of an iPhone and iPad and I suspect that when the time comes at the end of this year to swap my clunky old Lenovo for a Mac, I will take that opportunity.

Movie:  I’m the despair of my wife because I don’t like movies very much – they are mostly just annoying.  Those that I do like are about real people or real events and issues.  In that vein, my all time favorite is probably Apollo 13.

New technology:  Right now, my Fitbit.  It has helped me lose 10 pounds (and counting) and become much fitter.

Author/Book: My all time favorite is Shakespeare – Hamlet, Macbeth, Othello.  But aside from him, as with movies, I tend to read non-fiction. Right now, it’s “I Contain Multitudes – The Microbes Within Us and  a Grander View of Life”.  Prior to that it was a history of the Rothschilds. 

Vacation:  South Island of New Zealand – the single most beautiful place I have ever been

Food: Fried egg and bacon sandwich, or a good gazpacho.

Hobby/Sport:  Mountain biking, hiking (ideally with my wife, and my dog), skiing.

Are you right or left-handed?  Right handed, although interestingly, neither I nor my mother can easily tell our right from our left, and my brother is ambidextrous, so I guess there is a crossed wire in there somewhere!? ______________________________________

The White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) Request for Information: Preparing for the future of Artificial Intelligence (AI)

IBM’s full OSTP RFI response can be found here.

The postings on this site are our own and don’t necessarily represent IBM’s positions, strategies or opinions.