I arrived at IBM Research in March 1994 after completing my doctoral and post-doctoral work at Rice University. I did my undergraduate degree at the Indian Institute of Technology in Chennai, India.
My initial field of research centered on speech technologies. In 2007 I shifted my focus to collaborative technologies, with an emphasis on LotusLive (the precursor to IBM Connections Social Cloud). In 2012 I returned to my native India to help build the India Research Lab into a 200+ person high-impact research lab with a major focus in cognitive computing and industries and solutions.
Currently I am based at the Watson Lab where I am vice president of blockchain solutions and research. You may be interested in hearing me talk about blockchain in Sweet Spot for Blockchain, an episode in the IBM Research | Soundcloud podcast.
Among my career accomplishments I am most proud of:
Significant contributions to the Watson Engagement Advisor and Watson Wealth Advisor.
My India Lab team's ontology-driven approaches to data curation and natural language queries.
In conjunction with BPS, a novel proactive retention solution developed and deployed within IBM, leading to $100M+ in savings.
Leveraging work done by the University of Brunei, my team initiated a three-year research energy project (~$8M) and contributed to the IBM Foundations in Energy offering from IBM Analytics.