Congratulate Dr. Rajiv Joshi, Academy Member: 2018 IEEE Daniel E. Noble Award Recipient

Our sincerest congratulations to Dr. Rajiv Joshi, IBM Academy of Technology member, for winning the 2018 IEEE Daniel E. Noble Award for Emerging Technologies Award. He won the award “For contributions to predictive failure analytics, VLSI memory design, and chip interconnect technology.”

Dr. Joshi is a key technical lead at IBM’s T. J. Watson Research Center, focusing on the development of integrated circuits and memory chips.

Dr. Joshi, received his B.Tech from I.I.T (Bombay, India) and his MS from M.I.T, is a prolific inventor with more than 225 US and more than 350 international patents. He is an IEEE Fellow and received the Industrial Pioneer Award from the IEEE Circuits and Systems Society in 2013.

As an Academy member he is focused on University relations work. Dr. Joshi is serving on the industrial advisory board for NSF funded STEM project at Purdue University. The program started in 2016 and supports 10-11 high school science teachers every summer and conducts research in the area of sustainable electronics. Additionally, he has mentored many students from University of Michigan, Purdue, Princeton, Stanford, George Mason and other universities. He is also part of the Academy initiative that is looking into providing a healthcare project with Machine Learning driven insight.

As an Academy member he pushed predictive analytics and his project “Beyond Monte Carlo” was selected as one of the top 5 projects out of 125 in IBM internal project competition.

Through his recent Academy initiative Dr. Joshi along with other IBMers hosted the first of a kind Emerging Technology (ET) Symposium at the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center THINKLab in Yorktown Heights, NY on October 5, 2017.

The IBM and IEEE sponsored Symposium brought together dreamers, thinkers, and innovators in cutting edge research for a one day forum to explore fields of emerging computing of common interest to universities and industries. The symposium focused on Cognitive Computing & Depp Learning, Quantum Computing, Security and Internet of Things

By providing a forum for students, engineers, and scientists to showcase leading research, the Symposium promoted strong collaborative ties between academia, industry, and IEEE societies and helped define the future directions in Emerging Technology.

Contact our Academy if you are interested in hosting a similar symposium or looking to solve a tough technical challenge.

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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“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.

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.

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.

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