IBM Research Lab - Africa
Dr. Osamuyimen (Uyi) Stewart is the chief scientist of IBM Research – Africa, the newest laboratory in IBM’s global network of twelve research labs that will focus on technological innovations germane to the African Continent.
Dr. Stewart has 20 years of experience innovating in numerous areas of software research and product development related to human-computer interaction, including speech, web interfaces, machine translation, mobile computing, natural language processing, and social collaboration or crowdsourcing.
Most recently, Dr. Stewart has focused on exploratory research in the services industry. He was also instrumental in the formation of IBM's Services Innovation Lab. As part of this joint initiative within IBM to advance research innovation in services, he was responsible for the technical strategy and program management involving 200 researchers across eight global labs.
Dr. Stewart received his PhD in 1998 from McGill University, Canada, for his work in generative syntax (published in "Outstanding Dissertations in Linguistics" series). He obtained a Master of Philosophy degree in 1991 from Cambridge University, England, after he had graduated with the highest academic honors in 1988 from the University of Benin, Nigeria.
Dr. Stewart has received IBM’s Outstanding Technical Achievement Award, in addition to other IBM Research Awards. He also has authored over 40 publications in top journals and conferences in the fields of linguistics, human-computer interaction and Services Science. He was elected a Fellow of the Cambridge Commonwealth Society in England in 1991, and received a Black Engineer of the Year Award in US, in 2008 as a Modern-Day Technology Leader in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.